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Summary

  1. Juventus 4-0 Verona
  2. Pogba & Tevez score early goals
  3. Deportivo 0-4 Barcelona
  4. Messi scores 22nd La Liga hat-trick

Live Reporting

By Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    So thanks for joining me today for a 4-0 win, followed by a 4-0 win followed by some late drama.

    Join us tomorrow on the BBC Sport website for live coverage of Everton v West Brom in the Romelu Lukaku derby, and Ghana v Senegal and Algeria v South Africa in the Africa Cup of Nations.

  2. Post update

    Marseille players celebrate

    I'd like to thank Marseille and Guingamp for keeping all the three goals and the red card until the final few minutes when we started to cover that game in detail.

  3. FULL-TIME

    Marseille 2-1 Guingamp

    Marseille take the kick-off and the referee blows the final whistle!

  4. GOAL

    Marseille 2-1 Guingamp - Claudio Beauvue

    Claudio Beauvue beats Steve Mandanda but I'm not sure there's time for a leveller.

  5. RED CARD

    Marseille 2-0 Guingamp

    Rod Fanni is sent off.

  6. PENALTY TO GUINGAMP

    Marseille 2-0 Guingamp

    Late drama as Rod Fanni fouls Claudio Beauvue. Penalty.

  7. GOAL

    Marseille 2-0 Guingamp - Andre-Pierre Gignac

    Game over as Andre-Pierre Gignac fires home a header from a free-kick.

    I've always thought he'd make a good Premier League striker - he's a unit.

  8. Post update

    Marseille 1-0 Guingamp

    What does that do for the Ligue 1 table? Well they are now within a point of leaders Lyon and three above champions Paris St-Germain. As things stand of course.

  9. GOAL

    Marseille 1-0 Guingamp - Mario Lemina

    Marseille lead with Mario Lemina scoring from close range after Benjamin Mendy's effort was parried.

    Brice Dja Djedje takes a photo of his team-mates with an actual camera as part of the celebrations.

  10. Post update

    Portuguese Primeira Liga

    Sporting Lisbon

    Sporting Lisbon have taken the lead against Rio Ave with Fredy Montero making it 2-1. Nani had given them an earlier lead from the spot. There's about 25 minutes left there.

  11. Post update

    Spanish La Liga

    Sevilla

    Over in Spain, Champions League contenders Sevilla are leading Malaga 2-0 and Elche still are 1-0 up against Levante. We're in the final 10 minutes in both those games.

  12. Post update

    Marseille 0-0 Guingamp

    Marseille

    Time running out for Marcelo Bielsa's Marseille to close the gap on Lyon at the top. As things stand they will be three behind and one above third-placed Paris St-Germain.

  13. FULL-TIME

    Juventus 4-0 Verona

    The 26th Turin meeting between the clubs in Serie A, Verona never threatened a first ever win. It's 22 wins and four draws for Juventus.

    They're five clear at the top now.

  14. INJURY TIME

    Juventus 4-0 Verona

    There's two minutes of it.

  15. Post update

    Juventus 4-0 Verona

    Two minutes to go. Javier Saviola is in a shooting position but his team-mate fails to find him. Not long to go now.

  16. SUBSTITUTION

    Juventus 4-0 Verona

    No hat-trick for Carlos Tevez as he's replaced by Sebastian Giovinco, who is supposedly joining Toronto soon. Is this his Serie A swansong?

  17. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Mitch Mansfield: Tevez has now scored 32 goals in 52 league apps for Juve, making more assists than Pogba, Pirlo and Vidal in the process.

    OptaMitch

  18. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Carlos Tevez

    Rishi Verma: Good, professional performance by Juve tonight. Dictated the pace right through the game and stepped it up when we needed to.

  19. SUBSTITUTION

    Juventus 4-0 Verona

    It's petering out now - Simone Padoin comes on for Claudio Marchisio in midfield for Juventus.

  20. SUBSTITUTION

    Juventus 4-0 Verona

    Both sides make midfield changes. Simone Pepe comes on for Juventus goalscorer Roberto Pereyra. And Verona bring on Emil Hallfredsson in place of Panagiotis Tachtsidis.

