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Live Reporting

By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    It's time for an early siesta before the big match later (no, not Bath City v Wealdstone!).

    But don't worry. The BBC Sport website has loads of build-up to Barcelona v Liverpool from around 18:30 BST.

    Catch you then.

  2. Post update

    Barcelona v Liverpool (20:00 BST)

    Bolo Zenden

    Former Liverpool & Barcelona midfielder

    The media are trying to make a game within a game, either the managers or the players and this time its Van Dijk v Messi.

    Messi will play anywhere on the pitch and Van Dijk will play where he’s best - at the back in the middle.

    Messi will pop up wherever he feels there is a gap to fill.

  3. Post update

    Barcelona v Liverpool (20:00 BST)

    Liverpool

    Lionel Messi or Virgil van Dijk?

    Who will come out on top at the Nou Camp?

  4. Party capital

    Tottenham 0-1 Ajax

    Amsterdam is one the party capitals of Europe and Ajax fans took to the streets and partied into the early hours after watching their team's victory over Tottenham on television.

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  5. 'Barca's biggest opponent is themselves'

    Barcelona v Liverpool (20:00 BST)

    Bolo Zenden

    Former Liverpool & Barcelona midfielder

    It’s not the first time Barcelona will be or could be stopped. The biggest opponent for Barca is themselves – if they don’t perform the way they can, if they don’t have their passing game in order, that’s when they get out of position and you can profit from it.

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  6. 'Ropy defence'

    #bbcfootball

    Apinder Sahni: I'm sure Lionel Messi would love to bring the Champions League back to Nou Camp. But talk is cheap. It's coming to the Anfield trophy cabinet. Come on Liverpool! We will exploit their ropy defence.

  7. After 11 years with the Gunners...

    Will he be a hit in Italy?

    Some Arsenal fans will certainly miss Aaron Ramsey.

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  8. Ramsey's Arsenal career over

    David Ornstein

    BBC Sport

    Aaron Ramsey’s Arsenal career is over after it emerged he will miss the rest of the season with a hamstring injury. Ramsey suffered the problem in the Europa League quarter-final second leg win at Napoli and was substituted on 34 minutes.

    It was hoped he might recover in time to feature before the end of the Premier League campaign or a potential Europa League final. But the 28-year-old needs longer to recover and has therefore played his last game for the club.

    Ramsey will leave Arsenal when his contract expires on 30 June and join Italian champions Juventus as a free agent. He joined in 2008 from Cardiff City and is currently the Gunners’ longest-serving player.

    He has scored six goals in 40 appearances this season and 64 in 369 since moving to the Emirates Stadium for £4.8m. Ramsey netted the winning goals in the 2014 and 2017 FA Cup finals, also lifting the trophy in 2015.

  9. Post update

    Arsenal

    Away from the Champions League, some big news reaching us from Arsenal.

  10. 'Confident Spurs can win'

    #bbcfootball

    Adam Kitchiner: Considering Spurs were missing 4 or 5 guaranteed starters at kick-off, the result was OK. Poch would have preferred to rest Sissoko, but he had to come on, then Spurs improved dramatically. I'm confident of a Spurs victory next week with Son and Sissoko starting.

  11. 'Pressure on medical staff enormous'

    Tottenham 0-1 Ajax

    More from Luke Griggs, spokesperson for brain injury charity Headway after Jan Vertonghen's injury during Tottenham's defeat to Ajax: "It is hugely disappointing that we are once again talking about concussion rather than the game itself.

    "Concussion is notoriously difficult to diagnose. The symptoms may be hidden and require the individual to be honest about how they're feeling, while they can also be delayed in their presentation.

    "Assessing a player for three minutes - or even five, as was the case with Jan Vertonghen - does not allow for medical staff to make a reliable diagnosis, particularly when this is conducted on the pitch under the gaze of tens of thousands of fans eager for the game to resume.

    "The pressure on club medical staff is enormous and unfair, particularly in such high-stakes games such as a Champions League semi-final."

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  12. Nine arrests at tie

    Tottenham 0-1 Ajax

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Nine people were arrested following disorder at Tottenham's home Champions League game against Ajax.

