Beckham's final MLS fixture - as it happened

How the action unfolded in David Beckham's final game for LA Galaxy in the Major League Soccer final, after Real won the Madrid derby.

2 December 2012 Last updated at 00:03 GMT

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    So, while David Beckham awaits the award of yet more silverware it's time for me to bid you a good night. It's been a pleasure to have your company tonight. What next for Beckham? We don't know yet, but be sure to keep an eye on the BBC Sport website over the coming weeks for all the developments. Night.

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    I agree with Will and Samual there. Robbie Keane looked pretty delighted with his goal though. Out on the pitch, Omar Gonzalez has been awarded the most valuable player award. Or man-of-the-match to you and I.


    Will Brookes on Twitter: "The script was written for Becks to score with his last touch there! Why did he not take that pen?"

    Samual on Twitter: "Galaxy 2-1 up and cruising, why wasn't Beckham allowed to take the penalty? Still, a nice trophy to finish his career in the MLS."

  4. 2353: 
    FULL-TIME- LA Galaxy 3-1 Houston Dynamo

    That's it. LA Galaxy successfully defend their MLS Cup title. An amazing way for David Beckham to end his time in the United States.

  5. 2352: 

    Beckham will get his moment, however, as his number is held up and he heads off the pitch to be replaced by Marcelo. He gets a standing ovation as he seemingly hugs everyone in his vicinity on his way off the pitch. Who cares about time-wasting when Bdeckham's involved?

  6. 2350: 
    GOAL- LA Galaxy 3-1 Houston Dynamo (Keane)

    Unbelievably, David Beckham doesn't step up - instead it's Robbie Keane and he finds the bottom corner of the net to seal victory. Poor David, I bet he would have loved to have taken that one.

  7. 2349: 

    Robbie Keane is brought down and LA Galaxy have a penalty in the final minute. You can't write these scripts.

  8. 2348: 

    As Beckham begins to gasp for breath, the crowd begin to unfurl banners declaring their love for the former England captain. Two minutes to go in added time.

  9. 2347: 

    It's getting tense out there. A bit like when it's getting close to my round, nerves are apparent. LA Galaxy supporters are given a minor scare when Oscar Recio climbs high and has a header saved. We're into added time now. I think that's what they call it in the US.

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    Brian Ching might not be David Beckham, but he's a big deal for Houston Dynamo and he wants to mark what could be his final game for the club with a goal. He almost gets one too - a daisy-cutter from 30 yards just flashing wide.

  11. 2340: 

    Our 'Close' graphic is getting a good run-out at the moment as the game becomes stretched. Robbie Keane - he of bad haircut - gets free and does all the hard work before firing straight at the keeper. Will he regret that one? At the other end, Will Bruin spins on the edge of the box and fires in a low shot.

  12. 2335: 

    Houston's Will Bruin manages to get free down the right but he holds on to the ball too long and allows LA Galaxy defenders to get back in time - the eventual cross coming to nothing as Kandji fails to get any proper contact on the ball.

  13. 2333: 

    Christian Wilhelmsson, formerly of Bolton, is replaced by Edson Buddle before Juninho limps off and is replaced by Michael Stephens. Houston also shake things up by bringing on their all-time leading scorer, Brian Ching, for defender Kofi Sarkodia. Just 14 minutes to go now.

  14. 2329: 

    Houston bring on former Derby County midfielder Giles Barnes as they try and force a way back into this match. The home fans are in good voice now - cries of "LA" being followed by "Galaxy". Not very original, but it's drowning out the brass band that Houston's 'Orange Army' has brought along. Who wears orange and takes a trumpet to the match?


    Sean Sonnekus "You would have thought they'd let Beckham take the penalty."

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    GOAL- LA Galaxy 2-1 Houston Dynamo (Donovan)

    I hope David Beckham has cleared some space on the mantelpiece, because it looks like he is bringing home some silverware tonight. Former Everton playmaker Landon Donovan steps up from the spot and sends the goalkeeper the wrong way to make it 2-1. Just 25 minutes to go now.

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    LA Galaxy get a penalty. Wow - this is getting good. A Houston defender handles the ball and the referee points to the spot.

