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Apr 12

Cristiano Ronaldo strikes twice as Real Madrid edge Bayern Munich

This was Real Madrid serving notice that their grip on this trophy is not ready to be loosened quite yet. Bayern Munich have been untouchable in this arena in recent times but, with their number reduced, their 16-match winning run in the Champions League here was curtailed abruptly by the Spanish club – with the identity of the match-winner all too familiar. Carlo Ancelotti once counted Cristiano Ronaldo an ally. He must now feel like his tormentor.

The Portuguese had actually come into this contest having failed to score for 197 days in the competition. He ended it celebrating a brace and a century of goals in Europe, with the “olés” ringing out from those Madrid fans up in the gods. Their only frustration was a linesman’s flag which denied Sergio Ramos a third in stoppage time at the end. Regardless, it is Real who hold sway in this tie ahead of the return in Spain next week.

Related: Antoine Griezmann gives Atlético narrow advantage over Leicester City

Related: Kylian Mbappe gives Monaco crucial edge against Borussia Dortmund

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/12/bayern-munich-real-madrid-champions-league-quarter-final-first-leg-match-report

Apr 12

Antoine Griezmann gives Atlético narrow advantage over Leicester City

For Leicester City it was a long, gruelling night but they did at least emerge with a glimmer of hope and maybe even a sense of relief that the worst might be over. England’s last representatives in this competition could not manage a single shot throughout the entire evening but that should not bother them unduly when Atlético Madrid, for all their superiority, were restricted to only one goal.

It sets up a thrilling return leg next Tuesday when Leicester, losing here to a 28th-minute penalty from Antoine Griezmann, will need to summon all the competitive courage that helped them overcome Sevilla after a 2-1 first-leg deficit in the last round. The difference this time is that they do not have an away goal and, defensively, they will also have to make do without Robert Huth because of a second-half booking that means he will be suspended. Leicester already have doubts about Wes Morgan’s participation and these factors, combined with Atlético’s expertise at knockout football, mean the Premier League champions will be considered unlikely winners. That, of course, is the way they usually like it.

Related: Atlético Madrid v Leicester City: Champions League quarter-final first leg – live

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/12/atletico-madrid-leicester-city-champions-league-quarter-final-first-leg-match-report

Apr 12

Dortmund ignored, says boss Tuchel

Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel says his club felt “completely ignored” over the rescheduling of their Champions League game against Monaco.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39582284

Apr 12

Ref guessed on penalty – Shakespeare

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare says the decision to award Atletico Madrid their match-winning penalty was “really disappointing”.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39584925

Apr 12

Mbappé double gives Monaco edge at Dortmund

Kylian Mbappé scored either side of a Sven Bender own goal to put Monaco in control of their tie against Borussia Dortmund despite replies from Ousmane Dembélé and Shinji Kagawa.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2017/matches/round=2000785/match=2019630/postmatch/report/index.html?rss=2450567+Mbapp%C3%A9+double+gives+Monaco+edge+at+Dortmund

Apr 12

Police clash with Leicester City supporters before Atlético Madrid match

• Fans claim rubber bullets and tear gas fired at them
• Blue flare is let off before police move in

Leicester City supporters have claimed tear gas and rubber bullets were fired at them in fresh clashes with Madrid police on Wednesday afternoon.

A group of fans, gathered before Leicester’s Champions League quarter-final first‑leg tie with Atlético Madrid, were involved in an incident with police in the city’s Plaza Mayor but accused the authorities of being overzealous.

Related: Atlético Madrid v Leicester City: Champions League quarter-final first leg – live

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/12/leicester-city-supporters-police-madrid-champions-league

Apr 12

Kylian Mbappe gives Monaco crucial edge against Borussia Dortmund

Monaco showed little room for sentiment as they beat Borussia Dortmund 3-2 in a thrilling Champions League quarter-final first leg.

Less than 24 hours after the tie was postponed when three explosions went off near the Dortmund team bus as they made their way to Signal Iduna Park, the Ligue 1 leaders gained the advantage with Kylian Mbappé’s double and a Sven Bender own goal.

Related: Marc Bartra ‘doing much better’ after injury in Borussia Dortmund blasts

Related: Dortmund bombs highlight challenge of combating modern terrorism acts

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/12/borussia-dortmund-monaco-champions-league-quarter-final-first-leg-match-report

Apr 12

Borussia Dortmund 2-3 Monaco: Champions League quarter-final first leg – as it happened

7.50pm BST

OK, we’re going to wrap things up here for now. Thanks for following along.

Want more Champions League action? Atlético v Leicester is here:

Related: Atlético Madrid v Leicester City: Champions League quarter-final first leg – live

7.45pm BST

We’ll have a match report up shortly. In the meantime, here’s an update on the police investigation:

Related: Borussia Dortmund blasts: suspect ‘from Islamist spectrum’ detained

7.44pm BST

Well, we said there’d be goals, and there were. Five of them, and although Monaco’s 3-2 victory means they go into the second leg as clear favourites, Shinji Kagawa’s late goal has given Dortmund some hope. Dortmund were rotten in the first half, and Monaco fully deserved their 2-0 lead, but Thomas Tuchel’s side came roaring back after half-time to really make a game of it. Dortmund played really well in the second 45, and Tuchel might well be OK with 2-3, considering how poor they were before the break.

Kylian Mbappé, however, was the star on the night, and he becomes the youngest player in Champions League history to score two goals in the knockout stage. Monaco are in the box seat, but it isn’t quite finished. It should be interesting to see what Tuchel has to say post-match about the decision to play the game so soon after the postponement.

7.37pm BST

That’s it! What a game.

7.36pm BST

90 min +2 Still Dortmund attack. But then Raphael Guerreiro gives away a needless foul, and that could well be that.

7.35pm BST

90 min +1 Dembele’s corner is cleared, but it’s played back in, and Aubameyang heads over from six yards! What a chance. But was he being held by Kamil Glik? Probably! Glik definitely had a handful of Aubameyang, but the ref said no.

7.34pm BST

90 min Corner to Dortmund, although Pulisic might have done better with the cross. Three minutes of stoppage time.

7.33pm BST

88 min Thrilling run down the left from Aubameyang, but it doesn’t quite fall to a yellow shirt. Dortmund throwing everything forward.

7.31pm BST

87 min Fabinho was booked amid all that, which means he’ll miss the return leg. Three minutes to go, and Dortmund are really pressing.

7.30pm BST

85 min Pulisic crossed from the right, and Kagawa did brilliantly to accept the pass, feint inside, and bury a shot past Subasic. Impeccable from the Japanese. Five minutes left.

7.28pm BST

Magic from Kagawa, and maybe the tie isn’t done!

