Gareth Bale only flickered sporadically during Real Madrid’s 0-0 draw with Manchester City. Photograph: Epa

In the end Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t make it out on to the pitch at the Etihad. He wasn’t the only one. Midway through the second half on a still, clea(...)

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale is tackled by Nicolas Ottamendi of Manchester City during their Champions League semi-final clash. Photo: PA

1) No sign of stage fright from Pellegrini’s men This was Manchester City’s first European Cup semi-final and Real Madrid’s 27th yet there was no s(...)

Manchester City’s Joe Hart saves from Real Madrid’s Pepe during the sides’ Champions League semi-final clash. Photo: Carl Recine/Reuters

Manchester City 0 Real Madrid 0 The most important factor for Manchester City, reflecting on a night of surprising torpor, is that they at least pr(...)

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in training ahead of their Champions League semi-final clash with Manchester City. Photo: peter Powell/PA

Manchester City v Real Madrid Champions League semi-final Kick off: 7.45pm TV3 from 7.30pm, BT Sport Europe from 7pm When it comes to experie(...)

Gareth Bale scores his side’s third goal as Real Madrid came from two goals down to beat Rayo Vallecano. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

in Madrid The plan was for Gareth Bale to be withdrawn early but his team needed him and he eventually emerged victorious having led a rescue mission(...)

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez celebrates a goal against Sporting Gijon. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

La Liga round-up: Red-hot Luis Suarez hit four goals for the second game in a row as Barcelona, helped by three penalties in the second half, stayed t(...)

Karim Benzema revealed on his Twitter account that he will not feature for France at Euro 2016. Photo: Getty Images

Karim Benzema will not be selected for France’s Euro 2016 campaign, the country’s football federation (FFF) has announced. Benzema pleaded his case f(...)

 Karim Benzema of Real Madrid is still eager to feature in Euro2016. Photograph: Oliver Hardt/Bongarts/Getty Images

Karim Benzema said he will put his trust in Didier Deschamps and Noël Le Graët when they meet on Wednesday to discuss his future with France ahead of (...)

Real Madrid’s coach Zinedine Zidane ahead of the Champions League second-leg match against VfL Wolfsburg. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

Real Madrid must play with patience against VfL Wolfsburg when they try to overturn a 2-0 deficit in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second l(...)

Real Madrid’s Portuguese defender Pepe clears his nose during their 2-0 defeat in Germany.  Photo: Getty Images

Wolfsburg stunned Real Madrid with two goals in eight first-half minutes to take control of their Champions League quarter-final tie. The 10-time wi(...)