  21. GOAL

    Juventus 4-0 Verona - Carlos Tevez

    Claudio Marchisio plays the ball to Carlos Tevez, who takes the ball in his stride, beats defender Guillermo Rodríguez and nutmegs keeper Rafael.

    Juventus are definitely going five points clear of Roma at the top.

  22. Post update

    Juventus 3-0 Verona

    Robert Pereyra

    That's Robert Pereyra's first Serie A goal for Juventus, the 24-year-old joining on loan from Udinese in the summer.

    His first goal for the club was on Thursday. Against Verona.

  23. GOAL

    Juventus 3-0 Verona - Roberto Pereyra

    Verona head coach Andrea Mandorlini
    Roberto Pereyra celebrates

    Giorgio Chiellini plays the ball into Roberto Pereyra, who smashes the ball beyond Rafael at his near post. Definitely game over now.

  24. SUBSTITUTION

    Juventus 2-0 Verona

    It's Javier Saviola time for Verona as the Argentine - who I'm pretty sure was one of the new Diego Maradonas - comes on for Jacopo Sala.

  25. Post update

    Juventus 2-0 Verona

    Lazaros Christodoulopoulos - who wears Lazaros on the back of his jersey in presumably a cost-saving exercise - runs at the Juventus defence but then his weak shot is easily saved by Gianluigi Buffon.

    Maybe a wake-up call for Juventus as that was almost game on.

  26. Post update

    Juventus 2-0 Verona

    Alvaro Morata

    Poor play by Juventus striker Alvaro Morata who breaks forward, he has time to pick out Carlos Tevez with precision but his cross is too quick for the Argentine, who heads wide.

  27. Post update

    Portuguese Primeira Liga

    Sporting Lisbon are drawing 1-1 with Rio Ave in Portugal, Nani scoring a penalty for the capital side.

  28. Text us on 81111

    Harry: Is this European football or things Emlyn dislikes?

    It's both.

  29. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Tom Thrall: Was erm... Grant Holt in that Pele list?

    His goalscoring record for Rochdale wasn't quite good enough sadly.

  30. Post update

    Juventus 2-0 Verona

    Alvaro Morata fires a shot wide for Juventus. It's the first thing to happen in this game for a while.

  31. Post update

    Juventus 2-0 Verona

    Somebody do something.

  32. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Neil: Javier Saviola... Voted in the top 100 living players by Pele in 2004.

    What a list that was! If you don't remember it and are wondering how bad it was, El Hadji Diouf was named in it...

  33. KICK-OFF

    Juventus 2-0 Verona

    Juventus get the second half going.

  34. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    AJR: How do you know Juve will 100% win (see half-time entry)? Verona still have a chance, albeit 0.0000001%.

    I rounded up.

  35. Post update

    Paul Pogba

    Speaking of the Africa Cup of Nations, Paul Pogba's brother Florentin - who plays for St Etienne - is in the Guinea squad.

    The third Pogba, Mathias - who used to play for Wrexham and Crewe and is currently at Pescara, has been capped by the National Elephant but is not in their squad.

    Paul plays for France.

  36. Post update

    Heldon

    Down in Equatorial Guinea, Cape Verde have just equalised in their Africa Cup of Nations game with Tunisia. Sporting Lisbon striker Heldon is the man who has levelled it up from the spot with 13 minutes left.

    Read a live text commentary of that game here.

  37. European round-up

    Marseille v Guingamp

    What else is happening in Europe right now? Well Marseille are drawing against Guingamp 0-0 in France's Ligue 1.

    Over in Spain, Elche are 1-0 up on Levante and it's scoreless in Sevilla v Malaga.

    Sporting Lisbon are also goalless against Rio Ave across the border in Portugal.

  38. HALF-TIME

    Juventus 2-0 Verona

    We are 50% of the way to another Juventus win.

  39. Post update

    Juventus 2-0 Verona

    Verona have Javier Saviola on the bench. Championship Manager legend - get him on.

