Champions League: Real Madrid v Manchester United

Live text commentary as Manchester United draw at Real Madrid in the Champions League after an engrossing first leg in Spain.

14 February 2013 Last updated at 23:18 GMT

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  1. 2228: 

    So that is that for a huge night of Champions League football.

    What better way to spend Valentine's night then with Mike Henson and the Europa League? That's a serious question. Join him for plenty of romance. See you later.

  2. 2226:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage from the Bernabeu

    "Looking at Ronaldo's goal record for Madrid he has become the ultimate player, there aren't as many theatrics. He is the second best player in the world and that tag is well deserved. He will have a different surface to play on at Old Trafford, it isn't as good as the one here. I'm unsure if Ferguson will change the system in the second leg."

  3. 2226: 

    Connor, Edinburgh on text: "All season I've heard what an average side United are, yet from the texts and tweets tonight they seem to have been expected to outplay Madrid at the Bernabeu? Make up your minds!"

  4. 2223: 
    Shakhtar Donetsk 2-2 Borussia Dortmund

    Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp: "We were punished for a couple of defensive mistakes, which was annoying.

    "2-1 wouldn't have been a bad result to take back to Dortmund, but the 2-2 was very important for the team's mood before the second leg."

  5. 2221: 

    Last time Real Madrid came to Old Trafford, Ronaldo scored a hat-trick. Any chance of a repeat?

  6. 2218: 
    Sir Alex Ferguson & Cristiano Ronaldo

    Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson: "David De Gea made three or four terrific saves, but their goalkeeper made great saves in the last minute and Robin van Persie hit the bar. The disappointing thing for me was in the first half we sat back off them and they had a lot of play around the edge of our box and that's unlike us.

    "We changed it in the second half and put Danny Welbeck on top of Xabi Alonso and it made a big difference in terms of the ebb of the game and made us better in the second half. We didn't have the possession we would have liked but I've got to be pleased. The players have dug in and we go back to Old Trafford with a great chance."

  7. 2215: 

    Opta Sports on Twitter: "1 - Real Madrid have won only one of their last five games in England (1-0 at Tottenham, 2011). Barrier."

  8. 2213: 

    How will Manchester line up at Old Trafford for the second leg? A 0-0 draw will see them through - but do we expect that? Surely there will be goals...

  9. 2210: 
    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on Cristiano Ronaldo: "What a header. Unbelievable. You can't stop that, the leap and the spring to hold himself in the air.

    "I said to Patrice Evra at half-time, 'why didn't you challenge him?' and then I saw the replays and then thought 'what was I talking about?' We did very well containing [Cristiano].

    "I think it was difficult for him playing against an old team, and it had a little bit of emotion attached to it because he played for us for six years, but he was still a big threat for them. When he gets the ball you are praying more than anything."

  10. 2204: 
    Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    Real Madrid goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo: "It was a tough game. They are a very strong team defensively. We played better and deserved to score more goals.

    "I played in Manchester for six years. They welcomed me when I was a child and it's very special to play against them. I have a lot of respect for them. We will have chances in the second leg. We always try to take the initiative."

  11. 2203: 

    Jeff on text: "Why is it de Gea still gets more criticism than Hart even after he kept United in the game?"

    Phil from Crawley on text: "So many people criticising Rooney and RVP. United played to get a result and got it. Away in Europe is a different game to the Premiership. Why do people expect United to walk all over a team like Real?"

    Raj from Wolverhampton on text: "Quite simply, the ref bottled the foul on Evra, blatant red card and bottled the last minute corner. Poor yellow card on Van Persie too!"

  12. 2202:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage from the Bernabeu

    "I don't know if there are goalkeepers out there and available who are better than De Gea, you look at England's best and the mistakes Joe Hart made last week. I think De Gea should be given time to develop.

    "He has shown enough with his shot stopping that he will be a very good keeper he just needs to improve on high crosses. You have to ask if these players aren't given time when they will develop?

    "Chelsea have Thibaut Courtois on loan at Atletico Madrid and would he be considered ready for United?"

  13. 2159: 

    Xabi Alonso and his brother Mikel have magnificent facial hair. Wonderful.

  14. 2159: 
    Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso: "After they scored we knew had to be be very careful. They were very careful too, they are always compact when they play away and it was difficult for us to get chances.

    "We need to go for a win, we can't approach the second leg thinking about a draw. We have to score goals at Old Trafford. It's not about the performance it was about the result and it could have been better."

  15. 2157: 

    @TheCMtyre: "Rooney has a good game he's best player in the world! Has a bad game & he is the worst player! Always over-rated or under-rated."

    @nick_brist0w: "Judge Rooney on his offensive play, clearly not going to be at his best when he's been working so hard all game! Its a team game."

    @Tom_Sheedy: "Rooney was immense - he did everything in midfield, passed well and no-one worked harder. Don't get how people are slating him."

  16. 2156: 
    Shakhtar Donetsk 2-2 Borussia Dortmund

    Mats Hummels, Dortmund defender: "It is important that we are going into the second leg level and a 0-0 would see us through. Certainly there were a few dangerous moments in defence, but against a such an attack-minded team you can never avoid this."

  17. 2156: 

    Alex from Surrey on text: "That's the best I've seen Welbeck play in a United shirt. Simply amazing."

    Torsten from London on text: "Is no one else angry the ref didn't let us take the corner, was waiting for Río to knock it in."

    Tom on text: "Do I hear Mourinho criticising another team for parking the bus? Hypocrisy, thy name is Jose."

  18. 2155: 
    Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    Manchester United striker Robin van Persie: "We had a couple of chances and if you said we would have left here with a 1-1 at the beginning of it we'd have taken it. I thought it must have been a great game to watch.

    "We have a slight advantage but at this kind of level it doesn't matter if it's home or away - it's half-time now and we'll be ready for the second half."

    Goalscorer Danny Welbeck: "I knew where Wayne was going to put it and thankfully I put into into the back of the net.

    "You come to the Bernabeu and it's a magnificent stadium, but we came to play the game and not just the occasion."

  19. 2154: 

    @ZacLott1: "I'm sorry, De Gea made one world class save, But we know he can stop shots, but he still couldn't catch the ball to save his life."

    @daplaymaker99: "We already knew De Gea was an excellent shot stopper. Showed that again today but also again showed frailties with high balls."

    @Eyres10: "De Gea, Welbeck and Phil Jones ... Brilliant. Three men that I hope will get a huge boost from this trip to the Bernabeu."

  20. 2152: 

    The Bernabeu is empty aside from the few thousand Manchester United fans. If they're staying over for the night they are in luck - what a city for a night out. They will just be thinking about going for some dinner in Madrid.

    Get yourselves out for a Churros con Chocolate at about 0400 tomorrow morning. Madness.

  21. 2149: 

    So where does that leave the tie?

    Jose Mourinho has the chances at 50/50 after the first leg, but his side will have to score at Old Trafford.

  22. 2148:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage from the Bernabeu

    "De Gea played well tonight. The save in the first half where he pushed it on to the post was a world class save, the second big save he kicked off the line. His shot stopping was fantastic. De Gea is getting better."

    David de Gea
  23. 2147: 

    Tom on text: "I do not know why Ferguson puts Rooney on the left, he always has an awful game when put there!"

    V on text: "All those criticising Wayne Rooney. He played the team game and the tactics set out, it's why United are so strong. Not always about the individual! Great result."

