Tuesday football

Reading win promotion to the Premier League, while Bayern Munich defeat Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League tie.

17 April 2012 Last updated at 22:41

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As it happened

  1. 2240: 

    For a long time it looked as though tonight was going to be one big anti-climax, with no resolution to any of the night's big storylines. However, Mikele Leigertwood came to our and (more importantly) Reading's rescue to send the Royals up and the Madejski into raptures. Congratulations to them for a fitting result to what has been a truly sensational second half of the season for them.

    You can join me tomorrow for some low-key encounter between Chelsea and Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals. I'll see thee.

  2. 2240: 
    FULL-TIME- Bayern Munich 2-1 Real Madrid

    BBC Sport's Graham Chase reports: "Jose Mourinho claimed that no-one saw either side getting a winner but in reality Bayern could be heading to Spain with an even more comfortable advantage after Mario Gomez squandered three good chances before touching in from close-range to score a last-minute winner."


    Justin From Bristol, via text: "Ronaldo again a shadow of himself in big matches."

  4. 2236: 

    Reading striker Jason Roberts on BBC 5 live: "What a great occasion and achievement by these players. We'll enjoy this tonight but we'll we want to win the league. Those boys knew we'd get promotion, whether it happened today or on Saturday. I'm 34-years-old and may never get an opportunity like this again, so it's an absolute pleasure. We've got a team here that is full of proper people. Some of these players haven't played Premier League football, so this gives a lot of them the chance to play and show what they can do at that level."


    Simon Jones on Twitter: "So glad Reading are back in the PL, they were fantastic under coppell the first time round and mcdermott thoroughly deserves it"


    Arupsounds on Twitter: "Surely Reading are the most in form team in Europe at the moment?"

  7. 2233: 

    Reading chairman Sir John Madejski on BBC 5 live: "Brian has been here 12 years and he knows the squad inside out. He's a first class gentleman and a first class pro. He's honed the team in the right way and that's why we are where we are today. He's going to go far and I hope it's with Reading. He's the best manager you could ever want. There's no showing off - he's just a thoroughly nice human being. The more people in the world who are like Brian McDermott, the better."

  8. 2232: 

    Reading manager Brian McDermott on BBC 5 live: "I'm delighted and It's a great night for us. It was a tough game tonight. I couldn't see too much good in loosing that play-off final at Wembley final last year, but perhaps this is meant to be. I'm not even bothered about the Premier League tonight, I'm just concerned about the players and staff. It's a night for the fans."

  9. 2230: 

    Paolo Di Canio has just been on Radio 5 live slating his Swindon players after their 2-1 defeat at Aldershot. The word "rubbish" was used. He also questioned who some of his players had been prior to his arrival this season, and then answered it himself: "nothing".


    Brooker Ralph on Twitter: "Mourinho just can't lose gracefully can he! Hope he doesn't come back to Blighty."


    Robin Ellis, Reading supporter, via text: "As a Reading fan who was at Wembley last year, its glad to see a (my) team learn from there mistakes! Well done Royals!"

  12. 2221: 

    In League One tonight, Stevenage beat Carlisle 1-0 to take them above United on goal difference and into seventh place, a point behind Notts County, who occupy the final play-off spot.

    In League Two, Crawley's 3-1 win over Northampton takes them into third and means Swindon's promotion champagne is on ice, following their 2-1 defeat at Aldershot. Shrewsbury have a strong hold on second place after a 1-0 win over Port Vale.

    In the Blue Square Premier, Hayes and Yeading avoid relegation (for now) after Newport failed to beat Darlington. However, with Telford winning and Newport drawing, Hayes are on the brink as the are six points adrift with 2 games left, and need to make up a 22-goal swing in goal difference in two games.

  13. 2218: 

    Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici: "It's unbelievable, it puts the cherry on the cake. To see all the fans on the pitch is fantastic. Forest gave us a tough game and they will feel hard done by but we are looking forward to the celebrations now. We always believed and we knew what we could achieve as a group."


    Toby in Basingstoke via text: "I think Reading will lose their momentum over the summer and will struggle to stay up."

  15. 2218: 

    Southampton remain favourites to take second place in the Championship after beating Peterborough 3-1, meaning they hold a five-point advantage over West Ham in third. The Championship play-off picture looks clearer after tonight. Blackpool's 1-0 win over Leeds and Cardiff's 2-2 victory over Derby means they have opened up a four-point gap between themselves and seventh-placed Midlesbrough, who drew 0-0 with Doncaster. Birmingham remain fourth after a 1-1 draw at Ipswich.


    Chris in Southampton via text: "As a Saints fan, I'd just like to say massive congratulations to Reading on their promotion. They gained on us the whole way and bypassed us at the death, and deserve massive credit. Great to potentially see two southern teams go up!"


    Sam in Sunderland via text: "Congratulations to Reading on returning to the Premier League. With Wolves doomed now, how much would you bet that Kevin Doyle jumps ship to return to Reading and stay in the tip division?"


    Benjamin Gledhill on Twitter: "Can't wait to see Le Fondre in the PL next season! Well done Reading and McDermott!"

