Barcelona win at Real Betis and Juventus beat Napoli

Text commentary as Barcelona beat Real Betis but Lionel Messi goes off injured, while Napoli lose to Juventus in Serie A.

10 November 2013 Last updated at 22:02 GMT

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    Dominant displays from the European giants Juventus and Barcelona, as they both pick up comfortable wins that strengthen their hopes of winning their respective leagues. Sensational goals by Juventus, particularly Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba - surely only a matter of time before The Old Lady claims the Serie A lead from a faltering Roma?

    Barca, too, looked impressive although they were playing against the bottom side in La Liga. They are three clear but the main concern for them over the coming days is the extent of Lionel Messi's injury.

    That is all from this Sunday's European live text commentary offering. Thanks once again for your company, goodbye for now!

  2. 2150:  
    Spanish La LigaFULL-TIME- Real Betis 1-4 Barcelona

    All over as Barcelona breeze to a victory that puts them three points clear of Atletico Madrid. Almost a perfect evening but for a worrying injury to Lionel Messi, who limped off early in the first half. Was he brought back to action too soon?

  3. 2148:  
    Spanish La LigaGOAL- Real Betis 1-4 Barcelona - Jorge Molina (pen 90 mins)

    Confident stuff from Jorge Molina as he despatches the penalty with ease. A small consolation though for a Betis side who have been outclassed.

  4. 2146:  
    Spanish La LigaPENALTY- Real Betis 0-4 Barcelona

    Penalty to Real Betis as Dani Alves hauls down Matilla. Chance for a consolation here for the home side...

  5. 2146:  
    Italian Serie AFULL-TIME

    All over in the other late game in Italy as Giuseppe Rossi's two goals prove to be enough for Fiorentina, who beat Sampdoria 2-1.

  6. 2144:  
    Spanish La LigaReal Betis 0-4 Barcelona

    Credit to the Betis fans. Their team is heading towards another defeat, and a heavy one at that, yet they are still urging the side forward. Barcelona look as though they have settled for just the four goals.

  7. 2141:  
    Italian Serie AAS IT STANDS
    Serie A

    All very tight at the top of Serie A. A great weekend for Juventus, but not so much for Roma, who could only draw 1-1 with Sassuolo earlier on Sunday.

  8. 2136:  
    Italian Serie AFULL-TIME- Juventus 3-0 Napoli

    All over and a deserved victory for Juventus, who were simply sensational. Roma are rocking but The Old Lady is rising. They are now up to second and just one point behind Serie A leaders Roma.

  9. 2135:  
    Spanish La LigaGOAL- Real Betis 0-4 Barcelona - Cesc Fabregas (79 mins)
    Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring against Real Betis with Andres Iniesta

    Cesc Fabregas exposes Betis's shoddy defence as he doubles his league tally for the season with his second of the night, a close range header which goes in off the post.

    The former Arsenal player looks a little embarrassed at how easy he found the net. It is Fabregas's final action of the game as he is substituted and immediately picks up an ice pack which he places on his knee as he takes a seat in the dug out. The goal tally is rising. And so too is Barca's casualty list.

  10. 2134:  
    Spanish La LigaSUBSTITUTION- Real Betis 0-3 Barcelona
    Neymar

    Goalscorer Neymar goes off after finding himself on the receiving end of some bruising Betis challenges. Don't be surprised if he does not report for duty with Brazil in the next few days.

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    Ben Aitkenhead: Wow just wow. Two breathtaking long range goals by Juve. The Old Lady is singing now

    James Brodie: Paul Pogba just what Man United need eh?

    Wale A: Not sure United rue letting any other player go than Paul Pogba.

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    Latest scores

    In Italy, Manolo Gabbiadini has pulled a goal back for Sampdoria at Fiorentina, who lead 2-1 with just a few minutes to go. In France, a stunning bicycle kick by Romain Hamouma brings Saint Etienne level against Lyon, 1-1.

  13. 2129:  
    Spanish La LigaReal Betis 0-3 Barcelona

    Barca have now scored three goals or more in eight of their 13 league games this season. Real Madrid, courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick, hit five on Saturday. With 15 minutes still left on the clock, you would not rule out Barca matching that feat against Betis.

