The Champions League final: Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid, and the Championship play-off final: Derby v QPR – LIVE! - Live coverage - The Independent

The Champions League final: Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid, and the Championship play-off final: Derby v QPR – LIVE!

Follow all the latest live action from this afternoon’s Championship play-off final at Wembley between Derby County and Queens Park Rangers, and this evening’s Champions League final in Lisbon between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.


Cristiano Ronaldo lifts the Champions League trophy after Real Madrid's triumph. 
by Sam Dymond

  • The teams are in from Wembley Stadium. Steve McClaren sticks with the same side that swotted Brighton aside in the second leg of their play-off semi-final which means starlet Will Hughes keeps his place in midfield over player of the season Craig Bryson, who has been struggling with a back problem. Queens Park Rangers are also unchanged from their second leg victory against Wigan so there is no starting spot for the on-loan Ravel Morrison. Instead, Kevin Doyle partners the in-form Charlie Austin in attack.

    Derby: Grant, Wisdom, Buxton, Keogh, Forsyth, Thorne, Hughes, Hendrick, Russell, Ward, Martin

    Subs: Legzdins, Bryson, Sammon, Bamford, Whitbread, Dawkins, Eustace

    QPR: Green, Simpson, Dunne, Onuoha, Hill, Barton, Kranjcar, Hoilett, O'Neil, Doyle, Austin

    Subs: Murphy, Morrison, Henry, Hughes, Zamora, Traore, Yun

    Referee: Lee Mason
    5/24/2014 1:12:56 PM
  • Pronunciation-hilarity inside the Sky Sports studio at half-time as Simon Thomas quizzes Uwe Rosler, Sean Dyche and Peter Beagrie as to who has had the better of the first half. While the Wigan manager coos his way through the Qs in Queens Park Rangers, Beagrie goes off in search off a throat sweet for the Burnley boss.

    The statistics prove that Rangers have done well to stifle Derby's attacking play, but they haven't proved much of a goal threat themselves.



    5/24/2014 3:02:24 PM
  • 46 minutes: QPR, in their smart red and black away strip, get the second half going as they attack their huge support, but any enthusiasm that grew during the break is rapidly distinguished as Barton loops a hopeless punt upfield to nobody. You already get the impression that one moment of ingenuity will be the difference this afternoon.
    5/24/2014 3:04:54 PM
  • 49 minutes: Sunshine suddenly floods the Wembley pitch, and after the downpour of earlier today that left the first half as an almost literal damp squib, the setting has now become one befitting a play-off final in May. Now all we need is brighter play from both sides.
    5/24/2014 3:08:04 PM
  • 51 minutes: Richard Dunne is doing his best to keep Derby at bay early in this second half, but his fellow defenders aren't helping him out by following suit. The Rangers centre-back dominates the air to clear three consecutive corners, but slices and misplaced headers from Danny Simpson and Clint Hill mean the West London club are constantly on the back-foot. Finally, a punted clearance from Dunne does the job.
    5/24/2014 3:11:00 PM
  • 55 minutes: QPR have to deal with another corner kick as Derby continue to dominate this second half. It's pressure that is going to force Harry Redknapp into an early switch, and Bobby Zamora is being prepared. The former Fulham striker has made a recent habit of making an impression off the bench.
    5/24/2014 3:13:59 PM
  • 57 minutes: A chance goes begging for Charlie Austin! Is that another Wembley nightmare for the QPR striker?! Back in 2010, Austin, then of Swindon, missed a sitter in a play-off final when a bobble deceived him as he bore down on the Millwall goal. It wasn't as clearcut a chance this time around, but you would have backed Austin to score in his current form. Doyle, playing his last part of the afternoon, knocked the ball out wide to Traore on the left, and when the substitute sent a low cross into the box, Austin arrived on the penalty spot, but steered his first time side-foot shot agonisingly wide of Lee Grant's far right post.
    5/24/2014 3:16:15 PM
  • 59 minutes: RED CARD!

    Queens Park Rangers are down to ten men because Gary O'Neil has been sent off for a professional foul! There appeared no danger as Rangers held possession in defence, but when Nedum Onuoha lost the ball to Will Hughes, that changed instantly. Hughes quickly played in Johnny Russell, who cleverly flicked the ball around Richard Dunne to put himself through on goal. As the Scot prepared to take aim, O'Neil slid in from behind and cynically brought down the Derby man just outside the box. With Rams fans baying for a sending off, referee Lee Mason consulted with his assistant before producing a red card for the QPR midfielder, who becomes only the fourth player to have been dismissed in a Championship play-off final.

    QPR's Gary O'Neil departs having been sent off for a professional foul. 

    5/24/2014 3:17:17 PM
  • 66 minutes: Harry Redknapp has reshuffled his pack after the red card with his third and final substitution as Karl Henry comes on to replace Clint Hill. The former Wolves man will certainly add bite and battle to protect the QPR backline.

    Meanwhile, Derby have made a midfield change of their own with their player of the season, Craig Bryson, on for Will Hughes.
    5/24/2014 3:26:01 PM
  • 69 minutes: Craig Bryson has bagged 16 goals from midfield this season, and it's easy to see why. Within minutes of his introduction, the Scotsman managed to sneak in behind the QPR defence and latch on to Jeff Hendrick's flicked pass. However, his drilled shot was kept out at the near post by Rob Green.

    Moments later, Green was called into action at his near post again as he combined with the woodwork to block Chris Martin's first time snapshot.

    Rob Green shows safe hands as Derby continue to pressurise. 

    5/24/2014 3:29:29 PM
  • 75 minutes: The game is being played entirely inside the QPR half now as Derby look to snatch a winner before extra-time. Craig Bryson combines with another substitute, Simon Dawkins, inside the box, and the latter's shot from close range is palmed away by Rob Green. The rebound falls to Jamie Ward but his chest down and volley is turned behind by own teammate, Chris Martin, and QPR survive again.
    5/24/2014 3:34:21 PM
  • These two clubs should know each other better than any other, but as Nicholas Rigg has discovered, there will be the odd unknown quantity for each manager to overcome this evening...

    City rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid will meet for the fifth time this season when they run out at Benfica’s Estádio da Luz in the Champions League final on Saturday night, and both clubs will have the lowdown on one another and there should be few surprises in store for managers Diego Simeone and Carlo Ancelotti. There will, however, be areas in which one team will be stronger than the other.


    5/24/2014 6:02:20 PM
  • Television viewers have a choice tonight of watching the Champions League final on either ITV or Sky Sports. Both have rolled out special guest pundits especially for this evening; terrestrial observers now have Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard while Murdoch's men have gone with ex-Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, which goes to prove one thing - Sky continue to do things just that little bit better.
    5/24/2014 6:19:02 PM
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