  19. 2212: 

    Back to the Championship, where Reading are the big story, having secured their promotion to the Premier League. Elsewhere, Portsmouth (who beat Crystal Palace) and Coventry (who lost to Milwall) both avoided relegation thanks to Bristol City's 1-1 draw with West Ham. However, both have their work cut-out to still avoid the drop, with a five-point gap seperating them and the Robins. Nottingham Forest's fears of relegation are over, though.

  20. 2209: 

    Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho: "The second goal came out of context. We were a better team in the first half in the second half the game was a bit broken and I didn't like it so much. It was under control by both teams and no-one believed they could win 2-1 but that's football they scored and we have to play in the second leg at home in a different atmosphere and let's go for it.

    "I prefer to have it like we have (playing Barcelona) than not have it like Bayern. They are eight or nine points behind Dortmund. For us it means a lot but we are fighting for a title. We know it's a disadvantage but it's better like this."

  21. 2209: 

    Just to break away from the championship for a minute and to round up the news from the Champions League tonight, where Bayern Munich have given themselves a 2-1 advantage over Real Madrid to take to the Bernabeu in just over a week's time. Mario Gomez scored his 12th goal in the competition (and 40th overall) this season in the 90th minute to give the Germans victory.

    It is only Real Madrid's second Champions League defeat in 23 matches.


    Christopher Nutton on Twitter: "I sure hope Southampton and Blackpool follow Reading up to the premier league, would add the most to next years premier league."

  23. 2203:  
    Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage at Reading v Nottingham Forest on BBC 5 live:

    "Reading deserve Premier League football. It's been an amazing performance from them in the second half of the season. They've got a fantastic manager and group of players and I'm absolutely delighted for Brian McDermott. He's a humble and fantastic man. I'm also happy Forest are staying up, so it's been a good night all round."


    Bradley in Manchester via text: "Congratulations to Reading on their promotion. They have a good team and a great manager but I just hope none of their star players attract too many bigger clubs."

  25. 2200: 

    Mikele Leigertwood's goal seals Reading's ascent to the top flight. The home crowd flood onto the pitch to celebrate with their heroes. It has been a phenomenal second half of the season for the Royals, who have burst into the promotion picture and re-painted it in their own style. Since Christmas 2011 they have taken 52 points from a possibly 63. Manager Brian McDermott and his players deserves the biggest doff of my cap possible for what they have done.

  26. 2155: 
    BREAKING NEWS- Reading 1-0 Nottingham Forest


  27. 2154: 

    Seconds to go at the Madejski Stadium. Reading on the brink of the promised land...

  28. 2153: 

    Big chance for Nottingham Forest to through a big spanner in Reading's promotion party. However, Marcus Tudgay's shot is blocked on the line by Alex Pearce and the Royals survive, leaving them 90 seconds from sealing promotion to the Premier League.


    Stephen Rawlings on Twitter: "Love the fact that Gomez proved his doubters wrong. Stupid that someone with that goal scoring record can have doubters at all."

  30. 2150: 

    Coventry's defeat to Millwall means Nottingham Forest are now safe from the slim threat of relegation they faced before kick-off. Even if they lose to Reading tonight, they are seven points above the drop zone with two games to play.

  31. 2148: 

    As you would expect, the Madejski crowd is in fine voice. The Reading fans are counting down roughly five minutes until they can celebrate promotion from the Championship to the Premier League. Their team lead Nottingham Forest 1-0.


    Jamie Chaloner on Twitter: "An almost impeccable performance from Howard Webb until the Marcelo incident. It was tempestuous, but Howard bossed it."


    Cory on text: "No wonder Jose looks upset. He won't be able to play for his favourite 0-0!"


    Tom in Brighton on text: "So Coventry now look dead and buried. First time we've been relegated to the third tier since 1952."

  35. 2145: 

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra summariser Dean Kiely at Peterborough v Southampton: "Southampton were thoroughly professional. Nigel Adkins will congratulate his players for ticking this match one off and they are one step closer to promotion to the Premier League. They were hurt last week with the defeat to Reading, but they dusted themselves off and played well."

  36. 2144: 

    It is full-time at Fratton Park. Portsmouth's 2-1 win over Crystal Palace means they are not going down tonight. With two games to go, they trail 21st-placed Bristol City by five points. As do Coventry, who have a much worse goal difference.

  37. 2143: 

    The Madejski Stadium has erupted. Mikele Leigertwood's header from an Ian Harte free-kick has put Reading ahead against Nottingham Forest. As it stands, the Royals will be a Premier League club next season.


    Sam Borni on Twitter: "Good lad Gomez! A lesson to all young strikers to keep fighting until the final whistle. Well deserved."

  39. 2141: 

    It is full-time at Ashton Gate. Bristol City 1-1 West Ham. Coventry and Portsmouth are both safe. For now. Meanwhile, Aldershot have beaten Swindon so the Robins will not be going up tonight. Our focus switches to Reading, who know that a goal now would send them up. They have roughly 15 minutes to get it.

  40. 2139: 

    It is full-time at the Ricoh Arena, where Coventry have lost 1-0 to Millwall. A Bristol City goal to give them a 2-1 win against West Ham would send them (and Portsmouth, despite them winning 2-1 over Crystal Palace) down.