  40. Post update

    Juventus 2-0 Verona

    Juventus striker Alvaro Morata drops back into his own penalty area to stop a Verona attack - what hope do they have if the hosts are still trying so hard?

    We're not far away from the break now.

  41. Post update

    Juventus 2-0 Verona

    Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba almost has a second goal as he makes a fool of Jacopo Sala with some quick feet and curls in an effort from 20 yards which is saved by Rafael.

  42. Post update

    Juventus 2-0 Verona

    Free-kick to Juventus, which Andrea Pirlo fires low. It comes off the feet of one of the Verona players in the wall and lands to Martin Caceres, who fires wide.

    The hosts totally on top.

  43. Post update

    Juventus 2-0 Verona

    Juventus beat Verona 6-1

    These teams actually played during the week in the Italian Cup. Juventus won 6-1. Will we see a repeat today? Probably the biggest surprise would be Verona scoring.

  44. Post update

    Juventus 2-0 Verona

    Andrea Pirlo's cross is headed over by Giorgio Chiellini, who wants a corner - he thinks it came off a Verona player. He might have a point.

  45. Post update

    French Ligue 1

    Marseille are drawing 0-0 with Guingamp in France. Marcelo Bielsa's side are level on points with Paris St-Germain in second - four points off leaders Lyon. Guingamp are 13th.

  46. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    John McEnerney: How far Serie A has fallen when only one side (Juve) would give the big fish in the CL a decent game. Both Milans gone to the dogs!

  47. Post update

    Juventus 2-0 Verona

    If you came here for Juventus v Verona updates and not Grant Holt chat, apologies - but there's not loads happening in the game.

    As I write that, Juve come forward with Paul Pogba and Alvaro Morata involved - the ball ends up at the feet of Carlos Tevez, who falls over after beating a couple of defenders.

  48. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Lewis Keeffe: Grant Holt and Heskey up front..... Klopp are you reading this?

    Rich Crocker: Having a go at Grant Holt is fine, however having a go a broccoli is out of order

    It was cauliflower, I like broccoli!

  49. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Grant Holt

    NCFCinside: I'll tell you what Verona need right now a big front man, someone Chiellini would struggle to handle... Grant Holt perchance?

  50. Post update

    Juventus 2-0 Verona

    Luckily for me, Verona's keeper Rafael de Andrade Bittencourt Pinheiro goes by the name of Rafael. I'd imagine I'll be typing his name a lot tonight.

    Might just call him Raf by the end.

  51. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Kevin Logan: Who's Grant Holt? #banter

    Things I didn't expect to happen in this live text - a lot of chat about Grant Holt.

  52. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Matt King: I wonder if Juventus's coach will be in trouble (fined) for not telling his team to ease up.

  53. Post update

    Juventus 2-0 Verona

    History isn't in Verona's favour either. They have never beaten the 'Old Lady' in Turin in Serie A. Juve have 21 wins and four draws in their meetings.

  54. Post update

    Juventus 2-0 Verona

    Andrea Pirlo forces a good save from Rafael with a free-kick. And then Martin Caceres goes close with a header. The champions are totally dominant.

  55. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    The Grant Holt comment backlash continues...

    John Jefferis: Pretty sure he has scored a lot more goals than you Emlyn. Those in glass houses etc.

    If I wasn't allowed to criticise players better than me, this would just be a live text of "these 22 players are all fantastic athletes".

  56. GOAL

    Juventus 2-0 Verona - Carlos Tevez

    Alright lads, what's the rush? You've got another 83 minutes left. Paul Pogba lets Alvaro Morata's cross go past him to Carlos Tevez, who hits a fine curling effort past Rafael.

    Carlos Tevez scores for Juventus
  57. FULL-TIME

    Deportivo 0-4 Barcelona

    Barcelona close the gap on leaders Real Madrid to one point (although they have now played one game more than the capital side).

    They are now three points clear of Atletico Madrid and six above Valencia.

