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Luke Reddy

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Manager reaction

    Real Madrid 2-0 Deportivo

    Real Madrid celebrate

    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".

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Post update

    Real Madrid 2-0 Deportivo

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

    BBC Sport stats

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    Spanish football journalist 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.

  8. Where are the title chasers?

    Real Madrid 2-0 Deportivo

    So what happens now?

    Mario Mandzukic, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez

    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.


    Real Madrid 2-0 Deportivo

    Karim Benzema

    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.

  10. Post update

    Real Madrid 2-0 Deportivo

    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.

  11. Post update

    Real Madrid 2-0 Deportivo

    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.

  12. OUCH!

    Real Madrid 2-0 Deportivo

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

  14. CLOSE!

    Real Madrid 2-0 Deportivo

    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.

  15. Post update

    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.

  16. CLOSE!

    Real Madrid 2-0 Deportivo

    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.

    Tweet us your thoughts on #bbceurofooty.

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


    Real Madrid 2-0 Deportivo

    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.

  19. Post update

    Real Madrid 2-0 Deportivo

    Real Madrid v Deportivo in 2009
  20. 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.

    Karim Benzema

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


    Real Madrid 1-0 Deportivo

    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.

  22. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Deportivo

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

    Opta stats
    Image caption: 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

  23. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Deportivo

    Life in this one yet...

    BBC Stats on Real Madrid v Deportivo

    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.

  24. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Deportivo

    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.

  25. Post update

    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
  26. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Deportivo

    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...


    Real Madrid 1-0 Deportivo

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

  28. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Deportivo

    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.

  29. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Deportivo

    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.

  30. Depor not big on travel

    Real Madrid 1-0 Deportivo

    Celso Borges

    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.

  31. CLOSE!

    Real Madrid 1-0 Deportivo

    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.


    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.

  33. KICK-OFF

    Real Madrid 1-0 Deportivo

    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.

  34. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Deportivo

    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.

  36. Spanish love...

    Ooohhh what a softie...

    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.


    Real Madrid 1-0 Deportivo

    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.

    Real Madrid celebrate

    Real Madrid 1-0 Deportivo

    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.


    Real Madrid 1-0 Deportivo

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    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.

  40. CLOSE!

    Real Madrid 1-0 Deportivo

    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.

  41. PSG denied by late Caen strikes

    European round-up

    Caen players celebrate

    A goal in stoppage time denied Paris St-Germain the chance to take the outright lead in Ligue 1.

    Starting the day in third and on 48 points - two behind leaders Lyon - coach Laurent Blanc's men took a two-goal lead into half-time thanks to efforts from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi.

    But the Lower Normandy club reduced the deficit in the 89th minute through Emiliano Sala before Herve Bazile's late equaliser, as the match finished 2-2.

  42. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Deportivo

    Deportivo's defensive line is around two yards from goal - temporarily camped - as Ronaldo guides a header back across goal, Benzema swings it back over, anyone fancy putting it away? No.

    Hacked clear.

  43. CLOSE!

    Real Madrid 1-0 Deportivo

    Isaac Cuenca has had Deportivo's best chance and he's up for this. A fizzed strike is well wide but had some purpose.

    He fancies a third league goal of the season. That's how many Isco now has.

  44. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Deportivo

    In Lopo, 34, and Manuel Pablo, 39, Deportivo have two central defenders who had better be able to read the game well because pace may well be lacking. As Ronaldo tries to burn Lopo off, the bald defender concedes a corner and taps the Real star on the chest to jokingly ask for a reprieve.

  45. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Deportivo

    Some nervous signs still among Madrid ranks as Karim Benzema looses possession in his own half, allowing a ball to be delivered into the box. That five minute siege Real executed served up a goal but intensity dampens in the immediate aftermath.

  46. We do not share points...

    Real Madrid v Deportivo La Coruna (17:00 GMT)

    Real Madrid are the only side in La Liga to have not drawn a single league fixture this season.

    It has been over two years since they have been involved in a goalless draw in the league. The wait goes on...

  47. GOAL

    Real Madrid 1-0 Deportivo - Isco

    Isco celebrates

    What Cristiano Ronaldo cannot do from six inches, Isco does from 18 yards with a lovely bender,Ronaldo must score as Benzema's prod across the goal line rolls in front of him...can't miss...he doesn't get a touch.

    Danger over? Not quite, Isco takes aim and curls wonderfully around the goalkeeper's dive. Ripples the inside of the side netting. Crisis over?

    Isco scores
  48. CLOSE!

