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Real Madrid v Atlético Madrid: Champions League semi-final first leg – live!

While we wait, a little light pre-match reading. A classic Joy of Six on memorable European Cup semi-finals, courtesy of the great Rob Smyth. Real fans be warned: article includes 3-0 comeback victory for Barcelona and 5-0 defeat for your chaps. But world-class storytelling trumps mere personal preference, right? We’re all grown-ups here.

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Real make two changes to the starting XI named for their 2-1 victory over Valencia last weekend. Raphael Varane returns from a hamstring injury while Isco steps up from the bench; Nacho and James Rodriguez are only subs today.

Atlético also make two changes from the weekend, when they tonked Las Palmas 5-0. Diego Godin and Yannick Carrasco return from suspension and the sick bay respectively; Jose Gimenez is injured while Nicolas Gaitan drops to the bench.

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