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Summary

  1. Bavarians can win title this weekend
  2. PSG hammer Lille 6-1 to go top
  3. Barcelona beat Espanyol 2-0
  4. Have your say: #bbceurofooty

Live Reporting

By Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    A recap of today's action before we leave you.

    In Spain, Barcelona go five points clear of Real Madrid with a 2-0 win over city rivals Espanyol.

    In France, Paris St-Germain thrashed Lille 6-1 to go three points above Lyon at the top.

    And in Germany, Bayern Munich edged Hertha Berlin 1-0 to move closer to the title. They will be champions for a third successive year if Wolfsburg do not beat Borussia Monchengladbach tomorrow.

    Next up for Pep Guardiola's treble chasers is Tuesday's German Cup semi-final with Borussia Dortmund.

  2. Story of the game

    Bayern Munich 1-0 Hertha Berlin

    Story of the game

    The stats would imply it was easy for Bayern Munich. Almost 80% possession and twice as many shots - but Hertha Berlin really pushed them all the way.

  3. FULL-TIME

    Bayern Munich 1-0 Hertha Berlin

    They were made to work but Bayern Munich beat Hertha Berlin to move to the verge of the Bundesliga title.

  4. INJURY TIME

    Bayern Munich 1-0 Hertha Berlin

    There'll be two extra minutes.

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    Bayern Munich 1-0 Hertha Berlin

    Just as my computer crashes, Jerome Boateng plays Robert Lewandowski in but the striker's shot is straight at keeper Sascha Burchert.

    Then the keeper denies Bastian Schweinsteiger after some fantastic individual play to burst into the box and jink past a couple of Hertha defenders.

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    Bayern Munich 1-0 Hertha Berlin

    Hertha Berlin's Genki Haraguchi is played through, in acres of space, similar to Nico Schulz's big chance earlier. However the Japanese player is offside.

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    Bayern Munich 1-0 Hertha Berlin

    As things stand... Bayern Munich can only miss out on the title if they lose every single game, Wolfsburg win all of their matches and overturn a goal difference of over 30.

    Easy job then.

    If Wolfsburg don't beat Borussia Monchengladbach tomorrow, then Bayern will officially be champions (again).

  8. GOAL

    Bayern Munich 1-0 Hertha Berlin - Bastian Schweinsteiger

    Bastian Schweinsteiger
    Bastian Schweinsteiger

    Before I could even see a replay of that last chance to tell you more about it, Bastian Schweinsteiger lashes Bayern into the lead. It's great play by Mitchell Weiser down the right wing as he takes on four or five Hertha defenders and pulls it across to the midfield maestro to fire home from 16 yards out.

  9. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

    Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger hits the post.

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    Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

    Robert Lewandowski

    Bayern Munich have maybe their first big chance of the game. Thiago's corner is met by the head of Robert Lewandowski but keeper Sascha Burchert - making his first Bundesliga start in five years - palms it around the post.

  11. SUBSTITUTION

    Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

    As if to prove my point, 36-year-old former Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro comes on for Mario Gotze, the man who scored the winner in the World Cup final this summer.

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    Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

    A cynic would say Bayern Munich are saving themselves for Tuesday's German Cup semi-final with Borussia Dortmund.

  13. SUBSTITUTION

    Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

    Hertha Berlin bring on midfielder Jens Hegeler for Valentin Stocker. Seventeen minutes left.

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    Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

    Bayern Munich are starting to get on top now and Jerome Boateng forces a save from distance.

  15. SUBSTITUTION

    Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

    A change for both teams - Salomon Kalou comes off for Marcel Ndjeng.

    And Bayern replace Thomas Muller with Thiago.

  16. Post update

    Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

    Bastian Schweinsteiger plays the ball forward to Robert Lewandowski but the Pole, one of only two non-Germans in the Bayern team, can't control it and Hertha are able to clear.

