UEFA Champions League

April 5, 2011

Full-time

Real Madrid

4 - 0

Tottenham Hotspur

UEFA Champions League

18:45 +00:00, April 5, 2011

Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid

Referee: Dr. Felix Brych

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    Madrid, though, did everything they could to take full advantage and the way they kept up their pressing and restricted the space when the visitors broke all but ensures they will be in the semi-finals.

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    Crouch then foolishly made two rash challenges early on to earn a red card and destroy Spurs' other attacking plan.

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    Lennon's withdrawal in the warm-up forced a rethink - Redknapp had been speaking of his importance just minutes before the kick-off - while Bale didn't look fit.

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    Madrid claim a 4-0 victory after a dominant performance, but it's harsh on Spurs, whose collapse was down to the loss of key men and the red card.

  • 93'

    IT'S ALL OVER!

  • 92'

    Ronaldo fires off one of his many hit-and-hope efforts. They've not been too helpful tonight on the whole.

  • 92'

    Madrid are knocking the ball around comfortably.

  • 91'

    Pepe turns Ozil's corner over the bar. Not a bad effort.

  • 90'

    Bassong prods the ball behind for a corner.

  • 88'

    You'd give Spurs no chance whatsoever of coming back from this in the second leg but, although Madrid have been far superior on the night, the dismissal of Peter Crouch will be viewed as the defining moment.

  • 87'

    Ronaldo squeezes a shot under Gomes as he swings his leg at Kaka's cross. He's done well from a tight angle, but Gomes should have saved that.

  • 87'

    GOAL FOR MADRID!

  • 86'

    The corner is played short but an offside is awarded from the return pass.

  • 86'

    Assou-Ekotto tackles Kaka and a corner is awarded.

  • 85'

    Ronaldo feeds the ball to Higuain, whose cross goes out of play. Spurs are unable to exert any pressure and are looking exhausted.

  • 84'

    Ronaldo tries what appears to be a shot across the face of goal, but it's wide.

  • 83'

    Pepe heads the ball back into no man's land but, as Defoe chases it, he's somehow outpaced by Pepe.

  • 82'

    Kaka loses the ball on an attacking forway and Dawson launches a ball forwards, but Spurs just don't have the options in attack with ten men.

  • 81'

    Ramos receives the ball in the area and flashes it across the face of goal, but it's out of play and a goal kick to Spurs.

  • 80'

    It's hard to imagine how the evening could have gone much worse for Spurs really - the injuries stacking up won't help their bid to qualify for the Champions League next season.

  • 80'

    Bassong is coming on for Corluka.

  • 78'

    Corluka is limping off the field.

  • 78'

    Ronaldo unleashes a good shot on goal and Gomes struggles to keep it out. But does.

  • 77'

    Kaka comes on for Di Maria.

  • 77'

    Dawson plays a long ball but it's out of play for a throw-in.

  • 74'

    Adebayor won't be completing his hat-trick, but Spurs have another problem to cope with as Higuain comes on.

  • 73'

    Defoe gets a booking for a challenge on Carvalho.

  • 73'

    Gomes had only been able to deflect clear an Ozil shot moments earlier, but Di Maria's was a strike of real quality and it's hard to see any way back at all for Spurs now. An away goal would at least give them some hope, but the tie looks dead and buried.

  • 72'

    Di Maria sends a stunning strike into the top corner from just inside the area!

  • 72'

    GOAL FOR MADRID!

  • 71'

    It's not entirely clear what happened to Bale. He's now standing up but grimacing and receiving treatment.

  • 69'

    Ronaldo charges towards the area but his shot is blocked. Bale is now down and doesn't look too happy at all.

  • 69'

    Bale receives the ball high on the left flank but he's marked by two men and ends up slipping.

  • 68'

    Ozil receives the ball in front of goal but he can't get it under control and Dawson is able to clear. Not good enough really from the German.

  • 66'

    Corluka has to block off Adebayor's shot as Modric loses possession on the break.

  • 66'

    Dawson heads clear Ozil's corner.

  • 66'

    Adebayor goes close again with a header as he meets a cross at the far post and forces a fine save from Gomes. Corner kick.

  • 65'

    Di Maria makes his way into the area but Dawson stays on his feet to drive him away from goal.

