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France 0 Spain 1: match report – Pedro scores as Paul Pogba is sent off

France 0 Spain 1: Pedro steals the glory in Paris as ex-United man Pogba sees red

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21:51 GMT, 26 March 2013

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UPDATED:

22:10 GMT, 26 March 2013

Pedro scored the only goal of the game as Spain closed the gap on Group I leaders France.

Spain's returning playmaker, Xavi, created the opening with an outstanding ball to Nacho Monreal. The Arsenal left back found the incoming Pedro, who put the ball past Hugo Lloris.

Raphael Varane had a golden opportunity to equalise when Victor Valdes flapped at a corner, but the Real Madrid wonderkid could not get the ball under control in time to slide the ball into the empty net.

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, who was outrstanding on his second performance for his country, was sent off for two yellow cards in as many minutes with just over 20 minutes to play.

More to follow…

One up: Pedro wheels away in celebration after putting Spain in the lead

One up: Pedro wheels away in celebration after putting Spain in the lead

Just about: Hugo Lloris (left) can't keep out Pedro's second-half effort

Just about: Hugo Lloris (left) can't keep out Pedro's second-half effort

Futile: Hugo Lloris watches as the ball bounces over the line

Futile: Hugo Lloris watches as the ball bounces over the line

MATCH FACTS

France: Lloris, Jallet (Giroud 90), Koscielny, Varane, Evra, Cabaye (Menez 70), Matuidi, Pogba, Valbuena, Ribery, Benzema (Sissoko 82)

Subs Not Used: Mandanda, Fanni, Sakho, Yanga-Mbiwa, Gonalons, Remy, Payet, Clichy, Landreau

Sent off: Pogba (78)

Booked: Cabaye, Matuidi, Pogba

Spain: Valdes, Arbeloa, Pique, Sergio Ramos, Monreal, Alonso, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta (Mata 90), Villa (Jesus Navas 61), Pedro (Fabregas 76)

Subs Not Used: Reina, Albiol, Javi Garcia, Azpilicueta, Negredo, Isco, Cazorla, De Gea

Booked: Xavi, Fabregas, Arbeloa

Goal: Pedro 58

Attendance: 80,000

Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

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Marching orders: Paul Pogba picked up two yellow cards in as many minutes after Pedro opened the scoring

Marching orders: Paul Pogba picked up two yellow cards in as many minutes after Pedro opened the scoring

Marching orders: Paul Pogba picked up two yellow cards in as many minutes after Pedro opened the scoring

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You're surrounded: Karim Benzema (centre) tries to weave his way past three Spain defenders

You're surrounded: Karim Benzema (centre) tries to weave his way past three Spain defenders

Big chance: Franck Ribery (left) tries to sneak the ball underneath Victor Valdes

Big chance: Franck Ribery (left) tries to sneak the ball underneath Victor Valdes

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Booked: Xavi remonstrates with the referee as he is given a yellow card

Booked: Xavi remonstrates with the referee as he is given a yellow card

Mature: Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba played in the middle for France

Mature: Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba played in the middle for France

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Block: Patrice Evra chases down Barcelona striker David Villa

Block: Patrice Evra chases down Barcelona striker David Villa

Ian Ladyman"s Euro diary: Casillas" gorgeous girlfriend Carbonero is a keeper

Ian Ladyman's Euro diary: Casillas' gorgeous girlfriend Carbonero is a keeper

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UPDATED:

22:05 GMT, 27 June 2012

The Spanish fan with ‘Casillas’ on
his shirt almost spat his beer out when the Real Madrid goalkeeper’s
gorgeous TV presenter girlfriend Sara Carbonero walked in to the
Shakhtar Plaza Hotel. Sadly for him, the rumour is that the glamorous
couple are soon to marry.

Turning heads: Sara Carbonero

Turning heads: Sara Carbonero

Fame’s so fickle

Spanish fans’ drummer Manolo claims his notoriety has cost him his family, his business and his money. Odd, then, that he was spotted happily signing autographs in the lobby of the pricey four-star Ramada Hotel in Donetsk. Fame, it seems, is not all that bad.

Take a bow, Elton

Well-known
football fanatic Elton John — a former chairman of Watford Football
Club — is coming to Kiev this Friday to do a free concert in the fan
zone in support of AIDS charities. Offered payment by the organisers,
Elton refused. A noble gesture indeed.

Ukraine’s revenge

Still the anger at Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai goes on. Posters of the official, who disallowed Ukraine’s ‘goal’ against England in their final group game, have been posted in Donetsk with locals invited to leave rude messages underneath. There is no room left.

