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Neil Johnston

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  1. Goodbye

    So, Gary Neville will officially take charge of Valencia on Sunday with a smile on his face after seeing his new side battle from behind to hold champions Barcelona to a draw. Neville's first match in charge is on Wednesday when his side host Lyon in the Champions League. Many thanks for your company. 

  2. Serie A latest

    Inter Milan 1-0 Genoa

    There's still another 10 minutes left in Milan where Inter still lead Genoa. If they hang on then they will return to the top of Serie A. A match report from that game will appear on the BBC Sport website later.

  3. 'Brilliant gamble'

    Valencia appoint Gary Neville

    Quote Message: He will have to go into it full tilt and start delegating a little bit! It's a great opportunity for Gaz. He's brilliant at whatever he does and he has prepared for this over the past four or five years I’m sure. It’s a brilliant that a club like Valencia have taken a gamble on a young coach. from Paul Scholes Former Manchester United midfielder
    Paul ScholesFormer Manchester United midfielder
  4. Two points dropped

    Valencia 1-1 Barcelona

    Bad day for Barcelona. Those missed chances in the first half have cost them. Their lead at the top of La Liga is down to two points. Barca have 34 points from 14 games while Atletico Madrid have 32. Real Madrid, who are third, are now just four points behind the leaders.


    Valencia 1-1 Barcelona

    Great fightback by Valencia as Barcelona's six-match winning run in La Liga comes to an end. Gary Neville has a terrific platform to build on. 

  6. CLOSE!

    Valencia 1-1 Barcelona

    Valencia carelessly concede possession and here come Barcelona. The ball falls for Lionel Messi on the edge of the area and he pulls the trigger...and the keeper saves. A terrific finish to the game.

  7. Post update

    Valencia 1-1 Barcelona

    The Mestalla has come alive. And so too have Valencia. They're going for the win. A grandstand finish. Three addittional minutes.

  8. GOAL - Valencia 1-1 Barcelona

    Santi Mina

    Oh my word. A goal that has Gary Neville leaping out of his seat. Santi Mina rifles home a sublime equaliser after Paco Alcacer brilliantly chests down a long ball forward before laying it off for the teenager to net.

    Santi Mina
  9. 'Speaks the language of players'

    Valencia appoint Gary Neville

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    It is a daunting leap from punditry into coaching and management, but Gary Neville is someone who always seemed destined to make his long-term career in the latter, even if this current time away from the studio turns out to be only temporary.  

    One of the questions asked of elite players who make the move into management is whether they can they cope with handling players who may not have the same drive, attitude and approach as themselves.

    Neville has his standards but will also be a realist. He will accept honest failings but not a lack of professionalism. He speaks the language of players so relating to them should not be a problem.

  10. Serie A latest

    Inter Milan 1-0 Genoa

    Big news from Italy where Inter Milan have broken the deadlock against Genoa through Adem Ljajic. There's still around 25 minutes to go but if Inter secure three points they are heading back to the top of Serie A.

  11. CLOSE!

    Valencia 0-1 Barcelona

    We're 12 minutes from the end of normal time and Valencia have just had their first serious chance on target, Rodrigo De Paul forcing Claudio Bravo to scramble across his line to keep out.


    Valencia 0-1 Barcelona

    Valencia's Danilo is the latest to be booked for illegally stopping Lionel Messi in his tracks. 

  13. CLOSE!

    Valencia 0-1 Barcelona

    Brilliant by Neymar as he embarks on a mazy run, past one white shirt and then another. He reaches the edge of Valencia's penalty area before unleashing a curling shot that fizzes just wide. Make no mistake. that would have been a goal of the season contender had that hit the net.

    Neymar Messi
  14. Post update

    Valencia 0-1 Barcelona


    Valencia 0-1 Barcelona

    Bad news for Gary Neville. He will be missing his captain Dani Parejo when the team travels to face Eibar next week after the Valencia midfielder is booked for a cynical foul on Luis Suarez. Parejo is suspended under the totting up procedure.