    Gav in Brighton on text: "So sorry to see the Seagulls fail at the last hurdle. Beat Newcastle this year, played great football, great fans and now another season in the championship."

  42. 2137: 
    FULL-TIME- Bayern Munich 2-1 Real Madrid
  43. 2137: 

    It's kicking off again in the Allianz Arena late on as Marcelo swipes out late at Thomas Muller, leaving the Bayern man holding his shin and his team-mates shoving the Real defender. He gets a yellow card.

  44. 2132: 
    GOAL- Bayern Munich 2-1 Real Madrid - Mario Gomez (90 mins)

    Mario Gomez has missed plenty of chances tonight, but he finally makes a telling contribution right at the death. Philipp Lahm cuts in down the byline on the right and crosses into the six-yard box where Gomez is waiting to slide in among a bunch of bodies to score his 40th (and potentially his most important) goal of the season. Jose Mourinho does not look happy at all.

  45. 2130: 

    Peterborough have a goal back against Southampton. Tommy Rowe has made it 3-1. Remember, as it stands, a Reading goal would send the Royals up. A Bristol City goal would also do that, as well as sending Portsmouth and Coventry down.


    Vickie via text: "A mention for Shrewsbury would be nice. I'm having to watch the points total on the table to know what's happening!"

    OK, I'll do requests just this once. The Shrews are leading 1-0 against Port Vale thanks to Matthew Richards' goal. They are looking good to claim an automatic promotion spot.

  47. 2128: 

    Adam Le Fondre's first real touch for Reading sees him put through with a golden chance of scoring, but he chips it wide. In the form he is in, you expect the net to be hit in those circumstances. A big chance for Reading to claim promotion tonight passes them by.


    Paul via text: "Football. You can score 50 or even 60 goals in a season, but if you don't score just one when matters most, like Gomez, then they all mean nothing."

  49. 2126: 

    Big shout for handball at the Allianz Arena as Fabio Coentrao's attempted clearance hits Pepe, leading to calls from the home side for a spot-kick, but, as replays show, the ball hit the latter's chest and no penalty is given. Good call by the officials.


    Marvic Cordina on Twitter: "I can't understand how Ramos makes so many mistakes and is still considered as one of the best defenders in the world!"

  51. 2123: 

    Just over 10 minutes to go at the Allianz Arena. The leg is delicately poised, but the tie is favouring Real Madrid, who have their away goal and are holding Bayern well now. Jose Mourinho's side look happy to take this back to the Bernabeu.


    Thomas Knights on Twitter: "Ribery is a class player, but needs to stop arguing with every decision, diving and rolling on the floor. He's worse than Busquets."


    Paulos Zerezghi on Twitter: "Who else would like to see a Real v Chelsea UCL final this year? I would love to see Mourinho face his old club."

  54. 2120: 

    Nervy times at Fratton Park as Darren Ambrose has scored a penalty to make it Portsmouth 2-1 Crystal Palace. A Palace equaliser would send Pompey down. Meanwhile, at the Madejski, Adam Le Fondre is coming on for Reading. Can he do it again for the Royals to send them up?

  55. 2119: 

    The game in League One has a goal and it is Stevenage going ahead against Carlisle through John Mousinho. That boosts the formers play-off hopes, leaving them now a point behind the play-offs, level on points with the Cumbrians.

  56. 2116: 

    Northampton have a goal back against Crawley. Brett Williams has scored it. Long way to go for the Cobblers, though, if they are to get any kind of result.

  57. 2114: 

    Terrible miss from Bayern Munich's Mario Gomez. A man of his calibre should have done so much better. A free-kick is delivered into the box and Sergio Ramos's inability to clear gives Gomez a clear sight of goal from eight yards out, but he blazes his effort high and wide. That's one he could be replaying in his sleep for some time to come.

  58. 2113: 

    They had a chance to take the lead and wasted it, but Coventry have now fallen behind with Shane Lowry giving Millwall the lead at the Ricoh Arena. Coventry are not down as it stands because Bristol City are drawing 1-1 with West Ham. A goal for the Robins, though, will send Coventry (and Portsmouth) down. It will also send Reading up. Derek McInnes' men have a lot in their hands right now.

  59. 2110: 

    Brighton captain Inigo Calderon has scored to bring Gus Poyet's side back into their game with Watford - who lead 2-1 now. Cardiff are looking good for another crack at the Championship play-offs and they now lead Derby 2-0. Centre-half Mark Hudson has scored from his own half, a la David Beckham, after spotting Frank Fielding way off his line. Incredible strike.

  60. 2109: 

    Bayern have responded well to Real's equaliser. Mario Gomez almost gets on to a through-ball but Iker Casillas is quick off his line. Real remain a threat on the break, though, even if Cristiano Ronaldo is having a relatively quiet evening.

  61. 2108: 

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra summariser Dean Kiely at Peterborough v Southampton: "Like Southampton's second goal, their third was really well worked, Rickie Lambert was a willing runner down the right channel, he slid the ball across to Adam Lallana with a beautiful reverse ball. I thought Lallana was going to send a shot goalwards - but he sent it into the path of Billy Sharp to finish. It was great vision and a great pass."

