Bale's deflected strike hands Real  narrow win to set up repeat of 2014 final

Bale's deflected strike hands Real  narrow win to set up repeat of 2014 final
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Real Madrid
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Manchester City
Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Modric, Isco; Ronaldo, Jesé, Bale.
Manchester City: Hart; Sagna, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy; Fernandinho, Fernando; De Bruyne, Toure, Navas; Agüero.
REFEREE: Damir Skomina (SVN).

Unfortunately, that's all we've got time for tonight. I've been Oliver Emmerson, taking you through this Champions League game. Until next time, goodbye!

Atletico Madrid - Real Madrid, Champions League final, Saturday May 28th at the San Siro. Get it in the diary, it's sure to be a good one!

That's it, Manchester City's Champions League dream ends at the semi-final stage. Gareth Bale's deflected strike gives Real Madrid the 1-0 win on the night and on aggregate, setting up a Madrid Derby for the final.

Full-time: Real Madrid 1-0 Manchester City (1-0 on aggregate)

90+5: Last minute, Bale takes it to the corner, this could be it for City.

90: Four minutes of stoppage time announced, but that could be extended as Keylor Navas is currently down getting some treatment after charging out to intercept and clear the ball - which he did successfully. 

89: Close! Aguero takes the ball from Sterling, sending a fantastic shot towards the goal from 25 yards. It's dipping and swerving, Navas has no chance, but it flies just over.

87: With three minutes to go, you'd like to say that City are throwing the kitchen sink at Madrid. However, their centre-backs have just passed the ball between themselves for 30 seconds before the ball was lost in midfield. Anyway, Kovacic will play for a little bit as he comes on for Modric.

84: De Bruyne tries to be clever and sneak it into the near post, but it hits the side netting.

83: Poor challenge from Lucas on Sterling, and he gets booked. Free-kick for City just outside the box, fairly near the corner flag.

78: Some handbags to be seen, after the referee misses an extremely late challenge from Fernandinho on Toni Kroos. The German didn't take kindly to it and gave him a push as the pair got up, both escaping a booking.

77: 13 minutes left, plus whatever is added on for stoppage time. City have enjoyed some more of the ball in recent minutes, but are struggling to do much with it.

71: Fernando picks up a yellow card for bringing down a counter-attacking Luka Modric.

69: Iheanacho on for City, Navas comes off.

68: Not a bad substitution that Real Madrid are able to make, as James Rodriguez replaces Isco.

64: City survive by the skin of their teeth once more, as a Bale header comes off the post. The ball comes back in from Pepe, but Ronaldo's offside.

61: First substitution of the night for the Citizens, Toure coming off for Raheem Sterling.

59: Ronaldo shot, Hart save, repeat. Yet again the goalkeeper is called into action, Ronaldo with a snapshot as the ball is played to him in the area. For a first time shot, it was deadly accurate and had a solid degree of power on, but it's kept out all the same.

55: Hart to the rescue, again! City will have a lot to thank their 'keeper for if they get through tonight. Ronaldo on the end of another Carvajal cross, heading back across Hart's goal, but England's number one is equal to it. Madrid making a change, Jese off for Lucas Vasquez.

52: Strange moment as Modric gets free in the area, in a great position to score. Everything seemed to go quiet as each player stopped, expecting the flag to be raised, but he was onside. Modric eventually gets his shot away, a top save from Hart keeping him out.

50: Bale floats a superb ball over the top of the defence to find Ronaldo, but the winger fluffs his shot as he goes for the volley, enabling Hart to easily save.

45: Back underway.

So, Madrid lead at the break. We definitely won't have extra time tonight, and at the moment it looks like Zidane's side will be going through. However, City just need one goal to put themselves in pole position. Will it happen? We'll find out soon.

Half-time: Real Madrid 1-0 Manchester City (1-0 on agg)

45+2: Unfortunately for Gareth Bale, Madrid's first half goal has been declared as a Fernando own goal.

45: Two minutes of added time at the end of the first half.

44: So close! Better from City, de Bruyne turning in a dangerous area before giving it to Fernandinho. He swivels and shoots from the 18 yards line, the ball bouncing off the outside of the post.

39: The hosts are really pushing for a second before half-time. Modric finds Marcelo with a beautifully crafted pass down the left, but the Brazilian's cross evades Ronaldo by the slimmest of margins.

36: Goal... no! Madrid think they've doubled their lead as Ramos bundles in a Kroos free-kick at the back post, but it's called as an offside by the linesman.

32: Something of a lull in play after the goal, but City aren't happy as Aguero goes down under the brutal arm of Ramos. The referee saw it and gave the free-kick, but there were no cards for the defender.

24: Great goalkeeping from Keylor Navas, as his counter-part Jesus bursts into the Madrid box down the right hand side. The winger looks to find Aguero with a low ball across the six yard box, only for the 'keeper to claim the ball.

20: He's in some form at the moment, and he's given Madrid the lead. Carvajal plays Bale in-behind the defence, Otamendi playing him onside. From a tight angle, he flashes the ball towards goal, with it shooting off Fernando's hip and into the top of the net.

