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Wednesday football as it happened


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By Jonathan Stevenson

2220: And with that, it was left to Manchester United to fly the English flag in the Champions League this season. They meet Schalke in the semis, but they've got a pretty big date at Wembley on Saturday when they meet Man City in the FA Cup semi-finals, so please do join Mr Sam Lyon for that. You've been immense tonight and I, Jonathan Stevenson, am now going to try to comprehend what four Clasicos in 17 days mean for the rest of my life. See you on Saturday eve for Part I - 2030 BST, yeah? Magic.

From OptaJose on Twitter: "Real Madrid had never before won a CL knockout round with an aggregate of 5+ goals (previous best: 4-1 Leverkusen, 1998)."

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp: "It is no good doing it once and then not doing it again, we have to improve and be there next year too. You've seen the players we have to play at that level and we just need to tweak that squad so we can do it again. Much like Arsenal do, and Chelsea and Manchester United, that's how they keep doing it. We have to finish above Man City and above Chelsea in the league, that is our aim - it is not going to be easy but that is what we want."

2209: Terrific fact on our wires, courtesy of AFP: Schalke 04 defender Atsuto Uchida has made his own piece of football history by becoming the first Japanese player to qualify for the semi-finals of the Champions League.

2207: Indeed. Don't forget that not only are Real and Barca going mano-a-mano in the Champions League, but they are also meeting in La Liga on Saturday and in the Spanish Cup final on Wednesday 20 April. Four, only 17 days apart. Quite unprecedented.

From garrethhawkins on Twitter: "As gutted as I am that Tottenham are out, the thought of four "El Clasicos" in three weeks is just mouth-watering!"

From Phil, Chelmsford, on text: "As a Spurs fan of 25 years nothing has made me smile more than Gareth Bale in this season's Champions League. Mesmerising."

2200: Champions League semi-finals schedule:
26 April: Schalke v Man United
27 April: Real Madrid v Barcelona
3 May: Barcelona v Real Madrid
4 May: Man United v Schalke

From Gary, London, on text: "In tears - not because I'm disappointed, but because I love my club. Nobody, nobody could ever claim that Spurs didn't entertain this season. Tottenham, we love you."

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho: "I think I was right when I decided to play with a serious team. Even in this way Tottenham had a couple of good chances in the first half and if they'd scored with the incredible crowd behind them, it could have been difficult. But when Cristiano scored, of course it was all over. Let's see what happens against Barcelona. A semi is a semi and it can happen. We will fight. It's not time to think of the semis yet. I expect Man United to beat Schalke because they have a better team and different status."

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live summariser David Pleat: "Ricardo Carvalho was one of many class players for Real. He intercepted and used the ball well. He's been a talisman for coach Jose Mourinho. Tonight he was in full control and Spurs striker Roman Pavlyuchenko toiled. Two chances came his way and he failed miserably. The league match against Barcelona doesn't matter to much to Real because Barca will win the league cut-and-dry. The big one is the semi-final - that'll be the real El Clasico."

From The__Dodo on Twitter: "So, we have Ronaldo vs Messi and Raul vs Giggs. Bring it on."

2148: Jose Mourinho gave Harry Redknapp a big hug on the final whistle, the Portuguese commiserating with his Spurs counterpart rather than celebrating victory in his 500th game as a manager. Doesn't look old enough, does he? Mourinho also had some words for Gareth Bale as he walked off the pitch, but I doubt it's about a transfer as that would be the most blatant piece of tapping-up in history.

From Anon, on text: "As a Liverpool fan the selfish part of me is quite glad Spurs didn't out-miracle us this evening! The other bit of me would liked to have seen them score a few. That team has given a lot to the CL this year, shame to see them go out like that."

Tottenham's Gareth Bale: "It's hard to take. We knew it was going to be difficult but we've had a great run and are proud. We lost to a better team. Sometimes [the penalty decisions] go for you, sometimes they don't but overall we probably lost to the better team over the two legs. I don't think anyone expected us to get this far and it's been great for me on a personal level."