  14. 2126:  
    Italian Serie ARED CARD- Angelo Ogbonna (Juventus)

    Needless stuff from Angelo Ogbonna, as he becomes the first Juventus player to be sent off this season with a reckless challenge that earns him a second yellow card.

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    Wale Ibraheem: Barca again demonstrating how they damage their opponents in a flash.

  16. 2122:  
    Italian Serie AGOAL- Juventus 3-0 Napoli - Paul Pogba (79 mins)
    Paul Pogba

    What. A. Goal. Fantastic stuff from Paul Pogba as he ensures Juventus will take three points from this clash. His first touch looks like genius, although he may well have had a little touch of fortune as he flicks the ball into the air from a square pass. That gives the France international all the time to measure up his shot and he does so delightfully, smashing a volley into the back of the net.

  17. 2119:  
    Spanish La LigaGOAL- Real Betis 0-3 Barcelona - Cesc Fabregas (63 mins)

    Lionel who? A fabulous team goal in Messi's absence as Cesc Fabregas scores his second goal in three La Liga appearances after more sloppy defending by the hosts. After an uncomfortable start, Barca are coasting to their 12th win in 13 league games this season.

  18. 2117:  
    Spanish La LigaGREAT SAVE!- Real Betis 0-2 Barcelona

    Fine double save from Betis goalkeeper Guillermo Sara to deny Neymar from adding another goal after the home defence, not for the first time, is carved wide open. Neymar is looking to take centre stage in Messi's absence.

  19. 2116:  
    Italian Serie AGOAL- Juventus 2-0 Napoli - Andrea Pirlo (73 mins)
    Andrea Pirlo

    You just cannot give free kicks away 25 yards from goal if you are playing Juventus because an Andrea Pirlo goal is almost inevitable. The veteran midfielder steps up to effortlessly curl the ball over the wall and way out of the reach of Pepe Reina's dive.

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    Shohidur Rahman: Barca have handled Messi's injury really badly. Rushed him back and it's showing. He needs a proper break.

  21. 2114:  
    French Ligue 1Latest scores

    A quick update from France where Lyon have taken the lead against Saint Etienne. Alexandre Lacazette has got the goal early in the second half for the visitors.

  22. 2112:  
    Spanish La LigaMESSI UPDATE- Real Betis 0-2 Barcelona

    Barcelona: Leo Messi: Injury to the femoral biceps of the player's left leg. He will undergo additional tests on Monday.

  23. 2111:  
    Italian Serie ACLOSE!- Juventus 1-0 Napoli

    How on earth did Juventus not score just now? An absolutely delightful passage of play involving Mauricio Isla, Carlos Tevez and Arturo Vidal sees the latter with just Pepe Reina to be beat. He hits a side-footed effort that seems destined to creep in at the near post, but it is the wrong side of goal. Just.

  24. 2109:  
    Spanish La LigaHITS THE WOODWORK- Real Betis 0-2 Barcelona

    More hesitation in the Barca area results in a corner for the hosts. Then Markus Steinhofer hits a post with a super strike from 25-yards. They might not have many points, but Betis have bags of spirit.

  25. 2107: 
    Andy West, European football writer

    "However serious Messi's injury proves to be, Barca should decide - right now - not to play him again until after the Christmas break. Messi has been rushed back too quickly, too often. He is not a natural athlete and his body desperately needs a proper extended break."

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    Matt Berry: No surprise Roma struggling for goals and creativity in the final third with no Totti or Gervinho, current squad lacking depth.

  27. 2104:  
    Spanish La LigaCLOSE!- Real Betis 0-2 Barcelona

    Joan Verdu is unlucky with an effort that flies into the side netting. Whatever Betis manager Pepe Mel said at half-time, his players have come out firing on all cylinders.

  28. 2103:  
    Italian Serie AJuventus 1-0 Napoli

    That man Pepe Reina does it again as he stops a bouncing Arturo Vidal drive from distance, Carlos Tevez is on the rebound in a flash but the former Manchester City striker's first-time shot is straight at a grateful Reina.

  29. 2101:  
    Spanish La LigaKICK-OFF- Real Betis 0-2 Barcelona
    Barcelona's players celebrate scoring against Real Betis

    Back under way at the Benito Villamarin, which is a lot quieter than it was an hour ago. It is a damage limitation exercise for La Liga's bottom club. Barca will be keen to add to the 36 goals they have scored in the league this season.

