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Phil Dawkes

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  1. Post update

    And that is your lot for this evening from our European football service. Be sure to check out the match reports for tonight's significant games on the site. We'll be back with more Euro footy next week.


    St Etienne 0-1 PSG

    Ibrahimovic's nasty final act is also the last action of the game. The Swede's goal from the penalty spot has given PSG the win and taken them level on points with second-placed Monaco in Ligue 1. They are also now four points above St Etienne in fourth.


    St Etienne 0-1 PSG

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a lucky boy. He gets a yellow card for a very high boot that leaves a St Etienne player rolling around on the touchline holding his knee. No wonder he is holding as replays show that the PSG striker's kick was high, nowhere hear the ball and no doubt very painful. He could easily have seen red for that, but gets away with a yellow.


    Valencia 3-1 Sevilla

    A Dani Parejo double and Javi Fuego's second-half goal (along with Diego Alves' penalty save to deny Carlos Bacca a second goal) gives Valencia a win they thoroughly deserve. They move above tonight's opponents into fourth in the table, three points behind third-placed Atletico Madrid.

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    St Etienne 0-1 PSG

    Meanwhile, in France, PSG are five minutes from recording a win that will take them level on points with second-placed Monaco in Ligue 1.

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    Valencia 3-1 Sevilla

    We are into the final minute of the Mestalla. Valencia are cruising towards three points against Sevilla.


    Fiorentina 1-1 Roma

    It is indeed the final chance of the game. Frustration for Roma, who are held to another draw, which leaves them seven points behind leaders Juventus. It could have been worse for Rudi Garcia's team, though. They were distinctly second best in the first half and could have been more than 1-0 down. The point is reward for a much-improved second 45 minutes.

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    Fiorentina 1-1 Roma

    Alessandro Florenzi swings over the free-kick but it is met well by a home head, which takes the ball clear of danger. The home side are then able to rally and ensure Roma cannot come again. That could well be that...

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    Fiorentina 1-1 Roma

    Here we go. Added time and Roma have a free-kick deep in Fiorentina territory on the left...

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    Fiorentina 1-1 Roma

    The final minute in Florence and Alessandro Florenzi has a half-chance to snatch a winner when he brings down a long ball forward on the edge of the box. The angle is tight, though, and he fires his effort well over the bar.

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    St Etienne 0-1 PSG

    PSG are inches from sealing a win at St Etienne as Edinson Cavani breaks away, but with just the keeper to beat his lob from the edge of the box comes back off the bar.

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    Valencia 3-1 Sevilla

    No sign of a Sevilla comeback at the Mestalla. After reasserting their two-goal dominance on the game, Valencia have managed the game well. With just under 10 minutes to go they look to be on their way to a win.

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    St Etienne 0-1 PSG

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates making it 1-0 from the penalty spot against St Etienne.

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    Fiorentina 1-1 Roma

    Of course, Roma will also not want to lose this by throwing men forward and getting hit on the break. They almost suffer such a fate as Juan Cuadrado charges forward and the ball is eventually given to Khouma Babacar but the substitutes shot from an angle goes harmlessly out of play from a goal-kick.

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    Fiorentina 1-1 Roma

    The pressure is all on Roma to get a result in Florence. If things stay as they are they will be seven points behind league-leaders Juventus. Fiorentina are comfortable in sixth and will be a lot happier with a single point from the game.


    Fiorentina 1-1 Roma

    It remains delicately balanced in Florence. Fiorentina have withdrawn goalscorer Mario Gomez and sent on Senegalese striker Khouma Babacar. Roma respond by taking off the ineffectual Francesco Totti and replacing him with Mattia Destro.

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    St Etienne 0-1 PSG

    Zlatan may have just scored to give PSG the lead but he isn't happy. He appears to be claiming that a laser was being shone in his eyes as he stepped up to take the penalty. Not that it prevented him scoring, the big ponytailed pro that he is.

  18. GOAL

    St Etienne 0-1 PSG - Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates

    Zlatan makes no mistake from the spot. The keeper goes the right way (to his left) but is unable to prevent the ball finding the net.


    St Etienne 0-0 PSG

    The deadlock could finally be broken as PSG are given a penalty when Jeremy Clement leans into the ball and handles in the box. It is a gift for the away side.

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    Fiorentina 1-1 Roma

    We are midway through the second half in Florence and the home side have edged their way back into the match after Roma's equaliser just after the break. Borja Valero unleashes a powerful shot from distance but it is blocked before it can cause Morgan De Sanctis any hassle in the Roma net.