7.27pm BST

82 min Mbappé did really well to finish that, but it was a clear mistake from Piszczek. Dortmund had pushed right up to halfway, and everyone was committed, so there was no cover once Piszczek had sold Sokratis short. A shame, in many ways, because Dortmund had been on the front foot. Now it looks like the tie is done.

7.26pm BST

80 min It’s all gone quiet in the Westfalenstadion, and it was a bad goal to concede. Piszczek left Sokratis short with a bad pass, Mbappé nipped in, and all of a sudden he was away, streaking clear … and his finish was outstanding: into the roof of the net with pace. He still had a lot to do, but that was emphatic. Brilliant execution, and Mbappé has done it again.

7.24pm BST

Never mind: Mbappé scores again!

7.23pm BST

78 min That was Monaco’s first attack of the second half, and it was surgical. Lemar’s ball was perfect, and though Falcao’s first touch was super, his second wasn’t. It should be 3-1.

7.20pm BST

76 min Oh, Falcao could have sealed it! He ran in behind the Dortmund defence, took it to one side, and Burki was committed, but Falcao placed his left-foot shot over the bar! Big, big chance for 3-1. Falcao has his head in his hands.

7.19pm BST

74 min Sokratis might just have escaped a red card there. Mbappé ran past him, and Sokratis, who has already been booked, dived in but missed the ball. Referee Daniele Orsato whistled for a foul, but didn’t show a second yellow, although he might have done. Mbappé, for good measure, waved an imaginary card, which was all rather unnecessary.

7.16pm BST

72 min Dembele is nearly in, but Dortmund will settle for a corner. Flicked away, but Dembele retrieves it and puts it back into the mix. Subasic handles safely, though.

7.14pm BST

70 min Sahin and Pulisic have given Dortmund so much more purpose. Monaco have barely attacked since half-time.

7.13pm BST

69 min That’s well defended by Monaco, actually, and they smack it downfield.

7.13pm BST

68 min Dirar, who’s only been on for a couple of minutes, is booked for an intemperate lunge on Kagawa, right on the edge of the box. Dangerous position for Dortmund here.

7.12pm BST

67 min Handball by Touré, and a chance from the free kick for Dortmund. Played in by Raphael Guerreiro, and Dortmund win the first header, but it just doesn’t fall for a yellow shirt, and Monaco blam it clear.

7.10pm BST

66 min Bernardo Silva is replaced by Nabil Dirar in Monaco’s first change.

7.08pm BST

65 min Monaco just can’t stop this Dortmund pressure. The visitors, who were so poised in the first half, suddenly look extremely ragged. There are more goals in this.

7.07pm BST

64 min Dortmund are winning all the second balls. Monaco could do with a spell of possession.

7.06pm BST

63 min Sloppy play from Bernardo Silva in the right-back slot, and Raphael Guerreiro smacks it right across the six-yard box! Aubameyang just couldn’t get the final touch.

7.04pm BST

61 min All three goals, interestingly, have come from crosses from the left. Lee Dixon would never have allowed it.

7.04pm BST

60 min It’s been all Dortmund in this second half. They’ve been miles better than they were before half-time. Monaco can’t get the ball!

7.03pm BST

58 min A lovely goal from the hosts, and a deserved one. Raphael Guerreiro swung it in from the left, Aubameyang flicked it goalwards in acrobatic fashion, and everyone stopped, except Kagawa, who kept it alive, poked it past Subasic, and Dembele rolled the ball into an empty net. So much better from Dortmund, and we have a game again!

7.01pm BST

Well done Dortmund! They’re back in it!

7.00pm BST

56 min Another Dortmund corner after Dembele takes on Jemerson and Raggi down the right. Played in, and Ginter wins it, but it’s safely through to Subasic.

6.58pm BST

53 min This is much better from the home side. Pulisic skins Raggi on the touchline and pulls it back to Dembele, but the shot is disappointing, and it’s blocked. But Pulisic has already made his presence felt, and Monaco haven’t been out of their own half since the break.

6.55pm BST

52 min Good defending from Monaco, and the danger is cleared.

6.55pm BST

51 min This is a bit more like it from Dortmund. Pulisic has made an impact, and now Sahin with a good run and cross. Cut out by Fabinho, but it’s a Dortmund corner.

6.54pm BST

49 min Slightly short backpass from Raggi, and Subasic has to hare out of his goal to clear the danger.

6.51pm BST

47 min Dembele hits it, and it’s well wide of the post. Really disappointing.

6.50pm BST

46 min We’re back, and within 20 seconds a big chance for Dortmund: Jemerson trips Aubameyang, is yellow carded, and it’s a Dortmund free kick right on the edge on the box.

6.49pm BST

There’s been some activity on the Dortmund bench: we might be seeing Christian Pulisic in this second half. In fact, we’ll be seeing Pulisic and Nuri Sahin. Bender and Schmelzer the men replaced, so Dortmund going to a flat back four.

6.36pm BST

Monaco have been excellent, and with a quarter of the tie gone, they’re in the driving seat. Two bits of luck on the goals, perhaps – a hint of offside and an unstoppable OG – but they’ve been the much classier side, and it could have been 3-0 had Fabinho not pushed his penalty wide of the post. Shinji Kagawa missed a great chance for Dortmund at 0-1, but the home side haven’t shown nearly enough, and their defending has been sub-par for a Champions League quarter-final. Monaco are cruising.

Join me in 15 for more!

6.33pm BST

That’s the whistle.

6.32pm BST

45 min Great release from Bernardo Silva to set Falcao away, but his shot is blocked. Bernardo Silva’s been brilliant in this first half.

6.29pm BST

43 min After a slow start, Monaco have really got their counter-attacking game going now. Dortmund look extremely nervy in defence.

6.28pm BST

41 min Just going back to the first goal, should Mbappé have been flagged for offside? Clive Allen on commentary insisted he was level, but having seen it again, he definitely looked to have stepped half a yard beyond the defender. The Dortmund players wanted a flag, but none came, and now Monaco have this tie in their grasp.

6.26pm BST

40 min Ginter is booked for a late tackle on Lemar, and it’s all going down the tubes for Dortmund.

6.25pm BST

38 min I don’t think Falcao touched Bender on that goal. Bender just got into a bad position, and, off balance, could only divert it past Burki. Dortmund’s defending on the two goals and the penalty has been less than impressive.

6.23pm BST

36 min A second away goal for Monaco, and that could be so important in this tie. Raggi had time and space on the left, and put in a peach of a cross towards Falcao, but Bender, who was badly positioned, got there first and crashed a header past Burki! Bender wanted a free kick for a push by Falcao, but there didn’t seem to be much in it. Dortmund have it all to do.