From RetroGirl on Twitter: "Dear Spurs, it was fun while it lasted. Now for fourth place & this magnificent adventure all over again."

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live summariser David Pleat: "It has been a great adventure for Spurs and their manager Harry Redknapp will be more than gracious in defeat. The better team won over the two legs. I hope Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes wont get too harassed because of that fumble. The match was lost in Madrid."

2137: Champions League semi-finals:
Real Madrid v Barcelona
Schalke v Manchester United

2135: Full-time Spurs 0-1 Real Madrid (agg: 0-5)

2134: Real sub Esteban Granero curls a free-kick over the Spurs crossbar.

2133: Full-time Schalke 2-1 Inter Milan (agg: 7-3)

2133: Champions League holders Inter Milan are out.

2132: Three minutes of injury time at Spurs and two at Schalke. They might be the most pointless added-on periods in Champions League quarter-final second leg history.

2130: Harry Redknapp is in the process of losing to Jose Mourinho yet again - this will be the seventh time in a row. Poor Harry. Wonder if both men will manage England one day?

2128: Ted from London is getting slaughtered, rightly or wrongly. I mean, we'll never know how true the text was, but you've got to ask questions of someone willing to spend £500 on tonight's White Hart Lane fare. If this isn't 'clock winding down chat', I frankly don't know what is.

From Butch, on text: "Bought a ticket for White Hart Lane tonight for £500 off a bloke called Ted in London. Wish I hadn't now."

2125: Spurs have brought on Niko Kranjcar for Luka Modric.

Schalke goal: I reckon Schalke have proved over two legs they are going to be very tricky opponents for Manchester United. They wrap it up in classy, emphatic style as the ageless Raul scoops a wonderful pass over the Inter defence for Benedikt Hoewedes to latch on to, and the defender absolutely smashes the ball past Julio Cesar to wrap it up. Check out that aggregate score against the holders - phenomenal.

2123: GOAL Schalke 2-1 Inter Milan (Hoewedes) (agg: 7-3)

2122: About 10 minutes remaining at White Hart Lane where it is Spurs 0-1 Real and Schalke 1-1 Inter. The Spurs fans are singing "There's only one Paul Gascoigne" as the great man in the crowd waves, before starting up "There's only one Gary Mabbutt." Quality.

From basher1717 on Twitter: "Stevo - you genuinely got me believing in miracles. You've stolen both my evening and my innocence. Thank you very much."

2118: Sandro bursts into the Real box but he goes down theatrically, no way is that a penalty kick. I don't think Nicola Rizzoli is going to give one tonight, if I'm honest. Marcelo chips on to the roof of Heurelho Gomes's net at the other end, not far off.

2117: Wesley Sneijder takes aim from 25 yards for Inter Milan, but his right-foot free-kick is a yard wide of Manuel Neuer's right-hand post. The holders are about to relinquish their Champions League trophy.

Someone has struck the woodwork
2116: Spurs hit the post as a corner floated from their right to the far post is nodded against the frame of the goal by William Gallas, with Iker Casillas blocking the rebound shot. Karim Benzema does come on, in place of Xabi Alonso.

2114: Karim Benzema is about to come on for Real Madrid, that's another £35m worth of bench footballer. He's subjected to a chat from one of the Real coaches, who shows the Frenchman some stuff inside a black folder. Bit needless, I'd have thought.

From Ted, London, on text: "Sold my ticket today for £500. Pretty good deal now."

2112: Spurs are still trying to get forward and get on the scoresheet in the tie, but you can hardly blame them for losing impetus since Real's freak goal. Harry Redknapp brings on Sandro for Tom Huddlestone.