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    GOAL- LA Galaxy 1-1 Houston Dynamo (Gonzalez)

    Beckham's dream is still alive - and he has Omar Gonzalez to thank for it. The giant defender heads in at the far post after a great cross from the right from Juninho. The crowd goes wild. Game on - and time for plenty of colourful ticker-tape.

  19. 2316: 

    Houston goalscorer Calen Carr's game is over after he suffers an injury during a challenge and he is replaced by Macoumba Kandji.

  20. 2312: 

    Houston almost double their lead when Carr's header is well saved by the LA Galaxy keeper. Both sides are really starting to go for it now.

  21. 2312: 

    Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya, 'golden boy' himself, is in the stands in his capacity as part-owner of Houston. He is smiling away - but not for long as Beckham's pass picks out Robbie Keane, who gets to the byline and fires across goal. Keane, by the way, is sporting a pretty shocking haircut. It looks like he has paid about £3 for it. Anything more and he should be asking for his money back.


    James on Twitter:‏ "I'd have Beckham back at MUFC. Great service for both Rooney and Van Persie, his passing range is second to none."

  23. 2307: 

    The net bulges as Robbie Keane pounces on a loose ball in the penalty area and fires past the Houston goalkeeper. The flag is rightly up for offside though. David Beckham's free-kick broke to Keane via a deflection off a Galaxy team-mate and the Irishman had strayed past the last defender.

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    We are back up and running in the Home Depot Center. 'Center' is spelt differently to in the UK and 'depot' is definitely pronounced differently. We can all agree on 'Home' at least.

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    UK users will be able to watch today's Premier League highlights on Match of the Day if they refresh this page. It's well worth a watch. Get stuck in.

  26. 2300: 

    Right, let's give David Beckham all of our attention. Can he inspire an LA Galaxy fightback? We're about to find out - he has 45 minutes to ensure he bows out in the US on a winning note.

  27. 2252: 
    FULL-TIME- Real Madrid 2-0 Atletico Madrid

    That's it, all over in Madrid. 'The Only One' (2247) eases the pressure on himself with an impressive 2-0 victory over Real's close rivals Atletico. Victory sees them cut the gap on their second-placed visitors to five points but they remain 11 points adrift of leaders Barcelona. It was a comfortable win for Real too.


    Kim Griggs on Twitter: "If Becks went back to Old Trafford with Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, would Alan Hansen start going on how you'll never win anything with grandads?"

  29. 2247: 

    Real Madrid are doing a good job of closing this game out. Jose Mourinho looks pleased with himself. Thanks to those who told me about 'The Special One' giving himself a new title. Here's what he said during the summer:

    "Like me or not, I am the only one who won the world's three most important leagues. So, maybe instead of the 'Special One', people should start calling me the 'Only One'," Mourinho said in an interview with Portuguese TV station SIC.


    HALF-TIME- La Galaxy 0-1 Houston Dynamo

    Calen Carr's goal sends the teams down the tunnel with plenty for David Beckham, Robbie Keane and Landon Donavon to chew on in the home dressing room.

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    It's not a bad position to be in when you can bring on Luka Modric for Mesut Ozil with just three minutes to go. That's exactly what Real do.

    GOAL- La Galaxy 0-1 Houston Dynamo (Carr)

    The Dynamo's Calen Carr darts in behind the LA Galaxy rearguard, stares into the whites of Josh Sanders eyes and wallops a finish past the goalkeeper and into the roof of the net. Carr is sporting a Petr Cech-style headguard which he whips off while he celebrates. No yellow card for that, it must be an acceptable garment to remove in a state of ecstasy.

  33. 2239: 

    Ronaldo is desperate to boost his goal bonus tonight as he flicks an ambitious header towards goal but sees his effort saved by Courtois. He's got 10 more minutes to add to his tally.


    Mike Cuthbertson on Twitter: "If I was a Stoke City scout watching the MLS Cup I would do everything I could to get Becks signed!! He'd be perfect for Crouch."