    Real Madrid 0-0 Deportivo

    Gareth Bale

    A charmed life...a charmed life indeed lead Deportivo La Coruna in the last few moments. Bale again is at the heart of the good work down the right and his cross tees up Karim Benzema 10 yards out. Goal all over it but a stunning blocked brilliantly.


    Real Madrid 0-0 Deportivo

    This is not a ground Deportivo like visiting, with just two wins in 40 attempts. They are stroking the ball around beautifully, but wait...loose pass...Bale...cuts in from the right onto his left

    He pounced with vigour but when the defence parted for Bale his shot from 25 yards cannoned back off the bar. Real are giving the woodwork an early workout.


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    Borussia Dortmund

    Which European ground would be the perfect Valentine's Day date venue? Why? Tweet us on #bbceurofooty.

    Tony Lannon: The yellow wall of Noise, Signal Iduna park, Dortmund.

    But Tony, the atmosphere would stop you from delivering those killer lines to your chosen partner.

  51. La Liga top scorers

    Real Madrid 0-0 Deportivo

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Ronaldo has 28 La Liga goals already this season - he has started just 19 games.

    Lionel Messi is in his tracks on 22, while Neymar heads the supporting cast with 16.


    Real Madrid 0-0 Deportivo

    Cristiano Ronaldo. Free-kick. The big build-up. He is on tip toes, like a ballerina, eyes focused, here he comes...step, step, step, bang...smashes the bar.

    An absolute belter.

  53. Bayern hit eight past Hamburg

    European round-up

    Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller were in great form for Bayern at the Allianz Arena
    Image caption: Mario Gotze (left) and Thomas Muller were in great form for Bayern at the Allianz Arena

    The Bundesliga top two scored 13 goals between them, although the manner of their victories were very different.

    Bayern Munich stormed to an 8-0 win over Hamburg, with Mario Gotze, Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben all scoring twice.

    Shakhtar Donetsk await the German league leaders when the Champions League resumes this week.

    Meanwhile, Dutch striker Bas Dost scored four times as Wolfsburg nicked a 5-4 win at Bayer Leverkusen despite having let slip a 3-0 half-time lead.

    Bayern remain eight points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.

  54. Post update

    Real Madrid 0-0 Deportivo

    Credit to Deportivo La Coruna, they have started well at the Bernabeu and the home fans are whistling. Their side are not ahead after 10 minutes so there must be a catastrophe looming. Talk about on the teams' back.

    Ronaldo tries to win favour with an acrobatic overhead kick but it is of no threat.

  55. CLOSE!

    Real Madrid 0-0 Deportivo

    Glorious opening for ex-Barcelona Isaac Cuenca man Isaac Cuenca as a Gareth Bale slip gives him time and space to pick his wide.

    A great opening and chance for a rare Depor away goal.

  56. In the papers...

    Real Madrid 0-0 Deportivo

    Marca lead story on Real Madrid

    Marca have got into the Valentine's Day swing of things as they lead with "football will return to love."

    The papers adds Lucas Silva - signed from Brazilian club Cruzeiro for a reported £9.7m - could make his debut in midfield.

    No sign of him in the starting XI but he does make the bench. Isco is in midfield and plucks a ball delightfully from the air. He has settled but no attack of meaning just yet...

  57. I'll go out on a limb and say home win

    Real Madrid 0-0 Deportivo

    The last time these sides met, Real romped to an 8-2 win at the Riazor, with Cristiano Ronaldo netting a hat-trick.

    His side have won five of the last six meetings with 5-1 and 6-1 wins thrown in to boot.

    The aggregate score over those half a dozen games would be 24-6.

    A goalless draw tonight then...

  58. KICK-OFF

    Real Madrid 0-0 Deportivo

    Here we go then. A response is what we are expecting from Carlo Ancelotti's side. Somehow we doubt Deportivo will hand out the same beating Los Blancos faced last week...

  59. Still a lot of love for Gareth...

    Real Madrid v Deportivo La Coruna (17:00 GMT)

    Look at this guy. A live-text dream on Valentine's Day...

    Gareth Bale

    I read a headline this week "is this Gareth Bale's first crisis at Real Madrid?".

    The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word 'crisis' as: "A time of intense difficulty or danger."

    Bale has been involved in 61 goals in 75 outings for Real Madrid - scoring 36 and assisting 25. Not too sure about 'crisis'.

  60. Sevilla in the Champions League mix

    La Liga latest

    Sevilla have moved into La Liga's top four with a comfortable 3-0 win at home against Cordoba.

    Sevilla celebrate

    Both sides ended up down to 10 men but Grzegorz Krychowiak and Carlos Bacca struck to give the home side a half-time lead and Vicente Iborra added a fishing touch.