2110: Diego Milito blazes over for Inter, but the Italians aren't exerting anything like the pressure they need to get back into the game. Schalke have played it very sensibly tonight and they are on the brink of a semi-final with Manchester United.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty's at White Hart Lane: "Spurs supporters putting on a brave front as the Champions League campaign that has delivered great moments draws to a close. No excuse whatsoever for Heurelho Gomes' failure to deal with the effort from Cristiano Ronaldo that was, at best, speculative. Time to focus fully on finishing in the top four in the Premier League."

2107: That Kaka, he can play a bit. The Brazilian flings a right-foot shot goalwards from 20 yards and Heurelho Gomes just gets down in the nick of time to touch the ball behind for a corner.

2106: The most expensive substitution of all time (it's probably happened before, I know) takes place at White Hart Lane, as Kaka comes on for Cristiano Ronaldo. Staggering change to be able to make.

From benjaminlhp on Twitter: "Casillas' reaction to Gomes' mistake was probably my highlight of this game now, heart-warming."
Pure class. Casillas turned round and didn't celebrate, a real mark of the man.

2104: Jermain Defoe turns smartly outside the Real box and slams in a right-foot shot that is heading for the bottom corner of Iker Casillas's net until the keeper gets down to his right to tip it behind. Good football.

2102: Jermain Defoe comes on for Aaron Lennon. Sad to say, but Spurs have much bigger games than this one coming up for the rest of the season now.

2101: Schalke have the ball in the Inter net again, but this one is ruled out for offside. Benedikt Hoewedes smashes into the roof of the net after a corner is flicked on, but he's adjudged to be the wrong side of the defender. He wasn't - Raul was. Should've stood.

2059: Got to score. Rafael van der Vaart does superbly to turn on the right-hand side of the Real box and clips over a cross to the edge of the six-yard box, where Roman Pavlyuchenko can only head on to the roof of Iker Casillas's net. Work the keeper at least, son.

From Jim, Essex, on text: "Spurs as a team have played pretty well... two individual errors have cost us dearly."

2055: It has gone ever so flat at White Hart Lane, save for a few bouncing Real Madrid fans. Come on Spurs, you can at least avoid defeat tonight, can't you?

Inter goal: Finally Inter find something to cling on to as Wesley Sneijder's corner is powered towards goal by Lucio before Thiago Motta flicks out a foot and steers the ball in from six yards. If we're going to get a famous comeback tonight, it'll come from Germany.

Real goal: Adios, amigos. In the most shattering fashion imaginable, Spurs' last drop of hope is extinguished by a woeful Heurelho Gomes error. Cristiano Ronaldo's shot from about 25 yards is straight at the Brazilian keeper, but he flaps at it and can only deflect the ball into the corner of his own net. It's a 'ground, swallow me up' moment.

2052: GOAL Spurs 0-1 Real Madrid (Ronaldo)

2052: Oh no...

2051: GOAL Schalke 1-1 Inter Milan (Motta) (agg: 6-3)

2050: Sir Alex Ferguson and his Manchester United assistant are in attendance in Germany at the Schalke-Inter game, watching their next opponents in the Champions League. Fergie once called Raul the "best player in the world", wonder what he makes of the veteran these days?

2048: The Spurs fans in one corner stand up as one to applaud Paul Gascoigne, who is at White Hart Lane watching tonight. Now with Gazza in his pomp, 4-0 wouldn't have been irretrievable against anyone.

2047: Back under way at White Hart Lane and at Schalke as well. Inter have taken Dejan Stankovic off and sent on Goran Pandev.

From InfostradaLive on Twitter: "Raul scores his 18th goal in a CL knockout match, equalling the record of Andriy Shevchenko."

2043: Anyway, do feel free to drop us a line. Where there's life, there's hope, and all that. Smash us a text to 81111 and tweet me Stevo_football or by using the hashtag #BBCFootball. Do it for Harry.

