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Barcelona v Real Madrid as it happened

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By Chris Bevan

2212: Right, this is where I bid you farewell until Wednesday night, which is when we will find out whether Manchester United or Schalke 04 will join Barcelona in the Champions League final at Wembley on 28 May. United, leading 2-0 from the first leg in Germany, are in the box seat but they still have to finish the job. Thanks for your banter, and I'll see you lot back for more in a few hours time. Chris Bevan out.

Manchester United striker Michael Owen on Twitter: "No doubt the best team went through. What a great motivation to win tomorrow knowing Barcelona await in a European Cup Final at Wembley."

From Martin in Newtownabbey via text: "Man Utd fans are delusional if they think they'll beat Barca. They haven't got the players to keep possession like Barca have and they are a weaker team than the one in Rome."

NickSlobodyanyk on Twitter: "Re 2155. Answer to the first question is Yes... Raul!!!"

2207: A few of you are disgruntled with Barca's diving tactics, and Javier Mascherano was guiltier than most for trying to con the ref, but Real were pretty wild with their challenges tonight. Ricardo Carvalho was lucky to stay on the field in the first half, and Emmanuel Adebayor made so many ridiculous challenges when he came on that I was (wrongly) convinced he had already been shown one yellow by the time he was finally booked.

FULL-TIME Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid (agg 3-1)
Jonathan Stevenson reports: "Blessed are the passmakers, for they shall be in the Champions League final once more. The best team go through - but how crucial was that Gonzalo Higuain disallowed goal? Penny for Jose's thoughts, but he's history this season - it's now all about Pep v Sir Alex Pt II, 28 May, Wembley."

2200: As you probably know, Stevo is a bit of a Barca fan. Here's how he saw tonight's game...

2158: Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid fans might disagree, and Barca definitely need to stamp out their diving habit, but there is no doubt that the best team went through tonight. They weren't at their best but they still scored a goal you could watch again and again... building from the back before Andres Iniesta played in Pedro.

2155: I have two questions for you: Can anything stop Manchester United from completing their semi-final win over Schalke on Wednesday night and, if the result goes as expected, can Manchester United stop Barca in the final? I'd say 'no' to the first question and 'maybe' to the second... they are not there yet, though.

OptaJose on Twitter: "29 - Real Madrid made 29 fouls in this match, with Messi being on the end of 11 of them - both Champions League highs for 2010/11. Ouch."

2150: Can Real have any complaints about their Champions League exit? Not tonight, they didn't really do enough in front of goal, although you can't fault their effort. Anyway, at least we saw a proper game tonight.

2146: The Barca players are still out on the pitch, milking the applause from their fans. I don't think many of them have left the stadium yet.

Ant_ONeill on Twitter: "Great to see Abidal back for Barcelona. Nice touch bringing him on for the last few minutes."

BBC Radio 5 live summariser Pat Nevin at Camp Nou: "Real Madrid were much closer to Barcelona than in the first game, which raises the question: "was Jose Mourinho far too negative at home last week?" They had to take something into this stadium but, from 2-0 down, there was no way they could win this game. Maybe it is his own fault."

2142: So, it will be Barcelona versus Manchester United or Schalke 04 in the Champions League final at Wembley on 28 May.

2140: Sorry, I should clear up that Emmanuel Adebayor wasn't shown a yellow card when he came on - so he only got booked once tonight. It was Frank De Bleeckere in charge tonight, not Graham Poll.

2139: Eric Abidal is hoisted on to his team-mates shoulders at the final whistle, while the Barca fans go wild. Jose Mourinho is probably hitting the hotel mini-bar...

BARCELONA BEAT REAL MADRID 3-1 ON AGGREGATE TO REACH THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL

Full time
2138: FULL-TIME Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid (agg 3-1)

2135: We are into the final minute. Barca are making another change, with Carlos Puyol replaced by Eric Abidal. I thought Puyol was getting a great send-off, until I heard the roar that greeted Abidal, who is making his first appearance since surgery on a liver tumour in March. An awesome reception.

2133: Lionel Messi has a pop from a free-kick about 30 yards out, and gets plenty of power behind his shot... which is straight at Iker Casillas. Goal number 53 of the season will have to wait...

Nepal_Arsenal on Twitter: "Oscar winning performance by Mascherano after that tackle."

