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Luke Reddy & Saj Chowdhury

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  1. Post update

    So life goes on. That is it from us after another fascinating weekend of European football action. There is plenty more football live text this week, including: The FA Cup quarter-final draw, followed by Preston v Manchester United and then Champions League, Europa League and Championship matches. Join us again.

  2. Post update

    Barcelona 5-0 Levante


    This quote from opening goalscorer Neymar could perhaps provide a bit of self-help for Atletico coach Diego Simeone and his team:

    "I got one today. But even if I hadn't, life goes on."

  3. Post update

    Barcelona 5-0 Levante

    Earlier, Barcelona did what they are best at doing - tearing teams apart. They tore apart Levante and won 5-0.

    "My players aren't euphoric because they know how tough it is to win a title," said Barca coach Luis Enrique. "The number of games you win doesn't matter if they don't help you win titles."

    Those players have to cheer up.

  4. Ligue 1 result

    Lorient 1-1 Lyon

    Let's go over the border to France, where Brittany club Lorient held leaders Lyon. Ghana's Jordan Ayew - him of Africa Cup of Nations fame - gave the home side the lead, but Clinton Njie equalised for Lyon.

    That all means that Lyon are 50 points two ahead of Marseille and Paris St-Germain. Its tight at the top.


    Celta Vigo 2-0 Atletico Madrid

    That's it. All over in Vigo. Current league champions Atletico have failed to match title rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid, who both won this weekend. It's not over in La Liga, but...


    Celta Vigo 2-0 Atletico Madrid

    Great shot, great save. Goalscorer Fabian Orellana is denied by the hand of Moya Rumbo.


    Celta Vigo 2-0 Atletico Madrid

    Stoppage time. Atletico defender Diego Godin has been playing without his mask for a fair few minutes - he looks like a guy whose team has been outplayed for 90 minutes by Celta Vigo.


    Celta Vigo 2-0 Atletico Madrid

    Meanwhile, back in north-west Spain, Atletico substitute Cani sees his shot come off the post from a yard out.

    Fortunately for him, he was ruled offside - unfortunately for his team, they remain 2-0 down.

  9. Serie A result

    Cesena 2-2 Juventus

    It is all over. Juventus fought back from a goal down to take the lead, but then lost their advantage and missed a second-half penalty. The small consolation was that second-placed Roma only managed to draw today, which means Juve still hold a seven point lead. Not bad.

  10. Post update

    Celta Vigo 2-0 Atletico Madrid

    Should he have done better? Mario Mandzukic meets a cross form the right, but his header from 12 yards is straight at keeper Sergio.

  11. Post update

    Celta Vigo 2-0 Atletico Madrid

    Atletico's possession stat stands at 29% at the moment - the lowest it has been this season. Does that say more about how good Celta have been? Or how bad Atletico have been?

  12. GOAL

    Celta Vigo 2-0 Atletico Madrid - Fabian Orellana (71 mins)

    Well slap us with a Spanish omelette. Celta double their lead as Chilean winger Fabian Orellana crashes in an angled drive into the keeper's bottom right.

  13. Serie A latest

    Cesena 2-2 Juventus

    There promises to be a great finish in store in Cesena. The home side have equalised through Franco Brienza and a few moments ago Juve's Arturo Vidal missed a penalty.


    Celta Vigo 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    Zut alors! France attacking midfielder/forward Antoine Griezmann strikes a low shot that forces a great low save from Sergio.


    Celta Vigo 1-0 Atletico Madrid

    The goal seems to have sparked something inside Atletico, with Saul Niguez forcing a good save from Sergio. At the other end Argentine striker Joaquin Larrivey somehow fails to convert from two yards after the ball is squared to him.

  16. GOAL

    Celta Vigo 1-0 Atletico Madrid - Nolito (58 mins)

    A lovely spot-kick by the Spanish forward who slots to the left of Moya Rumbo. Game on!


    Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Agudo Duran aka Nolito is brought down by Mario Suarez... Nolito will take the pen

  18. Post update

    Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Atletico defender Diego Godin, who is wearing a black mask to protect his broken nose, gets on the end of a cross but heads way, way over. That's about as exciting as it gets folks. What's everybody had for dinner?

  19. Post update

    Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Celta's Fernandez Borja Fernandez has the first shot of the second half - a powerful drive that is always rising. The closing down was so poor that the midfielder could have sat down and had a cup of tea before he hit that.

  20. KICK-OFF

    Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    We are back under way.


    Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    You know how we mentioned that striker Fernando Torres was anonymous, he'll now be even more anonymous after being replaced by Cani.

  22. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Which players are you shocked are still playing?

    Carl Cort
    Image caption: Carl Cort during his... memorable period at Newcastle

    James: Carl Cort is still banging them in for the Tampa Bay Rowdies at 37 years old.

    Mark Sinnott: Liam Miller, once of Man Utd, Celtic, Sunderland, Leeds and QPR, is now back at his hometown club Cork City.

