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Summary

  1. Barca move four points clear of Real
  2. Messi buries penalty after handball for opener
  3. Messi second headed in from corner
  4. Xavi makes 750th Barca appearance
  5. Real, in second, play Levante on Sunday

Live Reporting

By Patrick Jennings and Mike Whalley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Right. That's all from us for this evening, but we'll see you tomorrow when Real Madrid take on Levante.

    Join us from 19:30 GMT for a 20:00 kick-off.

    Can Carlo Ancelotti's side narrow the gap on Barcelona? Can Gareth Bale finally get a goal? We'll find out tomorrow.

    See you then.

  2. Post update

    Benfica march on

    Portuguese Primeira Liga

    A significant win for Portuguese league leaders Benfica, who have gone seven points clear at the top buy beating fourth-placed Braga 2-0. Porto, their closest challengers, host struggling Arouca tomorrow.

  3. Post update

    It's a big week for Juve too this one - they travel to Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday for their Champions League last-16 second leg. The Italians have got a 2-1 lead from the first leg in Turin.

  4. FULL-TIME

    Palermo 0-1 Juventus

    Italian Serie A

    A terrific 70th-minute goal from Alvaro Morata has extended Juventus' lead at the top of Serie A to 14 points as they win 1-0 at Palermo. Morata jinked his way into space on the edge of the penalty area before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the net.

    Massimiliano Allegri's side are unbeaten in 18 league games, and the rest are playing for second spot, surely.

  5. Post update

    Eibar 0-2 Barcelona

    Messi was in majestic form today though. And that does not bode well for Manchester City fans.

    The two sides meet at Camp Nou on Wednesday for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, with Barca 2-1 up from the first leg.

    Oh, and after that for Barca? It's the big one - El Clasico, on Sunday, 22 March...

  6. FULL-TIME

    Eibar 0-2 Barcelona

    Barcelona move four clear of Real Madrid overnight with a solid win. No hat-trick for Lionel Messi though. Just the two will have to do. He probably doesn't have enough room for another match ball in his garage anyway.

  7. Post update

    Eibar 0-2 Barcelona

    Eibar are pouring players forward and leaving plenty of space at the back, Xavi has a shot blocked from just inside the box.

    That must be that now.

  8. Post update

    Eibar 0-2 Barcelona

    A lovely chest down from Piovaccari to fashion the chance but again composure was lacking. Why not place it from there?

    Three minutes added on.

  9. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Eibar 0-2 Barcelona

    All the Barca players are camped back in their own half now, and Eibar do finally get a clear sight on goal.

    The ball falls to Federico Piovaccari in the box, it's bouncing and the Italian hits it into the ground. Off the bar! But he has to score.

  10. Post update

    Eibar 0-2 Barcelona

    It's been a very professional performance from Barca. They've gone two up and controlled the game. Eibar have been waspish in their forays forwards, but the away side haven't been threatened at all really. Just under five to go.

  11. Post update

    Eibar 0-2 Barcelona

    Lionel Messi almost plays in Luis Suarez with a delightful chip over the top - naturally having danced past a couple of Eibar players first. The pass is under-hit, and Eibar clear.

    Job done you feel from Barca.

  12. Post update

    Eibar 0-2 Barcelona

    Under 10 minutes to go. Would a goal for Eibar make things interesting? Yes. It it likely to happen? No.

  13. SUBSTITUTION

    Eibar 0-2 Barcelona

    Derek Boateng - three league games for Fulham over 2013-14 - is also on for Eibar, as Didac Vila comes off.

    A couple of lovely touches in midfield from Boateng sends Eibar on their way towards goal but Barca are holding firm in defence. Montoya clatters into a challenge that sends vibrations round the ground.

  14. Post update

    Eibar 0-2 Barcelona

    Lionel Messi really is enjoying himself out there now. There is such grace and poise to his game as he continues to wow us with novel ways to evade every challenge Eibar throw at him.

    But the home side aren't giving it up to gawp just yet. Down the other end Eibar force a corner which is sent out for Saul Berjon to hit first time from the edge of the box - Barca can defend too and block.

  15. Post update

    Eibar 0-2 Barcelona

    A great chance for Eibar, but it's the same old story - there is nobody in the box to turn it in! Surely somebody has to take a gamble?

    Saul Berjon did so well to bring the ball down and play it across Claudio Bravo's goal.

  16. SUBSTITUTION

    Eibar 0-2 Barcelona

    Manu is coming off for Eibar, with Federico Piovoccari, the striker on loan from Sampdoria, coming on.

    For Barca, Neymar ambles off to a chorus of boos, to be replaced by Pedro. Champions League on Wednesday to come.

  17. Post update

    Eibar 0-2 Barcelona

    There simply has to be more goals in this game. Every time Barca break they seem to open Eibar up down the wing, and twice in the last five minutes the away side have almost worked a clear sight on goal for one of Neymar or Luis Suarez, lurking in the box.

