THE EUROZONE: Live coverage of all the European football action including Barcelona v Real Madrid, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1

By Adam Shergold


Join our brand new Eurozone live football coverage for all Saturday's action from across the continent.

We start with updates on the five Bundesliga matches kicking off at 2.30pm, including Bayern Munich's home fixture with Hertha Berlin and Borussia Dortmund's visit to Schalke.

Then from 5pm, the most eagerly-anticipated match of the season so far as Gareth Bale, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar star in the Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid.

We conclude with updates on the evening matches in Italy, where Inter Milan play Verona, Spain, Germany and France.

 VIDEO  Scroll down to see Gareth Bale freestyling with his Real Madrid teammates

Adam Shergold

Host commentator


And that marks the end of today's Eurozone. I hope you've enjoyed the coverage and hope to see you again soon.

FULL-TIME: Inter Milan 4 Verona 2

That's it... well, not quite. The referee has sent off both Belfodil and Moras after the final whistle. They had a confrontation on the edge of the centre circle and will now miss a few games through their stupidity.

89min - Inter Milan 4 Verona 2

Into the final few seconds at the San Siro and, barring some late drama, Inter will win this. They've been good value for it though Verona have been generous with some of their defending from set pieces.


Piast Gliwice 0 Lechia Gdansk 0
Pogon Szczecin 3 Korona Kielce 2
Wisla Krakow 1 Zaglebie Lubin 0

LA LIGA UPDATE - Levante 2 Espanyol 0

Two goals in the space of three minutes have put Levante in control of their game with Espanyol. El Zhar (penalty) and Baba have scored.


80min - Inter Milan 4 Verona 2

Swift counter from the sub Belfodil down the left and it comes to Nagatomo, who curls a shot wide.

76min - Inter Milan 4 Verona 2

Luca Toni has a look of disbelief on his face as he sees a goal disallowed. The striker turned the ball in brilliantly but was adjudged, somewhat harshly, to be pulling back Ranocchia.

74min - Inter Milan 4 Verona 2

Ambitious long-range effort from Iturbe as Verona chase another. Pretty daft shooting from that far out though, especially as there were four yellow shirts ahead of him. Easy collect for Carrizo.

GOAL! Inter Milan 4 Verona 2 (Romulo 70)

Silence around the San Siro briefly as Romulo sweeps the ball home after a touch to reduce the deficit back to two goals. They should be well out of contention by now, but Verona are impressively not giving up at all.


Mechelen 4 OH Leuven 2
Lierse 0 Oostende 2
Mons-Bergen 0 Kortrijk 1
Waasland-Beveren 0 Lokeren 2

LA LIGA UPDATE - Levante v Espanyol

The final match of today's Spanish league programme is underway at the Ciudad de Valencia. We'll have details of the goals as and when they go in.

Levante: Navas, Lopez, Rodas, Navarro, Juanfran, Diop, Simao, Feliu, Santos, El Zhar, Baba

Espanyol: Casilla, J. Lopez, Sidnei, Moreno, Fuentes, Sanchez, D. Lopez, Stuani, Pizzi, Simao, Sergio Garcia

61min - Inter Milan 4 Verona 1

The first opportunity of note for the visitors in this second half as Luca Toni fires the ball over the bar from inside the box.

59min - Inter Milan 4 Verona 1

Very close to a fifth as Jonathan cuts in from the right wing and cuts through the Verona defence like a knife through butter. He then shoots with his left foot and grazes the outside of the post.

GOAL! Inter Milan 4 Verona 1

Yet more carnage in the Verona defence from a corner and the balls falls nicely for Rolando to prod the ball past Rafael and into the bottom corner after Palacio had helped it on.

54min - Inter Milan 3 Verona 1

Inter have the ball in the net again but Palacio is well offside as he connects with Cambiasso's terrific 60-yard pass from deep. No doubt Palacio tried to argue he didn't hear the whistle but the referee isn't convinced and brandishes the yellow card.


The one 7pm kick-off in Spain has ended and it was:

Elche 0 Granada 1 (Iturra 26)


The full-time whistles are sounding across France and these are the results and scorers from the 7pm matches:

Bastia 1 (Squillaci 36) Nice 0
Guingamp 2 (Beauvue 86, Diallo 90) Ajaccio 1 (Andre 41)
Lorient 2 (Aboubakar 17, Jouffre 55) Sochaux 1 (Bakambu 90)
Toulouse 0 Rennes 5 (Alessandrini 25, Bakayoko 34, Kadir 45, Castro Oliveira 63, 83)
Valenciennes 0 Evian 1 (Sougou 82)

46min - Inter Milan 3 Verona 1

Guarin is desperate to end the night with a goal. Aided by some reluctant defenders, he advanced and advanced before shooting well and Verona's keeper Rafael managed to push it out for a corner.

RESTART - Inter Milan 3 Verona 1

We are underway in the second period at the San Siro, where Inter are in firm control of the match.