    Richard Woods: Dave Beasant on the bench for Stevenage. 55 years young.


    Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Celta have had more than 70% of possession. Yeah, seriously.

  24. Post update

    Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    We've had a shot. We've had a shot. Mario Mandzukic drifts past a couple of Celta defenders and fires in a firm shot, but one without sting, which is easily collected by Alvarez Conde.

  25. Post update

    Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    It is fair to say that Atletico's performance has not matched up to that which saw them beat city rivals Real 4-0 last week. Striker Fernando Torres has been anonymous - now, doesn't that sound familiar?

  26. Italian Serie A latest

    Cesena 1-2 Juventus

    It is half-time, with Juve in charge after fighting back from a goal down.


    Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Cripes! Atletico coach Diego Simeone is going to make an early change - it looks like midfielder Mario Suarez is coming on for Tiago, who has been suffering from a back problem.

  28. Post update

    Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Celta are top. That's right - they are on top. However, they haven't made keeper Moya Rumbo work - the home side just flung in three crosses in succession, with each failing to find a Celta player in the box.

  29. Post update

    Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    In case you were wondering, little has happened in Vigo. Can we have some of your goalmouth action Serie A?

  30. Italian Serie A latest

    Cesena 1-2 Juventus

    Its pouring goals at Cesena. Juve are now ahead - midfielder Claudio Marchisio stabs in from close range,

  31. Italian Serie A latest

    Cesena 1-1 Juventus

    Alvaro Morata equalises for Juventus with a flicked header from a free-kick - the leaders are back level.

  32. Italian Serie A latest

    Cesena 1-0 Juventus

    Meanwhile, over in Italy's Serie A Cesena have taken the lead against league leaders Juventus through Milan Djuric's sidefoot finish.

  33. Post update

    Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Celta, who have a pretty awful recent record against Atletico at Balaidos, have started well despite conceding that early corner. Michael Krohn-Dehli plays in an in-swinging free-kick that narrowly misses the reach of defender Gustavo Cabral at the far post.

  34. Post update

    Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    Atletico win an early corner after Celta clear left-back Guilherme Siqueira's long throw-in. However, the home defence deal with the set-piece.

  35. KICK-OFF

    Celta Vigo 0-0 Atletico Madrid

    We have kicked off.

  36. Post update

    Celta Vigo v Atletico Madrid (20:00 GMT)

    Atletico coach Diego Simeone marches over to the visitors' dugout, wearing a padded jacket - it is a bit nippy in the north-west city of Vigo. Play is about to get under way.

  37. Post update

    Celta Vigo v Atletico Madrid (20:00 GMT)

    Atletico coach Diego Simeone

    Rayo Vallecano 2-0 Villarreal

    It's all over in Madrid. Rayo move up from 16th to 10th position with that win. Villarreal stay in sixth, missing the chance to close the gap to one point on fifth-place Sevilla.

  39. French Ligue 1

    Lorient v Lyon (20:00 GMT)

    Meanwhile, the league leaders in France are at Lorient - victory would see them extend their advantage over Marseille to four points.

  40. Italian Serie A latest

    Cesena 0-0 Juventus (19:45 GMT)

    League leaders Juventus have just kicked off in their match at Cesena.

  41. Juanfran confident about Atletico

    Celta Vigo v Atletico Madrid (20:00 GMT)


    As the match between Rayo and Villarreal draws to a close, let's look ahead to the match at 20:00 GMT.

    Now, some predicted that champions Atletico would struggle after losing top striker Diego Costa and fullback Felipe Luis to Chelsea in the summer.

    But they sit within striking distance of the top two of Barcelona and Real Madrid, and face Celta Vigo on the back of a 4-0 win over their city rivals.

    Defender Juanfran said: "The club has made a big effort to keep great players and bring in other very important ones who have lifted the level of the team.

    "The squad is better every year... and that speaks very well of the work the club and the coach are doing.

    "It is very difficult for Atletico Madrid to prevent key players leaving given what we are achieving.

  42. LINE-UPS

    Celta Vigo v Atletico Madrid (20:00 GMT)

    Atletico pick a strong attack with Antoine Griezmann, Fernando Torres and Mario Mandzukic all starting. Defender Diego Godin has recovered from a broken nose, while midfield Saul is back having been suffering with a knee problem.

    Celta midfielder Nemanja Radoja returns from injury to take his place in the starting XI.

    Celta Vigo XI: Sergio, S.Gomez, Cabral, Fontas, Jonny, Radoja, Augusto, Krohn-Dehli, Orellana, Nolito, Larrivey

    Atletico XI: Moya, Juanfran, Godin, Miranda, Siqueira, Gabi, Tiago, Saul, Griezmann, Torres, Mandzukic.


    Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Gianluigi Buffon

    Simon Richardson: Buffon! His 1995 debut was so early for a keeper that I've spent the last ten years swearing be must be at least 40!

