Barry Glendenning

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Name: Barry Glendenning
Date registered: October 1, 2014
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/football/manchester-united

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  1. Barcelona 6-1 PSG (Agg: 6-5): Champions League last 16, second leg – as it happened — March 8, 2017
  2. Chelsea 3-1 Swansea City, Everton 2-0 Sunderland and more – as it happened — February 25, 2017
  3. Last stop Rochdale in one fan’s quest to visit every league ground in record time | Barry Glendenning — February 18, 2017
  4. Bayern Munich 5-1 Arsenal: Champions League last 16, first leg – as it happened — February 15, 2017
  5. PSG 4-0 Barcelona: Champions League last 16, first leg – as it happened — February 14, 2017

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Mar 08

Barcelona 6-1 PSG (Agg: 6-5): Champions League last 16, second leg – as it happened

Barcelona completed one of the greatest comebacks in football history as Paris Saint-Germain choked on an incredible night at Camp Nou

10.21pm GMT

Hats off to Sid Lowe, who has miraculously kept it together in the most difficult circumstances imaginable for a football match reporter to send across this on-the-whistle report. Astonishing work on an astonishing night at Camp Nou.

Related: Barcelona shatter PSG as Sergi Roberto caps absurd 6-1 comeback win

10.19pm GMT

Team celebration after the game. (@Mascherano) pic.twitter.com/C8LkUfkht9

10.16pm GMT

And the man of the match award goes to … Neymar, unquestionably. He was sensational throughout and it was his amazing late free-kick that gave Barcelona a glimmer of hope after Edinson Cavani scored an away goal for PSG. On TV, Ivan Rakitic is struggling to make sense of it all, but compares his side’s win to the Super Bowl this year. Truth be told, I think this knocks the New England Patriots’ efforts into a cocked hat and was a lot more impressive. It will fascinating to hear what PSG make of tonight’s events and to see how or if they recover. Meanwhile in Germany, Borussia Dortmund also overcame a deficit in fine style: they’ve beaten Benfica 4-0 to go through 4-1 on aggregate.

10.02pm GMT

So, that’s that then. Paris Saint-Germain are out, having surrendered a four-goal lead from the first leg. They ought to be thoroughly ashamed of themselves, but all credit to Barcelona who made the most of their opponents’ mental fragility to suffocate them for an hour, while scoring three goals. The jig looked up after Edinson Cavani scored for PSG, but a wonderful free-kick from Neymar gave Barcelona a glimmer of hope again before they plundered two more tie-winning goals in added time.

Neymar scored from the spot after Luis Suarez took a tumble and then the young substitute Sergi Roberto lifted the ball over PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp to win an incredible tie for Barcelona with a beautifully weighted volley. It was an astonishing game of football – here’s hoping we did it some sort of justice for you from our Guardian Towers bunker.

9.54pm GMT

Incredible scenes at Camp Nou! An astonishing performance by Barcelona, who had PSG terrified and on the ropes only to concede a sloppy away goal that seemed to ruin any chance they had of turning the tie around. Never underestimate the spineless of French football clubs in European competition, though – despite needing to do little more than NOT CONCEDE THREE GOALS IN THE FINAL TWO MINUTES PLUS ADDED TIME, Paris Saint-Germain have embarrassed themselves by somehow snatching defeat from the jaws of seemingly certain victory. Barcelona’s players are obvisouly delighted, but PSG will never live this down.

9.49pm GMT

It’s all over! What a result! What a game! What a comeback! What a choke! Barcelona have overturned a 4-0 deficit to send Paris Saint-Germain out of the Champions League with three goals in the final seven minutes. It’s never been done before – this must be a contender for the greatest comeback/bottle-job in the history of the game.

9.47pm GMT

90+5 min: Camp Nou has erupted in an explosion of unbridled joy as Sergi Roberto, who endured the worst night of his young career in Paris, scores the goal that will put them through to the quarter-finals. Neymar delivered the free-kick into the penalty area and Roberto it was who got in behind the defence to volley past Trapp and send Luis Enrique galloping down the touchline in celebration. What a game! What a result!

9.44pm GMT

Unbelievable! Barcelona score again. Sensational scenes at Camp Nou.

9.43pm GMT

90+5 min: Barcelona win a free-kick wide on the left and Ter Stegen advances up the field from his goal. He’s fouled by Verratti. Another free-kick in a good position for Barcelona!

9.42pm GMT

90+3 min: We’re into the third of five minutes of added time signalled by the fourth official. PSG substitution: Krychowiak on for Meunier. It was Marquinhos who “fouled” Suarez for that penalty, by the way. He got booked for his troubles.

9.40pm GMT

90+2 min: A ball into the PSG penalty area, where Pique wins the knockdown but fails to get the ball into the path of Leo Messi.

9.40pm GMT

Neymar scores! It’s all square on aggregate, but PSG have the edge on away goals. We’re into injury time and Barcelona’s players and supporters suddenly believe again.

9.38pm GMT

This is crazy! Luis Suarez goes down in the penalty area and wins a penalty. It looked like a dive, but the match officials have bought it.

9.37pm GMT

Neymar scores with a sensational free-kick! Wow, an incredible free-kick from the Brazilian, who bends one into the top left-hand corner from about 30 yards out. Barcelona need two more.

9.36pm GMT

87 min: Aurier throws himself in front of a goal-bound Neymar volley that flattens him. Great block.

9.35pm GMT

86 min: Angel Di Maria is put through on goal and under pressure from Mascherano, who may have fouled him, flop-wedges a looping shot over Mark-Andre ter Stegen that bounces wide.

9.33pm GMT

84 min: Barcelona substitution: Rakitic off, Gomes on.

9.33pm GMT

82 min: Busquets drives forward for Barcelona, who started the evening needing four goals, scored three of them and still need another three. The clock is against them and they look beaten men. Their fans are sitting in almost complete silence but haven’t abandoned their team. They can be proud of a good effort, but ultimately their inability to keep a clean sheet against quality opposition has been their undoing this evening. They had PSG quaking in their boots, but proceeded to undo all their good work with some exceedingly sloppy defending.

9.29pm GMT

80 min: Barcelona go forward and Turan picks out Rakitic in the penalty area. PSG clear.

9.27pm GMT

78 min: PSG go a rampaging towards the Barcelona penalty area with Angel Di Maria on the ball. He appeals for a penalty after his attempted cross hits the hand of Gerard Pique on the edge of the area, but none is forthcoming.

9.25pm GMT

77 min: Barcelona substitution: Sergi Roberto on, Rafinha off.

9.24pm GMT

76 min: PSG substitution: Julian Draxler off, Serge Aurier on.

9.24pm GMT

75 min: Lionel Messi wriggles his way past Thiago Silva through the PSG penalty area and drags a low diagonal effort wide of the far upright.

9.22pm GMT

73 min: Barcelona win a free-kick and Messi delivers the ball into the PSG penalty area. The visitors clear, as an almost eerie silence descends on the the stadium … writes reporter from London bunker.

9.20pm GMT

71 min: Barcelona continue huffing and puffing, but the wind seems to have gone from their sails. They had PSG on the ropes until a simple schoolboy lapse in concentration cost them dearly.

9.18pm GMT

69 min: It’s worth noting that the goal Barcelona conceded was a very poorly defended one. A long ball was pumped into the penalty area, where Rakitic was caught napping and allowed Layvin Kurzawa to win the knockdown almost completely unopposed. Cavani’s finishing was lethal.

9.16pm GMT

67 min: Luis Suarez is booked for diving after leaving his leg dangling in the evening breeze in the hope that Marco Verratti might trip him up. He can have no complaints about that booking.

9.15pm GMT

66 min: Turan is put through on goal and beats Trapp with a low diagonal effort that is hacked clear before it can cross the line.

9.14pm GMT

65 min: Barcelona throw caution to the wind and are piling men forward, leaving vast expanses for PSG to exploit at the back. Luis Enrique brings on Arda Turan for Iniesta.

9.13pm GMT

64 min: Cavani blows an opportunity to put the tie completely beyond Barcelona as he’s foiled by Ter Stegen after being put through on goal in a one-on-one. The goalkeeper stuck out a left boot to prevent the ball going into the corner.

9.11pm GMT

Cavani scores! A ball over the top and Rakitic is beaten in the air by Kurzawa, who wins the knockdown. Cavani rifles a half-volley into the roof of the net to give PSG a precious away goal. Barcelona need three more goals.

9.09pm GMT

61 min: Ivan Rakitic takes one for the team and gets booked for a tug on Draxler.

9.09pm GMT

59 min: PSG win a corner, shortly after Leo Messi looked to have a legitimate penalty shout turned down at the other end of the pitch. The ball’s sent into the penalty area, where an Edinson Cavani shot pinballs wide off Blaise Matuidi. That could have gone anywhere! This is bonkers!

9.07pm GMT

56 min: Barcelona continue their assault on the PSG penalty area, as PSG’s players give a passable impersonation of players who swapped their boots to the wrong feet at half-time. They keep losing possession in midfield, their attempts to clear their lines when under pressure have been incredibly sloppy and their nerves look shot. Can they hang on? I wouldn’t bet on it at the moment. But if they can score an away goal, that would certainly ease their nerves …

9.04pm GMT

56 min: PSG substitution: Angel Di Maria on, Luca Moura off.

9.03pm GMT

55 min: Neymar goes down in the PSG penalty area as he contests a through ball with Meunier. It’s an obvious dive, but he escapes a booking for simulation.

9.02pm GMT

54 min: Rafinha cuts in from the right and tries his luck with a shot that Trapp saves in a fairly straightforward fashion.

9.01pm GMT

53 min: Edinson Cavani rifles a close range effort off the foot of the upright from a few yards out after getting on the end of a near post Meunier cross from the right.

9.00pm GMT

51 min: PSG’s right-back Thomas Meunier gave away the penalty there, bringing down Neymar as he fell to the ground when the Brazilian tried to jink past him. At first the referee seemed reluctant to give the penalty, but eventually did so after consulting with his goal-line official. PSG’s players haven’t stopped complaining since. Their heads are gone!

8.58pm GMT

Messi scores! It’s 3-4 on aggregate and PSG are on the ropes here. They’re in all sorts of bother as Messi shoots to the goalkeeper’s right from 12 yards. Camp Nou erupts.

8.57pm GMT

48 min: Neymar goes down in the penalty area after tripping over Thomas Meunier, who was falling to the ground.

8.55pm GMT

46 min: Julian Draxler has an early opportunity to ease the terror as he floats down the left flank and shapes to shoot. Javier Mascherano blocks to concede a corner, from which Draxler eventually shoots wildly over from the edge of the Barca penalty area.

8.53pm GMT

PSG kick off. We’re away and running for a second half which PSG’s players must be absolutely dreading. If they somehow manage to mess this up, it will go down as one of the greatest chokes in football history- a total embarrassment. As Barcelona’s players waited out on the field, their PSG counterparts were having a very animated pow-wow in the tunnel. You can practically smell the fear.

8.38pm GMT

Barcelona go in at half-time with half the job done. PSG’s players are disgracing themselves here and have already been reduced to persistently pleading with the referee to send various Barcelona players off. Neither goal will end up on the Barcelona showreel, but Luis Suarez and the hapless Kurzawa have given them a real chance.

8.36pm GMT

45+2 min: Barcelona win another corner, as PSG’s visibly terrified players wilt in the Camp Nou cauldron. Half-time can’t come quickly enough for these chaps as yet another monotonously predictable French Champions League bottle job unfolds.

8.34pm GMT

46 min: Rakitic sends another low cross into the PSG penalty area from the right, but it’s blocked.

8.33pm GMT

44 min: Pique fouls Cavani, who demands the defender be shown a second yellow card. The refereee duly reaches into his pocket, takes out the card and shows it to the PSG striker, who goes completely berserk at being called out on his unsporting behaviour. Proper order.

8.31pm GMT

42 min: I’m sure Andres Iniesta won’t mind me taking that goal away from him and chalking it up as a Layvin Kurzawa OG. It was a very odd goal – Iniesta slalomed towards the PSG goal and then back-heeled across the area. Kurzawa proceeded to haplessly hack the ball towards his own goal, where Trapp seemed to get a touch but couldn’t prevent it from crossing the line.

8.28pm GMT

Barcelona pull back another goal and this one is even more scruffy than the last. Iniesta was the architect, but the ball seemed to pinball into the goal off three different PSG players.

8.27pm GMT

39 min: There’s a break in play as Lucas Moura gets treatment for an injury.

8.26pm GMT

38 min: Ivan Rakitic gets in behind the PSG defence and tries to play a deft back-heel to Luis Suarez, who is unable to keep the ball from running out of play for a goal kick.

8.24pm GMT

36 min: Sergio Busquets gets the booking which will rule him out of Barcelona’s next European game … whenever that might be.

8.23pm GMT

34 min: Adrien Rabiot dawdles on the ball in the PSG midfield and is dispossessed. The ball’s played forward in a flash, but Luis Suarez’s first touch is poor – he is forced wider than he’d like and subsequently unable to get any power behind his shot. Trapp saves easily.

8.22pm GMT

33 min: Rafinha picks up the ball on the right side of the PSG penalty area and threads a pass straight through Julian Draxler’s legs but straight into the hands of goalkeeper Kevin Trapp. That’s a poor pass. PSG are very compact and far more precision is required from Barcelona’s front men in and around their penalty area.