    Philipp Lahm gets in a cross which the striker is unable to get his head onto. A bit better from the champions.

  17. Post update

    Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

    Bayern Munich midfielder Mitchell Weiser is in a bit of trouble at the back, he is facing the byeline and under pressure. But luckily for him he has Manuel Neuer as an option.

    The goalkeeper, who is so comfortable on the ball, just receives it, plays it out and Bayern move forward. Is there anybody who wouldn't like to see Neuer play a game outfield to see how he got on?

  18. Post update

    Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

    Nico Schulz

    Oh that was the chance for Hertha Berlin. Nico Schulz is played in, he almost has the Bayern Munich half to himself - he charges in on goal but Manuel Neuer stands tall to keep out his effort.

    That would have been the chance Schulz was dreaming of last night, the defence were nowhere.

  19. Post update

    Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

    Manuel Neuer

    Not sure if Bayern Munich are lacking motivation. They can wrap up the title this weekend - but they know realistically they'll win the league even if they lose every game.

  20. Post update

    Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

    Bayern Munich midfielder Mitchell Weiser puts in a cross, only he gets it wrong and it's heading towards goal. Is it going to dip in under the crossbar? No it lands into keeper Sascha Burchert's hands.

  21. Post update

    Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

    Bayern Munich's Sebastian Rode tries to find Mario Gotze with a ball over the top but the Germany World Cup hero is offside.

  22. KICK-OFF

    Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

    Bayern bring on Sinan Kurt for fellow 18-year-old Gianluca Gaudino at half-time. It's Kurt's senior debut.

    Second half is under way.

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    Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

    Dante

    Almost ready to go now for the second half. As things stand a Wolfsburg defeat tomorrow will hand Bayern the title.

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    Borussia Dortmund

    All of today's other Bundesliga matches are finished. Hamburg moved up to the relegation play-off spot with a 3-2 win over Augsburg. Stuttgart are now in the bottom two after drawing with Freiburg. Borussia Dortmund are up to eighth.

    Cologne 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen

    Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

    Hamburg 3-2 Augsburg

    Hannover 1-2 Hoffenheim

    Stuttgart 2-2 Freiburg

  25. Story of the first half

    Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

    Stats
  26. HALF-TIME

    Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

    Bayern

    Half-time. Boring game.

  27. Post update

    Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

    I watched Bayern Munich thrashing Porto 6-1 during the week to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals.

    You wouldn't even guess this was the same side really.

  28. Post update

    Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

    Hertha Berlin keeper

    Hertha Berlin keeper Sascha Burchert is making his first Bundesliga start since October 2011 today. His side lost 3-0 to Nuremberg that day.

    The 25-year-old hasn't had too much to do. Yet.

  29. Post update

    Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

    Mitchell Weiser

    By the way stats fans.

    There are nine Germans in Bayern Munich's starting line-up. The last time that happened was in 1999.

  30. FULL-TIME

    Paris St-Germain 6-1 Lille

    Edinson Cavani

    Paris St-Germain go three points clear of Lyon at the top of Ligue 1 with a dominant victory over Lille.

    Ezequiel Lavezzi scored a hat-trick and Edinson Cavani scored twice after Maxwell's opener. The champions lost keeper Salvatore Sirigu and right-back Serge Aurier to injury in the first half.

  31. Post update

    Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

    Hertha Berlin forward Salomon Kalou shows a bit of pace and then takes a poor shot - not sure that's the first time that's ever happened.

    The speedy Ivorian, once of Chelsea, cuts insider Sebastian Rode from the left but his effort is too high.

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    Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

    Bayern Munich's first shot on target is by 18-year-old Gianluca Gaudino. The young German is looking for his first senior goal but it's straight at Sascha Burchert.

    Moments later, the keeper has to dive to deny Thomas Muller's low shot.

  33. Post update

    Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

    Sebastian Rode

    Bayern Munich are playing midfielder Sebastian Rode at right-back today (the anti-Philipp Lahm). The 24-year-old gets forward well and crosses into Thomas Muller, whose header lands wide of the post.