  • 65'

    Gallas does very well in dealing with a Marcelo through-ball. Spurs can't get out of their own half, though.

  • 64'

    Alonso lifts the ball into the area but it's an easy catch for Gomes.

  • 63'

    Ronaldo races down the right, makes some space and crosses in, but it's an easy catch for Gomes.

  • 61'

    Lassana Diarra comes on for Khedira.

  • 60'

    Madrid are continuing to press and are looking to put this tie to bed. If Spurs can hit them on the break - and there have been signs they're capable of it - then 2-1 would give them much more hope for the second leg.

  • 59'

    A mistake by Pepe allows Bale through but Carvalho makes a fine saving tackle.

  • 58'

    Adebayor has now scored ten goals in ten games against Spurs.

  • 57'

    Madrid win a corner and, after the ball comes to Marcelo, Adebayor, once more, is left unmarked to head home.

  • 57'

    GOAL FOR MADRID!

  • 56'

    Spurs hold onto the ball in the Madrid half for a while, but Defoe is offside. Spurs will need to do more of that if they're to keep Madrid at bay.

  • 55'

    Marcelo, who's been excellent tonight, plays a really poor, aimless pass down the left.

  • 53'

    Assou-Ekotto goes fairly close with a shot on the bounce from distance. Decent stuff from the left-back.

  • 53'

    Bale unleashes a shot from out on the left and Spurs win a corner.

  • 52'

    Ronaldo finds Adebayor in the area and he tries a lay-off but Spurs defend well.

  • 51'

    Marcelo fires in a low shot and Ronaldo deflects it over the bar. Spurs are hanging on here but Madrid just can't quite make it happen.

  • 50'

    Marcelo slides an angled ball into the area, Ozil goes down theatrically and Adebayor scuffs it back into the centre, where Gomes collects it.

  • 49'

    Much better from Ronaldo: he fires away a fierce left-footed shot into the side netting from the edge of the area.

  • 48'

    Ramos bursts down the right and centres the ball, but it's cleared. Gallas doesn't seem to be limping anymore.

  • 48'

    Gallas is now limping. The evening hasn't gone as hoped for Redknapp.

  • 47'

    Lennon, incidentally, isn't on the bench after pulling out in the warm-up as he's not allowed according to UEFA rules. Spurs have, as a result, printed up some new team-sheets.

  • 46'

    Ozil looks to run clear down the right early on, but he takes the ball out of play.

  • 46'

    Spurs get the second half underway!

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    The players are now heading out of the tunnel.

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    Spurs are bringing on Defoe for Van der Vaart. It's a reasonable decision as Van der Vaart hasn't really excelled and Spurs need a focal point.

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    Opta stat: Madrid ended a 395-minute drought against English sides when Adebayor scored. They obviously needed a bit of know-how from a man who's used to the Premier League.

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    Incidentally, the referee - Felix Brych - is the man who sent off Jamie O'Hara in the 2-0 defeat to Udinese in 2008. He picked up two bookings in a minute for rash challenges, so it's not like Crouch and Spurs didn't have any warning that he wouldn't show clemency.

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    Dawson's handball came after the ball had deflected up from his thigh. His hands were still high, but it's mitigation and - as with most of his decisions tonight - it's hard to fault the ref.

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    On Crouch, fellow former Lilywhite Jamie Redknapp has little sympathy: "He's an intelligent boy, but it's beyond stupid."

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    Former Spurs star Glenn Hoddle, working as a pundit on Sky, says: "They've defended well, the midfield have worked their socks off to protect them. The signs are there that they can [hang on]."

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    The red card for Peter Crouch has made the task substantially more difficult for the visitors

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    It's now looking like 1-0 will be a decent result for Spurs if they can hang on. They're very much on the ropes as far as the tie is concerned.

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    Spurs are probably fortunate to be just one goal down after almost everything went wrong for them early on: Lennon's injury, Adebayor's goal, Crouch's red card.

  • 45'

    That's half time.

  • 45'

    Adebayor is dispossessed on the edge of the area before Ronaldo sees a shot blocked. Spurs break but Ramos cynically nudges Bale off the ball. No yellow card, surprisingly.

  • 45'

    There'll be one added minute.