Vitriol: Kassai

Vitriol: Kassai

Thumbs up…

To
the enthusiastic young Ukrainian stadium volunteer who begged me for an
English coin just because she desperately wanted to own something with a
picture of the Queen on it — another example of our monarch’s global
appeal.

Thumbs down…

To
the unscrupulous hotel racketeers of Donetsk. In a city with not enough
hotel rooms to go around, those that suddenly appeared on the market
were going for an unbelievable 450 per night. This — surprise, surprise
— is not money that will go back into the Ukrainian economy.

Quote of the day

‘(Cristiano) Ronaldo has shown his countrymen that he deserves a statue in Lisbon.’

Argentina legend Diego Maradona offers an opinion on a subject that actually has absolutely nothing to do with him. No change there then.

Sticking his nose in: Diego Maradona (right), pictured with his father Diego Maradona

Sticking his nose in: Diego Maradona (right), pictured with his father Diego Maradona

Euro 2012: Roy Hodgson tells England to get ready for penalties against Italy

Roy is spot on: Hodgson tells his men to get ready if Italy showdown goes to penalties

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UPDATED:

21:56 GMT, 20 June 2012

Roy Hodgson has called on his England players to cast off the burden of past failures and show the mental toughness to win at penalties.

The England manager has promised his team will be fully prepared should Sunday’s European Championship quarter-final against Italy in Kiev go down to spot-kicks.

‘We have practised already but we’ll take it even more seriously now,’ he said. ‘But it’s really your composure, your confidence, your ability to really block everything out and forget the occasion that means you score or you don’t score.

On the spot: England captain Steven Gerrard has been told he will be the chief penalty taker

On the spot: England captain Steven Gerrard has been told he will be the chief penalty taker

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‘When you are working with the England team the past is always going to weigh heavily because everything we do today is being compared with something that happened in the past.’

Hodgson has to choose his first five penalty takers but he will turn to skipper Steven Gerrard to lead by example. Hodgson told him he would take the penalties before the opening group game against France.

Gerrard has scored 27 of 34 attempts in his career, although he did miss one in the quarter-final shootout against Portugal at the 2006 World Cup.

No stone unturned: Roy Hodgson is preparing his side for the prospect of a dreaded penalty shootout

No stone unturned: Roy Hodgson is preparing his side for the prospect of a dreaded penalty shootout

The fitness of Ashley Young for the Italy match remained a slight concern for Hodgson, but the Manchester United winger is expected to recover from an ankle injury suffered in a foul challenge by Andriy Shevchenko.

Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai has been sent home after the mistake which cost Ukraine a goal and helped England into the last eight as FIFA president Sepp Blatter declared goal-line technology ‘a necessity’.

Injury concern: England have worries over winger Ashley Young ahead of the quarter-final

Injury concern: England have worries over winger Ashley Young ahead of the quarter-final

Kassai and his assistants failed to spot a shot from Marko Devic had crossed the line before John Terry hooked it clear during England’s 1-0 win on Tuesday. Blatter, having opposed goal-line technology (GLT) for years, even after Frank Lampard’s ‘goal’ against Germany in the 2010 World Cup was missed, confirmed he was now in favour.

‘GLT is no longer an alternative but a necessity,’ Blatter tweeted.

Not joining in, Mario Balotelli (left) looks bored as his Italy team-mates train in Krakow

Not joining in, Mario Balotelli (left) looks bored as his Italy team-mates train in Krakow

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Euro 2012: Pierluigi Collina defends UEFA over Ukraine goal-line controversy

Refs' chief Collina still refuses to back goal-line technology despite Ukraine farce

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UPDATED:

17:29 GMT, 20 June 2012

Head of referees Pierluigi Collina has defended UEFA's experimental system of extra goal-line officials but admitted to an 'unfortunate mistake' that helped eliminate Ukraine from Euro 2012.

In a tournament heavy on goals and drama but relatively free of debatable decisions, Marco Devic's disallowed effort against England on Tuesday, which television replays suggested had crossed the line, prompted outrage from the hosts.

The goal may not have saved Ukraine from elimination anyway but the referee in charge of the game, Hungary's Viktor Kassai, was one of four sent home on Wednesday as part of a standard pruning of officials before the quarter-finals.

Refs' chief: Pierluigi Collina (left) at a training session for officials appointed for Euro 2012 knockout matches at Agrykola Stadium in Warsaw on Wednesday

Refs' chief: Pierluigi Collina (left) at a training session for officials appointed for Euro 2012 knockout matches at Agrykola Stadium in Warsaw on Wednesday

Collina said it would have been 'unfair' to expose Kassai to additional pressure following the row, which has prompted renewed calls for the introduction of goalline technology.

