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By Chris Bevan
2237: And this is where I bid you farewell, at the end of a pulsating night of European football. Spurs may have had a shocker but, for the neutral, you could not really ask for much more - a bucket-load of cracking goals, and a shock home defeat for the holders. Let's hope for more of the same entertainment-wise on Wednesday night, when Barcelona face Shakhtar Donetsk and Chelsea host Manchester United in the remaining Champions League quarter-finals. Thanks for keeping me company, and I will see you then.
2232: Eleven goals, and two red cards. This is how our reporters saw the night's action...
Emmanuel Adebayor, who following his double for Real tonight, has now scored 10 goals in 13 games against Spurs: "Maybe I like playing against Tottenham. I had two chances and scored two goals, and my record against them keeps improving. Jose Mourinho asked me before the game how many I scored against them, and he said maybe you will score more on Tuesday. Saturday (a home defeat to Gijon) was a tough game and I missed some chances. When I scored tonight I want to see the fans cheer more, and support more. Today they were great, and for the confidence it is very good."
OptaJoe on Twitter:
"14 - Cristiano Ronaldo had 14 shots v Tottenham, the most by a player in the CL since Kaka had 15 for AC Milan v Celtic in 2006-07. Peppered."
2222: By the way, if you haven't already seen Dejan Stankovic's opener for Inter Milan, then you should seek it out immediately. One heck of a strike, and the way he adjusts his body before slamming the ball back over Manuel Neuer's head from all of 40 yards makes it a goal of real beauty. It didn't do them much good though, did it?
No1likesDC on Twitter:
"Gonna have to be a special night at White Hart Lane in a couple of weeks. Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon & co firing on all cylinders."
Hmmm, better make that a VERY special night. Hopefully no sore throats either... but, even then, I fear a four-goal deficit is going to be far too much for Harry Redknapp's men.
2218: Tottenham's hopes of progress look extremely slim, but what about holders Inter Milan, who led twice before capitulating at the San Siro against Schalke to complete what has been a miserable few days (they were thumped by neighbours AC Milan over the weekend). Manchester United or Chelsea will play the winners of that tie in the last four... and it looks very much like they will face German opposition.
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho on whether his side are already all-but in the Champions League semi-finals after thrashing 10-man Tottenham in the first leg of their last-eight tie: "Not yet. I know England well, I know the English mentality and I know White Hart Lane. With any other culture I would say yes, but in England they have belief until the last minute so it is not over." On the part Peter Crouch's red card played in the ease of Real's win: "We started with 11 v 11 and scored a goal immediately. But when it was 11 v 10 it was an impossible missison for Spurs - I have had the same in the Champions League with Chelsea and Inter. For the team with 11, it is just a case of keeping up the high tempo and not letting the opponent breathe and we did that in the second half."
2207: The travelling Tottenham fans are still in their seats, high in the stands at the Bernabeu, as they wait to be allowed out of the ground but at least Real are trying to cheer them up after a thoroughly miserable evening. The big screens at the stadium are currently showing a montage of Spurs' goals against Arsenal.
From Muzammil from Oldham, via text: "Everyone's talking about the Spurs game. What about what happened at the San Siro tonight?? Schalke 04 making a statement!"
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp after his side's crushing defeat by Real Madrid: "Anything that could go wrong, did go wrong. Just as we were leaving the dressing room, Aaron Lennon just said he had no energy or strength. Then we had their early goal and a red card too. Still, in the first half we did ever so well and even had a couple of chances. I thought we might be able to hang on in there but our legs ran out. It is hard enough to come here with 11 men, not 10 and it was a difficult day against a top, top team."
Former England boss Graham Taylor at the Bernabeu on BBC Radio 5 live: "There was something wrong with that Spurs side, as a group of people. I would really like to know the story behind that late problem with Aaron Lennon because things like that can really affect a team."
RobbieMathias on Twitter:
"Heartache for Spurs tonight, but sure Harry won't let them go out with a whimper at the Lane though."
Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso, part of the Liverpool side that won the 2005 Champions League final after his side trailed 3-0 to AC Milan at half-time, on his side's prospects of reaching the last four: "This is not even close to being done, we have seen some great comebacks and we have to be ready. They will push us from the first minute and we must be careful. We needed to be patient tonight and as soon as we got the second they were down and it was easier to get the third and fourth."
BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Madejski Stadium:
"That is five straight wins in the Championship for Reading, who are making a very serious push for promotion. They are now one point off fifth but the result does little for Preston's hopes of survival. They remain eight points adrift of safety with seven games left to play."
From Stuart in Edinburgh, via text: "Game, set and matches. Lets hope tomorrow night's football is as good. Man Utd and Barcelona wins."