6.21pm BST

Two-nil! Dortmund complain, but the goal is given!

6.20pm BST

32 min Better from Dortmund. Aubameyang just misses out, and then Dembele finds himself all alone in front of goal after a lucky ricochet … but he’s whistled for offside. The shot was wide, in any case.

6.18pm BST

30 min Oh, Kagawa! Dortmund worked it down the right hand side, and Kagawa was free in the box from Ginter’s cross, but he got his shot all wrong! Just didn’t get the connection, and he screwed it wide. Big chance for 1-1.

6.14pm BST

28 min Mbappé goes down in anguish after a foul by Bender. The Dortmund defender seemed to catch Mbappé right on the Achilles heel. Probably not deliberate, and no yellow card, but painful nonetheless.

6.13pm BST

26 min Monaco on top at the moment. Dortmund haven’t mustered a response to the goal.

6.10pm BST

23 min Sokratis had his hand up for offside, but I think Mbappé was just about level. It was a lovely first pass from Silva, incidentally, to set away Lemar on the left. Monaco really opened Dortmund up just then.

6.08pm BST

21 min What a sequence. Monaco broke at top speed, and it got shuttled left to Lemar, who was in acres of space haring forward. He fired it across goal, the Dortmund defenders missed it, but Mbappé, who at first glance looked offside, reacted quickest, and it kind of bobbled off his knee into the goal. A bit of luck with the finish, perhaps, but it was a great counter-attack.

6.06pm BST

Forget the penalty miss! Mbappé gives the visitors the lead!

6.05pm BST

18 min A chance spurned for Monaco. Fabinho tried to place it, but he just got the accuracy wrong, and it slid past the post to Burki’s right. But was it a penalty in the first place? Mbappé went between two defenders, and tangled slightly with Sokratis, but there didn’t seem to be too much in it. Sokratis was booked, but he wasn’t happy at all.

6.02pm BST

A let-off for Dortmund!

6.01pm BST

Sokratis on Mbappé! Ooh, it looked soft.

6.01pm BST

14 min Ginter crosses from the right, and Monaco head clear. It falls to Weigl, who tries to hook one past Burki from 30 yards. It’s well over the bar.

5.58pm BST

11 min First chance of the match, and it fell to Aubameyang! Piszczek slipped a lovely ball through the inside right channel, and Aubameyang was quickly on to it, but he was forced slightly wide, and his shot is over the bar. At the other end, Lemar heads over from Bernardo Silva’s cross. Two decent openings.

5.56pm BST

9 min Neither goalkeeper has been tested so far. It’s been really even. Glik is unhappy with Dembele for a late challenge by the touchline, but no card for the Dortmund player.

5.54pm BST

6 min Dortmund are playing a back three, by the way. Piszczek and Schmelzer providing the width.

5.50pm BST

3 min Both sides just feeling each other out. Not much early thrust, but that’s a good recovery from Glik to stop Aubameyang getting in for Dortmund.

5.47pm BST

1 min We’re away. Dortmund in yelllow and black, naturellement, and Monaco in their characteristic white and red. Weirdly, these two have never played each other in European competition.

5.43pm BST

We’re a few minutes away from kick-off. The teams are just emerging from the tunnel, and Westfalenstadion is a sea of black and yellow, with a little pocket of red and white. Superb stuff.

5.36pm BST

Dortmund’s players have been doing their pre-match warmups in Marc Bartra shirts, emblazoned with the slogan: “Mucha fuerza, estamos contigo.” Which roughly translates as: “Much strength, we’re with you.” And keeper Roman Burki is warming up in Bartra’s No 5 shirt in solidarity. Classy.

5.30pm BST

Here’s Jake Lynch: “Not surprised Passlack is only on the bench for Dortmund. Sounds like he’d be inclined to hog the ball, overlooking better placed team-mates.”

Honk!

5.29pm BST

Here’s Ruth Purdue: “Hi Tim, score prediction? Am I alone at being excited at the possible craziness of the score/attacking/defending? Hope it doesn’t disappoint.”

Well, one thing should be certain in this tie: goals. Dortmund scored 21 goals in the Champions League group stage games, including eight in that zany victory over Legia Warsaw, have 59 in the Bundesliga, second behind Bayern, and walloped Benfica 4-0 at home in their last Champions League game. But this from Monaco is just crazy: the Ligue 1 side have already scored 133 goals in 51 matches this season, including 88 in the league – more than any team in Europe’s top four domestic competitions.

5.12pm BST

Dortmund make four changes from the team that lost 4-1 against Bayern on Saturday. Barta misses out, of course, but Shinji Kagawa, Sven Bender, Lukasz Piszczek and Julian Weigl all start. USA starlet Christian Pulisic makes do with a place on the bench.

Monaco also make changes: Andrea Raggi, Thomas Lemar, Joao Moutinho and Kylian Mbappe come in, and Radamel Falcao captains the side.

5.07pm BST

Borussia Dortmund: Burki, Ginter, Papastathopoulos, Bender, Piszczek, Kagawa, Weigl, Schmelzer, Dembele, Aubameyang, Guerreiro. Subs: Weidenfeller, Sahin, Mor, Pulisic, Merino, Passlack.

Monaco: Subasic, Toure, Glik, Jemerson, Raggi, Bernardo Silva, Fabinho, Joao Moutinho, Lemar, Falcao, Mbappe-Lottin. Subs: De Sanctis, Jorge, Dirar, Germain, Cardona, Diallo, N’Doram.

5.04pm BST

We’ll be focusing on the football in this blog, but here’s an excellent summary of what we know of Tuesday’s explosions:

Related: What we know so far about the Borussia Dortmund blasts

5.01pm BST

Dortmund and Monaco try again, 24 hours later. As we all know, yesterday’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie at Westfalenstadion was called off after the Dortmund team bus was hit by an explosion on the way to the stadium, breaking some of the bus’s windows and injuring BVB’s Spanish defender Marc Bartra. The tie was postponed for security reasons, and on Wednesday, German authorities detained a suspect with what prosecutors described as links to “the Islamist spectrum”.

We’re back to replay the game today, but not everyone is happy with the fixture being staged at such short notice. Dortmund and Monaco said today was the only permissible date since their schedules are so tightly packed, but some parts of the German suggested it was far too soon. Welt called the rescheduling “sportingly and humanly unacceptable”.

2.13pm BST

Tim will be here shortly for this 5.45pm BST kick-off.