    The Metropolitan Police say four arrests came before kick-off after missiles were thrown and three officers suffered minor injuries.

    The other five arrests happened during the match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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  13. 'Open game with many goals'

    Barcelona v Liverpool (20:00 BST)

    Bolo Zenden

    Former Liverpool & Barcelona midfielder

    Barcelona obviously won the league at the weekend, it wasn’t a great game, they rested a few players but still needed to bring Lionel Messi on to make a difference – they’ve got one thing left on their mind and that’s the Champions League.

    Liverpool are doing really well in the league, they’ve got the momentum, there’s a very positive vibe at Anfield they will look forward to this game with some confidence.

    You’ve got two teams that can only play one way. Barca will play the possession game and try to break down the defence with an overload of players in the middle.

    Liverpool will play how they can - with a lot of energy with lots of players going forward. It’s going to be an open game with many goals.

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  14. Post update

    Barcelona v Liverpool (20:00 BST)

    Bolo Zenden played for both Barcelona and Liverpool.

    The perfect man to provide some insight about tonight's game.

  15. Brain injury charity calls for changes

    Tottenham 0-1 Ajax

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    Brain injury charity Headway has called for football's authorities to introduce "temporary concussion substitutions" to allow medical staff to make proper assessments of injured players.

    The call comes after the latest incident which has called the sport's concussion protocols in question, Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen attempting to play on after suffering a head injury in the Champions League semi-final against Ajax.

    Vertonghen was assessed on the pitch for several minutes and tried to continue playing, but was eventually helped off by medical staff after appearing unwell.

    Luke Griggs, spokesperson for Headway, said: "We believe the time has come for football to introduce temporary concussion substitutions that would allow for longer off-pitch assessments to be conducted."

  16. 'Ajax should have buried tie'

    Tottenham 1-0 Ajax

    Bolo Zenden

    Former Netherlands midfielder on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Especially in the first-half Ajax were rather good, they made Tottenham's players run for their money. Then in the second-half Tottenham came out with a different game plan, a bit more physical.

    Maybe Ajax, when they had the chance and hit the post, should have already buried the tie – but at 1-0 there’s still another 90 minutes to go and I’m sure Poch will make sure they give their best next week.

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  17. Stage fright

    #bbcfootball

    Paul Skinback: Just a case of Stage Fright 1 Spurs 0 (odd tactical choice of 3 at the back and no Sissoko from the start also). When the game settled after the introduction of Sissoko, Spurs were the better side. You can't wait half an hour to start in a Champions League semi though

  18. Messi-inspired Barca target first final since 2015

    Barcelona v Liverpool (20:00 BST)

    Barcelona

    Ivan Rakitic says captain Lionel Messi's desire to win the Champions League is proving an inspiration for Barcelona.

    Argentine forward Messi stood on the pitch at the start of the season and told supporters he would help to bring "that beautiful cup back to Nou Camp" after three consecutive years of quarter-final defeats.

    And Rakitic says the players follow "whenever our captain says something".

    "Leo has been a La Liga champion 10 times in 15 years and, of course, after seeing him lift the cup [La Liga's trophy on Saturday] with such happiness, that motivates everyone," said the Croatian midfielder.

    "If Leo is happy to win every title, it makes us even more eager too. We know we're Barca, we have to give everything and following the best player in history gives us more confidence to do that."

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  19. Bad news Spurs fans...

    Tottenham 0-1 Ajax

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Only one of the 17 previous teams to lose the first leg at home in a European Cup/Champions League semi-final tie has progressed into the final - Ajax in 1995-96.

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  20. Will Coutinho start?

    Barcelona v Liverpool (20:00 BST)

    Andy West

    Spanish football writer

    Since the last-eight victory over Manchester United, Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has used his team's comfortable position in La Liga - the title was secured by Saturday's home win over Levante - to rotate through the full range of options in his squad.

    Perhaps the biggest clue over his selection plans for the meeting with Liverpool came during the weekend win over Levante, when Philippe Coutinho delivered a strong first-half performance and was then replaced by Lionel Messi, suggesting he was being rested so he is in top condition to start against his former club.

    Valverde's decision will depend partly on how he wants the game to unfold, because Ousmane Dembele and Coutinho offer very different attributes.

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