The bald-headed Italian, the game's best-known official before his retirement in 2005, insisted the decision did not undermine a system of extra officials which has been on trial in the Champions League and elsewhere for three years.

'This was human mistake made by a human being. Nevertheless this is the only problem we had with this experiment in roughly 1000 matches played,' Collina said.

'(At Euro 2012) we had three goal-line situations. Two of them were absolutely correct, the third was unfortunately wrong. Being wrong is one thing, saying that the ball was half a metre over is another and you know it. The ball was centimetres (over).'

It's all over: John Terry hacks Marko Devic's shot away... but not in time

It's all over: John Terry hacks Marko Devic's shot away… but not in time

Rage: Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin went wild after his side were denied

Rage: Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin went wild after his side were denied

He refused to be drawn on the case for introducing technology which proponents argue would remove the element of human error.

'The simple answer to that is that it is not for UEFA to decide. There is a meeting of the IFAB (International Football Association Board) on July 5,' UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino told the same news conference.

'We do what we can. We think that in addition to seeing or not seeing the goal, the additional referee gives a lot of help. The fact that a mistake happened last night, the night before this press conference, is bad luck, but it should not hinder us in our very positive assessment of the last three years.

'We will see what the IFAB decides and we will see which leagues implement it if they do. But for the moment we have not seen any 100 percent success rate so far on any goal-line technology,' Infantino added.

Graham Poll: England"s lucky break

Graham Poll: England's lucky break will ensure goalline technology gets go-ahead

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UPDATED:

21:42 GMT, 19 June 2012

England fans might think justice has been done after Viktor Kassai and his Hungarian assistant referees failed to spot that Marko Devic’s shot crossed the goalline before John Terry cleared the ball, but UEFA are unlikely to agree.

In South Africa, it was Frank Lampard’s shot against Germany which was not seen by the three Uruguayan officials led by Jorge Larrionda, and England went on to lose and be eliminated.

Lucky escape: John Terry kicks the ball away from behind the line as England got the rub of the green in their Euro 2012 match against Ukraine in Donetsk

Lucky escape: John Terry kicks the ball away from behind the line as England got the rub of the green in their Euro 2012 match against Ukraine in Donetsk

Lucky escape: John Terry kicks the ball away from behind the line as England got the rub of the green in their Euro 2012 match against Ukraine in Donetsk

This time England benefited despite there being an additional two assistants specifically positioned on the goalline for just such incidents.

Thankfully it is just this type of incident which will ensure the approval of a goalline technology.

In 2010 Larrionda was one of the favourites to referee the final but was sent home at the first opportunity by FIFA; Kassai and his team will fear the same as UEFA cut their list on Thursday but could be saved as the ‘goal’ didn’t affect qualification.

Euro 2012 results: England 1 Ukraine 0

England 1 Ukraine 0: Rooney fires Hodgson's heroes through as group winners… it's Italy up next for Three Lions

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UPDATED:

20:54 GMT, 19 June 2012

Wayne Rooney lived up to top billing in Donetsk as he scored the goal which sent England into a Euro 2012 quarter-final meeting with Italy in Kiev on Sunday.

It was not quite the equal of Pele's sublime header in the 1970 World Cup final – but after comparing his star man to the brilliant Brazilian, manager Roy Hodgson would have been delighted nonetheless.

In truth, having already failed to take a glaring first-half chance, Rooney could not miss this one as Ukraine keeper Andriy Pyatov failed to gather a dangerous low cross from Steven Gerrard which took two deflections.

From barely a yard, Rooney thus scored his 29th England goal, one behind Nat Lofthouse, Tom Finney and Alan Shearer, who are joint fifth in the all-time list.

He's back: Wayne Rooney marks his return to action with England's opener against Ukraine

He's back: Wayne Rooney marks his return to action with England's opener against Ukraine

He doesn't miss from there: Wayne Rooney opens the scoring

Net gains: Wayne Rooney follows his header in after opening the scoring

Net gains: Wayne Rooney follows his header in after opening the scoring

Start the party: Wayne Rooney celebrates with John Terry

Start the party: Wayne Rooney celebrates with John Terry

Match facts

England: Hart, Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole, Milner (Walcott 70), Gerrard, Parker, Young, Rooney (Oxlade-Chamberlain 87), Welbeck (Carroll 82). Subs not used: Green, Kelly, Henderson, Baines, Jones, Jagielka, Downing, Defoe, Butland.