  35. 2237: 

    He's done it again. First it was the bar and now Ronaldo hits the post. Real counter-attack and Ozil's quality pass from the left picks out Ronaldo who rattles the woodwork from a tight angle. I think the post is still shaking.

  36. 2236: 

    Raul Garcia replaces Arda Turan, whose main contribution to the match will be the free-kick he needlessly gave away for Real's first goal.

  37. 2235: 

    After a sprightly opening quarter, LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo have lost some of their rhythm. The game has degenerated into bitty, scrappy stuff that has taken the edge off some of the crowd's enthusiasm.

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    In true Ronaldo style, he goes close as he opts for power and smashes the free-kick against the crossbar. That would have been the perfect end to another top performance from the Portuguese forward.

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    Joao Miranda is shown a yellow card after bringing down Karim Benzema on the edge of the area. This is Ronaldo territory...

  40. 2231: 

    The ineffective Koke is replaced by Adrian Lopez as Atletico try and find a way back into the match. It's not looking likely so far.

  41. 2228: 

    Real Madrid make the first change of the match, with Jose Maria Callejon replacing Angel Di Maria. Just 20 minutes to go in Madrid now.


    Shane McMenemy on Twitter: "Watching the MLS Cup final. Beckham's still got it. Pinging passes wherever he wants. Lost a fair bit of pace but still."

    Houphanne on Twitter: "Its incredible how Becks is continuously picking out accurate long passes in this game. Many clubs could do with his services."

  43. 2226: 

    I guess it is only appropriate when you are based in Tinsel Town, but David Beckham clearly has licence to look for the Hollywood ball at every opportunity. The 37-year-old is using the extra time on the ball, compared to his career in Europe, to wind up his right peg and look long whenever he can.

  44. 2224: 
    GOAL- Real Madrid 2-0 Atletico Madrid (Ozil)

    That man Ronaldo keeps it slightly simpler this time, as his pass picks out Mesut Ozil in the area and the Germany international slots the ball home. Bad marking from the Atletico defenders - you suspect that might settle this match.

  45. 2223: 

    I wonder if Ronaldo ever gets embarrassed when it occasionally goes wrong? He tries some clever tricks on the left but ends up back-heeling the ball out of play. I bet it won't stop him trying it all again sometime soon, though.

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    A foul on Christian Wilhelmsson gives David Beckham the chance to unfurl that right boot once again. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder whips over a set-piece from the right flank. Mike Magee cannot quite apply the finishing touch it deserves though, heading into the ground and over the top.

  47. 2220: 

    Atletico have still not learned their lesson around their own box. Juanfran is shown a yellow card for a foul on Cristiano Ronaldo, and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, on loan from Chelsea, has to beat Ronny's free-kick clear.

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    Alvaro Arbeloa will have a few bruises in the morning. He goes up for the ball with Falcao but ends up falling flat on his back. It hurts the former Liverpool defender, but he is back to his feet within a few seconds.


    Dan Wilkinson on Twitter: "Re Miles: You're having a laugh aren't you! Our midfield is slow enough without a 37-year-old has been! Becks will go to PSG."

    Aaron Fawcett on Twitter: "Beckham back at Manchester United? I wouldn't say no. May give us some spark back, worked with Scholesy last season!"

  50. 2216: 

    The Real fans are enjoying themselves now - they're certainly not in the mood for whistling at Jose Mourinho at the moment. After all, they are putting their equivalent of the 'noisy neighbours' in their place tonight.

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    LA Galaxy's big-name trio combine to carve open Houston on the counter. David Beckham gets his head up on the edge of his own box and thumps a long ball into oceans of space for Robbie Keane to scamper onto. The Republic of Ireland striker squares for Landon Donavon, but the skipper screws his side-foot effort wide when he should really have done better.

  52. 2213: 

    It's getting a bit tasty out there in Madrid, and Atletico's Diego Costa seems to be at the centre of it all. Perhaps the biggest flashpoint is a flick at Sergio Ramos just before Koke's free-kick [2210]. He's making a real nuisance of himself - seemingly enjoying being a pest.