8.19pm GMT

31 min: A wayward pass from Ivan Rakitic leads to Lucas Moura getting a shooting opportunity on the fringes of the Barcelona penalty area. He doesn’t quite put his boot through the ball and his weak effort bounces en route to the relieved embrace of Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the Barca goal.

8.17pm GMT

28 min: Meunier trips Neymar to concede a free-kick wide on the left touchline. The ball’s sent fizzing across the edge of the six-yard box, where Gerard Pique is penalised for offside. A wasted opportunity.

8.16pm GMT

28 min: Andres Iniesta tries his luck with a drive from distance, but fires well high and wide.

8.15pm GMT

27 min: Leo Messi shoots this free-kick straight into the wall. He appeals for handball after Kurzawa’s downward header hits Edinson Cavani’s arm, but again the referee isn’t interested..

8.13pm GMT

25 min: Rafinha cuts inside from the right and is fouled by Layvin Kurzawa. Free-kick for Barcelona in another good position outside the PSG penalty area.

8.12pm GMT

24 min: Gerard Pique is booked for sliding through the back of Edinson Cavani with his studs showing. I’d say that was a very dark yellow card, bordering on the pink side of red.

8.11pm GMT

22 min: We’re 25% of the way into the game and Barcelona have done 25% of the work required to turn this around. PSG’s defending for the goal was atrocious, but replays show Luis Suarez did superbly to get the ball over the goalkeeper and under the bar from just five yards out. It required a very deft touch.

8.08pm GMT

19 min: Barcelona continue to turn the screw, pressurising PSG’s defenders as Kevin Trapp rolls the ball their way to play it out from the back. It seems a strange tactic for the French side to employ when they could just lump the ball a little further up the field to get some breathing space.

8.06pm GMT

17 min: Neymar tries his luck with a diagonal surface-to-air effort from distance that wafts wide of the far post. It was a decent effort, but Kevin Trapp looked to have the ball covered if it had been on target.

8.04pm GMT

16 min: PSG get a free-kick wide on the right. Lucas Moura floats the ball towards the far post, where Marquinhos tries to head for goal, but Gerard Pique is there to avert the danger.

8.03pm GMT

15 min: Wide! Leo Messi stepped up to take the kind of free-kick from which he has scored many, many times. He gets the ball up and down over the wall, but his effort fizzes just wide of the corner.

8.02pm GMT

14 min: Draxler is booked for a trip on Leo Messi. Barcelona get a free-kick about 30 yards from the PSG goal, almost dead centre. Over to you, Lionel …

8.01pm GMT

13 min: Lucas Moura tries to play Edinson Cavani in behind the Barcelona defence, but Samuel Umtiti does enough to avert the danger.

8.00pm GMT

11 min: A PSG counter-attack ends with a penalty appeal after a low Julian Draxler cross from the left hits the arm of Javier Mascherano, who’d got back well to slide in and intercept. The referee is having none of it, despite frantic appeals from Draxler and Edinson Cavani.

7.58pm GMT

10 min: Another Barcelona corner. The ball’s sent in, half-cleared and bounces kindly for Javier Mascherano on the edge of the areaNever the most prolific of goalscorers, he shoots wide with a wild swipe.

7.57pm GMT

9 min: Just before that corner, Neymar had a half-hearted appeal for a penalty ignored. He’d kicked the ball off a PSG player’s arm.

7.56pm GMT

9 min: Barcelona win a corner, which is sent towards Gerard Pique. Marco Verratti clears for PSG.

7.55pm GMT

7 min: More pressure from Barcelona. Leo Messi sends a cross towards the far post from the left, but there’s nobody present to convert it. Trapp gathers comfortably this time.

7.55pm GMT

5 min: Blaise Matuidi is booked for a foul on Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti. PSG have been sitting very deep in the early stages of this game and have had little or no possession.

7.53pm GMT

4 min: What a start from Barcelona! There’s chaos in the PSG penalty area as the ball is played in from midfield. Rather than come and gather the ball comfortably, Trapp dithers and allows Suarez to head over the line from five or six yards. PSG right-back Thomas Meunier tried to hook the ball off the line, but it was well over.

7.51pm GMT

It’s on! Luis Suarez opens the scoring for Barcelona!!!

7.50pm GMT

2 min: Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Kevin Trapp has already been forced to rush a clearance under an intense press by Rafinha and Barcelona are putting PSG under intense pressure.

7.49pm GMT

1 min: Barcelona kick off and look set to line up in the 3-3-1-3 formation that has served them so well in recent games, with Rafinha playing wide on the right as a wing-back. Neymar is wide on the left, with Luis Suarez as the front man. Leo Messi is, as expected, in a slightly more withdrawn role.

7.43pm GMT

The teams line up in the tunnel and walk out on to the pitch to go through the final pre-match formalities before Barcelona attempt to do something no team in European Cup history has ever done: overturn a 4-0 first leg deficit. They’ve scored four or more goals in 15 games this season and PSG will have every right to fear the worst if they find themselves a goal or two down early doors. Their fans certainly look up for it – Camp Nou is stuffed to the rafters and a riot of colour.

7.35pm GMT

7.31pm GMT

“Foregone or four-goal conclusion?” he asks. “Today’s aggregate result appears to be a Foregone Conclusion to most. Still, my David Brent-like obliviousness has me clinging on to the slim hope that Barcelona can eke out a four-goal conclusion and drag this thing into extra time.”

Personally, I can see them scoring four. I can’t seeing PSG failing to trouble to scoreboard operator though. Barcelona’s defence is fairly poor and there are lot of very, very talented attackers on this Paris Saint-Germain team.

7.18pm GMT

Barcelona: ter Stegen, Rafinha, Umtiti, Pique, Mascherano, Iniesta, Busquets, Rakitic, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Messi.

Subs: Cillessen, Turan, Alcacer, Jordi Alba, Digne, Sergi Roberto, Andre Gomes.

7.15pm GMT

Presumably because of fitness concerns, Angel Di Maria will sit this game out and be replaced by Lucas on the right flank. Rafinha starts for Barcelona, having come on as a substitute in the first leg. We’ll have the full starting line-ups and lists of replacements for you very shortly.

7.02pm GMT

Since losing 4-0 against PSG, Luis Enrique has changed Barcelona’s tactics, playing Lionel Messi in a more withdrawn No10 role, while Rafinha helped out alongside alongside Neymar and Luis Suarez. It’s not without risk and has helped the cause against worse opposition than PSG, but we’ll find out soon enough if Luis Enrique is going to adopt similar tactics tonight.

6.52pm GMT

PSG’s coach was quietly confident going ahead of tonight’s second leg. “I have the same confidence in my team as before the first leg and the same respect for Barcelona,” he said. “Our only thought is to play the way we did in the first leg, without thinking about the result. We need to be ready to do everything: defend, attack, play together, cope when they are dominating, and make them suffer. We need to win our one-on-ones and on a collective level get the upper hand. That’s why we want to carry on where we left off in Paris. There is pressure of course. Tomorrow, what will be different is that Barça will have the fans behind them. We need to keep our usual philosophy.”

6.33pm GMT

Asked if he thinks his side can come back from the hiding they took in Paris, Luis Enrique was reasonably upbeat about their chances. “I’ve been convinced for a couple of weeks that there will be a stage in the game where we will be close to achieving what we need,” he said. “If a team can score four against us then we can score six against them. The result in the first leg was very clear but this is a knockout tie and we’re only at half-time. Over 95 minutes, an infinite number of things can happen. Hopefully they will all be positive for us.”

6.32pm GMT

Neither side has anyone suspended, but PSG players Marquinhos and Adrien Rabiot are one booking away from a ban, while the same fate will befall Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets should he see yellow. For Barcelona, Aleix Vidal and Jeremy Mathieu are out with injury, while Thiago Motta remains sidelined for Paris Saint-Germain. There are also concerns over the fitness of Angel Di Maria, who scored two goals in the first leg.

6.32pm GMT

10.26am GMT

Almost certainly not. History is certainly against them, while the evidence of their surprisingly dismal performance in defeat against Paris Saint-Germain in Parc Des Princes is even more compelling. They were awful and are unlikely to play as badly again, but a lot has happened since then. Citing exhaustion in the immediate aftermath of a subsequent 6-1 win over Sporting Gijon, Barcelona boss Luis Enrique announced his intention to stand down come season’s end and his team responded to the news by thrashing Celta Vigo 5-0, their second consecutive victory by a five goal winning margin. An identical scoreline tonight will see them through to the quarter-finals, but the French champions are a much different proposition to Celta or Sporting. Kick-off is at 7.45pm (GMT), but stay tuned for team news and build-up.

Continue reading…

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Feb 25

Chelsea 3-1 Swansea City, Everton 2-0 Sunderland and more – as it happened

  • Chelsea extend their Premier League lead to 11 points
  • Sunderland remain bottom after defeat at Everton
  • Champions Leicester drop into bottom three with Hull
  • Crystal Palace win at home against toothless Boro
  • Championship leaders Newcastle held by Bristol City
  • Celtic maintain their 24-point lead in Scotland

5.40pm GMT

Scottish Premiership: Moussa Dembele made it 29 goals for the season in all competitions to leave Celtic 24 points clear of Aberdeen at the Scottish Premiership summit.

Related: Moussa Dembélé scores as Celtic beat Hamilton for 21st straight win

5.37pm GMT

Premier League: Troy Deeney has given Watford an early lead from the penalty spot at Vicarage Road. Well, one of the penalty spots. You can follow the action from that match with Rob Smyth.

Related: Watford v West Ham United: Premier League – live!

5.34pm GMT

Championship: A Chris Wood goal consolidated Leeds United’s place in the play-off places.

Related: Chris Wood strikes to give Leeds derby victory over Sheffield Wednesday

5.32pm GMT

Premier League: Craig Dawson and Gareth McAuley scored the goals that earned West Brom all three points.

Related: West Bromwich Albion fight back to beat struggling Bournemouth

5.26pm GMT

Premier League: It was a miserable return to Goodison Park for David Moyes and several members of his squad on a record-equalling day for Romelu Lukaku.

Related: David Moyes suffers miserable return to Everton with Sunderland defeat

5.24pm GMT

Premier League: Patrick van Anholt’s goal was the difference between the sides as Middlesbrough failed to score again.

Related: Crystal Palace out of drop zone after Patrick van Aanholt goal sinks Boro

5.23pm GMT

Premier League: Second half goals from either side in the space of four minutes means the spoils were shared.

Related: Michael Keane makes amends for Burnley to rescue point at Hull City

5.20pm GMT

Premier League: Swansea City came from behind and held Chelsea for a while, but the league leaders proved just too good for them.

Related: Fàbregas and Pedro see off stubborn Swansea as Chelsea stay way out in front

5.17pm GMT

National League: One can’t help but feel how their recently-resigned reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw will feel upon hearing this? He enjoyed his 15 minutes earlier this week after letting a certain tabloid newspaper and their betting associates make a complete fool of him and has now missed out on a rare playing opportunity.

Sutton United win with outfield player in goal after Wayne Shaw’s exit https://t.co/ccetFSNBOJ

5.12pm GMT

Scottish Premiership: Aberdeen 1-0 Ross County, Celtic 2-0 Hamilton, Motherwell 1-5 Dundee, Partick Thistle 2-0 Hearts, St Johnstone 0-2 Kilmarnock

5.10pm GMT

Barnet 0-1 Cambridge United, Colchester United 2-1 Hartlepool United, Crewe Alexandra 1-2 Stevenage, Doncaster Rovers 2-2 Accrington Stanley, Exeter City 2-2 Blackpool, Leyton Orient 0-1 Cheltenham Town, Luton Town 1-1 Plymouth Argyle, Mansfield Town 2-1 Newport County, Morecambe 1-0 Grimsby Town, Notts County 0-0 Yeovil Town, Wycombe Wanderers 1-2 Crawley Town, Carlisle United 0-3 Portsmouth

5.08pm GMT

Championship: Having pegged Brentford back to 2-2 in the closing moments of their match, the Championship’s bottom club, Rotherham only went and shipped another two goals to lose 4-2. They’ve won just one point away from home this season and are 13 points adrift at the bottom and 16 points clear of safety.

5.05pm GMT

AFC Wimbledon 1-0Walsall, Bristol Rovers 1-1 Scunthorpe, Charlton Athletic 0-1 Bury, Chesterfield 0-4 Oxford United, Fleetwood Town 3-0 Northampton Town, Gillingham 2-1 Southend, MK Dons 2-1 Shrewsbury Town, Oldham Athletic 0-0 Millwall, Peterborough United 3-1 Rochdale, Port Vale 1-2 Bradford City, Sheffield United 2-0 Bolton Wanderers, Coventry City 1-3 Swindon Town.

5.02pm GMT

Championship: I wouldn’t agree it’s a headbutt, but Villa midfielder Leandro Bacuna has been sent off at the end of his side’s win and looks like he might be in a spot of additional bother.

Leandro Bacuna saw red after headbutting the linesman. #AVFC still beat Derby 1-0. pic.twitter.com/LJHiJPTSCB

4.58pm GMT

Leeds United 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa 1-0 Derby County, Barnsley 1-1 Huddersfield Town, Brentford 4-2 Rotherham, Cardiff City 2-2 Fulham, Newcastle United 2-2 Bristol City, Preston 2-1 QPR, Wigan 0-0 Nottingham Forest, Brighton v Reading (5.30 GMT).