    That is Bayern's first chance.

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    Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

    Bayern

    Before the game, Germany's former luge Olympic and world champion Georg Hackl met Bayern's mascot, Berni the bear. That's the most entertaining thing to have happened so far.

  35. Post update

    Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

    Valentin Stocker

    Hertha Berlin have the first chance of the game but Valentin Stocker puts a cross wide at the far post. It had perhaps just gone beyond him when he got his shot in.

  36. GOAL

    Paris St-Germain 6-1 Lille - Ezequiel Lavezzi (77 mins)

    Who needs Zlatan Ibrahimovic? The limelight is on other players with the Swede suspended and Ezequiel Lavezzi completes his hat-trick.

  37. Post update

    Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

    Not much to report from the Allianz Arena. Bayern Munich have had 80% of the possession but nobody has had a shot yet.

  38. Post update

    Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

    Javi Martinez

    Bayern Munich have Spain defender-midfielder Javi Martinez on the bench today. He hasn't played since the season-opening German Supercup following a bad knee injury.

  39. GOAL (AND RED CARD)

    Paris St-Germain 5-1 Lille - Edinson Cavani (73 mins pen)

    Sebastien Corchia fouls Ezequiel Lavezzi in the box. It's a penalty. And a red card...

    Edinson Cavani steps up. And that's 5-1. See ya round Lille.

  40. KICK-OFF

    Bayern Munich 0-0 Hertha Berlin

    Bayern get us going.

  41. Post update

    Bayern Munich v Hertha Berlin (17:30 BST)

    Pal Dardai

    Today might not be a formality for Bayern Munich against an improved Hertha Berlin.

    The capital side were second-bottom in February when they placed Jos Luhukay with caretaker Pal Dardai.

    In 10 games under Dardai, who is also Hungary boss, they have won four and drawn four. They now six seven points above the bottom three.

    Hertha's top scorer in the Bundesliga, Julian Schieber, only has seven goals. Ex-Chelsea speedster Salomon Kalou is second on six.

  42. Post update

    Bayern Munich v Hertha Berlin (17:30 BST)

    Holger Badstuber

    Bayern Munich will have to do without defender Holger Badstuber, as they have had to do on so many occasions.

    The 26-year-old Germany international made his comeback in August after 20 months out with a knee problem.

    Weeks later he hurt his thigh, needing an operation on that, and only returned in February.

    Now he needs more surgery, keeping him out for three or four months, after injuring himself against FC Porto.

    "Obviously I'm very disappointed at the moment. I'll be back again fully fit. I know everything will be done for me at Bayern so I can come back as an important part of the team," said Badstuber.

    By my calculations, he has only played in 56% of his team's Bundesliga games since breaking through (111 out of 199).

  43. GOAL

    Paris St-Germain 4-1 Lille

    Marko Basa heads home for Lille. Game on?

    PSG, who have already made two enforced changes, were worried a few moments ago when David Luiz looked like he was struggling with an injury.

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    Bayern Munich v Hertha Berlin (17:30 BST)

    Bayern, who won the treble in 2013 and the double last year, face Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup semi-final on Tuesday, and Barcelona in the Champions League last-four next month.

    Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: "It's more satisfying to leave the pitch as confirmed champions.

    "We have difficult matches coming up. We're in good shape right now. We want to take everything that's possible."

  45. LINE-UPS

    Bayern Munich v Hertha Berlin (17:30 BST)

    Bastian Schweinsteiger

    Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Schweinsteiger, Weiser, Gaudino, Rode, Muller, Lewandowski, Gotze. Subs: Alonso, Thiago, Javi Martinez, Pizarro, Bernat, Reina, Kurt.