Tottenham defender Michael Dawson, looking a bit shellshocked after his side's mauling at the hands of Real Madrid: "To give the first two goals away in the way we did we have to look at ourselves and be disappointed. Going down to 10 men didn't help things against such a top quality side and we gave them a helping hand. We have to go away and pick ourselves up be ready for the next game."
BBC Sport European Football blogger Phil Minshull
in the Santiago Bernabeu: "Spurs may have wanted this nightmare over as soon as possible but Emmanuel Adebayor doesn't want the night to end. He comes on to the pitch without a tracksuit and the first person he hugs is Cristiano Ronaldo. Friend and foe get his greetings as they go past him to the dressing room and he's almost the last player off the pitch despite being substituted 15 minutes before the end. The only blemish on his night was the silly and unnecessary yellow card he got early on."
From Tom, Spurs fan in London (with noisy Madrid students next door!), via text: "The Champions League has been a fantastic experience, however 10 men at the Bernabeu were always going to lose heavily! We have got eight games to ensure more of the same next year."
2145: Where DID it go wrong for Tottenham? That last-ditch loss of Aaron Lennon before kick-off? That fifth-minute Emmanuel Adebayor goal, or Peter Crouch's 14th-minute red card. The up-shot is that they were utterly outclassed by Real, who managed 35 shots tonight, with 11 on target. Spurs? One on target, out of four in total.
vibjpatel on Twitter:
"Pain, pain, pain. Silly mistakes, poor defending - but this was never going to be an easy match for Spurs was it?"
2139: The official reason for Aaron Lennon's last-minute absence for Tottenham tonight? A sore throat, according to Uefa. Very strange.
2138: Tottenham's players trudge off, some of them without stopping to shake hands with the opposition before disappearing down the tunnel. Real celebrate - job done for them, surely?
2136: FULL-TIME Inter Milan 2-5 Schalke 04
2136: FULL-TIME Real Madrid 4-0 Tottenham
2135: We are into stoppage time at the Bernabeu. The game cannot end quickly enough for Spurs.
2134: So, Tottenham trail 4-0 in Europe, with 10 men. We have been here before this season. Can't help feeling Gareth Bale is leaving it a bit late to score a hat-trick tonight...
Real goal: Safe to say this has been coming - Cristiano Ronaldo has definitely had enough attempts on goal tonight. Kaka crosses from the left and the former Manchester United man meets it with an angled volley that Heurelho Gomes should keep out, but doesn't. Real's dominance is reflected by a first-leg scoreline that should be enough to put them in the semi-finals.
2131: GOALFLASH Real Madrid 4-0 Tottenham (Ronaldo)
2129: Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been full of step-overs tonight, gets forward down the right and surges into the box but nobody can get on the end of his cross-shot. A fourth Real goal would kill this tie stone-dead ahead of next Wednesday's return at White Hart Lane, but even at 3-0, it is difficult to see Tottenham's European adventure continuing beyond the second leg.
OptaJoe on Twitter:
"10 - Emmanuel Adebayor has scored 10 goals in 13 games in all competitions against Tottenham. Fulfilled."
BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Madejski Stadium:
"Another goal with a hint of fortune about it brings Preston level at Reading. Eddie Johnson's header strikes the base of the post and hits goalkeeper Alex McCarthy on the back before dribbling over the line. Still not a classic match mind."
2125: Real come forward again and Sergio Ramos flashes a shot a fraction high and wide with Heurelho Gomes beaten. Tottenham are hanging on, grimly.
2123: Tottenham make their final change, with the injured Vedran Corluka replaced by Sebastien Bassong. This has been a night to forget for their travelling fans - just 10 minutes of the 90 left as Real try to pile on the agony.
Schalke goal: Inter are all over the place. Jefferson Farfan runs through on goal before seeing a first shot saved by Julio Cesar, and then his rebound effort come off Andrea Ranocchia and on to a post. The Italian side fail to clear, though, and Edu spins his marker on the edge of the area to fire a sweet left-foot shot past the hapless Cesar.
BBC Sport European Football blogger Phil Minshull
in the Santiago Bernabeu: "They are dancing in the aisles, on the seats and everywhere else. Just as I write that, Emmanuel Adebayor comes off the field to his first standing ovation from the Real fans since he arrived in January from Manchester City. 'Manolito', as he's been nicknamed by the Spanish media, deserves it as well. Memories of tonight might help seal a permanent move, especially if Real go on to win at Wembley next month."
2122: Hmmm, not a bad player to bring on with 14 minutes left... Kaka replaces Angel di Maria. Real may have three goals but they still want more, and Cristiano Ronaldo forces another stop from Heurelho Gomes with a dipping snap-shot from distance.
2120: Both of tonight's ties look over already, don't they? Not sure there is any way back now for Tottenham or Inter Milan now.