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    St Etienne 0-0 PSG

    We've had a shot on target in France. Yes, a shot on target. It is not a very good one, though, as Edinson Cavani's effort from the edge of the box is easily saved by Stephane Ruffier.

  22. GOAL

    Valencia 3-1 Sevilla - Javi Fuego

    Javi Fuego

    Valencia are back in control at the Mestalla. Away keeper Beto's poor clearance gives possession back to the home side who spread the ball wide to Rodrigo and, after some fancy footwork, his square ball is side-footed home by Javi Fuego.

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    Fiorentina 1-1 Roma

    Fiorentina try to reassert themselves on the game but Juan Cuadrado's shot from range is blocked by the body of a Roma defender. It wasn't a test for the away keeper but it the most positive thing the home side have done this half.

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    St Etienne 0-0 PSG

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Frustrated PSG forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic let loose on the referee after being pulled back for a debatable foul on Kevin Theophile-Catherine when he appeared to have a clear run on goal during the first half against St Etienne.

  25. KICK-OFF

    St Etienne 0-0 PSG

    We are also back under way in France. Hopefully a better second half awaits.

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    Fiorentina 1-1 Roma

    Roma are also in again as Francesco Totti plays a neat pass into the feet of Juan Iturbe, who has just the home keeper to beat but fails as Tatarusanu dives at his feet to block. The flow of this game has completely reversed from the Fiorentina-dominated first 45 minutes. Roma are on top now.

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    Fiorentina 1-1 Roma

    Suddenly, Roma look full of confidence. Francesco Totti has an effort from 25 yards but it is straight at Tatarusanu, who saves.

  28. KICK-OFF

    Valencia 2-1 Sevilla

    The second half gets under way at the Mestalla.

  29. GOAL

    Fiorentina 1-1 Roma - Adem Ljajic

    Adem Ljajic celebrates

    The perfect start to the second half for Roma as a chipped ball forward is met by Juan Iturbe, who muscles past his marker and pulls the ball back for Adem Ljajic to stroke into the net from inside the box. Game on.

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    Fiorentina 1-0 Roma

    Roma have an early chance to level this game up from a free-kick but Adem Ljajic's chip into the box beats everyone and bounces out for a goal-kick.

  31. KICK-OFF

    Fiorentina 1-0 Roma

    We are back under way at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.


    St Etienne 0-0 PSG

    Little to say about that half. PSG won the reverse fixture of this 5-0 earlier in the season. This has been nothing like that. Sadly.


    Valencia 2-1 Sevilla

    Half-time at the Mestalla where a proper game of football is taking place. Valencia looked to be in complete control thanks to two goals from Dani Parejo but Carlos Bacca has given Sevilla a life-line and could have given them parity from the spot but for the boot of home keeper Diego Alves.

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    St Etienne 0-0 PSG

    It remains 0-0 at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard between St Etienne and a very frustrated Paris St Germain. There has yet to be a shot on goal.


    Valencia 2-1 Sevilla

    Would you believe it! Bacca steps up and strokes his penalty to Diego Alves' left but the keeper guesses right and is able to knock the ball away from goal with his boot. It is all going off at the Mestalla.


    Valencia 2-1 Sevilla

    And now Sevilla have another penalty! Ever Banega is felled in the box by a sliding tackle and the referee has no hesitation. Carlos Bacca is going to take it to potentially drag his side level...

  37. GOAL

    Valencia 2-1 Sevilla - Carlos Bacca

    Valencia looked to be in cruise control, but they will have to revise matters now as Carlos Bacca gets a goal back for Sevilla from the penalty spot, just four minutes after Parejo's second for the home side. We have a game on our hands again.


    Fiorentina 1-0 Roma

    And that is the break. Roma have a lot of work to do. They have not been in this game at all really. And they are fortunate not to be trailing by more than Mario Gomez's solitary goal.

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    Fiorentina 1-0 Roma

    Meanwhile, back in Florence, there are going to be two minutes of injury time. Fiorentina almost use the added time to maximum effect when Mario Gomez is allowed to hold the ball up in the box and tee up Matias Fernandez for a shot which is destined for the goal until a Roma body dives in to block.

  40. GOAL

    Valencia 2-0 Sevilla - Dani Parejo

    Dani Parejo celebrates

    It is looking very good for Valencia, who double their lead against Sevilla. It is Dani Pareja again, finding space in the box with a late run to gather Javi Fuego's pass and slot the ball into the corner of the net.

