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    are u goin to be there live?

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    FC Barcelona
    1 - 1
    Real Madrid
    54': .Pedro
    (2nd Half)
    64': .Marcelo

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    Barcelona are through to d final Today it will be Manchester united vs shalke04

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    Match Report--
    Barcelona moved into the
    Champions League final after a
    1-1 draw with Real Madrid at the
    Camp Nou gave them a 3-1
    aggregate semi-final victory.
    Following the 2-0 win at the
    Bernabeu, Barca were clear
    favourites for the tie even before
    Pedro ’s second-half goal from
    Andres Iniesta’s glorious pass
    gave them a 3-0 overall lead.
    Marcelo pulled Madrid level 10
    minutes later but the expected
    grandstand finish failed to
    materialise as both sides
    cancelled each other out.
    There was a touch of controversy
    as Gonzalo Higuain had a goal
    disallowed early in the second
    half with the score still goalless
    and, while there were none of
    the ugly scenes seen in the first
    leg, late in the match featured a
    spot of Barca simulation and
    some fouls from a frustrated
    The Liga leaders will now face
    either Manchester United or
    Schalke 04 in the final at
    Wembley later this month, with
    United favourites to progress
    after they won the first leg 2-0 in
    Real’s outspoken coach Jose
    Mourinho was widely
    condemned for his angry
    statements after the first leg and,
    even though he was banned
    from the touchline, he still
    managed to create the pre-match
    talking point by failing to show
    up at the stadium.
    Mourinho left assistant Aitor
    Karanka in charge as he
    reportedly watched the match
    from the comfort of the team
    hotel, out of sight of the cameras
    and microphones hunting every
    flamboyant gesture and ill-
    advised comment.
    The first half saw little of the
    Barca gamesmanship that
    marred that contest and no
    nonsense whatsoever, with
    slightly theatrical tumbles by
    Carles Puyol and Javier
    Mascherano the only sour points
    in a first half that saw none of
    the referee-baiting and card-
    demanding that outraged most
    non-Spanish viewers last time.
    Indeed, Ricardo Carvalho - whose
    first booking was a touch harsh -
    was very fortunate not to see a
    second yellow after a couple of
    late and reckless challenges as
    Lionel Messi was set to run
    In addition to the improved
    attitude, the football was better
    too, with Madrid initially starting
    impressively as they tried to
    surmount the seemingly
    insurmountable by grabbing an
    early goal.
    Victor Valdes barely noticed
    though, with Madrid lacking the
    guile to get past Gerard Pique in
    particular as Pep Guardiola ’s side
    clicked into gear on a quick pitch
    nicely moistened by a
    thunderstorm before kick-off,
    leading to ironic suggestions
    that even the weather is pro-
    On 22 minutes Sergio Busquets -
    a figure of controversy over an
    alleged racist incident involving
    Marcelo in the first leg - should
    have scored for the hosts,
    heading straight at Iker Casillas
    from a Xavi corner, and from
    thereon in it was all Barca.
    Real’s promising start was a
    distant memory as the hosts ran
    and passed rings around them,
    Spain keeper Casillas making
    smart stops from Messi and
    David Villa before keeping his
    side in the game with an
    excellent save from the
    All Real could muster was a
    cross-shot from Cristiano
    Ronaldo that Valdes met before
    Angel Di Maria, with the
    Portuguese once again lacklustre
    in the biggest non-domestic
    It was goalless at the break but,
    frankly, could have been more as
    Real barely got a look-in during
    the second quarter.
    The first real attempt at mind-
    games occurred before second-
    half kick-off as Barca made Real
    wait a few minutes before
    returning to the pitch.
    There was further delay as a hat-
    wearing pitch-invader was rugby
    tackled and dragged away by
    security and, when the match
    finally restarted, there was a
    moment of controversy as
    Higuain was denied a goal after
    Ronaldo was adjudged to have
    felled Mascherano in the build-
    up: the Argentine made the most
    of any contact.
    Indeed, replays hinted that
    Mascherano dived, having
    realised that Ronaldo had played
    Higuain through but also that he
    was close enough to the
    Portuguese to give the referee a
    decision to make.
    It was referee Frank De
    Bleeckere ’s only failing -
    otherwise he let the game flow,
    was relatively lax with Carvalho in
    particular and did not buy any
    gamesmanship from either side.
    Fuelled by a mini sense of
    injustice, Madrid were buzzing,
    Ronaldo almost releasing Higuain
    and Di Maria but denied by good
    defending from Puyol and Pique
    It was game over soon
    afterwards though when Iniesta
    - injured for the first leg - split
    the visiting defence in two with a
    glorious through ball that found
    the narrowest of gaps between
    Carvalho and Raul Albiol, Pedro
    staying onside before rattling a
    wicked low finish past Casillas.
    Karanka responded by
    introducing Emmanuel Adebayor,
    whose first act was to leave a
    stud mark on the calf of
    Madrid pulled one back when
    Marcelo smacked in a sweet
    finish, set up by the unselfish Di
    Maria, who picked up the loose
    ball after his initial shot cracked
    off the woodwork following a
    trademark mazy run.
    Real needed two goals in 25
    minutes, but they failed to
    Adebayor was happy to put it
    about - flinging himself into a
    mixture of fair and foul tackles
    and booked for shirt-tug on
    Messi - while Busquets and
    Mascherano were responsible for
    some unnecessary rolls, with the
    latter ’s attempt to get the
    excellent Lassana Diarra sent off
    particularly irritating.
    Otherwise, the match seemed to
    drift away, Barca happy to play a
    Madrid-style countering game,
    with Los Merengues starting to
    toil in the rain.
    There was a bright spot for all
    football fans when Eric Abidal -
    surprisingly back in the fold after
    having a tumour removed from
    his liver in February - was
    brought on at the end, a
    remarkable comeback from his
    cancer scare, while Pedro
    suffered a jarred knee that
    should not see him ruled out for
    more than a game at worst.
    Barca comfortably rode the
    match out to qualify for their
    third final in six years while Real
    have to content themselves with
    a Copa del Rey victory, with La
    Liga all-but won for the Catalan