Metalist Kharkiv 2 Karpaty Lviv 1
Metalurg Zaporizhya 0 Metalurg Donetsk 0
Shakhtar Donetsk 4 Zarja Lugansk 0



Asteras Tripolis 2 Levadiakos 0
Ergotelis 0 Panathinaikos 2
Xanthi 0 Atromitos Athinon 2



ADO Den Haag 3 Twente Enschede 2
NAC Breda 5 Go Ahead Eagles Deventer 0
SC Cambuur 3 Utrecht 1



Wacker Innsbruck 1 Wolfsberger AC 2
SC Wiener Neustadt 3 Ried 3
Sturm Graz 0 FC Admira Wacker Modling 2



Cukaricki 2 FK Vozdovac 3
FK Novi Pazar 1 FK Donji Srem 0
FK Radnicki Nis 1 Red Star Belgrade 1
OFK Belgrade 0 Vojvodina Novi Sad 2
Partizan Belgrade 1 Napredak Krusevac 1
Rad Belgrade 0 Jagodina 2
Radnicki Kragujevac 0 Spartak Subotica 0
Sloboda Uzice 0 Javor 1



Hajduk Split 3 Lokomotiva Zagreb 1
Zadar 0 NK Split 1



Rio Ave 0 Gil Vicente 1
SC Olhanense 1 Arouca 0


As we wait for the half-time interval at the San Siro, here's a wrap of today's other results across Europe.


Valerenga 1 Haugesund 2
Molde 1 Rosenborg 0

HALF-TIME: Inter Milan 3 Verona 1
40min - Inter Milan 3 Verona 1

Speculative long-range drive from Guarin flies well wide of the target. There are five minutes to go in the first half at the San Siro.

GOAL! Inter Milan 3 (Cambiasso 37) Verona 1

The two-goal cushion is quickly restored and its Esteban Cambiasso, who takes a gamble in getting so far forward and taps in after Nagatomo's curling shot strikes the post and Palacio stabs the rebound back across.

That's Cambiasso's 50th goal for the club.

Milestone: Esteban Cambiasso scores his 50th goal for Inter Milan
LIGUE 1 UPDATE - Toulouse 0 Rennes 4 (Castro Oliviera 62)

No question who's going to win at the Stade Municipal now as Rennes make it 4-0.

GOAL! Inter Milan 2 Verona 1 (Martinho 31)

That's a real bolt from the blue - Luca Toni sets Martinho clear through the middle and he smashes the ball home with an accomplished finish. They've not been in the game at all but Verona are right back in contention now.

25min - Inter Milan 2 Verona 0

That's the first time Verona have shown the kind of attacking threat that has them fourth in the table. A good cross fired in from the right by Cacciatore and Luca Toni got ahead of his marker to head the ball over the bar.

LIGUE 1 UPDATE - Lorient 2 (Jouffre 56) Sochaux 0

Lorient have strengthened their grip on their match at Stade du Moustoir against Sochaux - Yann Jouffre has made it 2-0 after 56 minutes.

18min - Inter Milan 2 Verona 0

Those two early goals have really put Inter into the ascendancy and some of their moves consist of 20 or 30 passes. Verona have been riding the crest of a wave since earning promotion back to Serie A last season but it looks like they'll be found out here.

GOAL! Inter Milan 2 (Palacio 11) Verona 0

It's another for Inter after more panic in the Verona defence from a free-kick. A terrible attempt at clearing a corner and Guarin's shot is deflected in off the lurking Palacio from about two yards out.

Perfect start: Palacio celebrates scoring Inter's second goal
GOAL! Inter Milan 1 (Jonathan 9) Verona 0

One for the contentious goal panel, or it's Italian equivalent. Cambiasso's corner went deep and Jonathan was completely unmarked as he unleashed a volley that took a hefty deflection off Jorginho before going in.

On our way: Jonathan (right) is mobbed by his teammates after opening the scoring for Inter
4min - Inter Milan 0 Verona 0

Inter are struggling for form at present, having gained just two points from their last three matches. And they certainly won't have it all their own way against a resurgent Verona, who are chasing a fourth win on the trot.

The hosts have started the brighter, knocking the ball around and starving Verona of possession.


There's been a few goals flying around in France as the 7pm games there move towards half-time. Here's the latest scores:

Bastia 1 (Squillaci 36) Nice 0
Guingamp 0 Ajaccio 1 (Andre 41)
Lorient 1 (Aboubakar 17) Sochaux 0
Toulouse 0 Rennes 3 (Alessandrini 25, Bakayoko 34, Kadir 45)
Valenciennes 0 Evian 0

SERIE A: Inter Milan v Verona about to start

Our focus now switches to the San Siro, where Inter Milan and Verona are about to take the field.

This is a meeting of fourth and fifth in Serie A - and you may be surprised to learn that it's Verona who are fourth.


There's been a couple of first half goals in the five French championship matches that kicked off at 7pm.

Lorient have taken the leads at home to Sochaux courtesy of Vincent Aboubakar's goal on 17 minutes, while Rennes are a goal up at Toulouse thanks to Romain Alessandrini's strike after 25 minutes.

LA LIGA UPDATE - Elche 0 Granada 1

Manuel Iturra, the Chilean midfielder, has fired Granada into a 26th minute lead in their match at Elche.

BUNDESLIGA RESULT: Wolfsburg 3 Werder Bremen 0
GOAL! Wolfsburg 3 (Perisic 89) Werder Bremen 0

Game, set and match to Wolfsburg as Ivan Perisic scored the third with just a few seconds to go.

SERIE A TEAM NEWS - Inter Milan v Verona

Team lines ahead of the 7.45pm kick-off at the San Siro:

Inter Milan: Carrizo, Juan Jesus, Ranocchia, Rolando, Jonathan, Cambiasso, Guarin, Kovacic, Nagatomo, Alverez, Palacio

Verona: Rafael, Romulo, Donati, Martinho, Toni, Iturbe, Moras, Jorginho, Maietta, Cacciatore, Agostini

What's still to come?

The Clasico may be over but we've still got plenty to come this evening here on The Eurozone.