Booked: Gerrard, Cole.

Scorer: Rooney 48.

Ukraine: Pyatov, Gusev, Khacheridi, Selin, Rakitskiy, Yarmolenko, Tymoschuk, Konoplianka, Garmash (Nazarenko 78), Devic (Shevchenko 70), Milevskiy (Butko 77).
Subs not used: Koval, Kucher, Aliev, Voronin, Shevchuk, Rotan, Seleznyov, Mykhalyk, Goryainov.

Booked: Tymoschuk, Rakitskiy, Shevchenko.

Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

Attendance: 51,504.

Now the Three Lions must hope their
talisman quickly joins them as the scent of glory, absent for so long,
is now in English nostrils, even if the path is barred not just by
Italy, but Germany as well.

Not that England strolled through as
some had suggested. The journey to victory had its uncomfortable
moments, not least the controversy that once again erupted over a ball
that crossed the line but none of the officials saw.

Instead of starting on the front
foot, as Hodgson suggested, England found themselves penned back by a
relentless tide of Ukraine attacks.

The general relief that greeted
Andriy Shevchenko's absence might not have been so obvious if the
talents of Serbian-born Marko Devic were better known.

Devic was at the centre of most
Ukraine attacks, had a goalbound shot blocked by Scott Parker and
triggering the move that ended with Andriy Yarmolenko stepping inside
the box and forcing a low save out of Joe Hart.

Never give up: John Terry (No 6) chases back as the ball heads towards the goal

Never give up: John Terry (No 6) chases back as the ball heads towards the goal

Touch and go: John Terry ends up in the net as he hooks the ball clear after it had crossed the line

Touch and go: John Terry ends up in the net as he hooks the ball clear after it had crossed the line

Dodgy decision: Terry clears

Appeal: Marko Devic's effort did cross the line

Off the hook: John Terry cleared the ball as Marko Devic's shot crossed the line but no goal was given

We all saw it: TV pictures show the ball crossing the line

We all saw it: TV pictures show the ball crossing the line

Oleh Gusev shot over after being
gifted possession by Ashley Young and in the final minutes of the
opening period Yarmolenko slalomed his way towards the England goal
Ricky Villa style, only for Joleon Lescott to make a very late
intervention.

Throughout this, England had been
urged to get themselves higher up the pitch by Hodgson's coaching staff,
Gary Neville particularly agitated by the failing.

Yet all the angst would have been removed had Rooney taken his golden opportunity.

For all Hodgson's assurances to the
contrary in recent days, it was evident that after just 37 minutes'
action in 44 days Rooney was lacking sharpness.

One that got away: Wayne Rooney's first-half header drifted wide

One that got away: Wayne Rooney's first-half header drifted wide

Heads you lose: Wayne Rooney fluffed his early opportunity from Ashley Young's cross

Heads you lose: Wayne Rooney fluffed his early opportunity from Ashley Young's cross

Frustration: Wayne Rooney was disappointed with his miss but he made up for it after the break

Frustration: Wayne Rooney was disappointed with his miss but he made up for it after the break

The hoped for combination with
Manchester United team-mate Danny Welbeck never materialised and his
passing went astray too often.

This would have been forgiven if Rooney had turned Young's deep cross into the net.

It had been a brilliant move until final execution, started by John Terry's superb crossfield pass to the left touchline.

Young, producing his most effective
performance of the tournament to date, delivered the ball exactly where
Rooney would have asked given he had intelligently peeled away from his
marker. Level with the far post, the striker tried to glance it home and
sent it bouncing wide.

All or nothing: The Ukraine players huddle before their must-win game

All or nothing: The Ukraine players huddle before their must-win game

The scene is set: England and Ukraine line up for the national anthems

The scene is set: England and Ukraine line up for the national anthems

Eleven lions: The England team line up just before facing co-hosts Ukraine

Eleven lions: The England team line up just before facing co-hosts Ukraine

In order to make the contribution Hodgson hoped for, it was evident Rooney required a bit of assistance.

Three minutes after the restart
Pyatov failed to clear one of those teasing Gerrard crosses that have
been a hallmark of his time in Ukraine. From roughly a yard, Rooney
nodded in.

The band that had been banned on
their last visit to Donetsk filled the noise vacuum created by the
silencing of their hosts and when the big screens at either end of the
stadium flashed up news of

Sweden's goal in Kiev a few minutes later, English cheers went up once more.
They would have been silenced had the goal-line technology due to be voted on by FIFA next month already been installed.