  16. Post update

    Valencia 0-1 Barcelona

    This is too comfortable for Barcelona. The teams might be separated by one goal but Valencia do not look like getting back into this.

    Luis Suarez
  17. 'He was always organising'

    Valencia appoint Gary Neville

    Quote Message: Gary's desire was always unbelievable and his leadership was great and that's what you want from a manager - desire, leadership and organisation and he's got that in abundance. Even as a youngster, he was always organising. from Danny Higginbotham Former Manchester United defender
    Danny HigginbothamFormer Manchester United defender
  18. Post update

    Valencia 0-1 Barcelona

    Valencia's fans have found their voices once again. They're chanting Gary Neville's name!

  19. Post update

    Valencia 0-1 Barcelona

    It has gone very quiet inside the Mestalla. Barcelona have the lead and they are controlling play.It's going to require something special for Valencia to get back into this.

  20. Post update

    Valencia 0-1 Barcelona

    That was a fine finish by Luis Suarez. But Valencia will be unhappy the former Liverpool forward is still on the pitch after replays of his altercation with Aymen Abdennour appears to show a stamp.

  21. GOAL - Valencia 0-1 Barcelona

    Luis Suarez

    Brilliant run and finish by Luis Suarez who out runs Aymen Abdennour before beating the keeper at his near post. There was nothing wasteful about that at all. 

    Luis Suarez
  22. Post update

    Valencia 0-0 Barcelona

    Luis Suarez and Aymen Abdennour are still in each others ear following that earlier incident. This has descended into a tetchy and scrappy game. I suspect that will suit Gary Neville fine. Barcelona have hardly troubled the hosts this half.

  23. 'Not afraid of making big decisions'

    Valencia appoint Gary Neville

    Quote Message: He is the type of character who is not afraid of making big decisions, which is a vital skill when leading. I think he'll do well and I wish him, and his brother Phil, good luck. from Sir Alex Ferguson Former Manchester United manager
    Sir Alex FergusonFormer Manchester United manager
  24. Post update

    Valencia 0-0 Barcelona

    Luis Suarez and Aymen Abdennour don't see eye to eye after a challenge and there's plenty of theatrics from the Valencia player. This is bubbling nicely.

  25. Post update

    Valencia 0-0 Barcelona

    Luis Suarez

    Luis Suarez forces a save from Valencia's keeper but it wouldn't have counted even if he had found the net as the Barca forward is flagged off side. Did Gary Neville nip down to the dressing room at the interval to have a word with the players he's about to inherit? Scrappy start to the second half.

  26. Serie A latest

    Inter Milan 0-0 Genoa

    Half-time in Milan. Frustration by the bucket load for Roberto Mancini and Inter.

  27. KICK-OFF

    Valencia 0-0 Barcelona

    Surely Barcelona won't miss as many chances as they did in the first half? We're back under way.

  28. 'Success in Spain could lead to England job'

    Valencia appoint Gary Neville

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    If England fail to shine in France and the Football Association decides on a change of direction, then success in Spain could put Gary Neville in pole position to succeed Roy Hodgson, especially with Gareth Southgate blotting his copybook with failure at last summer's under-21 Euros.

    And what about Manchester United? Ryan Giggs would appear to be primed to succeed Louis van Gaal, whose pragmatic approach is drawing criticism from many supporters and former players such as Paul Scholes.

    A reunion of "The Class Of 92" - which would bring the Nevilles back into play - would be seen as the dream ticket in Old Trafford's line of succession and if he comes through this tough Spanish test with flying colours his stock will only increase.

  29. Serie A latest

    Inter 0-0 Genoa


    More frustration...this time for Inter Milan. They need a win to take them back to the top of Serie A but Roberto Mancini's side have yet to make a breakthrough. There's around 10 minutes of the first half remaining.


    Valencia 0-0 Barcelona

    Tale of missed chances as far as Barcelona are concerned. Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar all guilty of squandering great opportunities.