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    Ben Aitkenhead: It's pure theatre. Stares, gesticulations, anguish. And brilliant Buffon.

  31. 2056:  
    Italian Serie ACLOSE!- Juventus 1-0 Napoli

    Lorenzo Insigne is by far Napoli's most dangerous player and he is the first to force Gianluigi Buffon into a proper save with a curling free kick that the Juventus goalkeeper dives superbly to palm away for a corner.

  32. 2054:  
    Turkish Super Lig
    Galatasaray manager Roberto Mancini

    Roberto Mancini suffered defeat in the Istanbul derby as Fenerbahce beat rivals Galatasaray 2-0 to go four points clear at the top of the table. Former Galatasaray midfielder Emre Belozoglu opened the scoring with a 23rd minute penalty. Didier Drogba threatened for Galatasaray but Cristian Baroni's 66th minute finish sealed their fate.

    It was Galatasaray's second straight defeat after losing to FC Copenhagen in the Champions League. Galatasaray's day to forget was summed up when Felipe Melo missed a last minute penalty.

  33. 2053:  
    Italian Serie AJuventus 1-0 Napoli
    Juventus stats

    Here are the stats from the game so far. Dominant stuff from the home side, with Napoli managing just one shot on target.

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    Irfan Khan: Remember a certain Cruyff saying Neymar will become more important than Messi.

  35. 2048:  
    Italian Serie AKICK-OFF- Juventus 1-0 Napoli

    Back under way in Turin as Juventus look to add to their lead. They will move to within one point of leaders Roma if they collect all three points.

  36. 2047:  
    Spanish La LigaHALF-TIME- Real Betis 0-2 Barcelona
    Pedro scores for Barcelona against Real Betis

    You have to feel some sympathy for Betis. Barca are in total command thanks to two fine goals in the space of 89 seconds - and a magnificent save by Victor Valdes to deny Juan Carlos when the game was goalless.

    All that impressive early work by Betis is already a distant memory, and it will require a top defensive performance to prevent the visitors from adding to their advantage.

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    Ahnez Okubasu: Messi's form will worsen as the season goes on. Pep oversaw that n decided to escape. Barca will even loan him to PSG.

  38. 2038:  
    Spanish La LigaGOAL- Real Betis 0-2 Barcelona - Pedro (37 mins)

    Real Betis barely have time to recuperate from Neymar's strike as they find themselves two-goals down. This time, Pedro curls a shot beyond the goalkeeper. It is a superb individual effort by the 26-year-old. No Messi, no problem for Barca.

  39. 2037:  
    Spanish La LigaGOAL- Real Betis 0-1 Barcelona - Neymar (35 mins)
    Barcelona

    What was that about Barca being on the back foot? Neymar side foots the visitors into the lead after an unselfish pass by Cesc Fabregas following a lightning breakaway. The Betis fans, who have been roaring their team forward, fall silent.

  40. 2036:  
    Italian Serie AJuventus 1-0 Napoli

    Pepe Reina has kept Napoli in this game. He would have been lining up for Barcelona - instead of Napoli - tonight had Victor Valdes opted to leave the Nou Camp, according to the goalkeeper's father.

    Barca were chasing a replacement for Valdes after their long-time number one announced he would be leaving, and Miguel Reina is quoted in the Sunday Mirror as saying: "A few months ago Pepe was in talks with Barcelona. They had an agreement and he was all set to go. But in the end Victor Valdes did not leave. That's why the transfer fell through."

    Reina, 31, has played in has kept five clean sheets in 11 league games for Napoli since joining on loan from Liverpool in July. A sixth clean sheet could help his side move to within one point of leaders Roma.

  41. 2035:  
    Spanish La LigaReal Betis 0-0 Barcelona

    No Messi and no goals, this is turning into one of the most uncomfortable nights of the season for Barcelona. It is the fourth time that four-time World player of the year Messi has been replaced this season.

    Whatever the result, that will concern Barca manager Gerardo Martino. Betis continue to probe the visitors defence and a looping ball into the area is headed narrowly wide by Jorge Molina.

