Real Madrid vs Tottenham Hotspur: Key match-ups

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Real Madrid: Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Carvalho, Marcelo, Di Maria, Alonso, Ozil, Khedira, Adebayor, Ronaldo.

Subs: Adan, Kaka, Diarra, Granero, Arbeloa, Garay, Higuain.

Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Gallas, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Sandro, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Crouch.

Subs: Cudicini, Huddlestone, Jenas, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe, Bassong, Kranjcar.

Key match-ups

Sergio Ramos vs Gareth Bale

After conquering Maicon in the group stage, Bale will now have his eye on ruining the reputation of another of Europe's finest full backs.

Ramos' standing as one of Europe's finest defenders is only enhanced by the deluge of medals, particularly at international level, he's collected since his Real Madrid debut in 2005. Now 25 and appearing to have all the attributes as a defender, with immense strength and an unerring arial dominance, his Welsh opponent is his equal.

The 21-year-old's ability to change pace to devastating effect, plus the accuracy of his left foot, which Julio Caesar can vouch for, makes him one of the most feared players around.

Mesut Ozil vs Sandro

A player no longer living off his reputation he built at the World Cup, Ozil has turned into a star performer for Madrid. With 16 assists this season, he's helped pull the strings in midfield and his impact has been such that £50 million Kaka can barely get a game ahead of the German.

Sandro made an inconspicuous start to his Tottenham Hotspur career, but his contribution in both legs of the last-16 tie against AC Milan was key. His biggest test yet comes against Ozil whose vision and passing is as good as anyone in Europe. The Brazilian enforcer will have to be at his very best.

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Benoit Assou-Ekotto

With 62 goals already for Real Madrid, Ronaldo has wasted no time in bending in Spain. His £80 million transfer from Manchester United came with it plenty of pressure, but perhaps nothing comparing to what Assou-Ekotto may experience in the Bernabeu.

The Cameroon international needn't worry about being able to keep pace with Ronaldo, but does he have the temperament to deal with the former World Footballer of the Year in his own back yard?

How much Ronaldo's thigh injury is affecting his movement may determine how busy an evening the Tottenham full-back has.

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