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Jonathan Jurejko

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    And the lack of action on mainland Europe means our coverage of live continental football takes a breather too.

    We will return on the first weekend of 2015 when Atletico Madrid host Levante (15:00) on Saturday 3 January, followed by Valencia v Real Madrid (16:00) and Real Sociedad v Barcelona (20:00) on Sunday 4 January.

    In the meantime, don't forget to go to our European football page for all the latest news over the festive period. Enjoy!

  2. Winter breaks

    While England's footballers spend their Christmas Days on the training ground or travelling on the team bus ahead of their Boxing Day fixtures, their continental counterparts can sit back, relax and recharge their batteries.

    Spain: 21 December - 3 January

    Germany: 21 December - 30 January

    Italy: 21 December - 5 January

    France: 21 December - 7 January


    Athletic Bilbao 1-4 Atletico Madrid

    Spanish La Liga

    Atletico's Antoine Griezmann is the first French player to score a hat-trick in La Liga since Thierry Henry against Valencia in 2008.


    Bordeaux 0-5 Lyon

    French Ligue 1

    While we were engrossed in the Spanish action, French title-chasers Lyon decided to run riot at Bordeaux.

    The home side were reduced to 10-men midway through the second half, allowing Lyon to bag three more goals in the final 10 minutes.

    That moves them up to second, behind leaders Marseille and ahead of defending champions Paris St-Germain, going into the winter break.

  5. How La Liga looks

    Athletic Bilbao 1-4 Atletico Madrid

    Spanish La Liga

    Atletico Madrid

    Boy, did Atletico need that morale-boosting win before the Spanish winter break. Los Rojiblancos are hanging on to the coat-tails of leaders Real Madrid and Barcelona.


    Athletic Bilbao 1-4 Atletico Madrid

    All over! What a superb, and admittedly controversial, fightback from Atletico Madrid. Their jubilant players hug on the pitch as hat-trick hero Antoine Griezmann hunts down the match-ball. Coach Diego Simeone, who masterminded the comeback, wanders off down the tunnel with a smug grin.

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    Athletic Bilbao 1-4 Atletico Madrid

    The Atletico fans inside San Memes, behind the goal which their side have attacked with such gusto in the second half, find their singing voices as the clock ticks down to a priceless win.


    Athletic Bilbao 1-4 Atletico Madrid

    Diego Godin is made of the tough stuff. The Atletico defender has a few balls of cotton wool shoved up his left nostril, changes his blood-soaked shirt and enthusiastically runs back on. He's got four minutes of injury-time to see out...

  9. Ouch!

    Athletic Bilbao 1-4 Atletico Madrid

    Spanish La Liga

    Someone fetch the magic sponge quick! Atletico defender Diego Godin is coshed by a flailing arm from his own team-mate Jose Maria Gimenez as they both jump for a high ball.

    Godin's nose splatters quicker than a heavyweight boxer's and blood streams all over his silver shirt.

  10. FIVE TO GO

    Athletic Bilbao 1-4 Atletico Madrid

    Little less than five minutes to go. The Bilbao fans are furious and they aren't shy in letting the match officials know. Referee Alejandro Hernandez and his linesmen won't be going out for a Chritmas tipple and bit of Basque-flavoured tapas in the city centre tonight.

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    Athletic Bilbao 1-4 Atletico Madrid

    Spanish La Liga

    However, replays suggest that Antoine Griezmann was a couple of yards offside as he tucked in the fourth. Athletic, who rightly felt Atletico's second goal should never have been a penalty, are aggrieved again. Griezmann doesn't care. His only worry is clearing the Christmas cards from his mantelpiece to make room for a signed matchball.


    Inter Milan 2-2 Lazio

    Italian Serie A

    Rodrigo Palacio celebrates

    It's all over at the San Siro. Lazio had eased into a 2-0 lead but were hanging on in the end as Inter staged a stirring comeback to earn a point. Lazio move third in Serie A on goal difference, while Inter stay 11th.