    All day we have been asking you for the players you are shocked to still hear are playing the game. So far we have had Buffon, Jamie Cureton and Deon Burton to name a few.

    Tweet us on #bbceurofooty.


    Rayo Vallecano 2-0 Villarreal

    Luciano Vietto is beautifully picked out by Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell and throws himself at the cross to prod a volley at goal but it comes back off the upright. Not happening for them men in yellow.

  45. Who is Gael Kakuta?

    Rayo Vallecano 2-0 Villarreal

    Gael Kakuta

    Gael Kakuta you may remember was the player who led to Chelsea being slapped with a transfer ban - later lifted on appeal - when he signed for them.

    He is under contract at the Bridge until this summer but having been loaned to Fulham, Botlon, Dijon, Vitesse, Lazio and now Rayo, any future with the Blues looks unlikely.

    In 89 league appearances for all his clubs, he has 11 goals. Still only 23 years of age.

  46. GOAL

    Rayo Vallecano 2-0 Villarreal - Gael Kakuta

    A goal for any fan who likes their football direct and a goalscorer who deserves something for his display.

    A long punt by the Rayo keeper is flicked on by the big man - Manucho - and Lica races to the dead ball line to keep the ball in and deliver for Gael Kakuta at the near post. He passes it home and this looks like a big win for the home side.

  47. CLOSE!

    Rayo Vallecano 1-0 Villarreal

    That Hull City legend - well not quite - Manuch is on and causing problems in Rayo's front line.

    The 6ft 3in Angolan wins a header from Gael Kakuta's cross but he gets no direction on it and it's an easy catch.

    More good work from Kakuta though. He will probably never wear a Chelsea shirt again but they should get a few quid for him at some stage.

  48. CLOSE!

    Rayo Vallecano 1-0 Villarreal

    Villarreal coach Marcelino almost looked like a genius there as two of his replacements combined to forge a great chance. Denis Cheryshev is fed by Luciano Vietto and swings a cross in as a return. Vietto connects with a volley but his crisp effort flashes over.

  49. Manager reaction

    No excuses for Levante

    Levante coach Lucas Alcaraz has been reacting to his side's 5-0 drubbing at Barcelona.

    "It's not by chance that Barça are putting a lot of goals past the teams who visit this ground," he says. "The difference in level is huge. It's not impossible to win here but we have to be realistic - it's very difficult. But that's not to imply that we're making excuses for what happened today."


    Rayo Vallecano 1-0 Villarreal

    A double change to attacking options for Villarreal as Giovani dos Santos and Moi Gomez are off for Denis Cheryshev and Luciano Vietto.

    I think there is one more goal in this. There is still purpose from Rayo despite their lead and Villarreal have to scrap to avoid consecutive defeats.

  51. Post update

    Rayo Vallecano 1-0 Villarreal

    That is an eighth goal of the season for Bueno, who Derby County fans will know all about. He played 29 times for the Rams in 2010-11, scoring five goals.

    Alberto Bueno
  52. GOAL

    Rayo Vallecano 1-0 Villarreal - Alberto Bueno

    It looks simple but the truth is you don't see many goals like this. A deep corner looks overhit and reaches the back of the six-yard box but Bueno pulls it down, dummies a shot, wriggles and then pokes a tame effort through the goalkeeper. It trickles in and a busy penalty area looks on as he races away to celebrate.

  53. KICK-OFF

    Rayo Vallecano 0-0 Villarreal

    Back underway in the outskirts of Madrid as Rayo chase just a third win in 12 games.

    Givoani dos Santos starts the second period brightly for Villarreal but his touch is slippery when opportunity knocks and the home defence shuts him out.

  54. Torres starts

    Celta Vigo v Atletico Madrid (20:00 GMT)

    Fernando Torres shirt is held aloft by a fan

    Some early team news from Celta Vigo where Fernando Torres will start for Atletico Madrid. He will partner Mario Mandzukic up front.

    Atletico XI: Moya; Juanfran, Godín, Miranda, Siqueira; Gabi, Tiago, Saul; Griezmann, Torres, Mandzukic.

  55. Win for strugglers in Serie A

    Italian latest

    In Italy, Chievo have just picked up a valuable win over Sampdoria in their fight against the drop.

    The win moves them four points above the relegation zone while Sampdoria - seventh in the table - stay three points off the top four.

    Leaders Juventus are in action in under an hour at Cesena.


    Rayo Vallecano 0-0 Villarreal

    When you have just seen Barcelona slice and dice the opposition defence, this is an all together different prospect. defences on top with just a couple of sights of goal.

    Would both sides take a point? Perhaps this result will highlight whether Villarreal believe they have Champions League aspirations or if they feel a Europa League spot is their achievable ambition.

  57. Post update

    Rayo Vallecano 0-0 Villarreal

    Spanish newspaper AS hold little back when describing that Lica header...

    AS Twitter
  58. CLOSE!