2119: GOALFLASH Inter Milan 2-5 Schalke 04 (Edu)
2118: Jermain Defoe is booked after a challenge on Ricardo Carvalo and Real have made another change. Gonzalo Higuain is on for Emmanuael Adebayor.
Real goal: You just don't save these. Angel di Maria cuts inside Benoit Assou-Ekotto into the right-hand corner of the area and unleashes a thunderbolt shot that hurtles past Heurelo Gomes and into the top corner. Ten-man Tottenham are in a whole heap of trouble now, and there is still 17 minutes left.
2116: GOALFLASH Real Madrid 3-0 Tottenham (Angel di Maria)
2115: Mesut Ozil's turn to test Heurelho Gomes, with a long-range shot that the Spurs keeper beats away.
2114: Ah, just a bit of cramp for Gareth Bale, who is back on his feet.
2112: More intense pressure by Real, clearly they want to put this tie to bed tonight. Some last-ditch defending means Spurs survive, but they have more problems to contend with - Gareth Bale is down and looks in a lot of pain.
2112: Almost a fifth goal for Schalke - Jose Manuel Jurado's 25-yard low drive beats Julio Cesar but rebounds back off a post. Did anyone see this coming?
2111: When Emmanuel Adebayor wants to be, he can be a world-beating striker. Tonight appears to be one of those nights. Lassana Diarra lifts the ball to the back post and Adebayor's header is dropping under the bar until Spurs keeper Heurelo Gomes flicks out a wrist to tip it over. A brilliant save.
Inter red card: At least Tottenham are not the only side having a complete 'mare tonight. The Italian side have just had Cristian Chivu sent off for a second yellow card - the Romanian defender going through the back of Edu, who reacted theatrically.
2107: Right, just over an hour gone at the Bernabeu and we are still looking at damage limitation for 10-man Tottenham, as we have since Peter Crouch's early red card. If they keep it at 2-0, they are still in this tie. Anything more, and a place in the last four slips ever further away.
Schalke's fourth goal: Jose Manuel Jurado skips away down the right and produces a low cross before a sliding Andrea Ranocchia diverts the ball into his own net in an attempt to divert the ball from the path of the on-rushing Edu. Disaster for the defending champions.
2105: RED CARD Inter's Cristian Chivu
2105: A first change for Real. Lassana Diarra is on, Sami Khedira is off.
Football League Nathan: "Notts County have pulled a goal back in their game against Rochdale, still they trail 2-1, though. It's as you were elsewhere in League One since the restart. In League Two, Burton Albion are locked at one apiece against Northampton, Bradford are 1-0 up on Macclesfield and Southend trail Accrington 1-0."
Real goal: Oh dear. Ten-man Tottenham rather shoot themselves in the foot here. Marcelo crosses from the left and Emmanuel Adebayor is all alone to head home his second of the night. I think Benoit Assou-Ekotto was meant to be marking him, but he was not exactly close to his man. Not a good time for your defence to go missing.
Third Schalke goal:Raul Gonzalez nets his 70th Champions League goal. An intricate edge-of-area move ends with Jefferson Farfan sliding through the former Real Madrid hitman, who takes one touch to skip away from the desperate lunge of Inter's Andrea Ranocchia and poke home from close range.
2101: GOALFLASH Inter Milan 2-4 Schalke 04 (Ranocchia og)
2101: GOALFLASH Real Madrid 2-0 Tottenham (Adebayor)
2100: Tottenham are at least keeping hold of the ball now, even if their latest move breaks down when Jermain Defoe is flagged offside.
2058: No surprise who is the main threat for Tottenham - Gareth Bale. He wins a corner after seeing a cross-shot deflected wide and, when the ball comes across, Benoit Assou-Ekotto sees his half-volley fly wide.
2057: GOALFLASH Inter Milan 2-3 Schalke 04 (Raul)
2055: A long spell of pressure for Real, who are camped on the edge of the Spurs area. It ends when Marcelo drives the ball into the box and Cristiano Ronaldo cannot quite divert it on target.
2054: Another chance for Inter. Wesley Sneijder is really pulling the strings now and the Dutchman slides in Samuel Eto'o, who steps inside his marker, and eyes the corner of the net before Manuel Neuer expertly palms away his goalbound effort.
2053: Tottenham give Cristiano Ronaldo space to shoot on the edge of the area, which is never a good idea. Ronaldo gets plenty of power behind his left-foot shot but the ball whistles a fraction wide. Spurs do look a bit more solid since the restart, but still a lot of work to do here.
2052: Er, how did Sergio Ramos get away with that (part II). This time he uses his arm to block off Gareth Bale as Spurs look to break again. No foul given, again.
2050: Inter pick up where they left off at the end of the first half, with that man Diego Milito missing the target after Wesley Sneijder slips him through. A real waste, that. More goals to come in that one? Probably.