  62. 2105: 

    Just minutes after putting them in a position to get promoted from League One tonight, Swindon have it snatched away from them again as Aldershot go ahead again. Danny Hylton with the goal. The Robins will surely be going up this season, but possibly not tonight.


    Will Pollard on Twitter: "Cannot believe Ronaldo missed that sitter, but he was let off by the follow up\u2026. Game on!"

    Matt Corrigan on Twitter: "Ozil gets Ronaldo off the hook there! Should've scored first time round."

  64. 2104: 

    A huge moment for Coventry at the bottom of the Championship. They win a penalty at home to Millwall - but Gary McSheffrey sees his effort saved by veteran Maik Taylor. The Sky Blues remain firmly lodged in the bottom three, but they won't go down tonight as it stands.

  65. 2104: 

    Southampton look to have sealed the win against Peterborough, with Billy Sharp grabbing his second to make it 3-0. Meanwhile, Portsmouth have doubled their lead against Crystal Palace thanks to a goal from Greg Halford. That strengthens Pompey's fight against the drop, which is alive so long as Bristol City don't beat West Ham.


    Marie via text: "As a West Brom fan, I'm so happy to see Scott Allan finally score for Portsmouth. Going by recent results, I'm sure Pompey will be safe and secure in the championship next season. Play up Pompey!"


    Sam Neil on Twitter: "Portsmouth have started to show some real form. I wonder if a miracle of staying up can occur, before liquidation does anyway."

  68. 2059: 

    Potentially huge goal for Swindon, who have equalised against Aldershot through Paul Caddis's penalty. As it stands, the Robins will be sealing promotion to League One tonight.

  69. 2055: 
    GOAL- Bayern Munich 1-1 Real Madrid - Mesut Ozil (53 mins)

    Real strike to level matters in the Allianz Arena. Cristiano Ronaldo's casual effort is saved by Manuel Neuer but the ball reaches Karim Benzema, who mishits his shot back to the Portuguese winger and he then tees up German international Mesut Ozil to tap home unchallenged.


    James Blackwell on Twitter: "If Coventry win, Posh can still go down. As a Dons fan, I am hoping for this after their controversial play-off win last season!"

  71. 2052: 

    Karim Benzema with an early chance in the second half in Germany. He is put through courtesy of a lofted ball but he has Jerome Boateng for company and the defender does superbly to block the striker's shot when it comes.


    David from Worcestershire via text: "Reading and Southampton to win tonight. West Ham's manager and board deserve each other."


    Alfie Jones on Twitter: "Bayern aren't a bad side. In fact, they're very good side. But this is Mourinho. He'll navigate through. An away goal is all they need."

  74. 2049:  
    Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage at Reading v Nottingham Forest on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "It's 0-0 at half-time, and a draw is about right at the moment. Forest started very brightly but in the last 15 minutes of the half Reading have come into the game and showed their class."

  75. 2049: 

    It is half-time at Reading, where the home side are drawing 0-0 with Nottingham Forest. Here's what Robbie Savage has to say about the game...


    Tahir Vali on Twitter: "Passionate encounter. Bayern dangerous on the break and have been resilient at the back. Anticipating a Madrid fight back\u2026."


    Ben via text: "I seem to remember a long speech by Jose Mourinho at the PFA awards last year in which he eulogised about Howard Webb, calling him 'the best referee in the world.' I wonder if his opinion will change."

  78. 2048: 
    KICK-OFF- Bayern Munich 1-0 Real Madrid
  79. 2048: 

    At the moment, matters in this country are leading us towards something of an anti-climax. Despite the potential for plenty of ups and downs being sealed, we're currently staring down the barrel at not a single resolution. As all us hardened football fans know, though, things can change in a second and we've got roighly 2700 of them coming very soon.


    John Burke-Harrow via text: "It's painful to watch Gorkss at Reading doing so well As a QPR fan, I think we've needed him on numerous occasions this season. Why did we ever sell him!?"


    Hugh McNulty on Twitter: "Eagerly awaiting the green triangle next to the word 'Middlesbrough' on the BBC Sport website showing that we've moved upwards!"

  82. 2041: 

    There is a lack of goals around in the Championship, but Hull have taken control against Barnsley thanks to two quick goals from Matt Fryatt. The Tigers still have a slight chance of gatecrashing the play-offs. At the bottom, Portsmouth, Coventry and Bristol City are all still in the relegation mix as it stands.

  83. 2040: 

    It is half-time in most of the 1945 BST kick-offs. As it stands, Reading (who kicked off at 2000) won't be going up as they are drawing and West Ham are 1-1 with Bristol City. Southampton's 2-0 lead at Peterborough means they are putting pressure on the Royals at the top. Portsmouth are not going down as it stands thanks to their 1-0 lead over Crystal Palace and Bristol City drawing. Coventry are also currently not going down.

    In League Two, Swindon trail 1-0 at Aldershot and Crawley lead Northampton 3-0 meaning the Robins will not seal promotion tonight.

  84. 2040: 

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra summariser Dean Kiely at Peterborough v Southampton: "Southampton have been well worth their 2-0 lead. They flew out the blocks and are well on their way to getting on the bus with the three points."