Yellow card
2130: On the other hand, Emmanuel Adebayor has been clumsily taking out Barca players ever since he came on. No escape this time - he is shown yellow for dragging down Lionel Messi. This game has got awfully scrappy, but Barca won't care - they are five minutes away from the Champions League final.

2128: Here's something we don't want to see. Javier Mascherano goes down and writhes in apparent agony after a perfectly good block tackle by Lassana Diarra. Replays show there was nothing wrong with the challenge.

Yellow card
2128: Pedro becomes the first Barca player to be shown a yellow card, for a late lunge on Lassana Diarra. Real have had four players booked so far.

2127: The last team you want to be playing when you need two goals with 10 minutes left is Barca. Real are not seeing much of the ball right now.

2125: HUGE cheers for Eric Abidal as he emerges from the Barca bench to warm-up. Would be great to see him on the pitch too.

2124: A lovely turn by Lionel Messi sends him free down the right but Real have enough men back to clear the danger. They need to find some inspiration at the other end of the pitch, though, because time is running out for them.

Yellow card
2121: Marcelo slides in on Lionel Messi in the corner, and I think he got the ball. Messi rolls once, and then twice, though and referee Frank De Bleeckere is convinced. That's a yellow card for the Real defender.

2119: Time for a first Barca substitution. Seydou Keita replaces David Villa. Around 16 minutes left, and it is 1-1 on the night, with Pep Guardiola's men leading 3-1 on aggregate.

2118: Barca find some space on the right through Sergio Busqets but his cross is just behind Lionel Messi and he can only loop his header skywards. Iker Casllas in the Real goal has not had much to do in the second half.

2115: Barca are still playing some tidy football but they have to be very careful here. Real look dangerous when they get forward and are a tad unlucky not to get a free-kick on the edge of the area when Javier Mascherano clips Angel Di Maria.

BBC Radio 5 live summariser Pat Nevin at Camp Nou: "A very unusual mistake from the Barcelona defence, they got overconfident attempting to play the ball out from the back. Angel Di Maria was aware enough to play it back into Marcelo's path after the ball rebounded off the post. Back to where we started with 25 minutes to go."

Adam_Clatworthy on Twitter: "That'll teach Barcelona for passing the ball so much..."

BluesKRO on Twitter: "Bang. This game needed that."

Real goal: Who said it was all over? Barca dwell on the ball at the back and Real nip in, with Angel Di Maria lashing his shot against the post, collecting the rebound and finding Marcelo to find the net. The comeback starts here? Possibly...

2108: GOALFLASH Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid (Marcelo) (agg 3-1)

2105: Another Real change, and not before time. The ineffective Kaka is off, and Mesut Ozil is on. Ozil has got half-an-hour left to try to turn this tie around. It's a big ask.

BBC Radio 5 live summariser Pat Nevin at Camp Nou: "We've just seen one of the passes of the season from Iniesta, slide-rule taking out two defenders - and it wasn't a bad finish either. How many players in world football could play that pass?"

Yellow card
2104: Real react by bringing on Emmanuel Adebayor for Gonzalo Higuain, and Adebayor's first act is to smash through the back of Sergio Busquets. That should be a yellow card but isn't. Still, Lassana Diarra is going into the referees book after a wild lunge on the same Barca player. Real are losing this tie, and their heads.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Barca goal: Their first attack of the second half ends with the goal that should send Barca to Wembley. It's a lovely strike too, with Andres Iniesta picking out Pedro with a peach of a pass, that gives him time to coolly slot home past Iker Casillas.

2059: GOALFLASH Barcelona 1-0 Real Madrid (Pedro) (agg 3-0)

2057: The Barca fans whistle loudly to show their displeasure at this spell of Real possession. The home side are not helping themselves at the moment - Carlos Puoyl gives the ball away, allowing Gonzalo Higuain to fire in a shot which deflects wide off Gerard Pique.

2056: That remains the only chance of the second half so far. Real have had a bit of pressure but Barca have soaked it up easily enough.

2055: Watching replays of that Higuain 'goal' you can see referee Frank De Bleeckere's thinking. Javier Mascherano would have got across to block Gonzalo Higuain, if he hadn't been sent tumbling by the flying Cristiano Ronaldo.

2052: A strange one this. Gonzalo Higuain puts the ball in the Barca net but the whistle has already gone. Cristiano Ronaldo had played Higuain in then taken out Javier Mascherano with a needless dive, clipping his heels. I don't understand Ronaldo' thinking there - he went over deliberately, with his own team-mate clean through.