Elche 0 Granada 0 (7pm)
Levante v Espanyol (9pm)


Inter Milan v Verona (7.45pm)


Wolfsburg 2 Werder Bremen 0 (5.30pm)


Bastia 0 Nice 0 (7pm)
Guingamp 0 Ajaccio 0 (7pm)
Lorient 0 Sochaux 0 (7pm)
Toulouse 0 Rennes 0 (7pm)
Valenciennes 0 Evian 0 (7pm)

GOAL! Wolfsburg 2 Werder Bremen 0 - Olic 71

Wolfsburg most certainly in the box seat now in the late Bundesliga kick-off as Ivica Olic slides in to head home from a right-wing cross.


And in case you've just joined us, here's a wrap-up of the early Bundesliga action as Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund both recorded wins, even though the behaviour of the latter's fans at Schalke overshadowed it.

SERIE A RESULT - Sampdoria 1 Atalanta 0

Full time at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris and Sampdoria have prevailed over 10-man Atalanta thanks to Shkodran Mustafi's winner on 57 minutes. That's an important three points following their poor start to the season.


If you've missed any of the action, here's the report of Barcelona's win and all the best pictures from the Nou Camp.

FULL-TIME: Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 1

That's that and Barcelona win the first Clasico of the season with ease. Goals from Neymar and a sumptuous second from Alexis Sanchez have given them a 2-1 win at the Nou Camp and they held on despite a late goal from Jese Rodriguez.

It puts Barca six points ahead of Real in the table and four ahead of second-placed Atletico.

GOAL! Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 1 (Jese Rodriguez 90)

Oooh, hang on a moment. First minute of stoppage time and Ronaldo proves unstoppable as he sprints away from the Barcelona defence and squares for youngster Jese to fire the ball under the body of Valdes.

Consolation: Jese Rodriguez runs the ball back to the centre circle after scoring Real's late goal
90min - Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 0

We have entered three extra minutes

84min - Pedro on for Neymar

As you might expect, a great reception and standing ovation for Neymar as he is withdrawn for Pedro.

83min - Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 0

Dani Alves, tired of not being involved, gets down the right and nutmegs Ronaldo to get into the area. His shot is a bit tame though and Diego Lopez blocks with his legs.

81min - Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 0

Audacious 20-yard effort from Pepe, who had cruised forward from right-back, but it soars over the bar.

79min - Booking for Ronaldo

Ronaldo is still frustrated at that penalty that wasn't given and he attempted to restart the game before the referee. Yellow card.

GOAL! Barcelona 2 (Alexis 78) Real Madrid 0

Wow! What a wonderful chip from Alexis Sanchez and that should be the win for Barcelona. A through pass to him from Neymar and, after turning away from his marker, Alexis produced a most sublime chip to lift the ball over Diego Lopez.

Sensational: Alexis Sanchez chips keeper Diego Lopez to double Barcelona's lead
76min - Rodriguez on for Di Maria and Song on for Iniesta

A substitution apiece as we enter the last 15 minutes of what has been a fairly low key Clasico.

75min - Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 0

Barcelona continue to press in search of that crucial second goal. Neat and patient build-up along the edge of the box before Iniesta hits a deflected shot over.

Ouch! Neymar is brought down by a heavy Varane tackle
71min - Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 0

Great turn and strike from Karim Benzema but it rattles the crossbar! The ground held its breath there as the ball flew towards goal, but it was a fraction too high and hits the woodwork.

70min - Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 0

Massive penalty shout for Real Madrid as Mascherano, who had been outpaced well and truly, barges Ronaldo in the box. The Portuguese goes down easily but there was contact.

69min - Alexis on for Fabregas

20 minutes left in the Clasico and an injection of impetus as Alexis Sanchez comes on for the hard-working Cesc.

BUNDESLIGA HALF-TIME: Wolfsburg 1 Werder Bremen 0
63min - Booking for Marcelo

Marcelo is added to the list of people in the book after a lunge from behind at Messi after the Barca man had wriggled away from him

Another one in the book: Real defender Marcelo is shown the yellow card
60min - Benzema on for Bale

That's the end of Bale's involvement as Ancelotti hooks him off on the hour for Karim Benzema, who will likely offer more of a goal threat.

SERIE A UPDATE - Sampdoria 1 Atalanta 0

Finally a goal in the first Italian match of the night as Shkodran Mustafi opens the scoring for hosts Sampdoria on 57 minutes.

59min - Booking for Khedira

Fifth caution of the Clasico as Khedira hacks away at Iniesta.

57min - Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 0

Real's best chance by far - they crowd Barca out in the midfield and the ball is played through to Ronaldo on the left channel. He has time to settle and shoot, but his stinger is palmed away by Valdes. Wrists of steel!

Impact: Cristiano Ronaldo tries to turn the game back in Real's favour
Real Madrid change - Ramos off for Illarramendi

Sergio Ramos has evidently been taken off by Ancelotti as he's walking a tightrope having been booked in the first half.

53min - Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 0

Neymar certainly suffered for his art there as he crashes into the advertising hoardings after putting a cross in. It took him a good minute to get back up on his feet...

...Not that he looked to be struggling a moment later as he bursts clear and fires a shot on the half volley which Diego Lopez blocks with his fists.

50min - Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 0

One of the loudest cheers of the night as Ronaldo back-heels the ball out of play following a swift counter attack. Marcelo had absolutely no chance of catching up with it.

Cross: Cristiano Ronaldo advances down the wing
48min - Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 0

Sergio Ramos very fortunate to escape without a second booking after fouling Iniesta. Having been booked in the first half, it was a silly thing to do but the referee gave him the benefit of the doubt.