    Xavi is pulling the strings in midfield and what looked like becoming a decent little spell for Eibar, seems to have faded.

  18. HALF-TIME

    Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Cologne (17:30 GMT)

    German Bundesliga

    German Bundesliga

    Borussia Dortmund have dominated first-half possession against Cologne at Signal Iduna Park, but don't have an awful lot to show for it - Neven Subotic's header from a corner is as close as they have come. Deyverson and Anthony Ujah have had chances at the other end without scoring, and it's 0-0 at the break in the day's final Bundesliga game.

  19. Post update

    Eibar 0-2 Barcelona

    Gerard Pique panics and boots the ball out under pressure from Ander Capa, who has just come on. Straight into the thick of it for the Eibar man, and he almost eked out a chance for himself.

    Claudio Bravo wanted to claim the ball but Pique was taking no chances. It all looked very untidy.

  20. SUBSTITUTION

    Eibar 0-2 Barcelona

    Xavi enters the field for Ivan Rakitic. It's his 750th appearance for Barcelona. Incredible player. He made his debut in 1998.

  21. Post update

    Eibar 0-2 Barcelona

    Lionel Messi put such power behind that header for Barca's second. He threw all of himself behind the ball, and that's goal number 32 for the season.

    Is there another hat-trick on its way too? There are more goals here for Barca you feel, and Messi looks in the mood.

  22. CLOSE!

    Eibar 0-2 Barcelona

    The first save Claudio Bravo has had to make. Eibar hit back immediately as Javi Lara hits a stinging, low drive from outside the box. Bravo can only palm it out but is quickly on his feet to gather.

  23. GOAL

    Eibar 0-2 Barcelona - Lionel Messi

    Lionel Messi

    Lionel Messi scores his second of the day, he had acres of space in the box to nod home from Ivan Rakitic's corner. Where was the Eibar defence? Well there was one guy on the line, but his clearance is sliced into his own net.

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  25. Post update

    Eibar 0-1 Barcelona

    Just under five and a half thousand in attendance today - partly explained by the fact that one quarter of the ground is being redeveloped. You could easily fill in that space with seats, sure, but I quite like the mountain view.

    Lionel Messi threads the ball through Eibar's defence, from nothing, but Luis Suarez is beaten to it by the onrushing goalkeeper.

  26. Post update

    Eibar 0-1 Barcelona

    Another Eibar player panics in front of goal though as Saul Berjon fires the wall wide when the cross was on. Even Berjon himself didn't look convinced by that one. Must do better up top - that surely will have been the key message at half-time?

  27. Post update

    Eibar 0-1 Barcelona

    The Eibar players are clearly undeterred by the rain, chasing down every ball as soon as Barca cross the halfway line. They look up for an upset here.

  28. KICK-OFF

    Eibar 0-1 Barcelona

    Back under way in Eibar, where the brollies are out.

  29. HALF-TIME

    Palermo 0-0 Juventus (17:00 GMT)

    Italian Serie A

    Juventus have been dominant in Serie A this season, losing just once in 26 matches, and are looking to go 14 points clear at the top with victory at mid-table Palermo. No goals at half-time, though, and not much to shout about either.

    Just one other Serie A match this evening: Cagliari, who sacked coach Gianfranco Zola on Monday after less than three months in charge, play Empoli at 19:45 GMT.

    In a bizarre move, Cagliari reappointed Zdenek Zeman, the man who made way for the former West Ham boss in December. Zeman's new side (or his old side, if you prefer) are in danger of being cut adrift in the bottom three after picking up one point from six matches, and need a fast improvement.

  30. Bale - 'Lazy Loner' under fire at Real

    Real Madrid v Levante (20:00 GMT on Sunday)

    If you'd like to read more about all the goings on with Real Madrid - including the Spanish media's take on Gareth Bale's role in Real's poor run - check in over here.

  31. "We are going to turn this round"

    Real Madrid v Levante (20:00 GMT Sunday)

    Madrid play tomorrow at home to Levante, who are just one point above the relegation zone in 17th.

    Carlo Ancelotti

    This afternoon, Ancelotti has been speaking to the press about the poor run of form that has seen his side slip from top spot in La Liga.

    "We are going to turn this run of form around through sacrifice," Ancelotti said. "I see a team that is focused and really wants to resolve their problems.

    "We have to concentrate on our work and change this mood. We have to try and play a good match at a high intensity, with everybody working well together, to help one another."

  32. Post update

    Metz misery

    French Ligue 1

    Metz are having a horrible season at the bottom of Ligue 1. Albert Cartier's side have extended their winless league run to 17 matches by losing 3-2 at home to fifth-placed St-Etienne. Max Gradel, once of Leicester and Leeds, is among the St-Etienne scorers.