    Lionel Messi
  31. Post update

    Valencia 0-0 Barcelona

    Foul on Luis Suarez in the dying moments of the first half. Quick free kick taken but Lionel Messi is dispossessed. Frustrating first half for Barca.

  32. 'Curious how he will do'

    Valencia appoint Gary Neville

    Quote Message: Valencia is a very big club in Spain with a lot of history. They have won a lot of titles also, so it's a big step, a big challenge for him. I am very happy but also curious how he will do." from Louis van Gaal Manchester United manager
    Louis van GaalManchester United manager
  33. Get Involved


    Class of 92
  34. CLOSE!

    Valencia 0-0 Barcelona

    How is this still goalless? Yet another chance for Barca...Neymar squares for Luis Suarez who is waiting to tap home on the six-yard line but Anderlan Santos manages to get a vital touch to take it away from the Barca striker.

  35. Post update

    Valencia 0-0 Barcelona

    Ivan Rakitic fires an effort towards Valencia's net but it is blocked. It rebounds back to the Barca midfielder who tries again only to see it cannon off a white shirt. Valencia's players are putting their bodies on the line to keep out the visitors.

  36. Get Involved


    Lionel Messi
  37. 'Nothing to prove'

    Valencia appoint Gary Neville

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Quote Message: I don’t think Gary Neville has anything to prove to people in the business, but there will be fans out there who say ‘you talk a lot of sense on the television but can you go out and do it by producing a team?’ I think he can succeed. It is a great opportunity for him, with having a business relationship with the owner and his brother being there, and I totally understand why he has done it. from Andy Townsend Former Republic of Ireland midfielder
    Andy TownsendFormer Republic of Ireland midfielder
  38. CLOSE!

    Valencia 0-0 Barcelona

    Maybe this is going to be Valencia's night after all. Neymar volleys another golden chance over the bar from close range. What has happened to Barca's feared strike force?

  39. Post update

    Valencia 0-0 Barcelona

    The television cameras keep switching to Gary Neville who is sitting with Valencia's hierarchy. Neville is not giving much away. He looks very serious in his dark suit. Not the Gary Neville who was stood with Salford City fans a few weeks ago celebrating an FA Cup goal.

  40. Language barrier

    Valencia appoint Gary Neville

    Andy West

    Spanish football writer

    "One of the first and biggest concerns raised by Valencia fans is Gary Neville's lack of Spanish, with the question posed over how he can communicate with his players if he doesn't even speak the language.

    This was a task former Everton and United manager David Moyes never overcame at Real Sociedad. And the fact Wales and Real Madrid striker Gareth Bale has learned little more than rudimentary Spanish has also been used against him during periods of criticism.

    "Neville, however, can follow the example of his brother, who has clearly embraced the challenge of learning Spanish, regularly tweeting in the native tongue."

  41. CLOSE!

    Valencia 0-0 Barcelona

    Huge chance for Barcelona. Neymar beats his man far too easily inside the area before teeing up Lionel Messi who fires straight at the keeper. Valencia should be 2-0 down yet, somehow, are still on level terms.

  42. Post update

    Valencia 0-0 Barcelona

    Lionel Messi

    Patient probing from Barca who are bossing this. They're enjoying lots of possession and it seems only a matter of time before they take the lead. Neymar is causing all sorts of problems 

  43. Get Involved


    Nevillution? I like it...


    Valencia 0-0 Barcelona

    A late challenge by Javier Mascherano on Valencia's Santi Mina has Phil Neville leaping out of his seat in the dug out. Yellow card for the Barca defender. 

  45. Post update

    Valencia 0-0 Barcelona

    Valencia are unbeaten at home this season in La Liga but they will do well to keep that record judging by this shaky start. Jose Luis Gaya makes a last ditch tackle to stop Lionel Messi. 

  46. Man in black

    Valencia 0-0 Barcelona


    Here he is...Gary Neville looks on as Valencia are forced on the back-foot by Barcelona. Penny for his thoughts...

  47. Post update

    Valencia 0-0 Barcelona

    Valencia are so lucky to be on level terms. Neymar was clean through and you would have put your mortgage on him to find the net but La Liga's leading scorer blazed over.