2049: We are back under way in Madrid and Milan.
2047: The Spurs players are back out on the pitch at the Bernabeu, and Jermain Defoe is coming on for Rafael van der Vaart for the second half. The Real team? Still in the tunnel.
2044: Well done to those of you that spotted it was Dejan Stankovic who came off for Inter at 2015, not Diego Milito (who to deliberately compound my mistake, scored about three minutes later). It has been a cracking game at the San Siro, but not quite so good that substituted players are scoring too. Blame my befuddled mind after all that fast and furious first-half action...
From Kingie, via text: "This start from Spurs reminds me of a certain night at the San Siro not too long ago. Doubt Gareth Bale will pull off another hat-trick, although at this point I would happily take 4-3!"
BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Madejski Stadium:
"Not a lot to choose between the two teams as we approach half-time, but Reading lead Preston 1-0 thanks to a slightly fortunate deflection. A cross from Shane Long struck Barry Nicholson and looped invitingly into the path of Jimmy Kebe, who slotted home from close range."
Football League Nathan: "Sheffield Wednesday are rampant at the break against Tranmere thanks largely to two Tommy Miller goals - 3-0 they lead. Elsewhere in League One, Notts County's miserable week continues with Craig Dawson and Neil Atkinson on target for Rochdale for a 2-0 cushion against managerless County. Leyton Orient and Peterborough lead Plymouth and Dagenham and Redbridge by the same scoreline. And the only game in League One yet to have a goal has now got one as Bristol Rovers take the lead from a Jeff Hughes penalty, driven straight down the middle - you don't save those. Cherries stuttering, Rovers revival."
caldeasy6 on Twitter:
"This tie is now Real's to lose. However if Harry gets them back with a 1-0 I'd have to back Spurs to progress."
MattyN18 on Twitter:
"Does Xabi Alonso EVER lose the ball? The lad is quality & any player's dream team-mate! World class passing..."
HALF-TIME Inter Milan 2-2 Schalke James Boylan's HT snapshot "A veritable counter-attacking frenzy and one of the goals of the tournament from Dejan Stankovic. Tough to call but Inter marginally the more composed in possession towards the end of the 45 to indicate they may come out on top."
HALF-TIME Real Madrid 1-0 Tottenham Marc Vesty's HT snapshot "Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp could hardly have imagined a worse opening 20 minutes at the Bernabeu as Real ran riot. But despite conceding a goal and having Peter Crouch sent off, Spurs have fought back bravely. If they can take this 1-0 deficit back to London it would be a superb result."
2033: The half-time whistle blows at the Bernabeu and and the San Siro. In a word, eventful.
2032: Another big decision for referee Felix Brych. Sergio Ramos body-checks Gareth Bale as he runs down the left... it is cynical, but Brych chooses to ignore it altogether.
2032: We are into the final minute of the first half at the Bernabeu. Real Madrid lead 10-man Spurs 1-0.
Schalke goal: Some game this, and another super goal. Edu races through on goal only to see his right-foot shot fisrt deflected and then parried by keeper Julio Cesar. The Brazilian does not give up, mind, and manages to steer in the rebound from an acute angle.
2029: Tottenham are very lucky here. Michael Dawson runs out to close down an Angel di Maria shot from the edge of the area, and the ball clearly hits his arm inside the box. The Real players demand a penalty, but referee Felix Brych says no.
2027: We've been here before. Danger for Tottenham as Cristiano Ronaldo steps up to smash in a free-kick... but he sees the ball balloon over the bar.
BBC Sport European Football blogger Phil Minshull
in the Santiago Bernabeu: "Huge groans all around the stadium when Adebayor and Di Maria went close. It's pretty obvious that the Real Madrid fans think that they are going to be taking at least a 2-0 lead to London next week. Despite some good work by Bale and Van der Vaart, the thousand or so Spurs fans sitting directly behind me are looking pretty dejected at the moment."
2026: It's been quite a quiet night so far, hasn't it?
2025: GOALFLASH Inter Milan 2-2 Schalke 04 (Edu)
Inter goal: Another goal of real quality sees Inter retake the lead. Wesley Sneijder chips a pinpoint ball to the right-hand side of the area allowing Esteban Cambiasso to cushion a header into Diego Milito's path who volleys home unmarked from five yards out.
2022: More encouragement for 10-man Tottenham. They break quickly and Pepe has to slide in to stop Gareth Bale from rampaging down the left. That's a booking and he will miss the second leg. Bale is a tad unlucky not to hit the target from the resulting free-kick too, but when the ball is crossed in he can only direct it wide.
2012: Rafael van der Vaart puts the ball right into the danger zone from a free-kick, but Michael Dawson is penalised for pushing as he tries to meet the dropping ball. Looked harsh to me, that.