    There are four more Ligue 1 matches kicking off in just over an hour, including a key match for Toulouse in their battle against relegation as they visit next-to-bottom Lens, although the top three - Lyon, Paris St-Germain and Marseille, do not play until tomorrow.

  33. Post update

    Eibar 0-1 Barcelona

    Eibar are one down but this is nowhere near the mauling many would have predicted, looking at the form book.

    The Basque club have lost their last seven, while Barca are a team on the up - they overtook Real Madrid at the top of the table with a 6-1 thumping of Rayo Vallecano last Sunday, and as it stands are extending their lead over Carlo Ancelotti's side to four points.

  34. HALF-TIME

    Eibar 0-1 Barcelona

    Almost a second for Barca just before the whistle as Luis Suarez's shot on the slide is deflected over, but there's no time for the corner. The referee blows up for half-time.

  35. Post update

    Eibar 0-1 Barcelona

    So far it's been a very assured performance from Eibar in defence, but they trail after Lionel Messi's penalty.

    One minute added on.

  36. Post update

    Eibar 0-1 Barcelona

    Lionel Messi dances his way through the Eibar defence again - a one-two here, a dropped shoulder there, but Messi's cut-back is blocked, with Neymar waiting for a tap-in.

  37. Post update

    Eibar 0-1 Barcelona

    Another case in point as Javi Lara shoots wide from outside of the box with men over after Eibar counter. Five minutes to find a leveller before half-time.

  38. Post update

    Eibar 0-1 Barcelona

    There's plenty of fighting spirit but little quality on show from Eibar up front so far. They've worked the ball into a few dangerous areas but every time there's been a heavy touch or a slip and Barca have been able to break.

    With Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi to reach on the counter, Eibar will have to be very careful indeed.

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  40. Post update

    Eibar 0-1 Barcelona

    A lovely chested lay-off from Manu reaches Eibar captain Jon Errasti, who is stretching to meet it on the edge off the box. Marc Batra challenges and Barca deflect it out wide for a corner.

    But Eibar hit it too long. Barca goal kick. Promising signs for the home side though.

  41. Post update

    Eibar 0-1 Barcelona

    Borja Ekiza also went into the book for that handball. On second glance it looks a little harsh on the Eibar man - the ball took a deflection on his way to hitting him on the arm, and you could argue there was little he could do to get out of the way.

  42. GOAL

    Eibar 0-1 Barcelona - Lionel Messi

    Barcelona celebrate opening goal

    We've seen him miss a few recently but Lionel Messi makes no mistake this time. He fires the ball home into the top right corner. Buried it.

  43. PENALTY TO BARCELONA

    Eibar 0-0 Barcelona

    Lionel Messi's strike from inside the box is blocked by a hand and the referee points to the spot.

  44. Post update

    Eibar 0-0 Barcelona

    Corner for Eibar but again Barca clear. I've just seen a replay of that Messi run (21 mins). The highlight is when he beats his final man with a nutmeg. He just makes it look so easy.

  45. Post update

    Eibar 0-0 Barcelona

    A chance for Eibar as Saul Berjon breaks down the Barca right, only to see his cross cleared. They're coming back into it - that was a lovely break and they had men up in support in record time.

  46. Post update

    Eibar 0-0 Barcelona

    Here's Lionel Messi at his very best. He scampers past two men on the right-wing before incomprehensibly drifting past another two Eibar markers on his way to fizzing a cross-field pass to Neymar. The move breaks down though, as the Brazilian's angled shot is blocked.

    One shimmy and Messi is free. You just can't hold him.

  47. Post update

    Eibar 0-0 Barcelona

    Two years ago Eibar were in the Spanish third tier, and now they're going head-to-head against one of the best teams in the world (there's no way I'm getting dragged into that argument).

    The home side are holding their own at the moment too. They've not seen much of the ball, but they're clearly up for a scrap and are have denied Barca any room to work with.

  48. Post update

    Eibar 0-0 Barcelona

    Messi jumps over the ball and Neymar scuffs it straight into the Eibar wall. They've not really got going yet, Barca.

  49. Post update

    Eibar 0-0 Barcelona

    Loads and loads of possession for the men in luminous orange but little penetration so far. Lionel Messi jinks a challenge and is brought down on the edge of the Eibar box. Free-kick.

  50. Post update

    Eibar 0-0 Barcelona

    Barca are without both Dani Alves and Jordi Alba through suspension today, with Adriano and Montoya covering. They're struggling to widen play at the moment, becoming bogged down with the ball as Eibar crowd them out.

    Lionel Messi's been quiet so far, he's sauntering around after the ball in full knowledge he only needs about three seconds to win a game.

  51. Post update

    Eibar 0-0 Barcelona

    Barca are beginning to find their groove now, they're stroking the ball around nicely. Neymar is almost played in after a good two minutes of solid possession, but the pass is over-hit and Jimenez can gather.