    Athletic Bilbao 1-4 Atletico Madrid - Antoine Griezmann (81 mins)

    Antoine Griezmann celebrates

    Clinical stuff from Atletico Madrid. A swift counter ends in Antoine Griezmann unselfishly rolling the ball to Raul Garcia about six yards out. The goal gapes, the Spain midfielder can't convert, but it drops to Griezmann who gleefully smashes in his third of a productive night.

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    Athletic Bilbao 1-3 Atletico Madrid

    Spanish La Liga

    The home side aren't throwing in the towel yet. Right-sided attacker Markel Susaeta, not for the first time tonight, swings in a dangerous cross which is met by the creased forehead of Aritz Aduriz. But he is under pressure at the near post from Atletico defender Diego Godin and heads wide.

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    Inter Milan 2-2 Lazio

    Italian Serie A

    It's all Inter now and Mateo Kovacic is denied his second and the home side's third when Lazio keeper Federico Marchetti tips his top-corner bound header over the crossbar. Talk about a turnaround.

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    Athletic Bilbao 1-3 Atletico Madrid

    Spanish La Liga

    The Atletico penalty area is more akin to a WWE ring as the two sets of players grapple while they wait for a Bilbao corner. Referee Alejandro Hernandez blows his whistle as the Atletico defence tap out.

  17. GOAL

    Athletic Bilbao 1-3 Atletico Madrid - Antoine Griezmann (73 mins)

    Antoine Griezmann celebrates

    Turnaround complete. Antoine Griezmann keeps his cool to collect Gabi's throughball before expertly firing in Atletico's third from a central position just inside the home area. The France attacker also did well to keep his footing - unlike a Bilbao defender who slipped as he tried to intercept Gabi's pass.

  18. GOAL

    Inter Milan 2-2 Lazio - Rodrigo Palacio (80 mins)

    Italian Serie A

    Rodrigo Palacio scores

    Inter have been piling on the pressure and Lazio have buckled again. A free-kick is nodded across goal by Danilo D'Ambrosio and, whether it was intentional or not, it allows Rodrigo Palacio the chance to sweep in a leveller.

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    Akshay Polji: No Koke, no Mandzukic, no Problem. 1-2 & back in business. Let's face it, title-winning sides should know how to win ugly.


    Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Atletico Madrid

    Plenty of jostling and, shall we say, differing of opinions as Atletico defender Gimenez and his Athletic opponent Iker Muniain clash. Again.

    The pair who scuffled in the first half, both fly in for a loose ball on the touchline, with Muniain adjudged to be the player who has broken the rules. That's despite Gimenez flying through the air like the Karate Kid.

  21. GOAL

    Bordeaux 0-2 Lyon

    French Ligue 1

    Corentin Tolisso celebrates

    Lyon double their lead as they move a step closer to finishing 2014 in second place in the Ligue 1 table. Defender Corentin Tolisso is the man whose name goes on the scoresheet.

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    Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Atletico Madrid

    Spanish La Liga

    Fast and furious stuff in the Basque Country. Low on quality, high on entertainment. Home striker Aritz Aduriz has a shot saved, before team-mate Mikel Balenziaga fires wide of the Atletico goal.

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    Räbin: Love Atletico Madrid, but that dive was a disgrace to this beautiful game.

  24. GOAL

    Inter Milan 1-2 Lazio - Mateo Kovacic (65 mins)

    Italian Serie A

    Mateo Kovacic celebrates

    What a goal!! An Inter corner is headed clear by the Lazio defence but it falls for Mateo Kovacic 22 yards out and he unleashes a stunning volley to pull one back for the home side. Quality.

  25. GOAL

    Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Atletico Madrid - Raul Garcia (53 mins)

    Raul Garcia celebrates

    Big controversy. The furious Bilbao players surround referee Alejandro Hernández, who hadn't made an error - until now. Never a penalty for me. Mikel San Jose stood his ground and I'm not even convinced there was any contact between him and Tiago.

    But Raul Garcia doesn't care. The Atletico midfielder focuses on the job in hand, drilling the spot-kick into the back of the Bilbao net. What a turnaround!


    Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Atletico Madrid

    Atletico midfielder Tiago charges into the home penalty area and goes tumbling after the slightest of touches from a defender. But the referee instantly points to the spot....