Meanwhile, after the shocking attack on Dortmund’s team bus on Tuesday, it’s been heartening to see both sets of fans coming together in solidarity …

Related: ‘We aren’t rivals but friends’: Dortmund fans open homes to Monaco supporters

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2017/apr/12/borussia-dortmund-v-monaco-champions-league-quarter-final-first-leg-live

Apr 12

Bayern Munich v Real Madrid: Champions League quarter-final first leg

10.13pm BST

Related: Cristiano Ronaldo strikes twice as Real Madrid edge Bayern Munich

9.42pm BST

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeeep! It’s all over at the Allianz Arena, but there’s another 90 minutes to come at the Bernabeu next season. In a weird game of two halves, Real Madrid were fairly fortunate to be just one goal behind at the break, but they roared back into contention in the second half and scored two goals courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo. Bayern Munich were reduced to 10 men with the second half dismissal of Javi Martinez and looked exhausted after playing 30 minutes with 10 men. Arturo Vidal scored their goal and he should have had two more. The Chilean missed with a fairly straightforward header and then ballooned a penalty over the bar. Manuel Neuer was outstanding for Bayern and kept his side in the tie with a series of brilliant saves.

9.38pm BST

90 min: Two or three yards from goal, Cristiano Ronaldo trips over his own feet while trying to get on the end of a Dani Carvajal cross.

9.37pm BST

90+1 min: Ramos runs from an offside position to power Toni Kroos’s free-kick past Manuel Neuer with a superb header, but his celebrations of Real Madrid’s third goal are curtailed when the linesman flags for offside. That is an superb bit of officiating.

9.35pm BST

89 min: Real Madrid go in search of a thirds, with Asensio and Marcelo combing down the left flank. Play switches side and James is brought down by Arturo Vidal in the channel between touchline and penalty area. Vidal gets a yellow card for a the foul on James and is lucky not to get another one for a petulant little kick at Luka Modric. It’s been an eventful evening for the Chilean.

9.32pm BST

86 min: Real Madrid have gone from being a goal down and completely under the cosh to being 2-1 leaders who are completely bossing the game. The final whistle can’t come quickly enough for 10-man Bayern, who will still fancy their chances at the Bernabeu next week.

9.30pm BST

85 min: Asensio, who’s been very impressive since replacing Gareth Bale, tries his luck from a fair way out. It’s a tame effort and Neuer gathers comfortably.

9.28pm BST

83 min: Real Madrid substitution: Karim Benzema off, James Rodriguez on.

9.27pm BST

82 min: Bayern substitution: Thomas Muller off, Kinsgley Coman on. Muller’s had a quiet game tonight – his team have missed the in-form Robert Lewandowski.

9.26pm BST

80 min: Marcello goes close with a splendid effort from inside the area. From the left-hand side of the box, he lashes across the face of the bouncing ball with the outside of his left boot, trying to force it around Neuer and inside the post. It was wide, but not by a huge amount. If it had gone in, physicists everywhere would have been puzzling over it for years.

9.24pm BST

78 min: Luka Modric tries his luck with a long range effort that bounces in front of the diving Manuel Neuer, but doesn’t trouble the goalkeeper unduly.

9.22pm BST

Ronaldo!!! Asensio picks out Cristiano Ronaldo in the penalty area and the Real Madrid star gets in front of Jerome Boateng to prod home from about seven yards out to register a century of European club goals.

9.21pm BST

75 min: And again! This time Neuer keeps out a Ronaldo rocket with a powerful one-handed stop that would would have resulted in a broken wrist for any normal human. Moments previously, he’d got down to keep out an Asensio effort in more orthodox fashion.

9.19pm BST

73 min: Neuer saves again!!! The German makes it a hat-trick of fantastic saves when he blocks a Benzema shot with his feet.

9.17pm BST

70 min: Marco Asensio tees up Karim Benzema with a fine ball, but the French striker heads wide. He should have done better. Manuel Neuer leathers the ball the length of the pitch, putting the fear of god into Nacho, who clears under pressure from Muller.

9.15pm BST

69 min: Since Javi Martinez’s dismissal, Bayern have moved David Alaba to centre-back and put Bernat in at left-back. Costa has replaced Ribery on the left-wing, while Thomas Muller is now playing alone up front.

9.11pm BST

67 min: Sergio Ramos steps up to take the free-kick, but whips it wide of the upright. It wasn’t a bad effort from the edge of the penalty area, a little right of the D.

9.11pm BST

65 min: Real Madrid win a free-kick in a good position outside the Bayern penalty area for a blatant Franck Ribery hand-ball. It’ll be the Frenchman’s last action of the game, as he’s replaced by Douglas Costa.

9.09pm BST

63 min: Bayern Munich keep plugging on with everything going wrong for them in this second half. Carlo Ancelotti shuffles his pack: Xabi Alonso goes off and is replaced by defender Juan Bernet.

9.07pm BST

60 min: For the second time in quick succession, Javi Martinez is booked for a foul on Cristiano Ronaldo near the halfway line. Two yellows equals one red and he is sent from the field. It was a cynical foul, with Martinez taking one for the team in order to stop a Real Madrid counter-attack. His team must now play on without him.

9.03pm BST

57 min: Ronaldo is fouled by Javi Martinez in the centre-circle and the Bayern Munich man gets booked for his troubles. Real Madrid substitution: Marco Asensio on for Gareth Bale, who doesn’t look best pleased.

9.01pm BST

55 min: Another splendid save from Manuel Neuer, who tips over a Bale header from point-blank range after Modric had powered a cross on to the Welshman’s head. Nothing comes of the ensuing corner. Bale can’t believe Neuer kept that one out – that’s two wonderful saves he’s made tonight.

9.00pm BST

53 min: Karim Benzema goes slaloming down the right flanks, cuts inside and looks to be on the verge of waltzing through the entire Bayern Munich defence until somebody erects a road-block.

8.57pm BST

52 min: Shortly before Ronaldo’s goal, Xabi Alonso was booked for a tug on the shirt of Luka Modric.

8.56pm BST

49 min: Real Madrid embark on the counter-attack and from the left channel, Bale picks out Ronaldo on the edge of the penalty area. The goal-scorer’s first touch is like that of a street-mugger and a good chance goes begging.

8.54pm BST

48 min: That was a fine goal from Ronaldo, who hadn’t scored in the Champions League since the second match in the group stages, some 11 hours of playing time ago. He made a darting run across the penalty area to get on the end of a low, hard Dani Carvajal cross and guide the ball across the face of goal and into the corner at the far post.

8.52pm BST

He shoots! He scores! Ronaldo volleys across the face of goal and into the bottom left-hand corner. It’s his 99th European club goal.

8.51pm BST

46 min: Real Madrid get the ball rolling for the second half, with no changes of personnel on either side. On BT Sport, the commentator name-checks former Bayern Munich legend Steffen Effenburg, a name that calls the phrase “red leather trousers” to this reporter’s mind. That’s quite a legacy.

