Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid as it happened: Cristiano Ronaldo brace give Zinedine Zidane's side big win

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Re-live the Champions League quarter-final clash at the Allianz Arena

Bayern Munich host Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League as two giants of European football meet on Wednesday night.

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Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of tonight's Champions League quarter-finals.
 
Bayern Munich host Real Madrid in the plum tie of last-eight, but there is intrigue elsewhere too, with Leicester City facing Atletico Madrid
 
The Premier League champions are making their first appearance at this stage of the competition.
 
Stay tuned for team news, build-up and minute-by-minute updates...

Team news

Atletico Madrid

 

Leicester City 

And here's the team news for Bayern vs Real:
 
Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Javi Martinez, Boateng, Alaba, Alonso, Vidal, Robben, Thiago, Ribery, Muller.
Subs: Ulreich, Douglas Costa, Rafinha, Bernat, Coman, Kimmich, Renato Sanches. 
 
Real Madrid: Navas, Carvajal, Nacho, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.
Subs: Casilla, Rodriguez, Kovacic, Marco, Morata, Isco, Danilo. 

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy) 
And we have kick-off in both games!
2 mins: A bright start from Bayern in Germany. They've dominated all of the early possession with Real Madrid happy to sit deep, primed to strike on the counter. 
4 mins: Bayern win a couple of early corners against Madrid and they swing both to the back post, where Vidal is lurking. But both times the away side defend well. 
7 mins: Meanwhile in Madrid, Atletico have dominated the opening stages of their match against Leicester. And when I say dominated, I mean in the 80%-20% possession kind of way.
 
Bayern still on top in the evening's other match. And they have a free-kick in a very promising position when Kroos fairly shamelessly boots Robben in the shins. 
9 mins: Carlo is looking pensive on the touchline... 
 
 
But he has little need to feel too stressed at this point: Madrid have barely ventured out of their own half.
11 mins: Just look who else is watching on:
13 mins: A moment of concern for Zidane as Carvajal goes down heavily after being body-checked by Vidal. He's given some treatment and looks as though he's going to be okay to continue.
 
Meanwhile in Madrid...
 
15 mins: It's been a very fractious first 15 minutes at the Allianz Arena. Boateng jumps into a challenge with Benzema around 30-yards out from goal and concedes the free-kick.
 
Ronaldo and Marcelo stand menacingly over the ball. 
16 mins: Ronaldo strikes it ... and it's a fairly woeful effort. He gets far too much on it and the ball is still rising as it long after clearing the crossbar. 
18 mins: Madrid almost take the lead! Ronaldo may have wasted the free-kick but Zidane's side have been much improved over the last five-minutes, and almost go in front when Benzema connects with a punt into the box at the back post. 
 
He heads downwards, with Neuer getting the slightest of touches as the ball rises back up, directing the ball onto the crossbar. 
20 mins: Madrid with the majority of the early possession: 52% to 48%.
 
 
Leicester are still being given the runaround in Madrid, just look at these statistics after 20 minutes of play:
 
Possession: Atletico 75%-25% Leicester
Shots: Atletico 9-0 Leicester
On target: Atletico 3-0 Leicester
Corners: Atletico 1-0 Leicester
Fouls: Atletico 0-3 Leicester
 
But they're level when it comes to the only stat that matters. Both games remain 0-0. 
22 mins: Most of Bayern's early chances are being fashioned down the right, where Robben, Lahm and Muller are combining nicely.
 
They go close when Lahm steals into the box and looks to back-heel the ball to Robben, but it's whipped off his toes just as he's about to trap the ball. 
 
Alaba then has an optimistic crack from distance. Wide. 
24 mins: When a club is sharing pics like these as the highlights of the half, you know it's been a fairly one-sided game:
 
The evening's other game has been anything but one-sided, however. Bayern have just won themselves a corner.  
GOAL! Bayern Munich 1 (Vidal '25) Real Madrid 0
 
Bayern are in front! Vidal heads home the corner to give the home side the lead.
27 mins: What a goal that was.
 
Thiago Alcántara whipped in a fantastic in-swinging corner and Vidal climbed above Carvajal to plant an absolutely thumping header beyond Navas and into the net.
 
First blood to Bayern.
GOAL! Atletico Madrid 1 (Griezmann 28) Leicester City 0
 
 
The English champions fall a goal behind in Spain. Albrighton failed Griezmann in the area and the Frenchman coolly slotted home the penalty.  
30 mins: So, half an hour in and both home sides lead. Atletico Madrid thanks to Antoine Griezmann, Bayern Munich thanks to Arturo Vidal.

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What time is it?

Kick-off at the Allianz Arena is 19.45 BST.

Where can I watch it?

BT Sport 3 will be broadcasting the game. Coverage starts at 19.00

It’s a big game for…

Thomas Muller. With Robert Lewandowski out of tonight's game, the responsibility of leading Bayern's front line could now fall to Thomas Muller. The forward has not featured in the side's last two games but bagged two in their 6-0 rout of FC Augsburg at the start of the month. Muller may lack the athleticism and grace of Lewandowski, but the German certainly has the ability to make a difference this evening if picked to start.

Thomas-Muller.jpg
Muller looks set to play a big role tonight (Getty Images)

Remember when…

Bayern were humiliated in their own back yard? Madrid fired four past the Germans, courtesy of a brace apiece from Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo, to book  their place in the 2014 Champions League final.

Last three meetings...

Bayern Munich 0 Real Madrid 4, Champions League, 2014

Real Madrid 1 Bayern Munich 0, Champions League, 2014

Real Madrid 1 Bayern Munich 3, Champions League, 2012

Form guide...

Bayern Munich: WLWWW

Real Madrid: DWWWW

Odds…

Bayern Munich to win: 17/24

Real Madrid to win: 37/10

Draw: 16/5

(Odds provided by Bet 888)

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