  52. Post update

    Eibar 0-0 Barcelona

    I have to say I'm really not a fan of Barca's orange kit. Is the thinking that they can find one another more easily?

    Eibar counter Barca's bright start (no pun intended) and earn two corners in quick succession, but twice the delivery is poor and the away side can clear.

  53. Post update

    Eibar 0-0 Barcelona

    An early chance for Barca as Rafinha finds Ivan Rakitic with a cross to the back post, but his header is cleared by the Eibar defence.

  54. Post update

    Eibar 0-0 Barcelona

    We are under way in the Basque Country.

  55. Post update

    Eibar v Barcelona (17:00 GMT)

    The players are out on the pitch and kick-off is imminent.

  56. Post update

    Eibar v Barcelona (17:00 GMT)

    Javier Mascherano

    This is a very cold and damp Javier Mascherano arriving off the Barca team bus earlier this afternoon. It's about eight degrees in Eibar today, and it's been raining. Only two degrees warmer in Barcelona though - not sure why Mascherano looks so cold? I hope he didn't dress like that when he was at Liverpool.

  57. LINE-UPS

    Eibar v Barcelona (17:00 GMT)

    The teams are in.

    Eibar XI: Jaime, Boveda, Ekiza, Raul Navas, Lillo, Didac Vila, Lara, Errasti, Borja, Saul Berjon, del Moral.

    Barcelona XI: Bravo, Montoya, Pique, Rakitic, Suarez, Messi, Neymar, Rafinha, Bartra, Sergio Roberto, Adriano.

  58. Barca's big week

    Eibar v Barcelona (17:00 GMT)

    If you believe Barca boss Luis Enrique, Wednesday's last-16 second leg at home to Premier League champions Manchester City hasn't even entered the minds of his players - they're just focused on today's opponents, apparently.

    Barcelona manager Luis Enrique

    Yes they need another three points to keep up their lead over Real, who play at home to Levante on Sunday, but surely there's a corner of Enrique's mind that has begun to consider the dream possibility of winning the treble - in his first year in charge.

    Barca play Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey on 30 May, have a 2-1 aggregate lead over City - one foot in the quarter-finals? - and can distance themselves from Real with victory in the big one, El Clasico, next Sunday. A big week then.

    Maybe they should be taking it step by step after all.

  59. Good tidings we bring...

    Eibar v Barcelona (17:00 GMT)

    Three Kings

    I saw Eibar play brilliantly to win 2-1 at Espanyol on the eve of Three Kings Day (big deal in Spain) back in January, but since then they've won just three points.

    It's the Basque club's first season in the top flight, and after making a brilliant start to the campaign they've lost seven in a row to slip to 14th in the table, three points above the relegation zone.

    Barcelona players Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez

    Is there any hope against Barcelona today? Luis Enrique's side demolished Rayo Vallecano last weekend, winning 6-1 at Camp Nou to go above Real Madrid at the top of the table.

    The goals are flowing, Luis Suarez is finally getting in on the act, and Lionel Messi is back to his best.

    Watch out Manchester City…

  60. Post update

    Eibar v Barcelona (17:00 GMT)

    Only time will tell on that one, although I know what my feeling is, that's for sure.

    We're turning our attention to Spain now, where like Bayern, Barcelona can extend their lead at the top of the table overnight, with second to play on Sunday.

    The difference with Barca of course though, is that it's Real Madrid who are breathing down their necks, and the 10-time European champions are just one point behind. What kind of resistance can Eibar offer?

  61. Post update

    Bremen 0-4 Bayern

    A sixth consecutive league victory for Bayern then - in that run they have scored an incredible 27 goals. Their lead at the top of the Bundesliga extends out to 14 points, with Wolfsburg, who are in second, to play tomorrow.

    They're at Freiburg in a 14:30 GMT kick-off. Is there really any hope of them catching Pep Guardiola's side though?

  62. Around the grounds

    German Bundesliga

    German Bundesliga

    A couple of other Bundesliga results to bring you from the afternoon's play.

    Schalke's Joel Matip scored a last-minute equaliser to earn Roberto Di Matteo's side a point in a 2-2 draw away to Hertha Berlin.

    Hamburg's poor season continued with a 3-0 defeat way to Hoffenheim, and Eintracht Frankfurt defeated Paderborn 4-0, while Mainz earned a surprise 2-0 victory away to Augsburg.

  63. FULL-TIME

    Bremen 0-4 Bayern

    The referee brings an end to a dominant Bayern performance. Bremen looked to have them rattled for about 10 minutes in the first half, and threatened again for about 10 minutes in the second, but the away side were clinical with their chances and managed to control much of the game with their superior possession.

  64. GOAL

    Bremen 0-4 Bayern - Robert Lewandowski

    Robert Lewandowski

    A lovely Bayern goal to finish off the win. Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller combine to open up the home defence. The Germany midfielder could claim a second for himself - but instead rolls the ball across goal for the Pole to finish at the far post. Impressive stuff.

