And Jenas was to have an unwanted hand in the opening goal

All embarrassment takes place in the past. Theoretically, if you were able to stay in the moment perfectly, you wouldn feel an ounce of embarrassment because all those messages inside your brain belong to a different time and place. Now I realize being present to the moment is virtually impossible when you are experiencing that twisted knot inside your stomach that says things like, can be trusted with anything, you idiot! and are feeling the physiological symptoms of embarrassment (somewhat like the flu), but if you can remember for even a minute here or there to pull your attention to the present, you will be relieved of needless angst..

Seen the gentleman walking across the street. And you could tell that he was sore. So I put on my four walks and got out. Peter Crouch was sent off after 14 minutes when he was booked for a second time before Adebayor looped a header over Heurelho Gomes to double the lead.Prior to the game Harry Redknapp had talked about Tottenham’s Champions League “dream”, but as the much anticipated clash got under way at the imposing Bernabeu Stadium the Spurs boss was quickly caught up in a nightmare.The Premier League outfit had been dealt a blow minutes before kick off when Aaron Lennon was taken ill with a sore throat and was replaced by Jenas.And Jenas was to have an unwanted hand in the opening goal, when Manchester City loanee Adebayor rose above the midfielder on the penalty spot and powered a header past Gomes and through the legs of Luka Modric on the line to put the home side ahead.Tottenham, previously so effervescent in Europe pandora earrings, looked nervous, perhaps overawed by the sense of occasion at the intimidating home of the Spanish giants or possibly overcome by their early setbacks.Former England manager Graham Taylor said on BBC Radio 5 live: “From the word go Tottenham looked unsettled. Whether it was the loss of Lennon or the occasion, they needed to do a lot more to make an impression on this game.”Real boss Jose Mourinho had seen his 150 match nine year unbeaten home league record come to an end on Saturday with a 1 0 loss against Sporting Gijon but his team showed no hangover as they moved ruthlessly through the gears.With Spurs looking ragged, their chance of getting back into the first leg received a near fatal blow when Crouch was sent off.Having already been shown a yellow card for a late challenge on Sergio Ramos, Crouch was booked for a second time for an almost identical slide tackle on Marcelo and the striker, who has scored seven goals in nine Champions League games this season, was given his marching orders by German referee Felix Brych.Tottenham had finished top of their Champions League group, which included holders Inter Milan, and then knocked out AC Milan without conceding a goal over two legs in the last 16, but signs of that confident side were few and far between as Real launched wave after wave of attacks.Tottenham’s first real opportunity came when a run down the left wing by Gareth Bale forced Xabi Alonso to slide the ball out of play.Bale took a throw long and found Rafael van der Vaart in the box with his back to goal but the Dutchman was crowded out before he could get his shot away.Minutes later Bale created Spurs’ best opportunity of the night with a burst of pace as he darted past Ramos and into the box but the Welshman fired into the side netting.Just as Tottenham seemed to find some rhythm, Real almost doubled their lead as Marcelo’s deep cross was headed back across goal by Ramos but bounced millimetres over the head of Adebayor on the back post.Bale, looking increasingly threatening, again hurtled down the left and drew a challenge from Pepe, who hacked down Spurs’ danger man and received a yellow card which means he will be suspended for the second leg at White Hart Lane.Real had a strong claim for a penalty turned down when Michael Dawson appeared to handle in the box as he charged down Angel di Maria’s volley.When the whistle blew for half time, Redknapp would have been buoyed by the way his players had worked their way back into the game.But their brave resistance was not to last, as the second half was turned into a Real Madrid attacking master class, with the Spanish side notching up 18 attempts on target over the course of the game.It was former Arsenal man Adebayor who scored his second of the game to give Real a cushion, making it 10 goals in 13 games against Tottenham for the Togalese striker, who met Marcelo’s cross when unmarked in the box and looped his header over Gomes.Real continued to surge forward, with former Manchester United forward Ronaldo, the world’s most expensive footballer, pulling the strings.It was Argentina forward Di Maria who scored the third goal when he stepped inside onto his left foot on the edge of the area and rifled an unstoppable effort into the top corner.The substitutions as the game went on illustrated the gulf between the two sides with Mourinho able to throw Brazil star Kaka and Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain into the fray.And Ronaldo finally got the goal his effort deserved when he volleyed Kaka’s cross into the corner from a tight angle to all but end Tottenham’s Champions League adventure.90:00+2:55 The final whistle goes and the game is over.90:00+2:14 Foul by Lassana Diarra on Gareth Bale, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.90:00+1:24 Shot from just outside the box by Cristiano Ronaldo goes over the bar.90:00+0:05 Mesut Ozil takes a inswinging corner from the right by line played to the near post, Kleper Pepe produces a right footed shot.

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