    Rayo Vallecano 0-0 Villarreal

    Gael Kakuta was controversially signed by Chelsea in 2007 and at 23, is with his sixth loan club.

    He races down the Rayo Vallecano right and lofts a ball to the back stick, go on Lica son...head it...he does...but it's over.

    A real chance. Never trust a man with a pony tail to head a ball.


    Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Ian Harte

    Richard Sykes: Ian Harte at Bournemouth, with Leeds United (when we were good...)

    Which players still shock you when you hear they are still playing? Tweet us on #bbceurofooty.

  60. CLOSE!

    Rayo Vallecano 0-0 Villarreal

    Leo Baptistao - who has had Rayo's best chance with an early header - pumps a high cross into the box with only one team-mate to hit. He finds him, but Lica - the Porto loanee - can only head over.

  61. How's your geography?

    Rayo Vallecano 0-0 Villarreal

    Villarreal host Red Bull Salzburg in the Europa League on Thursday and we all know how teams like to moan about travel, fixture congestion, the rate of inflation an generally anything they can when the competition gets under the feet of their league campaign.

    The Yellow Submarine may not have fancied a 500-mile round trip to the outskirts of Madrid to face Rayo then.

    Map of Spain

    Rayo are overplaying at the back again and Joel Campbell - on loan from Arsenal - is full of pressure and running. This is tight though, a half of little creativity.

  62. CLOSE!

    Rayo Vallecano 0-0 Villarreal

    We have all heard the Sunday league shout..."not there."

    It is generally thrown the way of a player messing about by doing a Cruyff turn on the edge of his own area.

    On this occasion it is a loose pass in a deep area and with all of Rayo's defender's split waiting for a pass, Giovani dos Santos is in on goal. He tries to round the keeper and does but the angle is acute. Too acute. His effort rolls across the goal line.

    What a calamity that would have been.

  63. CLOSE!

    Rayo Vallecano 0-0 Villarreal

    What a chance and what a miss. Sergio Marcos, on his debut, chips a delightful ball to the back post and defender Victor Ruiz - up for an initial corner - is unmarked 12 yards out. There is no one within 10 feet of him but he side foots a volley over the bar. It's not even close. A glaring miss.

  64. CLOSE!

    Rayo Vallecano 0-0 Villarreal

    A tight affair this one. Villarreal in their usual 4-4-2 look controlled but then they always do.

    Rayo in white shirts with a red diagonal stripe - think beauty pageant winner - also like to get the ball down and pass but it's a direct cross to Leo Baptistao arrives and is our closest effort so far. He glances it just wide.

  65. Post update

    Rayo Vallecano 0-0 Villarreal

    Villarreal always seem to punch high above their weight for a club of relatively small stature and they are riding high in La Liga again.

    The two defeats in their last three games are their only two losses in 21 matches in all competitions.

    Gerard Moreno almost finds himself in the clear for they team nicknamed 'The Yellow Submarine' but he is apprehended near the 18 yard box and its only a corner.

  66. Team news

    Rayo Vallecano 0-0 Villarreal

    I'm intrigued to see how Gael Kakuta - on loan at Rayo from Chelsea - fares here. A player of much hype early on in his career.

    Rayo Vallecano XI: Tono, Tito, Ze Castro, Amaya, Nacho, Lica, Kakuta, Jozabed, Bueno, Fatau, Leo Baptistao.

    Villarreal XI: S. Asenjo, M. N. Dorado, Víctor Ruiz ,Rukavina, Mario, Campbell, Moi Gomez, T. Pina, Sergio Marcos, Gerard, Giovani.

  67. Post update

    Rayo Vallecano v Villarreal (18:00 GMT)

    We will keep an eye on activity at Campo de Futbol de Vallecas where Ray Vallecano face Villarreal as the teams are out.

    A win for Villarreal would keep them hot on the heels of a top-four place as they are currently six points behind Valencia with this game in hand.

    For Rayo, survival is the focus and they are just above the drop zone in 16th.

  68. The key dates...

    Barcelona 5-0 Levante

    Barcelona's meeting with Real Madrid is looking more and more tasty on 22 March. But keep 16 May spare in your diary too as Atletico host Luis Enrique's side.

    You may recall Barca met Atletico with it all on the line on the final day of the season last term, prompting glory for Diego Simeone's side. The fixture computer has conspired to potentially serve up more late-season drama between the sides.

  69. Post update

    Barcelona 5-0 Levante

    Not a bad way to mark your 300th league appearance...

    Opta Jose

    Barcelona 5-0 Levante

    Another Messi show, with a cameo from Luis Suarez late on. The latter scored a volley worth several looks, the former - Barcelona's God - scored a slick hat-trick. Two with the right foot, a penalty with the left, Barca are one point behind league leaders Real Madrid.


    Barcelona 5-0 Levante

    Barcelona go route one..."second ball" would be the Sunday League shout, though not many pub outfits have a player like Lionel Messi waiting for the ball to drop out of the sky. He pulls down a headed clearance to volley at's superb tip over from Diego Marino.