GOAL!!! Gareth Bale opens the scoring!!!

13: First effort of the night for Ronaldo, looking dangerous coming in from the left to assume a central position in the area. He jumps higher than Otamendi to get on the end of Carvajal's cross, but his header is over.

10: That's a huge blow for Pellegrini's side. Kompany forced off, replaced by Eliaquim Mangala.

8: Big problem for the visitors as Vincent Kompany goes down injured on the halfway line after moving forward with the ball. Looks like he got caught in the turf when stretching.

4: Decent enough start from Manchester City, trying to push Madrid back into their own half as much as possible. They'll have to do that for most of the night, as they aim to kill the threat poised by Ronaldo and friends.

0: Kick-off!

The two teams are out onto the pitch, with the Madrid fans in excellent voice, creating a cauldron of noise. Almost ready to get going.

Just over 10 minutes until kick-off in Spain, with both teams undergoing their final preparations. Predictions? It's a tough one to call, but you'd probably have to back Real Madrid. 2-0 to Zidane's men for me.

Up against Zinedine Zidane's men, Manchester City field a pretty strong starting side. Yaya Touré returns and joins Kevin De Bruyne and Jesús Navas in a forward line supporting lone striker Sergio Agüero. He'll be crucial this evening given that Real are yet to concede a goal in this competition at the Bernabeu. City need a win or a score draw to progress and reach their first Champions League final. 

As you'll have noticed, that man Cristiano Ronaldo returns to the Real starting line-up. The Portuguese star has as many goals as the entire City team in Europe this season, scoring 16 in this season's competition until now. He returns from a thigh injury to give Los Blancos a huge boost as they look to set up a second Madrid Derby Champions League final in three years.

Manchester City Bench: Caballero, Mangala, Kolarov, Delph, Sterling, Bony, Iheanacho

Real Madrid Bench: Casilla, Varane, Kovačić, Rodríguez, Vázquez, Danilo, Borja Mayoral. 

Manchester City XI: Hart; Sagna, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy; Fernandinho, Fernando; De Bruyne, Toure, Navas; Agüero.

Real Madrid XI: Navas; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Modric, Isco; Ronaldo, Jesé, Bale.

Tonight's two team are in ahead of tonight's games. Eight changes for Manchester City from their league defeat at the weekend, whilst one particular man returns for hosts Real Madrid.

Ronaldo actually scored a last minute winner the last time these two teams met eachother on Spanish soil, in a group game back in 2012. Still fairly fresh on the European scene, it looked briefly like City were going to snatch a famous victory as Aleksandar Kolarov scored a free-kick to make it 2-1. However, two extremely late goals from Karim Benzema and Ronaldo ensured that the favourites won out.

The big team news coming into the game is that Real Madrid are set to welcome Cristiano Ronaldo back into the team, with the superstar having missed the first leg due to a muscular problem. Zinedine Zidane insisted that the Portugese winger is '100% fit' in his pre-match press conference. Whether or not that turns out to be true, will be revealed in the fullness of time.

If it was business as usual for Madrid, it was a nightmare meeting for City as they faced Southampton away from home. Manager Manuel Pellegrini rested a number of key players, and paid for it, as the South Coast side won 4-2 thanks largely to a hat-trick from Saido Mane. One bright note was the performance of youngster Kelechi Iheanacho, who bagged a brace to continue his fine season.

Bale celebrates his winner at the weekend - will he score tonight? (photo: Getty Images)
Bale celebrates his winner at the weekend - will he score tonight? (photo: Getty Images)

How has each side warmed up for this match? It was business as usual for Real, who stayed alive in the Spanish title race with a narrow 1-0 victory away against Real Sociedad. Gareth Bale, who has been in fine form of late, grabbed the winner with 10 minutes left to play. That was their sixth game unbeaten, a spell in which they've scored 15 goals and conceded just three.

The two teams are of course battling for a place in the final, set to be played at the famous San Siro on Saturday 28th May. Whoever gets through tonight will face Atletico Madrid, after the Spanish side lost 2-1 against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, going through on away goals having won the first leg 1-0 at home. An all Madrid final would be a repeat of the 2013/14 season, whilst Atletico - City would mean that we'd have a first time winner of the famous competition. 

This tie is finely poised after the first leg, played at the Etihad Stadium back in Manchester last Tuesday. A tense affair finished 0-0, neither side managing to steal victory. Joe Hart was key for City, making a couple of great saves at key moments, most notably from Pepe, to keep proceedings goalless. That means that a win for either side tonight takes them through, any score draw would see the Citizens progress, whilst another 0-0 would take us into extra time and then possibly penalties.

Hello to one and all, and welcome to VAVEL UK's live minute-by-minute commentary of tonight's UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg between Real Madrid and Manchester City. Kick-off at the Santiago Bernabeu is set for 19:45 BST, but stick with us until then as we get team news and more ahead of the crunch clash!