No way through: Angel Di Maria searches for a way through the Barcelona defence
46min - Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 0

First action of the second period sees Bale advance down the right and win a corner. But it's a complete waste by Angel Di Maria as the ball floats into the hands of Valdes.

CLASICO SECOND HALF - Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 0

Barcelona are about to get us underway in the second half. No changes at half-time for either side.

LIGUE 1 RESULT - Marseille 2 Reims 3
LIGUE 1 UPDATE - Marseille 2 Reims 3

Even more drama at the Stade Velodrome as Reims looks to have snatched victory at the last through Prince Oniangue.

SERIE A HALF-TIME - Sampdoria 0 Atalanta 0
LIGUE 1 UPDATE - Marseille 2 Reims 2

Late drama at the Stade Velodrome as Andre-Pierre Gignac equalised for Marseille with just four minutes remaining.

Leveller: Andre-Pierre Gignac scored to make it 2-2 with just four minutes to play
HALF-TIME: Barcelona 1 (Neymar 18) Real Madrid 0

Out of the two Clasico debutants, there's no doubt who'll be the happier. Neymar has given Barcelona the advantage with that curled and deflected finish on 18 minutes.

Real have struggled to find a way into the occasion and Bale has been subdued so far.

Superstars: Neymar celebrates with Lionel Messi after giving Barcelona the lead
True colours: Barcelona fans stage the traditional Catalan independence protest
45min - Booking for Bale

Gareth Bale is cautioned for a high challenge of Pique out on the far touchline.

43min - Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 0

Very nearly an equaliser - Ronaldo advanced well down the left and crossed low. Sami Khedira had steamed in and got a touch with his left foot which hits the leg of Valdes and bounces in Barcelona's favour.

A suspicion that it struck the arm of covering defender Adriano on the way out but the referee doesn't agree.

41min - Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 0

Free-kick in a dangerous position for Barcelona, but Messi's delivery is cleared with ease inside the six-yard box. Less than five minutes until the break.

BUNDESLIGA UPDATE - Wolfsburg 1 Werder Bremen 0

Maximilian Arnold strikes after seven minutes to give Wolfsburg the lead in the late German kick-off.

38min - Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 0

Loud whistles around the ground as Neymar is dragged down off the ball by Carvajal as he tries to sprint on to a long ball. The official wasn't impressed by the Brazilian's appeals.

34min - Booking for Adriano

Third man in the book as Barcelona's Adriano mistimes his challenge from behind on Ronaldo. From the resultant Di Maria free-kick, Bale is penalised for handball.

Debutant: Gareth Bale, getting his first taste of the Clasico, takes on the Barca defence
33min - Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 0

The Clasico has settled down a little, with Barcelona not allowing their opponents any time to settle on the ball. Not many chances in the last 10 minutes to tell you about.

BUNDESLIGA TEAM NEWS - Wolfsburg v Werder Bremen

Line-ups for the evening Bundesliga match (kick-off 5.30pm):

Wolfsburg: Benaglio, Ochs, Naldo, Knoche, Rodriguez, Medojevic, Gustavo, Diego, Arnold, Perisic, Olic

Werder Bremen: Mielitz, Fritz, Prodl, Caldirola, Garcia, Kroos, Makiadi, Elia, Hunt, Junuzovic, Yildirim

25min - Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 0

First real look at Gareth Bale, who bursts past two defenders after turning in the centre of the park. His shot, however, is hardly magical and flies into the stands.

LIGUE 1 LATEST - Marseille 1 Reims 2

Florian Thauvin has halved the deficit at the Stade Velodrome on 56 minutes.

Game on: Florian Thauvin celebrates after scoring for Marseille
20min - Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 0

So close to a second... Lionel Messi this time down the right, bursting clear and then, uncharacteristically, dragging a shot across the target.

If he does score tonight, he will surpass Alfredo Di Stefano as the leading Clasico scorer.

GOAL! Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 0 - Neymar 18'

Well, that's quite a way to introduce yourself to the Clasico! Moments after wasting a similar opportunity, Neymar receives a short pass from Andres Iniesta and, with the aid of a deflection, curls the ball home. First blood to Barca!

Pete Jenson: On 17 minutes Barça fans have their customary independence protest, a minute later goal. Neymar from Iniesta's pass.

What an introduction! Neymar celebrates his goal on Clasico debut after 18 minutes (Picture: Reuters)
15min - Barcelona 0 Real Madrid 0

Gareth Bale left unmarked at the back post there as Carvajal delivers from the right flank. He heads it back across goal but Barcelona hack it clear.

Pete Jenson: Speculative shot (very speculative) from Bale goes over. Ball had ran to him after Xavi's late challenge on Ronaldo leaving him nursing an ankle knock.

For £450m pounds of talent it's a bit rough at the moment. British viewers have not missed a great deal of quality. 

13min - Booking for Ramos

The second booking of the game already as Sergio Ramos goes flying into Neymar's head.

Pete Jenson: Ramos clatters into Neymar with his elbow and is not booked. Ten seconds later repeats the trick and is booked. 'Stupid' sing the Barça fans.

Challenge: Dani Alves slides in on Cristiano Ronaldo as the Real man tries to make gains
In the book Sergio Ramos is shown a yellow card
10min - Barcelona 0 Real Madrid 0

Pete Jenson: Neymar, Fabregas, Xavi triangle in the penalty area ends with a Messi shot that is blocked. 