    Good catch from Messi, 25 yards, that was dipping in.

  72. Post update

    Barcelona 5-0 Levante

    There may be one or two people still running the Barcelona Half Marathon which started this morning and their pace at this stage would match that of this game now. It's slow and energy conserving.

  73. Post update

    Barcelona 5-0 Levante

    Remember La Liga will now read Real Madrid on 57 points, Barcelona on 56 and Atletico Madrid - in action shortly - on 50.

    We will have full live text updates here of Atletico's trip to Celta Vigo which starts at 20:00 GMT and updates in between from Rayo vallecano V Villarreal which starts at 18:00 GMT.

  74. Post update

    Barcelona 5-0 Levante

    The life has been sucked out of this one slightly. That Suarez stunner - something Mark Hughes drew fame for in his time - maybe got the last buzz of excitement from the home faithful.

    Suarez is in again and hits over but the flag goes up.

  75. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Which players are you shocked are still playing?

    Scott Chegg: The evergreen Jamie Cureton has been sticking them away on the regular in League 2 for the last 20 years

    Cureton, 39, is currently plying his trade at Dagenham & Redbridge.

    Any more of you got favourite players who you can't believe are still playing? Earlier, ex-Middlesbrough man Massimo Maccarone scored at the age of 35 for Empoli against AC Milan.

  76. Post update

    Barcelona 5-0 Levante

    Luis Enrique

    Is that foot off the gas time? We have had a hat-trick, a party-piece goal, the points are safe, few could blame Barca.

    Luis Enrique was up off the bench clapping Suarez's goal. He can enjoy sitting down now for 15 minutes.

  77. GOAL

    Barcelona 5-0 Levante - Luis Suarez

    Luis Suarez

    This guy is supposedly struggling to make an impression. It must have been hard watching Messi and Neymar run riot from the bench. How to respond?

    An acrobatic, scissor kick volley should do the job. Adriano's cross from the left drops out of the air and you can see from the body shape what is coming. Smack, a clean contact and the keeper doesn't move. Probably somewhere between a scissor kick and an overhead.

    Luis Suarez
  78. OUCH!

    Barcelona 4-0 Levante

    Martín Montoya is on the deck and with good season. David Barral caught him with a full studs on ankle mixed with glancing elbow. Sergio Busquets has a word with the offender and the yellow card comes out.

    He should be put on the naughty step in fairness. Not nice that one.


    Barcelona 4-0 Levante

    Luis Suarez is on for Neymar. Barca are purring. Pass me the abacus...

  80. GOAL

    Barcelona 4-0 Levante - Lionel Messi (Hat-trick)

    It has looked on the cards for a while today. the wee man is buzzing and dispatches a penalty into the bottom right-and corner as the goalkeeper goes the wrong way.

    That is a 23rd La Liga treble for Messi. Incredible.

    Lionel Messi

    Barcelona 3-0 Levante

    It looks harsh but replays show a coming together between Iván López and Neymar sees the referee point to the spot.

    here comes Messi...hat-trick?

  82. The chase for top spot

    Barcelona 3-0 Levante

    Can you feel him catching you up Cristiano?

    Lionel Messi
  83. GOAL

    Barcelona 3-0 Levante - Lionel Messi

    Joyous. This is trigonometry football. Angles, runs, neat passes.

    Seconds after Neymar prods narrowly wide after what seemed like three or four first-time one-two passes (it really was as slick as it gets), Barca recycle the ball and Sergio Busquets chips a ball over the away defence for Pedro to turn into Messi's path. A simple finish.

  84. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Which players are you shocked are still playing?

    Deon Burton

    Craig: Deon Burton still scoring for Eastleigh this weekend at just 38.

    Tweet us your favourite old timer on #bbceurofooty.


    Barcelona 2-0 Levante

    The injection of pace in the final third by Barcelona always undoes teams. Neymar to Messi, crisp pass, killed with a lovely first touch and Messi squares for Pedro but it's a brave and notable save from Marino in Levante's goal.

  86. CLOSE!

    Barcelona 2-0 Levante

    Neymar to Messi, Messi to Neymar, this game is pretty much copy and paste. This time it's the Brazilian to the Argentinean, a cut-back in the area but it's just pulled a fraction behind Messi.

    That was a certain third but for a tiny miscalculation by Neymar.

  87. Post update

    Barcelona 2-0 Levante

    Pedro netted in last weekend's win over Athletic Bilbao and he will be keen to do so again as he bids to prove his worth with Luis Suarez sat on the bench.

    His run from deep looks too hard to pick out but Messi does with a looping pass...Pedro cannot quite pluck a testing ball over his shoulder out of the air.

  88. OUCH!

    Barcelona 2-0 Levante

    Simao seems to enjoy leaving a bit on opponents in midfield for Levante and he catches Pedro with a rake down the back of the leg. He quickly apologises and we still have no yellow cards.