4.57pm GMT

Premier League: Hull took the lead through a Tom Huddlestone penalty, but conceded from a set piece just four minutes later.

4.56pm GMT

Premier League: West Brom came from behind to hit the 40-point mark, while Bournemouth remain on the slide.

4.55pm GMT

Premier League: Patrick van Aanholt scored to win three precious points for Crystal Palace, as Middlesbrough drew yet another blank.

4.54pm GMT

Premier League: Goals from Idrissa Gueye and Romelu Lukaku’s record-equalling 60th Premier League consign Sunderland to yet another defeat. They remain bottom of the table.

4.52pm GMT

Premier League: Pedro, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa got the goals that sent Chelsea 11 points clear at the top of the table.

4.50pm GMT

Premier League: Ashley Barnes seems to have been on a mission to get himself sent off with a relentless stream of fouls and he duly picks up his second yellow, followed by the obligatory red. Burnley are down to 10 men for the knockings!

4.49pm GMT

Championship: Basement-dwellers look likely to earn a rare point on their travels after coming from 2-1 down to equalise against Brentford. Anthony Forde with their second goal, their.

4.44pm GMT

Premier League: Diego Costa gets on the scoresheet to put the game beyond Swansea City with six minutes to go.

4.43pm GMT

Championship: It’s all square between Newcastle and Bristol City, where Ciaran Clark has levelled the score between the sides to help the league leaders come from two goals down. Elsewhere, Barnsley have equalised against Huddersfield – it’s 1-1 at Oakwell. At Griffin Park, Brentford have gone 2-1 up against Rotherham United, while it’s now 2-2 between Cardiff City and Fulham. Meanwhile at Deepdale, Preston lead QPR 2-1. Luke Freeman has been sent off for his second bookable offence for the visitors in that one.

4.40pm GMT

Premier League: Romelu Lukaku equals Duncan Ferguson’s Premier League record of 60 goals for the Toffees. Sunderland will remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table, assuming they lose this match.

4.34pm GMT

Premier League: Having given away the penalty from which his side conceded just moments ago with a hand-ball, Michael Keane equalises for Burnley four minutes later. He converts from a corner, with Robbie Brady providing the assist.

4.31pm GMT

Premier League: Pedro gets his second goal of the afternoon to restore his side’s lead. It was a soft one – Lukasz Fabianski should have done a lot better, but the Swansea City goalkeeper let the ball roll under his body.

4.30pm GMT

Premier League: Tom Huddlestone gives Hull City the lead against Burnley from the penalty spot.

4.29pm GMT

AFC Wimbledon 1-0 Walsall, Bristol Rovers 1-0 Scunthorpe, Charlton Athletic 0-1 Bury, Chesterfield 0-4 Oxford United, Fleetwood Town 3-0 Northampton Town, Gillingham 2-0 Southend, MK Dons 2-0 Shrewsbury Town, Oldham Athletic 0-0 Millwall, Peterborough United 2-1 Rochdale, Port Vale 1-1 Bradford City, Sheffield United 2-0 Bolton Wanderers, , Coventry City 0-2 Swindon Town.

4.27pm GMT

Premier League: The Swans are holding Chelsea and look very unlucky not to get a spot-kick when Cesar Azpilicueta brings down Gylfi Siggurdsson in the Chelsea penalty area. Neil Swarbrick is the referee being subjected to the moans and groans of the visiting fans.

4.26pm GMT

Barnet 0-1 Cambridge United, Colchester United 1-0 Hartlepool United, Crewe Alexandra 0-2 Stevenage, Doncaster Rovers 2-1 Accrington Stanley, Exeter City 1-2 Blackpool, Leyton Orient 0-1 Cheltenham Town, Luton Town 1-1 Plymouth Argyle, Mansfield Town 1-1 Newport County, Morecambe 1-0 Grimsby Town, Notts County 0-0 Yeovil Town, Wycombe Wanderers 1-1 Crawley Town, Carlisle United 0-0 Portsmouth

4.24pm GMT

Scottish Premiership: Moussa Dembele has just scored his second goal of the afternoon to give Celtic a 2-0 lead over Hamilton as they continue their romp to the title. Elsewhere in Scotland’s top flight: Aberdeen 0-0 Ross County, Motherwell 1-5 Dundee, Partick Thistle 1-0 Hearts, St Johnstone 0-1 Kilmarnock.

4.22pm GMT

Championship: Kenneth Zohore has given Cardiff City the upper hand against Fulham in the Welsh capital. They lead 2-1.

4.18pm GMT

Championship: Having trailed Bristol City by two goals at the break, Newcastle have pulled one back through Jonjo Shelvey. See Steven Hughes’s missive at half-time to learn why both sets of supporters will be thrilled.

4.17pm GMT

League One: Rochdale have had two different players sent off in their match against Peterborough United, where they were already trailing 2-1 since the break. Joe Rafferty and Donal McDermott have both received their marching orders.

4.12pm GMT

Premier League: Wayne Hennessey saves from Gaston Ramirez to maintain Crystal Palace’s precious lead against Middlesbrough at Selhurst Park.

4.10pm GMT

Premier League: Craig Dawson goes down injured after getting a bad bang on the head – he’ll be coming off. Moments previously, West Brom had a goal disallowed for offside after Nacer Chadli was flagged after heading Chris Brunt’s corner past Artur Boruc. It’s a good decision – West Brom continue to lead 2-1 against Bournemouth.

4.08pm GMT

Premier League: Sunderland have a penalty appeal turn down and Adnan Januzaj misses a shot from distance after a bright start to the second half for Sunderland against Everton. They continue to trail by the only goal of the game.

4.04pm GMT

From Steven Hughes: “The Bristol City manager, Lee Johnson, has already lost much of the crowd, having lost 10 of the last 13 league games, and Wednesday’s home defeat against Fulham was abject nonsense, a real nadir,” he says. “So, for some of the fans there today, and those listening on the radio, they’ll actually be groaning inside if City come away with all three points as it’ll prolong the agony of having Johnson running the shop.”

Thanks for the informative and interesting inside line, Steven. Football fans, eh? Unhappy when they’re losing and unhappy when they’re winning away at the league leaders. If what Steven says is true, it’ll be a long and miserable journey back to Bristol for those lads and lassies whatever the outcome at St James’s Park. I’d say they’ll take the win, mind.

3.54pm GMT

Aberdeen 0-0 Ross County, Celtic 1-0 Hamilton, Motherwell 1-5 Dundee, Partick Thistle 1-0 Hearts, St Johnstone 0-1 Kilmarnock

3.53pm GMT

Barnet 0-0 Cambridge United, Colchester United 0-0 Hartlepool United, Crewe Alexandra 0-2 Stevenage, Doncaster Rovers 1-1 Accrington Stanley, Exeter City 1-2 Blackpool, Leyton Orient 0-1 Cheltenham Town, Luton Town 1-1 Plymouth Argyle, Mansfield Town 1-1 Newport County, Morecambe 1-0 Grimsby Town, Notts County 0-0 Yeovil Town, Wycombe Wanderers 1-1 Crawley Town, Carlisle United 0-0 Portsmouth.

3.51pm GMT

AFC Wimbledon 0-0 Walsall, Bristol Rovers 1-0 Scunthorpe, Charlton Athletic 0-1 Bury, Chesterfield 0-2 Oxford United, Fleetwood Town 1-0 Northampton Town, Gillingham 1-0 Southend, MK Dons 2-0 Shrewsbury Town, Oldham Athletic 0-0 Millwall, Peterborough United 2-1 Rochdale, Port Vale 0-1 Bradford City, Sheffield United 1-0 Bolton Wanderers, Coventry City 0-1 Swindon Town.

3.50pm GMT

Leeds United 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday (result). Aston Villa 1-0 Derby County, Barnsley 0-1 Huddersfield Town, Brentford 1-0 Rotherham, Cardiff City 1-1 Fulham, Newcastle United 0-2 Bristol City, Preston 1-1 QPR, Wigan 0-0 Nottingham Forest, Brighton v Reading (5.30 GMT).

3.49pm GMT

Championship: Aiden McGeady is in fine form this season and has scored again to level terms for his side at home to QPR. It’s 1-1 at Deepdale.

3.48pm GMT

Premier League: From a free-kick on the halfway line, the ball is floated into the Chelsea penalty area. Fernando Llorente promptly equalises with a splendid header. Chelsea have been pegged back by Swansea City just before half-time.

3.44pm GMT

Premier League: Idrissa Gueye slides in to get on the end of a Seamus Coleman cross and poke the ball past Jordan Pickford high into the roof of the net. It’s his first goal for Everton and leaves Sunderland’s players in all sorts of bother after their well earned week-long jolly-up in New York. The other Sunderland staff who, it was recently announced, will soon be facing redundancy, will be thrilled to see their representatives on the pitch doing so well.

3.40pm GMT

Championship: Kazenga LuaLua opens the scoring at Deepdale to give Ian Holloway’s QPR side a first-half lead.

3.38pm GMT

League One latest: AFC Wimbledon 0-0 Walsall, Bristol Rovers 0-0 Scunthorpe, Charlton Athletic 0-1 Bury, Chesterfield 0-2 Oxford United, Fleetwood Town 0-0 Northampton Town, Gillingham 0-0 Southend, MK Dons 2-0 Shrewsbury Town, Oldham Athletic 0-0 Millwall, Peterborough United 0-0 Rochdale, Port Vale 0-0 Bradford City, Sheffield United 1-0 Bolton Wanderers, Coventry City 0-1 Swindon Town.

3.35pm GMT

Premier League: January signing Patrick van Aanholt scores past Victor Valdes with a rare right-footed shot to notch his fourth goal of the season and lift Crystal Palace out of the relegation zone as things stand.

3.34pm GMT

Scottish Premiership: Around the half-hour mark, it’s scoreless between Aberdeen and Ross County, while the deadlock also remains unbroken between Celtic and Hamilton. Motherwell are 3-1 behind at home to Dundee, while Partick Thistle are a goal to the good against Hearts. At McDiarmid Park, St Johnstone trail Kilmarnock by the only goal of the game.

3.32pm GMT

Championship: Aston Villa have gone a goal up against Derby County at home, with James Chester doing the honours for Steve Bruce’s side. Elsewhere, Cardiff City have equalised Fulham, with Kenneth Zohore levelling the scores there.

3.29pm GMT

With their 17 stone former reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw no longer on the pay-roll after his pie-eating antics on Monday night, his former team are paying a – cough! – heavy price.

Sutton United forced to put an outfield player in goal at Torquay https://t.co/Xtkhx0mUhu

3.26pm GMT

Championship: Wow! Championship leaders Newcastle are now two goals behind at home to Bristol City. David Cotterill has an easy task after a comedy mixup between defender Paul Dummett and his goalkeeper Karl Darlow. Elsewhere in the Championship: Fulham have gone ahead against Cardiff City, with Stefan Johansen getting the goal. Brentford lead Rotherham 1-0, Huddersfield are also one up against Barnsley and Leeds have already beaten Sheffield Wednesday 1-0.

3.22pm GMT

Premier League: Gareth McAuley scores with a tap-in after Artur Boruc flaps at a Chris Brunt free-kick. Bournemouth are losing again.

3.20pm GMT

Premier League: On his 300th appearance for Chelsea (or is it his 300th Premier League appearance?), Cesc Fabregas opens the scoring against Swansea City.

3.19pm GMT

Championship: Huddersfield are looking for their seventh league win in a row and are going the right way about it. German defender Michael Heffele has just powered a header into the corner from a corner in their match against Barnsley at Oakwell.

3.17pm GMT

Championship: Jota has put Brentford 1-0 up against basement club Rotherham at Griffin Park. It’s the 25-year-old’s fourth goal of the season.

3.15pm GMT

League One: MK Dons lead Shrewsbury 2-0 after just 11 minutes, while Billy Sharp has given Sheffield United the lead against BOlton at Bramall Lane.

3.13pm GMT

Championship: Newcastle have gone a goal behind at home to Bristol City. Aaron Wibraham has put Lee Johnson’s side ahead against the Championship leaders.

3.12pm GMT

Premier League: Bournemouth’s lead is quickly cancelled out as Craig Dawson sees a shot deflected past Artur Boruc and into the net after 10 minutes.

3.10pm GMT

Premier League: Palace have started strongly in their match against Middlesbrough and have been denied what seemed a clear-cut penalty. Wilf Zaha was brought down in the Middlesbrough area, but no penalty was forthcoming.

3.07pm GMT

Premier League: It was Allan Nyom who brought down Ryan Fraser to concede that penalty and Josh King coolly dispatches it to give Bournemouth an early lead. He sent Ben Foster the wrong way.

3.05pm GMT

Premier League: Mark Clattenburg has awarded Bournemouth a penalty in their match against West Brom!

3.03pm GMT

Premier League: Pedro curls an effort high and wide of the Swansea City goal from the edge of the penalty area in the early stages at Stamford Bridge.

3.02pm GMT

We’re off! The ball is rolling in grounds around the UK and beyond. I have been criminally neglectful of the Scottish Premiership thus far, having forgotten to bring you news of the action up there. My humble apologies to fans of – fitba latest – Aberdeen 0-0 Ross County, Celtic 0-0 Hamilton, Motherwell 0-0 Dundee, Partick Thistle 0-0 Hearts, St Johnstone 0-0 Kilmarnock.