  48. CLOSE!

    Valencia 0-0 Barceloa

    Barcelona already lookingto land an early blow. Great trickery by Neymar who whips in a cross and Lionel Messi fires over on the volley. Moments later Neymar misses another great chance. Valencia's defence is already wobbling in these early stages.

  49. Post update

    Valencia 0-0 Barcelona


    Whistles every time a yellow shirt touches the ball. This is the Mestalla at its best. Intimidating, atmospheric and loud. Very loud. Steady start by Valencia.

  50. New era

    Valencia 0-0 Barcelona

  51. KICK-OFF

    Valencia 0-0 Barcelona

    Barcelona are wearing yellow shirts and they get us under way. A new era for Valencia is about to begin.

  52. Countdown to kick-off

    Valencia v Barcelona (19:30 GMT)

    Here come the teams. There isn't a spare seat in the Mestalla. It's a 55,000 sell-out and Gary Neville is occupying one of those seats. He'll be impressed with the atmosphere. It's rocking.

  53. 'Nothing to be fearful about'

    Valencia v Barcelona (19:30 GMT)

    Quote Message: It's been an interesting week and we're all looking forward to Gary coming out and starting the job on Sunday. We have got a massive game against Barcelona. We have a few injuries but we're looking forward to the game. We're playing against the best team in the world and it's nothing we should be fearful about. There is no expectation and we're going to make sure we perform. From a personal point of view these are the type of occasions you look to when you are taking your coaching badges. It's about pitting your wits against the best and there is no one better than Barcelona. from Phil Neville Valencia coach talking to BreatheSport
    Phil NevilleValencia coach talking to BreatheSport
  54. Post update

    Valencia v Barcelona (19:30 GMT)

    With Gary Neville officially taking charge on Sunday, it's left to Phil Neville and interim head coach Voro to take charge of Valencia tonight.

  55. Barcelona one point clear

    Valencia v Barcelona (19:30 GMT)


    Real Madrid briefly moved above Atletico Madrid into second spot earlier with a comfortable 4-1 win over Getafe, Karim Benzema scoring twice. However, Atletico's 2-0 win away to Granada in a 17:15 GMT kick-off has moved them back above Real and to within one point of leaders Barcelona, Diego Godin and Antoine Griezmann with the goals.

  56. Inter to return to Serie A summit?

    Inter Milan v Genoa (19:45 GMT)


    As well as action from Valencia, we'll be bringing you score updates from Inter Milan's game with Genoa. Victory for Roberto Mancini's side will send them back to the top of Serie A.

  57. Get Involved


    Will Gary Neville sink or swim in Spain?

  58. Parking the bus?

    Valencia v Barcelona (19:30 GMT)

  59. Get Involved


    Will Gary Neville sink or swim in Spain - and why? Has he bitten off more than he can chew? Or is this the start of a fine managerial career? Tweet #bbceurofooty

  60. Barca name their big guns

    Valencia v Barcelona (19:30 GMT)

    Valencia's starting line-up includes Francisco Alcacer, who has scored six La Liga goals this season.

    Valencia XI: Domenech, Vezo, Santos, Abdennour, Gaya, Parejo, Barbosa, Perez, Mina, Alcacer, De Paul.

    Barcelona have wheeled out their big guns for the Mestalla. Thirty of their 33 La Liga goals this season have come from Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi - and all three start.

    Barcelona XI: Bravo, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta, Messi, Suarez, Neymar.

  61. 'Like a sponge'

    Valencia appoint Gary Neville

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    It is a sign of Gary Neville's confidence in himself that he has accepted the challenge at the Mestalla. And in many respects he has served the perfect apprenticeship to start this phase of his career in such pressurised surroundings.

    He spent 19 years under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson, arguably Britain's greatest manager, at Manchester United, winning 20 trophies and establishing himself as a figure of significance and influence in a dressing room packed with powerful personalities.