  42. 2032:  
    Italian Serie AHALF-TIME- Juventus 1-0 Napoli

    The referee brings an end to a 45 minutes that very much belonged to Juventus. They only have one goal to show for their dominance though, with Fernando Llorente having scored after just two minutes. Napoli will be very happy to be still in this game.

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    Nitin Raj Menon: Valdez has been getting tips on goalkeeping from a certain Mr Krul. Good student, he is. Slow learner, though.

  44. 2026:  
    Spanish La LigaSUBSTITUTION- Real Betis 0-0 Barcelona

    The sight no Barcelona fan wants to see as Lionel Messi is replaced by Andres Iniesta with just 21 minutes on the clock. Messi looks dejected as he takes his place in the dug out after being caught by a late challenge. Looks like he has injured his right foot.

  45. 2025:  
    Italian Serie AGREAT SAVE!- Juventus 1-0 Napoli
    Fernando Llorente

    Brilliant from Juventus as Arturo Vidal delivers a smart ball behind the Napoli defence and Fernando Llorente throws his head at it, but his shot is straight at Pepe Reina, who knew little about it. Somehow, Juventus still only lead by that one goal.

  46. 2022:  
    Spanish La LigaGREAT SAVE!- Real Betis 0-0 Barcelona

    Wonderful. Repeat wonderful save by Victor Valdes to keep out a flying close range header from Juan Carlos after the Barca defence is caught out by a cross from Alvaro Vadillo. This has been a really impressive opening by Betis. Barca know they're in a game.

  47. 2020:  
    Italian Serie AJuventus 1-0 Napoli

    Better from Napoli as Lorenzo Insigne controls a bouncing ball on the edge of the area, outsmarts the Juventus defence with a clever little flick to put himself clear, but his low effort drifts just wide.

  48. 2018:  
    Spanish La LigaReal Betis 0-0 Barcelona

    It is already clear Betis are not going to roll over for Barca. But after a spell of pressure inside the visitors half, Barca produce a counter attack and Pedro's early cross finds Neymar unmarked in a good position inside the penalty box.

    But the Brazil forward takes too many extra touches and the chance is gone. More frustration for Barca.

  49. 2015:  
    Spanish La LigaReal Betis 0-0 Barcelona

    OptaJose: Barcelona have scored in their last eight visits to Betis in La Liga, the last time they failed to record a goal was in 2002.

  50. 2013:  
    Italian Serie ACLOSE!- Juventus 1-0 Napoli

    Pepe Reina is earning his money for Napoli so far as he again pulls off a good save to keep out a rampant Juventus. This time, Carlos Tevez shoots low and hard from distance and Reina gets down well to push the stinging effort away. Moments later, Kwadwo Asamoah smashes a shot into the sidenetting.

  51. 2012:  
    Spanish La LigaReal Betis 0-0 Barcelona

    Betis are not playing like a team rooted to the bottom of the table. The green and white shirted hosts win the game's first corner which leads to Xavi Torres heading over from a good position.

    If only Betis had his namesake Fernando. They might be celebrating a goal against the leaders.

  52. 2010:  
    Italian Serie ALatest scores

    Fiorentina now lead 2-0 against Sampdoria and yes it is that man again with the goal. Giuseppe Rossi, already the top scorer in Serie A, gets his second of the game and 11th of the season.

  53. 2006:  
    Spanish La LigaReal Betis 0-0 Barcelona

    Barcelona start brightly through Neymar, who drives forward before losing possession. Cesc Fabregas then gives the ball away. Scrappy stuff from the leaders so far on what is a heavily watered surface.

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    Is Lionel Messi suffering a slump in form? Tweet #bbceurofooty or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Felix Lungu: I hope Messi is in magic form. He brings out the best moments football can bring.

    Martin Lomax: By his standards Messi is having a slump but the player is class and that will show tonight.

    Iamcule: Injury has hit his game.

  55. 2004:  
    Italian Serie ALatest scores

    Quick goals galore in Italy in the late kick offs as Giuseppe Rossi gives Fiorentina the lead at home to Sampdoria, scoring from the penalty spot. 1-0 to the home side. That is his 10th goal in 12 games. Impressive.

  56. 2002:  
    Spanish La LigaKICK-OFF- Real Betis v Barcelona

    There is a hostile atmosphere in the ground in Andalusia. And we're off.