    Hertha Berlin: Burchert, Pekarik, Langkamp, Brooks, Plattenhardt, Skjelbred, Lustenberger, Haraguchi, Stocker, Schulz, Kalou. Subs: Heitinga, Ndjeng, Furtado de Araujo, Hegeler, Niemeyer, Wagner, Gersbeck.

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    Bayern Munich v Hertha Berlin (17:30 BST)

    Treble-chasing Bayern Munich could wrap up their third consecutive Bundesliga title this weekend.

    Bayern, who host Hertha Berlin, just need to better the result of Wolfsburg, who visit Borussia Monchengladbach on Sunday (16:30 BST).

    In reality a win today will secure the title (well in reality they've already won it) as they have superior goal difference. If they match their rivals' result they will be 15 points clear with five games remaining (for Wolfsburg) and a better goal difference of 31.

  47. KICK-OFF

    Paris St-Germain 4-0 Lille

    Kick-off under way, Lille have made two changes at half-time, with Liverpool loanee Divock Origi coming on for the surely beaten visitors.

  48. Post update

    German Bundesliga

    We started off this live text talking about Barcelona's game against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

    We've seen how Barcelona got on today, so now we can find out how Pep Guardiola's current employers will do in the Bundesliga.

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    Tito Vilanova

    Speaking of sad memories, today is exactly a year since the death of former Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova, who was 45, after a long battle with cancer.

  50. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    Andres Iniesta

    Sharon Mutch: The ovation for Andres Iniesta when he was coming off was for him wearing a T-shirt with 'Dani Jarque always with us' after scoring the 2010 World cup winner.

    The Espanyol captain died of cardiac arrest in 2009 at the age of 26.

  51. HALF-TIME

    Paris St-Germain 4-0 Lille

    A bizarre first half, as PSG lose keeper Salvatore Sirigu and right-back Serge Aurier to injury but score four goals through Maxwell, Edinson Cavani and a Ezequiel Lavezzi brace.

    Opta tell us it is the first time that Cavani has scored and assisted a goal in a Ligue 1 game.

    As things stand they go three points clear.

  52. Post update

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

    So Barcelona go five points clear of Real Madrid, but the European champions play tomorrow away to Celta Vigo.

    Barca have one especially tricky game left, against Atletico Madrid on the penultimate day, while Real Madrid do not face either of their major rivals.

  53. FULL-TIME

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

    Spanish football writer Andy West at Power8 Stadium

    "Very comfortable win for Barca. They eased up in the last half-hour but the damage had been done by then by an outstanding first half. And their weekend could get even better because Real Madrid have a testing trip to Celta Vigo tomorrow night."

  54. RED CARD

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona - Hector Moreno

    Espanyol defender Hector Moreno obviously wants to be more like Jordi Alba...

    So he gets two bookings for dissent in a few seconds and is sent off.

  55. INJURY TIME

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

    Three to go.

  56. GOAL

    Paris St-Germain 4-0 Lille - Ezequiel Lavezzi (43 mins)

    Four goals and two enforced substitutions through injury. It's been an eventful first half for PSG.

    Blaise Matuidi picks out Ezequiel Lavezzi to fire home his second of the game.

  57. SUBSTITUTION

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

    Spanish football writer Andy West at Power8 Stadium

    "Good sign for Barca - it's the 83rd minute and Lionel Messi is still charging around to close down the opposition. He just wasn't doing that last season, but looks a much more energised player this year.

    "There goes Espanyol's last chance - surely - to make this interesting as substitute Cristian Stuani shoots too close to Bravo.

    "And then an interesting sight at the outstanding Andres Iniesta is replaced by Xavi. As he leaves, Iniesta gets a warm standing ovation from the home fans, because he's Spanish and not Catalan. And as he enters, Xavi gets absolutely hammered because he's Catalan and not Spanish. Local politics eh?"

  58. SUBSTITUTION

    Paris St-Germain 3-0 Lille

    A mixed first half for Paris St-Germain, they lead 3-0 going into the break but have now lost a second key player to injury.