2040: If Spurs really are going to win the game (not the tie, let's be realistic now), they probably should throw another striker on. The game is passing Rafael van der Vaart by a little so it might be as well to get Jermain Defoe on, despite his indifferent recent form.

From Ben in Epsom, on text: "I think there is still a long way to go in this one. An early couple of goals in the second half and Real could get twitchy."

From jozi00915 on Twitter: "Inter are terrible, but what a goal from the old maestro, for a moment he looked like Messi's father, good feet lad."

Half time
2033: Half-time Schalke 1-0 Inter Milan (agg: 6-2)
Marc Vesty's HT snapshot: "Inter Milan have simply lacked the necessary ideas or inspiration to trouble the German outfit and on the stroke of half-time it looks like Raul has all-but ended the Italian side's defence of the Champions League. It would take a miracle from here."

Half time
2032: Half-time Tottenham 0-0 Real Madrid (agg: 0-4)
Phil McNulty's HT snapshot: "Plenty of effort from Spurs and a close call with a penalty shout - but no goals and this Champions League quarter-final is heading towards its inevitable conclusion after Real Madrid's emphatic first-leg victory."

Schalke goal: Inter's hopes have suffered another hit in Germany. The great Raul bags his 71st goal in the Champions League, collecting a pass from Atsuto Uchida, brilliantly, typically rounding Julio Cesar and slotting into an empty net. Vintage.

2030: GOAL Schalke 1-0 Inter Milan (Raul) (agg: 6-2)

2028: Suddenly it's gone very quiet at Spurs, almost as if what hope there was has faded since those penalties were turned down. Real look threatening and Cristiano Ronaldo takes a touch too many before having a shot blocked.

From Gav in Newcastle, on text: "Best player on the park so far has to be Michael Dawson. Every challenge he's went for he's won."

2024: Inter finally test Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer for the first time as Dejan Stankovic launches a fierce 25-yard effort towards the top corner, but the big German stopper is equal to it and makes the save.

Yellow card
2022: Spurs have the ball in the net, but unfortunately the assistant referee already had his flag up for offside. Roman Pavlyuchenko's cross into the box is headed back into Gareth Bale's path by Luka Modric, but the Croatian had strayed. Moments later Ricardo Carvalho is booked for a sliding foul on Tom Huddlestone, and if Real reach the semis he will be banned for the first leg.

2021: Sergio Ramos loops a header from a Real corner goalwards and Heurelho Gomes has to arch his back to make the save, with Emmanuel Adebayor slicing the rebound wildly wide.

2020: Cristiano Ronaldo goes past Benoit Assou-Ekotto like he isn't there and only a strong block from Michael Dawson inside the Spurs box prevents Ronaldo from firing a cross into the mixer. If Real score, Spurs will need six.

From TheMerrick on Twitter: "Had Bale not dived so early on I reckon Spurs would have got those penalties."
Very sage.

2016: Sami Khedira heads the ball away and his follow through takes him into team-mate Raul Albiol. The Real midfielder will need some treatment for this.

2014: Inter still cannot get a foothold in Germany, though Samuel Eto'o is starting to have some joy down the flanks. It's cruise o'clock for Schalke, who look like they are setting up a semi-final meeting with Manchester United.

2012: Spurs should have just won their second penalty of the evening. Cor, how's your luck, Harry? Roman Pavlyuchenko is caught by Raul Albiol inside the Real Madrid box and it's a definite pen - but Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli waves play on once more. Heartbreaker.

2011: Pace-wise, Spurs have got the beating of Real down the flanks - it's not even a fair contest. Aaron Lennon burns past Alvaro Arbeloa and cuts the ball back for Roman Pavlyuchenko, the Russian blazing miles over from the edge of the Real box.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at White Hart Lane: "Spurs are giving it a real go - as manager Harry Redknapp said they would - but have not found a way through to Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas yet. Jose Mourinho turned to his backroom staff with a disbelieving expression after one surge of pace from Gareth Bale as he attempted to spark this Champions League quarter-final into life."

