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Patrick Jennings

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  1. Post update

    Well, that's it from me tonight anyway.

    Don't forget there's Sportsday bright and early tomorrow morning for discussion, debate and breaking news.

    And if it's football you're after, there's the small matter of an FA Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Arsenal. Join us from 19:00 GMT for build-up to that one.

    Until then, adios.

  2. Post update

    Atletico 1-1 Valencia

    Torres also got a fine handshake from Diego Simeone as he went off, replaced by Mario Mandzukic.

    Did Mandzukic do enough to warrant a start next time out? Nobody's worrying Antoine Griezmann on the basis of tonight's performance.

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    Atletico 1-1 Valencia

    We've just been having that same conversation Pankaj. I do feel a bit sorry for Torres. He's just obviously not capable of influencing games in the way he could in the past - at Atletico in his pomp, circa 2007 for example.

    He did put a shift in tonight, and had a hand in the goal, challenging for the ball before it fell out to Koke.

  4. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Earlier we asked you for examples of players who have been released by UK clubs only to go on and achieve world greatness.

    Pankaj Ghosh: I know talks are going for zero to hero... but if was the opposite... I would love to mention Fernando Torres.

    Let us know using #bbceurofooty on Twitter, or you can text us on 81111 in the UK only - but don't forget to include your name and location!

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    Atletico 1-1 Valencia

    La Liga table

    So the gap between Atletico and new leaders Barcelona has widened over the weekend to seven points, but at least they've closed on Real Madrid by one point.

    There's still just one point separating Valencia and Atletico Madrid in the battle for third place. That one should run for a while yet.


    Atletico 1-1 Valencia

    But it's a poor one. It hits the first man and the referee blows up for full-time. Honours even.

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    Atletico 1-1 Valencia

    Now Valencia are pumping the ball forward, all hands on deck for Atletico. They win a free-kick in almost exactly the same position as the goal...


    Atletico 1-1 Valencia

    Pablo Piatti is off and Lucas Orban on as Valencia look to defend the point.

    Tiago floats it in, Mario Mandzukic nods it towards goal and Diego Godin is stretching to meet it. He's offside though.

    Three minutes to go! Next goal wins lads!


    Atletico 1-1 Valencia - Javi Fuego

    Javi Fuego

    He was only booked moments before and this is his second yellow card offence. Fuego is off for Valencia.

    How long left ref?


    Atletico 1-1 Valencia

    Down the other end, Juanfran is hauled back by the assistant referee's flag for offside - incorrectly - before Javi Fuego goes into the book. The ref adds two more for good measure, as Godin and Barragan jostle in the penalty area.

    Tiago's taking the free-kicks now Koke is off the pitch, and it's cleared.

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    Atletico 1-1 Valencia

    David Weir a better player than Zinedine Zidane? I've heard it all now.

    Alvaro Negredo hangs in the air just long enough to beat Diego Godin for height and win a ball in the box, his effort is well-directed but too high.

  12. Text us on 81111

    Atletico 1-1 Valencia

    Keep your examples of players who have been released by UK clubs, only to go on and achieve world greatness coming...

    Llwyd, Manchester: Marco Materazzi couldn't catch a cold for Everton in 1999. He caught a Zidane head-butt in style in the World Cup Final in 2006. I still think Davie Weir was the better player...

    Let us know using #bbceurofooty on Twitter, or you can text us on 81111 in the UK only - but don't forget to include your name and location!

  13. Post update

    Atletico 1-1 Valencia

    Diego Simeone gestures

    Which comes to nothing. The home crowd are getting restless as Mario Mandzukic is penalised for another foul, this time on Javi Fuego.

    Just under five to play.

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    Atletico 1-1 Valencia

    Atletico want the win too though - three points puts them just four behind city rivals Real Madrid and five behind La Liga leaders Barcelona - who went top earlier today.

    Arda Turan flashes a cross in from the left, which is swatted clear. Corner Atletico.

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    Atletico 1-1 Valencia

    This should set up a cracking last 10 minutes now. This would be a huge win for Valencia and they've got the wind in their sails.

  16. GOAL

    Atletico 1-1 Valencia - Shkodran Mustafi

    Shkodran Mustafi celebrates

    Well it was coming - Diego Simeone's hands were whirling double time.

    A Valencia free-kick is curled in from deep and straight onto the Atletico bar - Miguel Moya is beaten and can only watch on in anguish on the ground as Shkodran Mustafi nods home. An easier goal he won't score.

  17. CLOSE!

    Atletico 1-0 Valencia

    What is going on there between Diego Godin and Miguel Moya? Neither of them can decide how to clear a through ball and Godin almost plays it right into the path of a lurking Valencia striker.