    Paul via text: "Let's be honest - regardless of tonight, Swindon will be going up whatever happens with their excellent goal difference."


    Ali Ali on Twitter: "Arbeloa was home sick and wanted to leave - hence why they sold him to Real Madrid. He was first choice all season for Liverpool in the 2008/09 season."

  87. 2034: 

    It is looking good for two of the current occupants of Championship play-off spots. Cardiff lead 1-0 at Derby and just now Birmingham have taken the lead against Ipswich through Chris Burke. Brighton's play-off hopes are fading, though. Watford have gone 2-0 up against them thanks to a Troy Deeney penalty.

  88. 2032: 
    HALF-TIME- Bayern Munich 1-0 Real Madrid

    BBC Sport's Graham Chase reports: "Bayern have oozed authority at the Allianz Arena and, crucially, they have refused to sit on Franck Ribery's opening goal. Real were able to impose themselves as the half wore on but the hosts were still enjoying the clearer chances with Arjen Robben offering them a better outlet than Cristiano Ronaldo, who was restricted to one hopeful effort and a couple of free-kicks, was providing for Real."

  89. 2031: 

    Closing in on half-time in Germany and it is all looking good for Bayern as it stands. Toni Kroos has a chance to make it even better for the home side with a free-kick from 20 yards but he hits it straight into the wall.


    Michael, via text: "If Ashley Young had done a dive the equivalent of Ribery's there would be pitchforks and a lynch mob. Funny it's glossed over tonight."

    Not at all. It was a dive. And, rightly, no penalty was given. The only other thing Howard Webb would have been within his rights to do was book Ribery.

  91. 2028: 

    Crawley have scored a third goal against Northampton, with goalkeeper Neal Kitson scoring an own goal. Crawley look good to move up into the third automatic promotion spot in League Two. Swindon still trail 1-0 at Aldershot so as it stands the Robins won't be going up tonight. A point would be good enough for Paolo Di Canio's side, though.

  92. 2026: 

    Great chance for Bayern as Mario Gomez shoots from inside the box on an angle. The effort is met by an equally good save from Iker Casillas who palms it behind. The resulting corner comes to nothing as Real clear efficiently.


    Chris in Dundee via text: "If Manuel Neuer plays anything like he did in last year's semi-final first leg, Madrid are in trouble."

  94. 2024: 

    Real are starting to come into the game in Germany a bit more now, but they haven't really tested Manuel Neuer. Cristiano Ronaldo looks frustrated as he is being shackled well by the Bayern defence.


    Chaz Clare on Twitter: "Arjen Robben doesn't look a day older now then when he signed for Chelsea all those years ago. Problem is, he looked 47 then."

  96. 2021: 

    Goal at Fratton Park. It's a big one as well. Portsmouth have taken the lead against Crystal Palace thanks to Scott Allan's goal. If that stays as it is and Bristol City don't beat West Ham (which they currently aren't doing), Pompey can still hope of escaping the drop.

  97. 2019: 

    Another goal at Ashton Gate that has implications at both ends of the table. Bristol City have equalised against West Ham, with Cole Skuse getting the goal. That harms the Hammers automatic promotion bid, while also dampens Portsmouth's and Coventry's hopes of getting out of trouble at the bottom.


    Tom Dixon on Twitter: "Arbeloa not good enough for Liverpool, but starts for Real Madrid...crackers."

  99. 2015: 

    In the race for the Championship play-offs, Cardiff have gone ahead against Derby. Kenny Miller hit the post with a low shot and Joe Mason was on hand to tap in. Nottingham Forest have started strongly against Reading at the Madejski, where it remains goalless.

  100. 2014: 

    West Ham lead 1-0 at Bristol City as James Tomkins heads the Hammers in front. Sam Allardyce's team continue to chase that automatic promotion spot. In addition, that goal gives Portsmouth and Coventry hope at the bottom of the table.

  101. 2013: 

    Bayern are very much in control against Real Madrid at the moment. Bastein Schweinsteiger fires a shot from 20 yards but it goes past the post.


    Robert Payne on Twitter: "Mourinho will be fuming after that. His sides do not concede from set-pieces. Weak defending gives Munich unnecessary momentum."


    Matt Corrigan on Twitter: "Poor defending by Madrid there. But fair play to Ribery to take the chance."

  104. 2011: 

    Crawley are now 2-0 up against Northampton. Billy Clarke's header from a corner means they are now well in control. Swindon may need to turn around their 1-0 deficit score against Aldershot if they are to secure promotion to League One tonight.

  105. 2009: 

    If certain reports are to be believed then tonight really is not going all that well for Real. In addition to falling behind, it has also been claimed in the Spanish media that a thief stole the boots and shirts of three players in the hours before kick-off.

  106. 2009: 

    Real might want to be very careful for the rest of this half at the Allianz Arena. In their last eight games in the Champions League, Bayern have scored at least twice before the break.

  107. 2007: 

    Following that flurry of excitement I can now backtrack and tell you that the last two Championship games - including Reading v Nottingham Forest - have kicked off... about seven minutes ago.

  108. 2005: 

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra summariser Dean Kiely at Peterborough v Southampton: "Southampton have stung Peterborough - paralysed them. Peterborough need to stay in the game now or Southampton could run away with this."