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    Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Atletico Madrid

    Spanish La Liga

    That was Atletico's first on-target shot of the game - and it has considerably lifted the visitors.

  28. GOAL

    Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Atletico Madrid - Antoine Griezmann (46 mins)

    Antoine Griezmann celebrates

    Whatever Diego Simeone said at half-time should be bottled up and sold across the country. He would make a killing.

    Within 60 seconds of the break, Atletico are back level. The champions show their gritty side, winning possession inside the Bilbao half after a spell of pinball, before turning on the style with some intricate passing.

    The ball goes wide to right-back Juanfran and the Spain defender's delicious curling cross is met by the head of Antoine Griezmann who plants into the corner.

    The home fans are stunned.

  29. KICK-OFF

    Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    The teams are back out on the pitch - can Atletico finish a wonderful 2014 with a final flurry?

  30. Marseille top of the French pile

    French Ligue 1

    Earlier, Marseille capitalised on a slip-up by rivals Paris St-Germain by beating Lille to move three points clear at the top of Ligue 1.

  31. Excited Ronaldo unveils statue

    Cristiano Ronaldo with family

    Cristiano Ronaldo is the man who has everything - including a statue at his own museum. The bust stands at 3.4m and was erected at the shrine to the Real Madrid man on his home island of Madeira earlier today.

    "I feel so proud to be honoured with a statue in Madeira. It's a huge joy to share this moment," tweets the Portugal skipper.

  32. KICK-OFF

    Inter Milan 0-2 Lazio

    The game at a slighty-misty San Siro is back on the go. Bet Roberto Mancini dished out a half-time rollicking too. Plenty for his troops to do if they want to improve their lowly position of 11th in the Serie A table.


    Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    Spanish La Liga

    One goal separates the two sides - Mikel Rico's first of the season on his 50th La Liga appearance for Athletic Bilbao.


    Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    Half-time at a boisterous San Memes. Atletico coach Diego Simeone marches off towards the tunnel like a madman, grimacing and waving his arms into the air.

    His side have been uncharacteristically poor, failing to even muster a shot on target. Deserved lead for Bilbao, who have played at a higher tempo than the lacklustre Spanish champions.

  35. GOAL

    Bordeaux 0-1 Lyon

    French Ligue 1

    Alexandre Lacazette

    Big goal in Ligue 1. The French top-flight's top scorer Alexandre Lacazette puts Lyon ahead - and that means, if they hold on to their advantage, they will move above defending champions Paris St-Germain into second.

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    Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    Spanish La Liga

    Now the home fans are screaming for a penalty. But, not for the first time, Senor Hernandez makes the correct call. Athletic forward Aduriz nips in ahead of away defender Diego Godin, checks his run as he moves into the box, allowing the Atletico backline to scamper back.

    Aduriz slips under a challenge, throws his arms into the air, but in his heart of hearts knows that it is never a penalty.

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    Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    Spanish La Liga

    Athletic Bilbao supporters are leaning heavily on referee Alejandro Hernandez, begging him for a free-kick every time an Atletico player dares tackle one of their red and white-shirted heroes.

    But Hernandez is having an excellent game, allowing it to flow at a fair pace.


    Inter Milan 0-2 Lazio

    Roberto Mancini

    Roberto Mancini

    Easy street for Lazio so far. And the chances of Inter Milan earning a first home win since Roberto Mancini's return appear as likely as Father Christmas dropping by my house for a glass of whisky next week.


    Inter Milan 0-2 Lazio

    Oh dear. Imagine the embarrassment of being hooked before half-time. That's what has just happened to Inter's left-sided player Dodo. Seconds before the whistle he is replaced by Gary Medel, formerly of Cardiff fame.

    Bet Dodo didn't shake Roberto Mancini's hand as he walked off...

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    Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    Spanish La Liga

    Atletico are badly missing Mario Mandzukic. The Croatia striker is suspended and Los Rojiblancos don't have a focal point in attack without him. Physical presence is a pre-requisite for an Atletico striker under Simeone. Diego Costa anyone?

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    Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    Spanish La Liga

    Still all Athletic Bilbao as they take the game to the Spanish champions. Another set-piece, this time a left-wing corner, is not convincingly dealt with, until Atletico keeper Miguel Angel Moya takes charge to claim Iker Munain's header back into the box.