Whistle
2050: Real finally get the second half under way. By the way, it is still tipping it down at Camp Nou. As Pat Nevin just said on BBC Radio 5 live - 'the rain in Spain falls mainly on the game'.



2050: We had to wait an age for Barca to come out for the second half, and now we have a pitch invader to hold things up further. He has just been caught by an army of stewards.

Harrison_7 on Twitter: "A Madrid goal will make the match very interesting! Casillas is looking unbeatable so far."

2045: Barca will be pretty happy with how things have gone in the first 45 minutes, and if they score next then it is game over. If Real score? Things might get tasty. They will probably need to have a shot on goal first, though, although Arsenal did score at Camp Nou in the last 16 without managing one.

bav_patel on Twitter: "Real need to get Ronaldo more on the ball, he's the only one that looks like producing that moment of magic to bring this tie alive."

BBC Radio 5 live summariser Pat Nevin at Camp Nou: "When Barcelona were playing their best football, that's when Real had their best chances on the counter-attack - that has to be their best tactic."

OptaJose on Twitter: "0 - Real Madrid shots in the first half, vs eight for Barcelona. Blank."

jonny_kelly on Twitter: "All it takes for Real is one moment of inspiration to get them back into this. They have the quality but lack the confidence..."

2035: Yep, Kaka has been very disappointing so far. Still, Real haven't done an awful lot but they are still 'in' this tie, for now anyway. Classic Jose Mourinho really, wonder what he makes of things so far from his hotel room?

keving1991 on Twitter: "Take it back about Kaka being the inspiration... non-existant. Gung-ho time for Real. Need to introduce Benzema and Ozil."

Half time
2031: HALF-TIME: Barcelona 0-0 Real Madrid (agg 2-0)
Jonathan Stevenson's HT snapshot:
"The footballing Gods are looking down on us today - mercy of mercies, we actually have a proper game on our hands. Barca should be ahead, but Real have defended superbly. They still need two goals, though."

2031: Ricardo Carvalho is living a charmed life tonight, again escaping a second yellow card after catching Lionel Messi. Not much intent there, but he was very late... and he is pretty lucky. Anyway, we will have one minute of stoppage time.

2028: Barca continue to probe, but David Villa is called offside as he tries to race clear. It was close, but the linesman got that right.

2027: Only a couple of minutes left of the first half. Quite lively so far, and all we need is a goal...

redgeneral76 on Twitter: "Barca are starting to get into the Madrid box far too easily... the "matter of time" cliche springs to mind."

mainegirl171 on Twitter: "By normal football rules Real are due to score as Barca have had all the possession and fashioned all the chances!"

2024: Real break, and Cristiano Ronaldo has space to attack down the right. He tries to find Angel Di Maria with his cross but it is too close to Victor Valdes. A bit of a waste that, especially considering how few openings Real have crafted so far.

BBC Radio 5 live summariser Pat Nevin at Camp Nou: "The pitch has dried out slightly and that sharp Barcelona passing is looking fantastic right now."

2023: Phew. Iker Casillas has had a busy few minutes. This time, Pedro's cross comes out to Messi lurking on the edge of the area. Casillas has to react sharply to get down to his left and push his low effort away. Still goalless, but that is five shots by Barca in the last five minutes.

2020: Barca are coming to life now, big time, with Lionel Messi (who else) at the heart of everything. This time he feeds David Villa to his left, who tries to curl his shot into the top corner but sees Iker Casillas stick out a paw to bat the ball away.

2018: Here's Lionel Messi again, chasing goal number 53 of the season. He shows great skill to dance into space inside the area, eluding Xabi Alonso's challenge, but he is just off target with his low shot.

2017: Things have been tight and tense so far, and we have not had many chances. Barca have had the best of them, though, and Lionel Messi has just brought another save from Iker Casillas, after letting fly from the edge of the area. Casillas parries and recovers to collect the loose ball.

2017: Cristiano Ronaldo, standing on the left-hand side of the area, tries to chest down a Angel Di Maria cross into the path of a team-mate... but the ball bounces down off his shoulder. He protests his innocence, but that is a free-kick.

2014: Maybe I spoke too soon at 2011. Javier Mascherano just went to ground (and water) with a blatant dive. He won a free-kick too.