  53. 2210: 

    A good turn from Falcao sees him pull away from Alonso but he fires his shot well wide. This game is opening up a bit now and, from another attack, Atletico get a free-kick to the right of the penalty box. Koke whips the ball in, but Suarez is penalised for a foul and it comes to nothing. Better from the visitors.


    Greg in Kent, via text: "Re: 2202 No chance Miles, Fergie gets grief for playing Scholes and Giggs as it is."

  55. 2207: 

    David Beckham's first significant contribution is a quickly taken free-kick that almost picks out the run of Swedish midfielder Christian Wilhelmsson. Houston's dangerman Will Bruin almost gets in shortly after at the other end but Josh Sanders is out of his goal quickly to snuff out the danger.

    This MLS Cup final is a repeat of last season's showpiece. LA Galaxy beat Houston 1-0 to lift the silverware on that occasion with Landon Donavon scoring the only goal.

  56. 2206: 

    As Atletico defenders back off, Real try and pick a way through the middle and Ronaldo takes a shot - his effort being deflected wide. Nothing happens from the resulting corner, but Real have a sense of urgency in the second half. Perhaps they feel a second goal will finish this game off?

  57. 2204: 

    The players are back on the pitch, and the Atletico lads look fired up and animated while they wait for Real to appear. Mourinho's men step out on to the pitch shortly after and we are under way in the second half.

  58. 2202: 

    That would be an unbelievable signing, Miles. Imagine Becks back at Old Trafford. Never say never in football - just look at Paul Scholes and Thierry Henry last season...


    Miles, a hopeful United fan, on text: "Man Utd in desperate need of a player with real leadership to inject some discipline back into the squad. Beckham has his last game for Galaxy. Anyone else feel it has to be? No? Just me then..."

  60. 2157: 

    Houston Dynamo get us under way in the MLS Cup final.


    Femi John Atoyebi on Twitter: ‏"Sensible officiating by the referee to keep all 11 players on both sides on the pitch. Not the same with EPL referees."

    Andrew Gairns on Twitter: "Saying that Ronaldo is a big game player. For his club he might be but he has still to discover his best form for his country."

  62. 2150: 

    The two teams are on their way out onto the pitch at the Home Depot Center, the LA Galaxy players slapping palms with their home fans before making their way through a guard of flags and a cloud of pyro smoke. Kick off is almost upon us...

  63. 2149: 

    It's half-time in Madrid, and it's Real who have a 1-0 lead at the break. It's been a scrappy, technical game so far, with that wizard Cristiano Ronaldo providing us with a bit of magic to separate the teams.

  64. 2147: 

    As Atletico fans try and rally their team, Jose Mourinho is out of his dug-out giving his own encouragement to Real. The visitors do manage to get a shot on target, with Mario Suarez's weak effort easily being dealt with by Iker Casillas. The midfielder follows it up by clattering Ronaldo. There's some tasty tackling going unpunished in Madrid tonight.

  65. 2142: 

    Sergio Ramos and Radamel Falcao get into a bit of a tangle down near the byline, and the Colombian ends up flattened on the pitch. It should have been a foul and a yellow card. Perhaps that incident might fire up Falcao to produce that bit of magic to get his side back into the game.


    Sean Sonnekus on Twitter:‏ "There are no words to describe Messi or Ronaldo. They are beyond any compliment we could give. Footballing gods, sit and admire."

    Faheem ‏on Twitter: "Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 90 goals at the Bernabeu for Real Madrid, in just 81 appearances."

    Aidan Conry ‏on Twitter: "Only player to score in 6 consecutive El Clasico's, and another tonght against Atletico. Not a big game player though is he?"

  67. 2137: 

    Houston Dynamo have their own slightly lower profile European exiles. Giles Barnes was the next big thing at Derby for a long time. The 24-year-old's career has been hindered by a series of injuries however, and he now finds himself on the bench for the Dynamo. Ex-Ross County midfielder Adam Moffat is in the starting line-up and has told BBC Sport that he has not given up hope of a Scotland call-up.