  58. GOAL

    Juventus 1-0 Verona - Paul Pogba

    I was hoping Juventus could wait until this Barcelona game was over to open the scoring. But Paul Pogba has other ideas with a brilliant effort into the bottom corner from 25 yards. Great start for the champions.

    Paul Pogba
  59. Post update

    Deportivo 0-4 Barcelona

    In injury-time now. Luis Suarez twists and turns past several Deportivo players in the box... and then rolls the ball straight at the Deportivo keeper.

  60. Post update

    Juventus 0-0 Verona

    Just seen Verona have numbers 93, 95 and 99 on the bench. And a number 71 and 77 in the starting line-up! Modern football, eh?

  61. KICK-OFF

    Juventus 0-0 Verona

    Juventus v Verona teams

    Here's some line-ups from Juventus v Verona, which has just kicked off. We will shift our focus there in five minutes.

  62. GOAL

    Deportivo 0-4 Barcelona - comedy own goal

    A ball is fizzed into the box and and defender Alberto Lopo kicks the ball straight at Deportivo team-mate Sidnei and it flies beyond keeper Fabricio Agosto.

    It may be Sidnei's own goal but it's Lopo's fault.

  63. Join the debate at #bbceurfooty

    NCFCinside: I don't appreciate that little dig at Grant Holt - he scores goals for fun. All the goals.

    It's not 2012 anymore.

  64. SUBSTITUTION

    Deportivo 0-3 Barcelona

    Corner to Barcelona as a Lionel Messi shot is deflected wide. Comes to nothing though.

    Deportivo make a change - Haris Medunjanin is replaced by Lucas Perez on his return from injury.

  65. Post update

    Deportivo 0-3 Barcelona

    Luis Suarez

    There's not much to tell you about at the moment. A bit of head tennis at the moment. Maybe not what you'd expect for Deportivo v Barcelona.

  66. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Brads: Doesn't get any better than this! Fourth game of the day, Messi majestic and Juve to come.

  67. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Tom Holmes: Are we saying Messi isn't the runaway best player in the world?

    I don't think there's loads between him and Cristiano Ronaldo. Whichever one is in better form at the time edges it for me. Lionel Messi would have won every Ballon d'Or going a decade ago.

  68. Post update

    Deportivo 0-3 Barcelona

    European football writer Andy West on Twitter

    "When Messi plays like this, the whole Messi vs Ronaldo debate isn't even a debate. So good to see Messi playing like this again. His last two performances have been better than anything we saw from him in 2014. Would be fascinating to discover exactly what has inspired Messi's rediscovered motivation in the last week or so. Enrique row? That simple?"

  69. Post update

    Deportivo 0-3 Barcelona

    Lionel Messi

    There is no other period of my life in which Lionel Messi wouldn't be the runaway best player in the world.

  70. SUBSTITUTION

    Deportivo 0-3 Barcelona

    Pedro comes on for Neymar, meaning Lionel Messi will be given the last 20 minutes to go for a fourth.

  71. SUBSTITUTION

    Deportivo 0-3 Barcelona

    Deportivo bring on joint top scorer Toche for Oriol Riera. Unfortunately for Depor, two league goals gets you that status.

    Barcelona make a change with Sergio Busquets coming off (slowly) for Marc Bartra. It's a double switch in fact as Andres Iniesta is replaced by Rafinha.

  72. GOAL

    Deportivo 0-3 Barcelona - Lionel Messi

    Lionel Messi

    A short corner has worked magically here. Lionel Messi tips the corner to Ivan Rakitic, who plays the ball back to the Argentine. Messi breaks into the box and shoots from the corner of the box.

    Game over.

  73. YELLOW CARD

    Deportivo 0-2 Barcelona

    Oriol Riera marks his first start for Deportivo following a loan move from Wigan with a yellow card for an elbow in the face of Sergio Busquets.

    Like Grant Holt without the goals. Oh wait, exactly like Grant Holt.

    Oriol Riera and Sergio Busquets
  74. Post update

    Deportivo 0-2 Barcelona

    Deportivo almost pull one back with Juan Dominguez's acrobatic shot under pressure from Gerard Pique saved well by Barcelona keeper Claudio Bravo, who had probably forgotten he was playing.