    Diego Simeone waves his hands frantically in the air - but what does it mean? Just raw emotion.

  18. CLOSE!

    Atletico 1-0 Valencia

    A nervy moment there from Jose Gimenez, and a healthy dose of luck for Atletico.

    He combines a taekwondo move with an attempted clearance and almost slices the ball into his own net after Pablo Piatti's cross from the left. A corner, which peters out to a goal-kick for the home side.


    Atletico 1-0 Valencia

    One shot on goal, one yellow card for Mario Mandzukic, in the 10 minutes or so he's been on. He'll miss the next game too.


    Atletico 1-0 Valencia

    Tiago, from about 2cm off the line, blazes against the bar from a corner. How did he miss that?!

    Finally a sight on goal for us though. Tiago doesn't know how he missed it either - hands go to head in disbelief.


    Atletico 1-0 Valencia

    Valencia's Andre Gomes is coming on for Enzo Perez, while Atletico take off their goalscorer Koke, with Mario Suarez coming on.

  22. Post update

    Atletico 1-0 Valencia

    Juanfran beats a couple of players down the Atletico right and wins a free-kick. Koke is the man who steps up, and it's a short one from the training ground as Tiago steps over Koke's cut-back, leaving a channel for Mario Mandzukic. His first attempt on goal is blocked and Gabi fires the rebound well wide.

    The Atletico fans are in great voice , but apart from the goal, and the lead obviously, there hasn't been much to cheer.

  23. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Gennaro Gattuso playing for Rangers

    Keep your examples of players who have been released by UK clubs, only to go on and achieve world greatness coming...

    Chris Neath: Sold for £4m but Gennaro Gattuso from Rangers. World Cup and two Champions League wins isn't too bad compared to Scottish football.

    Eoghan O'Sullivan: Gattuso ruled European Football after being marginalised at Rangers.

    Let us know using #bbceurofooty on Twitter, or you can text us on 81111 in the UK only - but don't forget to include your name and location!


    Atletico 1-0 Valencia

    Fernando Torres

    Another substitution, and this time it's your man Fernando coming off. Torres leaves the pitch, his shift is done for the night and he gets a really stiff handshake from Diego Simeone.

    Mario Mandzukic, the former Bayern striker, comes on to stake a claim for the starting-place he will think should be rightfully his.


    Atletico 1-0 Valencia

    Atleti's Guilherme Siqueira catches Sofiane Feghouli as he jumps for the ball and he too will miss his club's next game.

    And now Feghouli is coming off. He's fine though - this change is tactical. Forward Rodrigo is introduced as Valencia continue their quest to break down the Atletico defence.

  26. Post update

    Atletico 1-0 Valencia

    Arda Turan takes a majestic Swan Lake-style plunge through the air as Atletico win back possession and push up the pitch.

    The referee is not a ballet fan though and is having none of it at all. Get up son, he waves. More Valencia possession, more wasp-like pressing from the Atletico midfield.

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    Atletico 1-0 Valencia

    Pablo Piatti

    Valencia are enjoying a lot more of the ball but as soon as it comes down to a cross, a through ball, or any kind of pass into the box, the move breaks down.

    That was the story of their opening 15 minutes or so too. Room for improvement, but Atletico are defending their lead well.


    Atletico 1-0 Valencia

    Yellow card for Alvaro Negredo. Not quite sure if it's for a foul - a handball as he tried to protect the ball when on the ground - or for verbals with the referee. Either way, in he goes.

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    Atletico 1-0 Valencia

    Valencia are going to have to find something much better than what we saw in the first half if they're going to get something out of this one.

    A win would see them leapfrog Atletico into third and an automatic qualification spot for next year's Champions League. They begin with a long period of possession, only broken up by a foul on Gabi by Pablo Piatti, who's just a bit too eager to get a shot away.

  30. KICK-OFF

    Atletico 1-0 Valencia

    We are back under way at the Vicente Calderon. As it stands Atletico are just five points behind leaders Barcelona. No changes from either side.

  31. From zero to hero

    Text us on 81111

    Andy Cole scores

    Keep your examples of players who have been released by UK clubs, only to go on and achieve world greatness coming...

    Dan, Bedford: Andy Cole. Released by Arsenal before becoming regular goalscorer (and cult hero) for both Newcastle and Man Utd.

    John Meredith: Diego Forlan was more of a flop than his South American locks but went on to win a golden boot and acclaim on Spanish relocation...