Catching up: Wayne Rooney's early touches did not look too sharp

Catching up: Wayne Rooney's early touches did not look too sharp

Centre of attention: Wayne Rooney was back after his two-match suspension

Centre of attention: Wayne Rooney was back after his two-match suspension

Crowded out: The Ukraine players double up on England striker Danny Welbeck

Crowded out: The Ukraine players double up on England striker Danny Welbeck

No holding back: Oleg Husyev and England left-back Ashley Cole get stuck in

No holding back: Oleg Husyev and England left-back Ashley Cole get stuck in

But, just as Fabio Capello cursed
Frank Lampard's goal not being awarded in Bloemfontein two years ago, so
Ukraine coach Oleh Blokhin now has reason to lament.

To the naked eye, in real time,
sympathy has to be afforded to the officials as John Terry hacked
Devic's half-blocked shot away.

To them it can't have looked over the
line. Within 60 seconds, all those millions watching around the world
on TV knew it was, the fans in the stadium only left in the dark because
the wise decision was taken not to show it to them again.

Shevchenko was introduced for one
last hurrah but it was Yevhen Konoplyanka who brought an excellent save
out of Hart with a dipping long-range effort.

Too high: Oleg Gusev tried his luck but the effort just cleared Joe Hart's crossbar

Too high: Oleg Gusev tried his luck but the effort just cleared Joe Hart's crossbar

Listen up: Ukraine boss Oleg Blokhin gives his orders from the bench

Listen up: Ukraine boss Oleg Blokhin gives his orders from the bench

Shirt shrift: Wayne Rooney and Yaroslav Rakitskiy get to grips with each other

Shirt shrift: Wayne Rooney and Yaroslav Rakitskiy get to grips with each other

Welbeck and Rooney were replaced as
the clock ran down, whilst Gerrard and Ashley Cole also picked up
bookings which may yet come back and haunt them.

Not that such matters should bother them too much.

Euro 2012: Mario Balotelli"s agent accuses Michel Platini of being weak on racism

EXCLUSIVE: Balotelli agent blasts UEFA president Platini for being weak on racism

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UPDATED:

22:59 GMT, 11 June 2012

Mario Balotelli’s agent accused UEFA president Michel Platini of being weak on racism the day after the Manchester City striker was abused by Spain fans during Italy’s opening game of Euro 2012.

Balotelli himself has not responded after a minority of Spanish supporters were heard making racist chants during the teams’ 1-1 draw on Sunday.

But his representative, Mino Raiola, hit out at Platini for failing to back Balotelli when he claimed he would walk off during a game if he heard racist abuse.

Why always me Mario Balotelli with referee Viktor Kassai on Sunday

Why always me Mario Balotelli with referee Viktor Kassai on Sunday

Platini suggested the forward should be booked if he left the field, but Raiola said: ‘I have to say that the reaction of UEFA to what Mario said was very strange and I would have expected a different reaction.

‘Mario has had this problem before and in Italy we have a saying: Racism is ignorance.

‘Mario is the kind of lad where this kind of abuse glides off his back but I was very disappointed with what Michel Platini said and a lot of people are with me on that. I can’t say I’m surprised by the reaction, though.

‘I don’t believe Platini has done anything to improve the game or help the position of players — as his reaction to Mario shows.’

Too weak: Balotelli's agent says UEFA President Michel Platini has not done enough to stop racism

Too weak: Balotelli's agent says UEFA President Michel Platini has not done enough to stop racism

Raiola was impressed with the approach of the English FA to race issues after he met officials. He said: ‘I have had meetings with the FA and they’ve been very proactive. They are ahead of other countries in Europe.’

The Italian Football Federation said that Balotelli had not complained of a problem during or after Sunday’s game. It is believed the chants were heard by photographers stationed at the end of the stadium where the Spanish fans were sitting.

And last night a Spanish supporters’ group confirmed that up to 200 fans had directed monkey chants at Balotelli. Their spokesman Thomas Herzog said: ‘The majority of the Spanish supporters reacted in a very positive way, because many of them tried to intervene and stop the fans from singing. We are clearly angry about this small section of Spanish supporters showing this kind of racist behaviour.’

Bad day at the office: Balotelli struggled to make his mark before he was replaced by Antonio Di Natale

Bad day at the office: Balotelli struggled to make his mark before he was replaced by Antonio Di Natale

UEFA responded to heightened awareness of the racism issue by writing to the mayors of Polish and Ukrainian host cities to ask for an increased police presence at training.

