A Raphael Varane own goal and a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty saw Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur share the points in a highly watchable Champions League group-stage clash at the Bernabéu on Tuesday.
With APOEL FC and Borussia Dortmund drawing in Group H's other encounter, Real and Tottenham - who move top by virtue of away goals scored - now sit six points clear of the bottom two and odds-on to both progress to the last 16.
Tottenham stun Bernabéu as Varane puts through own net
Having never previously even scored against the European champions, Spurs silenced the home crowd after half an hour when Serge Aurier's cross towards Harry Kane was turned into his own net by Real defender Varane.
Cristiano converts penalty to equalise before break
However, Cristiano levelled shortly before half time, sending goalkeeper Hugo Lloris the wrong way from the spot after Aurier had brought down Toni Kroos.
Benzema, Kane both denied by fabulous saves
Karim Benzema went closest for Real in the second half, but his point-blank-range header soon after the break was kept out by a stunning reaction stop by Lloris.
Meanwhile, Kane had by far the best chance for Spurs when, with 20 minutes left, a fine first-time ball by Fernando Llorente - a surprise inclusion in Mauricio Pochettino's line-up - put the England striker in on Real keeper Keylor Navas, only for the Costa Rican to produce a fantastic fingertip save.
Teams face each other again in two weeks' time
The sides now meet again in the next round of Group H fixtures, with Real travelling to Wembley on 1 November.
Real Madrid 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur: as it happened
Over in Cyprus, it has ended APOEL FC 1-1 Borussia Dortmund, leaving the bottom two well adrift of the qualification spots. Barring a major turnaround in Group H, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur - who both now sit on seven points - will be the two sides going through to the last 16.
93' Peeep! Full time at the Bernabéu: Real Madrid 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur. The top two in Group H share the spoils.
93' For a moment it looks like Son has a chance to shoot - could he snatch all three points? No. It's blocked. And that is time up.
93' Rose wins a free-kick off Vázquez, and that should pretty much be that. The away fans are, understandably, in fine voice.
90' Three minutes of time added on at the Bernabéu. This really would be a fine result for Spurs.
89' One minute of regulation time left, and Marcelo shoots - but it's deflected wide for a corner. The decibels rise in anticipation inside the Bernabéu... but it's a routine catch for Lloris.
89' 87' Sissoko comes off for Son Heung-Min.
87' Sissoko is down after a challenge with Ramos, and he'll need some attention. As you would expect, the sympathetic home fans are thoroughly understanding about his situation.
86' Real make a second sub, taking off Isco and throwing on the industry of Lucas Vázquez.
85' It's pretty much all Real Madrid on the ball in the Tottenham half now, but Spurs look reasonably comfortable.
82' Eight minutes left at the Bernabéu, plus time added on. Real's attempts to find a winner are starting to look more and more frantic. Asensio sends a cross over to Cristiano at the back post, but he's crowded out and Spurs have a goal-kick.
80' Off comes Llorente to a few rather ungenrous whistles from the home fans. He can be very happy with his performance tonight. On trots Rose for his first appearance since January.
78' Real pin Spurs back again, sending one, two, three crosses back and forth across the visiting box, before Sissoko hooks it away. The away side are preparing to bring Danny Rose on.
76' The last few minutes have been Tottenham's, and Real look to put themselves back in charge of proceedings as Isco pushes forward and shoots on goal - but it's comfortable for Lloris.
75' Real Madrid make the first change of the night, Marco Asensio replacing Karim Benzema.
73' Spurs go close again! First Eriksen charges into the Real Madrid box and blasts one at goal, only to see Keylor divert it onto the side-netting. Then Aurier crosses for Sánchez, whose header is firmly planted but is always drifting a yard or two wide.
71' Eriksen feeds Llorente, whose first-time ball to Kane leaves the striker in behind the Real backline and face-to-face with Keylor. You'd put your house on the England international finding the net, but the keeper just gets a fingertip to his low shot towards the opposite corner. What a let-off for Los Blancos.
68' Dortmund have equalised in Cyprus. Back in Madrid, Real win a corner from which Cristiano is penalised for a shove.
65' Over in Cyprus, APOEL have taken the lead against Dortmund, Mikael Pote netting for the hosts.
64' Lloris saves once more! Real burst forward, Cristiano skipping past Sánchez before striking with his left on the run, but the Spurs custodian is again equal to it!