    Let us know using #bbceurofooty on Twitter, or you can text us on 81111 in the UK only - but don't forget to include your name and location!

  32. News from France: semi-final draw

    French Cup

    And from across the channel we've had word of the semi-final draw of the French Cup too:

    Paris Saint-Germain v Saint-Etienne

    Auxerre v Guingamp

    Those ties to be played over 7 and 8 April as well.

  33. News from Germany: quarter-final draw

    German Cup

    Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel is doing the draw for the FA Cup semi-finals tomorrow and I wonder who did the German draw? Oliver Khan?

    Here's the fixtures for you.

    Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern Munich

    Borussia Dortmund v Hoffenheim

    Wolfsburg v Freiburg

    Arminia Bielefeld v Borussia Monchengladbach

    Ties to be played over 7 and 8 April.

  34. Real Madrid's attacking crisis

    Carlo Ancelotti

    Just in case you missed this one, there were some interesting lines to come out of Carlo Ancelotti's press conference yesterday.

    Real suffered their third defeat in 11 league games on Saturday, and this from the same side that ended 2014 on a record-breaking 22-match winning run. Even manager Ancelotti is "confused" by his side's problems in front of goal.

    "It's strange to say Madrid have a problem up front when we have scored so many goals but I think it's the truth," Ancelotti said after yesterday's defeat.

    "The front three didn't play well, but it is not just their fault," he added. "It is quite confusing what we are doing when we are attacking at the moment."


    Atletico 1-0 Valencia

    Koke celebrates

    Atletico leading at the break through Koke's lovely strike. They've looked the better side and we're yet to see much from Alvaro Negredo and company up front for Valencia.


    Atletico 1-0 Valencia

    Enzo Perez goes in the book for a challenge on Tiago. He was stretching for the ball and caught him on the follow-through, but was there really anything he could have done to stop? He moved his boot out of the way and caught Tiago with his knee.

    One minute added on.

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    Atletico 1-0 Valencia

    Not much doing for Valencia in this. They look like they're winding down for half-time and it sounds like the crowd are too. A few murmured shouts for handball are just about head above the more general sandwich and beer-related chatter. No handball.

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    Atletico 1-0 Valencia

    A long pass is hit up to Fernando Torres, who protects the ball, lays it off to Arda Turan and Juanfran is there on the overlap. His cross is overhit but great play from Torres. He's been working tirelessly and Diego Simeone gives him a thumps up.

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    Atletico 1-0 Valencia

    Diego Alves collects the ball from a cross

    Solid play from Diego Alves - he plucks out a dangerous-looking cross as Atletico continue to swarm forward. Their tails are up after the goal.

  40. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Keep your examples of players who have been released by UK clubs, only to go on and achieve world greatness coming...

    Alex Bullock: Franco Di Santo. Lumbering oaf when loaned out from Chelsea, 12 in 17 this season for Werder Bremen, one more than Lewandowski.

    Mesut Sanchez: ‏Jerome Boateng. Left Manchester City and is now a Champions League and World Cup-winning player at Bayern Munich.

    Michael Cooke: Kevin Keegan turned down the great Zinedine Zidane at Newcastle before he signed for Juventus.

    Let us know using #bbceurofooty on Twitter, or you can text us on 81111 in the UK only - but don't forget to include your name and location!

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    Atletico 1-0 Valencia

    That really was a lovely strike from Koke. This is his first start since suffering a hamstring injury in February. A predatory finish from the young midfielder. Like Frank Lampard but with a lot more zip. A lot more.

  42. GOAL

    Atletico 1-0 Valencia - Koke

    Atletico players celebrate

    Pure class from Koke. He smashes one home from just inside the area, powering the ball into the ground and beyond Diego Alves after it pings around in the box. Just about deserved for the home side.


    Atletico 0-0 Valencia

    This one is a yellow. Arda Turan (centre of gravity about 12 cm above the ground) drops a shoulder to beat Shkodran Mustafi on the half-way line. Mustafi hauls him back and will miss the next game.

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    Atletico 0-0 Valencia

    A nasty looking challenge from Juanfran leaves a lot under the shinpad of Jose Gaya. It's a free-kick but no card from the referee. That was a definite yellow for me. Juanfran had his claws out.

  45. Post update

    Atletico 0-0 Valencia

    Scott Hall on Twitter "My appearance on the very first RAW broadcast. Looking forward to returning next week 1/19/15 for the Raw Reunion...."

    Diego Simeone is barking out the orders on the sideline. I think he's a great manager but I can't help but think of the old WWF wrestler Razor Ramon (aka Scott Hall) when I see him. It's the slicked-back hair I think.