  42. GOAL

    Inter Milan 0-2 Lazio - Felipe Anderson (38 mins)

    Felipe Anderson celebrates

    Lazio double their tally, Felipe Anderson doubles his tally. The visitors punish Inter on the counter attack after the home team clumsily surrender possession. Anderson does the rest, cutting in from the left before fizzing a low shot into the bottom corner. Inter boss Roberto Mancini just stands and shakes his head at his side's terrible defending.

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    Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    Spanish La Liga

    Almost a chance for Atletico to drag themselves back into the game. Bilbao keeper Gorka Iraizoz goes walkabout, but Atletico forward Ardan Turan cannot turn towards the goal as the home side scramble back.

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    Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    Spanish La Liga

    Atletico boss Diego Simeone is going nuts on the touchline - even his slicked-back undercut haircut is jumping up in fright. The Argentine is not happy at all.

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    Inter Milan 0-1 Lazio

    Italian Serie A

    Inter midfielder Fredy Guarin chances his luck from 30-yards out and his effort is well struck and not too far off. Some home fans think it's in but no such joy for them.

  46. GOAL

    Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Atletico Madrid - Mikel Rico (17 mins)

    Mikel Rico scores the opening goal

    It is not often Atletico are caught out at set-pieces - but they have been now. Markel Susaeta clips up the set-piece towards the penalty spot and shaven-headed Athletic midfielder Mikel Rico out-jumps Atletico's backline to nod into the corner.

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    Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Spanish La Liga

    Athletic striker Aduriz is taking a battering from the mean Atletico defence, with Diego Godin's knee finding his opponent's lower back. Free-kick about 35 yards out from goal...


    Inter Milan 0-1 Lazio

    Italian Serie A

    Marco Parolo

    Inter have conceded six goals in the first 15 minutes of play in this Serie A, fewer only than Cagliari (9).

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    Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Spanish La Liga

    Referee Alejandro Hernandez is tooting his whistle more than a New York City traffic cop at the moment. The home fans are jeering as Atletico's teenage defender Jose Maria Gimenez clashes with home attacker Iker Munain inside the away penalty area.

    Hernandez calls the pair over after their childish spat, which is all playground-style shoving and a few choice words, and reads out the riot act.

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    Inter Milan 0-1 Lazio

    Italian Serie A

    Inter produce some nice intricate passing and Yuto Nagatomo gets a sight of goal but has his shot from 10 yards deflected wide. Some promising signs developing from the home side.

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    Inter Milan 0-1 Lazio

    Italian Serie A

    All gone very sloppy at the San Siro. Like a cheap Bolognese pizza. Not much goalmouth action at either end after that frantic start, although Lazio are just shading things by my reckoning.

  52. Koke shows his colours

    Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    And here is Koke! In his lovely laminated-floored living room, wearing his rather fetching Atletico scarf. No 'half and half' for the Spain midfielder...

    Koke Resurrección
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    Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Atletico, without playmaker Koke and striker Mario Mandzukic through suspension, have started brightly at San Mames despite the absence of the influential pair.

    But, despite plenty of possession, they are still yet to test the home keeper.

  54. KICK-OFF

    Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Spain's survival of the fittest - Athletic v Atletico - is under way.

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    Inter Milan 0-1 Lazio

    Italian Serie A

    Signs of life from Inter Milan as they search for an equaliser. Colombia midfielder Fredy Guarin shoots from 20 yards, but his low drive is easily gathered by the Lazio keeper.

  56. LINE-UPS

    Athletic Bilbao v Atletico Madrid (20:00 GMT)

    Spanish La Liga

    Athletic Bilbao: Iraizoz, De Marcos, Gurpegi, Etxeita, Balenziaga, San José, Rico Moreno, Susaeta, López Cabrera, Muniain, Aduriz.

    Atletico Madrid: Moya, Juanfran, Giménez de Vargas, Godín, Siqueira, Turan, Gabi, Tiago, Ñíguez, Raúl García, Griezmann.