2013: A big decision here for Frank De Bleeckere, when Ricardo Carvalho goes straight through Lionel Messi on the half-way line. Carvalho, booked earlier, escapes a yellow card. He is a very lucky man.

2011: Twenty-five minutes gone at Camp Nou, where it is goalless on the night. That means Barca still lead 2-0 on aggregate and remain on course for Wembley. It's not exactly been thrill-a-minute so far but at least the players are actually playing football, and not repeating their antics of last week.

OptaJose on Twitter: "1 - Barcelona have scored just one goal in total in their last five Champions League semi-final appearances at home. Scarce."

2009: Barca are showing a bit more attacking intent at the moment but they still have some defending to do. Cristiano Ronaldo does well to splash past two men down the left but cannot stop the ball running out of play. He might have been fouled there too, but nothing given.

BBC Radio 5 live summariser Pat Nevin at Camp Nou:"Lionel Messi is what I would call a 'hidden centre forward' - he is a striker, but he doesn't stand in position because he lies so deep. He's very difficult to mark - even someone as experienced as Ricardo Carvalho doesn't want to be caught out of position some 30 or 40 yards out from goal."

2007: Barca's turn to threaten, when Sergio Busquets is left all alone at a corner... and heads the ball straight at Iker Casillas. Not sure where the Real defence was, but Busquets should have done a lot better from there. The best chance of the game so far.

2005: Sloppy defending from Barca, when Victor Valdes tries to pass the ball back to Gerard Pique, who is not expecting it. Real are gifted possession, and commit a lot of men forward too. Angel Di Maria curls in a cross for Gonzalo Higuain but Valdes, just about, gets there first. The flag was up for offside in any case.

2003: Action, of sorts, at both ends. Ronaldo wins a free-kick after going down cheaply when he challenges for a long ball, but Xabi Alonso's delivery is easily cleared. Barca break and Lionel Messi goes to ground under a challenge from Lassana Diarra as he again heads for goal. Messi and the Barca fans want a free-kick but TV replays show referee Frank De Bleeckere got that one right, again.

carnage1991 on Twitter: "Excellent pressing from Madrid, lets see how long they can keep the intensity up. Methinks not long enough."

Joshings on Twitter: "Everyone behaving so far, but as the pressure goes up... I doubt it will continue. Can always hope."

Yellow card
1958: And here is our first yellow card of the night. Ricardo Carvalho takes out Lionel Messi as he surges towards goal on one of those runs. The right decision.

1957: Barca enjoy a spell of keep-ball, which ends when Pedro tries to get down the right flank, and fails. We have had 10 minutes at Camp Nou and the home side are looking pretty comfortable so far. It is very early days though...

1955: Raul Albiol fouls Pedro and Belgian referee Frank De Bleeckere indicates he is close to earning a yellow card that would keep him out of the final, if Real make it.

andymccoy612 on Twitter: "Ronaldo has done more in five minutes tonight than he did last week."



1952: Another pointless foul. Lassana Diarra clumsily bowls over Andres Iniesta in the centre-circle, and Barca build slowly again from the resulting free-kick. They have been very patient so far, but I suppose they can afford to be.

1951: Again, Cristiano Ronaldo runs at the Barca defence and, to be fair, he beats three men down the left... before running into a dead end. An encouraging start for him, but Barca have dealt with him pretty well so far.

1949: Looks like a lot of surface water on the Nou Camp pitch, which is hardly a surprise given the amount of rain that has fallen on Barcelona in the last couple of hours. Anyway, another Cristiano Ronaldo run comes to nowt and Real's attack ends when Gonzalo Higuain clatters Sergio Busquets with a hefty, and pretty pointless, challenge.

1947: Now they have. Cristiano Ronaldo surges forward and feeds Marcelo on the left. His cross is blocked but, just for a second, that looked dangerous.

1946: Real haven't touched the ball yet, although we have only played for 60 seconds.

Whistle
1945: Here we go then. Barca get us started.

1943: And the fans are making so much noise I can barely hear the Champions League anthem. The Nou Camp is electric tonight, let's hope the game matches the amazing atmosphere.

1942: The players emerge from the tunnel. The Barca fans are using red, blue and yellow cards to turn the terraces into a huge Catalonian mosaic.

Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka on boss Jose Mourinho, who is banned from the dug-out at Camp Nou after being sent off during the first leg and will watch from the Real team hotel: "If we could win and dedicate the victory to him it would be something important. Real Madrid have 109 years of proud history and we will fight to the end."

1939: Just a reminder of how you can get in touch this evening - and that includes you, Mr Mourinho, in room 133 of the Barcelona Hilton (possibly). I'm Chris Bevan, and you can tweet me at @chrisbevan_bbc using the hashtag #BBCFootball please. Or text me via 81111 (UK) instead. Get involved.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "1 - Real Madrid have won only one of their five CL semi-finals away from home, though this was at Barcelona in 2002 (2-0). Hope."

1933: It shows you have got a heck of a squad if, rightly or wrongly, Mesut Ozil can only make the bench. One thing is for sure, not many teams have got players who are capable of going to Camp Nou and over-turning a 2-0 deficit, but Real definitely have. Will make for a great game if they go at Barca from the start... but will they?

From Luke, via text: "Re Chetzi. Kaka turning into another Ronnie? What, one of the finest players to ever play the game? I hope he's class tonight, just to shut people up who clearly let the papers think for them."

Matt_Rodway on Twitter: "Re 1901. Hear hear, can't believe he is back so soon, what a guy, must really love the game."

azza0911 on Twitter: "Re 1901. Excellent and fantastic news from Barcelona about Eric Abidal, lets hope that he comes on to a standing ovation."

1924: Time for some stats too, from Infostrada Sports, and perhaps there is hope for Real tonight after all. Perhaps. Only one club has ever come back from losing the first leg of a Champions League semifinal at home - Ajax, who lost 1-0 to Panathinaikos in 1996 but won the second leg 3-0 - but the last European encounter between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou ended in a 2-0 win for Real Madrid in the 2002 Champions League semi-finals).

1920: Right then. Only about 25 minutes until this feast of football (or fracas full of fouls) kicks off. Give this page a manual refresh and you will be able to listen to all the build-up from Camp Nou on BBC Radio 5 live, and full match commentary too.

1915: Suspension news now. None of the Barcelona players in their squad come into this game on a booking that would mean they miss the final if they pick up another yellow card tonight. Real have three in their starting XI - Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul Albiol and Angel Di Maria - and another on the bench in Emmanuel Adebayor.

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola responds to Real's allegations of unsporting behaviour by his players: "They can present all the complaints they like, but Uefa are the ones who decide. Real think we are unsporting, but I think completely the opposite. Here we teach our players manners from a young age. Mourinho was here at Barcelona for five years and he knows our values: to win, fight and earn respect by respecting your rival."

Karthick_Live on Twitter: "Surprised Ozil has been left out. What a chance for Kaka this though to remind the world what he can do."

tomjmid on Twitter: "Truly believe Messi is on his own level at the moment, but let's not forget what Ronaldo is capable of. Time to step up!"

1909: I'm hearing that security concerns were behind Jose Mourinho's decision not to attend tonight's game, and he will definitely be watching on TV in his hotel room... and maybe following updates on the BBC live text commentary too? Jose, if you are reading this, then get yourself on Twitter mate and use #bbcfootball - I'm not sure if @thespecialone is still available, though.

It's raining
1905: Thunderbolt and lightning, it's very very frightening... in Barcelona at the moment. The weather is pretty horrendous right now, but the rain has begun to tail off - it's just torrential at the moment, compared to the deluge they had at the ground an hour ago.

From Chetzi in Golders Green, via text: "Terrible decision by Mourinho to leave out Ozil. He is the only player in the Madrid set-up who passes well and keep holds of the ball which is what Madrid lacked so badly last time. Kaka, meanwhile, is turning into another Ronaldinho!"

From Kt in London, via text: "I reckon Jose could be sent off from his hotel room. Wonder where he would have to go?"

1901: By the way, Eric Abidal is on the Barca bench. That's the Eric Abidal who had surgery on a liver tumour at the end of March. An amazing recovery, and it will be great to see him back.

BARCELONA v REAL MADRID TEAM NEWS
Jonathan Stevenson reports:
"Question: How do you make a team that wins 2-0 in the Bernabeu even stronger? Answer: Bring back World Cup-winning goalscorer Andres Iniesta. That's what Barcelona do, with the unfortunate Seydou Keita making way. Real Madrid, meanwhile, are without the banned Sergio Ramos and Pepe and they have dropped Mesut Ozil to the bench, meaning Ricardo Carvalho is back after a suspension of his own and Kaka and Gonzalo Higuain are handed starting berths in a more attack-minded line-up."