  65. CLOSE!

    Bremen 0-3 Bayern

    Sebastian Rode is played in on goal and almost makes it four as he tries to steer one past Raphael Wolf, who had narrowed the angle well. Rode's effort goes just wide.

    One minute added on.

  66. Post update

    Bremen 0-3 Bayern

    Bayern just seem to be able to step up through the gears so quickly - nought to 60 in about four seconds as Robert Lewandowski is almost played in. If there's another goal in this, it'll be a fourth for the away side.

  67. Post update

    Bremen 0-3 Bayern

    Five minutes to go for Bremen but it feels like this one has already wound down. Bayern are cruising.

  68. SUBSTITUTION

    Bremen 0-3 Bayern

    Bremen's have been miles better in this second half, but they've still just had just five shots in total. Janek Sternberg comes on for Santiago Garcia as the home side make a change, while Jerome Boateng comes off for Dante for Bayern.

  69. SUBSTITUTION

    Bremen 0-3 Bayern

    Phillip Lahm is coming on for Bayern. He hasn't played since breaking his ankle in November. Mario Gotze is the man to make way. The away support give Lahm a great reception.

  70. GOAL

    Bremen 0-3 Bayern - Robert Lewandowski

    Robert Lewandowski

    But it could be done and dusted already. Bayern counter again and Robert Lewandowski has the easiest of finishes after Thomas Muller lifts the ball over the onrushing Raphael Wolf. An incisive breakaway, and the Bremen backline was undone by one killer ball.

  71. Post update

    Bremen 0-2 Bayern

    Bremen force a corner which fails to beat the first man, before an angled cross from deep is claimed again by Pepe Reina.

    15 minutes to play.

  72. Post update

    Bremen 0-2 Bayern

    Mario Gotze

    Bayern sense they need a goal to see this one out and Mario Gotze has got his ears pricked up in the middle of the park. He feeds David Alaba as Bayern break, before Juan Bernat's cross is blocked.

    Pep Reina's getting jeered now, presumably for his challenge on Sebastian Prodl. Bremen are finally starting to find some momentum but the former Liverpool man has dealt with everything well so far.

  73. Post update

    Bremen 0-2 Bayern

    Stoppages all over the place here. Pepe Reina comes a long way to brilliantly claim a cross but clashes with Sebastian Prodl, and both players go to ground. Jerome Boateng has also gone in the book.

  74. Post update

    Bremen 0-2 Bayern

    Sebastian Proedl

    Bremen have got just under 20 minutes to find the two goals they need to force a point. One goal would change the game you feel.

  75. Post update

    Espanyol 0-0 Atletico Madrid (15:00 GMT)

    Spanish La Liga

    Atletico Madrid are in a bit of difficulty in the day's one 15:00 GMT La Liga kick-off. It's 0-0 at half-time against Espanyol in Barcelona, but Diego Simeone's side lost Brazilian centre-back Miranda to a red card just before the break. Atletico will reclaim third place with a win.

  76. Post update

    Bremen 0-2 Bayern

    Just before that Pepe Reina was sent scrambling too - just tipping over a Santiago Garcia cross that, in Garcia's mind at least, suddenly became a shot as it bore down on goal. Nervy moments for Bayern!

  77. DISALLOWED GOAL

    Bremen 0-2 Bayern

    A let off for Bayern. Davie Selke is adjudged to have handled in the box and the referee pulls play back after Bremen scramble the ball into the net. Signs off life at last for the home side!

  78. YELLOW CARD

    Bremen 0-2 Bayern

    Bayern Munich

    What's gone on here? All the Bayern players have rushed straight over to referee - he's surrounded by them.

    Bayern are unhappy with Sebastian Prodl's challenge on Mehdi Benatia. The big centre-back was incensed by Benatia's challenge on Clemens Fritz, and went looking for him with a very nasty-looking late stamp. Benatia booked for the initial foul, and Prodl for the reaction.

  79. Post update

    Bremen 0-2 Bayern

    That's right Chelsea, Wigan and Blackburn fans - Di Santo has been smashing the goals in for Bremen this year. He's got 12 to his name but crucially also five yellow cards. He's sitting this one out through suspension.

  80. Post update

    Bremen 0-2 Bayern

    This game really is a tame affair, it needs a Bremen goal. The home side have begun to press Bayern much higher up the pitch but Bayern don't seem too flustered. They knock it about between centre-back, left-back and goalkeeper - Pepe Reina breaking the spell with a long clearance that goes out for a Bremen throw.

    Where's Franco Di Santo when you need him?