  89. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Opta Jose tweets: 10 - Lionel Messi has assisted more Neymar's goals than any other Barcelona player in all competitions. Duo.

  90. KICK-OFF

    Barcelona 2-0 Levante

    No changes to be seen. Luis Suarez keeps the bench warm still. Levante are still a narrow 4-4-2 and Barcelona are probing early but Messi over hits a pass to Neymar.

  91. A wee jaunt into France

    La Liga news

    David Moyes

    David Moyes has been spotted at Bordeaux today. He took in their win over St Etienne from the stands on what you would think was a player scouting mission.

    A 150 mile jaunt over the border for Moyesie. Hopefully he had his Spanish lesson cassette on the go in the car.

    'Cuánto es el?'

    'How much is he?'

  92. Serie A round-up

    Fredy Guarin and coach Roberto Mancini
    Image caption: Inter forward Fredy Guarin (left) and coach Roberto Mancini

    Roma failed to cut the gap between themselves and leaders Juventus to four points after they were held 0-0 by Parma. Juve are at Cesena at 19:45 GMT.

    Elsewhere, mid-table Inter Milan recorded 4-1 win at Atalanta, with Fredy Guarin scoring twice for Roberto Mancini's side, while Lazio moved up to fifth with victory at Udinese.

    Serie A results:

    AC Milan 1-1 Empoli

    Atalanta 1-4 Inter

    Genoa 5-2 Hellas Verona

    Roma 0-0 Parma

    Torino 1-1 Cagliari

    Udinese 0-1 Lazio

  93. Post update

    Barcelona 2-0 Levante

    A fraction under 75,000 are at the Nou Camp today. They have seen Luis Enrique's side have 77% of the ball in the first half and that hunger to win the ball back is still there, if not quite as aggressive as during the Pep Guardiola era.

    The Catalan side have recovered 23 balls, five more than Levante, which may not seem many but when you consider they are rarely without the ball - is not bad.

  94. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Which players are you shocked are still playing?

    Wil Moody: Jon Stead. Thought he was about 30 when he played for Blackburn in 2004.

    Nathan Hatch: Alan Smith, not playing but still registered at Notts County!

    So which players are you shocked are still playing? Tweet us at #bbceurofooty.

  95. Found his groove

    Barcelona 2-0 Levante


    Barcelona 2-0 Levante

    I often wonder what a manager says to his visiting team at half time in the Nou Camp. Week after week the game seems up by this stage so what do you say?

    "Win the second half?" "Have a bit of a rest?" "No injuries or suspensions?"

    It all seems a bit thin. This game looks over. Barca have not been stunning but with over 70% possession and Messi hungry, they have quite enough to deal with Levante.

  97. Post update

    Barcelona 2-0 Levante

    Messi seems intent on closing the gap at the top of La Liga's goalscoring charts today. He plays the one-two we have seen thousands of times with Xavi in recent years and has space in the area to shoot right footed but it's over.

    He was under a little pressure which proved effective.

  98. Post update

    Barcelona 2-0 Levante

    Messi and Neymar have linked joyfully again today. Barcelona were under scrutiny only two months ago when the roof seemed to be falling in on Luis Enrique's first season in charge. They look good again today though and this could be another drubbing. It's 22 goals in the last five and a bit games.

    Free-kick...Xavi swings it in but Simao gets a big head on it to clear.

  99. CLOSE!

    Barcelona 2-0 Levante

    Messi again...eight yards...surely...over.

    He is perfectly placed after Neymar sees a flick saved inside the six-yard box.

  100. GOAL

    Barcelona 2-0 Levante - Lionel Messi

    Lionel Messi (left) and Marc Bartra

    Talk about not dwelling on a bad decision. Seconds after being wrongly flagged offside, Messi needs no encouragement to collect Bartra's pass. The big defender robbed Levante in midfield and they had no answer to the speed at which their hopes here were surely extinguished.

    Messi did what he always does. One touch, lined up, drilled under the keeper, goal.

  101. Post update

    Barcelona 1-0 Levante

    Some shocking linesman work on show here as a Barca counter-attack - slowed as Messi wants to play a neat one-two - is ended with the flag.

    Messi was in and not offside by several miles.

  102. Post update

    Barcelona 1-0 Levante

    Kenyan athlete Florence Jebet Kiplagat broke her own world half-marathon record on the streets of Barcelona today. A full three second improvement to 1:05.09.

    You get the feeling Levante will need a similar shift to get their first ever point against Barca.

    Kenyan athlete Florence Jebet Kiplagat
  103. Post update

    Barcelona 1-0 Levante

    Lionel Messi (left)

    Lionel Messi, seeking a 10th goal in a row in home fixtures remember, lines up a free-kick from range but it bends wide. A full five or six feet off the bullseye. Not good by his standard and he tries again with a curler from inside the box but Marino has his angles covered. Catching practice.