    Neville also won 85 England caps and his coaching education has been rounded off even further by his association with the national team, where he has been at Roy Hodgson's side along with Ray Lewington since his appointment in 2012. Neville is the sort of character who will have been soaking up vital information like a sponge.

  62. From pundit to gaffer

    Valencia v Barcelona (19:30 GMT)

    This time last week Gary Neville was dissecting Manchester United's draw at Leicester in front of the television cameras while Valencia were preparing for a game away to Sevilla with Nuno Espirito Santo in charge. 

    Fast forward a few days and Nuno is no more and Neville has been charged with taking Los Che forward after securing his first managerial job.

    The former Manchester United and England defender officially takes charge on Sunday but the size of the task he has taken on should become clear in the next two hours. Champions Barcelona are in town, with Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in scintillating form.

  63. 'Time to stand up'

    Valencia v Barcelona (19:30 GMT)


    "I'm precious what I associate myself with. Sitting on the television over the last few years, it is time now to stand up. If I turned down this job I could have kissed goodbye to my credibility."

    Has Gary Neville bitten off more than he can chew by taking charge of Valencia? Or is this the beginning of a magnificent managerial career? 

    It's time to find out.

  64. Back at 19:00 GMT

    So, Real Madrid move up to second in La Liga with a comfortable 4-1 win over Getafe while Bayern Munich sink to a first league defeat of the season. In Italy, Roma concede a stoppage time penalty and are now without a win in three Serie A games. We're off to catch our breath.

    We're back at 19:00 GMT with all the build up ahead of Barcelona's game at Valencia which starts at 19:30 GMT. See you then.

  65. Ligue 1 latest

    Lyon 0-1 Angers

    There is a big match in Ligue 1 going on right now. Newly-promoted Angers are winning at Lyon at half-time.  If the score stays the same then Angers will go second in the table. 

  66. FULL-TIME - Real Madrid 4-1 Getafe

    All over at the Bernabeu. Real Madrid go second in La Liga - for now. Atletico Madrid will leapfrog them if they win away to Granada at 19:15 GMT.

  67. Post update

    Real Madrid 4-1 Getafe

    Two minutes of added time.

  68. 'Valencia fans renowned as fickle'

    Valencia appoint Gary Neville

    Andy West

    Spanish football writer

    "Valencia fans are renowned as the most volatile and fickle in Spain, and their immediate reaction to the news Neville will be their manager was positive, but not without dissent.

    "At the time of this article's publication, a majority of fans - 71% - had voted in favour of his appointment in a website poll held by local newspaper Superdeporte. But that still leaves plenty of supporters who are opposed to his arrival.

    "The fans' concerns about Neville are straightforward and obvious: he has never managed before, never played or worked in Spain and doesn't speak Spanish."

  69. Coming up

    Valencia v Barcelona (19:30 GMT)

    Remember, at 19:30 GMT we will bring you live text commentary of Barcelona's match at Valencia. Will Gary Neville be paraded on the pitch before kick-off?


    Real Madrid 4-1 Getafe


    After a rampant 45 minute display, Real Madrid have been a little disappointing in the second half. Around seven minutes remaining. Rafael Benitez has sent on midfielder Mateo Kovacic and forward Jesse for Luka Modric and Karim Benzema.

  71. Saturday's Euro headlines

    Real Madrid are going second in La Liga, three points behind Barcelona.

    Borussia Dortmund can cut Bayern Munich's lead to five points in the Bundesliga

    Roma fail to win for the third successive Serie A game.

  72. GOAL - Real Madrid 4-1 Getafe

    Alexis (70 mins)

    Real Madrid only managed two clean sheets in their previous seven La Liga games and they have again conceded. A corner is launched into the Real box and Alexis rises to head home. Rafael Benitez's side have taken their foot off the gas.  

    Rafael Benitez
  73. Can Dortmund narrow the gap?

    Borrusia Monchengladbach 3-1 Bayern Munich

    Bayern Munich's first league defeat of the season means Borussia Dortmund can move to within five points of the Bundesliga leaders if they win at third-place Wolfsburg (17:30 GMT).


    Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 Bayern Munich

    Hamburg 1-3 Mainz

    Cologne 0-1 Augsburg

    Hertha Berlin 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen

    Ingolstadt 1-1 Hoffenheim


    Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 Bayern Munich


    Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich suffer their first league defeat of the season.

  76. Ibrahimovic breaks PSG record

    Nice 0-3 Paris St-Germain


    Is there anything Zlatan Ibrahimovic cannot do? Ibrahimovic became Paris St-Germain's record Ligue 1 goalscorer as they comfortably beat Nice 3-0 on Friday to go 16 points clear at the top of the table.

    Edinson Cavani opened the scoring from Ibrahimovic's cross before the Sweden striker made it 2-0 with a penalty after he was fouled by Niklas Hult, who was sent off.

    That was his 86th league goal, breaking Mustapha Dahleb's record, and he added another to seal the victory. PSG are unbeaten in 17 league games.

  77. Post update

    Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 Bayern Munich

    Time running out for Bayern. Before this game they had dropped just two points in 14 matches. This will be their first league defeat since 16 May. Four minutes of added time.

  78. Post update

    Real Madrid 4-0 Getafe

    It's all gone a bit boring at the Bernabeu. No more goals this half and around another 25 minutes to go.

  79. Can we start again? Nein

    Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 Bayern Munich

    Borussia Monchengladbach

    Just before Franck Ribery's goal, there was a bit of badinage between the Bayern Munich and Borussia Monchengladbach Twitter accounts. Impressively done, what with it being in a second language and all that...

  80. GOAL - Borussia Mo nchengladbach 3-1 Bayern Munich

    Franck Ribery (81 mins)

    Would you believe it! Franck Ribery makes an immediate impact in his first game since March as he pulls a goal back for Bayern. Surely it's too late to salvage this?

  81. Franck Ribery on the Bayern

    Borussia Monchengladbach 3-0 Bayern Munich

    Less than 10 minutes remaining. Franck Ribery is on for Bayern Munich, the France midfielder's first action since March because of a damaged ankle.

  82. Post update

    Real Madrid 4-0 Getafe

    Getafe have survived the first six minutes of the second half at the Bernabeu without conceding. 

  83. GOAL - Borussia Monchengladbach 3-0 Bayern Munich

    Fabian Johnson (68 mins)

    Astonishing scenes. Two goals in two minutes for Borussia and the champions of Germany are shell-shocked. This time Fabian Johnson is in the right place to put the hosts into a commanding lead. Surely there is no way back for Pep Guardiola's side from this?

  84. GOAL - Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 Bayern Munich

    Lars Stindl (66 mins)

    Borussia Monchengladbach are on the verge of a famous win. Bayern Munich are unbeaten in the Bundesliga this season but they fall further behind as Lars Stindi doubles the lead for the hosts.

    Lars Stindl
  85. GOAL - Torino 1-1 Roma

    Maxi Lopez (90 mins, pen)

    Unbelievable scenes as Maxi Lopez fires home a stoppage time equaliser from the spot to leave Roma without a win in three Serie A games.


    Torino 0-1 Roma

    Astonishing scenes at Torino. Roma are seconds away from a win that will lift them two places up to second in Serie A when the visitors concede a penalty.

  87. Roma heading second?

    Torino 0-1 Roma

    Has Miralem Pjanic sent Roma second in Serie A? Pjanic has broken the deadlock in the closing stages against Torino.

  88. Bundesliga latest

    25 minutes to go

    Borussia Monchengladbach 1-0 Bayern Munich

    Hamburg 0-2 Mainz

    Cologne 0-0 Augsburg

    Hertha Berlin 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen

    Ingolstadt 0-0 Hoffenheim


    Real Madrid 4-0 Getafe

    The points are in the bag. It's just a matter of how many goals Real Madrid end up with.

  90. GOAL - Borussia Monchengladbach 1-0 Bayern Munich

    Oscar Wendt (54 mins)

    Are Bayern Munich facing their first Bundesliga defeat of the season? Swedish defender OscarWendt beats Manuel Neuer with a fine finish.