  109. 2003: 

    More bad news for Swindon's hopes of securing promotion tonight as Crawley take the lead against Northampton. Scott Neilson has the goal.

  110. 2002: 
    GOAL- Bayern Munich 1-0 Real Madrid - Franck Ribery (17 mins)

    The penalty incident is all forgotten now as Franck Ribery seizes on Sergio Ramos' inability to clear a corner and smashes the ball into the net. Could be a massive goal for Bayern, who have started the game really well. That's the first time Madrid have been behind in the Champions League this season.

  111. 2002: 

    Coventry's hopes of Championship survival remain intact for now, they have had the better of their game with Millwall so far but it remins goalless. Goals are thin on the ground at the minute, but Watford youngster Sean Murray - who was named the Football League's Young Player of the Month award for March this morning - has put the Hornets ahead at Brighton from 25 yards. Reading have just kicked-off against Nottingham Forest.

  112. 2001: 

    Penalty shout in Germany. Franck Ribery tumbles under a challenge from Sergio Ramos but referee Howard Webb isn't fooled and waves away the Bayern protests. Ramos had hold of Ribery's shirt but it wasn't a foul. The incident sparks a coming together football-style (ie. lots of tame shoving).

  113. 1959: 

    Bad news for Swindon. Aldershot have gone 1-0 ahead against the Robins. Guy Madjo has the goal. Long way to go, but as it stands, Swindon would be relying on Crawley not beating Northampton to secure promotion tonight.

  114. 1957: 

    Billy Sharp has put Southampton well in control at Peterborough. He's finished well to make it 2-0 to the Saints. Nigel Adkins' side are showing no nerves tonight as they continue their pursuit of automatic promotion to the Premier League.


    Owen Thompson on Twitter: "Feel sorry for the Bayern v Madrid fixture. Clattenburg, Webb & Atkinson all in the same game. The Three Stooges."

  116. 1955: 

    Real have been happy to sit deep in the early stages in Germany but when the chance comes to attack they are seizing it. The Spanish club's German midfielder Sami Khedira threads a ball through for Karim Benzema, whose powerful shot is pushed over by Manuel Neuer.

  117. 1953: 

    Goal at Peterborough. Southampton have scored it. Jos Hooiveld has headed in for the Saints to move above Reading and into top spot in the Championship as it stands.


    Stephen Rawlings on Twitter: "Everyone's talking about Bayern's 'weak' defence, ignoring the strength they have at the other end. They can out score anyone."

  119. 1949: 

    Already we've seen a hint of what is to come at the Allianz Arena as Bayern look to take the game to Real, but are the forced to scurry back when their attack breaks down with Iker Casillas claiming Arjen Robben's centre. Karim Benzema is unable to get his cross to a team-mate in the box, though.

  120. 1947: 

    10 of our 12 Championship games will also be getting under way either now or asap. Same with the games in League One and Two.


    James Pilcher on Twitter: "Bayern will dominate possession, but will crumble when faced with Di Maria, Ronaldo and Ozil on the counter-attack."

  122. 1945: 
    KICK-OFF- Bayern Munich v Real Madrid

    Joe via text: "I'm not feeling confident, but there will be two teams playing at the Madejski tonight! Our away form has been our saving grace this season. Come on Forest!"

  124. 1944: 

    The teams are out at the Allianz Arena. The good, old Champions League music is blaring out. Mario Gomez's and Cristiano Ronaldo's hair is suitably gelled. We are a minute or so away from kick-off.


    Luke Benali on Twitter: "Why is no-one mentioning Southampton in all of this? If Reading slip up tonight and we win, we'll be the favourites to go up again!"

  126. 1944: 

    There are some nice little managerial links between Bayern and Real tonight. Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes led Real to Champions League success in 1998. However, such is the high demands at the Bernabeu, he was sacked at the end of that season after finishing fourth in La Liga.

    This Mourinho fella who now manages Real is familiar to Bayern after his leading of Inter Milan to a 2010 Champions League final win over the German side.


    Dominic Welman on Twitter: "Ronaldo must hate Messi. 139 goals in 137 appearances for Madrid and he just seems to get forgotten. In any other era he'd currently be the best!"

  128. 1943: 
    Bayern Munich v Real Madrid (1945 BST)

    BBC Sport's Graeme Chase reports: "Having courted controversy by claiming Barcelona are certain to reach the final, Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is happy to have Englishman Howard Webb refereeing. 'UEFA handle security very well and I'm sure they'll have firefighters around to put out the hell we may experience in Munich,' Mourinho said. 'We should only focus on playing the game and Webb on officiating it.'"

  129. 1941: 

    Reading's potential promotion may well be taking the limelight, but let's not forget the team they are playing tonight, Nottingham Forest, who can ensure their survival with a win over the Royals tonight. They are sure to be up for this.

    Equally, lets also not forget that the play-off picture in the Championship remains open, with current occupants Birmingham, Blackpool and Cardiff all in action tonight and the likes of Middlesbrough, Brighton Leicester and Hull all still in the hunt (some more realistically than others).

    Meanwhile, in League One Stevenage and Carlisle are both fighting for a play-off spot, and in League Two Shrewsbury and Crawley have their own automatic promotion affairs to take care of.