2.57pm GMT

It’s 2.57pm: Teams the length and breadth of the country are walking out on to pitches the length and breadth of the country for the 3pm kick-offs. The action will be under way very soon!

2.52pm GMT

Championship: Leeds United’s win courtesy of a Chris Wood goal means they move up to fourth, nine points clear of seventh-placed Fulham and seventh points behind second-placed. They’re looking very good for a play-off place but may still fancy their chances of securing automatic promotion.

Related: Chris Wood strikes to give Leeds derby victory over Sheffield Wednesday

2.37pm GMT

Interviewed by Sky Sports News, the Leicester City goalkeeper says he is “very hurt” by accusations that he and other senior players undermined Claudio Ranieri and tried to get him ousted. Interestingly, he doesn’t deny the accusations, despite being given ample opportunity to do so. In fact he refuses to deny them on four different occasions. Instead, he keeps saying that he and his fellow senior players have “no influence” over the owners. Nice try, Kasper.

2.12pm GMT

Hull: Jakupovic, Elmohamady, Ranocchia, Maguire, Robertson, Elabdellaoui, Huddlestone, N’Diaye, Grosicki, Maloney, Mbokani.

Subs: Meyler, Hernandez, Diomande, Marshall, Niasse, Tymon, Bowen.

2.10pm GMT

Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso, Pedro, Costa, Hazard.

Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Loftus-Cheek, Matic, Willian, Batshuayi, Terry.

2.08pm GMT

Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Townsend, Cabaye, Puncheon, Zaha, Christian Benteke.

Subs: Speroni, Dann, Campbell, McArthur, KaiKai, Delaney, Schlupp.

2.06pm GMT

West Brom: Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Nyom, Livermore, Fletcher, Brunt, Morrison, Chadli, Rondon.

Subs: Olsson, Robson-Kanu, Yacob, Myhill, McClean, Leko, Field.

2.03pm GMT

Everton: Robles, Coleman, Ashley Williams, Funes Mori, Baines, Davies, Schneiderlin, Gana, Barkley, Lukaku, Lookman.

Subs: Jagielka, Mirallas, McCarthy, Barry, Valencia, Stekelenburg, Holgate.

2.01pm GMT

Championship: Chris Wood gave Garry Monk’s side the lead they continue to protect with 20 minutes to go. Jordan RHodes has missed a penalty for Wednesday, with Robert Green pushing his effort from 12 yards on to the post. You can follow the rest of that one with Rob Smyth. Stay tuned for incoming Premier League team news!

1.29pm GMT

Barnet v Cambridge United, Carlisle United v Portsmouth, Colchester United v Hartlepool United, Crewe Alexandra v Stevenage, Doncaster Rovers v Accrington Stanley, Exeter City v Blackpool, Leyton Orient v Cheltenham Town, Luton Town v Plymouth Argyle, Mansfield Town v Newport County, Morecambe v Grimsby Town, Notts County v Yeovil Town, Wycombe Wanderers v Crawley Town.

1.29pm GMT

AFC Wimbledon v Walsall, Bristol Rovers v Scunthorpe, Charlton Athletic v Bury, Chesterfield v Oxford United, Coventry City v Swindon Town, Fleetwood Town v Northampton Town, Gillingham v Southend, MK Dons v Shrewsbury Town, Oldham Athletic v Millwall, Peterborough United v Rochdale, Port Vale v Bradford City, Sheffield United v Bolton Wanderers

1.29pm GMT

Related: Premier League and EFL Cup final: 10 things to look out for this weekend

1.29pm GMT

The weekend’s Championship action kicked off last night, with Gianfranco Zola securing just his second win as Birmingham City manager with a 2-1 win over Wolves. At the Pirelli Stadium, Burton Albion and Blackburn Rovers drew 1-1 in a result that left the visitors second from bottom of the table, two points from safety. Today’s hot, sweaty action kicked off at 12.30pm (GMT) with a Yorkshire derby between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday, where it’s currently 1-0 to the home side at half-time.

5.12pm GMT

At the end of an eventful, entertaining and controversial week on and off the pitch, it’s a big weekend for several Premier League clubs. Having knifed their manager between the shoulder-blades, Leicester City’s players have until Monday night, when they play Liverpool, to think about what they’ve done. They could find themselves deeper in the relegation mire by then, with several of their fellow strugglers going toe to toe this afternoon in some intriguing battles.

In a reduced fixture list because of tomorrow’s League Cup final, table-toppers Chelsea entertain resurgent Swansea, while Hull and Burnley meet at the KCOM Stadium. Bottom-dwellers Sunderland face a difficult trip to Everton, while Bournemouth must try to arrest their slide down the table by getting a result at the Hawthorns. Selhurst Park plays host to another six-pointer, where Crystal Palace entertain Middlesbrough. Stay with us up for team news and build-up, followed by news of all the goals as they go in around the grounds.

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Feb 18

Last stop Rochdale in one fan’s quest to visit every league ground in record time | Barry Glendenning

Leeds-based 51-year-old Ed Wood will leave Spotland on Saturday having visited 93 league grounds in only 189 days, reclaiming a record he held for three years in the 1990s, all in the name of charity

The final whistle of Rochdale’s encounter with Charlton Athletic this Saturday will signal more than the end of just another League One football match. It will also mark the conclusion of a remarkable odyssey for one football fan. Barring disaster, Ed Wood, a Derby County supporter, will leave Spotland having reclaimed and smashed the Guinness world record for attending a match at each of England’s 92 league grounds in the shortest time. This modern day, football-loving Phileas Fogg will have gone around the stadiums in 189 days.

Truth be told, it is actually 93 league grounds. To mix things up a bit, Shielfield Park, the home of Berwick Rangers, an English side from Northumberland who compete in Scotland’s League Two, was included in the itinerary of Mike Jones and Bob Wilson, who set the original record of 264 days in 1968-69.

Related: FA Cup fifth round: 10 things to look out for this weekend | Daniel Harris and Barry Glendenning

I’ve met loads of new people, I’ve done loads of stuff I’ve never done before. It’s always nice to have a chance to pause from real life and reflect and do something different

Related: FA Cup photo essay – Middlesbrough v Accrington Stanley in the fourth round

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Feb 15

Bayern Munich 5-1 Arsenal: Champions League last 16, first leg – as it happened

A gutless second half performance all but guaranteed Arsenal’s now traditional elimination at the first knockout stage

10.07pm GMT

Our chief football correspondent Daniel Taylor was at the Allianz Arena and typed his fingers to the bone to bring you this on-the-whistle match report. Enjoy …

Related: Thiago Alcântara and Bayern Munich leave Arsenal staring into the abyss

10.05pm GMT

“It’s difficult to explain,” he says to BT Sport’s Des Kelly, when asked to explain where it all went wrong. “I think we were unlucky on the second goal – the referee gives a corner for us, the ball is on the pitch and we concede the second goal. I think the most important thing in the second half is we lost Koscielny very early and it looked like we collapsed. We mentally collapsed.”

Asked if the loss of Koscielny is a good enough excuse, he adds: “Bayern is a better team than us. I have to say well done to Bayern … they were better than us tonight. I felt the third goal was a killer for our players because after that we had no response. How I feel isn’t important, but of course it is disappointing. We need to recover and focus on our next game.”

9.52pm GMT

Real Madrid 3-1 Napoli: It’s far from the end of the world for Napoli, who’ll be happy enough going back to Italy with a 3-1 deficit. Perhaps not too happy, considering they took the lead through Lorenzo Insigne. Real Madrid put them back in their box with goals from Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Casemiro.

9.46pm GMT

Bayern Munich 5-1 Arsenal: Arjen Robben Robben opened the scoring for Bayern Munich with an exquisite first-half strike, which was cancelled out by Alexis Sanchez in a first half that Arsenal were dominating towards the end. This dominance made their second half collapse all the more spectacular, as Bayern ran amok after the departure through injury of Laurent Koscielny. Robert Lewandowski, who bullied Mustafi all night, headed Bayern back into the lead and then the outstanding Thiago Alcantara added two more. Thomas Muller came off the bench to add a fifth for good measure and leave Gooners seething.

9.39pm GMT

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeeep! Arsenal are thrashed 5-1 at the Allianz Arena for the second time in two visits and can consider themselves lucky to have conceded just five. Having had Bayern in all sorts of bother at the end of a first half, they were torn apart in the second half. It was a gutless display, but that won’t come as any great shock to seasoned Arsenal-watchers. They’ll make all the right noises about trying to put things right in the second leg (they always do), but this team has no heart or backbone. They downed tools and gave up tonight.

9.35pm GMT

90+3 min: The camera cuts to Arsene Wenger on the Arsenal bench and he doesn’t look best pleased. My tentative guess is that he’ll blame this slaughter on what he saw to be a poor decision from the referee in the build-up to Bayern’s second goal. If he does, he’ll be mistaken on a number of levels, one of them being that the decision in question was correct.

9.32pm GMT

88 min: Oh dear. Chamberlain gets caught in possession by Kimmich, who plays the ball across the edge of the Arsenal penalty area. It finds its way to Muller, who dummies, shuffles to his left and rifles the ball into the bottom left-hand corner. This is what Arsenal are reduced to now – a rehab facility for seriously out-of-form strikers who need to rebuild their confidence.

9.30pm GMT

86 min: Rafinha on for Arjen Robben.

9.29pm GMT

84 min: Bayern Munich substitutions: Joshua Kimmich on for Douglas Costa. Thomas Muller on for Robert Lewandowski.

9.26pm GMT

83 min: Finally, some good news for Arsenal: Philipp Lahm is booked for a foul on Oxlade-Chamberlain and will now miss the second leg.

9.25pm GMT

82 min: Costa tries to curl one in at the back post after great work by Thiago. Ospina saves brilliantly. Arsenal players look a collective beaten docket.

9.24pm GMT

80 min: Robben and Philipp Lahm wreak a little more havoc. Robben has a shot tipped behind for a corner, before the pair combine again down the right to win another one. Nothing comes of either.

9.20pm GMT

76 min: Arsenal last throw of the dice: Olivier Giroud on for Francois Coquelin. His first duty is to help defend a corner., from which David Ospina ends up getting a bang on the jaw as he dives at the feet of Lewandowski.

9.17pm GMT

74 min: Bayern continue to put the hurt on Arsenal and their fans appeal for a penalty after a Mustafi challenge on Lewandowski in the penalty area. They don’t get one.

9.16pm GMT

72 min: Olivier Giroud is readying himself to come on for Arsenal.

9.12pm GMT

68 min: Ospina saves well again, throwing himself to his left to put a bouncing Vidal shot from distance around the upright. Arsenal substitute I haven’t had a chance to mention before this: Theo Walcott on for Alex Iwobi.

We are a ******g shambles

9.09pm GMT

65 min: Prior to that goal, Bayern missed another couple of decent chances and had a penalty appeal turned down. Ospina got caught in no-man’s land and was lucky not to get caught out when Lewandowski lofted a chip on to the crossbar. Arjen Robben subsequently fired wide from a tight angle and screamed for a penalty as the ball went out for a corner off the hand of Gibbs. Ospina also had to make a brilliant save from point-blank range when Thiago sent a header his way from about five yards. What a difference the absence of Koscielny has made.

9.06pm GMT

63 min: Arsenal are in all sorts of disarray here and Thiago takes advantage. A corner drops to him on the edge of the penalty area and he drives the ball goalwards. His low effort takes a deflection and fizzes past the wrong-footed Ospina.

9.04pm GMT

61 min: Granit Xhaka gets booked for a crude challenge on Xabi Alonso.

9.04pm GMT

60 min: It’s worth noting that in the immediate aftermath of Bayern’s second goal, Arsen Wenger gave the fourth official a load of abuse. Before the move that led to the goal, the referee had awarded Arsenal a corner before (correctly) changing his mind on the advice of a goal-line official. Wenger wasn’t happy.

9.02pm GMT

58 min: Thiago Alcantara has been outstanding tonight and deserves that goal. It was a wonderful team effort: from deep in midfield, Alonso played a low pass towards Lewandowski on the edge of the penalty area with his back to goal. He touched the ball around the corner with his heel, picking out a little run into space in the penalty area by Thiago. He finished with ease into the corner, giving Ospina little or no chance.

8.59pm GMT

THIAGO! A brilliant goal from Bayern Munich, who lead by two goals. Thiago finishes just inside the left upright after getting on the end of a deft touch from Lewandowski.

8.58pm GMT

54 min: A goal from a wonderful counter-attack, where Lahm and Robben ripped Arsenal apart down the right flank once again. Lahm it was who lofted in the cross and drifting away from the penalty spot, Lewandowski rose higher than Mustafi and headed across the face of goal and inside the right post.

8.56pm GMT

LEWANDOWSKI! The big man heads Bayern into the lead after getting on the end of a Philipp Lahm cross from the right.

8.55pm GMT

51 min: Bayern advance with Philipp Lahm on the ball and heading towards the penalty area. He’s surrounded by a swarm of uncharacteristically industrious Arsenal players, who block his effort to play the ball through to Robert Lewandowski.