  81. Post update

    Bundesliga round-up

    German Bundesliga

    German Bundesliga

    It's looking pretty comfortable for mid-table Eintracht Frankfurt, who lead Paderborn 3-0. Stefan Aigner has added to first-half goals from Alexander Meier amd Marc Stendera. Paderborn, who began the day in the relegation play-off place, are set for a fourth straight league defeat without scoring. Worrying times for them.

    Elsewhere, it's as you were: Schalke are drawing 1-1 at Hertha Berlin, Hoffenheim lead 10-man Hamburg 1-0 and Mainz lead at Augsburg by the same score.

  82. Post update

    Bremen 0-2 Bayern

    Robert Lewandowski - what was that? He's frustrated by the slow build-up and lines one up from range, but he kicked more of the turf than he did the ball, which bobbles into the gloves of Raphael Wolf.

  83. Post update

    Bremen 0-2 Bayern

    Bayern look content to play this one out at a pedestrian pace. They're stroking the ball around very comfortably. But when they hit Mario Gotze in the middle things suddenly click into place and the pace is lifted, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller making runs off him.

    Very little threat from Bremen though.

  84. Post update

    Bremen 0-2 Bayern

    Normal service pretty much resumed from the restart as Bayern keep control of the ball. Werder Bremen defender Sebastian Prodl clatters into a challenge and Bayern have a free-kick. Prodl is enormous!

  85. KICK-OFF

    Bremen 0-2 Bayern

    Back under way.

  86. Post update

    Bremen 0-2 Bayern

    Remember that delay to kick-off because Bayern's net had come loose? That was the most thorough examination of Pepe Reina's goal in that first half.

    The Bremen players are out first as we approach the restart. Their reward? A rousing anthem over the public announcement system. Here come Bayern now.

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    We're asking you for your six-a-side teams made up of players from the Spanish, German, Italian and French leagues. No Premier League players allowed. Include a little of your reasoning if you can.

    Samuel Preston: Neuer (sweeper keeper), Thiago Silva (defence), Lahm (control), Vidal (box-to-box), Muller (finisher) Lewandowski (target man).

    James Hardy: Neuer (obvious), Thiago Silva (quality defender), Pepe (he's crazy!), Muller and Ronaldo (ridiculous attacking qualities - simple!)

    Matt Tong: De Gea, Lahm, Xabi Alonso, Ronaldinho, Neymar, Messi.

    Very rogue that one Matt - Ronaldinho? Would he last the 50 minutes? Minus points for De Gea as well - no Premier League players!

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  88. Post update

    Espanyol 0-0 Atletico Madrid (15:00 GMT)

    Spanish La Liga

    Still all square in Barcelona where Diego Simeone's Atletico are looking to reclaim third place in the league, after Valencia stole in with a 2-0 home victory over Deportivo last night. Fernando Torres has gone closest for Atletico, but his header was well saved by Francisco Casilla in the Espanyol goal.

  89. HALF-TIME

    Bundesliga round-up

    Schalke may have been suffering a Champions League hangover after running Real Madrid so close on Tuesday, but they seem to be getting over it. Leroy Sane, a Champions League scorer at the Bernabeu, has struck again to make it 1-1 at Hertha Berlin, who had taken the lead through Anis Ben-Hatira.

    Hoffenheim are in a strong position, 1-0 up at home to Hamburg, who are down to 10 men after keeper Jaroslav Drobny was sent off conceding the penalty from which Eugen Polanski scored.

    Eintracht Frankfurt's leaky defence is keeping a clean sheet so far as they lead struggling Paderborn 2-0, while Mainz are 1-0 up away to Augsburg.

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    We're asking you for six-a-side teams made up of players from the Spanish, German, Italian and French leagues. No Premier League players allowed. Include a little of your reasoning if you can.

    Jordan Mundy-Gill: Neuer, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Pogba, Ronaldo, Messi. Bestgoalkeeper, best defender, two physical short passing central midfielders, Ronaldo and Messi.

    Stuart Armour: Casillas, Hummels, Chiellini, Verratti, Bale, Messi, I think this a strong team with lots of goals

    Jas Jawanda: Neuer, Thiago Silva, Ramos, Alonso, Messi, Ronaldo. Solid defensively, can keep the ball and score for fun.

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  91. Post update

    Bremen 0-2 Bayern

    Bayern had 72% possession in that opening 45 minutes and to be honest it felt like more. Bremen have plenty to ponder before the second half.

  92. HALF-TIME

    Bremen 0-2 Bayern

    Practically the last kick of the first half puts Bayern two up at the halfway point. Bremen coach Viktor Skrypnyk siad he wanted his side to "irritate Bayern today, but there's been no sign of that. The home side started brightly but have since been swatted away.

  93. GOAL

    Bremen 0-2 Bayern - David Alaba

    David Alaba scores Bayern's second

    Bastian Schweinsteiger wanted it too but David Alaba had the final say. He curls the free-kick past the despairing outstretched glove of Raphel Wolf, and just inside the Bremen post.