    Wendt goal
  91. GOAL - Real Madrid 4-0 Getafe

    Cristiano Ronaldo (38 mins)

    Cristiano Ronaldo joins the party! His 10th La Liga goal of the season comes after a composed finish from an angle inside the area. Party time at the Bernabeu.

    Cristiano Ronaldo goal
  92. Rampant Real Madrid

    Real Madrid 3-0 Getafe

    Real Madrid's biggest La Liga win this season? 6-0 away to Espanyol in September. They are well on course to equalling that.

  93. GOAL - Real Madrid 3-0 Getafe

    Gareth Bale (35 mins)

    All over at the Bernabeu - and there's still another 50 odd minutes to go. Gareth Bale nets Real Madrid's third goal and what a beauty it is. James Rodriguez heads an impossible ball back into the path of Bale, who curls it past the keeper. 

    Gareth Bale goal
  94. As it stands...

    Real Madrid are climbing above Atletico Madrid into second spot in La Liga.

    Bayern Munich are going nine points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.

    Roma are minutes away from a third Serie A game without a win.

  95. Old Lady alive and kicking

    Lazio 0-2 Juventus

    It's getting exciting at the top of Serie A. Four points separate the top five after Juventus clocked up a fifth straight win to go level on points with fourth-placed Roma on Friday.

    Roberto Mancini's Inter Milan can replace leaders Napoli, who play on Sunday, if they defeat Genoa later but the front page of Saturday's Gazzetta dello Sport celebrates Juventus' latest win over Lazio.

  96. CLOSE!

    Real Madrid 2-0 Getafe

    Gareth Bale goes so close to his fourth La Liga goal of the campaign with a thumping effort from the edge of the area. One way traffic at the Bernabeu. 

  97. Serie A latest

    Torino 0-0 Roma


    There's a big match taking place in Serie A right now. Roma will go second with a win at Torino but so far it has a been a frustrating afternoon for them. It's goalless with around 25 minutes remaining.

  98. Benzema in the goals

    Real Madrid 2-0 Getafe

  99. Bundesliga latest


    Borussia Monchengladbach 0-0 Bayern Munich

    Hamburg 0-1 Mainz

    Cologne 0-0 Augsburg 

    Hertha Berlin 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen

    Ingolstadt 0-0 Hoffenheim

  100. GOAL - Real Madrid 2-0 Getafe

    Karim Benzema (16 mins)

    Karim Benzema is making up for lost time. The France forward is too quick for Getafe's defence after Gareth Bale's flicked header and he fires home to double Real Madrid's lead. Rafael Benitez has even afforded himself a smile.

    Karim Benzema
  101. CLOSE!

    Real Madrid 1-0 Getafe

    They scored seven against Getafe in the corresponding fixture last season and Real Madrid are looking in the mood for a repeat. Cristiano Ronaldo draws a fine save from keeper Vicente Guaita before Karim Benzema is denied a second when his header is pushed over.

  102. GREAT SAVE!

    Borussia Monchengladbach 0-0 Bayern Munich

    The only reason this match is still goalless is down to Borussia keeper Yann Sommer. He produces two stunning stops to frustrate Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller in quick succession. Just a few minutes of the first half remaining

  103. GOAL - Real Madrid 1-0 Getafe

    Karim Benzema (4 mins)

    Just the start Rafael Benitez demanded as Karim Benzema marks his return to the side by tucking away Pepe's cross. The France striker celebrates his first goal since October by punching the air.

    Benzema goal
  104. Tough times for Real Madrid

    Real Madrid 0-0 Getafe

    And here's Marca's take on the story about the 19-time Copa del Rey winners being expelled from this season's competition.

  105. Eliminated

    Real Madrid 0-0 Getafe

    There is only one story making the front pages of Spain's sports newspapers on Saturday...and it isn't Gary Neville. Real Madrid's explusion from the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player against Cadiz on Wednesday dominates.

