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Hello, and welcome to tonight’s liveblog.

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Kick off for the games is at 7.45pm.

Here are three of tonight’s four teams (no sign of the Mariborn line-up yet).

1Mins

We’re under way…

5Mins

Salah finds space down the right.

His cross finds Firmino, who slots the ball into the empty net from close range.

7Mins

Real go very close!

Ronaldo’s header hits the post, Benzema fires the rebound wide.

9Mins

14Mins

Milner gets to the by-line and his cutback finds an onrushing Coutinho, who makes no mistake with his finish.

This could be a long night for Maribor.

16Mins

Milner again finds space down the right. Firmino gets on the end of the cross, but his flick goes wide.

Moments later, Moreno shoots into the sideline.

Maribor are a shambles at the back — Liverpool in particular keep finding acres of space down the home side’s left.

18Mins

Aurier finds space down the right, but his cross goes straight into the keeper’s arms.

Tottenham have yet to really get going at the Bernabeu, with Real largely dominating the play.

20Mins

Firmino plays through Salah, who finishes coolly.

This is far too easy for Liverpool.

21Mins

Kane gets on the end of the corner, and his downward header forces Navas to make a decent save.

Better from Tottenham.

24Mins

Strong calls for a Tottenham penalty.

Llorente goes down under a challenge from Casemiro, but referee ignores Spurs’ claims.

The Real defender was lucky to get away with that.

29Mins

Viler evades his man and at least gets a shot on target for Maribor.

Karius saves his attempt relatively comfortably though.

32Mins

Spurs have been the better side in recent minutes and probably just about deserve to be ahead given that they should have had a penalty earlier.

Aurier, who’s been a regular threat, crosses into the box. Kane and Varane are in close proximity and it’s not certain which of the two gets the final touch, but what’s important is that it goes past Navas into the net.

34Mins

The official TV pictures are calling it a Varane OG, and the more replays were shown, the more that looked to be the case.

35Mins

Ronaldo throws an arm in the vicinity of Vertonghen and gets booked as a result.

The Belgian defender made the most of that.

37Mins

Coutinho’s shot from just inside the box deflects safely into the keeper’s arms.

With the game all but over, not much has been going on in Maribor of late.

39Mins

MARIBOR 0-4 LIVERPOOL (SALAH 40) 

41Mins

Liverpool again get in behind Maribor.

Moreno is played through by Coutinho and the former’s cross leaves Salah with an easy tap-in.

46Mins

Kroos is brought down and Ronaldo convincingly scores the ensuing penalty to level the scores.

46Mins

HALF-TIME: REAL MADRID 1-1 TOTTENHAM

46Mins

It was Auerier who brought Kroos down for the penalty by the way.

1-1 is probably a fair half-time score on the balance of play.

In Slovenia, meanwhile, 4-0 to Liverpool is also a pretty fair reflection as to how that match has panned out.

46Mins

The second half is under way…

49Mins

52Mins

Lovren somehow doesn’t get a penalty after Rajčevič’s high boot as the Liverpool defender goes to head the ball.

Moments later, Wijnaldum gets on the end of Firmino’s cross, but the Dutch midfielder’s finish is cleared by a defender protecting the goalline.

53Mins

MARIBOR 0-5 LIVERPOOL (FIRMINO 55)

55Mins

Firmino flicks on Coutinho’s free kick into the net.

Maribor have done the opposite of parking the bus this evening, and they’ve been made to pay for it.

57Mins

Oxlade-Chamberlain is getting some game time with the three points in the bag.

He replaces Salah, who has been very influential tonight.

58Mins

That’s either very good or a very lucky save from Lloris.

The French goalkeeper stops Benzema’s header from close range with his legs.

59Mins

63Mins

Real Madrid are growing increasingly dominant.

Kroos has just gone close to putting them ahead, after linking up with Modric.

66Mins

Lloris makes a good save to tip over Ronaldo’s powerful drive.

Real are well on top at the moment.

69Mins

Ronaldo shows good pace to escape the defender before forcing Lloris to parry a shot.

The Portuguese superstar has looked especially lively in recent minutes.

74Mins

Liverpool have completed 514 passes compared to 197 for Maribor.

It must be one of the most one-sided games they’ve been involved in for quite some time.

75Mins

Llorente plays Kane through.

However, Navas gets a touch to turn the English striker’s attempt just wide.

75Mins

Solanke has replaced Wijnaldum for Liverpool.

As I type a clearance goes straight to Oxlade-Chamberlain, and his powerful strike is parried out for a corner.

77Mins

Llorente heads down the ball for Eriksen, whose shot is parried wide by Navas.

Spurs are suddenly starting to look revitalised in recent minutes.

81Mins

Isco finds space, but his shot is comfortably saved by Lloris.

This has been a very entertaining game to watch.

83Mins

Good news for Spurs fans, as Danny Rose makes his return.

He replaces Llorente, who has looked decent tonight and set up a couple of near misses.

86Mins

MARIBOR 0-6 LIVERPOOL (OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN 86)

86Mins

Oxlade-Chamberlain sprints through on goal, before producing a composed finish.

It has felt like a training exercise at times.

90Mins

MARIBOR 0-7 LIVERPOOL (ALEXANDER ARNOLD 90)

91Mins

Alexander Arnold’s shot from the edge of the box finds the net via a deflection.

When Liverpool are on form, they can really destroy teams.

Son has replaced Sissoko, as Tottenham search for a winner.

We’re in stoppage time…

That’s all from me. Thanks for reading and commenting.

We’ll have more reaction to follow.

You can read our report of the Liverpool game here.

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