  68. 2135: 
    LA Galaxy v Houston Dynamo

    BBC Sport's Mike Henson: "Most of the pre-game talk may surround a certain David Beckham and his impending departure from the United States, but it is Robbie Keane who has been tearing it up on the pitch for LA Galaxy. After scoring 13 goals in the Galaxy's final 19 league games, he has hit five in five in the play-offs. It is like his Highfield Road glory days all over again."

  69. 2134: 

    Angel Di Maria is a joy to watch when on song, and his pinpoint pass from the centre of midfield picks out Ronaldo - but the winger's cross comes to nothing. Falcao is dropping deep as he tries to get Atletico on the front foot and he is brought down on the halfway line by Xabi Alonso.

    GOAL- Juventus 3-0 Torino - Marchisio 83 mins

    That is the Turin derby signed, sealed and delivered for Juventus. A lovely lay-off off the chest of Mirko Vucinic is hammered home by Claudio Marchisio to leave 10-man Torino looking forlorn.

  71. 2129: 

    As an Atletico attack breaks down, with Falcao being brought down on the edge of the box, Real break and carve another good opportunity - which ends with Sergio Ramos firing fell wide from the edge of the area.

  72. 2127: 

    That goal was pretty special, and it's taken the wind out of Atletico's sails. Turan is desperate to make up for giving away the free-kick and goes on a run, which is checked and ends with a booking for Khedira. The free-kick is clipped into the box, but easily cleared. It's all a bit too easy for Real at the moment.


    Alessandro Zanconato on Twitter:‏ "Ronaldo and Messi score like they're playing in a primary school playground."

    Rob Satchell ‏on Twitter: "ABSOLUTE BEAST OF A FREE KICK!"

  74. 2122: 
    LINE-UPS- La Galaxy v Houston Dynamo (21:30 GMT)

    LA Galaxy: Saunders; Franklin, Gonzalez, Meyer, Dunivant; Wilhelmsson, Beckham, Juninho, Magee; Donovan, Keane. Subs: Perk, Sarvas, Stephens, DeLaGarza, Buddle, Noonan, Gaul

    Houston Dynamo: Hall; Sarkodie, Taylor, Boswell, Ashe; Garcia, R. Clark, Moffat, Davis (C); Carr, Bruin Subs: Deric, Hainault, Kandji, Weaver, Camargo, Barnes, Ching

    GOAL- Real Madrid 1-0 Atletico Madrid (Ronaldo)

    Remember what I just said about Ronaldo? The fact he hadn't done much so far? Scrap that because he has single-handedly given his side the lead. Well, almost single-handedly. First he performed some keepy-uppies 35 yards out, which were ended when Arda Turan handled the ball. The Turkish winger was booked for his troubles, and could only watch as Ronny smashed the ball home from the resulting free-kick. What a player.

    GOAL- Juventus 2-0 Torino - Giovinco (67 mins)

    If Sebastian Giovinco wasn't leading the Juventus line, he could get seasonal work in Santa's grotto. When you can finish like this, there is no need to worry about Lapland-bound job applications though. The diminutive Italian international lashes hard and low past Torino's goalkeeper to double the Old Lady's lead.

  77. 2115: 

    We've not seen much of Cristiano Ronaldo so far, as Angel Di Maria goes running down the right flank and is stopped in his tracks by a defender. Already it looks as if Sami Khedira will try and dominate from the centre of midfield for the home side, breaking up play and passing it on to players like Di Maria, Ozil and Ronaldo.

  78. 2111: 

    He might play like a tiger, but that has not stopped Radamel Falcao from wearing gloves on a chilly night in the Spanish capital. I think we can rule out a move to the north east, then. The striker earns his side the first corner of the game, which is easily dealt with by Real. A fairly patient start by both sides so far.

  79. 2108: 

    Fabio Coentrao goes marauding down the left and is brought down, but promptly told to return to his feet and get on with it by the referee. The offical is right, it was a good challenge.

  80. 2105: 

    Atletico said they will take the game to Real in the first 20 minutes, but it's the home side who are making the early running. In the dug-out, Mourinho is making notes after just two minutes of the game...

