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Neil Johnston

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  1. Goodbye

    So, over to you Real Madrid. Barcelona have done their work this weekend and done it well. But La Liga leaders Real can stretch their lead at the summit back to four points with victory over Villarreal on Sunday.

    Will they do it? We're back at 17:45 GMT on Sunday as we bring you live text coverage of Sevilla against Atletico Madrid before switching to Real.

    Many thanks for your company.

  2. Dortmund's new signings - Batman & Robin

    Borussia Dortmund v Schalke

    Hands up who knew Batman and Robin played for Borussia Dortmund? Borussia's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus whipped out the masks while celebrating their team's 3-0 derby win over Schalke. A superhero effort by Jurgen Klopp's side.

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    News coming up of a great goal celebration from Germany.

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    Granada 1-3 Barcelona

    The stats sheet has just landed on my desk. Sixteen attempts on goal by Barca - nine on target. Granada had 10 attempts themselves but Barca enjoyed 69% of possession. That's pretty impressive.

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    Granada 1-3 Barcelona

    Real Madrid get a chance to extend their lead at the top of the table to four points by defeating Villarreal on Sunday. But even if they do, you suspect the title race is heading for another dramatic finish.


    Granada 1-3 Barcelona

    It's official. The La Liga title race is still alive. Barcelona move one point behind leaders Real Madrid with the two giants still to meet.

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    Granada 1-3 Barcelona

    This hasn't been vintage Barca - more workmanlike. But Luis Enrique won't mind. His side are back on track following their shock home defeat by Malaga. Two minutes of added time.

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    Granada 1-3 Barcelona

    Granada's defence has gone AWOL. Lionel Messi has a clear sight of goal but is frustrated by the keeper. One minute of normal time remaining.

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    Granada 1-3 Barcelona

    Whatever you are planning on 22 March, cancel it now! It's Barcelona v Real Madrid at the Nou Camp. It could very well go a long way to deciding the destiny of the title.

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    Granada 1-3 Barcelona

    Five minutes of normal time remaining and, barring a catastrophe, Barca have their 19th La Liga win in the bag. Granada will take positives from this but they have been undone by some excellent quality. The La Liga title race is still alive.


    Granada 1-3 Barcelona

    Luis Suarez's work is done. The Uruguay forward receives a standing ovation from Barca's travelling support as he is replaced by Pedro. Another terrific performance by the former Liverpool man.

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    Granada 1-3 Barcelona

    Fifteen minutes remaining and the question now is how many Barcelona will score? Sergio Busquets has just come on for the visitors. Can the World Cup winner celebrat his new contract with a goal?

  13. GOAL

    Granada 1-3 Barcelona - Lionel Messi (70 mins)

    Granada v Barcelona

    Has Lionel Messi won it for Barcelona? One thing is certain - the Argentina forward won't score an easier goal. Luis Suarez, who has had another good game, does all the hard work by rounding the keeper after springing the off side trap. Suarez can go for goal himself but opts to pass to the unmarked Messi on the edge of the six-yard area. Easy.


    Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Schalke

    It's all over and it's now four Bundesliga wins out of four for Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund. Crisis? What crisis?

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    Lille 2-1

    French Ligue 1

    What a turn around in France. Idrissa Gueye and Marcos Lopes have struck within three minutes of one another to give Lille a 2-1 lead against leaders Lyon. It is news that will thrill followers of Paris St-Germain who are two points behind Lyon. PSG host Monaco on Sunday.

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    Granada 1-2 Barcelona

    Barcelona are having to fight all the way in Andalusia. Granada might be fighting relegation but they're putting up a real battle. Just under half n hour remaining.

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    German Bundesliga

    Remember Borussia Dortmund's poor start to the season? It appears to be a thing of the past. Three goals in eight minutes has given Jugen Klopp's men a commanding 3-0 lead in their derby showdown with Schalke, with Marco Reus among the scorers. They are into the closing stages.

  18. GOAL

    Granada 1-2 Barcelona - Fran Rico (penalty, 52 mins)

    High drama. Lass Bangoura is felled in the box by Marc Bartra, who escaped a penalty claim in the first half, but does not do so here. His dangled leg was too tempting and the Granada man goes over. Fran Rico confidently converts right footed to Claudio Bravo's left. Granada can't, can they?

  19. GOAL

    Granada 0-2 Barcelona - Luis Suarez (48 mins)

    Granada v Barcelona

    Game over, surely? Luis Suarez makes it three goals in two games with a delightful low finish following a lovely one-two with Ivan Rakitic. Suarez wheels away in celebration. Delicious stuff from Barca.

    Granada v Barcelona
  20. KICK-OFF

    Granada 0-1 Barcelona

    Can Barcelona add to their lead? Can struggling Granada find an equaliser? We're back under way.