    Right-back Serge Aurier hurts himself in a challenge with Djibril Sidibe and Gregory van der Wiel replaces him.

  59. Post update

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

    This will be Barcelona's seventh consecutive La Liga victory over Espanyol.

    It will be 12 matches since Espanyol last caused a derby shock in the league.

    Less than five to go.

  60. SUBSTITUTION

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

    Spanish football writer Andy West at Power8 Stadium

    "A conservative change from Luis Enrique, taking off Luis Suarez for an extra midfielder, Ivan Rakitic. Good move - Barca have lost a bit of control in the last few minutes. Rakitic will make them more solid."

  61. SUBSTITUTION

    Paris St-Germain 3-0 Lille

    Paris St-Germain's win (presuming they don't throw this away) might comer at a cost.

    Salvatore Sirigu injured his foot while PSG were defending a corner earlier. He tried to continue for a while but his day is over - Nicolas Douchez comes on.

  62. Post update

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

    Spanish football writer Andy West at Power8 Stadium

    "Barca are just looking a bit ragged for the first time. A good chance comes to Sergio Garcia which he blazes over the top after the visitors were sloppy in defence, failing to clear a loose ball. It's not looked likely all afternoon, but a goal for Espanyol now would make the final 10 interesting."

  63. GOAL

    Paris St-Germain 3-0 Lille - Ezequiel Lavezzi (28 mins)

    PSG celebrate

    Speaking of games that are done and dusted...

    PSG will definitely end the night three points clear of Lyon at the top of the Ligue 1 table.

    Edinson Cavani selflessly sets up Ezequiel Lavezzi for an easy finish.

  64. SUBSTITUTION

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

    Espanyol make a change up front as Christian Stuani replaces Manchester City flop Felipe Caicedo.

    Prediction - it won't make any difference.

  65. Post update

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

    Spanish football writer Andy West at Power8 Stadium

    "Lionel Messi is fouled five yards outside the box so you know what's coming next... Messi takes it but hits the wall. Somehow, it's always a surprise when he doesn't score.

    "And then finally Claudio Bravo makes a save! Sergio Garcia hits one on the turn and the Chilean gets down to it easily enough."

  66. SUBSTITUTION

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

    Barcelona make a change now, as defender Jeremy Mathieu is on to replace Rafinha and he goes into the left-back slot vacated by the dismissed Jordi Alba.

  67. Post update

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

    Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is in a position where he can get a shot away but instead the Uruguayan pulls the ball back to Neymar, who blazes over.

  68. YELLOW CARD

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

    Spanish football writer Andy West at Power8 Stadium

    "It's all getting a bit nasty. Espanyol centre-back Alvaro Gonzalez crunches through the back of Lionel Messi to earn a yellow. That was yellow and a half. You don't want to see challenges like that, but at least it feels more like a derby.

    "No subs from Barca following the sending-off yet, so Javier Mascherano is at left back with Sergio Busquets in the centre of defence."

  69. Post update

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

    That red card has not changed the flow of the game. Ten-man Barcelona nearly make it 3-0. A brilliant flick from Luis Suarez releases Lionel Messi, whose low shot is deflected onto the post.

  70. Post update

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

    Spanish football writer Andy West at Power8 Stadium

    "What on earth was Jordi Alba doing? He's always spiky but that was just senseless.

    "Expect to see Adriano or Jeremy Mathieu coming on to compensate."

  71. RED CARD

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona - Jordi Alba

    Jordi Alba

    Barcelona are down to 10 men - Jordi Alba with a ridiculous red card. He's booked for dissent then continues moaning and gets a second!

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    Paris St-Germain 2-0 Lille

    Enyeama

    A bad workman always blames his tools.