    GOAL- Juventus 1-0 Torino - Marchisio (56 mins)

    Claudio Marchisio burst into the Torino box to get his head to a looping cross and put Juventus ahead against their local rivals. That brilliant distinctly Italian roar rips around the stands and the opener is all the sweeter coming from a Turin native.

  82. 2102: 

    Real Madrid get us under way...


    Richard in Manchester, via text on 81111: "Real Madrid to lose tonight, City to get beat next Sunday against United. Cue the Special One to make his Premier League return by taking charge of the champions."

  84. 2059: 

    We're almost set for kick-off in Madrid. Where do you reckon Barcelona head coach Tito Vilanova is watching the Madrid derby? Guess what? He's not - he's going to have his tea instead. "I have to attend my media conference and then have some supper," said Vilanova earlier in the week.

    "I have no intention of seeing [the derby] or following it. Whether they [Real Madrid] are 14 or 16 points behind us is not important, they will not give up. I do not bother myself with that and neither should the players."


    George Maddocks via Twitter: "Terrible game for Benitez today, hours later the Valencia position becomes free. Written in the stars?"

    Abhinav Reddy on Twitter: "Ponting's last day in cricket. Beckham's last day in USA. And quite possibly Mourinho's last day in Madrid. Some day, this!"

    LINE-UPS- Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid (21:00 GMT)

    Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Coentrao, Xabi Alonso, Khedira, Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo, Benzema

    Atletico Madrid: Courtois, Juanfran, Joao Miranda, Godin, Cata Díaz, Gabi, Mario Suarez, Koke, Diego Costa, Arda Turan, Falcao.

  87. 2055: 

    Since Beckham joined from Real Madrid in 2007, the MLS has increased from 12 to 19 teams and seen a 231% increase in merchandise sales.

    "David broke through like no other athlete we have seen in north American soccer. With the global appeal he has he was able to put the spotlight on Galaxy and MLS in every continent on the planet," said MLS executive vice-president of communications Dan Courtemanche. "We have tried to measure the media coverage and put a dollar value on it, but that is just impossible due to the global appeal David has. His type of impact is invaluable and immeasurable."

  88. 2054: 

    Tonight's game between LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo is a repeat of last year's Major League Soccer final, which Beckham's boys won 1-0. The 37-year-old is a free agent following the game and, after being linked with Monaco earlier in the week, he says he wants one last crack at the Champions League.

    "I always loved it when I went back to AC Milan, being back in the Champions League," he said. "I still miss playing in it, they are the games you love playing in. Of course I'd want to play in it again."

  89. 2052: 

    The man masterminding Atletico's success is former Argentina international Diego Simeone. He has been in charge for one year and is perhaps better known to some in England as the man who was kicked by David Beckham - the midfielder being sent off for the indiscretion - in the 1998 World Cup. Which brings us seamlessly to the former England captain himself...

  90. 2051: 

    One of the men behind Atletico's rise towards the top of La Liga is star striker Radamel Falcao. The Colombian has scored 35 goals in 46 league game for the club and, if you need any indication of just how good he is - ask a Chelsea fan. The 26-year-old became the first person to score a hat-trick in the Uefa Super Cup, against the Blues in September. As a result, he continues to be linked with a move to the Premier League.

    "He's brave, powerful and an intimidating presence for any defender to deal with. It's no accident that his nickname is El Tigre [the Tiger] - that's entirely appropriate," said Spanish journalist John Carlin. 'A tiger in the box' - sounds much better than the stereotypical 'fox in the box' to me.

  91. 2048: 
    FULL-TIME- Barcelona 5-1 Athletic Bilbao

    Spanish football journalist Andy West: "It was an absolute stroll for Barca, who started relatively slowly but never looked back when they got their noses in front.

    "Lionel Messi will rightly claim the headlines after another brilliant performance and two more goals, but he received plenty of assistance with Cesc Fabregas, in particular, producing another top-class display."

  92. 2046: 

    BBC Sport's Mike Henson: "There are big games all around Europe today, not least in Germany where Borussia Dortmund have drawn 1-1 with Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich. Toni Kroos gave the Bavarians the lead in the 67th minute, but Mario Goetze popped up seven minutes later to level for Dortmund. Bayern's lead at the top is now just the eight points with second-placed Bayer Leverkusen closing in thanks to a 1-0 win over Nuremberg earlier in the day."