    Simon Knock on Twitter: "Come on Forest - win, make yourselves safe and stop Reading being ridiculously smug."


    Jack in Gloucester via text: "Munich's centre back pairing can only be described as 'porous'. Field day for Ronaldo and co."

  132. 1935: 
    Bayern Munich v Real Madrid (1945 BST)

    BBC Sport's Graeme Chase reports: "Bayern may have all but conceded their chances of winning the Bundesliga but Philipp Lahm is in no doubt about how to progress against Real. 'I have lots of respect for Cristiano Ronaldo,' Lahm said. 'With Cristiano, you will never be able to control him for 90 minutes. But if we do well and try not to give him many chances, there is a good chance of beating Real Madrid. I am very positive.'"


    Nigel Adderly on Twitter: "England's two keepers from 2010 World Cup are at Ashton Gate tonight. Robert Green for West Ham and David James on bench for Bristol City."


    Hugh in Surrey via text: "The first night of the trilogy that will be the play-off chase. As a Middlesbrough fan I hope we can sneak back in, but good luck to everyone. It's gonna be a hell of a ride!"

  135. 1933: 

    Bayern Munich are, of course, aiming to reach a Champions League final which will be played on their own turf this season. Here's some historical stats for you from Infostradalive on the subject of playing the European Cup final on your own turf...

    The last time a club from the city that hosted the final reached this stage of the competition was AS Roma in 1984. Only two clubs have won the Champions Cup when the final was in their own city, Real Madrid in 1957 and Internazionale in 1965. Teams that played the semifinal of the Champions Cup, but failed to reach the final in their own city that season were Glasgow Rangers in 1960 (lost to Eintracht Frankfurt) and Real Madrid in 1980 (lost to Hamburger SV).

  136. 1930: 

    Despite giving him the big sell earlier, Adam Le Fondre remains on the bench for Reading against Nottingham Forest tonight. Not that this should hold him back on recent form. Le Fondre fans might want to tune in around 2125 BST.


    Oliver Dernie on Twitter: "Worth mentioning that if Swindon win and Shrewsbury draw then Swindon will not only be promoted, but also go up as champions."


    Jamie in Kent: "Big night for Hayden Mullins. Potentially could be promoted and relegated in the same evening!"

    This being because old Hayden is currently on loan at Reading from Portsmouth.


    Gordon, via text: "Hope to see Reading & their Blue Steel in the Premier League next season!"

  140. 1926: 
    Bayern Munich v Real Madrid (1945 BST)

    BBC Sport's Graham Chase reports: "With 13 European Cups between them, Champions League nights do not come much bigger than this but the fact that neither have added to their haul since 2002 will only add to this occasion. Jose Mourinho's side also lead La Liga by four points as they chase a first Spanish league and European Cup double since 1958 but they have been beaten in eight of their nine trips to Munich. This could be worth a watch."


    Andy Cross on Twitter: "Really fancy Madrid tonight. Looking at the line-ups, I think their attack will over-power Bayern's weak looking defence."

  142. 1922: 

    Like Cleopatra, here's some Bayern and Real stats comin 'atcha...

    These two have 13 European Cups between them (Bayern four, Real nine). The Germans last won the trophy in 2001, while Real are in search of their first triumph since 2002 and what would be a record 10th overall.

    Real are unbeaten in this season's Champions League and have lost only one of their last 22 European encounters (last season's semi-final second leg to Barcelona).

    Bayern have a 100% win record at home in this season's competition and are unbeaten on their own turf against Real. The Germans have an overall record of 10 wins to Real's six in meetings between the two, meaning they have beaten the Spanish side three times more than any other side in Europe. Bayern have also won three of four semi-finals against Real, in 1976, 1987 and 2001, with Real's sole win being in 2000.


    Arthur via text: "Mention for Ipswich Town FC? Could easily move into top-half with all four teams above us facing tricky trips. Not bad for a team who lost seven in a row and have conceded the second most in the league!"


    Jack in Wigan: "Ronaldo v Lahm will be an almighty battle. Two of the best players in world in their respective positions. Real to advance over the two legs."

  145. 1921: 
    Bayern Munich v Real Madrid (1945 BST)

    BBC Sport's Graeme Chase reports: "After resting a host of players for the 0-0 draw with Mainz at the weekend, Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes, who won the Champions League with Real in 1998, restores Franck Ribery, Philipp Lahm and Mario Gomez to his starting line-up. Jose Mourinho brings back Xabi Alonso after the midfielder missed the 3-1 win over Sporting Gijon, while Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria also start."


    James Baker on Twitter: "Good luck to David Alaba tonight. 19 years of age and will have to deal with Ronaldo all game. He must be pinching himself!"


    Alec Hudson on Twitter: "The only reason I want to see Reading promoted this season is because of Adam Le Fondre. Beast."


    Ian Hunter on Twitter: "Paolo has bravely returned to the UK following his bereavement. Let's hope Swindon can do him proud and clinch promotion tonight."