  21. From Wembley to Genk

    Belgian Pro League

    Remember Alex McLeish?

    Four years ago this weekend the Scot was masterminding Birmingham City's 2-1 League Cup final triumph over much-fancied Arsenal at Wembley.

    Alex McLeish

    Now the 56-year-old is earning his living in Belgium. McLeish took charge of Genk last August and his side could climb up into sixth spot in the table if they win at bottom of the table Lierse later (19:00 GMT).

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    Granada 0-1 Barcelona

    A reminder that if it stays like this then Barcelona will move one point behind leaders Real Madrid, who entertain Villarreal on Sunday.

  23. Elsewhere in Europe

    German Bundesliga

    It's still goalless in the Dortmund-Schalke derby with just over 20 minutes remaining. But there are goals elsewhere in the Bundesliga. Hoffenheim have taken the lead at home to Mainz, while Stuttgart have the breakthrough at Hannover. Bayer Leverkusen still lead Freiburg 1-0.

  24. Any chance of a home goal?

    Granada v Barcelona (15:00 GMT)

    Granada v Athletic Bilbao

    Granada 0-1 Barcelona

    Granada are not out of this. Javi Marquez unleashes a left-foot attempt from 20-yards that flashes narrowly wide. Good pressure from the struggling hosts but they trail at the interval thanks to Ivan Rakitic's effort.


    Granada 0-1 Barcelona

    Dimitri Foulquier goes to ground under Marc Bartra's challenge in the Barcelona area. The big Frenchman is looking for it though and the referee waves away the home team's appeals. Granada have been full of industry here and will rue that lapse in concentration which allowed Luis Suarez to run clear and create the only goal.

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    German Bundesliga

    Five Bundesliga games have produced just one first-half goal in total. Simon Rolfes has given Bayer Leverkusen the lead against Freiburg with all the other fixtures, including Borussia Dortmund against Schalke, goalless.

    A Dortmund win would see them reduce the gap to the Champions-League chasing teams to seven points. Not bad when you consider the awful start Jurgen Klopp's side had to the season.

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    Granada 0-1 Barcelona

    Barcelona want this wrapped up before the interval. Lionel Messi takes aim from the edge of the area but his effort flies over.

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    Granada 0-1 Barcelona

    Steve Crossman

    BBC World Service football reporter

    "That's the fourth time Ivan Rakitic has scored in the league since joining Barcelona in the summer. Their results in those games have been 5-0, 6-0 and 5-1 wins and one of those was the reverse fixture against Granada.

    "Little bit of luck with the deflection that saw the ball drop perfectly for him but Luis Enrique won't care, just what Barca needed."

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    Lille 0-1 Lyon

    Lille players celebrate

    Leaders Lyon still lead 1-0 at Lille in France thanks to Corentin Tolisso's early goal. A win would send Lyon five points clear of second-placed Paris St-Germain, but there's a long way to go with another 10 minutes or so remaining in the first half.

  31. GOAL

    Granada 0-1 Barcelona - Ivan Rakitic (26 mins)

    Granada v Barcelona

    Easy tap-in for Ivan Rakitic as Cala makes an awful hash of clearing Luis Suarez's ball across the face of the six-yard area. A gift for Barca. One they are grateful to receive.

    Granada v Barcelona

    Granada 0-0 Barcelona

    First shot of anger from Barcelona. And it's taken 23 minutes. Skipper Xavi lets fly from the edge of the area but Granada's keeper tips his effort over the bar. Barca are starting to warm up.

  33. Messi slice of the goal pie

    Granada 0-0 Barcelona )

    A donut diagram showing Barcelona's goals

    Lionel Messi is not just Barca's goal-getter this season. He has more assists in La Liga than any of his team-mates with 10. Only a certain player at Real Madrid has guessed it, Cristiano Ronaldo has 13.


    Granada 0-0 Barcelona

    A tangle on the half way line between Luis Suarez and Cala results in a deserved yellow card for the Barcelona forward. Suarez can have few complaints after his arm struck Cala in the face while trying to shake his opponent off.

  35. Elsewhere in Europe

    Roberto Di Matteo

    Roberto Di Matteo always loved a good derby in his playing days but the Schalke boss looks frustrated during the local showdown at Borussia Dortmund. It's still goalless there with half-time approaching. Bayer Leverkusen have taken a 1-0 lead against Freiburg.

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    Granada 0-0 Barcelona

    A shot from distance by Javier Mascherano is easily saved. Granada will be pleased with their start, with Colombian forward Jhon Cordoba causing one or two early problems.

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    French Ligue 1

    A huge goal in France where leaders Lyon have taken the lead at Lille in the 15:00 GMT kick-off, Corentin Tolisso with the early breakthrough.

