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Hello, and welcome to tonight’s liveblog.

As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the game. E-mail paul@the42.ie, tweet @the42_ie, post a message to our Facebook wall, or leave a comment below.

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Kick off for the game is at 7.45pm.

Here are tonight’s teams…

We’ll be focusing mainly on the Real game, but will also keep you updated with events in Sevilla.

6Mins

Ronaldo gives Real the perfect start.

Isco drills the ball in low, and the Portuguese star is in the right place to poke home with a clever finish.

Dybala is played through, but Sergio Ramos does well to get the block in and deflect the ball out for a corner.

Decent response from Juve.

13Mins

Varane gets a free header from Kroos’ corner but can’t hit the target.

Juve have been unusually lax at the back so far.

14Mins

Higuain plays it across to Bentancur.

Ramos is well placed again though, and heads the attempt away from goal.

16Mins

19Mins

It’s been a good spell for Real Madrid.

Isco, in particular, looks sharp, and is justifying Zidane’s decision to start him for this crucial game.

25Mins

Super save from Navas.

He made a point-blank stop after Higuaín volleyed Dybala’s shot towards goal.

28Mins

Bentancur is booked for taking down Casemiro.

That means he will now miss the second leg.

30Mins

34Mins

Sarabia gets on the end of Escudero’s cross and fires home to give Sevilla the lead.

There was a suspicion of handball in the way he controlled the ball.

36Mins

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37Mins

De Sciglio fires a shot narrowly wide from the edge of the box.

Juve haven’t been bad this half and have more than matched Real for most of it.

38Mins

So close!

The ball falls to Kroos about 30 yards out and his powerful first-time shot crashes off the crossbar.

40Mins

Big chance!

A corner falls to Chiellini, who can’t quite properly connect with a header, before steering a rebound wide.

42Mins

Rodriguez only just came on after an injury to Vidal.

The Colombian then sets up Ribery for the equaliser.

46Mins

Dybala attempts an overhead kick from the edge of the box, but it goes well off target.

Juve have grown increasingly dominant as the half has wore on.

45Mins

Just before half-time, Dybala was booked for an obvious dive as he attempted to win a penalty.

Juve are certainly living up to their reputation as ‘masters of the dark arts’.

47Mins

The second half has begun…

49Mins

52Mins

Chance!

Benzema plays it to Ronaldo, who fires wide from a tight angle.

55Mins

Dybala is fouled by Ramos on the edge of the box.

The Real captain is booked and will consequently be suspended for the second leg.

57Mins

So close!

From the ensuing free kick, Dybala’s free kick is deflected narrowly wide.

The hosts are getting closer.

60Mins

Real make a change.

Vasquez replaces Benzema, who has not been at his best tonight.

It’s a slightly defensive move seemingly, with Vasquez set to play on the right-hand side.

62Mins

66Mins

Ronaldo has scored an unbelievable goal.

The Juve fans are standing to applaud.

Carvajal crossed and the Portuguese star showed incredible agility, with a bicycle kick into the corner of the net.

68Mins

Dybala gets a second yellow for a high foot.

It’s all falling apart for Juve now.

71Mins

Thiago heads home Ribery’s cross to give Bayern the lead for the first time in the tie.

Sevilla look in serious trouble and will surely at least need to take a draw back to Germany.

73Mins

That’s surely tie over.

Ronaldo plays through Marcelo, who clips it over Buffon for the third.

75Mins

77Mins

Asensio replaces Isco for Real.

Meanwhile, for Juve, Cuadrado is on in place of Khedira.

83Mins

Real make another change.

Modric is replaced by Kovačić.

85Mins

Real look very comfortable now.

The visitors are controlling the match and it would be no surprise if they scored a fourth.

89Mins

Ronaldo misses a great chance for the hat-trick after an attempted backpass falls short.

Moments later, Kovačić hits the bar from the edge of the box.

91Mins

Good save by Buffon, as Ronaldo fires in another strong shot from just inside the box.

We’re approaching stoppage time.

91Mins

So close!

A ball in finds Ronaldo, who volleys over from close range.

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

You can read our Real match report here.

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