    Unai Emery's side are now fourth, a point ahead of Valencia who play Getafe on Sunday morning.

    There are two matches later today: Granada v Athletic Bilbao (19:00 GMT), Malaga v Espanyol (21:00 GMT).


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    Which European ground would be the venue for your perfect Valentine's date and why? Tweet us on #bbceurofooty.

    Mark Boonham: Braga is pretty special carved into the side of a cliff.

    That one we get, scenic and all...

    Dave Crumbs: The Vale home of Wealdstone FC

    That's just cruel Dave.

  62. Team news

    Real Madrid v Deportivo La Coruna (17:00 GMT)

    Carlo Ancelotti makes three changes from his sides humiliation at Atletico Madrid.

    Sami Khedira makes way in midfield for Asier Illarramendi, Alvaro Arbeloa is picked ahead of Dani Carvajal and Marcelo returns in place of Fabio Coentrao.

    Real Madrid XI: Casillas, Varane, Ronaldo, Kroos, Benzema, Bale, Marcelo, Arbeloa, Nacho, Isco, Illarra.

    Deportivo La Coruna XI: Fabricio, Laure, M. Pablo, Lopo, Luisinho, Bergantinos, Borges, Cuenca, Lucas, Cavaleiro, Riera.

  63. Steady on the cake lads...

    Real Madrid v Deportivo La Coruna (17:00 GMT)

    Only at Real Madrid would the professionalism of a team sat top of the table having suffered just a second loss in 19 league games be questioned.

    But not much seemingly irks a football fan more than seeing your players sing karaoke after a 4-0 derby defeat.

    A 30th birthday cake

    "Some think this might affect the professionalism," coach Ancelotti said. "These players have demonstrated their professionalism many times."

    "My job is to evaluate the professionalism of the players and about that I have no doubt. There is no lack of motivation."

    Real Madrid's players partied after defeat at Atletico Madrid, with the likes of James Rodriguez, Marcelo, Sami Khedira and assistant coach Paul Clement attending Cristiano Ronaldo's birthday bash.

  64. You've been naughty, your birthday is cancelled...

    Real Madrid v Deportivo La Coruna (17:00 GMT)

    Love may be in the air today, but Cristiano Ronaldo felt the wrath of some Real Madrid followers in the aftermath of their humiliating defeat against local Rivals Atletico last weekend.

    Is having a birthday party after a 4-0 drubbing really a sin? If CR7 had enough wind in him to blow out 30 candles then maybe he did not exert himself enough at the Vicente Calderon.

    Anyway, the professionalism of football's ultimate athlete fell under scrutiny, prompting his compatriot and former Real star Luis Figo to vent on Twitter.

    Luis Figo Twitter

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    Mario goetze and his partner

    Has the postman been battering down the door with the truck he brought over to drop your gifts off? Yeah, thought so.

    What we want to know is, which European city - and by city we mean football ground - would make your perfect Valentine's Day date venue?

    Roma? Paris St-Germain? Ajax? We think Mario Goetze and his partner would love a night a the Britannia. Tweet us on #bbceurofooty.

  66. A meeting of two different types...

    Real Madrid v Deportivo La Coruna (17:00 GMT)

    With love in the air, what would this fixture read like in a dating advert?

    Love hearts

    'Slightly aged and lived in entity which flourished in the 1990's seeks meeting with buff, slick, successful, wealthy partner.'

    Deportivo will be punching above their weight here. A few drinks for a bit of Dutch courage maybe needed.

  67. Welcome

    Real Madrid v Deportivo La Coruna (17:00 GMT)

    Wet Wet Wet topped the UK charts for 15 weeks with their version of that belter and Real Madrid have sat on top of La Liga for over 100 days themselves. Why I'm linking these I have no idea, I'll be touting Marti Pellow as a potential signing next.

    The La Liga leaders have however been given a right old tanking and scoring against them made Tiago this happy last weekend...


    He is making the same face you made when you saw the pile of cards on the doormat this morning and his happiness - part of Atletico's 4-0 win over their rivals - means Real are under serious scrutiny today...

  68. La Liga is all around us...


    Valentines Day. La Liga. I know what you're thinking, let's have some Wet Wet Wet..

    Wet Wet Wet

    Now join in and belt this out to the tune of their '90s classic - Love is all Around...

    I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes...

    Real lost four nil last week, so all we've heard is groans...

    Ancelotti needs a win, as talks of crisis grows...

    So if you love La Liga, come in and join our show...

    Ronaldo might score, he usually does...

    He's single now, so ladies you can dream...

    They're top of La Liga, but it's not the end,

    So on Ronaldo, can they depend?