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Kick off for the games is at 7.45pm.

Here are tonight’s teams…


We’re under way…


Real Madrid have started well.

They’ve dominated possession and quietened the Wembley crowd.


Sanchez makes a good challenge to stop Benzema breaking.

Considering they’re a side supposedly in ‘crisis,’ it’s been a very confident start from Real.


A Trippier cross just misses Kane.

Tottenham are starting to look menacing on the counter-attack.


Not too much to speak of at Anfield so far.

Liverpool have predictably dominated possession and territory, but with Maribor defending competently, they may have to show some patience.


Ramos concedes possession cheaply.

Kane consequently gets a sight at goal, but his attempted chip is poorly executed and the goalkeeper saves it easily.


A great ball from Kane finds Trippier.

The wing-back’s volley/cross-shot is parried off target by the goalkeeper, yet the referee awards a goal kick.


Worrying news for Liverpool. Wijnaldum has pulled up off the ball and is coming off injured.

He’s replaced by Jordan Henderson, who re-takes the captain’s armband from James Milner as he comes on.


A ball falls to Winks on the edge of the box, but his eventual finish is tame and saved comfortably by Casilla.

Spurs have held their own so far, but have lacked ruthlessness in the final third.


Insigne has put Napoli up 1-0 against Man City.

Meanwhile, Alderweireld has pulled up for Spurs, and is replaced by Sissoko.

The France international will likely go into midfield, with Dier dropping back into defence.


Winks finds Trippier, whose volleyed cross is converted by Alli.

The wing-back looked well offside as he received the ball, but the goal stands.


Decent attempt by Casemiro.

His shot is parried away by Lloris, before Davies heads the ball out for a corner.


Firmino goes close for Liverpool.

He gets on the end of a cross, only to see his deflected attempt hit off the woodwork.


Warning for Spurs!

A cross falls to Ronaldo, but his snapshot is straight at Lloris.


A Marcelo cross is deflected out for a corner.

Real are beginning to look quite dominant again.


Alli links up well with Kane, but the latter’s volley is easily saved by Casilla.

It’s been an entertaining, end-to-end first half full of pretty, flowing football.


A cross falls to Sanchez, who mis-kicks. Kane then gets a sight at goal, but Casilla makes the save from close range.

Tottenham could be out of sight if they had been a bit more clinical.


Meanwhile, at Anfield, Liverpool continue to struggle to unlock Maribor.

The Slovenian side have looked far more solid than they were in the previous fixture last month, when they were beaten 7-0 by the Reds.


There are claims for a penalty as Alli goes down in the box, but the ref waves play on.

Replays suggest Casemiro got the ball and the decision was correct.



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The second half has begun…



Kane breaks away down the right.

However, he delays a cross slightly, and the defender is able to get to the ball ahead of Eriksen.


Kane bullies the Real defender off the ball, but his subsequent cross is deflected into the arms of the goalkeeper.

It’s been a very open game and Real must be careful not to leave themselves too exposed at the back.


Liverpool take the lead, as Salah converts Alexander-Arnold’s cross.

It’s hard to see a way back for Maribor, given that they need to chase the game now.


Nervy moment for Spurs.

Marcelo gets in behind the defence, but his cross is cleared by Dier after Lloris can only help it onto the defender’s path.


Alli gets the ball in acres of space. He beats Casemiro, before his shot from the edge of the box deflects in off Ramos.

Real have been living dangerously, piling forward in this second half, and they have ultimately been punished.


Tottenham are playing with a real swagger now.

Dele Alli has just nutmegged his marker.


Alexander-Arnold curls a free kick just over.

Liverpool are looking comfortable at the moment, though you wouldn’t be overly confident of their notoriously unreliable defence seeing the game out.


Another scare for Spurs.

A goalmouth scramble ensues following a corner, and Ramos fires the ball into a deluge of bodies before Tottenham clear.

Real are pressing fairly intensely for a goal now.


It’s a lovely goal that effectively seals the win for Tottenham.

Alli and Kane link up well, before the latter plays through Eriksen, whose finish is clinical.


Dembele replaces Winks for Tottenham.

The 21-year-old central midfielder has not looked out of place up against some of the world’s best footballers tonight.


Liverpool are now 2-0 up against Maribor.

Just as Eriksen scored for Spurs, Can did likewise for the Reds.

It was nice finish from the German international from the edge of the box after linking up with James Milner.


A Jorginho penalty has made it Napoli 2-2 Man City.

Sounds like it’s been a similarly entertaining game in Naples.


The crowd are currently olé-ing every Spurs touch.

That gives an insight into just how convincing the hosts are winning this game.


Benzema and Isco have been replaced by Asensio and Mayoral.

Zidane, who was under pressure even before tonight, is clearly not impressed with what he’s seen.


Sergio Aguero has just scored a record 178th Man City goal to put his side 3-2 ahead in Naples.

Looks like Pep Guardiola’s men will be joining Spurs in the knockout stages.


Alli spurns a golden chance to get the hat-trick. His head doesn’t quite connect properly with Trippier’s inch-perfect cross.

Meanwhile, Kane has been replaced by Llorente. The England international has had a very good game tonight.


Spurs fail to deal with a Marcelo cross.

Ronaldo’s powerful shot from inside the box then deflects in off Dier.


Ronaldo’s powerful strike forces Lloris to make a decent save.

Credit to Real, they haven’t thrown in the towel yet.


Dembele gets booked for a very reckless challenge on Ramos.

It’s getting a bit heated in the dying stages.


Still 2-0 at Anfield.

Liverpool have that one wrapped and have taken a huge step towards the knockout stages.

Liverpool are top of Group E on eight points now, one ahead of Sevilla and three ahead of Spartak Moscow.

A powerful Daniel Sturridge finish wrapped up a 3-0 win for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Meanwhile, Man City have qualified for the last 16 with a 4-2 win over Napoli.

Right, that’s all from me. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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