Some members of the Holland squad complained of hearing racist abuse during an open session at Wisla Krakow’s stadium last week, when thousands of Poles turned up.

A statement said: ‘UEFA ask that all necessary measures — including an increased police presence — be implemented to prevent any display of racist or discriminatory behaviour at such public sessions.

‘UEFA have also requested that any person found to be engaging in racist behaviour be immediately ejected and that criminal proceedings be launched.’

Real Madrid v Bayern Munich live

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LIVE: Real Madrid v Bayern Munich – the action from the Bernabeu as it happens

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UPDATED:

19:03 GMT, 25 April 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Champions League as Real Madrid host Bayern Munich at the Bernabeu in the second leg of their semi-final. The German side have the advantage after winning 2-1 at the Allianz Arena and will target at least a draw to guarantee progress to a final set to be played on their home turf. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

Real Madrid 2-0 Bayern Munich (7.45pm)
Aggregate 3-2

Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa,
Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo, Alonso, Khedira, Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo,
Benzema.
Subs: Adan, Kaka, Granero, Fabio Coentrao, Albiol, Higuain,
Callejon.

Goals: Ronaldo 6 pen, 14.

Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Boateng,
Badstuber, Alaba, Gustavo, Schweinsteiger, Ribery, Kroos, Robben, Gomez.
Subs: Butt, Olic, Rafinha, Pranjic, Muller, Contento, Tymoschuk.

Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

17min: That doesn't change anything for the visitors by the way. They still need just one goal to get back into this.

That can't be good for the defence's confidence though – they were torn apart there.

14min: GOAL! REAL MADRID 2-0 Bayern Munich

Just sublime play from Madrid. A quick passing move finds Mesut Ozil 25 yards out, who has the option to pick a pass for Karim Benzema or Cristiano Ronaldo.

The German picks the latter and the ex-Manchester United forward makes no mistake to slide the ball into the bottom corner from inside the box.

12min: Another great chance for Munich. Iker Casillas fumbles a shot from the edge of the box but with Franck Ribery waiting to convert the rebound, Khedira makes a timely slide tackle to concede a corner.

9min: What a chance for Munich to equalise! Alaba skates to the byline on the left flank before his cross finds Arjen Robben in the box.

The Dutchman, with just the keeper to beat, clips the low ball over the bar though – bad miss.

6min: GOAL! REAL MADRID 1-0 Bayern Munich

Thanks Kassai (see 19.18.) Marcelo's cross found Di Maria, whose first time cross cannoned off the arm of David Alaba to win a penalty – The defender had no chance of moving the offending limb as he slid in for a challenge.

To make matters worse he is booked and will now miss the final should Munich get there.

Cristiano Ronaldo is in no mood for sympathy though as he calmly tucked away the penalty into the bottom corner.

5min: PENALTY (Real Madrid)

3min: First chance Madrid. Angel Di Maria cuts in from the byline before laying the ball back for Sami Khedira.

The midfielder elects placement over power though and Manuel Neuer comfortably takes his low shot – decent chance that.

Kick-off: Munich get us underway.

19.43: Out come the players then on a fine spring evening in Madrid. Better than the wash-out we have in the UK anyway.

19.40: There isn't a spare seat in the house for this (and there are 85,000 of them) with the home fans all around the stadium waving white flags.

I assume they are in support of Madrid rather than an act of surrender…that would just be too easy for Bayern Munich wouldn't it

19.37: From InfostradaLive:

If Bayern reach the Final, they are the first club to play the CL final on their home ground. AS Roma were the last to do so in the Champions Cup in 1984 (1-1, 2-4 after penalties vs Liverpool).

In 1986 the final was originally scheduled for FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou, but after Bara reached that final, the match was relocated to Seville.

19.34: So how many of us want a Real Madrid v Chelsea final

The pull of Jose Mourinho being the one man that stands between Chelsea and the Champions League trophy is just too good of a script to turn down.

Having said that I also like the idea of Chelsea having to face Bayern Munich at their home stadium, the Allianz Arena.

Either would be a fascinating contest for the Blues.

19.31: Time for a preview on tonight's match with Sportsmail's Michael Walker.

Quite a few players treading a thin line in regards to missing the final through picking up bookings.

19.26: From InfostradaLive:

Current Bayern coach Heynckes gave 16-year-old Iker Casillas his first CL call-up for Real at Rosenborg in Nov 1997. Iker stayed on bench.