2020: The chances keep coming at the Bernabeu, and this time we almost see a second goal for Real. Sergio Ramos somehow gets his head to Marcelo's fizzing, bouncing cross and sends the ball back across goal, where it shaves the top of Emmanuel Adebayor's head. Any lower, and we would be talking 2-0.
2018: GOALFLASH Inter Milan 2-1 Schalke 04 (Milito)
Former England boss Graham Taylor at the Bernabeu on BBC Radio 5 live: "If Tottenham can go back to London at 1-0 it would be a fantastic achievement because this game is only going one way and that's to Real."
2017: Better by Tottenham. Much better. First, a long throw by Gareth Bale finds Rafael van der Vaart inside the area but he cannot turn and shoot before he is crowded out. Then, moments later, Bale bursts into the area to get on the end of a long ball, but fires into the side-netting after getting past Sergio Ramos.
2015: It's not exactly quiet at the San Siro either. Inter's Diego Milto has had a decent penalty appeal turned down after his run seemed to be checked by Japanese defender Atsuto Uchid, and the Italian side have just seen their goalscorer Dejan Stankovic forced off injured. Houssine Kharja is on instead.
2012: It is like attack versus defence at the Bernabeu at the moment. Tottenham have got a LOT of defending to do if they are going to keep this tie alive.
OptaJoe on Twitter:
"3 - Spurs have picked up three red cards in the Champions League this season, more than any other side. Mountain."
2009: With 22 minutes gone, Real keeper Iker Casillas has his first shot to save. Rafael van der Vaart, who is now operating as Tottenham's lone striker, fires in a free-kick from 30 yards out... but the ball bounces harmlessly into the hands of Casillas.
BBC Sport European Football blogger Phil Minshull
in the Santiago Bernabeu: "Real Madrid fans are in fine voice, I haven't heard or seen the Bernabeu as energised this season. The Ultras Sur, Real's hardcore fans who inhabit the south end of the stadium, are belting out one of their favourites, a dodgy version of the old Pet Shop Boys hit 'Go West' sung to some patriotic lyrics."
Schalke goal: The German side are quickly level. An unmarked Kyriakos Papadopoulos should do better with his downwards header from a corner, which is saved by Julio Cesar, but the ball falls kindly to Joel Matip who finishes from close range.
Football League Nathan: "Goal frenzy in the opening stages in League One. It's a flying start for Peterborough as a David Ball double gives the visitors a flying start at Dagenham and Redbridge. Southampton going well, too, with the unmarked Guly Do Prado grabbing his ninth goal of the season with a cool side-foot finish for a 1-0 lead at home to Charlton. Leyton Orient, Rochdale and Sheffield Wednesday all have two-goal leads in their games."
2006: Ten-man Tottenham have to be careful here, because they have picked up another booking. Sandro clatters Cristiano Ronaldo but it is Rafael van der Vaart who is shown a yellow for kicking the ball away.
2004: Tottenham look at full stretch every time Real come forward but Emmanuel Adebayor is penalised for a high boot and Spurs can breathe again, for now anyway.
Spurs red card: Silly, very silly. Peter Crouch slides in wildly again, this time on Marcelo, and German referee Felix Brych quickly shows him his second yellow card of the night - correctly too. A goal and now a man down, after Aaron Lennon's illness/injury too. Could Tottenham's evening have gone any worse so far?
2002: GOALFLASH Inter Milan 1-1 Schalke 04 (Matip)
2001: RED CARD Tottenham's Peter Crouch
Former England boss Graham Taylor at the Bernabeu on BBC Radio 5 live: "From the word go they have looked unsettled. They need to do a lot more if they are going to make an impression on this game."
1958: Another booking, this time for Emmanuel Adebayor, who needlessly slides in on Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto as the ball rolls out of play. The first 10 minutes or so have been pretty lively, haven't they?
1957: It was Aaron Lennon's late replacement, Jermaine Jenas, who lost Emmanuel Adebayor for Real's goal. Still, plenty of time for him to make amends.
1956: Another sniff for Real. Marcelo makes space for a shot on the edge of the area with a neat turn and sends the ball flashing past the foot of Heurelo Gomes' left-hand post. Tottenham need to settle down, and quickly.
1955: Peter Crouch lunges in on Sergio Ramos. A bit rash that, and it earns him the first booking of the night.
Inter goal: This is some strike, so apologies for the slight delay in telling you about it. Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer sprints out of his area to head away a through-ball, but it falls for Dejan Stankovic near the halfway line, and he volleys it straight back over Neuer's head after showing exquisite control and composure.
Real goal: Tottenham's nightmare continues. Their old Arsenal nemesis Emmanuel Adebayor rises unmarked to meet a corner and his downward header beats Heurelo Gomes and Luka Modric, who is standing on the post but cannot keep it out. Real lead after four minutes.