PartPeculiar on Twitter: "As bad as some of the events of the 1st leg were, let's not forget the flashes of brilliance that were Messi's goals."

keving1991 on Twitter: "Can't wait for tonight's game. Real have to attack. Feel Kaka could be the inspiration for Mourinho's men."

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema on his side's hopes of recovering from their 2-0 first-leg deficit: "It's difficult, but we can beat Barca and we'll give all our strength in those 90 minutes to make it to the final. We will attack but first we have to defend well. If we do that, we will score lots of goals. Cristiano Ronaldo is a great player. After the loss against Barca he was angry, but for this great game we need him at his best - for me he is better than Lionel Messi."

1853: I can't confirm this, and we won't know for sure whether it is true unless the TV cameras spot him in the stands, but there is plenty of speculation that Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho will not be at Camp Nou tonight. Mourinho is banned from the dug-out after being sent off during the first leg and apparently he has decided to watch the game from Real's hotel. Probably the best place for him, to be honest...

Barcelona v Real Madrid line-ups
Barcelona: Valdes, Dani Alves, Mascherano, Pique, Puyol, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Villa, Messi, Pedro. Subs: Olazabal, Jeffren, Keita, Afellay, Abidal, Fontas, Thiago.
Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa, Carvalho, Albiol, Marcelo, Diarra, Alonso, Ronaldo, Kaka, Di Maria, Higuain. Subs: Dudek, Benzema, Granero, Garay, Ozil, Adebayor, Nacho.
Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)

1847: So, you missed that first leg from the Bernabeu? You lucky so and so... but don't go thinking the bad blood between the two clubs stopped at the final whistle. Since then, we've had a racism row, complaints about Barca's alleged theatrics and unsporting behaviour, and demands for their players to be suspended, plus Jose Mourinho's allegations about dodgy referees... and a series of Uefa charges that are still to be answered. Sporting drama of the worst kind.

From Chiushu, in Singapore via text: "El Clasico is a massive global event - it may be very early morning here but many are still watching! Let's hope for more of the beautiful game and less play-acting."

BARCELONA v REAL MADRID (agg 2-0, 1945 BST)
Jonathan Stevenson reports:
"For two of the great sporting institutions on Earth, Barcelona and Real Madrid should be ashamed of the last week. They have stopped at nothing to sully each other's name, dragging football through the mud in the process. It'd be nice to think they will re-focus on the game with a Champions League final berth at stake, but don't hold your breath. Barca lead 2-0 and if you're looking for a precedent for a Real turnaround, there isn't one in this competition - but if you're desperate, cast your mind back to Liverpool 0-2 Arsenal in Division One on 26 May, 1989. It can be done."

1841: Yep, it's the fourth and final installment of the 18-day El Clasico extravaganza tonight - Real Madrid and Barcelona drew their first meeting in La Liga on 16 April, Real won the second to clinch the Copa del Rey on 26 April but, thanks to the genius that is Lionel Messi, Barca came out on top in a bad-tempered and otherwise forgettable first leg of their Champions League semi-final. The return, at Camp Nou, kicks off in just over an hour's time, with a place at Wembley for the final against Manchester United or Schalke in sight. It's a game we really should all be looking forward to but, after their antics last time out, I'm not really sure what to expect.

1840: BREAKING REAL TEAM NEWS
Kaka and Gonzalo Higuain both start. Mesut Ozil is on the bench.

1838: BREAKING BARCA TEAM NEWS
Just the one change from last week's first leg, with Andres Iniesta back from his calf injury and replacing Seydou Keita. News on Real - and full line-ups - to follow very shortly, hopefully.

1834: Not my words, of course, but those of the quite remarkable David Coleman (who is, appropriately enough, the subject of a tribute programme on BBC Two tonight). He was talking about the infamous 'Battle of Santiago' between Chile and Italy in the 1962 World Cup, but he could easily have been referring to last week's 'Battle of the Bernabeu' between Real Madrid and Barcelona, where football definitely wasn't the winner. Let's just hope they put things right tonight...

1831: "Good evening. The game you are about to see is the most stupid, appalling, disgusting and disgraceful exhibition of football, possibly in the history of the game."



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