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    Fiorentina 1-0 Roma

    Adam Ljajic looks to make something happen for Roma with an effort from the edge of the box. He hits it very well but straight at home keeper Tatarusanu, who drops low to save.

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    St Etienne 0-0 PSG

    Paris St Germain have had 76% of possession against St Etienne. They have yet to really test the home keeper, though. To say they are frustrated would be a big understatement.

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    Fiorentina 1-0 Roma

    We are entering the closing stages of the first half and Fiorentina will be very happy with the way the game has gone so far. They lead and have held second-placed Roma at bay. If Roma are to keep up the pressure on Juve at the top of Serie A they need to make something happen.

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    Fiorentina 1-0 Roma

    Fiorentina waste a great chance to make it 2-0 when Nenad Tomovic is allowed to gather possession in the box due to Roma's failure to clear, but the home player's shot from an angle flies a yard past the far post.

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    Fiorentina 1-0 Roma

    No sign yet of Roma response to going behind. However, they have weathered the storm that came from the buoyant home side after they had taken the lead.

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    St Etienne 0-0 PSG

    Meanwhile, in France, Paris St Germainhave had most of the possession against St Etienne but the home side have broken twice and wasted decent chances with poor long-range shots. Yohan Mollo was the worst culprit by opting to shoot when he had team-mates to pass to in better positions.

  47. GOAL

    Valencia 1-0 Sevilla - Dani Parejo

    Dani Parejo celebrates

    We have a goal in Valencia and it has come from the penalty spot, courtesy of the right boot of Dani Parejo.

  48. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Remember, you can contact us about tonight's European games via Twitter, using the hashtag #bbceurofooty, or via text on 81111 (UK only).

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    Fiorentina 1-0 Roma

    Daniele De Rossi is a wily customer and he cannily falls to win Roma a free-kick in their own box and, more importantly, give themselves a break from the home onslaught.

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    Fiorentina 1-0 Roma

    Fiorentina are all over Roma at the moment. Mario Gomez almost gets an exact replica chance to the one from which he scored, but this time fluffs his shot, before Joaquin flies in to drive a low effort past the far post. Roma need to dig in here or they could get blown away.


    Fiorentina 1-0 Roma

    Fiorentina come forward again and Manuel Pasqual gets goal-side of Konstantinos Manolas in the box before tumbling under what he then suggests is a push. Roma are very grateful when the ref waves play on. Soon after Joaquin is felled by Jose Holebas' arm and the Roma man gets the first yellow card.

  52. GOAL

    Fiorentina 1-0 Roma - Mario Gomez

    Mario Gomez celebrates

    The deadlock is broken in Florence. Mario Gomez has been criticised recently for his lack of goals but he is a natural goalscorer and demonstrates this by steering David Pizarro's 20-yard shot into the goal from inside the box. The Roma players appeal for offside but quite rightly the flag stays down.

  53. KICK-OFF

    The games in France (between St Etienne and PSG) and in Spain (where Valencia are hosting Sevilla) are both under way. We'll bring you updates on the major incidents from both throughout the evening.

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    Fiorentina 0-0 Roma

    That is a much better effort from Radja Nainggolan, who strikes a shot cleanly from the edge of the box. Unfortunately for the visitors it is straight into the grateful arms of home keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu.

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    Fiorentina 0-0 Roma

    Fiorentina come within inches of taking the lead as a header into the box from the right from Gonzalo Rodriguez loops towards goal before Daniele De Rossi gets back to clear off the line. Great awareness from the Roma man to save his side from going behind.

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    Fiorentina 0-0 Roma

    Roma launch a good ball forward to Radja Nainggolan down the right but he fails to come up with anything constructive and instead slices a horrible shot well wide of goal. Quite rightly he holds his hand up in apology.

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    Fiorentina 0-0 Roma

    Roma's first charge forward sees a bit of pinball in the home box end with the ball bouncing out to Francesco Totti for a shot he drags wide of goal. That is one shot each during what has been a pretty tame opening to the game.

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    Fiorentina 0-0 Roma

    I was talking earlier about the red mist that seems to have descended on some players in Europe this weekend. Well, this game certainly has form for poor discipline. There have been 44 yellow cards and four red cards in the last six meetings between Fiorentina and Roma.

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    Espanyol 3-0 Almeria

    A result to bring you from Spain. The game has just finished at the Power8 Stadium, where Espanyol have beaten Almeria 3-0.