  93. 2044: 

    Spanish football journalist Andy West: "This is a hugely anticipated encounter in Spain, where the general consensus is that it's the most closely matched Madrid derby in many years.

    "Jose Mourinho comes into the game under intense pressure from Real fans following last weekend's defeat at Real Betis. Some sections of the media have even suggested that Mourinho will be sacked if his team loses tonight. That might be an exaggeration but it illustrates the growing dissatisfaction felt by many Madrid fans.

    "There won't be many away fans inside the Bernabeu - Atletico supporters are staying away in protest at high ticket prices and the club didn't even sell out their 1,000 allocation. Nevertheless, Atletico come into the game in an extraordinarily positive mood - they held an open training session at their Vicente Calderon stadium earlier today and more than 20,000 fans turned up to wish them well."

  94. 2042: 

    It seems the managerial merry-go-round is not just a ride in the Premier League. Valencia have just sacked Mauricio Pellegrino after losing 5-2 at home to Real Sociedad today. He only joined the club in the summer.


    Mathew Mitchell on Twitter:‏ "You forgot to list Preston North End on Beckham's CV - not quite as fashionable as Milan!"

    You are very right Mathew. You never know, he might return to Deepdale if he signs for a Premier League club and they draw Preston in the FA Cup third round. That would be nice.

  96. 2034: 

    Andrea Pirlo, a man so cool he has anti-freeze for blood right? Well, not quite. The Italian smacks a penalty high and not so handsome after Paul Pogba is brought down by Migjen Basha. The tumultuous atmosphere of the Turin derby gets to the best of them it seems. Still Juventus 0-0 Torino at half-time.

  97. 2032: 

    Ahead of tonight's Madrid derby, it's worth noting that the last time Atletico beat Real, Five were topping the UK charts with their single Keep on Movin' (they were too cool to spell it properly). Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink scored twice in Atletico's 3-1 victory back in October 1999. Surely it's about time Atletico sorted out that particular stat?

  98. 2030: 

    Spanish football journalist Andy West: "Barcelona are cruising and the only question is how many more they'll score. Some of their football has been sensational and Fabregas richly deserved his goal - he, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi have been outstanding.

    "Bilbao have folded and look a dishevelled and disillusioned outfit. Barca's second goal has now been officially confirmed as Messi's so, after subsequently recording his second of the evening, he's now just one short of equalling Muller's record."

  99. 2027: 

    Athletic Bilbao pull a goal back in the Nou Camp through Ibai Gomez, but Lionel Messi goes up the other end and makes it 5-1 with another marvellous finish into the top corner from 12 yards out. Scoring against Barca seems a dangerous thing to do - it just makes them more determined to hammer you.

  100. 2026: 

    Torino defender Kamil Glik comes whipping across the Juventus Stadium turf at Mach 3 and his attempt at a sliding tackle gets little of the ball and a lot of Juventus' Emanuele Giaccherini. The Pole complains but the straight red card pops out of the referee's pocket.

  101. 2022: 

    Befitting a man with the self-styled nickname of 'the Special One', Mourinho has a very good record in derbies. He's won all six matches in charge of Real against Atletico and, of 21 home derbies as a manager with Benfica, Porto, Chelsea and Inter, he has won 17 and drawn four. That's a "very, very, very" [2007] formidable record.


    Elliot Armstrong, via text on 81111: "Think Atletico might snatch this one. Falcao is due a decent game, hasn't been at his best in the last few games. Also reckon Mourinho is secretly feeling the pressure."

    Cameron in Hertfordshire, via text on 81111: "Mourinho loses today and is in the Chelsea job on Monday?"

  103. 2019: 

    Back to Madrid, and it might seem inconceivable to supporters of Chelsea and other English clubs but, despite what he says, Jose Mourinho is under a fair bit of pressure tonight - and he is bracing himself for some stick from his own supporters.