2009: Real Madrid play some keep-ball, which only adds to the frustration of Spurs fans. Now if I were being churlish, I'd say Real should make the most of seeing the football ahead of four potential games against Barcelona in the next two-and-a-half weeks. But I won't.

2007: Cristiano Ronaldo cuts in from the Real right and fires a left-foot shot low and wide of Heurelho Gomes's left-hand post. Surprised we haven't had a goal so far in either game, I must say.

From Phil in Brum, on text: "Tell Spurs fans to keep the faith, I was in the crowd when a Glenn Hoddle-inspired Swindon came from 4-1 down to beat Brum 6-4! That was the first time I cried at a match!"

2004: Sergio Ramos goes up for an aerial challenge with Gareth Bale and it's an awkward one from the Spanish defender, he kind of makes contact with arm and leg on the Spurs winger, bit lucky perhaps not to get booked for that.

2002: Just seen a replay of the Luka Modric incident at 1951 - and it looks like Xabi Alonso caught the Croatian. Probably should have been a penalty for Spurs, that one.

2001: Sad news, meanwhile, from the world of football, courtesy of the Arsenal website: "It is with great sadness that Arsenal Football Club announces the death of Danny Fiszman after a long battle with illness. He was 66. Danny, who joined the Board of Directors in 1992, was a much loved and respected figure at the Club and will be deeply missed by his many friends and colleagues at Arsenal."

1959: Gareth Bale spanks the ball into the Real Madrid wall. Moments later Tom Huddlestone gifts possession to Emmanuel Adebayor, but he is too surprised to do anything with it and gives it straight back to Spurs.

1958: Spurs' attacking players have started impressively too, with Gareth Bale down the left, Aaron Lennon down the right and Roman Pavlyuchenko through the middle causing plenty of problems. The Russian is fouled and Spurs have a free-kick in a central position, 25 yards out...

1956: Real are sitting nice and deep and when they go forward they are getting Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil and Marcelo around lone striker Emmanuel Adebayor. But they aren't in any sort of rush. Gareth Bale stretches his legs down the Spurs left again, easing past Raul Albiol, but once more his cross cannot find a Spurs player.

From mUtEl0_PR on Twitter: "Spurs need an early goal to stand a chance here, early goal will put Real's defence on the rocks."

1953: Quiet in Germany so far, with Schalke looking quite comfortable and Inter not threatening at all. The Italians need four goals themselves, remember.

1951: That's the best of Gareth Bale. He skips past Sergio Ramos and fizzes over a cross into the Real box, but after Iker Casillas parries it away, Luka Modric goes down under another challenge inside the penalty area. No penalty again, that one less clear because we haven't seen a replay yet.

1949: Gareth Bale, naughty boy. He goes down inside the Real box with Sergio Ramos in the vicinity, but it's a dive from the Welshman and the ref gets it spot on. Well, at 4-0 down, can you really blame him?

1947: Spurs can't get the ball off Real, and it should be 1-0 to the Spaniards already. Mesut Ozil plays a one-two with Emmanuel Adebayor and goes clean through, but the German's left-foot curler is saved low down to his right by Heurelho Gomes.

1946: Reducer alert - Benoit Assou-Ekotto boots Cristiano Ronaldo in the backside within about 15 seconds of kick-off. The fans like it - not sure the Portuguese did much.

1945: And they are under way at the Auf Schalke Arena as well, with Schalke taking on Inter Milan.

1945: Spurs have a pre-match huddle, Jose looks totally focused and referee Nicola Rizzoli from Italy gets us under way in north London.

From PercyA20 on Twitter: "I had a dream last night that Spurs had won this game 6-1. Unfortunately Clive Allen scored 5 of them..."

1941: The Spurs and Real Madrid teams are out at White Hart Lane. Go on, dare yourself to dream, just a little bit...