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    Fiorentina 0-0 Roma

    Fiorentina have started on the front foot and they have the first effort at goal. Unfortunately for them, Juan Cuadrado doesn't catch it and his shot from range bobbles wide.

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    Fiorentina 0-0 Roma

    Francesco Totti's first involvement sees him gather possession in his own half, do a couple of circles before being fouled by Juan Cuadrado. Soon after, the home side come forward but Joaquin's cross towards Mario Gomez in the middle is headed away.

  62. KICK-OFF

    Fiorentina 0-0 Roma

    And we are under way. According to the line-ups being shown to me, Fiorentina are playing a 3-5-1-1 formation. It's the kind of setup that looks like it might work but would probably get you hammered in Football Manager.

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    Fiorentina v Roma (19:45 GMT)

    The teams are out at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. Kick-off coming up...

  64. English duo miss out

    Two players we won't be seeing from the start, though, are English full-back duo Ashley Cole and Micah Richards. The former is on Roma's bench, while the latter is amongst the Fiorentina substitutes.

  65. Ones to watch

    Roma's Kevin Strootman

    The game between Fiorentina and Roma offers a chance for fans of Premier League transfer rumours to check out one or two potential movers. Roma's Kevin Strootman has been linked with the likes of Manchester United for a while now. And Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado is reportedly a major target for Chelsea this January.

  66. Florenzi's rallying cry

    Roma midfielder Alessandro Florenzi

    Roma may be struggling to secure all three points on a regular basis but they are not lacking in belief that they can maintain a title challenge this season. Have a read of this from midfielder Alessandro Florenzi, who was speaking to Roma TV:

    "We are not going through a good spell. But with the group that we have we will come out of it.

    "We have drawn games in which we deserved much more despite playing badly. We need to make sure we turn things around starting on Sunday.

    We are a great team and we showed this earlier in the season. Now we must get back on track. We want to lift a trophy this season and we will battle for the Scudetto until the end."

  67. Roma need return to form

    It has been a frustrating few weeks for Serie A's second-placed side Roma, not because they are losing but because they keep managing to avoid winning. Rudi Garcia's side have drawn three of their last four league matches, which (thanks to league-leaders Juventus' 2-0 home win over Chievo earlier this afternoon) leaves them eight points behind top spot.

    AC Milan, Lazio and Palermo have all frustrated i Giallorossi recently and if they don't start scoring at least one more goal than their opponents soon then the fat (and the Old) lady will be singing.

  68. Eto'o returns to Italy

    Samuel Eto'o (right) is presented to Sampdoria fans

    Yesterday, it was revealed that Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o was leaving Everton to add Italian club Sampdoria to his impressive list of employers.

    I Blucerchiati is the 33-year-old's second Italian club, following a spell with Inter Milan from 2009 to 2011. As you can see from the above photo, Eto'o seems pretty chuffed to be back in the country where he won the Serie A title, the Coppa Italia twice, the Champions League and the Club World Cup in his previous stint. The Sampdoria owner Massimo Ferrero also looks pretty happy sandwiched between Eto'o and felloe new signing Luis Muriel.

    Speaking of Ferrero, here is his attempt at a selfie...

    Samuel Eto'o (left), Manuel Ferrero (centre) and Luis Muriel (right)
  69. Results round-up

    Juventus players celebrate the win over Chievo

    If you were wondering what has happened across Europe today so far, here are some of the results from the top leagues:

    Italian Serie A: Verona 1-0 Atalanta, Inter Milan 0-1 Torino, Juventus 2-0 Chievo, Parma 1-2 Cesena, Sampdoria 1-1 Palermo.

    Spanish La Liga: Deportivo 2-2 Granada, Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Malaga.

    French Ligue 1: Evian 1-0 Toulouse, Lyon 2-0 Metz, Stade de Reims 0-0 Lens, Stade Rennes 1-4 Caen.

    Dutch Eredivisie: Ajax 0-0 Feyenoord, Groningen 2-2 Utrecht, NAC Breda 0-0 Willem II, Go Ahead Eagles 1-0 ADO Den Haag.

  70. LINE-UPS

    Valencia v Sevilla (20:00 GMT)

    Valencia: Diego Alves, Otamendi, Mustafi, Joao Cancelo, Perez, Javi Fuego, Dani Parejo, Jose Gaya, Andre Gomes, Negredo, Rodrigo.

    Sevilla: Beto, Pareja, Daniel Carrico, Coke, Diogo Figueiras, Banega, Iborra, Krychowiak, Vitolo, Bacca, Deulofeu.