  104. Post update

    Barcelona 1-0 Levante

    Some sweeper-keeper heroics at each end in quick succession. Diego Marino is out of his goal to boot clear for Levante moments after Claudio Bravo is a full 40 yards from his net to do the same for Barca.

    This one is simmering. You get the feeling another goal is coming before half time but Levante are not passengers by any stretch.

  105. CLOSE!

    Barcelona 1-0 Levante

    Some showbopat from Neymar, dancing feet, he slips a one-two with Xavi and tries to round Diego Marino but that is smart work by the goalkeeper. He spreads his arms well and saves at feet.

  106. Post update

    Barcelona 1-0 Levante

    Nobody wants to block a football with their face but Barca central defender Bartra has to when Kalu Uche swings at one from 20 yards. No pause in the danger though as a long throw lands at the feet of David Barral...great chance...wide.

    The ball dropped to him eight yards out but he hooks it under pressure. You don't get many like that at the Nou Camp.

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    Which players are you shocked are still playing?

    Alex Manninger

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  108. Post update

    Barcelona 1-0 Levante

    Breathe a big sigh of relief Diego Marino. The Levante goalkeeper is messing about after a poor touch and tries to dummy the on-rushing Pedro. No such luck but the striker's tackle only forces a goal kick.

  109. From Wigan to the Nou Camp

    Barcelona 1-0 Levante

    Ivan Ramis

    If I was a Levante supporter I would have had little confidence that one of their January signings - willingly let go by Wigan Athletic - will hold Barcelona at bay today.

    The La Liga strugglers snapped up Ivan Ramis, 30, who played over 50 times for Latics as part of a January signing spree. He played Neymar comfortably onside for the opener.

  110. GOAL

    Barcelona 1-0 Levante - Neymar


    Brazilian stars do not normally score with miss-hit efforts but Neymar shows he has fluke about him as well as brilliance.

    He is expertly picked out by Lionel Messi's in-swinging cross and just needs to apply the finish. He does, but his side-foot volley isn't punchy and loops into the air to drop about six inches over the goal line. The keeper was grounded expecting a firm hit, the sloppy connection dropped home.

  111. CLOSE!

    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    Another Levante corner. What cheek they have to force a couple in succession and the delivery causes a scramble in the box which is dealt with. How dare they threaten. Barca go up the other end with gusto and Pedro cuts a cross along the six-yard box which evades everyone.

  112. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    Ivan Rakitic has four goals in 33 games since joining Barcelona from Sevilla this summer and he fancies one more. A left-footed swing causes no trouble though as it floats wide.

    At least all in green Levante can camouflage themselves to hide if this turns into a tonking. No sign yet though, the visitors force a corner but Ivan Ramis cannot head with any power at goal.

    That is former Wigan man Ivan Ramis too. More on him shortly.

  113. OUCH!

    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    Levante were 6-0 down by half time in this fixture last season. They will be delighted with this start.

    Papakouli Diop nails Neymar in midfield. 'Just letting you know I'm here son.'

  114. Double-figure streak

    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    Lionel Messi

    Lionel Messi plays in his 300th La Liga game against Levante and a goal from either of his gifted feet or equally talented head would complete a 10-match scoring streak at home.

    Despite the run, his tally of 23 in the league means he is still five goals adrift of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo in the scoring charts. Ronaldo though is three games without registering - an unwanted feat he last suffered in 2013.

  115. CLOSE!

    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    Miss one challenge and start scampering. The reality when Lionel Messi finds space is punishing. Neymar's pass finds the magician's feet and panic sets in as he weaves space but curls over the bar. Close your eyes and shudder if you give the 27-year-old an inch.

  116. Post update

    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    Barca work the ball right to left, Neymar on the flank, then it's switched back the other way but Lionel Messi is nudged off the ball in midfield and Levante break. Jordi Xumetra squeezes between two challenges and sets David Barral 18 yards out...a good shooting chance...three points.

    That is way, way, way over the bar. He saw glory and found embarrassment.

  117. Two out but big three available

    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    Andres Iniesta

    Barcelona are without playmaker Andres Iniesta for this evening's fixture as he has the flu and Daniel Alves misses out through suspension.

    In Levante, the likes of Lionel Mess and Neymar line-up against a side in a relegation dog fight.

    Levante boss Lucas Alcaraz says: "Can we stop Leo Messi, Neymar, and Luis Suárez? I hope that turns out to be a long-term problem and that we'll have the chance to come to Barcelona and face those guys every year."

    A point today could be pretty handy eh?

  118. CLOSE!

    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    Pedro, the man in for Luis Suarez, dances and jogs in from the right wing, he wants a space to shoot on his left peg and does but it's down the line of the goalkeeper and an easy pick up.

    The home side knitted passes together top work space there. A little too easily from an away perspective.

  119. KICK-OFF

    Barcelona 0-0 Levante

    And here we go. Levante all in green are visibly 4-4-2. Always risky at the Nou Camp where some sides put an extra body in defence. Nice and narrow so far though as Mascherano, Xavi and co. knock the ball about in a deep area.

