36 min: That is all somewhat scrappy. Every week is a very long time in soccer all correct.
34 min: That’s Casemiro’s 2d egregious problem of the night – consider his scissor take on on De Bruyne – and he in point of fact will have to be bathing now. However right here we’re.
32 min: Casemiro hauls again Foden by way of the scruff of the neck. That’s an absurd problem, and will have to be a yellow card, however the Actual midfielder escapes sanction for the reason that ref waves a bonus, then forgets about what took place when the transfer breaks down.
30 min: Valverde has the chance to ship Vinicius transparent down the center, however his try at a slide-rule defence splitter isn’t any excellent. Town’s defence no doubt doesn’t glance impregnable.
28 min: Kroos sends the nook into the mixer. Militao is going up for a header however clatters into Walker, who wishes the once-over from the physio. After a touch of water, the Town correct again is excellent to proceed.
27 min: Kroos curls the loose kick in opposition to the highest left. The ball nicks off Mahrez and out for a nook.
26 min: … so having stated that, Actual advance upfield for the primary time shortly, Vinicius slicing in from the left and going over Rodri’s leg. Loose kick in a deadly place, simply to the left of the Town D.
25 min: Actual can’t retain ownership, and will’t get out in their last 0.33. Now it’s Carlo Ancelotti’s flip to mention his piece at the touchline.
23 min: De Bruyne lays off to Jesus, simply to the fitting of the D. Jesus whips onerous for the highest correct. Simply off beam. Had that been within the nook, Courtois wasn’t getting there. Town are starting to get on best.
22 min: Walker makes excellent down the fitting however lumps his move out of play at the different wing. Pep continues to rant and rave, however this time within the convenience of his seat within the dugout.
21 min: A mistake by way of Militao lets in Silva to go into the Actual field down the inside-right channel. Silva lotions a shot from a decent attitude in opposition to the highest correct. Courtois parries across the put up for a nook that results in not anything. The primary critical hand-warmer of the event.
19 min: Pep seems slightly agitated at the touchline, like that’s breaking information.
18 min: Kroos hoicks a loose kick lengthy. The ball just about breaks to Valverde, then Benzema, at the fringe of the Town field. It as an alternative loops left to Vinicius, sitting up properly as he races into the field from the wing. Vinicius skelps his shot top over the bar. Any other excellent, if now not gilt-edged, probability for Madrid.
17 min: Extra Town ownership. The house lovers don’t love it.
15 min: De Bruyne pearls a long-distance shot in opposition to the highest correct. Courtois is at the back of it all of the approach. Actual counter thru Vinicius down the left. Walker catches him up, however the striker exams and just about unearths Benzema with a move rolled around the entrance of the Town field. Cancelo reads the chance and intercepts.
14 min: Extra whistling as Town revel in somewhat of sterile ownership in midfield. Hello, it’s now not Town who have to attain.
12 min: Any other part probability for Benzema, who lashes a low right-wing move by way of Valverde over the bar from 12 yards. Ederson takes an age over the restart, Jordan Pickford taste, disapproving whistles ringing in his lugs.
11 min: One among Town’s centre backs now has to stroll the disciplinary tightrope for no less than 80 mins.
9 min: Mahrez’s supply of the ensuing loose kick isn’t any excellent. Courtois claims.
8 min: Casemiro tackles De Bruyne from at the back of. A scissor motion, and he’s lucky now not to enter the e-book. Modric and Laporte do, despite the fact that, as they have interaction in a bout of shoving. Laporte in point of fact driven his good fortune there, catching Modric within the face along with his hand. A more bad-tempered referee may have flashed a pink, despite the fact that there wasn’t an excessive amount of in it. Modric driven him over afterwards, too, so Actual don’t whinge an excessive amount of.
6 min: Ederson may be very just about closed down by way of Vinicius, taking an absolute age to transparent with the ball at his toes. Vinicius was once inches clear of embarrassing the keeper. Did Zack Steffen train us not anything?
5 min: Silva just about bursts into the Actual field in the course of the heart, however he’s adjudged (as it should be) to have used an arm mid-dribble. This recreation is already being performed at 101 miles in keeping with hour.
4 min: Carvajal curls in from the fitting. Benzema rises easiest, and he’s in acres of area at the penalty spot, however he uncharacteristically misses the objective along with his header by way of a large margin. The flag pops up for offside, finally.
3 min: Cancelo drops a shoulder to stride clear of Carvajal down the left, and wins the primary nook of the event off Militao. Foden takes it lengthy. A recreation of head tennis breaks out earlier than Actual transparent their traces. Each groups have already said their intent, then.
2 min: Kroos flicks the loose kick to the close to stick, the place Rodri reacts first to transparent. “The Godfather II was even better,” remembers Justin Kavanagh. “Here’s hoping.”
1 min: Vinicius Junior is going on a run down the left and is shoved within the again by way of Mahrez. A loose kick correct by way of the nook flag.
Manchester Town get the ball rolling. We’ll to find out who faces Liverpool in Paris on Saturday 28 Might quickly sufficient!
The groups are out! Actual put on their well-known merengue white, whilst Town recreation that dark-blue MAN CITY third-kit monstrosity, an affront to one of the vital most adorable membership crests there’s. A unprecedented outdated environment on the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu; they understand how to host a Eu night time round right here all correct. We’ll be off after the swapping of pennants, shaking of fingers, and enjoying of Zadok the Priest (Model). Now not lengthy now!
Pep Guardiola talks to BT Recreation. “It will be different. There will be moments to defend, transitions, an open game. Kyle Walker trained, we spoke yesterday, and he said ‘I am ready’. Of course he is an important player for us. I am not a guy who likes to risk, but there are moments of the season you have to risk, and this is one of them.”
Pre-match prediction. It’s going to be a paranormal night time for Actual Madrid, in step with this sheet of A3 paper noticed outdoor the Bernabeu. Now not positive what’s within the bag. Fags and booze, perhaps, or cured meat.
Historical past is on Town’s facet this night. Actual Madrid have a protracted historical past in Europe, however have by no means come from at the back of to win a semi-final within the Champions League or Eu Cup after shedding the primary leg, whether or not house or away. They’re 0 for 8, having failed to show issues round in opposition to Manchester United (1968), Ajax (1973), Bayern Munich (1987, 2001 and 2012), Barcelona (2011), Borussia Dortmund (2013) and Juventus (2015).
Actual Madrid make two adjustments to the XI decided on to begin closing week in Manchester. Nacho and Casemiro take the puts of David Alaba and Rodrygo, who’re named this night as substitutes.
Manchester Town additionally make two adjustments to their first-leg beginning XI. Kyle Walker is again from an ankle harm, whilst Joao Cancelo returns from suspension. John Stones is injured, whilst Oleksandar Zinchenko drops to the bench.
Actual Madrid: Courtois, Carvajal, Eder Militao, Nacho, Mendy, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
Subs: Alaba, Vallejo, Asensio, Marcelo, Lunin, Jovic, Lucas, Ceballos, Rodrygo, Mariano, Camavinga, Fuidias.
Manchester Town: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Foden.
Subs: Ake, Sterling, Gundogan, Grealish, Zinchenko, Steffen, Fernandinho, Carson, Egan-Riley, Palmer, McAtee, Lavia.
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy).
Final week, this took place …
Extra please! Kick off is at 8pm BST. It’s on!