Calm down Dave! Bayern Munich keeper Oliver Kahn attempts to restrain David Beckham during Real Madrid's 1-0 win over the German side at the Bernabeu in 2004

Calm down Dave! Bayern Munich keeper Oliver Kahn attempts to restrain David Beckham during Real Madrid's 1-0 win over the German side at the Bernabeu in 2004

19.23: Real Madrid have won their last three home games against Bayern Munich but victory still might not be enough this evening.

A 1-0 win, like they achieved in 2004, will see them through on away goals.

But a 3-2 victory, like they achieved in 2007, will see them go out on the same very rule.

If Jose Mourinho's side win 2-1 then we are going to extra-time.

19.18: REF WATCH: Viktor Kassai

It usually backfires when I praise a referee before a game, but Kassai does usually produce the goods.

The Hungarian has a decent track record of officiating big games, even taking control of the Champions League final at Wembley last season between Barcelona and Manchester United

He's proven to be a curse to English sides though this term. Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal have all lost when he has taken control of their European games against Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and AC Milan respectively.

No such problem tonight obviously.

Stars in their eyes: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (left) trains ahead of the Bernabeu clash

Stars in their eyes: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (left) trains ahead of the Bernabeu clash

19.13: Full team news from the Bernabeu:

Real Madrid v Bayern Munich
Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo, Alonso, Khedira, Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo, Benzema. Subs: Adan, Kaka, Granero, Fabio Coentrao, Albiol, Higuain, Callejon.

Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba, Gustavo, Schweinsteiger, Ribery, Kroos, Robben, Gomez. Subs: Butt, Olic, Rafinha, Pranjic, Muller, Contento, Tymoschuk.

Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

19.08: Meanwhile what do we make of the news that John Terry's ban could be extended from one-match

Correct me if I'm wrong (and please do) but we have a precedent in Wayne Rooney's kick-out at a Montenegro defender that has landed him a two-game ban going into Euro 2012.

Terry could face similar action but is there really any case for him being banned longer than that

19.03: Well at least Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes promises to deliver a memorable game.

He wasn't pulling no punches when he described this tie as spectacular in the press conference.

18.58: Bayern Munich starting XI:

Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba; Schweinsteiger, Luiz Gustavo; Robben, Kroos, Ribery; Gomez.

18.53: Probably worth getting this cliche out of the way early doors, but football surely will be the winner tonight.

A couple of you thought the first-leg in Munich was full of simulation but I thoroughly enjoyed the attacking talent both teams had on offer.

More of the same again this evening please.

18.50: Real Madrid starting XI:

Casillas; Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Xabi Alonso, Khedira; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Benzema.

18.45: Good evening folks, I hope you have recovered from last night's semi-final because we are about to do it all over again when Real Madrid host Bayern Munich.

The winner of course will meet Chelsea in the final next month so let's get some team news.

Super Mario: Gomez (centre) scored in the last minute to hand Bayern Munich victory in the first leg

Super Mario: Gomez (centre) scored in the last minute to hand Bayern Munich victory in the first leg

AC Milan 4 Arsenal 0: Kevin Prince Boateng, Robinho and Zlatan Imbrahimovic score

AC Milan 4 Arsenal 0: Prince, Robinho and Zlatan tear sorry Gunners apart in San Siro

Arsenal's Champions League dreams were shattered by a humiliating 4-0 defeat to AC Milan in the first leg of their last 16 clash at the San Siro.

Kevin-Prince Boateng fired the Italians ahead on 15 minutes with a sublime strike, before two goals by former Manchester City frontman Robinho and a penalty from the impressive Zlatan Ibrahimovic put the tie beyond the Gunners.

Arsenal never really settled and were punished for some careless possession – and not even the introduction of former captain Thierry Henry in the final game of his loan spell from New York Red Bulls could spark a fairytale comeback.

Gunners stunner: Kevin Prince Boateng volleys AC Milan in front early in the first half

Gunners stunner: Kevin-Prince Boateng volleys AC Milan in front early in the first half

MATCH FACTS

AC Milan:
Abbiati, Abate, Mexes, Thiago Silva, Antonini, Seedorf (Emanuelson 12),
Van Bommel, Nocerino, Boateng (Ambrosini 70), Ibrahimovic, Robinho
(Pato 84).

Subs not used: Amelia, Nesta, Bonera, El Shaarawi.

Goals: Boateng 15, Robinho 38, 49, Ibrahimovic (pen) 79.

Booked: Mexes, Ambrosini, Antonini.

Arsenal:
Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny (Djourou 44), Vermaelen, Gibbs
(Oxlade-Chamberlain 66), Song, Rosicky, Walcott (Henry 46), Ramsey,
Arteta, van Persie.

