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Video: Simon Rice and Jack de Menezes look ahead to Liverpool's huge test at the Bernabeu

Real Madrid players celebrate with Cristiano Ronaldo after he set them on their way to a comfortable victory

Real Madrid 3 Galatasaray 0: Cristiano Ronaldo puts Spanish giants closer to Jose Mourinho's dream finale at Wembley

Madrid will see this as an easing-up before the semi-finals – the stage at which they fell last season

Fabio Coentrao in action against Israel

Israel 3 Portugal 3 match report: Last minute goal from Fabio Coentrao saves Portugal from defeat against Israel

The nations were inseparable before the game, both holding seven points

Didier Drogba

Champions League: Schalke 04 v Galatasaray match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s Champions League clash at the Veltins-Arena

Michael Carrick in action against Chelsea

Rio Ferdinand hails 'ball of the season' from Michael Carrick and says Manchester United midfielder doesn't receive enough credit

Carrick played a sublime pass for Javier Hernandez's opener against Chelsea on Sunda

Sport on TV: Laurie had a lot on his plate and it still leaves a nasty taste

Laurie Cunningham was a pioneer for one obvious reason: he was the first black man to play football for England at any level. Of course that meant he was at the frontier of the fight against racism, weaving around the bigoted barbs of the crowd just as he had to jump over the tackles of brutish Seventies defenders. But that should not put his other groundbreaking feats in the shade: First Among Equals: The Laurie Cunningham Story (ITV, Wednesday) revealed that he taught Mark Bright what cutlery to use and introduced Peter Reid to garlic tiger prawns. He had to peel it for Reid, though; he may have been at the cutting edge, but to bring English football out of the dark ages you had to go one step at a time. At least he wasn't selfish with his knowledge of shellfish.

Christiano Ronaldo (left) returns to Old Trafford for the first time since joining Real Madrid

Manchester United v Real Madrid: Sir Alex Ferguson trusts United's pedigree will stifle the threat of Cristiano Ronaldo in tonight's Champions League match

'We won't worry about what he can do,' says manager before next bout with Jose Mourinho

Dortmund's Mats Hummels celebrates with his teammates during the first leg

Champions League: Borussia Dortmund v Shakhtar Donetsk match preview

A look ahead to tonight's Champions League knockout fixture at Signal Iduna Park

Ryan Giggs and Alex Ferguson

Champions League: Manchester United v Real Madrid match preview

A look ahead to tonights Champions League knockout fixture at Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho is all smiles during yesterday’s press conference

Manchester United v Real Madrid: The whole world will stop to watch this one, says Jose Mourinho ahead of Champions League tie

Madrid manager promises his side will be bold at Old Trafford tonight in eagerly anticipated European clash

Iker Casillas: The Spain international goalkeeper not fully recovered from a broken hand

Champions League: Real Madrid without Iker Casillas for Manchester United match

Spain international goalkeeper not fully recovered from a broken hand

Phil Jones: Worked tirelessly in midfield to stifle Madrid. Might have conceded a penalty but otherwise solid. 8

'It won't disappoint': Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson looks ahead to Real Madrid clash, confirming Phil Jones will miss out

Defender missed training today and will play no part in Champions League last-16 second leg

Iker Casillas (Spain)

Real Madrid call up Iker Casillas for Manchester United clash

Goalkeeper has just returned to training

Robin van Persie was taken off against QPR

Alex Ferguson labels Manchester United's match against Norwich 'mundane'

United play Norwich this weekend before taking on Real Madrid in the Champions League

Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo

'I don't model my game on Ronaldo': Gareth Bale flattered by comparisons but the Tottenham winger insists he has his own style

Bale has become one of the hottest properties in European football

Lionel Messi looks on during 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid

Now for Manchester United: Real Madrid find the perfect formula in victory over Barcelona

Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 at the Nou Camp last night

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