8.46pm BST

Replays suggest that Bayern Munich were very lucky to win that penalty and did the decent thing by missing it. Franck Ribery lashed a shot into the Real penalty area and it hit Dani Carvajal’s upper arm. There was nothing the defender could have done about it.

I have to say that, while I am prepared to concede that my esteemed colleague Andy “Top Brass” Brassell has forgotten more about football than most of us will ever know, I don’t agree with his first-half assessment. I think Real have been second best in almost every department this evening and can consider themselves extremely lucky not to be a lot further behind.

8.38pm BST

Really absorbing first half in Munich. These two very well matched & having to scrap for every inch of daylight. Should go all the way, this

8.37pm BST

Bayern Munich go in for the half-time brew with a 1-0 lead, but should have a much bigger lead. Arturo Vidal put them ahead with a towering header, before missing the target with a similar effort. Determined to be the centre of attention, he then skied a penalty that Bayern were perhaps fortunate to get in the first place.

8.35pm BST

45+1 min: It could be argued that justice was done there, as I thought the penalty was a bit harsh. The ball hit Carvajal’s arm but I’m not so sure there was a huge amount he could have done about it. Before the controversy, Ronaldo had brought a good save out of Manuel Neuer with a low drive. From the ensuing corner, Toni Kroos shot narrowly wide before getting booked shortly afterwards for a challenge on Thomas Muller.

8.32pm BST

45 min: Good lord, that was hideous. Arturo Vidal sends his spot-kick into outer space and it’s no surprise seeing he was leaning backwards like a limbo-dancer as he took it. That was dreadful.

8.31pm BST

Our Italian referee penalises Dani Carvajal for hand-ball after the Real defender blocks a Franck Ribery shot with his upper arm.

8.27pm BST

40 min: Arturto Vidal misses a glorious opportunity to double Bayern Munich’s lead. Robben was the provider, sending in a wonderful cross that Vidal leapt to win cleanly, only to power his header wide of the left upright. He should have scored!!!

8.25pm BST

39 min: From not too far outside the Real penalty area, Philipp Lahm nutmegs Sergio Ramos to pass the ball to the feet of Thomas Muller. He has his back to goal and can’t sort those feet out in time to unleash a shot. What looked an excellent scoring opportunity goes to waste.

8.24pm BST

37 min: Casemiro returns to action again and appears to be moving reasonably freely. The ball is despatched to Robben on the right wing once again and he jinks this way and that before sending a cross fizzing straight at Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

8.22pm BST

35 min: More pressure from Bayern, whose flow is halted when Casemiro goes to ground again after a collision of sorts with Vidal. He stuck out a leg, which the Munich Mohican ran into, hurting his knee. For the second time in as many minutes, Casemiro is escorted to the touchline by a physio. Despite waving the stretcher-bearers away, he may not be fit to continue this time.

8.20pm BST

34 min: Play resumes and Jerome Boateng attempts to pick out a Thomas Muller run in behind Marcelo with a long ball from deep. The idea is splendid but the execution isn’t. He slightly overhits his pass and it runs out of play for a Real Madrid goal-kick.

8.18pm BST

31 min: There’s a break in play as Casemiro goes down with a bang on the noggin, receives treatment and then makes his way over to the fourth official to await permission to come back on. He looks fine.

8.17pm BST

29 min: At around the same time that Bayern Munich went ahead, Leicester City have fallen behind at against Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon. It’s sad news for their patriotic, Gibraltar-loving fans who behaved with such decorum in the Spanish capital’s main square this afternoon. One suspects most of the bozos in question couldn’t point to Gibraltar on a map.

8.13pm BST

27 min: The numerous corners won by Bayern Munich eventually pay dividends. The ball was floated towards the far post by Thiago and Arturo Vidal rose high above Nacho to thump an unstoppable header past Keylor Navas.

8.11pm BST

Bayern lead! They go ahead courtesy of a wonderful header from Arturo Vidal.

8.10pm BST

24 min: Robben wins another corner for his team , who take it short. After more patient build-up, Robben tries a shot which is blocked. Franck Ribery follows up and his volley goes out for a corner off Marcelo.

8.09pm BST

22 min: Robben, Lahm and Thiago combine patiently in the Real Madrid left back area, eventually teeing up David Alaba for a shot on goal. He fires high and wide from distance under pressure from Gareth Bale.

8.07pm BST

20 min: Robben takes on Ramos down the right flank and cuts inside and wins a corner with his attempted cross. The ball’s sent into the area, where Thomas Muller is beaten in the air by Marcelo.

8.05pm BST

18 min: Chance! Toni Kroos sends a wonderful cross from deep and from the edge of the Bayern six-yard box, Karim Benzema’s downwards header bounces up and looks to be heading into the top corner until Manuel Neuer gets across to claw it on to the angle of upright and cross-bar. A fine header and a splendid save. Benzema leapt like a salmon to get his head over that ball.

8.03pm BST

17 min: Real Madrid get a corner. Kroos’s out-swinger is cleared by Casemiro.

8.02pm BST

16 min: Ronaldo gets the ball over the defensive wall and the crossbar. Not even close.

8.01pm BST

14 min: Cristiano Ronaldo runs at Lahm and plays the ball to Karim Benzema on the edge of the penalty area. He’s fouled by Boateng, who gifts Real Madrid a free-kick just outside the Bayern Munich box, straight in front of goal. No prizes for guessing who’ll be taking this.

7.59pm BST

12 min: THere’s a break in play as Real Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal goes down after a collision with Jerome Boateng. It looked fairly innocuous, but he seems winded. He gets to his feet, makes for the touchline and is waved back on by the referee.

7.57pm BST

10 min: After the excitement of Borussia Dortmund 2-3 Monaco, this match is comparatively pedestrian and being punctuated by no end of niggly little fouls. Bayern go on the attack with Arturo Vidal playing a hopeful ball forward. Sergio Ramos leaps to head it clear.

7.55pm BST

9 min: Xabi Alonso curls the free-kick across the edge of the six-yard box, where Thomas Muller tries to attack it. Gareth Bale heads clear.

7.54pm BST

9 min: Arjen Robben is brought down by Toni Kroos as Bayern gallop upfield on a counter-attack. Free-kick for the hosts, wide on the right touchline.

7.53pm BST

7 min: A period of pressure from Real Madrid, with Bale whipping a cross-field pass towards Marcelo on the left flank.

7.52pm BST

6 min: Thiago is penalised for a foul on Ronaldo on the halfway line and shakes his head at the injustice of it all. It was a fair cop. Bayern have started the stronger in this game, but no chances of note for either side in the early stages.