    Usman in London on text: "Laughing at all those who are calling Rooney average. He's been played out of position for the whole of this match, judge him when he's up front. He'll be playing there in the second leg for sure. Scored in the CL final in that position. He's world class."

  24. 2147:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage from the Bernabeu

    "We saw on numerous occasions Rio Ferdinand's experience, and how he is being overlooked by England is beyond me. The way he played with Evans tonight and stopped Higuain, Benzema and Ronaldo getting a look in was fantastic.

    "On that form you have to ask whether Vidic will get back in. Rafael was vulnerable in the first half, I think he steadied in the second and although Evra should have done better for the goal he had a decent game. United's strength is the back four and they did all they could tonight."

  25. 2146: 
    Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho: "It was not a surprise it's what I was waiting for. It was a very open game and it will go to the last minute. They changed their way of playing, Rio and Evans did not put one foot in our half.

    "They were waiting for a set piece or counter attack. We were the team that chased the game.

    "The result is open and if you ask me for a percentage I don't change. It's still 50/50. We can score more than one goal at Old Trafford."

  26. 2142: 

    Tuesday, 5 March.

    Get that date in your diaries, if it's not already scribed in. That's the return date at Old Trafford and if it is anything like the first 45 minutes especially of tonight's game we are set for some knockout gold.

  27. 2140: 

    @RickLobban: "Tonight has just proved that my opinion of Wayne Rooney is correct. Not good enough at the highest level. He's not world class."

  28. 2139:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage from the Bernabeu

    "There wasn't as much intensity from both teams in the second half as the first, Ferdinand, Evans, Jones and Carrick were fantastic. United will be happy with a point but with the attacking players Real have I think they will score at Old Trafford.

    "I don't think the Old Trafford pitch will suit them, it's a tough pitch to play on. I think United will be favourites with the away goal behind them and a fantastic atmosphere at Old Trafford to come. United will be happy with the draw but could have won it at the end."

  29. 2139: 

    Richard from Edinburgh on text: "I'm afraid I can't wait til the 5th March for the second leg of this tie. Any chance it can be moved forward to tomorrow night?"

  30. 2138:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Bernabeu:Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    "Manchester United can be very well satisfied with a draw and an away goal - their travelling fans are certainly happy. Caution though as Real Madrid showed what a potent attacking force they can be."

  31. 2136: 
    FULL-TIME- Shakhtar Donetsk 2-2 Borussia Dortmund
  32. 2136: 
    FULL-TIME- Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    There's no time to take the corner as the referee blows for full-time. A breathless evening and Manchester United will be happy with that.

  33. 2135: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    We are going right to the end. Robin van Persie is the man to strike in Fergie time so often but his low volley from the angle is turned away by Diego Lopez.

  34. 2133: 
    CLOSE!- Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    Anderson loses the ball sloppily 30 yards from goal, Luka Modric takes the gift and drives into the box and puts in a gem of a cross, hard and low from the left. Cristiano Ronaldo is there to gobble it up but his shadow Phil Jones gets in the way and makes the block. Vital intervention from the big man.

  35. 2133: 

    Having been under the cosh for so long, Kilmarnock have just gone and nicked an equaliser on 89 minutes through Borja Perez. Inverness fans are stunned. It is now 1-1.

  36. 2132: 

    I'm not sure who is under-rating Sami Khedira. First choice for Germany and Real Madrid.

  37. 2132: 

    Mike from Leicester on text: "Utd's best players tonight arguably the most maligned, de Gea, Carrick and Welbeck."

    Eoin on text: "Finally we see why Fergie paid so much money for de Gea!"

    Sam from Merseyside on text: "Khedira has been one of the best players on the pitch tonight. Woefully underrated."

  38. 2131: 

    @iamvinays: "Robin Van Persie has had no effect on this game. Shadow of his premier league self."

    @WarrHarry: "Where is Wayne Rooney the white Pele? He has been very poor. United have played some decent stuff but fortunate to be level."

    @caehoward: "Rooney looks so much like a player who has not improved whilst everyone else has worked harder than him and got better."

  39. 2130: 
    GOAL- Shakhtar Donetsk 2-2 Borussia Dortmund - Mats Hummels (87 mins)

    Terrible marking. Nonexistant. Extinct.

    Shakhtar lose all their discipline to leave Mats Hummels completely free from a Marcel Schmelzer corner and the big centre-half buries the header into the roof of the net. Big goal for Dortmund.

  40. 2129: 

    Into the final five minutes then. Anyone got any late drama?

  41. 2129:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage from the Bernabeu

    "Wayne Rooney has been poor tonight but he has done a job for his team, sometimes you need to do that he has gone out wide and put a shift in. Wayne will be frustrated because he's not been at his best and influenced the game like he wanted to but he's done what he had to do. "

  42. 2127: 
    CLOSE!- Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    Phil Jones gives away another free-kick with that 'hip tackle' and Cristiano Ronaldo lines up the dead ball.

    He hits it - it's a miraculous hit, moving all over the place and dipping 20 feet or so - David de Gea for once is beaten but watches as the ball lands on the roof of the net. Almost superb.

  43. 2126: 

    @TheFilmOracle: "A European Super League would just drain the magic out of watching teams like Real Madrid play Man Utd. Keep it special please."

    @JamesWard80: "Not impressed with Real. Ronaldo or bust for them, & he's having a quiet game by his standards. Utd are favourites in this tie."

    @chrisbailey000: "I'm reassured by that the fact that all the Real fans look worried."

  44. 2125: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    Pepe is on for Xabi Alonso. Real are worried about conceding a second away goal it seems.

    United make a change as well, Anderson on for Wayne Rooney.

  45. 2125: 

    T on text: "Van Persie missed an easy chance against Milan at this stage last year, he's missed an easy chance against Madrid today... Will this one be as costly?"

    Paul from Sheffield on text: "Fantastic game of football. And I'm only watching the BBC live text!"

  46. 2123: 

    Into the last 10 minutes as Ryan Giggs this time decides not to shoot first time and loses his chance. What a match we have had here.

  47. 2121: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    Real Madrid switch the ball out to Cristiano Ronaldo who has Phil Jones one-on-one for the first time. Jones knows he is in trouble as he gesticulates wildly asking for help.

    Ronaldo cuts inside on to his left foot but passes instead of shooting, finding Mesut Ozil in the box, he hangs on to the ball for too long though, like someone trying to score the perfect goal on a computer game, and when he comes back inside again Sami Khedira shoots straight at David de Gea.

    Real should have made more of that.

  48. 2121:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage from the Bernabeu

    "United have to keep their concentration and their composure, United have defended the edge of the box very well and they need to keep doing that. Both keepers have pulled off excellent saves and both sides look susceptible at dead ball situations so United need to keep it tight at the back."

  49. 2119: 
    Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    Manchester United are so deep now, they have seven or eight men camped on the 18-yard line. A dangerous game.

    Real Madrid pick together three or four neat passes in and around the penalty area and Gonzalo Higuain is able to stretch and hook a shot toward the corner but David de Gea is equal to it.

  50. 2118: 

    @solojin: "We definitely need another away goal here considering the power and pressure Madrid will put over us on the reverse fixture."

    @brettbaxendale: "Watching the Champions League every other week, makes me want to see a European Super League ASAP."

    @AdamTizzy: "Van Persie is proving to be a massive threat now and Madrid will be forced to score another goal to stay in the game."

  51. 2118: 
    CLOSE!- Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 Borussia Dortmund

    The combination of Robert Lewandowski and Mario Goetze looks the most likely combination to unlock the Shakhtar rearguard. Goetze's waist-high cross is crashed into the advertising hoardings by his Polish team-mate as the Ukrainians fall asleep at the back momentarily .