60' That's another fine save from Lloris! Casemiro feeds Cristiano, who advances into the box and thumps it towards goal, where the Spurs captain tips it over! Isco's shot from the edge of the box then momentarily wrongfoots Lloris after taking a thick deflection... but the keeper scrambles across to hold on!
58' Cristiano tries to clip the ball to Toni Kroos inside the box, but Sánchez is alert to take it off the midfielder's toes. Real come again, and first Modric, then Kroos both have shooting chances. The Croat's effort from the edge of the area is blocked, but it falls to Kroos - who drags it wide.
56' Spurs work it neatly through Llorente to Sissoko in a shooting position outside of the box, but the Frenchman hesitates and feeds it back to Llorente and, via a corner to the visitors, the chance is lost.
53' Casemiro looks up from the corner of the box and pops the ball across goal onto the head of Benzema, who is at most five yards out. Somehow, though, Lloris gets a leg across quickly enough to block his countryman's point-blank-range header. What. A. Save. Moments later, Isco chips a lovely ball over the top for the run of Cristiano into the box - but the Portugal captain is offside.
53' Oh my word. How has Benzema not put Real into the lead there?
49' Kane runs at a back-pedalling Varane down the left, and force a corner as the Frenchman blocks the striker's cross towards Eriksen. From the corner, Winks fouls Modric and the home side can clear.
47' Sissoko has appeals for a free-kick in the right-hand corner waved away, before Achraf does win a set-piece chance for Real Madrid in the same area of the Spurs half. Kroos flights it across, but it's headed away before finally being sent back into the visitors' box - where Benzema heads it back across goal, but straight to a black shirt. Spurs clear.
46' No changes, by the way.
45' The teams are back out... and we're underway!
In Group H's other match, it remains goalless between APOEL FC and Borussia Dortmund, meaning that the as-it-stands table looks thusly:
45' Half time at the Santiago Bernabéu: Real Madrid 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur. That was fun.
45' Marcelo crosses to the front post...but Lloris gathers. And that's that.
43' A shufties at the replay of that Aurier tackle confirms that yes, it was a stonewall pen. The Ivorian was booked for the challenge, incidentally.
43' Cristiano stands over it... and scores! He sends Lloris the wrong way, and it's all square at the Bernabéu.
42' Penalty to Real Madrid! Aurier is adjudged to have brought Kroos down as he surged into the area.
39' Benzema again just fails to connect after Ramos heads Kroos' free-kick across goal, before Spurs earn one of their own in a similar position at the other end. This time Benzema does get his head on the ball to send it out for a corner to the visitors... which Eriksen again swings over towards Kane, but the England striker is beaten to it by a white shirt.
37' Kroos feeds Isco, who steps inside the 18-yard area and pings one at goal, but a black shirt is there to block. Real recycle, and Benzema is inches away from connecting with a lovely cross curled by Modric to the back stick.
30' Isco twists and turns in the Spurs box, but can't get a clean shot away and Lloris turns it around his near post for a corner, which comes to zip. Cristiano is then booked after getting involved in a mini set-to with Vertonghen.
29' Aurier is clearly brimming with confidence after that contribution to the visitors' goal, and again finds himself in a dangerous position in the Real Madrid half. He looks up and drives a low shot towards the corner that Keylor has to scramble down to his right to palm away.
28' Aurier gets himself into a crossing position on the right, and fires it invitingly across goal - where Kane looks to turn the ball goalwards, can't get a connection on it, and it bounces in off Varane's left boot.
27' Gooooal to Tottenham! Harry Kane! Who else? No wait... that'll go down as a Raphael Varane own goal.
25' Real Madrid win one corner, then another... before Spurs break in numbers, Moussa Sissoko driving forward but just overhitting his ball into the middle. Tottenham recycle it, though, and it finally comes to Harry Winks on the edge of the box, but the young Englishman's attempt to curl it into Keylor's far top corner is always off target.
20' Tottenham come again, Kane pinging the ball low to Llorente at the near post, where Casemiro is there in the nick of time to nip it off the Spaniard's toes. The visitors appeal for a penalty, but Mr Marciniak says no!
19' And now Spurs go close! The Premier League men earn a corner, which Eriksen delivers right onto the head of Harry Kane - and Keylor Navas diverts the striker's bouncing header over the bar! The next corner comes to nought.
17' Close! That's another warning from Real Madrid, Cristiano linking up with Benzema before scuttling into the box, throwing Eric Dier a dummy to carve out a yard to shoot...but just dragging his effort across goal!