7.50pm BST

4 min: Alonso’s delivery is uncharacteristically poor and the ball is put out for a goal kick at the near post.

7.50pm BST

2 min: Bayern Munich’s players are attired in red shirts, white shorts and red socks tonight. Real’s wear black shirts, black short and black socks. Xabi plays a raking pass from deep out to David Alaba on the left flank and Bayern win another corner.

7.48pm BST

1 min: It’s an early corner to Bayern after good work down the left flank by Arjen Robben. Nothing comes of it.

7.47pm BST

1 min: Bayern kick-off at the Allianz Arena.

7.45pm BST

Sergio Ramos and Philipp Lahm lead the teams out on to the pitch, where they line up for the Champions League anthems. Kick-off is just moments away.

7.41pm BST

We’re approaching kick-off time in the Allianz Arena, where it’s nigh on impossible to predict a winner. I fancy Bayern Munich to win tonight and over the two legs, but not so confidently that I’m prepared to wager any money on it. A good match will do for me.

7.39pm BST

In the day’s opening match, yesterday’s postponed fixture between Borussia Dortmund and Monaco has ended with a 3-2 win to the Ligue 1 side. Borussia Dortmund were awful in the first half and that’s completely understandable after yesterday’s traumatic events, but really raised their game in the second half. It’s finely poised for the second leg.

7.03pm BST

Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Javi Martinez, Boateng, Alaba, Alonso, Vidal, Robben, Thiago, Ribery, Muller.

Subs: Ulreich, Douglas Costa, Rafinha, Bernat, Coman, Kimmich, Renato Sanches.

6.53pm BST

Asked about recent criticism directed at Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, the Real Madrid manager had this to say at yesterday’s press conference. “They’re very experienced players and the better player you are, the more criticism you attract. I’ve got three players with a lot of character and they’re not fazed by this, quite the opposite. These are the sort of games they relish. I consider Bale to be close to being on top form. His lay-off was very lengthy and he’s getting stronger by the day. I hope that he produces his best tomorrow. Tomorrow’s game is an important one for him.”

6.53pm BST

Asked if he thinks Real Madrid are having a very good season, the Bayern Munich manager didn’t mince his words. “They are having a very good season,” he said, adding that his team are focussing on their qualities. “We’re focussing on our qualities. I’m not talking about how Real Madrid will set up tactically, I need to think about my own team. It’s a meeting of two top sides who both want to play football.”

6.37pm BST

Bayern Munich: Jerome Boateng will miss the second leg if he picks up a booking this evening.

Real Madrid: Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos are both one yellow card away from a spell on the Naughty Step.

6.36pm BST

Pantomime villain Pepe may have played his last match for Real Madrid, having fractured a couple of ribs in a collision with Toni Kroos during Real’s draw with Atletico Madrid, a match in which he scored, at the weekend. He’s unlikely to play again this season and looks a good bet to leave the club this summer as they’ve shown little indication they’re going to offer him a new contract. Raphael Varane is also unavailable after suffering a hamstring injury in his comeback from injury at the beginning of this month. Expect José Ignacio Fernández Iglesias (Nacho to his mates) to fill in for Pepe.

6.36pm BST

The German champions are likely to welcome goalkeeper Manuel Neuer back after he missed their weekend win over Borussia Dortmund with a foot injury but there are conflicting reports about the fitness of Mats Hummels, who injured his ankle in a training session following that game. The smart money seems to suggest he’ll miss out tonight and will face three weeks on the sidelines. In better ankle-knack news for the Bavarian side, Thomas Muller has returned and is ready for action. Striker Robert Lewandowski has been ruled out with a shoulder injury.

Related: Robben and Ribéry party like it’s 2013 as Ancelotti styles Bayern Munich his way | Andy Brassell

3.10pm BST

One of the greatest rivalries in European football is renewed tonight, when Bayern Munich entertain Real Madrid in the Allianz Arena. Collectively, the two clubs have 16 titles between them and no fixture has been played in European Cup/Champions League competition more often than this one. Today’s game marks their 23rd meeting and Bayern currently lead with 11 wins to Real’s nine. In their most recent meeting, in 2014, Real Madrid smithereened Bayern 9-0 on aggregate en route to their 10th title – La Decima – which was masterminded by no less an avuncular figure than current Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti. Tonight the Italian will be plotting his former team’s demise.

Related: Álvaro Morata: ‘Footballers are more like singers or rock stars than sportsmen’ | Sid Lowe

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Apr 12

Atlético Madrid v Leicester City: Champions League quarter-final first leg – live

• Minute-by-minute report from the action from the Vicente Calderón Stadium
Borussia Dortmund v Monaco: Champions League quarter final – live!
Bayern v Real Madrid: Champions League quarter final – live!
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9.35pm BST

A disputed penalty is the difference between the teams going into a second leg for which Huth will be missing, which is a pity for Leicester because he was part of a generally fine defensive performance here, along with Benalouane and Ndidi, in particular. Atletico dominated possession but were restricted to few chances. All in all, the 1-0 result is probably acceptable to both teams, as Leicester barely looked like scoring today and Atletico will fancy netting at the King Power.

9.33pm BST

90+1 min: Mahrez has the ball in Atletico’s half. Will he open fire from 45 yards just so Leicester can say they had a shot on target? No.

9.31pm BST

90 min: It’s all-out defence by Leicester now…

9.29pm BST

88 min: A wizardly dribble in the box by Correa! He dodged his way between three players and then rolled the ball across the face of goal … but no team-mate was there to take advantage!

9.27pm BST

86 min: Koke attempts to send a freekick into the box from 25 yards but fails to beat the wall, which consisted of Mahrez and no one else. Not so much a wall, then, as a sign-post. To compound his embarrassment Koke then barges Mahrez to the ground, conceding a freekick the other way.

9.25pm BST

85 min: Superb positioning and reactions by Benalouane, who clears a Juanfran cross from right in front of his own goal, much to the dismay of Griezmann, who was awaiting a tap-in!

9.24pm BST

83 min: A member of Leicester’s backroom staff appears to have been sent off for straying into Atletico’s technical area on his way back from giving an energy sachet to a Leicester player. Such officiousness would be easier to bear if Leicester were not trailing to a penalty awarded for a foul outside the box.

9.22pm BST

82 min: Huth and Benalouane have been very good for Leicester so far. Huth’s suspension means that if Morgan is fit for the second leg he will have big boots to fill in more ways than one.

9.21pm BST

80 min: King bursts between two defenders down the right and sends over a good cross. But Slimani can’t retrieve it, and Thomas chugs down the right flank with the ball.

9.18pm BST

Leicester substitution: Slimani on, Vardy off.

