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Summary

  1. Real go four points clear at the top of La Liga
  2. Barca play Leganes on Sunday
  3. Sevilla can go second with win over Eibar (19:45 GMT)
  4. Kevin Gameiro scores five-minute hat-trick for Atletico

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By Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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Hasta luego!

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OK. That is that for Saturday.

Join us again on Sunday when we bring you live coverage of Barcelona's match at home to Leganes.

'Everything else is just a circus'

Barcelona v Leganes (Sun, 19:45 GMT)

Luis Enrique
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It's not been a great week for Barcelona coach Luis Enrique.

He's won eight trophies in his two-and-a-half years in charge at the Nou Camp and has led Barca to a third consecutive Copa del rey final, but's he's under huge pressure following that 4-0 tonking by PSG.

His contract expires at the end of the season and contract talks have stalled.

On the eve of the league game against Leganes, he said on his future:

"What happens in these months will have nothing to do with my decision, not one game, not two or the 38 games in the league. I still haven't taken it.

"Criticism has no effect on me, if it did then I wouldn't have been able to stay in this job for almost three years. We are our own fiercest critics, the ones who most want to improve. Everything else is just a circus." 

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Sevilla can move into second spot and reduce Real's advantage to just three points if they defeat Eibar in the 19:45 GMT kick off.

Barcelona play Leganes on Sunday.

A sight for sore eyes...

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Gareth Bale
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..if you're Real, Wales or just a fan of Gareth Bale.

FULL-TIME

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Very easy for Real. And Bale is back with a goal.

A trip to Valencia coming up in the week.

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Poor Cristiano Ronaldo. He is pulled down to the ground inside the area and thinks he's won a pen after the ref Undiano Mallenco blows (obviously now visualising he'll take it and celebrate 'Ron-style').

But the linesman rules he was offside - he wasn't, by the way.

You'll have another chance Crissy.

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For those using the BBC Sport app - it's a Real Madrid tweet celebrating Bale's goal.

Explaining it, like I've done, somewhat reduces the impact - I fully realise.

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With Gareth Bale back will Real achieve the La Liga-Champions League double?

Thoughts at #bbceurofooty

GOAL - Real Madrid 2-0 Espanyol

Gareth Bale

Bale goal
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Guess who?

How many times have we seen Gareth Bale score these types of goals?

The Welshman, who came on in the 71st minute having been out since November, is given the ball by Isco on the left about 45 yards out - and runs, and runs, and runs before firing a low angled shot past the reach of Diego Lopez.

What a return.

Gareth Bale celebrates
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SUBSTITUTION

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Nacho hobbles off and Marcelo, who was probably hoping for a rest, comes on.

Espanyol's Jurado also comes off and is replaced by forward Alvaro Vazquez.

Cupset elsewhere

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No shocks here but there's another brewing in the FA Cup. I say brewing, it's probably going to happen.

Who is on the verge of a cupset...?

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Gareth Bale is just re-familiarising himself with a La Liga contest.

His team-mates are doing the work and look comfortable despite it only being 1-0.

About 15 minutes (plus stoppage) remaining.

SUBSTITUTION - Bale is back

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Gareth Bale makes his first appearance in a Real shirt since November.

He's got 20 minutes to make an im... to avoid injury.

Alvaro Morata makes way.

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Crissy Ron times his leap wrong!

The Portugal forward heads Alvaro Morata's cross over the bar from eight yards.

The fella won't be able to live that one down.

Hang on! Is that Gareth Bale about to come on?

Bundesliga round-up

The big surprise in Germany today was caused by Ingolstadt, who boosted their survival hopes by winning 2-0 at high-flying Eintracht Frankfurt - in a game of two penalties and two red cards. Eintracht, who had David Abraham sent off for a wild lunge before the break, saw Makoto Hasebe's penalty saved as they trailed 1-0. Pascal Gross scored from the spot for Ingolstadt, who later had Mathew Leckie dismissed.

Borussia Dortmund moved above Eintracht into third with a comfortable 3-0 win over Wolfsburg. Bottom club Darmstadt remain without an away point all season after losing 2-0 at Hoffenheim, for whom former Leicester striker Andrej Kramaric scored twice. Werder Bremen increased their chances of avoiding the drop with a 2-0 win at Mainz.

By the way, Bayern Munich's point at Hertha Berlin extends their lead to eight points as closest challengers RB Leipzig do not play until tomorrow, when they visit Borussia Monchengladbach.

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The ball pinballs about after trickster play from Lucas Vazquez on the right of the area.

Espanyol manage to clear the danger.

I wonder how ol' Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores feels on the touchline? Perhaps surprised his side are still only 1-0 down.

SUBSTITUTION

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And it's...... Casemiro. Not G Bale.

He's on for Mateo Kovacic, who was on a yellow. 

Meanwhile, at the other end sub Hernan Perez forces a save - that's right a save - from Kiko Casilla at his near post.

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John McEnerney: La Liga is Real's 2 lose 2 games in hand, they're winning games without being at their best, that's how you win trophies!  