1951: GOALFLASH Real Madrid 1-0 Tottenham (Adebayor)
1949: Here's the latest on Aaron Lennon. He was taken out of the starting XI because of illness but he is among the Spurs substitutes. On the pitch, Angel di Maria has just had a shot deflected wide for Real.
1948: A cagey start at the Bernabeu, apart from a couple of long-range efforts, both off-target, by Cristiano Ronaldo. Quite unlike what we saw at the San Siro - more on that very soon.
1948: GOALFLASH Inter Milan 1-0 Schalke 04 (Stankovic)
1946: Aaron Lennon was actually feeling unwell, rather than injured. Not the start Spurs were looking for. Anyway, we are under way.
1945: A late change for Tottenham. Aaron Lennon picked up a hamstring strain in the warm-up and Jermaine Jenas takes his place in the starting XI. We are already under way at the San Siro by the way...
1944: You can listen to commentary of Real-Spurs on BBC Radio 5 live... just give this page a manual refresh and the link will appear in the top right of the page. For all your lower league needs, Midweek Final Score is also up and running.
1943: Here come the players too... time for that tune you know and love.
1942: First man to emerge? Jose Mourinho. Who else...
1940: The players are in the tunnels at the Bernabeu... two seperate ones here, just like at the Reebok Stadium... which is where the similarities pretty much begin and end I'm afraid, Bolton fans.
1939: Lots of talk about how crucial Luka Modric will be for Tottenham tonight, as Avik20 tweeted at 1923. On BBC Radio 5 live, Graham Taylor thinks Xabi Alonso will be expected to do a job on him in midfield. But there are going to be battles all over the park tonight... who fancies who in Emmanuel Adebayor v Michael Dawson, just for example?
1936: Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp looks happy and relaxed enough in his pre-match interview, with kick-off fast approaching. What did Harry have to say? "We've been reckoning on Ronaldo playing all along. They are more or less lining up how we expected them to. I feel same as I do any other Saturday. The plan is to make sure we stay in the game. They've got some fantastic forward players but so have we. We've got pace and are going to make sure we used that in Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale and look to carry the game on the counter attack."
Spanish football expert Graham Hunter at the Bernabeu on BBC Radio 5 live: "The long and the short of it is that, under Jose Mourinho, Madrid are fitter than ever, and far fitter than AC Milan or Inter Milan, who Spurs have already beaten this season. Mourinho has installed a winning mentality too and this is going to be a massive test for Harry Redknapp's side."
prajjwalpanday on Twitter:
"Whatever the outcome, Spurs deserve massive credit for playing entertaining, end-to-end football this year"
avik20 on Twitter:
"Forget about Bale and Ronaldo, Modric vs Xabi Alonso will be the key battle. Knock Modric out of the game and Madrid win."
OptaJoe on Twitter:
"7 - Peter Crouch has scored seven goals in eight starts for Tottenham in Europe. Selection."
INTER MILAN v SCHALKE 04 TEAM NEWS James Boylan reports: "Inter replace suspended centre-back Lucio with Cristian Chivu, who will play alongside Andrea Ranocchia in the heart of the defence. Schalke are without forwards Jan-Klaas Huntelaar and Mario Gavranovic, so Edu partners Raul Gonzalez in attack. Christoph Metzelder, who suffered suffered a broken nose at St Pauli on Friday, misses out."
1923: Hmmm, I've got a feeling that any Arsenal fans out there will be keeping a low profile tonight (well, possibly until full-time anyway) but the Gunners do have something to shout about when it comes to the Bernabeu.
In 2006, and en-route to the Champions League final,
they became the first English club to triumph, when a certain Thierry Henry scored the decisive goal in their second round clash. Can Spurs emulate their north-London neighbours? Not long until we find out...
Dr_Agon11 on Twitter:
"I'd love to see Van der Vaart put in a big shift tonight and show Real what they're missing."
BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Madejski Stadium:
"Reading go into this fixture having broken into the Championship's top six last weekend and on the back of a run of form that has seen them win their last four league fixtures. While the Royals want to leave the division, opponents Preston are desperate to stay in it. They have won their last three games to climb off the bottom but are still eight points adrift of safety."
1915: Right then, we have just 30 minutes to go until kick-off in tonight's European games. The Bernabeu? Filling up nicely. How are you lot feeling, though? Nervous, excited, or both?
OptaJoe on Twitter:
"0 - Real Madrid have won none of their last 5 Champions League games (D1 L4) against English teams & failed to score in the last 4. Spur."
1912: Those five Madrid players currently on a booking are Ricardo Carvalho, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Angel di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo. They will miss the second leg at White Hart Lane on 13 April if they get a yellow card tonight, but no Tottenham players are in the same situation.
oliie678 on Twitter:
"Five (key) players miss next match for Madrid if booked... could be important come next Wednesday."