8.53pm GMT

49 min: Arsenal substitution: Laurent Koscielny off with a hamstring injury. He’s replaced by Gabriel Paulista. Kieran Gibbs takes the armband. In better news for Arsenal, David Ospina is fit to carry on.

8.51pm GMT

48 min: Laurent Kocielny also looks to be in trouble and is holding his hamstring. He twanged that while chasing a through ball.

8.50pm GMT

48 min: David Ospina goes down near the touchline after haring out of his box to deal with a ball. He’s holding his shoulder and looks in considerable distress.

8.49pm GMT

46 min: Arsenal begin the second half as they ended the first: on the front foot. They huff and puff, but Alexis Sanchez runs the ball out of play under pressure when Hector Bellerin was in a good position to receive a cross if the Chilean had seen him.

8.48pm GMT

46 min: Both sets of players come out and take up position and eventually the match officials deign to join them. Bayern Munich kick off and there are no changes of personnel on either team.

8.37pm GMT

Some analysis: After a poor start, when it looked like they might be over-run, Arsenal have grown into this game. They’ve had five shots on target compared to Bayern’s three and they’re looking reasonably confident.

8.34pm GMT

It’s all square at the Allianz Arena: Arjen Robben fired Bayern ahead with a fine curled effort after being given the freedom of Munich to set himself up for a shot, but it’s advantage Arsenal after Alexi Sanchez who missed from the spot but eventually scored with his second follow-up effort.

8.31pm GMT

45 min: Mesut Ozil shoots straight at Manuel Neuer from close range after being presented with a glorious scoring opportunity. He should have scored.

8.30pm GMT

44 min: Mats Hummels skims a header wide after a free-kick from deep is lofted towards the far post. Arturo Vidal, who had made a run from deep and was looking good to blast a header goalwards from three or four yards, almost certainly would have scored if Hummels hadn’t got in his way.

8.29pm GMT

43 min: Lewandowski gets between Mustafi and Koscielney to meet a lovely cross from the left. Over the bar and a real let-off for Arsenal.

8.27pm GMT

41 min: Alexis Sanchez is looking very dangerous against Bayern’s ponderous and slow central defenders whenever his team are in possession. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is left puffing his cheeks out in frustration after spotting another dangerous run, but failing to play his team-mate in.

8.26pm GMT

39 min: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain picks out a run from Granit Xhaka towards the edge of the penalty area with a cross from the right and tees up the Swiss international. His volley is sweet, but straight at Neuer, who finally manages to hold on to the ball.

8.24pm GMT

38 min: It may have taken him three bites of the kartoffelkloesse but Alexis Sanchez’s finish for that equaliser was outstanding. He had five defenders around him when he hooked his side into the most slender of leads in this tie. That away goal could be priceless.

8.22pm GMT

36 min: Chance! The ball’s half cleared and subsequently curled towards the byline, where Arturo Vidal has got in behind the Arsenal defence. He does splendidly to hook the ball back into the mixer, where Robert Lewandowski misses a fairly straightforward chance with his head.

8.20pm GMT

35 min: Arjen Robben leads the protests as Bayern appeal for a penalty for handball as the ball hits Hector Bellerin’s hand. No penalty is forthcoming and Bayern have to settle for a corner.

8.19pm GMT

33 min: Alexis Sanchez gets booked for a foul on Javi Martinez after catching him late as the Bayern defender hacked a ball clear. Or at least appears to catch him late – replays suggest Martinez defender made a meal of the challenge.

8.16pm GMT

30 min: Alexis Sanchez scores … eventually. He takes the penalty and Neuer saves. The ball breaks to Sanchez, who takes an almighty swipe at it and misses it completely. At the third time of asking, under pressure from a defender with the ball bouncing away from the goal, he swivels on one foot and smashes diagonal volley into the bottom left-hand corner.

8.14pm GMT

29 min: A Robert Lewandowski shove on Laurent Koscielny in the Bayern penalty area results in a spot-kick for Arsenal.

8.13pm GMT

28 min: Ozil takes the free-kick, curls it around the wall and into the arms of Neuer, who spills the ball. The ball doesn’t break kindly for an Arsenal forward and Bayern get away with what could have been a costly error.

8.12pm GMT

26 min: Mats Hummels is penalised and booked for fouling Alexis Sanchez on the edge of the Bayern penalty area. Free-kick for Arsenal, inches outside the area, almost in line with the right side of the box.

8.10pm GMT

25 min: In tonight’s other match, it’s currently Real Madrid 1-1 Napoli. The Italians opened the scoring, but their hosts have equalised. You can follow that one by clicking on this link.

8.09pm GMT

24 min: The ball comes to Vidal on the edge of the area and he tries a shot. It’s blocked by Francois Coquelin. He plays the ball forward to Xlexis Sanchez who is totally isolated and runs straight into Javi Martinez.

8.08pm GMT

23 min: Now Bayern advance down the left, with Vidal and Costa teaming up to make Arsenal’s life difficult. Arsenal’s players are chasing shadows here, a state of affairs that is going to make them very, very tired as the game goes on.

8.07pm GMT

22 min: Nothing comes of the corner.

8.06pm GMT

20 min: Arsenal are being bossed around midfield, harried off the ball before their players can settle. Bayern open Arsenal up down the right once again with Robben and Lahm combining. The Dutchman unleashes another shot which takes a deflection and goes out for a corner.

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18 min: Arsenal finally get on the bal;l and mount an attack of sorts. It’s curtailed by a combination of linesman’s flag and referee’s whistle as Alexis Sanchez is caught offside trying to chase an Alex Iwobi through-ball.

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15 min: At the very least, you can say that Arsenal were quick to learn their lesson. Within two minutes of giving Arjen Robben the freedom of the pitch to score an opener, they promptly did exactly the same thing again to allow him to cut in from the right and try another shot on goal. This time, Ospina saves.

8.01pm GMT

14 min: Shkodran Mustafi is booked for a poorly timed lunge.

7.59pm GMT

12 min: Oh Arsenal. You probably don’t need me to tell you what happened there: it was a textbook Arjen Robben move with a sublime finish. He picked up the ball on the right flank, cut inside unopposed … cut further inside unoppposed … found himself in acres of space and curled a beauty into the top left-hand corner. He’s done that kind of thing before, Arsenal. One can only assume considering how much room they gave him that they didn’t think he’d be so crass to try it again.

7.56pm GMT

11 min: I may have spoken too soon. Arjen Robben opens the scoring with a wonderful strike.

7.55pm GMT

10 min: After 10 minutes, Bayern are completely dominating possession, but not doing a great deal with it so far.

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10 min: Vidal plays a ball out wide to Robben on the right touchline, but overhits his effort and the ball bounces out of play for an Arsenal throw-in deep inside their own half.

7.54pm GMT

8 min: Arturo Vidal shoots low and hard from just outside the Arsenal penalty area. Ospina gets down to his left to save comfortably.

7.53pm GMT

7 min: Robben and Thiago Alcantara combine down the right flank, before Lahm sends in a cross. Francois Coquelin clears. Bayern are making the pitch very, very wide. Robben and Costa are hugging the lines.

7.51pm GMT

6 min: David Alaba and Douglas Costa combine down the left flank, but Hector Bellerin is on hand to put a stop to their gallop.

7.50pm GMT

4 min: Arjen Robben gets on the ball on the right flank, cuts inside and is forced back out again. He picks out Philipp Lahm on the overlap and the full-backs attempted cross from down by the corner flag is wayward.

7.49pm GMT

3 min: Arsenal are getting their press on early doors, trying not to let Bayern settle in a game in which they’re likely to have long spells of possession. Robert Lewandowski gets on the ball for the first time, but is immediately dispossessed by Shkodran Mustafi.

7.48pm GMT

2 min: David Ospina gets an early touch and launches the ball upfield. Bayern go on the attack and the ball’s played to Douglas Costa on the left flank. He crosses the ball and Arsenal clear.

7.46pm GMT

1 min: Arsenal get the ball rolling, with their players in yellow shirts, grey shorts and yellow socks. The players of Bayern, the hosts, wear red shirts, white shorts and red socks. We get two early interruptions from the referee’s whistle as the players settle into the very early stages.

7.44pm GMT

The teams descend one set of stairs and go up another as they walk from the Allianz Arena dressing rooms to the pitch in a scene that always reminds me of Spinal Tap getting lost backstage at the Xanadu Star Theatre in Cleveland. Kick-off is just moments away.

7.38pm GMT

Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery and central defender Jerome Boateng have been forced to sit this one out with injuries. Carlo Ancelotti was hoping they’d be fit, but neither player has recovered in time.

7.33pm GMT

On tonight’s game and how he’ll approach it: “Well usually we play the second leg here, so tonight is a different psychological problem” he says. “We need to find the right balance of attack and defence. Bayern is the team with the biggest possession in Europe so we will need to defend together.”

On the inclusion of David Ospina in goal: “Ospina has been absolutely fantastic since the start of the season in the Champions League and he is part of the reason we are here.”

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He’s played every one of Arsenal’s Champions League matches so far this season after Arsene Wenger stated he would be his Champions League goalkeeper this season. And yet, the news that he starts again tonight instead of Petr Cech has been greeted by surprise in many media circles. Man does exactly what he said he would do – big news! On BT Sport, pundits Martin Keown and Rio Ferdinand are genuinely appalled by the notion. To hear them go on about it, you could be forgiven for thinking Wenger had handed the goalkeeper’s jersey to club mascot Gunnersaurus.

7.03pm GMT

Related: Ancelotti’s tired Bayern Munich hope for Champions League boost against Arsenal | Ben Fisher

6.56pm GMT

Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Neuer, Lahm, Javi Martinez, Hummels, Alaba, Alonso, Thiago, Vidal, Robben, Douglas Costa, Lewandowski.

Subs: Ulreich, Rafinha, Bernat, Muller, Coman, Kimmich, Renato Sanches.

6.47pm GMT

Arsenal starting XI: Ospina; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Gibbs; Xhaka, Coquelin; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Özil, Iwobi; Alexis

Arsene Wenger makes a mockery of nonsensical speculation that Mesut Ozil might be dropped, while Granit Xhaka returns to midfield as he’s not suspended in Europe. Alex Iwobi, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez comprise the front three, where it looks like the Ox will line up to the right of Sanchez.

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Bayern Munich starting XI: Neuer; Lahm, Hummels, Martínez, Alaba; Xabi Alonso, Vidal; Robben, Thiago, Costa; Lewandowski

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After last night’s excitement in Paris, focus turns to Munich’s Allianz Arena, where Arsenal are ready to embark on the first leg of what has in recent years become a traditional exit from the Champions League in the first knockout stages. We have been here before, many times: these two teams have met 10 times in Champions League history and Bayern Munich have knocked Arsene Wenger’s team out at this stage in 2005, and more recently in 2013 and 2014.

Only time will tell if the London side can buck the trend this time around, but this year’s Arsenal have shown few signs of being any different to Arsenal’s passim. As capable of occasional brilliance as they are of inexplicable awfulness, the suspicion they lack the steely backbone required to avoid wilting under extreme pressure remains. Wenger will be desperate to prove doubters wrong, even if his players seem impervious or indifferent to criticism.

Related: Bayern Munich begin Philipp Lahm send-off in time-honoured tradition | Andy Brassell

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Feb 14

PSG 4-0 Barcelona: Champions League last 16, first leg – as it happened

Parc des Princes was the scene of a St Valentine’s Day massacre as imperious PSG routed a Barca side so awful their performance beggared belief

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Related: Ángel Di María strikes twice as four-star PSG dismantle Barcelona

9.45pm GMT

Benfica have beaten Borussia Dortmund by the only goal of the game at the Stadium of Light. Konstantinos Mitroglou (remember him, Fulham fans?) got the only goal in which Borussia Dortmund are said to have missed a host of good chances, including one from the spot by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Find out how that one went here.

9.41pm GMT

What a performance from PSG! Thomas Meunier, Adrien Rabiot, Marco Verratti, Angel Di Maria and Julian Draxler were the stand-out performers on an evening that wll prompt no end of think pieces about a changing of the European guard. They might be a bit premature, but Barcelona came up woefully short tonight – their makeshift defence just couldn’t cope, their midfield was non-existent and they failed to score for only the second time in any competition this season. They’ll need little short of a miracle to turn this one around in three weeks time.

9.38pm GMT

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeep! It’s all over! Barcelona have been torn apart by a rampant PSG team who were a joy to watch this evening. They will take a 4-0 lead to Camp Nou, safe in the knowledge that no side in Champions League history has ever come back from a 4-0 first leg deficit.

9.36pm GMT

90+2 min: Barcelona corner. The ball’s played to Rakitic at the near post and the ensuing scramble in the PSG box ends with Neymar appealing for a penalty as he kicks the ball against the hand of Marquinhos. No spot-kick is forthcoming.

9.35pm GMT

90 min: There’ll be four minutes of added time.

9.34pm GMT

89 min: Rabiot concedes a free-kick just outside his own penalty area and Ivan Rakitic – the snake – spends a long time telling the referee the PSG midfielder should be given a second yellow and sent off. He’s probably right, but nobody likes a snitch and Szymon Marciniak keeps his card in his pocket. From the ensuing free-kick, Neymar shoots high over the cross-bar.

9.32pm GMT

88 min: Luis Enrique is cutting an extremely forlorn figure on the touchline and it’s not difficult to understand why.As things stand, if PSG score at Camp Nou in the second leg, his side will need six goals to get through to the quarter-finals.