  73. Post update

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

    Spanish football writer Andy West at Power8 Stadium

    "Should have been three. Sergio Busquets plays in Neymar whose touch is heavy and allows Kiko Casilla to come out and save. With closer control he'd have had an easier finish or a simple square pass to give Suarez an open goal."

  74. GOALS!

    Paris St-Germain 2-0 Lille

    Before I could even tell you about Maxwell's opener within 30 seconds, Edinson Cavani made it 2-0 from Javier Pastore's pass!

    Paris St-Germain going top as things stand.

  75. Post update

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

    Sergio Gonzalez

    That's better from Espanyol, much better. They start the second half with a good run from Sergio Garcia and win a couple of corners. They come to nothing as Felipe Caicedo's flagged offside, but at least they've got Barca under pressure.

  76. Post update

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

    Spanish football writer Andy West at Power8 Stadium

    "Barca's midfield trio of Andres Iniesta, Rafinha and Sergio Busquets completed more passes in that first half than the entire Espanyol team. And that's not even surprising - it feels as though Iniesta did it by himself.

    "Speaking of Iniesta, it looks like he's coming into top form. By his standards he's had a very quiet season - he hasn't scored or been credited with an assist in La Liga all season. But his wonderful play to set up Neymar's opener against PSG on Tuesday, and an excellent first half here, suggest he's getting back to his best."

  77. KICK-OFF

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

    Second half under way.

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    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

    Spanish football writer Andy West at Power8 Stadium

    "One of the many impressive aspects of that Barcelona first-half performance was young midfielder Rafinha, who hasn't always looked comfortable at first team level this season but he has been excellent so far today, full of trickery and creativity.

    "Lionel Messi was also rather good, but you probably already knew that."

  79. Post update

    Paris St-Germain v Lille (16:00 BST)

    French Ligue 1

    Marco Verratti

    Paris St-Germain were chasing a quadruple, but now it's down to 'just' a treble.

    Their first match following their Champions League exit to Barcelona is against Lille in the league.

    The Ligue 1 champions trail Lyon on goal difference, although they have a game in hand.

    Laurent Blanc's side have already won the French League Cup, and face Auxerre in the French Cup final on 30 May.

    However they are without the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic today. We'll bring you updates from the Parc des Princes.

  80. Story of the first half

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

    Stats

    #prayforespanyol

  81. Post update

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

    Spanish football writer Andy West at Power8 Stadium

    "Well, that's half-time and it hasn't been a football match, it's been a mis-match. Barca were totally superior in every area and it's tough to see a way back for Espanyol. The silence which greets the half-time whistle tells its own story - the home fans are so shellshocked they can't even complain."

  82. HALF-TIME

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

    Absolute cruise control for Barcelona at the Super8. A 15-minute break from chasing shadows for Espanyol.

  83. Post update

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

    Another long passing move from Barca just started with an outrageous Andres Iniesta dragback through his own legs on the edge of the box followed by a neat passing triangle involving goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

    You'd barely guess this was a top-flight game - such is Barca's dominance.

  84. Post update

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

    Spanish football writer Andy West at Power8 Stadium

    "Just brilliant from Barca. A long passing move results in Sergio Busquets feeding Luis Suarez, who flicks it up for Neymar, who volleys it first-time goalwards to force a good save from Kiko Casilla. Even some Espanyol fans would have to admit this is a joy to watch.

    "Well, maybe not."

  85. Post update

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

    First real chance for Espanyol. Sergio Busquets loses it and Sergio Garcia and Felipe Caicedo combine to send Victor Alvarez through, but his first touch is far too heavy and Javier Mascherano comes over to tidy up. Good opening though.

  86. Post update

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

    Spanish football writer Andy West at Power8 Stadium

    "In fairness to Espanyol, not many teams would have lived with Barca in that opening half-hour. It was an exhibition of passing, movement, penetration. Very impressive indeed. Watch out Bayern..."