Former England boss Graham Taylor in Madrid on BBC Radio 5 live, talking about what the Tottenham players might be thinking as they warm up at the Bernabeu: "When you go into this stadium, you just think 'wow' but Harry Redknapp will have made sure that they believe in themselves and that they are ready for this game. To get as far as they have done and be as confident as they are is fantastic, and this is a huge game in the club's history."
From Bello, on the way to the pub, Harlow, via text: "The big news for Spurs is that William Gallas is starting. A huge boost at the back."
1902: Tonight, as I've just been reminded by
is Real Madrid's first Champions League quarter-final since 2004, the year in which Jose Mourinho won the first of his Champions League crowns. That season, Real were upended in the last eight by AS Monaco, who would progress to the final to face Mourinho.
1900: Real Madrid have a LOT of previous in the European Cup/Champions League - a win at Wembley in May would see them crowned kings of Europe for the 10th time - but their recent record is not so hot - they have not lifted the famous trophy since 2002. What shape are they in this season then? Well, Saturday's defeat by Sporting Gijon
(Jose Mourinho's first home league loss since 2002)
has dealt their hopes of winning the Primera Liga a huge blow, but BBC Sport European Football blogger Phil Minshull believes that
they will bounce back from that at the Bernabeu tonight.
Minshull says: "The belief is still there that they can lift Europe's top club prize despite having now effectively thrown in the towel on challenging their bitter rivals Barcelona for this year's domestic title."
REAL MADRID v TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS Marc Vesty reports: "Key conjurers Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale will take top billing at the Bernabeu after both recovered from hamstring injuries to be included in the starting line-ups. Ronaldo's return boosts Real Madrid, who also welcome back Brazilian full-back Marcelo and midfielder Xabi Alonso. Manchester City loanee Emmanuel Adebayor starts up-front. Bale has not played for Tottenham since 19 March but starts on the left with Aaron Lennon on the right. William Gallas has recovered from a knee injury and partners Michael Dawson at centre-back. "
Inter Milan v Schalke 04 line-ups Inter Milan: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Ranocchia, Chivu, Zanetti, Stankovic, Motta, Sneijder, Cambiasso, Eto'o, Milito. Subs: Castellazzi, Cordoba, Kharja, Mariga, Materazzi, Pandev, Nagatomo. Schalke 04: Neuer, Uchida, Matip, Howedes, Sarpei, Farfan, Papadopoulos, Jurado, Baumjohann, Raul, Edu. Subs: Schober, Escudero, Plestan, Hao, Schmitz, Karimi, Draxler. Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)
JayCamp1980 on Twitter:
"Come on Spurs, take the game to Madrid. We have proved this year that we fear nobody in Europe."
INTER MILAN v SCHALKE 04 (1945 GMT) James Boylan reports: "Holders Inter resume their bid to become the first club to successfully defend the European crown in its Champions League incarnation. And, despite a 3-0 defeat to city rivals AC Milan on Saturday, they start the tie as favourites against a Schalke side that lies only 11th in the Bundesliga and whose manager, Ralf Rangnick, takes charge of his side for only the second time - albeit in his second stint at the club - after replacing the sacked Felix Magath two weeks ago. Rangnick's first game at the helm was abandoned two minutes early due to crowd trouble at St Pauli on Friday - hardly ideal preparation for the German side. But tonight's venue, the San Siro, is the scene of one of the biggest results in the Bundesliga club's history - their 1997 Uefa Cup final triumph over none other than Internazionale."
From Farington White, via text: "What's all this talk of Real v Spurs? Only one team in white matters tonight. The majestic Preston North End continue their glorious escape from relegation!"
KevinGandiya on Twitter:
"Got a feeling Spurs will get a good result at the Bernabeu tonight! Madrid very shaky in defence."
Real Madrid v Tottenham line-ups Real Madrid: Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Carvalho, Marcelo, Di Maria, Alonso, Ozil, Khedira, Adebayor, Ronaldo. Subs: Adan, Kaka, Diarra, Granero, Arbeloa, Garay, Higuain. Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Gallas, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Sandro, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Crouch. Subs: Cudicini, Huddlestone, Jenas, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe, Bassong, Kranjcar. Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
Tottenham's former Real Madrid playmaker Rafael van der Vaart, who swapped the Bernabeu for White Hart Lane last summer: "I don't have bad feelings towards Real or feel like I have to prove them wrong. I'm a Tottenham player now and I want to win. I had a great time here. I'm proud to have played for Real Madrid but I left for London and I'm happy there. I miss Madrid sometimes. I miss the weather and the lifestyle but I'm really happy at Tottenham. It's a fantastic club and I love the Premier League too."