Yellow card
Schalke v Inter Milan - players on a booking: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Jose Manuel Jurado (Schalke); Thiago Motta (Inter Milan).

Yellow card
Spurs v Real Madrid - players on a booking: Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Ricardo Carvalho, Angel Di Maria and Raul Albiol (all Real Madrid).

From Jonno, Manchester, on text: "2764/1 for Spurs and Inter 4-0 wins. That means if you put £10 on, you will lose £10."

1936: News just in from the Press Association: Rotherham have appointed Andy Scott as the club's new manager, with the former Brentford boss agreeing a three-year contract.

1934: As someone who has been to second-leg ties that, quite frankly, have beggared belief from start until cataclysmic finish (Forest 2-5 Yeovil and Forest 3-4 Blackpool), I'm probably the last person on Earth that needs to be convinced anything can happen tonight. Tell you one thing, though - they won't be ending 0-0, these two games. You can quote me on that.

1931: Remember: If Spurs fail to pull off Mission: Impossible at White Hart Lane, the consolation prize is that there will be four 'Clasicos' between Real Madrid and Barcelona in the space of two-and-a-half weeks, starting in La Liga on Saturday. Anyway, keep the chat coming whatever happens tonight: get the texts in to 81111 and tweet me Stevo_football or by using the hashtag #BBCFootball.

From JMCoop10 on Twitter: "2746/1 for Spurs and Inter 4-0 wins. Believe in the impossible."

Schalke v Inter Milan (agg 5-2) team news:
Marc Vesty reports: "Schalke make one change to the starting XI which won the first leg so convincingly, with giant German centre-back Christoph Metzelder coming in for Peruvian forward Jefferson Farfan as the home side attempt to keep the back door locked. Cristian Chivu misses out for Inter Milan following his red card in the first leg, but coach Leonardo is able to welcome back veteran centre-half Lucio from suspension. Esteban Cambiasso is on the bench, replaced by Japan international Yuto Nagatomo. Samuel Eto'o and Wesley Sneijder are both fit and start."

Tottenham v Real Madrid (agg 0-4) team news:
Phil McNulty at White Hart Lane: "Roman Pavlyuchenko spearheads Tottenham's attempt to perform a miracle and overhaul a 4-0 first leg lead with Peter Crouch suspended after his sending off at the Bernabeu. Aaron Lennon is in the starting line-up after his late cry-off though illness in Spain. Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho insisted he would respect Spurs despite that huge advantage and he has been true to his word. Cristiano Ronaldo, Ricardo Carvalho and Sergio Ramos all play despite the fact that another yellow card will rule them out of an "El Clasico" semi-final first leg against Barcelona if they complete the job at White Hart Lane."

From Anon, on text: "Miracles do happen. I am a Fulham fan and last year we were 3-1 down to Juve and then went 4-1 down after two mins. We all know what happened next. Fulham won 5-4. Early goal for Spurs and who knows. Come on Londoners, do us proud."

From Dave, Manchester, on text: "Everyone is forgetting that in the last 10 years this is uncharted territory for Real Madrid. Even one early goal for Spurs and they will be thinking..."

1914: Schalke v Inter Milan line-ups:
Schalke 04:
Neuer, Uchida, Metzelder, Howedes, Sarpei, Baumjohann, Matip, Papadopoulos, Jurado, Raul, Edu.
Subs: Schober, Plestan, Hao, Schmitz, Charisteas, Karimi, Draxler.
Inter Milan: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Ranocchia, Lucio, Nagatomo, Motta, Stankovic, Zanetti, Sneijder, Eto'o, Milito.
Subs: Castellazzi, Cordoba, Kharja, Cambiasso, Materazzi, Pandev, Coutinho.
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

1913: Tottenham v Real Madrid line-ups:
Gomes, Corluka, Gallas, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Huddlestone, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Pavlyuchenko.
Subs: Cudicini, Kaboul, Jenas, Defoe, Bassong, Kranjcar, Sandro.
Real Madrid: Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Carvalho, Albiol, Arbeloa, Alonso, Khedira, Ronaldo, Ozil, Marcelo, Adebayor.
Subs: Adan, Kaka, Benzema, Granero, Garay, Higuain, Di Maria.
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's David Pleat: "The big problem for Spurs is this - they have to go forward, and they have to get the full-backs Corluka and Assou-Ekotto forward. That could leave Gallas and Dawson badly exposed. Spurs need every bad thing possible to happen to Real Madrid - a red card, an own goal, but it'll still be mighty difficult."