7min - Booking for Busquets

Iniesta sums up scrappy start with a long pass straight to Marcelo.

First yellow card for Busquets for foul on Di Maria who rolls over and extra three times for good measure. He takes free-kick but Ramos penalised for climbing in the area as he jumps to meet it.

Tussle: Real defender Raphael Varane tries to stop the ball getting to Neymar during the opening few minutes
5min - Barcelona 0 Real Madrid 0

Pete Jenson: Important defensive interception by Bale to cut out Neymar's pass. Very scrappy start by both sides though.

3min - Barcelona 0 Real Madrid 0

Pete Jenson: Cesc's shot is heading towards goal but hits Neymar and goes out of play. Both Bale and Fabregas have started as false 9s for their teams

Early feel: Real's Luka Modric on the ball during the first few minutes at the Nou Camp
BUNDESLIGA: Dortmund get the party started

The Borussia Dortmund squad celebrate in the dressing room after their 3-1 Ruhr derby win over Schalke.

(Picture: Twitter/Borussia Dortmund)
KICK-OFF! Barcelona v Real Madrid is underway

Pete Jenson: First touch for Bale who kicks-off. Playing in middle of front three at the moment. Doubtless it will change as half progresses.

CLASICO KLAXON! Kick-off is just moments away

Barcelona and Real Madrid emerge from the Nou Camp tunnel and are greeted by a stunning mosaic in the red and yellow colours of the Senyera, the Catalan flag, and the words 'Forca Tito' in tribute to former manager Tito Vilanova.

Mosaic: Barcelona fans held up thousands of pieces of card to make a colourful tribute to former manager Tito Vilanova
STAT'S AMAZING - Ronaldo's brilliant record

90 - Real Madrid have never lost a league game when Cristiano Ronaldo has scored (84 wins, six draws). Talisman (via OptaJose on Twitter)

SERIE A TEAMS - Sampdoria v Atalanta

The first of two Serie A matches this evening is about to get underway as Sampdoria host Atalanta at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. The teams are here:

Sampdoria: Junior Costa, Andrea Costa, Mustafi, Gastaldello, Obiang, Palombo, Regini, Bjarnason, De Silvestri, Gabbiadini, Eder

Atalanta: Consigli, Stendardo, Bellini, Del Grosso, Yepes, Carmona, Cigarini, Brienza, Raimondi, Moralez, Denis

LIGUE 1 HALF-TIME - Olympique Marseille 0 Reims 2
LA LIGA RESULT - Malaga 0 Celta Vigo 5
CLASICO COUNTDOWN - 15 minutes to go

Pete Jenson: Barça's warm-up ends with a huddle. Real Madrid's with high-fives. 15 minutes to kick-off. Here's a reminder of the team line-ups:

Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Adriano, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Messi, Fabregas, Neymar

Barcelona bench: Pinto, Montoya, Puyol, Song, Sergi Roberto, Pedro, Alexis

Real Madrid: Diego Lopez, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Modric, Pepe, Khedira, Bale, Ronaldo, Di Maria

Real Madrid bench: Casillas, Coentrao, Benzema, Arbeloa, Jese, Isco, Illarra

Star attraction: Lionel Messi during the warm-up at the Nou Camp
LA LIGA LATEST - Malaga 0 Celta Vigo 5

The misery continues for Malaga as Charles scores the fifth for Celta Vigo from close range. What a resounding result.

LIGUE 1 UPDATE - Marseille 0 Reims 2

It's all going pear-shaped for Marseille as goals from Floyd Ayite and Mads Albaek have put Reims in a commanding position as we approach half-time.

Quick-fire: Mads Albaek celebrates scoring a second goal for Reims at Marseille
STAT'S AMAZING - Bayern on brink of record

Bayern Munich extended their unbeaten Bundesliga run to 35 matches with today's 3-2 result against Hertha Berlin. This is just one shy of Hamburg's all-time record.

CLASICO COUNTDOWN: Fiery reception for Bale

Pete Jenson: Bale out on to the pitch with the other 10 Real Madrid starters, booed ... obviously.

Mystery over exactly how Madrid will play with three central defenders - Pepe, Varane, Ramos - named.

Could be that either Ramos or Pepe joins midfield; or that they play as a three with full-backs Carvajal and Marcelo pushed on. 

LA LIGA UPDATE - Malaga 0 Celta Vigo 4

A real afternoon to forget for Malaga as Nolito further rubs their noses in it with the fourth after 73 minutes.

LIGUE 1 UPDATE - Marseille 0 Reims 0

25 minutes played in the Stade Velodrome and they have not yet seen a goal.


For the sake of completeness, here are the two benches for Barcelona v Real Madrid:

Barcelona bench: Pinto, Montoya, Puyol, Song, Sergi Roberto, Pedro, Alexis

Real Madrid bench: Casillas, Coentrao, Benzema, Arbeloa, Jese, Isco, Illarra

Kick-off is just half an hour away now - excited!

Ready for action: Barcelona fans arrive at the Nou Camp for the big match

Final whistles sounding all around Germany and these are the full-time scores:

Hannover 1 Hoffenheim 4
Schalke 1 Borussia Dortmund 3
Bayern Munich 3 Hertha Berlin 2
Mainz 2 Eintracht Braunschweig 0
Bayer Leverkusen 2 Augsburg 1

That means Bayern maintain their single-point lead over Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga table.

Derby winners: Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller and his teammates celebrate the 3-1 win at Schalke (Picture: Getty Images)
LA LIGA UPDATE - Malaga 0 Celta Vigo 3

A surprise result unfolding in La Liga's early game as second-bottom Celta Vigo take a three-goal lead through Alex Lopez's second of the game against Malaga.