  52. 2117: 

    We have 15 minutes remaining.

  53. 2117: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    Change for Madrid as former Spurs man Luka Modric gets the nod and Angel Di Maria is replaced. Di Maria has been excellent.

  54. 2116: 

    Sami Khedira rifles in a shot over the top as Antonio Valencia comes on for Manchester United in place of Danny Welbeck. This one has gone up a notch.


    @joshjbradshaw: "We have the best keeper when it comes to his feet. I just wish he'd be good with his hands."

    @__ZAINRAJA: "De Gea seems to play well when playing in Spain for some reason."

  56. 2116:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage from the Bernabeu

    "The spine of United's team have been fantastic, Carrick and Jones with Evans and Ferdinand have been really effective. Ferdinand is rolling back the years he has been so calm and so cultured."


    Jed from London on text: "Van Persie, Kagawa and Rooney need to look how Welbeck, Jones and de Gea are playing in this game."

    Andy from Glasgow on text: "Karim Benzema, the most overrated player in world football. Discuss."

    Matt on text: "Madrid might be dominating this, but we've got to remember that 1-1 is a fantastic result for United, so they have every right to sit back."

  58. 2113: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    He's been quiet by his own magnificent standards but Robin van Persie almost puts United ahead. Twice. First the Dutchman cannons in a shot which Diego Lopez palms on to the crossbar before Van Persie is in again, he mishits his shot and Xabi Alonso is able to clear from the goalline.

    Massive let-off for Madrid.

  59. 2111: 
    GOAL- Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 Borussia Dortmund - Douglas Costa (68 mins)

    When 'long ball' becomes a long pass. Tomas Hubschman launches a huge pass downfield, like Frank de Boer to Dennis Bergkamp at World Cup 98, and Shakhtar sub Douglas Costa produces a magic touch to bring it down before firing in left-footed. Lovely goal.

  60. 2109: 
    Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    Danny Welbeck wins a free-kick on the halfway line to end a period of Real pressure. He's done himself proud tonight, held the ball up well at times. The pace has gone out of this game as we enter the final 25.

  61. 2107:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage from the Bernabeu

    "United are defending the edge of the box quite well, they're getting numbers back there and forcing Real to go further out. I thought Kagawa had performed very well, but bringing Giggs on may allow United to have a change of formation."

  62. 2106: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    Shinji Kagawa comes off for Manchester United after a fairly anonymous performance. Some green youngster is on in his place - Bryan Griggs?

    On no - it's Ryan Giggs. On for his 150th European appearance for Manchester United. An outstanding effort, and he is applauded on by the Madridistas.

  63. 2104: 
    Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    Danny Welbeck comes over all Thierry Henry, picking the ball up deep and driving through the middle, kicking through the gears as he beats two and then three men before surging into the box, but he can't quite find a finish on his left foot and the chance is gone.

    We are into the final 30 minutes of this one and it needs a spark.

  64. 2104: 

    Tom from Bristol on text: "Surely if you don't touch the ball, and make contact with the player that's a foul. If that was to be given as a foul on Evra, then Varane should get a red?"

    Ben from Sheffield on text: "Great to see consistency from the referee. Didn't give Jones' shoulder barge in the box, isn't giving them outside the box either. Well done."

  65. 2103: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    Unorthodox - but brilliant - from David de Gea. He makes another superb save, going with his feet for some reason to kick away Fabio Coentrao's back-post effort. Why he didn't use his hands I don't know, but it was a great stop.

  66. 2102:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Bernabeu:

    "Sir Alex Ferguson has made a rare appearance in his technical area - and the body language clearly demands his Manchester United players do something to stem Real Madrid's flow of possession."

  67. 2102: 
    Shakhtar Donetsk 1-1 Borussia Dortmund

    Neither side have been able to impose themselves on the second half at the Donbass Arena as yet. It has been all bits and pieces after the break with Borussia Dortmund stroking the ball about but never endangering Shakhtar in the final third.

  68. 2102: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    Like for like change for Real Madrid as Karim Benzema is replaced by Gonzalo Higuain. Quality for quality.

  69. 2100: 

    @staffwhyte: "Jones, terrible touch offensively but incredible power defensively."

    @stevenkash: "Alonso should be called the phantom menace. Hardly notice him, however he's quietly destroying the opposition defence."

    @SD0wney: "Jones is having his Jack Wilshere v Barca breakthrough game tonight."

  70. 2059: 
    Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    The fluidity has gone out of the game as the tension goes up a notch. Both sides are struggling to keep hold of the ball.

  71. 2056: 
    Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    Oh hello! Manchester United spring a counter-attack and Patrice Evra goes down under a challenge from Raphael Varane. Nothing is given - that could be a big decision. Sir Alex Ferguson is on his feet.

  72. 2056:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage from the Bernabeu

    "I think Sir Alex has to look at Rafael, he has looked sloppy again. For me he needs to bring someone like Chris Smalling on who has more presence on the right-hand side."

  73. 2055: 
    CLOSE!- Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    David de Gea is earning his corn tonight as he gets behind another long-range effort from Angel Di Maria, before Di Maria slams a dipping strike wide from 25 yards. He is getting plenty of room on the right as United double up on Cristiano Ronaldo.

  74. 2054: 

    Kamran from Stockton on text: "Mesut Ozil has got to one of the best, if not the best play maker in the game today, reminds me of a young Zidane!"

    Paul on text: "What has RVP done in this game? Nothing. Not so special when teams keep an eye on him."

    Darren from Leighton Buzzard on text: "As part of the transfer, do we get Ronaldo for the 2nd half?"

  75. 2054: 

    @JohnnyMagrinho: "With this team, just how on Earth are Real so far behind Barca? Incredible team and to be honest Man Utd doing well to keep up."

    @McRugged101: "Madrid love the pressing game. Compared to Barca the ball might as well not be moving."

  76. 2053: 
    Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    Phil Jones has been excellent at the breakdown for Manchester United today, spoiling play and making niggly challenges. He upends Cristiano Ronaldo with his hip in the centre of the pitch and Ronaldo pleads with the referee for more action. None given though.

  77. 2052:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage from the Bernabeu

    "I think getting the second away goal could be crucial for United, I think Real will manage to score at Old Trafford so United need another goal in this half."

  78. 2050: 
    CLOSE!- Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd
    Sir Alex Ferguson

    Cristiano Ronaldo almost gives Sir Alex Ferguson more to worry about as he turns away from Michael Carrick on the edge of the box and rifles in a low, left-footed shot which David de Gea is able to gather in. You can't take your eyes off this one.

  79. 2049: 
    CLOSE!- Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    Indecision is final for Diego Lopez again, the Real Madrid goalkeeper not knowing whether to come for a cross or not and almost allowing Danny Welbeck to profit. Phil Jones then heads over after more faffing at the back,

    Good start for Manchester United.

  80. 2048: 
    KICK-OFF- Shakhtar Donetsk 1-1 Borussia Dortmund

    And back under way in the Ukraine as well. Dortmund will be happy with this.

  81. 2047: 
    KICK-OFF- Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    We are back in play.

  82. 2047: 
    Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    Jose Mourinho's half-time team talk wasn't a long one. He comes out on his own and sits on the bench on his own for three or four minutes. Brewing.

  83. 2044: 

    What changes, if any, will Messrs Mourinho and Ferguson make in the next 45 minutes?