  • 45'

    Van der Vaart's corner misses absolutely everyone and ends up finding Jenas deep on the right flank.

  • 45'

    Spurs win a corner to alleviate the pressure.

  • 44'

    Ronaldo's now appealing for a free-kick but it's a goal kick. The ref's got that right.

  • 43'

    The corner is cleared.

  • 43'

    Madrid want another penalty as Adebayor breaks through and goes down after apparently being pulled back by Gallas. That was a much worse appeal, and they have to settle for the corner.

  • 42'

    Di Maria fires a shot in on the edge of the area and Dawson blocks it with his hands! It would have been harsh, perhaps, but it did look a penalty.

  • 41'

    Marcelo nods the ball back for Adebayor in front of goal but he's blocked off. That was a great chance, and Marcelo could have taken it on himself.

  • 40'

    Ronaldo's free-kick is rotten. His shooting tonight has been pretty wretched so far, even if he's looked sharp on the ball.

  • 40'

    Madrid win a free-kick as Corluka slides in on Ronaldo.

  • 39'

    Dawson comes under pressure as he flicks the ball up before making a clearance.

  • 38'

    Adebayor thinks he's clean through but he's flagged offside.

  • 37'

    Marcelo produces some trickery but Corluka denies him brilliantly. It eventually comes back to Marcelo but his pass is wasteful.

  • 36'

    Van der Vaart curls it in and Bale heads it, but he can't get the direction.

  • 36'

    Pepe is out of the second leg after a cynical foul on Bale as he races away down the left flank.

  • 35'

    Marcelo gets a touch onto the cross into the centre, Dawson goes up with Casillas, and the ref gives a foul. Looked the right decision.

  • 34'

    Corluka races down the right and, with nothing on, prods the ball forwards. Carvalho stupidly knocks him over, though, so Spurs have a free-kick.

  • 34'

    Bale seems to be a little better now.

  • 32'

    Marcelo sends a ball across the goal and Ramos stooops brilliantly to head across goal. It goes just wide, and Adebayor is extremely close to nodding it in.

  • 32'

    Marcelo sends a cross into the area but there's only Dawson in there. It comes back out and Van der Vaart tracks back to take the ball from Di Maria.

  • 31'

    It appears Bale might have tweaked his back during that attack. If this was a game on Football Manager, Redknapp would probably be looking to quit and restart the game.

  • 30'

    Bale bursts through on goal after a superb pass from Dawson. It appears Ramos is about to bring him down for a penalty, but his burst of pace takes him clear and his shot is a little wayward. Much better from the visitors though.

  • 29'

    Gomes collects the ball after Ronaldo's shot takes a looping deflection.

  • 28'

    Madrid win a free-kick out on the right flank but Spurs get it clear and release Bale for the first time. The winger is blocked off before he can do any damage, though.

  • 28'

    A clarification: it appears Sandro was not booked for his earlier tackle, just Van der Vaart for his response to the free-kick.

  • 26'

    Adebayor tees up Ronaldo on the edge of the area. The Portuguese, trying to shoot as usual, loses the ball.

  • 26'

    This time the corner's cleared at the near post.

  • 25'

    Marcelo crosses it into the centre and it deflects behind off Corluka.

  • 25'

    Assou-Ekotto superbly dispossesses Di Maria in the area then hoofs it clear. He's been impressive so far tonight.

  • 23'

    Spurs win a free-kick from 35 yards and Van der Vaart naively sends an underpowered shot straight at Casillas.

  • 22'

    Ronaldo bursts through after collecting a pass from Marcelo and gets a shot away from a tight angle despite the close attentions of two defenders. He looks fully fit.

  • 21'

    Redknapp is on the touchline looking thoughtful. Spurs haven't been able to get any measure of control since going down to ten men, so he'll need a masterstroke here.

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    Emmanuel Adebayor celebrates his opener

  • 20'

    Van der Vaart gets a booking for petulance.

  • 18'

    Spurs have trouble clearing the ball on the edge of the area, but Adebayor gives them a chance by giving away a free-kick for a high boot.

  • 18'

    Di Maria stretches to reach a long cross-field pass but it's out for a goal kick.

  • 17'

    Di Maria finds Ozil with a lovely chipped pass, but his flat cross into the centre is easily cut out.