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    Inter Milan 0-1 Lazio

    Italian Serie A

    All Lazio in these early stages. The San Siro is rocking. And not for positive reasons. Goalscorer Felipe Anderson thumps a vicious far-post volley over the Inter crossbar.

    If you're thinking that ex-Manchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic could help stop this tide, then you don't agree with Roberto Mancini. The Inter boss has dumped the veteran Serbian defender on the bench in recent weeks.

  58. GOAL

    Inter Milan 0-1 Lazio - Felipe Anderson (2 mins)

    Felipe Anderson scores the opening goal

    Perfect start for Lazio! Big-money Brazilian Felipe Anderson has not made a lightning start to his Lazio career - but he has made a lightning start to this game. A delicious touch on the edge of the Inter box creates some space for him to rifle in a low angled drive.

  59. LINE-UPS

    Inter Milan v Lazio (19:45 GMT)

    Inter Milan: Handanovic, D'Ambrosio, Ranocchia, Nunes Jesus, Nagatomo, Guarín, Kuzmanovic, Kovacic, Palacio, Icardi, Dodo.

    Lazio: Marchetti, Basta, De Vrij, Cana, Radu, Parolo, Ledesma, Lulic, Pereira Gomes, Klose, Mauri.

  60. KICK-OFF

    Inter Milan 0-0 Lazio

    A focused Roberto Mancini stands in the San Siro dug-out, hands deep in his trenchcoat pockets, Nerazzurri scarf wrapped tightly around his neck. Game on!

  61. Old acquaintances

    Inter Milan v Lazio (19:45 GMT)

    Roberto Mancini

    Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini will be back at one of his former club when his side take on Lazio today.

    Lazio need a win to move back into third place but Mancini, who played for them for three years and also managed them for a spell, has never lost to his ex-club.

    "They are a dangerous team," said Mancini, who has won once since taking over at Inter again.

    "It's true that they have lost five games already but they deserved better in a few of them."

  62. Mancini hope

    Inter Milan v Lazio (19:45 GMT)

    Inter Milan are 11th in Serie A and seven points off third place, which would earn Champions League qualification.

    But Inter boss and ex-Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini reckons a top three finish is still within his side's reach going into today's game against fifth-placed Lazio.

    Victory will move Inter within three points of tonight's visitors to the San Siro.

    "There's a long way to go," says Mancini. "I'm sure we will be fighting for third place till the end and I know we can finish there. Now's not the time to look at the tables. The key is to keep on improving."

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    Inter Milan v Lazio (19:45 GMT)

    Italian Serie A

    Before we tuck into that Spanish treat, let's quickly nip over the Mediterranean Sea to Italy where another big match is about to kick off...

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    Athletic Bilbao v Atletico Madrid (20:00 GMT)

    Spanish La Liga

    The way in which Atletico traded blows with Real Madrid and Barcelona all season - and were eventually left as the last man standing - dumbfounded their critics.

    But if they don't win in the Basque Country tonight, then their hopes of retaining the La Liga title could be left on the ropes.

    Atletico, who lost the likes of Diego Costa, David Villa and Thibaut Courtois from last season's title-winning side, are already seven points behind leaders Real.

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    Diego Simeone

    G'day amigos! If the past 12 months have been "unforgettable" for Real Madrid, then what have they been for Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone and his band of merry men?

    Former Argentina skipper Simeone, who famously described his playing style as "like a man with a knife between his teeth", has transformed the fortunes of Los Rojiblancos.

    Once, Atletico were Real's downtrodded neighbours. Now they are La Liga champions after ending Spain's monotonous Real and Barca duopoly on a dramatic final day of last season. And they were only denied a maiden Champions League crown by their aristocratic neighbours.

    Can they end an extraordinary 2014 on a high? Atletico travel to Athletic Bilbao for their final match before the Spanish winter break.

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    Crocodile Dundee

    If you thought Crocodile Dundee was the only have-a-go hero brave enough to hold a knife between his teeth, think again. Football has its own version.

    Swap the Outback for the Calderon, switch Mick Dundee's sidekick 'Donk' for German Burgos, and change Colombian baddies to Spanish football managers.

    Then you've got the swashbuckling figure of Diego Simeone.