    Looking at the options, that star-studded bench for Real may play a part. Luka Modric, Kaka or Gonzalo Higuain anyone?

  84. 2042: 

    @AndyAyl: "They compare Bale to Ronaldo, no competition for me Ronaldo is very much ahead of Bale as a complete player."

    @SamRogersSJ: "Brilliant 1st half, Utd getting their tactics right, Evans & Kagawa doing well, Ronaldo with a touch of class for the goal."

    @Tweety3_1415: "Ronaldo's goal almost the mirror image of his 2008 CL final goal. Now we know what it felt like to concede to that."

  85. 2041: 

    Adrian from Solihull on text: "Mourinho has obviously identified the lack of aerial prowess, usually provided by Vidic, as a weakness. Fergie should get Smalling on for Rafael and sort it out!"

    Jack from Norwich on text: "Ronaldo is such an athlete; the jump for his header was unreal! Everything Real do is coming down the left - Rafael looking very vulnerable."

    Craig from Bristol on text: "And breathe.."

  86. 2041: 

    That David de Gea save from Fabio Coentrao early in the match was outstanding. I'm not sure how he got to that.

  87. 2039: 

    Gary Lineker on Twitter: "Alongside all his obvious brilliance, is there a better header of the ball in world football than Ronaldo?"

    Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring for Real Madrid
  88. 2037: 

    Ah yes - I neglected to mention that Rafael was booked late in the first half for a foul on Mesut Ozil. Looking at the bench Chris Smalling could be an option to fill in there if needed.

  89. 2037:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage from the BernabeuReal Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    "I thought United did well during the first half to get the away goal, De Gea made a fantastic save in the first few minutes but has looked a bit shaky since.

    "It has been end to end stuff and I think United will be happy at half time to go in with that valuable goal. Both teams break with such pace, you can see Real Madrid scoring again.

    "Rafael is all over the shop, he is rash and has been booked, he could get sent off if he isn't careful. I think there will be more goals in the second half, both keepers are good shot stoppers but susceptible to high balls."

  90. 2036: 

    So what did we make of that first 45 minutes? At least it wasn't a let down - plenty of action and chances and I will be very surprised if there aren't more goals to come.

    Advantage Dortmund and United as it stands?

  91. 2034: 
    CLOSE!- Shakhtar Donetsk 1-1 Borussia Dortmund

    Shakhtar Donetsk almost regain the lead just before the break as their new signing Taison advances on the Borussia defence and flicks a shot goalwards. It is a tame effort but almost serves as a perfect deep cross for Alex Texeira. His effort is blocked on the line by Marcel Schmelzer though.

  92. 2034: 

    Opta Sports on Twitter: "7 - Only Didier Drogba has scored more headed goals in the Champions League (8) than Cristiano Ronaldo (7) since 2003/04. Aerial."

  93. 2033: 
    HALF-TIME- Shakhtar Donetsk 1-1 Borussia Dortmund
  94. 2032:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Bernabeu:HALF-TIME- Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    "Expectations were high and a wonderful first 45 minutes has lived up to them all. Manchester United will be delighted with Danny Welbeck's away goal - but what a threat Real Madrid look going forward."

  95. 2031: 
    CLOSE!- Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd
    Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho

    Another chance, another Cristiano Ronaldo header. This time he gets all over the top of Jonny Evans to plant a powerful effort past the near post. There are more goals in this!

  96. 2030: 

    Matt from Barry on text: "Rafael is having a nightmare!"

    Esky on text: "Ozil controlling this game now, stopping him is absolutely vital."

    Dave from Hitchin on text: "One can criticise Evra but Ronaldo would have out-jumped any defender in the world with that leap."

  97. 2030:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Bernabeu:

    "Manchester United fans sing "Sit Down Mourinho." An imperious wave in return from "The Special One."

  98. 2029: 

    @ladeyemi: "Rafael should not be in this game, awful performance so far."

    @mokert23: "Rafael will be a top player. Get him off tonight. Massive liability now and been beaten by Ronaldo and Ozil every time."

    @HarryFisher93: "Rafael getting torn apart here, get Valencia on at right back."

  99. 2027: 
    GOAL- Shakhtar Donetsk 1-1 Borussia Dortmund - Robert Lewandowski (41 mins)

    He could try this a million times and never repeat it! Robert Lewandowski collects Mario Gotze's cross, totally miskicks his effort only to see the ball spin back into his path and leave two defenders on the floor. Lewandowski can then collect the loose ball and fire into the corner. Away goal for Dortmund.

  100. 2026: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    Angel Di Maria beats two men in a slaloming run, it's magic feet from the winger, until Phil Jones comes across and sends him to the deck with a shove. Shoulder to shoulder or a foul? Referee Felix Brych says play on and we are into the last five minutes of the half.

  101. 2026:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage from the Bernabeu

    "Rafael is all at sea, he is getting his feet caught and is giving away silly free-kicks in dangerous positions and is really struggling up against Ronaldo. Wayne Rooney isn't giving him much help but he needs to work harder."

  102. 2024: 
    CLOSE!- Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    Real Madrid have turned it up a notch, as another brilliant pass plays in the elusive Mesut Ozil down the left this time. He squares the ball instead of shooting and Karim Benzema almost flicks it in. Rio Ferdinand makes the block though.

  103. 2022: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    What a pass from Xabi Alonso, raking the ball 60 yards out to Mesut Ozil on the right-hand side. The German playmaker gets a shot away early but David de Gea is equal to it, turning it away. A cracking game so far.

  104. 2022:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Bernabeu:Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    "Cristiano Ronaldo made a point of not overdoing any celebrations after that magnificent headed equaliser - but the Bernabeu did it for him as Real Madrid's fans roared his name. Sir Alex Ferguson announced there would be goals. There's a man who knows what he's talking about."

  105. 2021:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage from the Bernabeu

    "It's been a fantastic game, a great advert for the Champions League, both teams are attacking well. If United can go and get that second away goal they will be in a good position. Both sides are having joy from the set pieces and this could be where the chances come from. United look dangerous at every set piece."

  106. 2021: 

    Tom from Hereford on text: "Talk about hang time, Ronaldo was like Michael Jordan, brilliant header."

    Sanjay from London on text: "The old boy comes back to hurt Man Utd."

  107. 2020: 
    CLOSE!- Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd

    Oh my word what a chance! Manchester United almost back ahead through Danny Welbeck, who nips in front of goalkeeper Diego Lopez to meet a cross but steers his shot just wide. And I mean just.

    I'm not having Diego Lopez at all. Not exactly convincing.

  108. 2020: 

    @nazzaman007: "It just had to be. The script was always written."

    @JeffJones6: "Man utd need to get the ball down and string some passes together, going to be a very nervy night."

    @noi_omaboe: "Valencia needs to come on. He is the only person strong and quick enough to deal with Ronaldo."

  109. 2019: 

    Inverness CT are rewarded for a strong start against Kilmarnock as Nick Ross knocks in a dinked cross from Aaron Doran.

    You can follow the action in a separate live text commentary.

  110. 2017: 
    GOAL- Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 Borussia Dortmund - Darijo Srna (31 mins)

    File this one under goalkeeper error. Darijo Srna whips a decent free-kick over the wall from 25 yards but it's right in the middle of the goal. It still beats Roman Weidenfeller though. Into the roof of the net.

  111. 2016: 
    Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Borussia Dortmund

    Shakhtar Donetsk have started well with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Fernandinho snared by the offside trap when in decent positions, but Borussia Dortmund are starting to monopolise possession. Marco Reus and Mario Goetze are finding pockets of space in front of the Ukrainian's defence, looking to link up with Robert Lewandowski.