    Another Atleti corner - this one looks more dangerous - but the referee penalises Jose Gimenez. Free-kick to Valencia.

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    Atletico 0-0 Valencia

    Here's a bit of possession for the away side, they're struggling to get Daniel Parejo on the ball though. He looks like their go-to man in terms of creative play, but there's always a man or several in red and white around him.

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    Atletico 0-0 Valencia

    Valencia's forays forward are being stopped much quicker now though. Atletico seem to be growing into it and the noise of the crowd is building.

    Diego Alves charges out of his box to punch clear but Diego Godin is offside from a Koke free-kick played in from deep.

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    Atletico 0-0 Valencia

    Which beats everybody in the box before Diego Alves claims the recycled cross. I was just trying to build a bit of tension there but with 20 minutes gone we're yet to see a shot in anger really.

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    Atletico 0-0 Valencia

    Fernando Torres and Nicolas Otamendi

    Looks like Torres v Otamendi could be a bit of a running battle this evening. First they clash again over by the touchline, with Otamendi sent tumbling, before Torres outjumps his man to flick-on in the box. Valencia throw players at the ball to deflect it behind for another corner...


    Atletico 0-0 Valencia

    Fernando Torres is in the book - now he's getting more involved.

    The ref's called him up for a challenge on Nicolas Otamendi - it looked like Torres was going for the ball, but replays show there was a definite element of elbowing involved, intentional or otherwise. Fair play to the man in black on that one.

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    Atletico 0-0 Valencia

    Fernando Torres, meanwhile, has barely had a touch.

    Oh he does win a corner here though - Koke swings it in but Diego Alves claims easily, it was right on top of him. Valencia break but it's swept up by the Atletico swarm. Diego Simeone's men sure do work hard.

  52. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Here's some more of your examples of players who have been released by UK clubs, only to go on and achieve world greatness.

    Marc Duffy: Jon Dahl Tomasson went on to play for Milan, win everything and collect over 100 caps after leaving Newcastle United.

    RedHead: Callum McManaman, released by Everton, went on to win FA Cup as MOTM against Man City, now a regular for West Brom.

    Let us know using #bbceurofooty on Twitter, or you can text us on 81111 in the UK only - but don't forget to include your name and location!

  53. Post update

    Atletico 0-0 Valencia

    Alvaro Negredo heads the ball

    How's Alvaro Negredo been doing on loan from Manchester City you ask?

    Well he's only got three league goals to his name this campaign. But I've always thought he does a good job of bringing in players around him, and with Pablo Piatti and Paco Alcacer on the flanks, Valencia look dangerous up top.

  54. Post update

    Atletico 0-0 Valencia

    It's all been pretty patient stuff from from both sides so far. Valencia are maybe just edging it.

    For a second it looked like Daniel Parejo had played in Alvaro Negredo, but Atleti did well to recover.

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    Atletico 0-0 Valencia

    Jose Gaya runs with possession

    It was lovely play from the Valencia left-back Jose Gaya to set Negredo up though. He's just 19, and is spoken of very highly indeed.

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    Atletico 0-0 Valencia

    Alvaro Negredo with an acrobatic scissor kick! At first glance it looked as though it had fallen hilariously flat, but a replay shows it was blocked by his own team-mate.

    I thought he'd skewed it horribly, but it was closer to goal than the corner flag at least.

  57. Post update

    Atletico 0-0 Valencia

    Fernando Torres

    Fernando Torres is buoyed on the by vociferous home support as he chases down Nicolas Otamendi, on his way back towards Diego Alves in the Valencia goal.

    Torres thinks he's won it but the referee brings it back for a foul.

  58. From zero to hero

    Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Earlier we asked for your examples of players who have been released by UK clubs, only to go on and achieve world greatness.

    Mudassar: Arsenal offered Zlatan Ibrahimovic a trial but he refused and now look where is. Or Nemanja Matic going to Benfica for a measly fee before coming back to become one of the best CDM's in the world.

    Matt Love: Not released by his club, but Blackburn turned down signing Lewondowski for £2 million a few years back, what a mistake!

    Let us know using #bbceurofooty on Twitter, or you can text us on 81111 in the UK only - but don't forget to include your name and location!

  59. KICK-OFF

    Atletico 0-0 Valencia

    We are under way in Madrid.

  60. Post update

    Atletico v Valencia (20:00 GMT)

    Back to tonight though and the players are out on the pitch. Valencia have won their last four on the bounce to move within one point of Atletico.

    This sixth home win on the trot for Atleti ain't going to come easy.