  71. LINE-UPS

    St Etienne v PSG (20:00 GMT)

    St Etienne: Ruffier, Perrin, Baysse, Theophile Catherine, Clement, Tabanou, Lemoine, Hamouma, Erdinc, Mollo, Van Wolfswinkel.

    Paris St Germain: Sirigu, Maxwell, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marquinhos, Matuidi, Thiago Motta, Verratti, Lucas, Ibrahimovic, Cavani.

  72. LINE-UPS

    Fiorentina v Roma (19:45 GMT)

    Roma starting XI: De Sanctis, Florenzi, Manolas, Mapou, Cholevas, Nainggolan, De Rossi, Strootman, Iturbe, Totti, Ljajic.

    Fiorentina starting XI: Tatarusanu, Rodriguez, Pasqual, Basanta, Tomovic, Joaquin, Pizarro, Fernandez, Valero, Cuadrado, Gomez.

  73. Tonight's action

    Hopefully, the players taking part in the remainder of tonight's European fixtures will remember to keep their antics strictly pitch legal. We want nice, clean encounters lads, none of these violent shenanigans.

    The main game we'll be bringing you this evening looks like a healthily competitive affair from Serie A, where sixth-placed Fiorentina host second-placed Roma.

    We'll also be staying across a hopefully pleasant encounter from France, as Paris St Germain travel to St Etienne, and a potentially lovely match in Spain, where Valencia host Sevilla.

  74. Defour taunted by Liege fans

    Different circumstances surround Steven Defour's sending off today. A banner depicting the severed head of the midfielder, unfurled by the home fans, greeted his return to former club Standard Liege. The banner also showed a man holding a sword and the slogan 'Red or Dead'. Defour, 26, who played for Belgium at the 2014 World Cup, was sent off early in the second half of the game, which his side lost 2-0, after picking up a second booking for kicking the ball into the home supporters.

    After the game he posted a message on social media, saying: "Apologies to my fans and team-mates at Anderlecht, although I do not understand the red card - you can not see or hear the referee."

    Belgian football officials have reacted angrily to the banner, with Thibault De Gendt of the Belgian FA saying: "It was disgusting and took place in front of children. We hope never to see this again."

  75. Mexes' moment of madness

    Philippe Mexes (left) grabs Stefano Mauri

    You might think Ronaldo's display would be the angriest act perpetrated on a professional football field in Europe this weekend. You'd be wrong. Later on Saturday, during Lazio's 3-1 win over AC Milan in Rome, away defender Philippe Mexes' face went as red as half the stripes on shirt when he after grabbed home captain Stefano Mauri by the throat before then trying to head-butt him soon after.

    Like Ronaldo, the Frenchman was sent off and also apologised profusely after the game.

    "I have to apologise to the club, the coach and my family," said Mexes. "It was the wrong reaction and I am sorry because I left the team with 10 men and I will be suspended.

    "Unfortunately I made a mistake. In my career I have had these reactions. These things should not happen out on a football pitch.

    "I have children and this is not the sort of example that a father should set."

  76. Ronaldo sees red

    Cristiano Ronaldo scuffles with Cordoba's Edimar

    Let's start with Ronaldo's red mist. In the 82nd minute of yesterday's clash between Cordoba and Real Madrid, with the game poised at 1-1 and La Liga leaders Real growing increasingly frustrated, the World Footballer of the Year allowed his temper to boil over, resulting in home defender Edimar receiving a kick and then a slap to the face.

    Earlier in the game, Ronaldo also appeared to land a right hook on Jose Angel Crespo. The 29-year-old was red-carded for his second indiscretion and then compounded matters by petulantly dusting off the Fifa Club World Cup winners' badge on his short in response to taunts from home fans.

    He swiftly apologised afterwards via Twitter, saying: "I apologise to everyone and especially to Edimar for my thoughtless acts in today's match."

  77. Let's get ready to rumble

    It all got a bit heated in Europe yesterday, and I'm not talking about the weather. We had wild-eyed throat-grabbing in Italy from AC Milan's Philippe Mexes and kicking and slapping in Spain, courtesy of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.

    We've also had a bit of bother this Sunday with Steven Defour getting sent off for Anderlecht against former club Standard Liege. And with games still to come, who knows what might happen? We could have an eye-gouge in Florence, a wedgie in St Etienne or a 22-man over the top battle royale in Valencia. Best stay tuned.