  75. Post update

    Deportivo 0-2 Barcelona

    Andres Iniesta makes the wrong decision. A sentence you won't read too much.

    Barca zip a few passes together and Neymar finds the midfielder out wide left in the box. The Spain midfielder takes an age to decide what to do with it, as all the momentum drains out of the attack and then passes to a Deportivo player.

  76. Post update

    Borussia Dortmund

    Just noticed an odd tweet by the Bundesliga. Borussia Dortmund are second from bottom, in the relegation zone - I'd imagine the last thing on their mind is a Europa League spot.

  77. Post update

    Deportivo 0-2 Barcelona

    Luis Suarez

    Neymar pulls the ball across to Luis Suarez and his effort in a good position is high and wide. Maybe he'll start scoring tonnes of goals again if Brendan Rodgers takes over at the Nou Camp.

  78. Post update

    Deportivo 0-2 Barcelona

    Ah Haris Medunjanin, you idiot. The ball comes to the Deportivo player with his back to goal in the box, he holds off Javier Mascherano and then has two choices - have a shot from about eight yards out or fall to the floor in a misguided attempt to win a penalty.

    You can probably guess which option he took.

  79. SUBSTITUTION

    Deportivo 0-2 Barcelona

    While I was battling with cauliflower - surely the most joyless of vegetables - Deportivo were making a change. José Rodríguez, on loan from Real Madrid, comes on for Ivan Cavaleiro.

  80. KICK-OFF

    Deportivo 0-2 Barcelona

    Before I can wolf back my canteen food, Barcelona get the second half going.

  81. Post update

    Cape Verde celebrate in 2013

    If Africa Cup of Nations is your thing, then head your way over to our dedicated live text commentary as Tunisia face Cape Verde Islands, one of the last tournament's surprise teams.

  82. Round-up from France

    French Ligue 1

    Javier Pastore

    Reigning Ligue 1 champions Paris St-Germain defeated Evian 4-2 to move within four points of leaders Lyon.

    Cedric Barbosa gave the visitors the lead after Zlatan Ibrahimovic's error, but David Luiz headed in an equaliser.

    Marco Verratti prodded home for his first league goal for PSG, before team-mate Gregory van der Wiel scored an own goal with a misguided header.

    But Javier Pastore swept in Lucas Moura's cross and Edinson Cavani tapped in a fourth to seal PSG's victory.

    Rennes and St Etienne drew 0-0, while we will bring you updates from Marseille v Guingamp later on. (20:00 GMT)

  83. Round-up from Italy

    Italian Serie A

    Gonzalo Higuain and Rafael Benitez

    Gonzalo Higuain scored the only goal as Napoli beat Lazio to move above the hosts into a Champions League spot.

    AC Milan's poor season continued as they were beaten 1-0 by Atalanta, with German Denis scoring the only goal.

    Sampdoria moved above Lazio into fourth with a 2-0 victory at Parma, who are now bottom of Serie A.

    Gianfrano Zola's Cagliari salvaged a late 2-2 draw at Udinese with Danilo Avelar scoring an injury-time penalty.

    Khouma Babacar scored an injury-time winner as Fiorentina beat Chievo 2-1, while Torino beat Cesena 3-2.

    Genoa and Sassuolo played out an entertaining 3-3 draw with Ioannis Fetfatzidis scoring the hosts' equaliser in stoppage time.

    Leaders Juventus play Verona at 19:45 GMT in a game we'll be cover here after Depor v Barca.

  84. HALF-TIME

    Deportivo 0-2 Barcelona

    Stoppage time? No need for that nonsense. It's break time.

  85. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Dane Le Page: I think Messi wants his Ballon D'or back... He's been back to his scintillating best since the turn of the year!!

    Garry McCammon: First game since the Ballon d'Or. Messi is out to prove he's number one.