14' Achraf crosses and Spurs clear, but only as far as Modric, who exchanges passes with the Moroccan - but is caught offside. Real are then flagged offside once more - Cristiano the guilty party - giving the visitors an opportunity to attack through Aurier down the right, but the former PSG full-back's cross is easily dealt with.
11' Marcelo plops a ball over to the back post, but Cristiano can't quite get his head onto it properly. Moments later, the Portuguese is on the ball in the right-hand side of the box, giving his man the slip with a trick - but quite literally giving himself the slip, too. He ends up on his backside, and the chance is lost.
7' Vertonghen pings a low ball in, which is knocked out for a throw-in. The Belgian takes, but Llorente is blown up for a shove. We've just been watching the replay of that Cristiano-Benzema double chance: the Frenchman really should have done better with that rebound.
5' Double chance for Real Madrid! Marcelo whips a ball over to the back post, where Achraf Hakimi prods it back across goal for Cristiano Ronaldo to head it against the post, with the rebound then dropping right at Karim Benzema's feet on the penalty spot... but he drags his shot wide!
4' Uff! Fernando Llorente wriggles into shooting space at the near post, and Raphael Varane has to be alive to get in the Spaniard's way.
2' Tottenham appear to be playing five at the back, with Serge Aurier on the right and jan Vertonghen on the left.
I could listen to the Champions League theme tune all day long.
Out come the teams!
Over in Cyprus, APOEL FC host Borussia Dortmund in a clash of Group H's stragglers, with both still stranded on nul points. Dortmund out-qualified Real Madrid in last season's Champions League group stage, but defeats to the holders and Spurs have left the Germans in deep trouble in this year's tournament.
This is only Fernando Llorente's second start for Spurs, with his first coming in the League Cup against Barnsley in September. Bit of a step up from that one tonight, to be fair - but, of course, he does have experience of scoring at the Bernabéu for both Juventus and Athletic Club.
The teams are also in at the Etihad Stadium, where we have live coverage of Manchester City vs Napoli.
Meanwhile, Spanish striker Fernando Llorente starts up front for Tottenham Hotspur, who make three changes to the side that beat Bournemouth, with Kieran Trippier, Son Heung-Min and the suspended Dele Alli making way for Serge Aurier, Moussa Sissoko and the aforementioned Llorente.
Zinedine Zidane makes five changes to the side that beat Getafe at the weekend, with Keylor Navas back in goal after getting over a thigh injury, Raphael Varane coming back into the centre of defence, and Casemiro, Luka Modric and Isco returning in midfield. Right-back Achraf Hakimi keeps his place in the absence of Dani Carvajal, despite suggestions that Nacho Fernández might be given the nod over the young Moroccan.
Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur come into this evening's Champions League clash both on six points from six and with identical goals-for-and-against columns: six scored, one conceded. Indeed, the two teams have rather mirrored one another so far all round in 2017/18: in their domestic leagues, both have 17 points and sit five points off the leaders in third place.
We should have tonight's confirmed line-ups shortly. In the meantime, here's a reminder of how things stand in Champions League Group H:
Should you be planning on getting yourself in front of a TV screen for Real Madrid vs Tottenham Hotspur, we have prepared a useful guide on how and where to watch to the Group H match.
Incidentally, don't forget that we also have live text coverage of Manchester City's Group F clash with Napoli. It's being billed as a meeting of the two most watchable sides of the moment in European football (which, one hopes, won't prove to be the kiss of death).
If you fancy a flutter on this game then you may be interested in these enhanced odds. A Real Madrid home win can be picked up at an incredible 20/1 while you can get 60/1 on Spurs going home with all three points and top spot in the table.
In case you missed it yesterday, Guillem Balague sat down for AS with the Spurs boss and his team for a chin wag. They may have been speaking in Spanish but you can read it all here in English.
Hello and welcome to our build up to an intriguing match in the Champions League tonight at the Santiago Bernabéu as Real Madrid open their doors to Tottenham Hotspur. Throughout the day we'll be bringing you all the latest news and points of interest and then we jump into our live commentary of the game. We're delighted to have you along for the ride...
Real Madrid vs Tottenham Hotspur live: preview
Expectation is high in the Spanish capital for the glamour clash of Group H between the two teams occupying the top two positions. Both boast a 100 per cent record going into this MatchDay 3 clash - defending champions Real Madrid against a Tottenham side who are riding on the crest of wave in this competition and domestically in the Premier League.