Bundesliga - Lewandowski leaves it late

FT: Hertha Berlin 1-1 Bayern Munich

Astonishing scenes at the Olympiastadion, where Bayern Munich have equalised in the SEVENTH minute of stoppage time against Hertha Berlin. No prizes for guessing that it was Robert Lewandowski who got the goal, scoring from close in amid total mayhem in the penalty area. At first, it looked as if the goal had been disallowed - but the referee then awarded it after a long chat with his assistant. It's finished 1-1, and Bayern are now eight points clear at the top.

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...his strike hits the wall.

Worth the build-up wasn't it?

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Real Madrid have  free-kick after Javi Fuego fouls Cristiano Ronaldo - about 20 yards out and central.

I can't imagine who'll take it...

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Real break forward like the crowds at the doors of Selfridges on 27 December.

Cristiano Ronaldo only just fails to pick out Alvaro Morata with a low ball.

Close.

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Gareth Bale
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Big cheer for Gaz Bale as he re-emerges from the Bernabeu depths.

When will he come on? And who for?

KICK-OFF

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We are back under way.

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The players are back out. Cristiano Ronaldo stands at the exit on the tunnel and pats each of his team-mates on the back as they enter the field.

Espanyol make a change. Hernan Perez comes on for ex-Arsenal man Jose Antonio Reyes (he's only 33?!).

Bale watch

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He's sprinting up and down the touchline.

Now he's kicking on the ball on the pitch.

For more exciting updates on Gareth Bale, stay right here.

Hertha still lead Bayern 1-0

BREAKING NEWS: Blutdrucktabletten in ganz Berlin ausverkauft! Auch in Brandenburg nur noch Restbestände vorhanden!… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

Translated:

BREAKING NEWS: blood pressure tablets throughout Berlin sold out! Also in Brandenburg only remaining stocks available!   

Bundesliga latest - an upset in Frankfurt

The big shock is on in Frankfurt. Ingolstadt, second from bottom, now lead 2-0 away to third-placed Eintracht, thanks to Pascal Gross' penalty.

Poor Darmstadt. The Bundesliga's bottom club have not picked up a single away point all season. With just 25 to go at Hoffenheim, their hopes of ending that run have taken a blow. Andrej Kramaric, once of Leicester, has given the home side the lead.

Bayern Munich have brought on Robert Lewandowski in a bid to save themselves from defeat at Hertha Berlin. His first contribution is to get booked for a late challenge on Per Skjelbred. Still 1-0 to Hertha.

HALF-TIME

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Expected from Real.

Espanyol? Er...

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Cristiano Ronaldo swings in a cross from the left which Lucas Vazquez does brilliantly to get his boot to. The ball runs along the area but just drifts past Alvaro Morata.

Real's attacking players are connecting well today.

Remember coach Zinedine Zidane has made seven changes* to the starting XI that defeated Napoli the other night.

*Admittedly, the replacements are decent.

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Nice of Espanyol to turn up. Worth reminding them that they need to take part as well.

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Real open up Espanyol again.

Nacho overlaps down the left and plays the ball back for Alvaro Morata in the area, but the Spain striker fires wide at the near post.

They're banging against that door once more..

Bundesliga latest - Dortmund delight

Things are looking up for Borussia Dortmund after a gloomy few days; beaten at bottom club Darmstadt in the Bundesliga last weekend, then at Benfica in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 get-together on Tuesday, Thomas Tuchel's side lead Wolfsburg 3-0. Lukasz Piszczek headed the second from a delivery by Ousmane Dembele, who added the third himself.

Dortmund, in fourth, started the day a massive 15 points behind leaders Bayern Munich, but that gap may reduce a little today: Carlo Ancelotti's team still trail 1-0 at Hertha Berlin.

Elsewhere, Ingolstadt are still 1-0 up thanks to keeper Martin Hansen, who has just saved a penalty from Eintracht Frankfurt's Makoto Hasebe. Werder Bremen are 2-0 up at Mainz; Hoffenheim versus Darmstadt is goalless.

GOAL - Real Madrid 1-0 Espanyol

Alvaro Morata

Morata goal
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Isco delivers a pinpoint cross on to the head of Alvaro Morata who nods downwards and past the reach of keeper Diego Lopez to give Real the lead.

It was coming, to be fair.

Morata goal
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CLOSE!

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The closest there has been to a goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo surges into the pen area on the right and plays an angled shot-cross to the far post where Alvaro Morata only just fails to get a touch.

Moments later Real - after winning their seventh corner of the game!! - put the ball in the net but it's offside.

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Real's Cristiano Ronaldo sells David Lopez a dummy for a bag of beans.

The Portugal forward produces a trick from the training ground to push the ball past the Espanyol man near the byeline. 

A brilliant piece of skill.

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Again Real don't make much of the set-piece. 

The La Liga leaders have had a lot of the possession and been a threat in the final third without creating a clear chance.

Croatian Mateo Kovacic is getting treatment after an aerial challenge leaves him sporting some claret under the left eye.

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The corner is played in but with no Sergio Ramos, there is no Real player daring enough to attack the ball.

They have another corner though...

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Isco is having a bit of a disco in midfield - he tries to play in Lucas Vasquez on the left but the ball goes out.

Moments later, the Spaniard tries to cut the ball back inside the area but Espanyol manage to close down the space.

How long can the Barcelona side keep out Los Blancos?

It's another corner to Real..