GOAL! Bayer Leverkusen 2 Augsburg 1

Turnaround complete at the BayArena as Emre Can scores for Leverkusen with just seven minutes left to play.

Match winner: Emre Can scores the decisive second for Bayer Leverkusen against Augsburg
GOAL! Schalke 1 Borussia Dortmund 3

74 minutes and Jakub Blaszczykowski has restored Dortmund's two-goal lead at the Veltins-Arena, rounding off a swift counter attack.

Cushion: Jakub Blaszczykowski gets the better of Schalke keeper Timo Hildebrand to put Dortmund 3-1 up

Here's confirmation of those Clasico line-ups then:

Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Adriano, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Messi, Fabregas, Neymar

Real Madrid: Diego Lopez, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Modric, Pepe, Khedira, Bale, Ronaldo, Di Maria

Big match: Early arrivals soak up the atmosphere outside the Nou Camp ahead of the Clasico
BARCELONA TEAM for the Clasico

Valdes, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Adriano, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Messi, Fabregas, Neymar

GOAL! Mainz 2 Eintracht Braunschweig 0

Shinji Okazaki is at the double and it looks as though rock bottom Braunschweig are condemned to defeat again.

GOAL! Schalke 1 Borussia Dortmund 2

Game on in the Ruhr! Weidenfeller saved an initial effort from Draxler, but Max Meyer was on hand to finish.

Back in it: Max Meyer runs the ball back to the half-way line after Schalke scored
GOAL! Hannover 1 Hoffenheim 4

All over now, surely, as Firmino scores his second in as many minutes.

11 - Roberto Firmino has had a hand in 11 BL goals this season (7 goals, 4 assists), sharing the league lead with Sidney Sam. Threat. (via OptaFranz on Twitter)

GOAL! Hannover 1 Hoffenheim 3

Roberto Firmino restores Hoffenheim's two-goal cushion with an assured finish on 58 minutes.

BREAKING NEWS: Bale starts the Clasico

Real Madrid side to play Barcelona: Diego Lopez, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Modric, Pepe, Khedira, Bale, Ronaldo, Di Maria

CLASICO COUNTDOWN: Bale and Real arrive at the Nou Camp

We have Pete Jenson in attendance at the Nou Camp for the Clasico later and he'll be sending updates throughout.

He writes: Gareth Bale off the team bus at 3.30pm Ready for his first start since Villarreal away on September 14 - bit more important this one. Team news to follow

GOAL! Bayern Munich 3 Hertha Berlin 2

May have spoken too soon... Anis Ben-Hatira scores again to put Hertha back into the contest at the Allianz Arena.

GOAL! Hannover 1 Hoffenheim 2

Hannover give themselves a lifeline against Hoffenheim as Salif Sane halves the deficit on 56 minutes with a header from a corner. A glimmer for the 10-men.

GOAL! Schalke 0 Borussia Dortmund 2

Nuri Sahin has doubled Dortmund's lead shortly after the interval with a lovely long-range strike. Looks like Jurgen Klopp's side will take the local bragging rights in the Ruhr derby.

Pleased as punch: Nuri Sahin celebrates putting Dortmund two goals up
GOAL! Bayern Munich 3 Hertha Berlin 1

Bayern may have been behind early on but they're firmly in control now as Mario Goetze, who came on as a substitute half-way through the first period, heads in for 3-1.

Three and easy: Mario Goetze (left) celebrates with Thomas Muller after scoring Bayern's third
LA LIGA Latest - Malaga 0 Celta Vigo 2

Approaching half-time in the one early La Liga kick-off and goals from Alex Lopez (6 minutes) and Augusto Fernandez (23 minutes) have given Celta Vigo a two-goal lead at Malaga.

Easing the pressure: Augusto Fernandez (left) celebrates scoring Celta's second goal at Malaga
GOAL! Bayern Munich 2 Hertha Berlin 1

The pressure has taken its toll in the Allianz Arena and Mario Mandzukic was on hand to score with a header after Bastian Schweinsteiger teed him up on 51 minutes.

Heading for victory? Mario Madzukic celebrates his and Bayern's second goal against Hertha

Carlo Ancelotti is undecided on whether Gareth Bale will start El Clasico this weekend, but has said the Welshman is ready.

The Italian, speaking at Real Madrid's press conference yesterday, said any decision on Bale will made after training last night.

'It is true he has not had an easy time, but he has worked hard, and used international break to improve his fitness,' Ancelotti said.

'In my opinion, and his opinion also, he is ready to play from the beginning'

Will he start? Only Carlo Ancelotti knows whether Gareth Bale (centre) will make Real's starting line-up at the Nou Camp

No-nonsense refereeing was taken to a new level in the Kuwaiti Premier League when an official punched one player, kicked another and then showed two red cards to the remonstrating team-mates.

It all kicked off when Saad Al Fadhli awarded a penalty early on in Al Arabi’s 4-1 win over Al Naser.

Furious Al Naser players then surrounded and pushed the referee, who was clearly not in the mood for backchat.