9.29pm GMT

86 min: PSG substitution:Julian Draxler, one of several Princes de Parc at Parc des Princes tonight goes off to a standing ovation. He’s been absolutely superb, wreaking havoc down the left for PSG all night. Javier Pastore comes on for a gallop.

9.28pm GMT

84 min: Ah, replays show that Umtiti’s header was helped on to the post by Layvin Kurzawa, who leaped alongside him. Good defending.

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83 min: Barcelona win a corner, which Rakitic lofts towards the far post. Piquet heads across the face of goal and Umtiti somehow contrives to head against the woodwork from a foot out when he had an empty goal to aim at. When your luck’s out …

9.25pm GMT

81 min: An inability to type as well as PSG are playing has precluded me from mentioning every single attack of theirs, but it’s no exaggeration to say they’ve made Barcelona look like a pub team tonight. The Catalan side have been extraordinarily poor, but have not been allowed to play by PSG. The French champions have been outstanding in attack and defence and have completely bossed midfield. They could conceivably be six or seven goals up.

9.22pm GMT

79 min: Messi plays the ball to Jordi Alba by the byline and he pulls a volley back across the penalty area. Neymar vollies low and hard, but his effort fizzes wide.

9.20pm GMT

Some house-keeping: Rafinha is booked for a foul on Christopher Nkunku, who has replaced Marco Verratti. Barcelona substitution: Ivan Rakitic on for Andres Iniesta, who hasn’t been at the races. He’s just back from injury so it’s no surprise he was off the pace.

9.18pm GMT

74 min: Messi’s been semi-culpable for two of the PSG goals and Neymar will have to put his hand up for that one. Meunier picked the ball up inside his own half, cut inside Neymar’s “press” and then ambled forward at his leisure with all the time in the world. with Barcelona’s defenders back-pedalling, he slipped the ball into the penalty area, picking out a neat little run from Cavani. He beat Ter Stegen at his near post with a fine strike that the goalkeeper should nevertheless have stopped. Dust off your Valentine’s Day Massacre headlines – this could get a lot of worse before full-time.

9.15pm GMT

So easy! Edinson Cavani bags his birthday goal and it’s difficult to put into words just how easy it’s been for his side. The PSG right-back Thomas Meunier saunters through midfield in acres of space with nobody in a Barcelona shirt near him, then slips the striker through the inside right with a through-ball and the finish is clinical.

9.13pm GMT

69 min: Marco Verratti goes down under a challenge from Leo Messi and immediately signals to the bench that he needs to be substituted. He hobbles off after getting stretchy-foot treatment for what looks like cramp. Hopefully it’s nothing more serious – he’s had a splendid game.

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67 min: Lucas drives at what passes for the Barcelona defence and unleashes a shot, but makes life easy for Ter Stegen. Moments later at the other end of the pitch, Kevin Trapp darts off his line to punch a cross from the left clear under pressure from Messi.

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66 min: Just to clarify, Draxler is not literally making hay down the left flank.

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65 min: Draxler is making hay down the left flank, as predicted. He drills the ball low and hard across the Barca penalty area, where Lucas swivels and tries to steer the ball goalwards. He doesn’t get decent contact and his shot is blocked.

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65 min: Barcelona win a free-kick wide on the right. Leo Messi curls the ball across the face of goal, but Neymar is well offside.

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63 min: Sergio Busquets is booked for a hack on Marco Verratti.

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61 min: Barcelona win a free-kick, from which PSG go close to scoring. Lucas releases the excellent Rabiot with a through ball down the left, but his cross is poor and leaves Cavani frustrated in the middle.

9.03pm GMT

60 min: PSG substitution: Angel Di Maria goes off to a standing ovation. He’s replaced by Lucas Moura. He doesn’t look injured, so I’m not sure what the logic is there.

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58 min: Barcelona substitution: Having given the ball away twice in quick succession, Andre Gomes is hooked by his manager Luis Enrique and replaced by Rafinha. It’s unfair to single anyone out from a Barcelona side that’s had an uncharacteristic collective stinker, but Gomes has been conspicuously dreadful.

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56 min: That was an absolutely outstanding team goal from PSG, even if Barcelona’s players put up all the resistance of a set of training cones. Trapp played it out from the back to Draxler, who waltzed past a half-hearted Leo Messi press and played the ball forward. Eventually it found its way to Maria, who played a give and go, got it on his left foot and curled a wonderful effort past Ter Stegen. The camera promptly cut to Leo Messi and his face was a picture of bewilderment.

8.58pm GMT

Crikey! Another birthday present for Angel Di Maria, who curls the ball around the outstretched arm of Marc Andre ter Stegen and into the top left-hand corner.

8.56pm GMT

53 min: Sergio Busquets misplaces a pass, the ball rolls into no-man’s land and Adrien Rabiot pounces. He gallops forwards and over-hits his through ball towards Cavani, who is one of two birthday boys in the PSG ranks. He’s 30 today, while Angel Di Maria is 29. Happy birthday, lads.

8.55pm GMT

51 min: Andres Iniesta mis-controls and puts the ball out of play for a PSG throw-in. No, really – Andres Iniesta mis-controls and puts the ball out of play for a PSG throw-in. These are not alternate facts. This is not fake news. Andres Iniesta’s touch has just let him down.

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49 min: PSG appear to have started where they left off and are dominating the early stages of this second half. Di Maria picks out Meunier with a wonderful ball to the edge of the Barca penalty area, it’s moved wide and the ensuing cross from the left by Matuidi is headed wide by Cavani. He and Layvin Kurzawa were completely unmarked and may even have got in each other’s way. This is shocking from Barcelona.

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46 min: PSG win a free-kick halfway inside the Barca half and Angel Di Maria floats the ball towards the far post. Barcelona only half-clear to the right flank, where the centre-back Presnel Kimpembe does well to play it back across the face of goal. Draxler controls the ball and attempts to curl it inside the far post. Wide, but not by much.

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46 min: The teams emerge for the second half, with Barcelona on the ropes and desperate to get a foothold in this game. They’ve only been held scoreless once this season in any competition, by Malaga.

8.33pm GMT

Well, well, well! After a splendid first-half performance, Paris Saint-Germain go in for their half-time brew with a thoroughly deserved two-goal lead. They’ve been absolutely outstanding against a Barcelona team that hasn’t played well at all. They haven’t been allowed to play well at all.

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44 min: Julian Draxler wins a corner off the increasingly hapless Sergi Roberto. Di Maria drives the ball low towards the near post, where Cavani puts it out for a goal kick.

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43 min: Barcelona are in all sorts of bother – I can’t remember ever seeing them play so badly. Neymar’s the only one of them performing as well as you’d expect, while Leo Messi has been caught in possession twice in quick succession. Chapeau to PSG, mind – they have been outstanding. Verrati and Di Maria are completely bossing midfield. If only there was a French word for “chapeau” …

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41 min: Yep, Leo Messi dawdles on the ball inside his own half, is robbed by Adrien Rabiot and makes no attempt to get it back. Rabiot promptly played the ball to Marco Verratti, who drove forward through the centre and picked out Draxler with a wonderful pass. The German made no mistake as he fired it low and hard into the corner past Ter Stegen from about 15 yards.

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40 min: Julian Draxler puts PSG even further ahead with his first ever Champions League goal after a mistake by … Leo Messi.

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38 min: A bit of a lull, although Ter Stegen has a hairy moment when he’s forced out of his penalty area to deal with a through ball that stops just short of the byline. He does so without fuss, under pressure from Cavani.

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35 min: Play moves down the other end, where – not for the first time – Julian Draxler breezes past Roberto and unleashes a drive from a tight angle. Ter Stegen puts it out for a corner with an exceptionally strong arm. A game of pinball ensues from the resulting inswinger, but Ter Stegen eventually gathers.

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34 min: Neymar wriggles down the inside left, cuts inside and tries to curl the ball towards the far post. His effort is blocked.

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32 min: Barcelona have forced themselves into the game since going a goal down and it’s about time too. Their midfielder Andre Gomes gets a yellow card for treading on Julian Draxler’s ankle with a late challenge.

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30 min: Corrections and clarifications department: By “into the side-netting”, I mean “goalwards, forcing a near post save from PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp. A corner for Barca”, from which nothing comes. Apologies, I was momentarily distracted.

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28 min: A sign of life from Barcelona – Neymar sprints through the centre leaving Matuidi and Kimpembe in his wake. He plays the ball in behind the defence picking out a great run down the right from Andre Gomes, in tonight for Ivan Rakitic. He sends his low diagonal effort from a tight angle into the side netting.

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26 min: Meunier slaloms his way in from the right and plays the ball across the Barca penalty area. Cavani dummies and the ball rolls to Draxler, who is unable to get it out from under his feet and fire a shot off.

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25 min: Barca win a free-kick about 35 metres from the PSG goal and Messi and Neymar stand over it. Messi takes the shot, but it’s not high enough and cannons off the PSG wall.

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23 min: It’s been brought to my attention that Angel Di Maria celebrates his birthday today and the Argentinian is having a very happy one so far.

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22 min: Di Maria is running the show here and picks out Edinson Cavani with a pass down the inside right. The striker’s low diagonal effort is meat and drink to Ter Stegen.

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20 min: That was a smashing free-kick from Angel Di Maria and an early lead is no more than PSG deserve. They’ve totally dominated the opening 20 minutes. If Donald Trump is looking for inspiration for his Big Wall O’Mexico, he’d do well to avoid hiring anyone from this Barcelona team as an architect. One half of their defensive wall jumped in a bid to defend that free-kick, while the other didn’t. It made no difference: Di Maria’s free-kick was perfectly placed.

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18 min: A very dangerous position indeed! Di Maria gets it up and over the wall to curl the ball into the top right-hand corner.

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17 min: Samuel Umtiti is penalised for clattering into the back of Julian Draxler just outside the Barca penalty area. Free-kick for PSG in a very dangerous position indeed. It’s just outside the box, a foot right of the D.

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17 min: Neymar goes down with what looks like a knock, receives no treatment as the ball doesn’t go out of play. He pauses to tie his laces instead and takes longer than a three-year-old who’s still mastering the art.

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15 min: An early contender for man of the match so far, Angel Di Maria powers down the inside right and tries to thread the ball into the path of Cavani. His effort is blocked. Moments previously, Barcelona had enjoyed a rare sortie into PSG territory as Neymar galloped up the right flank on the break. Nothing came of it.

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13 min: Barcelona get themselves in a terrible mess at the back and Samuel Utitit is forced to hook the ball out for a throw-in just so they can gather themselves. PSG are pressing them to within an inch of their lives and they just can’t cope with it at the moment. They don’t like it up ‘em!

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11 min: PSG notch two shots on target in quick succession. Blaise Matuidi surges through the middle and unleashes a venomous drive that forces a fine one-handed save out of Ter Stegen. The ball breaks kindly for Di Maria, who has a shot blocked. Adrien Rabiot is next in line for a go, but his follow-up is lacking in power and hit straight at Ter Stegen.

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10 min: Ten minutes in and PSG are really bossing this match so far. It’s rare to see Barcelona on the back foot like this, with so many players in their own half. No shots on goal for either side yet m,ind. Cavani has come closest with that shot Roberto blocked.

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8 min: Marquinhos picks out Julien Draxler on the left touchline, so the winger can torment Roberto. It’s a tactic so obvious even I managed to predict it and the Barca right-back is likely to be in for a long night. He’s doing OK so far.

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5 min: Di Maria, playing in a central role, picks out a possibly offside Cavani in space near the far post. The Uruguayan dilly-dallies on the ball before unleashing a shot. Sergi Roberto makes a crucial block. PSG have started very strongly here!

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4 min: From the ensuing free-kick, the ball’s floated into the PSG penalty area, but the home side clear and scorch down the field on a counter-attack. Angel Di Maria curls the ball over the top and Ter Stegen strides purposefully out of his penalty area and coolly lifts the ball over Blaise Matuidi to clear.

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3 min: Adrien Rabiot gets the first booking of the game for an ill-advised lunge on Neymar, who was threatening to get away from him on the edge of the final third. Sound the disciplinary tightrope klaxon!

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2 min: Angel Di Maria over-hits a pass down the inside-right for Edinson Cavani to chase, allowing Marc Andre Ter Stegen in the Barcelona goal to get an early touch.

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1 min: For PSG, Adrien Rabiot gets on the ball and drives forward down the inside left. He runs down a blind alley and ends up playing the ball backwards.

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1 min: Barcelona are a vision in turquoise or spearmint green tonight, while their hosts wear navy blue shirts with a maroon stripe down the front, blue shorts and blue socks. PSG get the ball rolling.

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The teams are in the tunnel, where Luis Suarez and his Uruguayan compatriot compatriot Edinson Cavani are having a good catch-up. Both sets of players are looking very relaxed indeed. They click-clack their way out on to the pitch , where kick-off is just moments away.

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Barcelona are without Javier Mascherano tonight. His replacement Samuel Umtiti will have been identified as a potential weakness by PSG. So will right-back Sergi Roberto, who has struggled to fill Dani Alves’s big boots since the Braxzilian left for Juventus. For their part, PSG have a Champions League debutant in the heart of their defence in Presnel Kimpembe. He’s in for Thiago Silva, who is suspended. Midfielder Thiago Motta is also out with unspecified “muscle problems”.

