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Summary

  1. Real go four points clear of Barca with win
  2. Isco and Karim Benzema score the goals
  3. Barca and third-place Atletico Madrid play on Sunday
  4. Latest from around European leagues
  5. GET INVOLVED: Which European ground would be your perfect Valentine's Day trip?

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By Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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See you tomorrow...

And so it is over to Atletico and Barcelona who will form the body of a busy day of European football on our live-text services tomorrow from 15:30 GMT.

Atletico face Celta Vigo in the late kick-off after Barca host Levante.

We will also cover off eight games in Italy as Juventus are on their travels to Cesena, and bring you the best from France and Germany too.

Thanks for all of your Valentine's Day Twitter musings today. Please bring your 'A' game again tomorrow. Good night.

Latest in Germany

Schalke are going to miss the chance to jump from third to fourth in the Bundesliga - they trail Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 with five minutes remaining. Lucas Piazon has given the home side the lead.

Bayern Munich remain eight points clear of Wolfsburg at the top as

both won by remarkable score lines today.

Manager reaction

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A quick line from Deportivo coach Victor Fernandez who sums up his teams defeat quite nicely: "In play, we were better than Madrid...but in the areas, Madrid are incredible".

PSG hit by injuries ahead of Chelsea game

And here is some interesting news for Chelsea fans from the Paris St-Germain camp ahead of next week's Champions League last 16-tie. PSG drew 2-2 with Caen, but ended with nine men because of injuries.

"I'm no doctor but, concerning midfielder Yohan Cabaye and Lucas Moura, it's a muscle injury. For Marquinhos, it's the hamstring. For Didier Aurier, the quadriceps", explained Laurent Blanc.

"They all are muscle injuries. I need to see the seriousness of it all but, for Tuesday's game, it's going to be very, very difficult to have them back."

So there you go. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still fit though.

Catch up on it all...

A reminder you can read round-ups of the action in Germany and France on our

European football index. The goals flowed in the Bundesliga today - we saw an 8-0 win and a 5-4 thriller containing two hat-tricks.

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You can see what Andy means as against a side sat in mid-table, Real were far from convincing on their own turf.

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Andy West tweets: A lack of fluency or purpose about Madrid today. Looked uncertain of how they are supposed to be playing; work to do ahead of Schalke on Wednesday.

Where are the title chasers?

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So what happens now?

Mario Mandzukic, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez
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The three-way race for the title in Spain resumes sees Atletico Madrid having what looks like the testing fixture of the weekend.

Los Rojiblancos - floating on air from last week's 4-0 thumping of Real Madrid - travel to Celta Vigo tomorrow in search of a fifth straight league win. We will have a live text of that one.

But our coverage will start from 15:30 GMT as Barcelona, now four points behind leaders Real, host Levante. Luis Enrique's side have won their last five league games, netting 21 goals.

FULL-TIME

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Job done. Hardly rip-roaring stuff in the Spanish capital. Gareth Bale produced a good first half, Isco was neat, tidy and confident - he opened the scoring.

Karim Benzema struck and end to the game with 17 minutes remaining. An efficient outing. A million miles from last weekend.

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This would be clean sheet nine of the campaign for Los Blancos. Not a bad return in 23 games.

A four-point lead in La Liga is 90 seconds away. Marcelo is not coming back in, he has his boots off and walks around the pitch to applause. No severe hobble and he should be OK for Schalke.

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What would these Real Madrid defenders have given for a clean sheet after last week's shambles? Varane chests back to Casillas. Three minutes from a shut out.

OUCH!

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A little bit naughty from Depor full-back Laure as he tangles with Marcelo when the ball is gone. A well disguised niggle and the Brazilian is hobbling. We have five minutes of added time. Marcelo would be wise to stay off and Carlo Ancelotti will be praying for no more knocks.

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Sid Lowe tweets: Benzema's off. his generosity, intelligence and effort disguises other players' lack of it.

CLOSE!

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Jese is on the field for a matter of second and gets to the dead ball line to slide and hook a ball into the box. Ronaldo, right place right time, scissor kicks a volley inches wide.

Real Madrid 2-0 Deportivo

Karim Benzema makes way for Real Madrid as Jese comes on. Worryingly for Real - who are without the injured James Rodriguez - Benzema is hobbling a bit.

The Frenchman too his goal nicely. He was too quick to the ball for Depor keeper Fabricio and simply lifted it over him. It was the perfect time to score for Carlo Ancelotti's side as it ended this contest.

CLOSE!

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Gareth Bale finally gets Ronaldo off a free-kick. So what have you got Gareth?

Lots of movement on the ball but Fabricio watches it onto his fists in goal and the rebound is cleared.

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Fissuh H Kelelom: Balon d'Or should be given just after Champions league final. After that ceremony in Zurich CR7 has forgotten how to shoot.

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Ronaldo has not gone three league games without scoring since 2013. He has eight minutes.

SUBSTITUTION

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Ivan Cavaleiro takes one of the worst free-kicks you ever will see for Deportivo, sending a shot sailing over the bar like a conversion.

On comes Dani Carvajal for Real Madrid as Isco gets the hook to the bench. good night's work for him and Real should be in cruise control now with focus on Schalke and the Champions League this Wednesday.

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GOAL

Real Madrid 2-0 Deportivo - Karim Benzema

Game over you would think now. A 12th league goal of the season for Karim Benzema should be enough to seal the job.

He takes it nicely, dinking Cristiano Ronaldo's pass over the on-rushing goalkeeper and the ball drops the right side of the post.