  112. 2016:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage from the Bernabeu

    "There Ronaldo has pulled on to Evra on the back stick, he is working on Evra's weakness, that was like when he scored in the Champions League final against Chelsea for Manchester United. He knows he is stronger than Evra in the air and is praying on his weakness."

  113. 2014: 
    GOAL- Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd - Cristiano Ronaldo (30 mins)

    This is like his goal in the 2008 final for United. Angel Di Maria crosses from the left, Cristiano Ronaldo makes a complete mug out of Patrice Evra, getting up early and hanging in the air before planting a powerful header into the corner. A very respectful celebration against his former employers as well. Game on.

  114. 2013: 
    CLOSE!- Real Madrid 0-1 Man Utd
    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo lines 'em up from a free-kick, it's like an arcade game. He fires in his effort which hits Robin van Persie in the groin and then the face, double bubble, before he smashes his left-footed rebound just wide from 25 yards.

    That man can strike a ball.

  115. 2012:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage from the Bernabeu

    "Carrick has been instrumental. He is having more influence on the game than Alonso, he knows where everyone is on the pitch and is reaching them every time with his passes. "

  116. 2011: 

    @AMTRick: "All United need to do now is not concede 4-5 goals and this night has been a success. Even a 2-1 loss is an okay result".

    @Rav_2223: "Nice to see a young Englishman score a vital away goal! Watch the Madrid assault now though."

    @boulders8: "Great delivery by Rooney and superb header by Welbeck - anyone questioning his inclusion now?"

  117. 2010: 
    Real Madrid 0-1 Man Utd

    The good and the bad of David de Gea. He's made two good saves already this evening but then comes out to claim a cross and gets nowhere near it. Panic stations.

  118. 2010: 

    Keith on text: "Another slice of humble pie for SAF doubters. When will they learn Fergie always knows exactly what he's doing?"

  119. 2008: 
    Real Madrid 0-1 Man Utd

    It's a very open affair at the Bernabeu. David de Gea has to get down sharply to his left to turn away a low shot from Mesut Ozil. You can sense the atmosphere turning tense.

  120. 2007:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage from the Bernabeu

    "It was a fantastic header from Danny Wellbeck. He was leaning back but got the header perfect. Ramos was marking him and as the corner comes across Di Maria came off his post and pushed Ramos out of position which meant that there was no one on the line."

  121. 2006: 
    Real Madrid 0-1 Man Utd

    Sir Alex Ferguson was ice cool in the dugout as that goal went in, but that away goal could be massive in this tie. Can they keep Real out now?

  122. 2004: 
    GOAL- Real Madrid 0-1 Man Utd - Danny Welbeck (20 mins)

    That is why Danny Welbeck is in the team...

    He had only scored once in his last 27 games, but the England man scores a very, very soft goal, finding a yard of space to hold off Sergio Ramos and nod Wayne Rooney's corner into the net from four yards out. Huge cat among the pigeons.

  123. 2003: 

    @bosmanokunade: "Ronaldo for the 2nd time goes past Rafael like he wasn't there."

    @StewClarke: "Rafael looking incredibly shaky at right back. But then with you-know-who charging him down I think anyone would be trembling."

    @Conwhiteandrews: "RVP is so wonderfully average compared to Ronaldo."

  124. 2003: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Borussia Dortmund

    Dortmund almost ahead as Mats Hummels thumps a header against the crossbar as he leans to meet a corner. Close, but no cigar.

  125. 2002: 

    Daz in Manchester on text: "As a player, if you're going to make a name for yourself it's going to be here, not on a rainy night in Wigan.."

    Benji in London on text: "After that booking, I can now see Van Persie getting sent off in unusual circumstances, much like his red card against Barcelona a few years ago."

  126. 2000: 
    Real Madrid 0-0 Man Utd

    Shinji Kagawa needs to get on the weights as Sergio Ramos just shoves him out of the way. Not strong enough. Real then win a free-kick which is headed behind by Jonny Evans for a corner.

    Ramos appears to catch Evans with a flailing arm. Naughty.

  127. 1959: 

    @CHarvey1986: "That save from De Gea was as good as Julio Cesar from Messi for Inter."

    @SANiceGuy: "Man Utd taking a page out of West Brom's book? Soak up pressure for 80 mins then score twice?"

    @hvernvernon: "Tonight is the night De Gea proves his critics wrong"

  128. 1957: 
    Real Madrid 0-0 Man Utd

    United have started really narrow as the front four of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Shinji Kagawa and Danny Welbeck are all within 20 yards of each other. It's a bold and attacking line-up for sure.

  129. 1957:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Bernabeu:

    "Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is so keen to get close to the action that Wayne Rooney just had to run behind him after making a pass. Plenty going on already."

  130. 1956: 

    @HenryWhitfield: "Mourinho wearing a Snood? Spain has made him weak."

  131. 1955: 
    Real Madrid 0-0 Man Utd

    Some of you have Tweeted in to ask whether all of the Manchester United plates are wearing the same boots. It appears that they are indeed - apart from Danny Welbeck. That's the power of social media for you.

  132. 1954: 
    CLOSE!- Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Borussia Dortmund

    Jakub Blaszczykowski has the first shot of the night in Donetsk, but the Dortmund man drags his effort across the face of the goal. Pretty even opening 10 minutes.

  133. 1953:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage from the Bernabeu

    "United's back four are playing too deep, they need to start on a higher line and drop back to the six-yard box to give the goalkeeper a chance."

  134. 1952: 
    Real Madrid 0-0 Man Utd

    What a save that was from David de Gea - superb stuff. Cristiano Ronaldo then has his first shot of the night but it's horrible and wide from 30 yards. High tempo start.

  135. 1951:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage from the Bernabeu

    "It looks like Jones is playing in that two in midfield with Carrick. United are going 4-2-3-1, they've looked very good when they have the ball and the middle of the park is key."

  136. 1950: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Real Madrid 0-0 Man Utd

    So close to an opener! Cristiano Ronaldo crosses from the left, Rio Ferdinand can only scoop the ball out to the edge of the box and Fabio Coentrao curls in a low shot.

    It is in - surely - but David de Gea gets a slight touch to knock the ball on to the post. Sensational.

  137. 1949: 
    YELLOW CARD- Real Madrid 0-0 Man Utd

    Very early booking for Robin van Persie, as he puts his hand in the face of Sergio Ramos as they challenge for a header. He has got 85 minutes to worry about that one now.

  138. 1948: 
    CLOSE!- Real Madrid 0-0 Man Utd

    Angel Di Maria cuts inside from wide on the right and flashes a shot wide from 25 yards. Close, and United already look a bit light in midfield.

    Jose Mourinho has fired out a snood. Not seen one of those for a while.

  139. 1947: 
    KICK-OFF- Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Borussia Dortmund

    After a minute's silence, we are away.

  140. 1946: 
    Real Madrid 0-0 Man Utd

    Phil Jones has started as the anchor man in the Manchester United midfield, with Wayne Rooney at the apex of a diamond and Shinj Kagawa out wide.

    Sami Khedira has the first effort of the night but drags his shot wide.

  141. 1945: 
    KICK-OFF- Real Madrid 0-0 Man Utd

    We are away...

  142. 1944: 

    @Joshua_Parrett: "Evans has a lot about him. been brave and commanding this season. Don't underestimate the form of Rio at the moment also."