  38. Slow-starting Barca

    Granada v Barcelona (15:00 GMT)

    Half-time La Liga table

    Barcelona - associated with their dominance - have had to be patient this season and win games in the second half. As the above table shows, if results had been taken at half time, their league hopes would be pretty much over.

    Real Madrid are by some way La Liga's fastest starters.

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    Granada 0-0 Barcelona

    A nasty tangle between Javi Marquez and Dani Alves results in a lengthy delay, blood on the Barcelona player's shirt and a yellow card for the Granada player.

  40. KICK-OFF

    Granada 0-0 Barcelona

    It's all systems go. Barcelona are in their bright yellow kit. Anyone got a spare pair of sunglasses?

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    Granada v Barcelona (15:00 GMT)

    It's a beautiful sunny day in Andalusia. The teams are out and we're almost ready for the off.

  42. Elsewhere in Europe

    Borussia Dortmund v Schalke

    Almost half an hour into the games in Germany and we're still awaiting our first goal. The atmosphere at the Borussia Dortmund v Schalke derby is electric. And Dortmund fans have been taunting their rivals by fans showing Schalke's jerseys upside down.

  43. Anyone fancy an upset?

    Granada v Barcelona (15:00 GMT)

    Granada v Barcelona

    Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has often voiced his concern about facing teams that are battling for survival. And Granada are certainly one of those.

    The Andalusians are four points from safety after just one win in 20 games, but it is only ten months since they dented Barca's title hopes thanks to Algeria midfielder Yacine Brahimi's winner.

    "Sometimes you expect one kind of game and you get another" Enrique said. "We are up against a side in dire need of points and they'll make things hard for us."

    Anyone fancy an upset?

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    Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Schalke

    Marco Reus

    Still no goals between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke, where home forward Marco Reus has been talking about the significance of the Ruhr derby and what it means to him.

    "Coming from Dortmund, I practically inherited all the knowledge and importance of this derby when I was born," Reus said earlier this week. "The motto against the Royal Blues is always the same: Run and fight until you drop - losing is forbidden," added the Germany international.

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    Granada v Barcelona (15:00 GMT)

    Granada v Barcelona

    Barcelona: Against Granada, Jordi Alba is playing his 100th game for Barca.

  46. Elsewhere in Europe

    Schalke head coach Roberto Di Matteo

    As well as Spain, there's loads of other action happening in Germany and France over the course of the next few hours.

    Five matches are already under way in the Bundesliga - all currently goalless - including a huge derby featuring Roberto Di Matteo's Schalke away to Borussia Dortmund. Schalke will climb up to third in the table with victory.

    And in France, leaders Lyon will go five points clear of second-placed Paris St-Germain with victory at Lille. That game starts at 15:00 GMT and we'll bring you news of all the major action from that and all the other key games.

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    Granada v Barcelona (15:00 GMT)

    Steve Crossman

    BBC World Service football reporter

    "Granada coach Abel Resino is in confident mood ahead of the Barca game. 'I see no reason why we can't win,' he said at his pre match press conference.

    "I can think of three...he's missing two first choice strikers and a defender through suspension. Oh and they're playing Barcelona, so there are four reasons Abel."

  48. Team News

    Granada v Barcelona (15:00 GMT)

    Barcelona players training ahead of the game with Granada

    Luis Enrique is not messing around. The Barcelona boss has wheeled out his big guns, with Luis Suarez,Lionel Messi and Neymar all starting.

    Defender Gerard Pique is suspended after collecting his fifth yellow card of the season last week.

    Granada XI: Paredes, Nyom, Babin, Ruiz, Foulquier, Castro, Iturra, Moreno, Bangoura, Cordoba, Castro.

    Barcelona XI: Bravo, Alves, Bartra, Mathieu, Alba, Xavi, Mascherano, Rakitic, Messi, Suarez, Neymar.

  49. Tough at the top

    Granada v Barcelona (15:00 GMT)

    La Liga table

    "Given our situation in the league, only a win is good for us." So says Barcelona boss Luis Enrique ahead of his team's game with next-to-bottom Granada.

    The defeat to Malaga means it is advantage Real Madrid in the Spanish title race. But with Carlo Ancelotti's leaders not in action until Sunday, when they entertain Villarreal, Barca have the opportunity to close the gap to one point.

    The phrase "must-win" gets bandied about like confetti. But this really is a game Barca dare not drop any points.

  50. Flying in Europe, playing catch-up in Spain

    Barcelona defender Gerard Pique

    After a successful midweek Champions League mission in Manchester, you might have thought all was well at the Nou Camp. You might have assumed Barcelona were entering a critical stage of the season at the very top of their game. You might have imagined managed Luis Enrique to be full of smiles ahead of a busy and defining March.

    Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

    The scars left behind by last week's surprise 1-0 home defeat to Malaga have not gone away. One glance at the La Liga table tells its own story. Barca might be flying in Europe, but the Catalans are playing catch up in Spain.