  86. Post update

    Deportivo 0-2 Barcelona

    Lionel Messi
  87. Post update

    Deportivo 0-2 Barcelona

    Just as Steve texts that, Luis Suarez has a chance when a high ball comes to him but he's just able to poke it at keeper Fabricio Agosto.

  88. Text us on 81111

    Steve in Kent: I'm sure Suarez will do well at Barca and win trophies. But he doesn't have the same swagger he did at Liverpool. Enormous loss for Liverpool and the Premier League.

  89. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Paul K: Messi should go to Chelsea and play on the right side of Diego Costa; with Eden Hazard on the left and Cesc Fabregas behind giving assists

    Mdroka: Remarkable piece of skill, and yet another goal from Messi

    'Funky_Mr_Adamz': Messi going for a hat-trick tonight!

  90. Post update

    Deportivo 0-2 Barcelona

    Lionel Messi

    Luis Suarez plays in Lionel Messi, who has a shot from the edge of the area but fires it just over the crossbar. It's end to end now.

  91. Post update

    Deportivo 0-2 Barcelona

    Deportivo should have one back almost immediately as the ball is played across to Isaac Cuenca, formerly of Barcelona, and somehow he fires well off target from 12 yards out. It wasn't bouncing, he wasn't under loads of pressure. Such a waste.

  92. GOAL

    Deportivo 0-2 Barcelona - Lionel Messi

    Great goal by Lionel Messi, Neymar plays the ball to him, his beats a defender with his first touch and then chips the ball over grounded keeper Fabricio Agosto.

    Suarez, Neymar and Messi celebrate
  93. Post update

    Deportivo 0-1 Barcelona

    See 24 mins.

  94. Post update

    Deportivo 0-1 Barcelona

    Deportivo have their first chance of the game as Ivan Cavaleiro bursts forward and beats a Barcelona defender but he gets too excited and his shot comes off the wrong side of his foot and goes well wide. A let-off for Barcelona.

  95. Post update

    Deportivo 0-1 Barcelona

    Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass.

  96. Post update

    Deportivo 0-1 Barcelona

    Barcelona striker Luis Suarez misses from close range after a ball over the top from Andres Iniesta but a flag is up for offside. Probably for the best.

    He'd have put that in the net for Liverpool probably.

  97. Post update

    Deportivo 0-1 Barcelona

    Deportivo have the ball! And they go past the halfway line too. But they get too excited and it's out for a throw-in.

  98. Post update

    Deportivo 0-1 Barcelona

    Luis Enrique will be happy with what he's seen so far. Barcelona on top and Andres Iniesta pings a ball across the box but nobody is able to get on the end of it.

    Just the 81% possession so far for the Catalans.

  99. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Josh Brannan: What a header from Lionel Messi - absolutely sublime goal

  100. Post update

    Deportivo 0-1 Barcelona

    Barcelona have had most of the ball since the goal. Is this game over already? Let's hope not.

  101. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Lionel Messi

    Madan Roka: Messi in great form. Brilliant goal.

  102. Post update

    Deportivo 0-1 Barcelona

    Only two of Lionel Messi's 49 goals in 2014 came with his head.

    Lionel Messi
  103. GOAL

    Deportivo 0-1 Barcelona - Lionel Messi

    Lionel Messi scores a rare header but it's a fantastic one to give Barcelona the lead. Ivan Rakitic's ball forward is wonderfully guided into the net by the 'second best player in the world'.

    Lionel Messi scores the opening goal
  104. Post update

    There's been a second chance...

  105. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Deportivo 0-0 Barcelona

    Ivan Rakitic's corner is fired into Lionel Messi, who has a go from 12 yards out but his low effort is scooped onto the crossbar by keeper Fabricio Agosto.

    The first real chance.

  106. Post update

    Andy West tweet
  107. Post update

    Deportivo 0-0 Barcelona

    Barcelona play nice little triangles but then the ball through to Jordi Alba down the byeline is overhit and he does well to keep it in - his cross is straight at keeper Fabricio Agosto however.

  108. Post update

    Deportivo 0-0 Barcelona

    Deportivo have a chance to break with Ivan Cavaleiro in possession around the centre circle, he sprays the ball out left to Oriol Riera but it's a terrible pass and it's out of play.