  57. 2002:  
    Italian Serie AJuventus 1-0 Napoli

    First foray into the Juventus half from Napoli as Gonzalo Higuain races on to a ball into the box, but Leonardo Bonucci and home keeper Gianluigi Buffon are quickly there to prevent the Argentine from getting to the ball first. Higuain takes an almighty whack to the ribs as a result of Bonucci's challenge, but he is soon back on his feet.

  58. 1959:  
    Spanish La LigaReal Betis v Barcelona (2000 GMT)

    The teams are out at the Benito Villamarin. Messi, Neymar and Co have just had a huddle on the pitch. Barca now know they will go three points clear at the top if they win. If. Remember, their record here is not impressive.

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    Shohidur Rahman: Looked like Atletico Madrid settled for a draw. In my opinion not the mentality you should have if you're serious title contenders.

  60. 1956:  
    Italian Serie AGREAT SAVE!- Juventus 1-0 Napoli
    Pepe Reina

    Pepe Reina denies Juventus what looked a certain goal as Leonardo Bonucci gets on the end of a Paul Pogba header inside the area and heads goalwards from what must have been only a couple of yards. Reina, though, reacts instinctively to push the ball away to safety.

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    Bee Man: Juventus v Napoli, I will go with Juventus because of their home record, Napoli will be lucky to get a draw.

  62. 1950:  
    Spanish La Liga

    Atletico Madrid miss the chance to leapfrog Barcelona at the top of the table - for a couple of hours at least - as they are held to a 1-1 draw at Villarreal. La Liga's second-placed team had taken the lead in the opening minute through Mario Gaspar's own goal. But visiting defender Juanfran puts through his own net in the 78th minute to earn the hosts a point.

    It means Barcelona will open up a three point lead at the top if they win at Real Betis. What better time for Lionel Messi to end his domestic goal drought?

  63. 1947:  
    Italian Serie AGOAL- Juventus 1-0 Napoli - Fernando Llorente (Two mins)

    What a start from the home side! Juventus attack straight from the off and win a corner when Paul Pogba's shot is pushed wide by Pepe Reina. From the resulting set-piece Juve eventually work the ball into the box as Mauricio Isla's shot is turned into the path of Fernando Llorente by Carlos Tevez and the former makes no mistake.

  64.  
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    Lionel Messi is looking for his first league goal in five games. Is he in a slump in form? Tweet #bbceurofooty or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Ernest Makhaya: He is in a slump form, but I think he's gained confidence from the two goals he scored in the midweek.

    Rosie Dodds: Messi to score a hat-trick.

    Hammam Ayoub: Messi doesn't influence matches as he used to. Ronaldo should win Ballon d'Or this year. Always turns up in the big matches.

  65. 1945:  
    Italian Serie AKICK-OFF- Juventus v Napoli (1945 GMT)

    The referee takes a look at his watch, blows his whistle and off we go.

  66. 1944:  
    Italian Serie AJuventus v Napoli (1945 GMT)

    Out come the teams at the Juventus Stadium in what appears to be a lovely evening in Turin. A mouth-watering game in prospect with the victors moving within a point of league leaders Roma.

  67. 1943:  
    Spanish La LigaROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT- Real Betis v Barcelona (2000 GMT)
    Barcelona midfielder Xavi

    They are unbeaten in 16 league and European games this season, have dropped just two points in 12 games in the defence of their La Liga title and have scored 43 goals, including seven in one game against Levante. Yet, incredibly, Barcelona midfielder Xavi insists there is room for improvement from Lionel Messi, Neymar and Co.

    The 33-year-old veteran of seven La Liga titles says: "We want to recover the excellence of other years, but it's sometimes hard. Sometimes we should be more the protagonists, extend our possession, find our mistakes and correct them.

    "There are times when we feel really good, playing great football, like in the first half against Milan. But we have to play like that for the full 90 minutes. Such big demands are a challenge that we relish."

  68. 1941:  
    Italian Serie AJuventus v Napoli (1945 GMT)

    Five minutes until kick off in Turin. Juventus boss Antonio Conte says Rafael Benitez will not have achieved anything at Napoli unless he wins the Serie A title.