  94. Post update

    Bremen 0-1 Bayern

    Mario Gotze dances between three Bremen players on the edge of the box and is brought down. Free-kick Bayern. Another goal before half-time would be deserved.

  95. Post update

    Bremen 0-1 Bayern

    A foul by David Alaba on Santiago Garcia. Alaba has been leading the charge as Bayern press Bremen really, really high up the pitch. This free-kick is about 10 yards from Raphael Wolf's penalty box.

    What's Pepe Reina up to? Not much. Manuel Neuer would be up to the halfway line by now. Five minutes to go until the break.

  96. Post update

    Bremen 0-1 Bayern

    Again Mario Gotze is close to latching on to a Bayern through pass but again the ball just runs away from him before he can bring it under his spell and close on the goalkeeper.

    Bremen are offering nothing in reply. Bayern are in cruise control at the moment.

  97. Post update

    Bremen 0-1 Bayern

    We're just seeing a replay of that Thomas Muller opener - he really did stroke it home with such lovely technique. That's his first goal on his left foot this season. We knew he was good with his right (and his head of course), but there were no signs of a weakness in his left there.

    All the possession with Bayern now. They're gearing up for another goal.

  98. Post update

    Bremen 0-1 Bayern

    Very well put Tom. And Germany's answer to Lionel Messi is looking up for it today too. Mario Gotze was hauled off after a subdued performance at Hannover last weekend but he's looked sharp today, linking play with Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller up front.

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    Stuart Boyd: Neuer, Ramos, Lahm, Neymar, Messi, Ibrahimovic.

    That gym guy: Neuer, Ramos, Thiago Silva, Messi, Messi and Messi. Solid defence and the Argentina magician can score and assist.

    Tom Goulde: Neuer, Thiago Silva (big), Pogba (can score from anywhere), Ronaldo, Muller (will always get a goal), Messi (Messi).

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  100. Around the grounds

    German Bundesliga

    Plenty of drama at Hoffenheim, where Hamburg's Cezch goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobny has been sent off for bringing down Sven Schipplock. Eugen Polanski has scored from the resulting penalty to give Hoffenheim a 1-0 lead.

    Elsewhere, fifth-placed Schalke - who so nearly dumped Real Madrid out of the Champions League in midweek - trail 1-0 away to Hertha Berlin, for whom Anis Ben-Hatira has scored, and Eintracht Frankfurt lead Paderborn 1-0. Mainz lead Augsburg by the same score.

  101. Post update

    Bremen 0-1 Bayern

    The home fans are still in good voice. Maybe they know something I don't? Because I'm pretty sure that normally form here Bayern go on to get another two or three. Their hold on the game is tightening and Mario Gotze is almost played in after a lovely flowing move.

    Everybody back for Bremen.

  102. GOAL

    Bremen 0-1 Bayern - Thomas Muller

    Thomas Mueller scores Bayern's opener

    Thomas Muller scores a spectacular curling effort past Raphael Wolf, at the second attempt. His first strike on goal is blocked after being played in one-on-one, but Bayern recycle the ball to refind the Germany international, and he makes no mistake. An Arjen Robben-esque finish.

    Over the past five minutes it's been all Bremen, but Bayern score on the counter attack with the first real opening of the day. How do Bremen react now? More of the same?

  103. Post update

    Bremen 0-0 Bayern

    Theodor Gebre Selassie is penalised for a foul on Juan Bernat - terrible timing because it looked like Bremen were on to something. Gebre Selassie has been rampaging down the Bremen right flank.

    Bayern clear it long but Bremen send it back and Pepe Reina comes charging out of his net to clear.

    The volume's just been turned up ever so slightly on this one.

  104. Post update

    Bremen 0-0 Bayern

    Bremen are just about giving as good as they're getting - they win a corner, but with Pepe Reina barking out the orders Bayern clear and win a free-kick. Down the other end David Alaba has a swing and a miss as the ball sits up for him.

  105. CLOSE!

    Bremen 0-0 Bayern

    Juan Bernat forces a corner - the first of the game. Santiago Garcia is under it though and Bremen can clear, but Rafinha picks up the loose ball and crosses for Robert Lewandowski, who powers a header into the ground and on goal. Raphael Wolf with the save. Comfortable, but the closest we've had so far.

  106. Post update

    Bremen 0-0 Bayern

    Werder Bremen supporters

    No goals to report from any of the other Bundesliga games either. Is it a public holiday over there or something?

  107. Post update

    Bremen 0-0 Bayern

    None of you went for Pepe Reina then today? He's had nothing to do so far, but then again neither has Raphael Wolf in the Bremen goal. All very tentative so far.

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    We're asking you for six-a-side team made up of players from the Spanish, German, Italian and French leagues. No Premier League players allowed in this one. Include a little of your reasoning if you can.