9.18pm BST

76 min: Leicester continue to defend with admirable vigilance. Benalouane just showed excellent composure and strength to step between Correa and the ball to stifle a threatening attack.

9.16pm BST

Atletico substitution: Thomas on, Torres off. Thomas isn’t particularly powerfully built, which is a pity because it would have been nice to be able to refer to him as a tank engine.

9.14pm BST

73 min: Torres skitters towards the edge of the box, then slips the ball wide to Griezmann on the right. The Frenchman fires a low ball across the face of goal. Correa stretches but can’t connect!

9.13pm BST

71 min: Demarai Gray and Islam Slimani are warming up. Is Shakespeare about to up the ante in search of an away goal?

9.12pm BST

69 min: As we approach what the Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley likes to call the eighth ninth of the match, the contest remains finely poised. Atletico clearly want a second goal but are far from gungho, knowing that Leicester could strike on the counter and, moreover, they are capable of scoring at the King Power themselves so 1-0 will be tolerable for both sides.

9.07pm BST

66 min: Corner to Atletico. The hosts continue to enjoy possessional supremacy but Leicester are defending well. Benalouane, baby!

9.06pm BST

63 min: Mahrez clips Carrasco, conceding a freekick from prime crossing territory to the left of the Leicester box. Griezmann delivers. Ndidi intercepts and then releases Albrighton, who scampers 20 yards forward before feeding Vardy. Filipe Luiz intervenes and puts the ball out for a corner. Except the ref awards a goalkick.

9.03pm BST

61 min: Gabi pings a low pass in to Torres, who takes one cool touch to wrongfoot Huth and set himself up for a clear shot from 16 yards …. but he smashes the ball into his own foot, a comical feat of contortion last seen in his Chelsea days! What a timely flashback that was for Leicester.

9.01pm BST

60 min: Mahrez collects the ball on the left wing and jinks and feints his way into the box. he beats one player and then … dives in front of Gabi. Despite the appeals from the Leicester fans, the ref got that decision right. Mahrez is lucky not to be booked.

8.59pm BST

58 min: Leicester try to put Leicester back in their box – literally. Griezmann darts past Huth and towards the area but the German shunts him to the ground, earning a yellow card that rules him out of the second leg.

8.58pm BST

57 min: When I said that Leicester had half a mind on settling for a 1-0 defeat, that of course meant that they had the other half on chasing an equaliser – and they’ve spent the last couple of minutes doing just that.

8.57pm BST

55 min: A long throw-in from Fuchs causes discomfort in the Atletico box. A shot by Huth is charged down, then the ball breaks to Mahrez, who jinks on to his left peg and then curls a shot wide. He was aiming for the top corner but was a couple of yards off.

8.55pm BST

53 min: It’s still all Atletico. At this stage, with Leicester having beefed up midfield with the introduction of King, Leicester seem to have half a mind on settling for a 1-0 defeat.

8.50pm BST

50 min: Yellow card for Benalouane for a late challenge on Fernando Torres, Atletico have a chance now to put more pressure on Leicester. But the visitors defend this one well.

8.49pm BST

48 min: Corner to Atletico who have started the second half well, Gabi has put in and it was headed away then a free out to Leicester as King was pushed in the back by Saul

8.46pm BST

46 min: And the second-half begins, can Leicester grab an away goal to unsettle Atletico? Andy King has come on for Okazaki, otherwise both sides are unchanged

8.31pm BST

So then, will Shakespeare inspire the sort of second-half turnaround that Leicester enjoyed at Sevilla during Ranieri’s last match in charge?

8.30pm BST

44 min: Preposterously naive decision against Vardy by the referee there – it really is amazing how often top officials are duped by a defender falling over the ball as soon as an attacker rushes over to apply pressure.

8.27pm BST

42 min: Atletico are popping the ball about near the Leicester box, probing for an opening that might bring a second goal before Leicester have a chance to regroup during the break.

8.26pm BST

40 min: Good work by Vardy, who harasses Koke into surrendering the ball mid-way inside his own half. Albrighton takes it up, jigs forward a few yards and then has a ping from long-range. He struck it hard and wide.

8.23pm BST

37 min: Koke has a lash from 25 yards. It’s a decent effort but whizzes a couple of yards past the far post.

8.22pm BST

35 min: Leicester are more enterprising than they were in the first 20 minutes but, wisely, have not become obsessed with chasing an immediate equaliser, aware that that would risk being exposed to another counter-attack.

8.19pm BST

33 min: Fuchs misjudges a crossfield pass and is caught out of position as Saul receives it. Fortunately for the Austrian Ndidi got back to make a saving tackle in the box.

8.18pm BST

30 min: The replay has confirmed that Albrighton’s foul was outside the box, where the Leicester player clunked rather cynically into Griezmann. Personally I’d give a penalty for such challenges no matter where they occurred on the pitch (and, similarly, would not necessarily give a penalty for every foul in the box) but that’s not the law, under which that should not have been a pen.

8.15pm BST

Griezmann sends Schmeichel the wrong way and strokes the ball into the other corner. A blow to Leicester, who were caught out by a rapid counter-attack just as they were growing in confidence and menace. They may still grumble that Albrighton’s foul was outside the box, mind.

8.13pm BST

Albrighton galumphs into Griezmann. It looked to be just outside the box but the referee points to the spot.

8.12pm BST

25 min: Leicester are looking more and more settled. And increasingly dangerous, too. Albrighton has just swung over two fine crosses from the left. Vardy managed to get a slight touch to the second one at the near post but that took it away from Okazaki, who was arriving behind him in the hope of firing into the net.

8.09pm BST

24 min: Whistles from the home crowd as Leicester knock the ball around at the back. Music to the away team’s ears.

8.08pm BST

22 min: Fuchs curls in a delicious cross from the left. Vardy can’t beat the two central defenders to it but at least that was a sign of Leicester’s slightly growing poise. Could it be that they have weathered the storm and will start attacking with more regularity?

8.06pm BST

20 min: Ndidi breaks up an Atletico move yet again, then offloads to Mahrez, who is pulled back. Leicester have a freekick on halfway and a chance to exhale.

8.04pm BST

18 min: Ndidi sabotages a home attack and allows Leicester to piece together several passes into opposing territory, for practically the first time in the match. It lasted about 30 seconds before Atletico won it back. Ndidi is definitely Leicester’s main man in the middle so far, as Drinkwater had made a ragged start.

8.01pm BST

15 min: The siege continues. Albrighton thought he had a chance to lift it momentarily but was overpowered by Juanfran near his own corner flag. The Atletico right-back then crossed for their left-back, Filipe Luiz, whose header near the far post failed to find the target. But that’s another indication of the amount of pressure Atletico are applying.