    @GoForMarcus: "United's midfield looks like it's going to chase every ball. Could disrupt Madrid's attacking flow."

    @NeilTostevin: "I don't have much hope for United with Carrick starting. Going to be massively out of his depth."

  143. 1942: 

    A huge Shakhtar banner welcomes the team in Donetsk. It looks freezing as the breath of the Dortmund players fogs up the camera. That should be a cracking game.

  144. 1942:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage from the Bernabeu

    "Mourinho has shown great faith with his young players tonight, but the key for me will be in the middle of the park. How does Sir Alex Ferguson deal with Ronaldo? Does Phil Jones man mark him or do Jones and Carrick double up on him?

    "You could stop the supply to Ronaldo by looking at Alonso. Jonny Evans and Michael Carrick have been absolutely fantastic this season and completely under-rated. It's a big night for the goal keeper (De Gea) tonight, he is a shot stopper and was great in La Liga. He will want to make an impression here."

  145. 1939: 

    The white flags are flying at the Bernabeu - but there's no surrender. The atmosphere is jumping. Here they come...

  146. 1938: 

    Stoke striker - and former Real and United man - Michael Owen on Twitter: "The whole world seems to fancy Madrid tonight. I'm not so sure. Can't wait!"

  147. 1938: 
    Real Madrid v Man Utd (1945 GMT)

    Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson: "We try to be as positive as we can and still retain the discipline that can win us the match. That's important. We have attacking players, but the roles of Michael Carrick and Phil Jones are essential and crucial to the way the game pans out.

    "We try to manage Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, they need that extra day sometimes and three days after playing on gluey pitch at Old Trafford, it might have been a risk for us to play Vidic."

  148. 1935: 

    Mark in London on text: "The best thing about tonight is seeing Sir Alex take on Mourinho! Two masters battling out - like a couple of chess masters!"

    Julian in Framlingham on text: "RVP or Ronaldo? For me it's Ronaldo all day (being an Arsenal fan helps) both world class players, but I just can't get Ronaldo's stats out of my head: 182 goals in 179 appearances for Madrid."

  149. 1934:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Bernabeu:Real Madrid v Man Utd (1945 GMT)

    "The Bernabeu is one of world football's great arenas - so what a test this is for Manchester United against Real Madrid. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes the signing of Robin van Persie has perfectly complimented the maturity and development of the team so soundly beaten by Barcelona in the 2011 Champions League Final at Wembley. The Catalans still provide the real acid test in Europe but tonight will be a fair measure of Ferguson's words."

  150. 1932: 

    "When I started as a coach I dreamed of playing Real Madrid," says Sir Alex Ferguson. We are 15 minutes away from kick-off.

  151. 1928: 

    Shakhtar and Dortmund have both been brilliant to watch this season. That will be a cracking game.

  152. 1928: 

    @Smith_Liam_Mr: "I'd quite like to see Shakthar v Dortmund tonight... Two teams more than capable of making it to the final with a bit of luck."

    @mohamedtoorani: "Am I the only neutral that is absolutely buzzing and looking forward to Shakhtar Donestk v Borussia Dortmund?"

  153. 1927:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage from the Bernabeu

    "The most important thing for Sir Alex Ferguson is getting an away goal. With the attacking talent on show they could get two but I worry about Real on the break. I saw Real against Sevilla on Saturday night and Ronaldo was fantastic, United need to score whatever happens."

  154. 1926: 

    Inverness are taking on Kilmarnock tonight, in a game which can see ICT go three points clear in second place. A big game.

    You can follow the action in a separate live text commentary.

  155. 1925: 

    Tom in Bristol on text: "Amazing how people can question Fergie including Welbeck, don't see them having a better record than Fergie."

    Ed on text: "Why do people not realise how hard Welbeck works, especially off the ball. His starting place against Real Madrid is well deserved!"

  156. 1923: 

    What will Jose Mourinho's exit strategy from Real be? He was brought in to win the 10th European Cup for Real and if he doesn't do that will probably be seen as a failure.

    Could he rock up at Manchester City? Imagine that...

  157. 1923: 

    Alistair on text: "Massively disagree with Frank (1911)- Welbeck's hold-up play is exactly what United will need if we're to have any possession tonight! I certainly haven't forgotten who chased Clichy down in the last minute of the Manchester derby..."

  158. 1921:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Spanish football journalist Sid Lowe speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "It will be interesting to see whether Mourinho creates an exit strategy. There are no two ways about it, he hasn't enjoyed his time in Madrid.

    "I felt yesterday that he used the English media to have a go at the Spanish, he has said his next step will be England. The Spanish media have received Mourinho's message in a different way to English media, in Madrid he is seen as having a lack of respect where in England he was described as a breath of fresh air."

  159. 1916: 

    Real Madrid duo Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso will have to be careful tonight - they are one booking away from a suspension and missing the second leg.

  160. 1916:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on BBC Radio 5 live: "You have to remember Cristiano Ronaldo came here as a 17-year-old kid and really developed himself at Manchester United, he had six good years here but always had a hankering to go to Real Madrid.

    "I don't think it was a lack of loyalty when he went. You've got lads who will run through walls but his courage, the courage to take the ball and run at people is probably the most important sort of courage in a game. We've got to find a way to stop him tonight."

  161. 1914: 

    Oli on text: "Just glanced at the outrageous quality on the Real Madrid bench, too scared to look at their starting XI now."

    Tony from Cheshire on text: "I read that United formation as 4-2-3-1 with Welbeck rather than Valencia the biggest call - and possible first substitution if they need a goal."

  162. 1911: 

    Frank on text: "I'll support Fergie to the hilt but how Welbeck makes our starting 11 is honestly beyond me. Hernandez has scored more and assisted more goals in less playing time. Beyond running about a lot I don't see what Welbeck brings to the side. I'm a better finisher and I haven't played since high school."

  163. 1910:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Jonny Evans has done well for Manchester United this season, it's a blow missing Vidic but he will have Ferdinand's experience alongside him. I think Manchester United's offensive threat is far stronger - their attacking players are frightening."

  164. 1910: 

    Sir Alex Ferguson has also revealed that he left the bottle of wine he bought for Jose Mourinho on the plane. Nightmare.

  165. 1908: 

    Former Real Madrid and Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy: "I like the two teams, I expected United to play with more wingers, but they have chosen players like Shinji Kagawa and Danny Welbeck, who like to come and look inside for space rather than the outside of the pitch. I think the pressure is on Madrid.

    "They have the pressure of losing the league already and they have in the back of their minds that they have to go to Old Trafford. I think Madrid will come out on top today. I think United will give possession and use their fast forwards to try and get an away goal."

  166. 1907: 

    Sir Alex Ferguson jokes that the only way to stop Cristiano Ronaldo is to trip him up.

    "For the next three or four years he'll just carry on," he says. "He's never injured, he's two-footed, he's quick and he's great in the air. I'm proud of everything he has achieved."

    He then says that Rafael is in for "the test of his life" against Ronaldo tonight.

  167. 1905: 
    Shakhtar Donetsk v Borussia Dortmund (1945 GMT)

    With the Ukrainian domestic league taking a mid-season break, Shakhtar Donetsk's last match was a 1-0 friendly defeat to Norwegian side Odd Grenland in the refined surroundings of the La Manga Club in Spain. Mircea Lucescu makes wholesale changes from that match with new £12m signing Taison one of the few to survive. Previous playmaker Willian has made his own big-money move to Anzhi Makhachkala.