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PSG – Barca. Ancelotti and Ibrahimovic failed to do it. Blanc and Ibrahimovic failed to it. Can Emery and Cavani do it?

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PSG: Trapp, Meunier, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Kurzawa, Verratti, Rabiot, Di Maria, Matuidi, Draxler, Cavani.

Subs: Areola, Lucas Moura, Pastore, Maxwell, Aurier, Ben Arfa, Nkunku.

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Related: Unai Emery’s PSG hybrid faces crash test against Barcelona in Champions League | Paul Doyle

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Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Iniesta, Gomes; Messi, Neymar, Suarez.

Paris Saint-Germain: Trapp; Meunier, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Kurzawa; Rabiot, Verratti, Matuidi; Di María, Draxler; Cavani

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It’s not great, to be honest. As manager of various teams, he’s come up against Barcelona on 23 different occasions and only managed one victory, with Sevilla. As mentioned in today’s Fiver, his tactics on that occasion in October 2015 were to hope neither Andres Iniesta nor Lionel Messi were not playing and to hope that Barcelona would hit the woodwork three times. Those tactics worked to perfection, with Sevilla coming up trumps recording a 2-1 win.

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“Paris have played at a high level for the past few weeks,” he said. “We’ll just have to play better than them and win. Knowing Unai, he will try to make life difficult for us. Both teams have the same goal, but we’ll try to control the ball and create as many chances as possible.”

Asked if he has good memories of Parc de Princes and the team that calls it home, Enrique said: “We have good memories of this ground and this team”. But it’s never been easy, right Luis? “It’s never been easy.” Because PSG were never submissive or docile in those games because they know you perfectly, no doubt. “PSG were never submissive or docile in those games,” he said. “They know us perfectly.”

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“It should be a good, attractive tie,” predicted PSG’s Spanish manager in his pre-match press conference. “It’ll come down to who plays better at crucial moments, who gets their tactics right and who wins the duels on the pitch. We want to seize this chance because we’re playing against one of the best teams in Europe and the world.”

Asked if his squad is very motivated or if perhaps they feel inferior to anyone, Emery had this to say: “The squad is very motivated. We don’t feel inferior to anyone.”

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Although chances are if you’re reading this you’re resolutely single and beyond all help, or else surreptitiously checking for updates while out on a date that almost certainly won’t end well because you keep LOOKING AT YOUR BLOODY PHONE!!!

Whatever your reasons for tuning in, we’re delighted to have your company on an evening when Paris is the suitably romantic location for the first leg of PSG v Barcelona in the last 16 knockout round. Will French hearts be broken by Barcelona for the third time since 2013? Might we bear witness to a St Valentine’s Day massacre? All will be revealed from 7.45pm (GMT), but we’ll be here with cheesy accordion music, some rubbish card from the dregs left on the shelves of WH Smith’s plus all the team news and build-up from now on.

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Feb 14

The Joy of Six: Valentine’s Day sporting massacres | Barry Glendenning

From Sugar Ray Robinson v Jake LaMotta to Bowie Race Track, a date traditionally associated with romance has a history of sporting slaughter

One of few consolations England could take from their humiliation at the last Cricket World Cup after their premature exit had been confirmed by Bangladesh before the party had really got started was that, when it arrived, their embarrassment had become very much the norm rather than the exception. Ultimately this flaying at the hands of the Adelaide Oval’s supposed whipping boys was not so much an upset as an act of mercy. “England had the wrong team, the wrong style of play and everyone could see it,” tweeted Shane Warne in his withering post-match assessment. “Tonight’s result not a shock.”

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Feb 11

Manchester United 2-0 Watford, Sunderland 0-4 Southampton: clockwatch – live!

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Here’s James Riach’s hot-take on that scoreless draw at the Riverside

Related: Victor Valdés proves Middlesbrough’s best performer in Everton draw

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We’ll post a report on Middlesbrough 0-0 Everton here as soon as whichever poor sod was sent to cover it is talked down off the ledge and can think of something interesting to write. In the meantime, please join Scott Murray for minute-by-minute coverage of Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield.

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Related: Joe Allen’s cool finish adds to Crystal Palace problems as Stoke City win

5.16pm GMT

La Liga: Alaves have been thrashed 6-0 at their own Estadio Mendizorroza by Barcelona, who go two points clear of Real Madrid at the La Liga summit having played three matches more. Luis Suarez got two goals, while Neymar and Leo Messi settled for just the one each. Ivan Rakitic got one as well, while Alexis scored an own goal.

5.13pm GMT

Scottish Premiership: Dundee 1-1 Kilmarnock

5.11pm GMT

League Two results: Carlisle United 1-4 Blackpool, Colchester United 2-1 Barnet, Crewe 5-0 Grimsby Town, Luton Town 2-1 Crawley Town, Mansfield Town 4-0 Hartlepool, Morecambe 2-0 Cambridge United, Notts County 2-1 Cheltenham Town, Plymouth Argyle 3-0 Exeter City, Portsmouth 2-0 Accrington Stanley, Stevenage 3-0 Wycombe Wanderers, Yeovil Town 1-1 Leyton Orient.

5.07pm GMT

League One results: AFC Wimbledon 1-1 Charlton, Bolton Wanderers 4-1 Walsall, Bristol Rovers 1-1 Bradford City, Bury 1-0 Swindon Town, Fleetwood Town 0-0 Rochdale, Gillingham 1-1 Port Vale, Millwall 1-0 Southend United, Northampton 3-1 Chesterfield, Oldham Athletic 3-2 Coventry City, Oxford United 1-0 MK Dons, Peterborough United 0-1 Sheffield United, Scunthorpe United 0-1 Shrewsbury Town.

5.05pm GMT

Championship results: Aston Villa 0-1 Ipswich Town, Brighton 4-1 Burton Albion, Derby County 3-3 Bristol City, Fulham 3-2 Wigan Athletic, Leeds United 0-2 Cardiff City, Norwich City 5-1 Nottingham Forest, Preston 4-2 Brentford, QPR 1-2 Huddersfield Town, Reading 0-0 Barnsley, Rotherham United 1-1 Blackburn Rovers, Wolves v Newcastle (5.30pm GMT).

5.02pm GMT

Premier League: Neither team is in any danger of going down or qualifying for the Europa League, so they’ll both be happy with a point. West Brom will be happier though, after rescuing it in the knockings.

5.00pm GMT

Premier League: A glum Sam Allardyce makes his way back to the visitors’ dressing room after seeing his team torpedoed by Stoke scoring machine Joe Allen’s second goal in 18 matches.

4.58pm GMT

Premier League: Juan Mata and Anthony Martial got the goals in a match that Manchester United won more convincingly than the scoreline suggests.

4.57pm GMT

League Two: Plymouth have whipped Exeter 3-0 in League Two’s big needle match.

4.56pm GMT

Premier League: Jonny Evans returns from injury to rescue a point for the Baggies. Or was it Gareth McAuley? Nobody seems quiet sure. I can say with some confidence that a centre-half from Northern Ireland has saved it at the death for West Brom.

4.54pm GMT

Premier League: The denizens of the Riverside Stadium are served up yet another treat as Middlesbrough fail to score once again, but at last secure themselves a valuable point.

4.53pm GMT

Premier League: Manolo Gabbiadini stole the headlines with two goals on another disappointing afternoon for Sunderland. Their players board a flight to New York for some sort of bonding session later this evening. It could be a long flight.

4.51pm GMT

Premier League: Manuel Lanzini shoots into the bottom left-hand corner from 20 yards or so to put West Ham ahead at the London Stadium.

4.49pm GMT

Premier League: Gah! Shane Long.

4.49pm GMT

Premier League: In this world of alternative truths and false news, I’d love to be able to report that Sunderland are 6-0 up, but nothing could be further from the truth. Jason Denayer has scored into the wrong goal to give Saints an unassailable lead. Hull have lost. Sunderland are losing. Crystal Palace are losing. If nothing else, Swansea City and Leicester are proving the best way to bolster your chances of staying up is to not play.

4.46pm GMT

Championship: Emyr Huws has put Ipswich 1-0 ahead against Aston Villa, while Liam Bridcutt has been sent off at Elland Road, where his Leeds team are losing 2-0 against Cardiff City.

4.44pm GMT

Championship: Darren Bent scores his second of the game to complete Derby County’s comeback against Bristol City, who have thrown away a three-goal lead. It’s 3-3 at Pride Park.

4.43pm GMT

Championship: Glenn Murray has made it Brighton 4-1 Burton Albion, while Ross McCormack has scored what is likely to be little more than a consolation for Nottingham Forest at Carrow Road. Forest are 4-1 down against Norwich.

4.42pm GMT

Scottish Premiership: Dundee 1-1 Kilmarnock

Scottish Cup: Celtic 6-0 Inverness CT (result), Ayr United 1-1 Clyde, Dunfermline 1-1 Hamilton Academical, East Fife 1-2 St Mirren, Ross County 0-0 Aberdeen, St Johnstone 0-1 Partick Thistle.

4.40pm GMT

Championship: Having been 3-0 down against Bristol City, they’ve banged in two goals to reduce the deficit to the bare minimum. Tom Ince has stepped up with their second to give them a fighting chance of rescuing a point or more.

4.37pm GMT

Championship: A goal that is. Once a much-hyped one to watch who never quite scaled the heights, Michael Kightly has scored for his fellow former Nottingham Forester Nigel Clough’s side. It’s Brighton 3-1 Burton Albion.

4.34pm GMT

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Lucas, Milner, Lallana, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Firmino, Coutinho.

Subs: Karius, Sturridge, Klavan, Moreno, Can, Origi, Alexander-Arnold.

4.31pm GMT

Championship: Leeds will remain in the play-off places this evening whatever Norwich City do, but the Canaries will be delighted to learn that Cardiff City have doubled their lead at Elland Road. Neil Warnock’s men are 2-0 ahead.

4.29pm GMT

Championship: Alex Pritchard piles the pain on Nottingham Forest, whose fans are having a very rough trot of it this season. They are 4-0 down at Carrow Road.

4.28pm GMT

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4.25pm GMT

Premier League: Crystal Palace’s woes shows no sign of abating as they go a goal behind at the Britannia Stadium. Joe Allen has put Stoke ahead on what is shaping up to be a very good afternoon indeed for Swansea City and Leicester City, who play each other tomorrow.

4.24pm GMT

Premier League: West Brom switch to a three-man defence, remove Nacer Chadli and immediately concede. SofianeFeghouli has fired West Ham level after having a goal disallowed in the first half.

4.22pm GMT

Championship: QPR have halved the deficit against Huddersfield and trail 2-1 after Luke Freeman pulled one back on the hour mark. Derby County have also got one at Pride Park, with Darren Bent giving the Rams a glimmer of hope. They trail Bristol City 3-1

4.20pm GMT

Premier League: Anthony Martial puts the finishing touch to a good move from Manchester United and Watford find themselves 2-0 down. Truth be told, they’re lucky to be just two down.

4.18pm GMT

Championship: The Seagulls are menacing Burton Albion to distraction, squawking loudly and attempting to steal their chips and ice-creams. Tomer Hemed has bagged his second of the game, this time from the penalty spot.

4.14pm GMT

Championship: Callum Robinson beats the offside trap to poke wide of Daniel Bentley and make it Preston 2-1 Brentford at Deepdale. At Elland Road, Cardiff are 1-0 up against Leeds courtesy of Sean Morrison’s strike in the 53rd minute.

4.09pm GMT

La Liga: In what is a dress rehearsal for the Copa del Rey final, Barcelona lead Alaves 2-0 at half-time. Luis Suarez opened the scoring for Barca and Neymar has doubled their lead.

4.08pm GMT

Championship: Rock bottom Rotherham lead relegation-threatened Blackburn Rovers 1-0 thanks to Jon Taylor’s goal after 47 minutes. Meanwhile at the Amex Stadium, Sam Baldock has made it Brighton 2-0 Burton.

4.06pm GMT

Premier League: And no sooner has the whistle been blown than Manolo Gabbiadini goes close to scoring his hat-trick and increasing Southampton’s lead over Sunderland to 3-0. He got in front of his man at a corner, but couldn’t trouble the goalkeeper.

3.55pm GMT

La Liga: Real Betis 0-0 Valencia (result), Alaves 0-1 Barcelona (3.15pm kick-off).

3.54pm GMT

Scottish Premiership: Dundee 1-1 Kilmarnock

Scottish Cup: Celtic 6-0 Inverness CT (result), Ayr United 0-0 Clyde, Dunfermline 1-0 Hamilton Academical, East Fife 0-1 St Mirren, Ross County 0-0 Aberdeen, St Johnstone 0-1 Partick Thistle.

3.53pm GMT

Carlisle United 0-1 Blackpool, Colchester United 2-0 Barnet, Crewe 4-0 Grimsby Town, Luton Town 0-0 Crawley Town, Mansfield Town 2-0 Hartlepool, Morecambe 0-0 Cambridge United, Notts County 2-0 Cheltenham Town, Plymouth Argyle 2-0 Exeter City, Portsmouth 1-0 Accrington Stanley, Stevenage 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers, Yeovil Town 1-0 Leyton Orient.