Subs not used: Fabianski, Arshavin, Benayoun, Coquelin.

Booked: Djourou, Song.

Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

Attendance: 68,257

The heaviest European away defeat for Arsenal will be a bitter pill to swallow, but Arsene Wenger must lift his squad again for what is now a crucial FA Cup fifth-round tie at Sunderland on Saturday ahead of the Premier League derby with Tottenham – when the Gunners will look to keep alive hopes of qualifying again for the Champions League with a top-four finish.

Milan had not won any of their previous seven matches against English clubs, knocked out of the Champions League at this stage by Tottenham last season.

However, the Serie A leaders never looked in danger of a repeat, well organised from kick-off as Arsenal struggled to get any sort of foothold, regardless of a poor San Siro pitch which had recently seen the turf relaid down the flanks.

Veteran Dutchman Clarence Seedorf – a European Cup winner with three different clubs – drilled a low effort into the side-netting, before going off with what appeared to be a hamstring injury – compatriot Urby Emanuelson replacing him.

Boateng fired the Italians ahead on the quarter-hour mark. The former Portsmouth and Tottenham midfielder collected a chip to the edge of the Arsenal penalty area on his chest, before turning to fire the ball over Wojciech Szczesny and in off the underside of the crossbar.

No chance: Arsenal keeper Szczesny was left helpless by Boateng's brilliant opening strike

No chance: Arsenal keeper Szczesny was left helpless by Boateng's brilliant opening strike

Van Persie's cut-back was blocked as the Gunners captain got clear down the left, before Laurent Koscielny's flicked header from a floated 25th minute free-kick was straight at Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati.

Arsenal, however, were soon again giving possession away far too easily, inviting the hosts on. However, despite having plenty of the ball in the final third, AC Milan failed to carve out any real openings.

Unmarked: Robinho (left) heads past Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (centre) for the second goal

Unmarked: Robinho (left) heads past Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (centre) for the second goal

Three and easy: Robinho (centre) blasts the third goal from the edge of the penalty area

Three and easy: Robinho (centre) blasts the third goal from the edge of the penalty area

Thomas Vermaelen lost out to Robinho, who darted clear but then then failed to cross for Ibrahimovic – who was clear in the middle – as Koscielny made a saving block.

It was 2-0 in the 38th minute when Ibrahimovic charged down the left channel and squared for Robinho to nod in from six yards.

Humiliation complete: Zlatan Ibrahimovic places the ball into the corner of the net from the penalty spot

Humiliation complete: Zlatan Ibrahimovic places the ball into the corner of the net from the penalty spot

Roar: Ibrahimovic celebrates his third goal against Arsenal in the Champions League in recent years

Roar: Ibrahimovic celebrates his third goal against Arsenal in the Champions League in recent years

Two minutes before the break, Koscielny hobbled off and was replaced by Johan Djourou – and another change followed at the start of the second half as Theo Walcott was replaced by Henry.

However, before the World Cup winner had a chance to make an impact, Milan extended their lead. Vermaelen slipped, which gave Robinho the space to shoot at the edge of the box, and the Brazilian – whose 32.5million transfer to City in 2008 shattered the British record fee – slammed home what looked to be a tie-clinching third goal in the 49th minute.

Au revoir: Thierry Henry (centre) was humbled on his farewell appearance for Arsenal

Au revoir: Thierry Henry (centre) was humbled on his farewell appearance for Arsenal

Deadly duo: The scorers of Milan's first three goals celebrate Robinho's second strike of the night

Deadly duo: The scorers of Milan's first three goals celebrate Robinho's second strike of the night

It was now a case of damage limitation for Arsenal – and it could have been worse but for a complete miskick by Luca Antonini when he was set free following another swift counter.

The value of an away goal, however, meant the tie would still be alive were the English side to fashion a meaningful opportunity of their own. Abbiati produced a brilliant one-handed save to turn around van Persie's volley after a flick-on by Henry on 65 minutes. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced Kieran Gibbs as Alex Song dropped into the back four.

Misery: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reacts during the heavy defeat in the San Siro

Misery: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reacts during the heavy defeat in the San Siro

However, any hopes of comeback were ended in the 78th minute when Djourou bundled over Ibrahimovic to concede a somewhat soft penalty, which the big Swede slotted into the bottom right corner, leaving Arsenal a mountain to climb in the return leg at Emirates Stadium on March 6.

Hang your heads: Arsenal are all but eliminated from the Champions League after their shambolic show

Hang your heads: Arsenal are all but eliminated from the Champions League after their shambolic show