TEAM NEWS: Olympique Marsille v Reims

There is one early kick-off in Ligue 1 today as fifth-placed Marseille play host to 13th-ranked Reims. Here are the team line-ups for that one (kick-off 4pm):

Marseille side to play Reims: Mandanda, Abdallah, Diawara, N'Koulou, Mendy, Romao, A. Ayew, Thauvin, Valbuena, Payet, Khalifa

Reims side to play Marseille: Agassa, Mandi, Tacalfred, Weber, Signorino, Krychowiak, Ayite, Oniangue, Albaek, DePreville, Courtet

Dramatic scenes before kick-off in Gelsenkirchen

Some more images of the crowd trouble before the Ruhr Derby, where it is now half-time. Dortmund lead 1-0 thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's goal, but Roman Weidenfeller has saved a penalty from Schalke's Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Calm down: Roman Weidenfeller pleads with the rioting Dortmund fans to stop
Smashed: Dortmand fans break glass barriers
Half-time in the Bundesliga

A frenetic first half drawing to a close in Germany and here are the half-time scores:

Bayern Munich 1 Hertha Berlin 1
Mainz 1 Eintracht Braunschweig 0
Bayer Leverkusen 1 Augsburg 1
Hannover 0 Hoffenheim 2
Schalke 0 Borussia Dortmund 1 (L)


GOAL! Bayer Leverkusen 1 Augsburg 1

They weren't behind for long - Simon Rolfes has levelled for Leverkusen with a close-range header from a Sebastian Boenisch corner kick.

Wiedenfeller denies Schalke from the spot

More drama in Gelsenkirchen as Neven Subotic brings down Christian Fuchs in the box for a Schalke penalty... but the Dortmund keeper saves from Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Wiedenfeller has saved four of the last eight Bundesliga penalties taken against him.

Denied! Roman Wiedenfeller denies Kevin-Prince Boateng from the spot
GOAL! Bayern Munich 1 Hertha Berlin 1

Absolutely inspired from Guardiola! Just two minutes later and Mandzukic equalises from Franck Ribery's cross.

Back on terms: Mario Madzukic heads Bayern level just a couple of minutes after coming on
Guardiola rings the changes

Pep Guardiola is evidently annoyed at the way Bayern have started at the Allianz Arena - he's brought Mario Goetze on for Toni Kroos after just 25 minutes.

Not only that, but Mario Mandzukic has been introduced for Arjen Robben.

GOAL! Bayer Leverkusen 0 Augsburg 1

Sami Hyypia's side may have thrashed Shakhtar in the Champions League on Wednesday, but they've made a sluggish start today as Andre Hahn gives Augsburg a surprise lead.

Dortmund fans let off smoke bombs and fireworks before match at Schalke

It looks like the Revierderby may be in the headlines for the wrong reasons tomorrow after the travelling Dortmund fans put on a pyrotechnic display as the teams came out. Flares were thrown onto the pitch and kick-off was delayed.

GOAL! Hannover 0 Hoffenheim 2

Bad to worse for Hannover as Hoffenheim double their lead through Kai Herdling's header on 18 minutes.

GOAL! Schalke 0 Borussia Dortmund 1

Dortmund take the lead in the derby! A square ball from Marco Reus and Aubameyang is left with a tap-in to give the visitors the lead on 14 minutes.

12 - Following his assist for the opening goal,  Reus has been directly involved in 12 goals this season (all comps). Key (via OptaFranz on Twitter)

First blood: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Marco Reus and Kevin Grosskreutz are joined by Robert Lewandowski to celebrate Dortmund's opener
Hannover's Diouf sees red

Mame Diouf - remember him from Man United? Well his match has been a very short one as the Hannover forward receives a second yellow card and is off on just 12 minutes.

Bayern under pressure

Bayern cantered to a 5-0 win over Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League in midweek, but they're on the ropes against Hertha. The Berlin side have just rattled the crossbar through Hatira.

GOAL! Hannover 0 Hoffenheim 1

The busy start continues in the Bundesliga as Sejad Salihovic blasts Hoffenheim into a 10th-minute lead at Hannover from the penalty spot.

GOAL! Mainz 1 Eintracht Braunschweig 0

Mainz's Japanese forward Shinji Okazaki has given them an 8th-minute lead at home to Eintracht Braunschweig.

That's not how the basement dwellers would have wanted to start this one!

Bright start: Shinji Okazaki celebrates his early goal for Mainz (Picture: EPA)
Schalke v Dortmund starts

The start was delayed at the Veltins because of Dortmund fans setting off flares and fireworks in the away end.

But the smoke is now clearing and the match has kicked off.

GOAL! Bayern Munich 0 Hertha Berlin 1

Bayern have been rocked inside four minutes in the Allianz Arena as Ramos heads visitors Berlin into the lead.

Rising high: Ramos Vasquez rises above the Bayern Munich defence to give Hertha an early lead
Shock lead: Ramos celebrates his goal with Per Skjelbred of Norway
KICK-OFF! We're underway in the Bundesliga

Four of the five 2.30pm kick-offs in Germany have started, but the players have been taken back off the field at Schalke because of crowd trouble.


You can scroll down to see the Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund teams for this afternoon, but here are the other line-ups.