    "I've heard him say that Napoli are still at 75 per cent and that's something that slightly concerns me, given that they're level on points with us and three adrift of Roma," adds Conte. "When they reach 100% they will be out of sight.

    "They finished second last year, spent 90 million in the transfer market and I think Benitez is intelligent enough to realise that he won't have achieved anything if Napoli don't win the Scudetto this year."

  69. 1939:  
    Italian Serie AMILAN STAND BY ALLEGRI

    A couple of entries earlier you will see that AC Milan could only manage a goalless draw at Chievo. Milan have now failed to win in all competitions since 19 October, meaning manager Massimiliano Allegri could be coming under increasing pressure.

    But Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani says the club plan to keep faith with 46-year-old.

    "I just talked to [club president Silvio] Berlusconi. We'll go forward with Allegri," Galliani says. "He agrees with me. If Robinho had scored instead of hitting the post against Chievo we would be talking about a win. We will look at the positive things. At least finally we didn't concede."

    Sad times when not conceding against bottom of the table is a positive...

  70. 1935:  
    Spanish La LigaReal Betis v Barcelona (2000 GMT)
    Real Betis celebrate scoring against Barcelona in 2009

    Real Betis might be propping up La Liga after seven defeats from the opening 12 games, but their 52,500-capacity Benito Villamarin home has not been a happy hunting ground for Barcelona in recent seasons.

    Just like Sunderland's Stadium of Light has proved something of a graveyard for Manchester City recently, so too has the former World Cup venue for the 22-times champions of Spain.

    Barca have won just twice on their last 11 visits. But Betis are struggling in their third straight campaign in La Liga, and have the added setbacks of the absences of their injured goalkeeper Guillermo Sara as well as defender Damien Perquis, midfielders Juanfran and Lorenzo Reyes and forward RubenCastro. To make matters worse, Javier Chica is suspended.

  71. 1932:  
    Italian Serie ASERIE A RESULTS

    Genoa 2-0 Verona

    Atalanta 2-1 Bologna

    Cagliari 2-1 Torino

    Chievo 0-0 Milan

    Parma 1-1 Lazio

    Roma 1-1 Sassuolo

  72. 1929:  
    Italian Serie ARoma 1-1 Sassuolo
    Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi shows his frustration in the 1-1 draw with Sassuolo

    Good news for Juventus and Napoli ahead of their game as leaders Roma were held to a surprise 1-1 draw at home by lowly Sassuolo after conceding a last-minute equaliser. The hosts took the lead in the 19th minute. Alessandro Florenzi's effort was brilliantly saved by Gianluca Pegolo before Alessandro Longhi bundled the rebound into his own net.

    But 19-year-old Domenico Berardi, who scored a hat trick last week, levelled with the last kick of the game when he blasted in under the bar following a goalmouth scramble.

    The result means Roma, who won their first 10 league games, have now failed to win the last two after being held 1-1 at Torino last week.

  73.  
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    Lionel Messi is looking for his first league goal in five games. Is he in a slump in form? Tweet #bbceurofooty or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Galen: Messi is almost human, but even machines break down. His poor hamstrings need a break.

    Mace Hindu: When Messi plays average, people think he's playing badly because he's normally so good.

    Rob Appleby: Messi not as good as last season. Ronaldo better than last season. Early days yet though.

  74. 1922:  
    Italian Serie ARAFA'S MIND GAMES?- Juventus v Napoli (1945 GMT)
    Napoli manager Rafael Benitez

    It used to be Sir Alex Ferguson who was master of the mind games, but has Rafael Benitez taken a leaf out of his old enemy's book ahead of Serie A's third versus second clash?

    Napoli boss Benitez has been lavishing praise on his opponents Juventus and their boss Antonio Conte even going as far as saying the Old Lady are clear favourites for the title - even though they start behind Napoli on goal difference.

    The former Liverpool and Chelsea manager continues: "We all know that they are a very strong squad, Conte knows that, he's intelligent, he knows that they are a very strong squad. For me they are still the favourites to win the title. What does this mean? It means that we have to do everything right to win this match."