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    Bayern Munich Vs Real Madrid.  :) :D

    Allianz-Arena, Munich

    Match in a sentence: The final is within sight, but for Bayern Munich to have a chance at winning the Champions League in their own stadium they must first get past an almost unbeatable Real Madrid side that have yet to lose this season in Europe’s most prestigious competition.

    Breakdown: That Bayern Munich have placed all their eggs in the Champions League basket was made clear on Saturday when manager Jupp Heynckes rested Mario Gomez, Franck Ribery and Philipp Lahm in a Bundesliga match against Mainz that ended 0-0. Luiz Gustavo also spent the 90 minutes on the bench while Bastien Schweinsteiger played the entire game, so while much of Heynckes team-sheet writes itself ahead of Tuesday’s semifinal first leg against Real Madrid (Gomez, Ribery and Lahm will all be recalled) he will have a decision to make in the centre of midfield.

    Luiz Gustavo played both quarterfinal matches against Marseille in the role (first partnered with Toni Kroos, then with Anatoliy Tymoschuk) so there is a recent history of success there. But Bayern have been waiting to be boosted by Schweinsteiger’s return from injury all season, and with a full 90 minutes under his belt from the weekend it seems likely that Heynckes will ask the Germany international to play from the start.

    On the other side of the ball Real Madrid will also be recalling a handful of players from weekend rests against Sporting Gijon. Kaka, Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria started the Primera Division match on the bench for the league leaders, and Benzema and Di Maria will almost certainly be named to the starting lineup to face Bayern Munich.

    Di Maria’s return clouds Kaka’s situation, however, despite the fact that the Brazilian playmaker has recently put together his best run of form since joining Madrid from AC Milan in 2009. But with Bayern relying so heavily on wingers Ribery and Arjen Robben, manager Jose Mourinho may think he can minimize Ribery’s time on the ball by deploying Di Maria on the right flank. Benzema has previously played there before as well, with Gonzalo Higuain leading the line. So Mourinho has options.

    Essentials: Bayern Munich will have Bastien Schweinsteiger available after the playmaker, recently referred to by Heynckes as the team’s “brainâ€

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    Chelsea FC Vs Barcelona FC

    Stamford Bridge, London

    Match in a sentence: There’s a lot of raw, recent history between these two sides as Chelsea look to progress to only their second ever Champions League final while Barcelona, clear favourites, are in hot pursuit of their fifth European Cup and third triumph in six seasons.

    Breakdown: Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole feels his side are “good enough to progressâ€

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