  • 16'

    It's hard to see Spurs coming away with anything better than a 1-0 defeat at this stage and it's going to take something a bit special to produce an away goal now.

  • 15'

    The Spurs striker makes a silly challenge on Marcelo and the referee is entirely justified in his decision.

  • 15'

    Crouch is sent off!

  • 15'

    Marcelo receives the ball on the left-hand side of the Spurs area and tries to cut it back, but it's cut out.

  • 14'

    Madrid have been pressing very well, and high up the field.

  • 13'

    Spurs get Bale and Modric on the ball for the first time but, while they produce some neat link-up play, there's not enough room and they're crowded out once again.

  • 12'

    Both are fine, incidentally.

  • 11'

    Assou-Ekotto and Adebayor are both hurt after a challenge from the goal-scorer. Adebayor is booked for his troubles.

  • 11'

    Modric tries to collect a long, lofted pass, but he's isolated and crowded out.

  • 9'

    Marcelo turns neatly on the ball to make room for a shot. He unleashes a fierce left-footer, but it's wide of goal.

  • 8'

    Ronaldo bursts down the left but Corluka just about stays with him and blocks the cross.

  • 7'

    Crouch gets a booking for a silly foul on Sergio Ramos.

  • 7'

    Van der Vaart finds Crouch at the near post, but it's a little high and goes well over the bar.

  • 7'

    Van der Vaart curls it in and Adebayor heads it behind for a corner.

  • 6'

    Ramos concedes a free-kick and Spurs have the chance to float one into the area.

  • 6'

    Pepe dwells on the ball a little and Madrid have to put the ball out for a throw.

  • 5'

    Spurs haven't started too well here and they need to sort themselves out if they're going to avoid the kind of early collapse that happened at Inter in the group stage.

  • 4'

    Adebayor heads home the corner! Jenas leaves the striker in space and his angled header just sneaks past Modric on the post.

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    GOAL FOR MADRID!

  • 4'

    A dangerous piece of link-up play creates an opportunity for the hosts, but Di Maria's shot deflects wide and Madrid win a corner.

  • 3'

    Ronaldo makes a bit of space and unleashes another long-ranger. It fails to hit the target again but he at least caught that one a bit better.

  • 2'

    Assou-Ekotto plays what will be the first of many long balls to Crouch. We can expect a bit more of that with Lennon's pace no longer available.

  • 1'

    Ronaldo gets a scuffed long-ranger away in the first minute after Van der Vaart loses possession carelessly.

  • 1'

    Lennon was apparently taken sick.

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    Madrid get the game underway!

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    Lennon apparently suffered an injury in the warm-up. That's a big blow to Spurs as they were relying on his pace.

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    Jermaine Jenas has replaced Aaron Lennon in the Spurs starting line-up.

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    The players are now out on the field and shaking hands ahead of the kick-off.

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    Sandro and Gareth Bale both start for Spurs

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    A slightly nervous-sounding Harry Redknapp has said that he wants to use the pace of Bale and Lennon on the counter-attack to hurt Madrid but added: "The plan is to make sure we stay in the game tonight."

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    In a pre-match interview with Sky, Jose Mourinho's said Spurs are the most improved team in England since he left but that he is ready for the big occasion. "I'm much more comfortable in big moments than ordinary moments," he said.

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    Madrid's attack will be spearheaded by Emmanuel Adebayor, with Gonzalo Higuain only deemed fit enough for the bench after making his long-awaited return at the weekend.

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    Peter Crouch, unsurprisingly, leads the line for Spurs, with Rafael van der Vaart in just behind as he looks to prove a point to his former employers.

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    Spurs are boosted by the return of William Gallas at centre-back, and he partners Michael Dawson. Sandro - who excelled against Milan - gets the nod in central midfield alongside Luka Modric.

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    Left-back Marcelo and winger Angel Di Maria also start for Madrid having been considered doubtful, while Xabi Alonso is back from the suspension that kept him out of the 1-0 home defeat to Sporting Gijon at the weekend.

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    The big news is that both Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale start the game. Whether they're fit enough to live up to the massive pre-match expectations, of course, is another matter.

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    Hello and welcome to the live commentary for tonight's game at the Bernabeu.