Zidane’s Madrid got their campaign off to a flying start with a 3-0 win at home to APOEL and followed that up with a 1-3 in Germany against Borussia Dortmund. Meanwhile, the feelgood factor is evident within the Spurs camp – the team showed devastating form in their MatchDay 1 demolition of Dortmund at their temporary, Wembley home. There is no stopping Harry Kane at the moment, he was impressive with two brilliant strikes against Dortmund and hit a hat trick in the team's second outing at APOEL to take his overall tally to five, making him the tournament’s top scorer ahead of Cristiano and Sevilla’s Ben Yedder on four each.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino knows all about Real Madrid, having faced them many times as a player and as a coach. During his playing days, he was part of the last Espanyol team to record a win at the Bernabéu – an achievement he will be aiming to replicate as a coach on Tuesday night. His team are hot on the heels of the two Manchester teams, third in the Premier League table having suffered just one defeat – to Chelsea back in August. They’ll taking on Madrid at the peak of their powers, brimming with confidence and keen to avenge the 4-0 drubbing they suffered at the Bernabéu at the quarter final stage in 2011.
Madrid’s league form has not been as fruitful as their forays in Europe so far. Recent years have been marked by the team’s invincibility at home but that has changed this season – Valencia and Levante both took a point from their visits to the Bernabéu and Betis went home with all three. Their form on the road, four wins from four, has kept them in contention with the top two in LaLiga, Barcelona and Valencia.
Real Madrid’s internationals emerged relatively unscathed from the recent World Cup qualifiers. There was good news for Zidane as first choice goalkeeper Keylor Navas returned to training at the weekend and is over the muscular problems he picked up during his time with the Costa Rica squad. Right-back Dani Carvajal has been given a clean bill of health after being diagnosed with pericarditis but he hasn’t featured since the Dortmund game almost three weeks ago, Castilla promise Achraf Hakimi has been filling in while he’s been away but he could make for the more experienced Nacho. Sadly, Gareth Bale won’t be able to face his old club – he is still out nursing an injury to his left calf muscle and will be touch and go for the return in London on 1 November. Left-back Marcelo reappeared against Getafe after missing a number of games with a hamstring tear. His deputy Theo Hernández has also been out resting after dislocating his shoulder but made a brief appearance at the end of the Getafe game, replacing the Brazilian. Both trained as normal on Monday.
Man to watch: Isco. Arguably Real Madrid’s most consistent performer in the team’s most recent games and he’s been delivering the same kind of staggering skills with Spain. Watching him in action, it’s as though the ball is tied to his boots by an invisible rubber band. Zidane was signing his praises on the eve of the game. He’s the man who will find Cristiano with an incisive, killer pass, or cut inside and curl one into the top corner himself. He’s in the kind of electric form where is pulling off everything he attempts.
Dele Alli is not available for the game – he will serve the last of a three-match suspension but will be able to return when Spurs host Madrid at Wembley next month. French midfielder Georges-Kevin Nkoudou has been ruled out after suffering concussion; a knee complaint means that Victor Wanyama won’t be in the team list and nor will left-back Ben Davies, who has been feeling under the weather. None of the Tottenham side who met Madrid in 2011 remain at the club although two members of the current side have experience of playing against Los Blancos – Fernando Llorente faced Madrid several times during his spells at Athletic Club and Juventus and while Toby Alderweireld never had the pleasure of taking part in the derby during his time with Atlético, he was part of the Ajax side that were lumped in the group stage with Madrid three seasons running from 2010-2012, so he won’t be fazed by the Bernabéu.
Man to watch: Harry Kane. Spurs are looking strong in all departments but Kane particularly has really come into his own this season – he is arguably the most in-form centre-forward anywhere in Europe right now. His penetrating runs, pace and reading of the ball together with finishing of laser-like precision have made him a real joy to watch. Kane, who has deservedly made the shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or, will give Madrid’s back four a torrid time of it on Tuesday night without a shadow of a doubt.
Real Madrid vs Tottenham Hotspur enhanced betting odds:
Getting the short odds out of the way first, Cristiano Ronaldo is at 1/2 to score at some point during the game and Harry Kane is at 6/5 to find the net during the 90 minutes. Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos, who has scored in each of his 13 seasons at the club, is at 14/1 to bag the opening goal while Heung-Min Son is at 11/1 to grab the last goal of the game. Zidane’s team are the odds-on favourites to win the game, Spurs are 6/1 to take all three points.