  61. Post update

    AC Milan 2-2 Verona

    Italian Serie A

    Filippo Inzaghi

    Another manager under pressure on the continent is AC Milan boss Filippo Inzaghi, whose side was denied victory by Hellas Verona's 95th-minute equaliser at the San Siro on Saturday.

    Earlier this week Inzaghi denied reports that he was set to be replaced by his assistant Mauro Tassotti, with the Rossoneri struggling in mid-table, and yesterday he reiterated his determination to continue as manager.

    "I'm going to carry on with my head up, trying to do my best," he told Sky Sport Italia.

    "There is determination and the right spirit but, of course, we have to do better. We are not the Milan that everyone expects."

  62. 'Real in free-fall'

    Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Real Madrid

    Marca newspaper front page

    "Free fall" - that's how Spanish newspaper Marca are putting it, and by their own stratospherically high standards, Real are certainly going through a rough patch.

    Embarrassed 4-0 by city rivals Atletico Madrid in January, knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Atletico too, and now Barcelona have overtaken Carlo Ancelotti's side at the top of the table.

    Real now have just one point from their last two games - surely that's going to be a huge motivation for the Atleti players chasing them down?

  63. Post update

    Villareal 4-1 Celta

    Spanish La Liga

    A couple of results to bring you from earlier - apart from Barcelona's huge home win.

    David Moyes's Real Sociedad beat Espanyol 1-0 at home, Sergio Canales with the goal, and move up to 11th in the table.

    And over at the Estadio El Madrigal, the final whistle has just gone on a 4-1 victory for Villarreal over Celta de Vigo.

  64. Post update

    Atletico v Valencia (20:00 GMT)

    Antoine Griezmann

    OK so he's only missed two games for Atleti this campaign, playing in 38 of the club's 40 matches. But the 17 goals Griezmann's scored show just how important the Frenchman has become since his £24m transfer from Real Sociedad in July.

    Torres has got some boots to fill tonight. Mario Mandzukic is on the bench for Diego Simeone's side.

  65. Torres starts - but will he score?

    Atletico v Valencia (20:00 GMT)

    Fernando Torres

    It took the former Liverpool and Chelsea striker 591 minutes to score a goal in Serie A with AC Milan over the first half of this season, so he's probably due one in a month or so?

    Torres has been back amongst the goals in the Copa del Rey though - in fact he got a brace at the Bernabeu as Atletico knocked out Real Madrid in January.

  66. From zero to hero - your examples

    Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Germany international centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, who was let go on a free by Everton in 2012, has developed into an invaluable member of this Valencia side, and is making his 22nd league appearance of the season tonight.

    So today we'd like to hear your examples of players who have been released by UK clubs, only to go on and achieve world greatness. Or near enough. Think Paul Pogba, or Gerard Pique.

    Let us know using #bbceurofooty on Twitter, or you can text us on 81111 in the UK only - but don't forget to include your name and location!

  67. Line-ups

    Atletico v Valencia (20:00 GMT)

    Former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres replaces the suspended Antoine Griezmann up front, while midfielder Koke makes his first start since suffering a hamstring injury in February.

    Atletico XI: Moya, Juanfran, Godin, Gimenez, Siquiera, Gabi, Tiago, Koke, Turan, Garcia, Torres.

    Valencia manager Nuno Espírito Santo names an unchanged side from the team that beat David Moyes's Real Sociedad 2-0 at home last Sunday.

    Valencia XI: Alves, Barragan, Otamendi, Musutafi, Gaya, Fuego, Parejo, Perez, Piatti, Feghouli, Negredo.

  68. Post update

    Atletico v Valencia (20:00 GMT)

    Good evening and welcome.

    Barcelona produced one of their best performances of the season so far to eviscerate Rayo Vallecano 6-1 earlier this afternoon.

    Let's hope we're in for another thriller here tonight. Team news to follow.

  69. A three horse race? Or could it be four?

    Atletico v Valencia (20:00 GMT)

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Real Madrid slipped up yesterday, losing 1-0 away to Athletic Bilbao in the tempestuous atmosphere of San Mames.

    Today, Barcelona took full advantage, smashing six goals past a Rayo Vallecano (foolishly perhaps) determined to take the game to Luis Enrique's side. At least they got one?

    Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi

    With Lionel Messi having broken yet another record and Luis Suarez scoring, is this Barcelona's title for the taking?

    Fernando Torres and Atletico team-mates

    They now lead Real by one point, but let's not forget the champions incumbent. Atletico can narrow the gap on Barca to five points with what would be a sixth consecutive home win tonight.

    And the opponents? Well Valencia have won their last four...