Hertha Berlin side to play Bayern Munich: Kraft, van den Bergh, Lustenberger, Langkamp, Pekarik, Ben-Haitra, Skjelbred, Hosogai, Schulz, Cigerci, Ramos

Schalke side to play Borussia Dortmund: Hildebrand, Howedes, Aogo, Uchida, Matip, Neustadter, Fuchs, Boateng, Kolasinac, Draxler, Szalai

Bayer Leverkusen side to play Augsburg: Leno, Wolfscheid, Spahic, Boenisch, Donati, Castro, Rolfes, Sam, Son, Can, Kiessling

Augsburg side to play Bayer Leverkusen: Manninger, Callsen-Bracker, de Jong, Philp, Hong, Werner, Hahn, Baier, Vogt, Moravek, Altintop

Hannover side to play Hoffenheim: Zieler, Pocognoli, Schulz, Marcelo, Sakai, Andreasen, Huszti, Stindl, Sane, Diouf, Sobiech

Hoffenheim side to play Hannover: Casteels, Beck, Salihovic, Abraham, Sule, Herdling, Polanski, Rudy, Strobl, Firmino, Modeste

Mainz side to play Braunschweig: Heinz Muller, Noveski, Svensson, Pospech, Park, Soto, Zimling, Nicolai Muller, Diaz, Okazaki, Parker

Eintracht Braunschweig side to play Mainz: Davari, Dogan, Reichel, Bicakcic, Elabdellaoui, Theuerkauf, Bellarabi, Bolland, Caligiuri, Perthel, Ademi

Plenty to laugh about: Schalke manager Jens Keller (left) and Dortmund boss Juergen Klopp have a laugh on the sidelines prior to the match at the Veltins-Arena

Lionel Messi has scored 18 goals against Real Madrid in his career. Atletico Madrid are the only opponent he has scored more against - 20 (via Barca Stuff on Twitter)


Magical: Lionel Messi, here in action against AC Milan in midweek, is prolific against Real Madrid

Neymar...£50m, Ronaldo... £80m, Bale...£86m, Messi...priceless?

Never before has such an expensive collection of players appeared on the same pitch at the same time. The top four players in the world plus a stellar supporting cast will trot out at the Camp Nou later on.

In the build-up to the Clasico, Laurie Whitwell looked at just how much each man was worth.

Limbering up: Gareth Bale, at £86million the world's most expensive signing ever, in training yesterday (Picture: Reuters)
Nawalka announced as new Poland manager

The Polish FA today announced Adam Nawalka as their new national team coach and set him the target of reaching the 2016 European Championships.

England beat Poland 2-0 at Wembley last week to qualify for next summer's World Cup and the defeat signalled the end of Waldemar Fornalik's tenure.

Nawalka, 56, earned 35 caps for Poland and played at the 1978 World Cup. He was manager of current Polish league leaders Gornik Zabrze.

What is the Revierderby?

The star attraction in the Bundesliga is the Revierderby - or Ruhr Derby - between Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund at the Veltins-Arena.

'Revier' is a colloquial name for the Ruhr, an industrial region in the west of the country and just 22 miles separate Dortmund and Gelsenkirchen.

One of Germany's enduring derbies, it was first contested back in 1925 and there have been 137 meetings between these fierce local rivals.

Schalke have won 57 encounters, Dortmund 47 and 33 draws.


Pete Jenson has been catching up with the Barcelona star ahead of the Clasico with Real Madrid this evening.

The former Arsenal man talks candidly about how he was offered chance to return to the Premier League with Manchester United this summer but decided against it.

He says: 'At no time did I say that I wanted to go. It was clear in my mind that I wanted to succeed at Barcelona.'

Loyal: Despite offers from the Premier League, Fabregas chose to stay with Barcelona in the summer

Here's the full rundown of today's German games:


Mainz v Eintracht Braunschweig
Bayer Leverkusen v Augsburg
Bayern Munich v Hertha Berlin
Schalke 04 v Borussia Dortmund
Hannover 96 v 1899 Hoffenheim


Wolfsburg v Werder Bremen


Starting line-ups are starting to filter through for the 2.30pm German fixtures and here are the Bayern and Borussia Dortmund teams:

Bayern Munich team to play Hertha Berlin: Neuer, Rafinha, Boateng, van Buyten, Alaba, Lahm, Robben, Schweinsteiger, Kroos, Ribery, Muller

Borussia Dortmund team to play Schalke: Weidenfeller, Grosskreutz, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer, Bender, Sahin, Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan, Reus, Lewandowski

Back in action: Robert Lewandowki scored a late winner against Arsenal in midweek and leads Dortmund's attack again against Schalke (Picture: Getty Images)
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Good afternoon and welcome to our brand new European football live blog, focusing on all the games, goals and talking points from the leading continental leagues.

And what a afternoon to kick-off, with the Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid, the most eagerly-anticipated fixture of the season to date, taking centre stage at 5pm. It could well be the most expensive cast list ever assembled on a football field as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Gareth Bale go head-to-head.

Before that, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund head up the afternoon's Bundesliga schedule from 2.30pm. Bayern host Hertha Berlin, while Dortmund, who beat Arsenal in the Champions League in midweek, contest the Revierderby against Schalke.

There's also games in Ligue 1 and Serie A, including Inter Milan against Verona at 7.45pm.

We'll bring all that, and much, much more, to you live over the coming hours.


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Top level football, its hard to go back to EPL after watching this beautiful game. Technic, precision, intensity, chances everything you could hope for .

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You again. Singing the same song...

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Top level football, its hard to go back to EPL after this beautiful game. Technic, precision, intensity, chances everything you could hope for was there.

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RM got robbed in this game..Two penalties were not given .

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Barcelona are champions then, the league is over

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That ref was awful. He'd fit right in at the EPL.

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RM missing Ozil big time - was Bale playing ?

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I feel for any Real Madrid manager because they must desperately want to improve the defence with better players but the President won't allow it. A lot of work to do in that team if they ever want to win the CL.

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OMG!....That secong goal!!!!!

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Actually I find this clasico very good. What did you expect? 10 goals? That's the best vs the best, not city vs stoke city.

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So stop start stop start this game... This games seen more dives then a swimming pool!

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