    Borussia Dortmund start with Robert Lewandowski, rumoured to be interesting Bayern Munich and Manchester United, up front. Marcel Schmelzer, who turned an ankle in training, has recovered to take his place at full-back. Former Liverpool loanee Nuri Sahin drops to the bench, but Mario Goetze and Marco Reus start.

  168. 1904: 

    Manchester United were 3-0 down inside half-an-hour on their last visit to the Bernabeu in 2003 - they cannot afford that sort of start here tonight.

    The United players are out warming up on the Madrid turf.

  169. 1903: 
    Real Madrid v Man Utd (1945 GMT)

    Manchester United recall Rio Ferdinand to the heart of their defence alongside Jonny Evans, so there is no Nemanja Vidic, who is not even in the squad. Michael Carrick joins Phil Jones as the midfield anchor while Shinji Kagawa gives the side an attacking slant with Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck all starting.

    Real Madrid make five changes to the team that beat Sevilla last weekend with Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil among the inclusions joining star man Cristiano Ronaldo.

  170. 1900: 
    LINE-UPS- Shakhtar Donetsk v Borussia Dortmund (1945 GMT)

    Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov, Srna, Rakitskiy, Chygrynskiy, Rat, Fernandinho, Hubschman, Alex Teixeira, Mkhitaryan, Taison, Luiz Adriano. Subs: Kanibolotskiy, Stepanenko, Eduardo, Shevchuk, Devic, Douglas Costa, Ischenko.

    Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Felipe Santana, Hummels, Schmelzer, Kehl, Bender, Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus, Lewandowski. Subs: Langerak, Subotic, Leitner, Sahin, Schieber, Bittencourt, Halstenberg.

    Referee: Howard Webb (England)

  171. 1859: 

    Sir Alex Ferguson is asked "What's a good result for you?"

    "5-0?" he says with a glint in his eye. I think he'd take that...

  172. 1859: 
    LINE-UPS- Real Madrid v Man Utd (1945 GMT)

    Real Madrid: Diego Lopez, Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Fabio Coentrao, Khedira, Alonso, Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo, Benzema. Subs: Adan, Pepe, Kaka, Carvalho, Essien, Modric, Higuain.

    Man Utd: De Gea, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Welbeck, Carrick, Jones, Kagawa, Rooney, van Persie. Subs: Lindegaard, Valencia, Anderson, Giggs, Smalling, Hernandez, Cleverley.

    Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

  173. 1857: 

    Tom Cleverley may count himself unlucky not to be included tonight. I expected to see him in midfield but Sir Alex Ferguson has gone for Danny Welbeck and Shinji Kagawa. The Real Madrid bench oozes class - Pepe, Kaka, Carvalho, Essien, Modric and Higuain.


  174. 1856: 

    Leo on text: "Today is when the world finds out if Johnny Evans can cut it at the very highest level."

    Mike in Manchester on text: "No Vida?! We're doomed!"

    Steve in Kingston upon Thames on text: "No Vidic for United could be curtains as they say. Carrick is the big worry against Alonso."

  175. 1854: 

    Sami Khedira and Xabi Alonso vs Phil Jones and Michael Carrick. That could be key.

  176. 1853: 

    @jasonstats09: "This is not the greatest Real Madrid team but Ronaldo makes a massive difference obviously. No reason for United to fear Madrid."

    @T_Davies_90: "Yes they have Ronaldo, but Madrid are 16 points behind Barcelona in La Liga. Not exactly in form."

    @jackwickson: "Having Jones man-mark Ronaldo is like having a matador dressed in a red Man Utd shirt try to hold back 100 bulls."

  177. 1852:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Bernabeu:Real Madrid v Man Utd (1945 GMT)

    "The absence of captain Nemanja Vidic robs Manchester United's defence of his presence and authority but there is plenty of positive intent from Sir Alex Ferguson as Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck all figure. Phil Jones is in - and what his role will be remains the centre of much intrigue. Will he be detailed to shadow Cristiano Ronaldo?"

  178. 1850: 

    Shinji Kagawa looks like he will be playing off the front for Manchester United tonight - a really big test for the Japanese midfielder. Can he, Michael Carrick and Phil Jones take control in there?

  179. 1849: 
    David Beckham trains with PSG

    Not many players get to play for both of these huge sides - but David Beckham did. The former England captain had his first training session with new side Paris St-Germain this afternoon. It was streamed live on French TV and there were over 100 journalists there. Extraordinary.

  180. 1847: 

    @CadoxtonRovers: "Get Phil Jones to man mark Ronaldo just like Jack Rodwell did to David Silva last season at man city."

    @J_Keith20: "Get Rafael + Valencia to double team on the right, but focus more on Ozil in the middle as he can change the game in a second."

    @IrvingGary: "Stopping Ronaldo is easy, dig a deep hole near the box, cover it with twigs then wait for him to fall in "

    You've been watching too much Rambo Gary...

  181. 1845: 
    Real Madrid v Man Utd (1945 GMT)

    Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans start at the heart of the Manchester United defence - there's no Nemanja Vidic in the squad at all.

  182. 1845: 

    Isabella in Sevilla on text: "Rafael has been the best right-back in the Premier League this season in my opinion. He may be targeted as a weakness by Madrid and this game could be determined by his ability to step up and show his quality at a European level. Big performance required!"

    Dan on text: "Re Jon 18:30 Rafael inexperienced? I'd hardly call 23 Champions League appearances inexperienced."

    Tim in Cirencester on text: "Re Jon 18.30 Casillas was only 18 when he played in goal for Real Madrid when they knocked out United a decade ago!"

  183. 1845: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Real Madrid v Man Utd (1945 GMT)

    Phil Jones is in the Manchester United side - as are Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck. Cristiano Ronaldo starts for Real.

  184. 1844: 

    Cristiano Ronaldo calls Sir Alex Ferguson "his second father" in a TV interview.

    The Real Madrid forward also says that he cannot change people's perception of him and says that he may return to the Premier League one day - "you never know."

    Cristiano you tease.

  185. 1838:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Bernabeu:Real Madrid v Man Utd (1945 GMT)

    "The Bernabeu is majestic when it is empty - it will move to another atmospheric level when it is full. The supporters are starting to file in now and an electrifying occasion is assured.

    "Even Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson - who has seen a few things in his time - could not disguise his own excitement at being back in the Bernabeu for another Champions League meeting with Real Madrid."

  186. 1837: 

    All eyes are on Cristiano Ronaldo, but Manchester United have their own talisman in the guise of Robin van Persie.

    With 12 goals in his last 14 United games, the slightly silvered fox is in the form of his life. Can he make the difference this evening?

  187. 1834: 

    @B_NascimentoSP: "RVP and Wayne will score a lot of goals tonight while Rafael will stop Cristiano."

    @Eriatha: "We've got to stay positive! We can score and any score draw or better would be a fantastic result to take to Old Trafford."

    @avik20: "Forget Ronaldo and RVP, the real battle is between Alonso and Carrick. Whoever controls the midfield will surely win the match."

  188. 1832: 

    We should have team news with you in the next 15 minutes. Phil Jones to shadow Ronaldo? Wayne Rooney out wide? We'll soon find out.

  189. 1830: 

    Phil in Northampton on text: "I would target Ramos; hot-headed, irrational and a positionally-suspect defender. For Madrid, they have to go for Rafael, lightweight and tentative in the tackle."

    Jon on text: "Players like Rafael will be too inexperienced to prevent Real. The CL is a different level."