    Madrid-based sports newspaper AS spells it out crystal clear.

  106. KICK-OFF

    Real Madrid 0-0 Getafe

    Real Madrid's must-win game is under way...

  107. CLOSE!

    Borussia Monchengladbach 0-0 Bayern Munich

    It's all Bayern Munich. Robert Lewandowski, Rafinha and Xabi Alonso have all gone close for the champions. Borussia's defence is just about keeping the visitors out.

  108. Goal feast?

    Real Madrid v Getafe (15:00 GMT)

    When Getafe made the short journey to the Bernabeu last season, they were hammered 7-3 by Real Madrid. Anyone expecting a smilar score today?

  109. Bundesliga latest

    Borussia Monchengladbach 0-0 Bayern Munich

    Hamburg 0-1 Mainz

    Cologne 0-0 Augsburg 

    Hertha Berlin 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen

    Ingolstadt 0-0 Hoffenheim

    Franck Ribery
  110. Unchanged..for first time in 23 months

    Borussia Monchengladbach 0-0 Bayern Munich


    Borussia Monchengladbach 0-0 Bayern Munich

    Tasty start as Bayern Munich defender Medhi Benatia gets an early yellow for a foul on Julian Korb. Borussia holding their own against the Bundesliga leaders.

  112. Get Involved


    So, Gary Neville is about to officially take charge of Valencia despite having no previous managerial experience. Will the former Manchester United defender be a success? Which other former British players are capable of managing abroad - and why? 

    Tweet #bbceurofooty

  113. Benzema starts for Real Madrid

    Real Madrid v Getafe (15:00 GMT)

    Striker Karim Benzema is recalled to the Real Madrid side, his first La Liga start since the 4-0 home defeat to Barcelona last month, as Rafael Benitez names a very attacking team.

    Real Madrid XI: Navas, Vazquez, Pepe, Nacho, Danilo, Rodriguez, Kroos, Modric, Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.

    Getafe XI: Guaita, Suarez, Cala, Alexis, Lago, Lacen, Sarabia, Rodríguez, Wanderson, Lafita, Vazquez.

  114. Look who's back?

    Borussia Monchengladbach 0-0 Bayern Munich

  115. Franck Ribery back from injury

    Borussia Monchengladbach 0-0 Bayern Munich


    Five games already under way in the Bundesliga including leaders Bayern Munich's game at Borussia Monchengladbach. Pep Guardiola's side start the day eight points clear at the top of the table but will extend that to 11 with victory - if only for a couple of hours - as second-placed Borussia Dortmund's match at third-placed Wolfsburg does not start until 17:30 GMT. The big news from Bayern Munich's dressing room is midfielder Franck Ribery is on the bench. The five-time Bundesliga title winner has been out since March with an ankle injury.

  116. New kid in town


    Hello and welcome to a bumper Saturday of action from across Europe. We have La Liga, the Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 covered.

    We will bring you all the major action from Real Madrid's must-win home game with Getafe (15:00 GMT), as well as the latest from Germany, where champions Bayern Munich have just kicked-off away to Borussia Monchengladbach.

    Later, Inter Milan will look to return to the top of Serie A when they entertain Genoa (19:45 GMT). Oh, and there's a new kid in town in La Liga. Gary Neville will be casting a keen eye over events when Valencia entertain Barcelona (19:30 GMT) as he prepares to officially take over at the Mestalla on Sunday.

    Ready? Let's get going...

  117. Pump up the volume

    Rafael Benitez

    They are one of the world's greatest clubs. They have been crowned champions of Europe a record 10 times and champions of Spain on 32 occasions. 

    Yet 2015 is ending in embarrassment for Real Madrid. Humiliated in front of their own fans by bitter rivals Barcelona two weeks ago, Rafael Benitez's side have now been thrown out of the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player.

    The last time they played at the Bernabeu the stadium DJ had to increase the volume to drown out the whistles. Six points off the summit, Real need to turn on the style against Getafe today to avoid more jeers from a fractured fan base.