  87. Post update

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

    Lionel Messi
  88. Post update

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

    Spanish football writer Andy West at Power8 Stadium

    "This is all far too easy for Barcelona. It's less like a local derby and more like a testimonial. Can't help but feel Espanyol are paying the price for being so cautious in the opening minutes - they only succeeded in allowing Barca to get into rhythm."

  89. GOAL

    Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona - Lionel Messi (25 mins)

    Lionel Messi

    And there's number two. More slick approach play ends with Lionel Messi converting Luis Suarez's square ball from a narrow angle. Great incisive play from Barca again but Espanyol players and fans are convinced that Suarez was offside.

  90. Post update

    Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona

    Spanish football writer Andy West at Power8 Stadium

    "Espanyol fans carry out their customary minute of applause in memory of Dani Jarque, the club captain who tragically died from a heart attack in 2009 at the age of 26. He wore the squad number 21 and Espanyol fans applaud throughout that minute in every game.

    "Although they rather spoiled the effect by then immediately resuming their fierce whistling of Barca, along with a rude chant about the visitors."

  91. Post update

    Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona

    Neymar

    That's Neymar's 19th La Liga goal of the season - he's only one behind third-placed Antoine Griezmann in the top scorers list. He only scored nine last season.

  92. Post update

    Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona

    Spanish football writer Andy West at Power8 Stadium

    Brilliant goal, and the hosts can't say it wasn't coming. Wonderful pass from Messi, nice layback by Alba and a clever dummy by Suarez to give Neymar a tap-in. Well deserved.

  93. GOAL

    Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona - Neymar (17 mins)

    Neymar

    Lionel Messi plays a ball over the top, Jordi Alba crosses it - Luis Suarez leaves it and Neymar fires the ball home under keeper Kiko Casilla.

    As things stand Barcelona will be five points clear (although Real Madrid will have a game in hand).

  94. Post update

    Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona

    Espanyol fans are so desperate they even cheered a Barca backpass. At least it meant Claudio Bravo touched the ball...

  95. Post update

    Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona

    Luis Suarez

    If you want an indication of how much Barcelona are dominating... They have had 86% of possession in the opening three minutes.

    Luis Suarez is just caught offside for Barca.

  96. Post update

    Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona

    Espanyol's first incursion into the Barca half didn't last long, with Felipe Caicedo losing the ball two yards from the halfway line. The home team need to get more into this game - at the moment it's a matter of time until Barca score.

    And as I type that, Neymar runs in behind the defence and lofts it just over the top. Barca completely on top.

  97. Post update

    Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona

    Spanish football writer Andy West at Power8 Stadium

    Lionel Messi

    "Espanyol fans really, really don't like Barcelona. Some of it is small-club v big-club jealousy, but it's also a long story of cultural and political differences.

    "The dislike is summed up by a big banner inside the stadium today stating: 'Catalunya es mes que un club' - Catalonia is more than a club.

    "That's a play on words of Barca's 'More than a club' motto and expresses the irritation felt by Espanyol fans at their neighbours' habit of promoting themselves as the only viable expression of Catalan identity.

    "All of which explains the flood of whistles from the stands towards the visiting players."

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    Espanyol keeper Kiko Casilla makes another save from a Luis Suarez header.

    And a Lionel Messi shot is deflected wide for a corner. It's all Barca.

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    Barca have the first chance as Lionel Messi plays in Neymar, whose low angled shot is saved by Kiko Casilla. One-way traffic so far.

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    Spanish football writer Andy West at Power8 Stadium

    Espanyol didn't even touch the ball until 58 seconds had been played as Barca played keepball. An early sign of things to come.

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    We are under way at the snappily named Power8 Stadium. Barca wearing their famous neon orange kit get.

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    Spanish football writer Andy West at Power8 Stadium

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    Espanyol

    Overcast skies outside the Power8 Stadium today. Not what we expect at all. The weather's more Barnsley than Barcelona. The stadium has the feel of a new-build English ground... it's even got a shopping centre next door.