    Scott in Kirkcaldy on text: "Ronaldo will boss that Utd midfield, they're simply not good enough."

  190. 1829: 
    Jose Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho will be in the Real dugout this evening, and the ex-Chelsea boss has a handy record against Sir Alex Ferguson. Not many people can say that.

    But not many people call themselves the Special One either. Mourinho said again on Tuesday that he wants to return to the Premier League and there will be plenty of people ready to roll out the red carpet for him.

    Mourinho has played 14 games against Ferguson and lost only three. Very tidy indeed.

  191. 1828: 
    Shakhtar Donetsk v Borussia Dortmund (1945 GMT)

    While the Real Madrid v Manchester United blockbuster is blaring away on the main screen, the arthouse Champions League last-16 tie is Shakhtar Donetsk v Borussia Dortmund. Champions of Ukraine and Germany respectively, Shakhtar cruised through from a group containing Juventus and Chelsea with a game to spare while Dortmund topped Real Madrid, Manchester City and Ajax.

    Shakhtar are shaking off the rust from a mid-winter break, while Dortmund lost 4-1 to Hamburg last time out, but don't let that put you off.

  192. 1826:  
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live speaking on 5 live drive

    "Tonight will be fascinating, I'm looking forward to seeing so many world class players on show with the potential to score goals. It will be interesting to see how Sir Alex tackles Ronaldo, tactically I am intrigued to see how the game will pan out and you have to expect goals with so many attacking players on the pitch. What the best players in the world do is find space, Ronaldo will try to find space and work on a player's weakness to make an impact."

  193. 1826: 

    Dan From Leicester on text: "RE 1811 - Fat Ronaldo, da phenonemon. How people forget his career threatening injuries and legendary status. He had won two world player of the year awards before Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo won their first just to put it into perspective. And his comeback after the 1998 injury has got to be the greatest comeback in football history."

    Amir on text: "Well, it is set to be one of the best games in Europe, a game, which has been talked about since the draw was made. The players on show are incredible, the managers unique...I cannot wait for Shakthar Donetsk v Borussia Dortmund. :)"

  194. 1821: 

    And former Manchester United captain Gary Neville agrees that United have a job on their hands.

    "Now, Ronaldo is a monster," he said.

    "I saw him on Saturday evening. He picks the ball up in an innocuous position, 30 yards out, does some type of shimmy I can't even describe let alone do, beats a man and whacks it in from 25 yards.

    "You can't defend against that.

    "Then he scores a counter-attack goal when he chases 80 yards forward, then he preys on the back of the centre-half and scores a hat-trick inside 30 minutes.

    "You literally need to have two men against him. Even then they might both get beaten," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

  195. 1820: 

    Phil Jones was deployed as a man-marker to keep Everton's Marouane Fellaini quiet at the weekend, and there has been plenty of speculation that he may get the same job against Cristiano Ronaldo tonight.

    BBC pundit Robbie Savage said at the weekend: "I think man-marking the opposition's best player might be a ploy worth considering again against Real Madrid in the Champions League at the Bernabeu - and, yes, I would try to man-mark Ronaldo.

    "He is the type of player that can lose his temper and get a bit tetchy if he is getting a lot of attention. You could really irritate him.

    "The problem is he is good enough to beat the system."


  196. 1817: 

    So how do Manchester United stop Cristiano Ronaldo? Because they are going to have to tonight.

    Ronaldo has scored 182 goals in 179 appearances for Real since leaving Old Trafford. Absolutely absurd stuff.

    He scored yet another hat-trick at the weekend and, let's not forget, he has already got one winning goal against a Manchester side to his name this season.

    Ronaldo bagged the decisive strike way back in September as Manchester City lost 3-2 at the Bernabeu. What odds on the same scoreline tonight?

  197. 1815: 

    Jack in Newcastle on text: "Fantastic game for the neutral. All this talk of stopping Ronaldo and Alonso is exactly what Madrid fans will be saying about RVP and Rooney. 2-1 United and a goal a piece for the two I mentioned."

    Brian on text: "It's unfortunate that the Shakhtar Donetsk - Borussia Dortmund game is being completely overlooked, it should be a belter!"

    Matt from Windsor on text: "If United make a quick start like they did against Chelsea and City then they have a chance, although Madrid are a lot stronger than those two teams! Anyway, so excited! Come on United!"

  198. 1813: 

    "It is unfortunate that we are meeting as early as this. I wish it had been at Wembley [in the final in May]."

    So said Sir Alex Ferguson at his press conference yesterday, but one of these huge sides will be knocked out after the second leg at Old Trafford on Tuesday 5 March.

    Here's a reminder of the last 16 teams standing in the Champions League:

    Celtic v Juventus (0-3)

    Valencia v Paris St-Germain (1-2)

    Real Madrid v Man Utd

    Shakhtar Donetsk v Borussia Dortmund

    Arsenal v Bayern Munich

    FC Porto v Malaga

    AC Milan v Barcelona

    Galatasaray v Schalke 04

  199. 1811: 

    It's 10 years since these sides met, with Real eventually going through 6-5 on aggregate after a cracking two-legged affair in the quarter-final of 2003.

    Raul scored twice in the 3-1 first leg win at the Bernabeu for Madrid, with Figo also netting, before Ronaldo hit a hat-trick at Old Trafford for the Spanish giants as Manchester United won 4-3 on the night.

    No, not Cristiano. The original, and some would still say greatest Ronaldo. Fat Ronaldo, to give him his rather unflattering nickname. What a player he was on his day...

  200. 1809:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Bernabeu:Real Madrid v Man Utd (1945 GMT)

    "Jose Mourinho set up this Champions League last 16 meeting between Real Madrid and Manchester United with the words: "This is the match the world wants to see."

    "The waiting is almost over and anticipation outside the currently deserted Bernabeu is reaching fever pitch with thousands of fans gathering hours before kick-off. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson insists there will be goals - and how he would love at least one to take back to Old Trafford for the second leg."

  201. 1807: 

    Rich in Barry on text: "A lot of armchair managers tonight. Do this to Ronaldo, do that to Alonso. If only it were that easy! Man Utd to get thumped and De Gea to show the world why SAF has his doubts about him."

  202. 1806: 

    The talking is over, the hyperbole monitor is set to 'stun' and we are almost at kick-off.

    Is this the biggest game of the season so far? Who is going to come out on top? What are the key battles? How do you solve a problem like Ronaldo? Where can Manchester United hurt Madrid?

    Fire over your views. We want them coming thick and fast this evening. You can text us on 81111 (UK Only), or tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball.

    Like a Sunday league centre-half under a high ball though, it's imperative you put a name on those messages. Cheers.

  203. 1805: 

    No introductions necessary. This is a huge game, a behemoth of a fixture, a once-in-a-decade clash of mammoth proportions.

    A night for the great players and managers to take centre stage. Will Cristiano Ronaldo hurt his old employers? Or will Sir Alex Ferguson get the better of Jose Mourinho?

    It promises to be a compelling evening. I cannot wait...

  204. 1800: 
    Sir Alex Ferguson & Jose Mourinho

    Gran Via vs Deansgate. The Bernabeu vs Old Trafford. 85,454 vs 76,000. El Plaza Mayor vs Albert Square.

    Ferdinand VI vs Rio Ferdinand. Emilio Butragueno vs Nobby Stiles. Julio Iglesias vs Shaun Ryder.

    Nine European Cups vs three European Cups. Ronaldo vs Rooney. Mourinho vs Ferguson.

    Real Madrid vs Manchester United.

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