    Not the first bad ball Riera will have had this season, having just moved from Championship Wigan.

    Neymar does a little dance but can't find any of his team-mates in the box - chance wasted for Barcelona.

  109. Post update

    Deportivo 0-0 Barcelona

    Neymar

    Not much to report yet. Will Neymar be as happy at full-time as he looked before kick-off?

  110. KICK-OFF

    Deportivo 0-0 Barcelona

    Deportivo, wearing their famous blue and white, get us under way.

    Barcelona, for the record, wearing a less than famous crimson.

  111. Post update

    Deportivo v Barcelona (18:00 GMT)

    Coin tossed, hands shaken. Almost ready to go.

  112. Post update

    Spanish La Liga

    Atletico dogs

    Wondering what's going on here? You're not the only one.

    Well, what's unusual about a woman holding her dogs, dressed up in Atletico Madrid kits, being blessed by a priest.

    Hundreds of pet owners bring their animals to be blessed every year on the day of San Anton, Spain's patron saint of animals. Apparently.

    The blessing took place on Saturday and clearly brought the team good luck as they won 2-0 in their home La Liga match against Granada in a match that's just finished.

    Third-placed Atletico are now level on points with Barcelona.

  113. Post update

    Deportivo v Barcelona (18:00 GMT)

    Deportivo hand a first start to striker Oriol Riera, who joined on loan from Wigan this month. The former Barcelona youngster scored one goal in 13 Championship appearances this season.

    Barcelona are unchanged from the side who beat Atletico Madrid in their last league game.

    Deportivo: Fabricio, Juanfran, Sidnei, Lopo, Luisinho, Bergantinos, J Dominguez, Medunjanin, Cuenca, Cavaleiro, Riera.

    Barcelona: Bravo, Jordi Alba, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta, Suarez, Messi, Neymar.

  114. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    So we want to know your thoughts, should Lionel Messi leave Barcelona and if so where should he go? And don't just name your team! I've made my peace with the fact he won't join Limerick, you need to do the same.

    And we also want to know if you think Barcelona will dominate European football once again or is their dynasty over?

    Oh and while we're thinking about Deportivo, how good was Juan Carlos Valeron? He would definitely have been called a 'baller' by the youth of today.

    Let us know using #bbceurofooty on Twitter, via our Facebook page or text us on 81111 (but only with a UK phone and please let us know your name and location).

  115. Post update

    Deportivo and Arsenal players argue

    In their way today are a side who were one of Spain's top clubs in the early 2000s. Deportivo La Coruna won the first league title of the millennium and finished second the next two seasons.

    However sadly for their fans, times have not been so good recently. They have been relegated twice this decade, bouncing back at the first attempt both times - including this summer.

    Victor Fernandez's side sit only outside of the relegation zone by one point and none of their players have scored more than two goals this season.

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    Since this supposed implosion, they have won both their matches. Their front three of Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi all scored in a 3-1 win over Atletico Madrid, and then a weakened team thrashed Elche in the Spanish cup on Thursday.

    While that may have eased some of the short-term pressure on Luis Enrique, it would be hard for him to pretend all is well.

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    So what's wrong at Barcelona? Well after missing out on the title last season to a horse not in the supposed two-horse race, they trail leaders (and arch-rivals) Real Madrid by four points this season.

    They are no longer the entertainment kings of world football; scoring 18 goals fewer than Real.

    Director of football Andoni Zubizarreta and his assistant Carles Puyol - both legendary former Barca players - have left the club, with an early presidential election called for this summer. They are also under a transfer embargo.

    Oh, and coach Luis Enrique - who was only appointed in the summer - has supposedly fallen out with Lionel Messi, one of the game's all-time greats and club icon.

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    Luis Enrique

    Barcelona have three of the best forwards in the world - with a combined value of about £300m.

    And they have been near-impenetrable at times at the back - conceding only nine goals in 18 La Liga games.

    So things must be going pretty well.

    Right?

    Right?

    Wrong.