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    Luis Enrique

    Barcelona boss Luis Enrique: "It's a derby, with everything that it means for the fans. It's a key day for us.

    "Víctor Sanchez is an important player for them. We know him well because we developed him, but any Espanyol player will be very motivated. We must be aware of what's at stake and of what we do against our opponents.

    "Espanyol are defending well. They defend as a unit and we'll have to have a good day to get past them.

    "I worry about their transition and Sergio Garcia, who we also know well and is their most talented player. It's a great match-up.

    "We will be very intense because this match requires it."

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    Felipe Caicedo

    Sergio Gonzalez's Espanyol sit 10th in the La Liga table, still in the mix for a Europa League place.

    They are unbeaten in six league games, albeit four of them have been draws.

    Their top scorer in the league this season is former Barcelona forward Sergio Garcia on 11. Joint second are Christian Stuani and Felipe Caicedo, who you might remember from Manchester City (to be fair you mightn't).

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    Lionel Messi

    When these sides met in December, it didn't go well for Espanyol. To be fair it rarely does.

    Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick, with Gerard Pique and Pedro also netting, in a 5-1 win at the Nou Camp.

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    Spanish football writer Andy West at Power8 Stadium

    Rafinha

    "No real surprises in either line-up. Rafinha gets a start in midfield for Barca, while home boss Sergio Gonzalez has maintained a bold approach with two strikers, including former Manchester City… erm… star Felipe Caicedo, who is actually having a pretty good season.

    "Luis Enrique yesterday identified Sergio Garcia as the main danger man. That's Espanyol's captain and centre forward, not the golfer. Saying that, if he chips one in today, things might get a bit rough for Barca. Would get him a decent wedge for his goal bonus though.

    "Awful puns aside (par for the course), Garcia is an excellent player. A wholehearted striker who works hard in defence, has a very good first touch, is dangerous on the break and has an eye for goal. He's scored 11 in La Liga this season and has been talked about as a possible call-up for Spain.

    "One of the major cultural differences between Spanish and English football is that, with a few exceptions, fans do not travel to away games over here - even for a local derby in the same city. So there are very few Barca fans inside today, and it will certainly be the 'hostile territory' that Luis Enrique spoke about yesterday."

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    Spanish football writer Andy West at Power8 Stadium

    Press pass

    My press pass makes it look a bit as though Barcelona are playing BBC Sport today. Now that'd be a game and a half: Gary Lineker up front against his former team, Robbie Savage bossing the midfield, Martin Keown doing a job on Lionel Messi...

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    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique makes two changes from the side which beat Paris St-Germain 2-0 in the Champions League quarter-finals during the week.

    Claudio Bravo replaces Marc-Andre ter Stegen in goal while Rafinha replaces Ivan Rakitic in midfield.

    Barcelona XI: Bravo, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Iniesta, Rafinha, Messi, Suarez, Neymar

    Espanyol coach Sergio Gonzalez also make two changes as Abraham and Jose Canas replace Javi Lopez and Victor Sanchez in midfield.

    Espanyol XI: Casilla, Arbilla, Alvaro, Moreno, Duarte, Canas, Abraham, Lucas, Alvarez, Garcia, Caicedo

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    But for now attentions again turn to the present day - and the Spanish title race.

    Barcelona are two points clear of Real Madrid (who visit Celta Vigo tomorrow at 20:00 BST) with six games remaining.

    The Catalans have to face champions Atletico Madrid on the penultimate day, while Real have a more straightforward run-in - so Luis Enrique's side cannot afford to slip up.

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    Pep Guardiola

    Emotions will be high in Barcelona.

    Yesterday the Champions League semi-final draw was made and they discovered they will be reunited with one of the most important and iconic managers in their history - Bayern Munich's Pep Guardiola.

    What better way to celebrate than with a Barcelona derby?