    "They applaud me and they whistle at me. That's life in football," he said. "I'll head out into the Bernabeu by myself at 9:20pm [20:20pm GMT]. If they want to whistle at me, I'll be there. I'll take it calmly and humbly. All I want is for them to try to support and help the team. I want them to whistle at me at 9:20pm, and then support the team."

  104. 2015: 

    Barcelona have made it 4-0 against Athletic Bilbao - Andres Iniesta slipping a pass through for Cesc Fabregas to blast the ball home. Incidentally, the question of whether Barca's second goal was scored by Messi or should be recorded as an own goal by Amorebieta is actually pretty significant because it means Messi is now just two behind Gerd Muller's all-time record for goals in a calendar year - or three if it goes down as an own goal. Muller netted 85 times for Bayern Munich and West Germany in 1972.


    Joe O'Rourke on Twitter: "Atletico Madrid should win - hope they do, they look more of a team than Real Madrid. If they lose, then the title goes to Barcelona!"

    Jack Robinson on Twitter: "Beckham's got no chance in Europe, the game is too fast for his MLS paced game."

    Johnny Calopsita on Twitter:‏ "Becks to Paris or Monaco sounds about right. He only does fashionable cities/prestigious clubs, so it fits. Not a bad career."

    Good point there Johnny. It's some CV Becks has got - Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy and AC Milan.

  106. 2007: 

    Spanish newspaper Marca says Real are entering the match without their usual swagger. They say Mourinho has "fallen out with people left, right and centre". However, in his pre-match news conference, Mourinho said: "I have a very, very, very good relationship with the president and the board." There's a lot of 'verys' in there, Jose.

  107. 2001: 

    Let's start our build-up to the Madrid derby by taking a little look at the La Liga table. It certainly doesn't make great reading for 'special' managers. After just 13 games, the champions are already 11 points (soon to be 14) behind leaders Barcelona and eight points adrift of second-placed Atletico - hence the Spanish media labeling tonight's match 'The Doomsday Derby'. Not that Mourinho is feeling the pressure: "My relationship with the players and the club is like it has always been," he said. "I have perfect health and I am working as I have done for many years."

  108. 2000: 

    Here's a quick half-time update from the Nou Camp, courtesy of Spanish football journalist Andy West: "It's looking like a routine home win for Barcelona, who are 3-0 ahead at the break thanks to quickfire goals from Gerard Pique and Lionel Messi, followed by a brilliant effort from Adriano on the stroke of half-time.

    "The second might be recorded as an own goal by Athletic defender Fernando Amorebieta, who had the last touch as he attempted to clear Messi's shot."


    So, what do you guys reckon? Will it be Real's night, or will the champions fall 11 points behind their second-placed rivals in the title race? Is Jose Mourinho under pressure? What would be the ramifications for English clubs if he did leave the Bernabeu between now and the end of the season? And, what about Beckham? Has he got one last season in him in Europe? Whether you want to talk Madrid derby, MLS Cup final or today's Premier League football, the floor is yours. Tweet us using #bbcfootball or send a text to 81111 (remembering to include your name). Lovely.

  110. 1953: 

    Before we go any further, just a reminder you can find all of the day's Premier League match reports on the BBC Sport website. And what a day it has been. Manchester United beat Reading 4-3, with all of the game's seven goals coming in the first 34 minutes. Manchester City were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Everton, while Swansea earned a surprise 2-0 victory at Arsenal to put more pressure on Arsene Wenger. If tonight's matches are half as good, we are in for a good one.

  111. 1949: 

    If that's not enough to whet the appetite, how about a massive serving of Major League Soccer final action? It's David Beckham's final game for LA Galaxy - can he sign off with some silverware? We'll keep you bang up to date with all the action from the Home Depot Center, as well as Barcelona's home match against Athletic Bilbao which is currently 3-0 at half-time. There's also the small matter of the Turin derby in Serie A. Fancy it? Of course you do.

  112. 1945: 

    It's being described as the Doomsday Derby in Spain - win and 'The Special One' will continue to cast his magic in Madrid. Lose and the fall-out could reverberate around the footballing world. Strap yourself in for the Madrid derby, it's going to be hotter than a Saturday night curry down my local takeaway.

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