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho: "We have to respect Tottenham and football because sometimes football can betray you: we cannot give it the chance to. If I was in Harry Redknapp's position I would not throw the towel in. I would try everything to make the miracle happen."

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp: "Everyone feels the tie is over and we know it will take a miracle, but miracles do happen. If we play very well then you never know. It's been a great run and we've enjoyed every minute - at the start, we'd have taken last eight."

From philbeck10 on Twitter: "Nine months ago was the World Cup final. All these Spurs fans expecting babies. I'm guessing they were really happy Spain won?"

1900: Stevo's Predos:
Tottenham 2-2 Real Madrid
Schalke 1-2 Inter Milan

From Peter Kearns, Bognor Regis, on text: "Spurs have no chance of overturning a four goal deficit, so ITV1 should scrap their coverage of tonight's game and show a James Bond movie instead."

1855: According to the Euro Club Index, which comes from Infostrada Sports, Spurs have a 0.8% chance of qualifying for the Champions League semi-finals. Inter Milan, on the other hand, are rated as just over 3% to go through.

From seanyap on Twitter: "If Liverpool could win in 2005 with Traore in the team, Spurs have a chance."

From Sean, optimistic Spurs fan, on text: "My wife is expecting a baby any day now and it was a choice between going to The Lane or looking after my wife. But I thought to myself that I needed to sort out my priorities and I shouldn't even consider anything else... I'm currently walking to the ground. Come on Tottenham."

From 8deejay_8 on Twitter: "I'm a United fan, thus over the moon about yesterday. BUT, if Spurs win I'll be even more ecstatic. Bring on 'The Miracle of WHL."

1842: Real team vs Spurs: Casillas, Albiol, Arbeloa, Ramos, Carvalho; Marcelo, Alonso, Khedira, Ozil; Ronaldo, Adebayor.

1841: Spurs team vs Real Madrid: Gomes; Corluka, Dawson, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Huddlestone, Modric, Bale; Van der Vaart, Pavlyuchenko.

Schalke v Inter Milan (agg 5-2) scene-setter:
Marc Vesty reports: "Before you write this one off as a dead rubber, ask yourself how many people would have backed Schalke to score five at the San Siro last week? Inter coach Leonardo says "anything is possible" and with Wesley Sneijder and Samuel Eto'o available the defending champions certainly have the firepower. In reality, no team required to win by a four-goal margin away from home has ever advanced in the Champions League - but it should be fun watching them try."

Tottenham v Real Madrid (agg 0-4) scene-setter:
Phil McNulty at White Hart Lane: "Spurs chase an almost impossible dream when they attempt to claw back a 4-0 deficit from the Champions League quarter-final first leg as Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid come to White Hart Lane. Harry Redknapp is understandably making all the right noises but Spurs would have to produce something beyond special to prevent "The Special One" and Real meeting Barcelona in an "El Clasico" Champions League semi-final."

1833: Team news on the way; you can bet your bottom dollar on that chat. For now, let's get some scene-setter action from our match reporting gruesome twosome...

From Rene, Park Lane upper, on text: "My pregnant missus is four days overdue!! So unfortunately unable to take up my season-ticket seat for the biggest game in Tottenham Hotspur's recent history. I'll be watching it at home, hopefully - as she's just said her water's broken! Give me strength guys. I'll keep you posted."