  75. 1920:  
    Italian Serie ALINE-UPS- Juventus v Napoli (1945 GMT)

    Juventus: Buffon, Isla, Asamoah, Ogbonna, Bonucci, Barzagli, Vidal, Pogba, Tevez, Llorente, Pirlo. Subs: Marchisio, De Ceglie, Giovinco, Peluso, Motta, Padoin, Quagliarella, Storari, Rubinho

    Napoli: Reina, Maggio, Armero, Behrami, Albiol, Fernandez, Callejon, Inler, Higuain, Hamsik, Insigne. Subs: Barbosa, Uvini, Britos, Mertens, Colombo, Pandev, Dzemaili, Radosevic, Cannavaro

  76. 1917:  
    Spanish La LigaLINE-UPS- Real Betis v Barcelona (2000 GMT)

    Real Betis: Sara, Steinhofer, Santamaría, Villar, Martínez, Montel, Vadillo, Torres, Molina, Verdu, Lopez. Subs: Andersen, Amaya, Matilla, Florido, Rosello, Rodríguez, Gerard.

    Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Bartra, Puyol, Montoya, Song, Xavi, Fabregas, Pedro, Messi, Neymar. Subs: Pinto, Iniesta, Alexis, Mascherano, Tello, Roberto, Adriano.

    Referee: Jose Gonzalez

  77. 1914:  
    Spanish La LigaMESSI MAY MOVE?- Real Betis v Barcelona (2000 GMT)

    Barcelona without Lionel Messi is like bit like Manchester United without Ryan Giggs, Liverpool without Steven Gerrard and Chelsea without Frank Lampard.

    But Barca's 26-year-old three-times Champions League winning midfielder could be tempted to leave the Nou Camp for the Premier League, according to Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo, who regularly played against Messi for Sevilla.

    "Maybe in two or five years he will get bored with La Liga, want a change and come over here," Negredo tells the Sunday Mirror. "The Premier League is the best place to be for the world's top stars. Having been here for a few months it is better than I thought it would be."

  78.  
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    But enough of what I think, why not have your say on Lionel Messi? Is it utterly foolish to even suggest any player scoring three goals in his last six games in all competitions is on a poor run of form? Or do you genuinely believe the Messi of 2013-14 is not meeting the standard set by the Messi of 2012-13?

    Let us know your thoughts via #bbceurofooty or head to the BBC Sport Facebook page to have your say.

  79. 1904:  
    Spanish La LigaReal Betis v Barcelona (2000 GMT)

    Is Lionel Messi really in a bad run of form? After 18 games he has scored 14 goals. Pretty good you would agree, but at the same stage last season he had 24 goals. The year before, he was on 22. Not so great, by his admittedly very high standards, when you look at it like that.

    However, he did score a superb goal against AC Milan on Wednesday, will that see him back to his best domestically?

  80. 1900: 
    WHERE IS THE MESSI MAGIC?
    Lionel Messi

    Lionel Messi and slump. Words that I thought I would never see in such close proximity to each other. But, it would seem, arguably the world's best player has gone a bit off the boil in La Liga recently - he has failed to find the back of the net in his last four domestic appearances, unheard of since 2011 for the Argentina star.

    But there is hope that the Messi magic is back after scoring twice against Milan in the Champions League in midweek. Surely he can now carry that goal scoring form into the league when Barca take on bottom-of-the-table Real Betis at 20:00 GMT?

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League Table

Spanish La Liga summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Real Madrid 15 42 39
No movement 2 Barcelona 16 34 38
No movement 3 Atl Madrid 16 17 35
No movement 4 Valencia 16 16 31
Moving up 5 Villarreal 16 13 30
Moving down 6 Sevilla 15 8 30
No movement 7 Málaga 16 5 30
No movement 8 Celta de Vigo 16 -1 20
No movement 9 Eibar 16 -3 20
No movement 10 Espanyol 16 -4 20
No movement 11 Ath Bilbao 16 -6 19
Moving up 12 Getafe 16 -8 17
Moving down 13 Rayo Vallecano 16 -14 17
No movement 14 Real Sociedad 16 -5 15
No movement 15 Levante 16 -18 15
Moving up 16 Almería 16 -11 13
Moving down 17 Deportivo de La Coruña 16 -14 13
No movement 18 Granada CF 16 -16 13
No movement 19 Córdoba 16 -16 11
No movement 20 Elche 16 -19 10