  120. Post update

    Barcelona v Levante (16:00 GMT)

    The players march out at the Nou Camp to that famous Barcelona anthem. A bright day, the usual swathe of dignitaries in long oats in the Barca directors' box. A few photo flashes to say the least. Here we go. With Barca and Atletico in action, this could be a vital few hours in the Spanish title race.

  121. Levante's unlikely winners

    Barcelona v Levante (16:00 GMT)

    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said he would "never trust a team in a delicate situation" in the run up to this fixture and Levante are in just that.

    Sat 18th in La Liga, they occupy a relegation place and a win today would only move them up one spot, above Elche.

    An easy win though? Not quite, they have played Barcelona nine times in their history and lost...yes, you guessed it, nine times.

  122. A title push with momentum

    Barcelona v Levante (16:00 GMT)

    Barcelona will move to within a point of Real Madrid with victory over Levante and Luis Enrique's side are in deadly form, netting 20 times in five outings in all competitions.

    Real Madrid still have to visit the Nou Camp on 22 March. No slips ups needed here then.


    Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    And with the news that Massimo Maccarone is still banging them in at 35, we want to know which players you have been shocked to hear are still playing?

    Who is a freak of nature and still producing? Who do you think should have retired at 21?

    Send us a tweet on #bbceurofooty.

    Momo Sissoko

    Here is our starter for 10 - Momo Sissoko - injured but at Levante.

  124. It never leaves you...

    Old Boro lad stumps AC Milan

    Here at BBC Sport towers, we have been stunned to hear this man is still getting his goals:

    Massimio Maccarone

    Massimo Maccarone, who many of you will remember as a sought-after talent Middlesbrough acquired, equalised for Empoli at the San Siro.

    They drew 1-1 with AC Milan, more Serie A results will follow shortly but we just though Massimo deserved a shout of his own.

    Massimio Maccarone

    Boro shelled out over £8m for the Italian who is now 35. He has 112 goals in 355 outings during a career which has seen him have two spells with Empoli and three with Siena. The archetypal journeyman.

  125. A good morning in Valencia

    Spain round-up

    Valencia have already changed the look of Spain's top four this morning with a 1-0 victory over Getafe.

    Alvaro Negredo scores

    A familiar face in Alvaro Negredo got the winner with a penalty 18 minutes from time.

    Valencia are now fourth, a point above Sevilla but 10 points adrift of the league's leaders Real Madrid.

    Saturday's results: Real Madrid 2-0 Deportivo La Coruna; Sevilla 3-0 Cordoba; Granada 0-0 Athletic Bilbao; Malaga 0-2 Espanyol.

  126. The view in Spain

    Paper time

    The boat can reach 11 wins in a row reads the front page of Spanish paper 'Sport'.


    So all is well at Barcelona. Meanwhile, at Real Madrid...AS leads by stating the team are "half forgiven" for their 4-0 hammering at Atletico last weekend as a result of Saturday's win over Deportivo.

    AS front page
  127. Fancy your chances Levante?

    Barcelona v Levante (16:00 GMT)

    Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi
  128. Does Luis have problems?

    Barcelona v Levante (16:00 GMT)

    Luis Suarez

    It has not quite happened for Luis Suarez goalscoring wise in Spain yet. The Uruguayan has six goals in 20 appearances for Barcelona and is yet to score more than a single goal in a game. A far cry from his heroics with Liverpool last season.

    Indeed, by this stage last season, Suarez had scored 23 times for the Reds.

  129. Team news

    Barcelona v Levante (16:00 GMT)

    Barcelona XI: Bravo, Montoya, Mascherano, Bartra, Adriano, Rakitic Busquets, Xavi, Pedro, Messi, Neymar.

    No place for Luis Suarez, he is on the bench.

    Levante XI: Marino, Ivan Lopez, Navarro, Ramis, Tono, Simao, Diop, Xumetra, Barral, Morales, Uche.


    Only Neymar, Mascherano and Messi keep their Barca places from the midweek cup win over Villarreal.

    Some people just suit a peak cap don't they? I'm more Colin Montgomerie than Neymar.

  130. Another milestone

    Barcelona v Levante (16:00 GMT)

    Cliffhanger - where Stallone predictably saves the day - is in the Guinness Book of World Records for the costliest aerial stunt ever performed in a film.

    But surely this little fella will have a whole chapter dedicated to him in the great book. He makes his 300th La Liga appearance today.

    Lionel Messi

    Some surprising team news coming your way though as one big name is warming the bench...

  131. Post update


    La Liga is shaping up as a Cliffhanger, and Sylvester Stallone is nowhere in sight...

    Sylvester Stallone

    Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona look set to produce drama to shame Stallone's 1993 box-office hit. And it's Barca, with a stunt man not even Hollywood can create, who get us underway.

    Levante - more budget student film than high-end epic - provide the opposition.