From IanHunter1990 on Twitter: "I'm an Arsenal fan. I'll admit seeing Tottenham go further in the CL than us was hard, but I'll even get behind Harry's men!"

1826: I presume you're here because you believe in miracles, yeah? Or you just can't face a Wednesday night without us. Or both. In which case(s), we're very much here for you. Tweet me some chat at Stevo_football or by using the hashtag #BBCFootball or drop us a text on 81111. Mi casa su casa. Siempre.

From Matt, on text: "I have £1 on Spurs to win 5-1, thus going out on away goals."

1821: A very warm welcome to Champions League Quarter-Final Second Leg Night Part II, as we complete the line-up for the final four. I'm Jonathan Stevenson and you're in the right place for all the build-up and action from Tottenham v Real Madrid (agg 0-4) and Schalke v Inter Milan (agg 5-2).

1818: Sometimes, it doesn't matter how convinced you are that something is going to happen - it's either written in the stars or it isn't. Tottenham, in their first season in the Champions League, must score at least four goals at home to even have a chance of taking the mighty Real Madrid and their Galactico manager Jose Mourinho to extra-time. Unlikely? Of course. Impossible? Doesn't exist in football.

1815: Tottenham ?-? Real Madrid, Champions League quarter-final second leg, 2011...?

Football's Greatest Comebacks™ #1
Champions League final, 2005:
AC Milan 3-3 Liverpool (aet), Liv win 3-2 on penalties

A night when football and logic parted company. Liverpool were 3-0 down at half-time, yet the 40,000-odd fans singing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' at the break inspired Steven Gerrard and his troops. Gerrard, Vladimir Smicer and Xabio Alonso made it 3-3 before the hour mark, Jerzy Dudek made a miracle double save from Andriy Shevchenko and then the Polish keeper saved Sheva's spot-kick to win it. 'The Miracle of Istanbul' was born, and few who ever saw it will ever forget.

Football's Greatest Comebacks™ #2
Champions League final, 1999:
Manchester United 2-1 Bayern Munich

Trailing 1-0 to an early Mario Basler goal, United's dream of winning a Treble looked like ending in the Champions League final. Going into injury time, Uefa officials were tying Bayern ribbons on the trophy - but they had not counted on United super subs Teddy Sheringham and Ole Solskjaer scoring in an incredible turnaround. "Football, bloody hell," said Sir Alex Ferguson on telly afterwards. Indeed.

Football's Greatest Comebacks™ #3
World Cup quarter-final, 1966:
Portugal 5-3 North Korea

The North Koreans produced one of the great World Cup shocks in England in 1966 when they beat Italy 1-0 at Ayresome Park, and they threatened the same again in the last eight when they went 3-0 up on Portugal after only 24 minutes. But the great Eusebio ended their dream with a stunning four-goal haul as the Portuguese eventually made it through to a semi-final against England.

Football's Greatest Comebacks™ #4
World Cup final, 1954:
West Germany 3-2 Hungary

The Magical Magyars were red-hot favourites to win the World Cup - not only did they have the likes of Zoltan Czibor, Sandor Kocsis, Ferenc Puskas and Nandor Hidegkuti, but they had destroyed opponents West Germany 8-3 in the group stage. They even went 2-0 up after eight minutes thanks to Puskas and Czibor, only for Max Morlock and a Helmut Rahn brace to shatter their hopes in a game now referred to reverentially as 'The Miracle of Bern'.

Football's Greatest Comebacks™ #5
Uefa Cup third round, 1985-86:
Real Madrid 4-0 Borussia Moenchengladbach (agg: 5-5)

The last time a team in European competition recovered a four-goal first-leg deficit to go through was in the 1985-86 season, when Real were thumped 5-1 in Germany only to turn it around at the Bernabeu. Jorge Valdano - now Real general manager - bagged a brace for Los Blancos that day. I wonder if he remembers.

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