7.58pm BST

13 min: A slip by Ndidi gives Griezmann a sight of goal from 25 yards. He goes for it. But misses by a long way, his shot hurtling several yards over the bar.

7.57pm BST

11 min: Ndidi has really grown for Leicester in recent weeks and he has begun well here, too. Atletico are dominating possession but when they do lose the ball, it is often because of interference by Ndidi.

7.55pm BST

9 min: Griezmann floats over a cross from the left. Huth, backpedalling near the penalty spot, succeeds only in heading it backwards, inviting Carrasco to try a volley from nine yards! Fuchs applies just enough pressure to put the forward off, and Carraso wellies a sliced shot into the stands. A let-off for Leicester and no mistake!

7.52pm BST

7 min: Griezman flips a pass through to Koke, whose shot from just inside the box is blocked well by Benalouane. Atletico are unleashing a whirlwind here and Leicester are having to cling on for all their worth.

7.50pm BST

5 min: Koke turns on to his right foot and then lets fly from 25 yards. It fizzes through the air and crashes into the post! Schmeichel dived full-length to meet it but it’s far from sure that he would have stopped it if it had been on target.

7.49pm BST

3 min: Leicester launch a trademark counter-attack, Vardy racing down the left to latch on to a smart long pass over the top by Okazaki. The striker then flashed a dangerous ball across the face of goal. But he had done everything a tad too fast for Mahrez, who couldn’t quite get on the end of the cross.

7.47pm BST

2 min: Fine play by Ndidi, who tracked back well to muscle Carrasco off the ball on the edge of the area. But Atletico soon regain it and resume trying to overwhelm the visitors early doors.

7.46pm BST

1 min: It’s on!

7.44pm BST

The teams march out on to the pitch and into a spectacular arena, awash with colour and giddy noise! Atletico are in their usual garb, while Leicester are wearing blue tops along with white shorts and socks, which, for kicks, we can interpret as a blatantly provocative gesture of support for Atletico’s cross-town rivals. Though in truth, it makes them look like Everton.

7.34pm BST

Anyone think Craig Shakespeare got his lineup wrong here? Doubt it. The team team pretty much picks itself, the only really difficult decision being whether to start Demarai Gray rather than Marc Albrighton. But the manager plumped for the right man, in my view, as Albrighton is sturdier defensively as well as an exceptionally dangerous crosser. Gray can produce excellent bursts, of course, and could yet make a big impact from the bench.

7.23pm BST

Uefa’s fact sheet for this game claims that Atletico have never lost at home to English opponents in 10 encounters so far, but that’s not strictly true. Derby County did them over in the 1975 Uefa Cup, winning on a penalty shootout in Madrid after a 4-4 aggregate draw. So there.

7.22pm BST

Following last night’s attack in Dortmund there will be reinforced security around this match and perhaps some extra tension in the air. There were already unrelated bad vibes in Madrid last night, as police arrested eight Leicester fans for “disrespecting police officers” and causing “disorder” around a major plaza in the Spanish capital. Many Leicester fans gave alternative accounts, complaining of an over-reaction by the local constabulary to harmless revelry. The authorities maintain they moved in to disperse people who were “causing trouble”. Disagreements over the distinction between “revelry” and “trouble” are, of course, a persistent feature of the policing and English football fan experience. There were further confrontations between police and a small number of the 3,000 or so visiting fans today, with several reports mentioning the chucking of bottles and the airing of antagonistic chants about Gibraltar. Another valuable cultural exchange, then.

6.43pm BST

Atletico: Oblak; Juanfran, Godin, Savic, Filipe Luis; Koke, Gabi, Saul, Carrasco; Griezmann, Torres

Subs: Moreira, Lucas, Gimenez, Thomas, Cerci, Gaitan, Correa

2.47pm BST

Hello. On a scale of one to 2016, where would an away win today rank on the Great Leicester City Miracle-o-Meter? Last year’s shock Premier League winners are participating in the Europe’s elite competition for the very first time and now, at the quarter-final stage, they’re up against a team that has reached two of the last three Champions League finals. Gulp! What is more, Atletico Madrid are probably the last team that they would have chosen to face, since Diego Simeone’s warriors generally play with the same ferocity as Leicester but with more quality and experience. Leicester will have to crank into turbo-power to knock these lads off stride.

The last time Leicester visited Spain, which was a couple of months ago, they looked to be on their way to an almighty hiding until a second-half revival led to them escaping Sevilla with just a 2-1 defeat. Claudio Ranieri sensed that that would prove a turning point in a stuttering season – and so it did, as the Italian was sacked straight afterwards and replaced by his assistant, Craig Shakespeare, under whom Leicester have soared clear of relegation bother in the Premier League and regained the mojo that fuelled last season’s success. But how far can Shakespeare take them in Europe? He’d probably settle for another 2-1 defeat today and hope for another rousing second leg at the King Power.

Related: Diego Simeone sees kinship with Leicester City but will show no mercy

Related: Leicester confident of matching Atlético Madrid despite Wes Morgan injury blow

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Apr 12

‘Islamist’ held over Dortmund attack

The delayed Dortmund-Monaco game goes ahead without incident, with a show of unity among fans.

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Apr 12

How big a deal is Juventus forward Paulo Dybala?

Two goals against Barcelona have brought Paulo Dybala back to international attention, but just how excited should we be about Juventus’s left-footed marvel?

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Apr 12

What we know so far about the Borussia Dortmund blasts

A guide to the explosions that hit a bus carrying German football team BVB, as prosecutors say they have detained a suspect

At about 7.15pm local time on Tuesday night – 90 minutes before the kick-off of a Champions League quarter-final tie between Borussia Dortmund (BVB) and AS Monaco – the BVB team bus was hit by three explosions in the immediate vicinity of the entrance to the team’s hotel in the Dortmund district of Höchsten.

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Apr 12

‘We aren’t rivals but friends’: Dortmund fans open homes to Monaco supporters

Residents of German city offer #BedsForAwayFans after explosions force Champions League match to be postponedHundreds of Borussia Dortmund fans offered visiting Monaco supporters a bed for the night after the Dortmund team bus was hit by explosions bef…

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Apr 12

Dortmund and Monaco fans unite after explosions – video

Dortmund and Monaco fans display solidarity on Tuesday evening after the Champions League game between the two sides was postponed. Dortmund supporters offered their Monaco counterparts accommodation, prompted by the hashtag #bedsforawayfans on social media. Earlier in the evening, Monaco’s travelling contingent had chanted in support of the German club following news that the team bus had been hit by explosions

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Apr 12

Champions League pledge after blast

Officers say everything is being done to ensure the final in Cardiff in June goes off smoothly.

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