    James Ramsey: Neuer, Lahm, Thiago Silva, Kroos, Robben, Messi.

    Sybaris Ali: Neuer, Thiago Silva, Pirlo, Messi, Reus, Ronaldo.

    Grant: Neuer, Ramos, Alonso, Ronaldo, Messi, Zlatan.

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  109. Post update

    Bremen 0-0 Bayern

    Robert Lewandowski forces a throw-in and Bayern begin to stroke the ball around for the first time in the game. Bastian Schweinsteiger has a pop from distance, but it's wayward. Very wayward.

  110. Post update

    Bremen 0-0 Bayern

    So no Arjen Robben, no Franck Ribery, no Xabi Alonso, no Manuel Neuer, for Bayern. Yet you still feel they will have enough to see off Bremen.

    The home side have been enjoying the majority of possession so far though. But as we found out last week, even if you score first against Bayern, they just come back angry.

  111. Post update

    Bremen 0-0 Bayern

    Early test for Pepe Reina who has to come off his line to charge down a Bremen free-kick, chipped over the Bayern wall. He just does enough to put off Theodor Gebre Selassie and it's a Bayern goal kick.

    This is the first time since April 2014 Manuel Neuer hasn't started.

  112. KICK-OFF

    Bremen 0-0 Bayern

    Finally we are under way.

  113. Delay to kick-off

    Werder Bremen v Bayern Munich (14:30 GMT)

    No suggestion of anybody getting on Reina's shoulders with the duct tape though. A very professional approach to the job from Bremen - they've sent some people on with some very serious looking string.

    How many ground staff does it take to fix a net? Four, apparently.

  114. Delay to kick-off

    Werder Bremen v Bayern Munich (14:30 GMT)

    Only five degrees over in Bremen I'm told. Still Pepe Reina is going through a pretty intense warm-up routine. There's a bit of a delay as the referee calls on somebody to repair a net that's come loose on the side of Reina's goal.

  115. Post update

    Werder Bremen v Bayern Munich (14:30 GMT)

    German Bundesliga

    Here we go then, the teams have emerged from the tunnel and are out on the pitch. It looks really cold in Bremen today!

  116. Post update

    Espanyol v Atletico Madrid (15:00 GMT)

    Spanish La Liga

    Atletico slipped down to fourth in the Spanish table last night, as Valencia saw off Deportivo 2-0 at home to go above Diego Simeone's side in the race for an automatic Champions League qualification spot.

    They travel to Barcelona today, to take on Espanyol, who are ninth in the table.

    Espanyol XI: Casilla, Arbilla, Alvaro, H Moreno, R Duarte, Javi Lopez, Abraham, Victor, Lucas, Sergio Garcia, Caicedo.

    Atletico Madrid XI: Moya, Juanfran, Godin, Miranda, Jesus Gamez, Gabi, Tiago, Koke, Raul Garcia, Griezmann, Torres.

  117. Post update

    Werder Bremen v Bayern Munich (14:30 GMT)

    Last weekend Bayern extended their lead at the top of the German table to 11 points, after second-placed Wolfsburg slipped up away to Augsburg, losing 1-0.

    Pep Guardiola

    Pep Guardiola's side will go 14 points clear overnight with a win today, as Wolfsburg don't play until Sunday, when they host relegation-threatened Freiburg in a 14:30 GMT kick-off.

    Just a quick word on Freiburg - it's a lovely place, generally about three degrees warmer than the rest of Germany down in the Black Forest, and a hotbed of environmental activism - the club are sponsored by a solar panel company. Sandals, organic supermarkets and cyclists.

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    We've been asking you for six-a-side teams made up of players from Italy, Spain, Germany and France.

    Nour: Neuer, Silva, Modric, Messi, Tevez, Suarez.

    Leander Colpaert: Courtois, Ramos, Hummels, Pogba, Messi and Ronaldo.

    Ed Peacock: Kahn, Nadal, Figo, Seedorf, Zidane, Inzaghi.

    You seem to have gone a little off-piste there Ed with an all-time XI. I like it though.

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  119. The war of words

    Werder Bremen v Bayern Munich (14:30 GMT)

    There's been a little bit of tension bubbling away behind the scenes this week, with Bremen's director of sport Thomas Eichin claiming Bayern are getting an easy ride from referees in an interview with local paper the Weser Kurier.

    "You have to be careful when going into challenges against Bayern," Eichin said. "I have the feeling there are double standards going on."

    Matthias Sammer

    That was all sparked by Bayern's 3-1 win at Hannover last weekend, when they were awarded a pretty soft penalty and were lucky not to have Franck Ribery sent off.

    Matthias Sammer, Bayern's director of sport, was having none of it though, hitting back with a stinging reference to Eichin's history in ice hockey.

    "He clearly once took a puck to the head and these are the long-term consequences," said Sammer, who has a bit of a history of this sort of thing.