1845: A (Tottenham-supporting) mate of mine flew out to Madrid earlier today and described Stansted Airport as being a bit like Paxton Road (which is behind one of the stands at White Hart Lane) on matchdays... in other words, it was full of Spurs fans. I suspect Spain's capital is pretty similar right now - it looks like a cracking atmosphere there from the pictures I've seen, and the Bernabeu is not exactly going to be quiet in an hour or so, is it?
Two-time Champions League winner Jose Mourinho again, this time on what tonight's tie means to him, and how he might approach it: "It's a game in the most important club competition in the world and there's no lack of motivation. It's a match that is too nice and too important to think about other things. I give the match a 10 (out of 10) for importance. Since I've been playing in the Champions League I've said that a goalless draw at home in the first match is not a bad result, although that doesn't mean we will be going out to play for a draw."
From Chris in London, via text: "Hi Chris, I think Gareth Bale can run in behind Sergio Ramos if he gets too tight. In a foot race there's only one winner. C'mon you Spurs!"
BREAKING TEAM NEWS FROM THE BERNABEU Cristiano Ronado and defender Marcelo are both fit enough to start for Real Madrid, while Kaka is on the bench. Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon line up on either flank for Tottenham, with Peter Crouch up front. Full line-ups and team news to follow shortly.
More from BBC pundit Alan Hansen, on Tottenham's task tonight:
"I would rank Spurs as underdogs in the tie, I assume most people would, but they have definitely got a chance against a Real side that is not a great one and is beatable, despite their collection of wonderful players. The key is to ensure the result from the first leg is manageable for the second game at White Hart Lane. The away goal is vital, but Spurs will not go gung-ho to try and get it because this sort of approach comes with the danger of being picked off."
JayCNoble on Twitter:
"A managerial genius, an unstoppable winger and the expectations of an almighty fan base. Real Madrid aren't too bad either."
OptaJoe on Twitter:
"5 - José Mourinho has won all five of his meetings with Harry Redknapp as a manager. Guvnors."
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho on his Spurs counterpart Harry Redknapp: "When I was in England he was not managing teams with a possibility of reaching these kind of ambitions in the Champions League. Finally after the good work he was doing, he went to Tottenham, who had the resources to build a good team. I'm very, very happy for him. I hope, and I say this from my heart, that if I don't reach the final, then I hope he does it."
1822: Here's some BREAKING NEWS for you.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has admitted a charge
for the use of offensive, insulting and/or abusive language from Saturday's win at West Ham. However, Rooney has submitted a claim that the automatic penalty of two games is excessive. A commission will hear his submission tomorrow.
BBC pundit Alan Hansen on Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who is expected to be fit after a hamstring injury:
"The debate rages about who is the best player to grace the Premier League but I bow to no-one in my belief that when Ronaldo was at Manchester United, he was the finest I have ever seen in destroying tiring teams in the last 20 minutes. He was magnificent at it and Harry Redknapp will be well aware of this should tired legs become a factor." And on Jose Mourinho: "People can say what they like about Jose but if you ask a man to measure how good he is by putting his medals on the table, he will never have a problem."
Look on the bright side, at least I got it out of the way early on...
figfenelon10 on Twitter:
"Big performances from Bale and Lennon needed if Spurs are to come away with anything! Their best chance will be on the break."
REAL MADRID v TOTTENHAM (1945 GMT) Marc Vesty reports: "Tottenham have proved they fear no one this season, beating Italian giants AC and Inter Milan, amongst others. But standing toe-to-toe with the nine-time European champions on their home turf is likely to be Spurs' greatest challenge yet. Jose Mourinho says a 0-0 draw at the Bernabeu would be a "good result" for Real and Harry Redknapp would surely be happy with that. But goals are what these sides do best - 19 apiece making them the joint-top scorers left in the competition. Game on."
1813: Like I said, loads going on... and it won't be the same unless you lot get involved too. How? Easy peasy:
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1810: It's not ALL about Real v Spurs tonight (although it mostly is, really). There is quite a lot else going on, though, starting with holders
Inter Milan versus Schalke 04
in tonight's other Champions League quarter-final, Reading versus Preston in the Championship, a smattering of League One and League Two games, and a chance for
to win promotion to the Football League too. Stay right here on this page to see exactly how that little lot turns out.
1804: Yep, we are back on the (Euro) road to Wembley tonight. In just over an hour-and-a-half or so, Spurs will kick off the first leg of their last-eight tie at the Bernabeu, home of European football's most successful club. Real Madrid, (possibly) featuring Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Mesut Ozil, will take on a Tottenham, side (probably) including Gareth Bale, Rafael van der Vaart and Peter Crouch. To put it simply, there is no better way to spend your Tuesday night.
1801: Pinch yourselves Tottenham fans - no, you are not dreaming. This is the quarter-finals of the Champions League and, yes, it is for Real.
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