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Looks simple. It looked like Ronaldo fancied it himself but he had no choice to pass with challenges looming.

SUBSTITUTION

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I went a minute too early as Asier Illarramendi is taken off and it is a debut for Lucas Silva.

Some utterly useless information for you, he is the 22nd Brazilian to play for Real Madrid.

Silva joined from Brazilian side Cruzeiro for a reported £9.7m in January.

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This man is still on which bodes well for home fans...

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Real with Illarramendi starting (left) and not starting (right)

OptaJose: R Madrid win 83% of their games with Illarramendi in the starting XI - 10% more than without him

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Life in this one yet...

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Not many sides will have as many shots as the hosts at the Bernabeu. Gareth Bale is forced to track the run of full-back Luisinho and holds off his challenge to allow the ball to roll for a goal kick. A shift being put in by Real here.

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Marcelo senses his first goal of 2015. The Brazilian plays a neat exchange and holds off a challenge to break into the box but Manuel Pablo gives him just enough attention for the shot to be scuffed and it trickles into the hands of Fabricio.

No Premier League model

Bayern Munich fans know all about the new bumper Premier League TV deal and want none of it in the German game if banners at today's game are anything to go by.

Bayern Munich fans protest
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Woeful from Ronaldo. A free-kick from central gets the usual drama-filled run up. It troubles those in the cheap seats. Way over.

Speaking of cheap seats...

YELLOW CARD

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Manuel Pablo - the man with a beast of a beard - is carded for a foul on Ronaldo and a lively protest. This is dangerous...free-kick...20 yards...

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Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo appear to have switched flanks. The Welshman is now on the left.

The pair are not causing too much turmoil though in the second half. Isco has been touch perfect and he pulls a dangerous cross out of the air with a gorgeous touch on the edge of his own six-yard box. If only football were always that beautiful.

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Real Madrid could do with killing the flow of this game for a moment or two because there are blue and white shirts willingly getting forward as Depor push.

Alex Bergantinos thumps one from range which needs a stinging block.

What has Victor Fernandez said to his side at the break. They sense blood.

Depor not big on travel

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Celso Borges
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Deportivo have just two wins away from home this season and have found the net only six times in their last 10 away league fixtures.

They may well look comfortable in 12th place in the table, but Levante in 18th are just five points behind.

But it is not all doom and gloom as they have two wins on the spin and Celso Borges - a Costa Rica midfielder many of you may remember from the World Cup - signed in mid-January. He just came within the width of a post from scoring his third goal in as many games.

CLOSE!

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Edgy, edgy, edgy Real Madrid. Laure forces a Deportivo corner and after it is initially cleared, the ball is swung back onto the mixer allowing Lucas Perez to volley. He smashes it into the ground and it can't be turned home by a team-mate who was flagged offside in the end.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Deportivo are inches from being level as Celso Borges volleys against the post - Casillas didn't move - but the Spanish keeper produces a stunning save to keep out Oriol Riera's glancing header. A flurry of attacks and Madrid survive.

The header was a nice height for Casillas but he still showed superb athleticism.

KICK-OFF

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No changes in either side. Manuel Pablo leaves a bit on Ronaldo in an early challenge. Depor have a strange shape to their side as they look to contain Real in possession.

It is a back four but on times there is an extra body there as wingers get so deep.

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Real Madrid, Champions League holders, return to the competition in the last-16 on Wednesday.

They face Schalke, so what does Carlo Ancelotti do here? Another goal and ring the changes?

The sides are coming back out and look unchanged.

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And as David De Gea is filling us with love, let's see more of your tweets. What European ground is the perfect Valentines Day date venue? Tweet #bbceurofooty.

Damian: Me and the wife went to the Nou Camp and exactly nine months later our daughter was born so yeah pretty romantic.

We hope you watched the game.

Joe Murphy: St. James' Park. Atmosphere, alcohol, pies. Perfect date.

Who needs romance when you've got meat and pastry hey Joe? Well in.

Spanish love...

Ooohhh what a softie...

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David De Gea Twitter

Manchester United goalkeeper and ex-Atletico stopper

David De Gea tweets am image of him making a heart-shaped sign with another human being.

Either that or each of his hands look very different.

HALF-TIME

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As another Gareth Bale venture down the right sees his cross collected by Depor goalkeeper Fabricio, the referee calls time on the opening half.

Real started slowly, hit some pace halfway through, then tailed off a bit again. It is enough though and more goals look imminent.

Bale has been tip-top, Ronaldo in and out, while Isco's sublime strike deserves plenty of plaudits.

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SHOWBOAT

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Manuel Pablo, here is a ticket to get back in the ground.

The Depor captain sizes Ronaldo up as they stand off in the area and the Portuguese world Footballer of the Year shows his technology with what I think the youngsters call an 'elastico.'

He flicks the ball right then left with the same foot in one rapid movement, it nutmegs the defender and Ronaldo's cross is hastily cleared for a corner. Brilliant to watch.

PENALTY APPEAL

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Gareth Bale - like Red Rum down the right - dinks a ball into Ronaldo on the edge of the box. He takes a touch and goes down. Not given.

He knew a challenge was coming and like a Six Nations try hero, was already stooping to the turf before any contact. Looking for it. Not getting it.

CLOSE!

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Gareth Bale, once a left back early in his career, rampages up the right flank and clips a tantalising ball which just needs a header. It arrives, Ronaldo, over. The super athlete could not quite get high enough to get over the ball.