  149. 1919: 

    Unfortunately, we also have to deal with some teams potentially taking the plunge tonight. Portsmouth survived relegation on Saturday courtesy of a win at Doncaster, but they could go tonight. Pompey will drop into League One if they lose to Crystal Palace, if they draw and Bristol City avoid defeat against West Ham or if they win and Bristol City win. Coventry will join Michael Appleton's men in the third tier if they lose to Millwall and Bristol City beat West Ham.


    Tom O'Sullivan on Twitter: "...but I'm pretty sure there's a lot more to football than being really, really, ridiculously good at scoring..."


    Paul Bennion on Twitter: "fancy Reading to clinch promotion tonight but who will join them? Fascinating night ahead."

  152. 1914: 

    Also on the promotion agenda tonight is Swindon's potential elevation from League Two. If they avoid defeat at Aldershot that's the Robins into League One. Equally, if they lose but Crawley fail to beat Northampton, it's party time for Paolo Di Canio's men.

  153. 1912: 

    Here's the situation as far as Reading are concerned. If they win and West Ham fail to do so at Bristol City, the Royals will be up. They could also go up with a draw if the Hammers lose tonight.

  154. 1910: 

    Reading last appeared in the Premier League in 2008, suffering relegation on the final day of the season. Last year they lost out to Swansea City in the Championship play-off final - a result which seemed to have given them a bit of a hangover into this campaign. However, despite this - and the sale of Matt Mills and Shane Long, they are now primed for glory.


    Jay in Reading: "Reading to be promoted tonight. West Ham to get second spot and Birmingham to get final spot play-off spot."

  156. 1905: 

    On 10 September last year, six games into the current season, Reading sat 23rd with just four points to their name. Roughly seven months and 37 games later, they stand on the brink of promotion to the Premier League. All you can do is applaud* Brian McDermott and his boys for the the kind of dramatic improvement Iain Dowie would probably call upturninformability.

    *Unless you're a Southampton or West Ham fan, in which case you're probably chuntering curses all day long Yosemite Sam style.


    Dave, Chester, via text: "Cannot wait for Bayern v Madrid, no idea who will have the upper hand. Madrid have bad record in Munich but they do have Ronaldo. But Bayern have Gomez and Robben. Intriguing and should be a great game. Prediction 2-2, Gomez and Ronaldo both to find the net."

  158. 1901: 

    Tonight showcases three strikers, who, as Mugatu from Zoolander would say, are so hot right now. Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Bayern Munich's Mario Gomez have scored 52 and 38 goals respectively this season, but neither of them can match Reading's Adam Le Fondre's goals-per-minute ratio in April.

    The former Rotherham forward is currently boasting a strike every 15 minutes in the fourth month of 2012. This comes courtesy of two match-winning braces from the bench against Leeds and Southampton.

    Le Fondre... so hot right now... Le Fondre.


    Dan, via text: "As a Saints fan I am supporting Bristol City for one night only!! Beat West Ham and send Pompey down, lovely stuff."

  160. 1859: 
    LINE-UPS- Bayern Munich v Real Madrid (1945 BST)

    Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba, Gustavo, Schweinsteiger, Robben, Kroos, Ribery, Gomez. Subs: Butt, Olic, Rafinha, Pranjic, Contento, Tymoschuk.

    Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrao, Alonso, Khedira, Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo, Benzema. Subs: Adan, Kaka, Granero, Marcelo, Albiol, Varane.

    Referee: Howard Webb (England)

  161. 1857: 

    So, Bayern Munich against Real Madrid. Pretty big game. Suppose I better tell you the line-ups...

  162. 1855: 

    That's the night in a nutshell. All we need now is for you to get involved with the usual array of wit and wisdom (or twit and twisdom if you're communicating via Twitter). So who are you backing in the Champions League: Mourinho's maestros or Heynckes heavyweights? Is it inevitable that next season's Championship will contain no Reading, Portsmouth or Coventry? You can tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text on 81111 (UK). Please remember to PUT YOUR NAME on the texts though or we can't use it.

  163. 1852: 

    We've got the makings of a cracking story tonight. Here are the main plotlines:

    In the Champions League, four-time European champions Bayern Munich host nine-time winners Real Madrid in the semi-final first leg at the venue of this season's final, the Allianz Arena.

    A full programme of Championship fixtures includes key games for teams at the top and bottom of the table. Reading host Nottingham Forest, knowing if they better West Ham's result at Bristol City they will be promoted to the Premier League. At the other end of the division, both Portsmouth and Coventry could join Doncaster in being relegated to League One.

    Swindon travel to Aldershot in one of three League Two fixtures. The Robins will be promoted if they avoid defeat or if Crawley fail to beat Northampton.

    Hayes & Yeading will be relegated from the Blue Square Premier if Telford beat Tamworth and Newport defeat Darlington.

  164. 1848: 

    From European giants Real Madrid and Bayern Munich tussling for a Champions League final spot to Hayes and Yeading scrapping desperately for Blue Square Premier survival, tonight's text commentary covers almost the entire spectrum of the full-time football landscape.

    Between the European zenith and the non-league nadir are the likes of Reading and Swindon, looking to lift themselves to a higher plain, and Portsmouth and Coventry, hoping to avoid slumping to a lower level.

    It's the business end of the season, folks. One way or another it's about to get emotional.

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