3.52pm GMT

AFC Wimbledon 0-1 Charlton, Bolton Wanderers 3-1 Walsall, Bristol Rovers 1-1 Bradford City, Bury 1-0 Swindon Town, Fleetwood Town 0-0 Rochdale, Gillingham 0-0 Port Vale, Millwall 0-0 Southend United, Northampton 2-0 Chesterfield, Oldham Athletic 1-1 Coventry City, Oxford United 0-0 MK Dons, Peterborough United 0-0 Sheffield United, Scunthorpe United 0-0 Shrewsbury Town.

3.50pm GMT

Aston Villa 0-0 Ipswich Town, Brighton 1-0 Burton Albion, Derby County 0-3 Bristol City, Fulham 1-2 Wigan Athletic, Leeds United 0-0 Cardiff City, Norwich City 3-0 Nottingham Forest, Preston 1-1 Brentford, QPR 0-2 Huddersfield Town, Reading 0-0 Barnsley, Rotherham United 0-0 Blackburn Rovers, Wolves v Newcastle (5.30pm GMT).

3.48pm GMT

Premier League: Manolo Gabbiadini scores his second of the game and his third in two for Southampton to make it 2-0. Sunderland fans of a certain age will remember an M Gabbiadini banging them in for fun – how they must wish Marco could come out of retirement for the second half. And no, he’s no relation.

3.42pm GMT

Championship: Pride Park may need a new name after an abject first half performance from the Derby County team that call it home. They’re now 3-0 down against Bristol City and Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham is on a hat-trick.

3.40pm GMT

Championship: A Scott Malone own goal has made it all square at Craven Cottage, where it’s Fulham 1-1 Wigan Athletic. Meanwhile at Loftus Road, Huddersfield are now 2-0 up against QPR thanks to Nahki Wells.

3.38pm GMT

League Two: George Cooper and Chris Dagnall have score two apiece to put Crewe Alexandra 4-0 up against Grimsby. Elsewhere in that division: Carlisle United 0-1 Blackpool, Colchester United 1-0 Barnet, Luton Town 0-0 Crawley Town, Mansfield Town 2-0 Hartlepool, Morecambe 0-0 Cambridge United, Notts County 2-0 Cheltenham Town, Plymouth Argyle 1-0 Exeter City, Portsmouth 1-0 Accrington Stanley, Stevenage 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers, Yeovil Town 0-0 Leyton Orient.

3.34pm GMT

Premier League: Manchester United have been piling the hurt on Watford and finally break the deadlock. Not long after Heuerelho Gomes had saved sensationally from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Juan Mata popped up to open the scoring for United after 32 minutes.

3.33pm GMT

Premier League: Sunderland have gone a goal down against Saints, with Manolo Gabbiadini scoring a scrappy one that is unlikely to trouble the Goal of the Month jury. Still, they all count.

3.31pm GMT

Championship: Derby County 0-2 Bristol City. Those players Steve McClaren rested against Leicester in the FA Cup during the week don’t seem to have felt the benefit of their night off. Elsewhere Huddersfield Town have gone 1-0 up at QPR.

3.28pm GMT

Championship: Floyd Ayite has given the Cottagers a 25th minute lead against relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic.

3.27pm GMT

League One latest: AFC Wimbledon 0-1 Charlton, Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Walsall, Bristol Rovers 1-0 Bradford City, Bury 0-0 Swindon Town, Fleetwood Town 0-0 Rochdale, Gillingham 0-0 Port Vale, Millwall 0-0 Southend United, Northampton 1-0 Chesterfield, Oldham Athletic 1-1 Coventry City, Oxford United 0-0 MK Dons, Peterborough United 0-0 Sheffield United, Scunthorpe United 0-0 Shrewsbury Town.

3.25pm GMT

Premier League: Trailing to West Brom at the London Stadium, West Ham have had an equaliser ruled out for offside. Sofiane Feghouli found the net from the edge of the area, but one of his team-mates appears to have been offside and interfering with play.

3.22pm GMT

Championship: It’s 1-1 between Preston and Brentford at Deepdale. Tom Field had Bees fans buzzing after 12 minutes, but Aiden McGeady quickly restored parity for Preston.

3.20pm GMT

Championship: With 16 minutes on the clock, Josh Murphy put Norwich 2-0 up against Nottingham Forest after 16 minutes with his first goal in 14 games. Two minutes later, pint-sized playmaker Wes Hoolahan made it 3-0.

3.18pm GMT

League Two: Plymouth have taken a 1-0 lead against Exeter in the League Two match that’s stopped a nation. Well, a county. Well, the stands surrounding a small rectangle of grass in that county.

3.16pm GMT

Championship: Matt Taylor has scored his first goal for Bristol City after his controversial cross city move from Rovers on transfer Deadline Day. They lead Derby County 1-0.

3.15pm GMT

Championship: Brighton lead Burton Albion after 12 minutes after Tomer Hemed side-footed the Seagulls ahead. At Carrow Road, Jonny Howson has blasted Norwich City 1-0 up against Nottingham Forest.

3.13pm GMT

Unlike the goal-shy wastrels in the division above them, some League One sides have got off the mark early doors. Charlton Athletic lead AFC WImbledon 1-0, while Walsall have taken a one-goal lead against Bolton at the Macron Stadium. At Boundary Park, it’s 1-1 between Oldham and Checkatrade Trophy finalists Coventry City.

3.10pm GMT

Move along. Nothing to see here.

3.09pm GMT

Premier League: Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic brings a smart save out of Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey at the Britannia Stadium.

3.07pm GMT

Premier League: Nacer Chadli has bagged an early one for West Brom in their first attack at the London Stadium. It’s his fifth of the season, but his first since scoring in a 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur in mid-October.

3.05pm GMT

Conference Premier: Regan Charles-Cook writes his own little bit of football history by scoring the first goal in today’s three-o-clockers after two minutes for Solihull Motors against Arsenal’s next FA Cup opponents.

3.02pm GMT

“Some tasty fixtures in the Scottish lower leagues today, not least Dundee United’s trip to Falkirk,” writes Simon McMahon, our volunteer lower league fitba correspondent. “After a difficult January, United will be looking to build on a fine 3-0 win at home to Raith Rovers last week. A win today would see United move to within three points of leaders Hibs, who play city rivals Hearts in the Scottish Cup tomorrow. A win for fourth placed Falkirk could see them move to within three points of United themselves. So all to play for. In Scottish League One it’s top (Livingston) v bottom (Stranraer) and in Scottish League Two leaders Forfar host third placed Elgin, and there’s an Angus derby as Montrose meet Arbroath.”

3.00pm GMT

Teams the length and breadth of the UK and beyond are going through the last of their pre-match niceties and kick-off in our three-o-clockers is just moments away. May every shot your team’s striker fires goalwards travel with the power of 10,000 suns. And hey, let’s be careful out there.

2.53pm GMT

Premier League: David Hytner was the Guardian’s man gorging himself on the Arsenal hospitality buffet before braving the elements to type his frozen fingers to the bone in a bid to bring you this report as quickly as he possibly could. So you better like it! Incidentally, referee Mark Clattenburg has apologised to Hull City’s players for not disallowing Alexis Sanchez’s opening goal, which the Chilean international knocked into the goal with his arm.

Related: Alexis Sánchez hands Arsenal and Arsène Wenger relief against Hull

2.40pm GMT

Scottish Cup: Moussa Dembele has bagged his second speedy hat-trick in a week for Celtic, taking just 14 minutes to bag three goals between the 45th and 59th minutes as his side skittled Inverness in the Scottish Cup fifth round. Mikael Lustig opened the scoring in the 20th minutes, while Kieran Tierney and Scott Brown chipped in with two more in the final five minutes.

2.28pm GMT

Arsenal have beaten Hull courtesy of two goals from Alexis Sanchez. After taking the lead courtesy of a contentious goal shortly after the half-hour, Arsenal had to work hard for the win and only sealed victory courtesy of a penalty in added time. Fans of both teams can take heart from what unfolded at the Emirates this afternoon. Hull played well.

Related: Arsenal v Hull City: Premier League – live!

2.23pm GMT

Middlesbrough: Valdes, Chambers, Bernardo, Gibson, Da Silva, de Roon, Clayton, Forshaw, Traore, Negredo, Stuani.

Subs: Ayala, Leadbitter, Guzan, Downing, Ramirez, Guedioura, Gestede.

2.20pm GMT

It’s gone to Arsenal: Hull’s Sam Clucas has been sent off for a deliberate handball on the line and Alexis Sanchez has scored the resulting spot-kick. It’s Arsenal 2-0 Hull City deep in added time in that match.

2.18pm GMT

Man Utd: de Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Blind, Ander Herrera, Pogba, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Martial, Ibrahimovic.
Subs: Rooney, Lingard, Carrick, Rashford, Romero, Fellaini, Darmian.

Watford: Gomes, Britos, Kaboul, Prodl, Cathcart, Holebas, Zarate, Capoue, Cleverley, Niang, Deeney.

2.16pm GMT

Stoke: Grant, Bardsley, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters, Whelan, Adam, Sobhi, Allen, Arnautovic, Crouch.

Subs: Muniesa, Johnson, Berahino, Afellay, Diouf, Imbula, Given.

2.10pm GMT

Sunderland: Mannone, Denayer, O’Shea, Kone, Jones, Ndong, Gibson, Larsson, Oviedo, Januzaj, Defoe.

Subs: Borini, Khazri, Mika, Lescott, Pienaar, Manquillo, Honeyman.

2.07pm GMT

West Ham: Randolph, Kouyate, Fonte, Reid, Cresswell, Feghouli, Noble, Obiang, Snodgrass, Antonio, Lanzini.

Subs: Nordtveit, Adrian, Collins, Byram, Fletcher, Calleri, Fernandes.

1.47pm GMT

And that team isn’t Leyton Orient, then have a read of this excellent piece on the travails of supporting a team that’s gone from the cusp of the Championship to the brink of non-League football in just 30 months under their Italian owner Francesco Bechetti. Our man typing through the tears: Tom Davies.

Related: Leyton Orient facing the full fury of a spiteful owner scorned

1.47pm GMT

AFC Wimbledon v Charlton, Bolton Wanderers v Walsall, Bristol Rovers v Bradford City, Bury v Swindon Town, Fleetwood Town v Rochdale, Gillingham v Port Vale, Millwall v Southend United, Northampton v Chesterfield, Oldham Athletic v Coventry City, Oxford United v MK Dons, Peterborough United v Sheffield United, Scunthorpe United v Shrewsbury Town.

1.35pm GMT

Second-placed Brighton will leapfrog Newcastle for a few hours at least, if they can beat struggling Burton, who are scrapping to stay above the thick black line separating them from the bottom three. Newcastle travel to Molineux to play Wolves in the day’s late kick-off, but before that we could see a reshuffle of the four teams currently occupying the play-off places: four points separate Reading, Huddersfield, Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday, with Norwich a further five points back in seventh. They entertain Nottingham Forest as they attempt to make up ground.

Down among the dead men, Rotherham are 15 points adrift and entertain fellow relegation contenders Blackburn. Rovers are third from bottom but will move out of the drop zone if they beat their hosts and Burton fail to beat Brighton. In 23rd place of the 24, Wigan are five points from safety and travel to Craven Cottage to play 10th placed Fulham. You can view the Championship table by clicking on this link.

9.33pm GMT

As we hurtle towards mid-February, Valentine’s Day and the return of the Champions League, there’s another weekend of hot and sweaty action to get through before thoughts turn to chocolates, champagne and a romantic night in front of the television watching PSG take on Barcelona. Out of sorts Arsenal have an appointment with Bayern Munich on Wednesday, but are currently playing Hull City at the Emirates in today’s early kick-off. It’s 1-0 to the Arsenal courtesy of a contentious Alexi Sanchez goal in the opening minutes of the second half and you can follow that one here with Scott Murray.

Ahead of today’s Anfield showdown between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, we have five 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League: Manchester United v Watford, Middlesbrough v Everton, Stoke City v Crystal Palace, Sunderland v Southampton and West Ham v West Brom. There’s plenty of Championship action to savour with 10 3pm kick-offs and we’ll keep you posted on what’s going on in League One and Two, while attempting to keep an eye on the Scottish Cup and Premiership, as well as the 3.15pm La Liga kick-off (and Copa del Rey final dress rehearsal) between Alaves and Barcelona.

Related: Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

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Jan 31

Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea: Premier League – as it happened

Diego Costa missed a penalty as the teams shared the points and Liverpool ended their losing streak at Anfield

10.07pm GMT

You can read Daniel Taylor’s on-the-whistle report here and stay tuned for more post-match reaction later.

Related: Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet saves penalty to gain point against Chelsea

10.01pm GMT

How things stand: This draw leaves Chelsea on 56 points, nine clear of Spurs and Arsenal, with Liverpool a further point back in fourth place. Manchester City are in fifth with tomorrow night’s game against West Ham at the London Stadium. Manchester United are behind them and face Hull tomorrow.

9.55pm GMT

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeep! It’s all over – Liverpool have ended their poor run at home by coming from behind to draw with league leaders Chelsea. David Luiz opened the scoring with a cheeky free-kick in the first half, but Gigi Wijnaldum cancelled out Chelsea’s lead with a header just before the hour mark. While Diego Costa missed from the spot, it’s been a good night for Chelsea, with Arsenal having lost at home to Watford, while Spurs could only draw with Sunderland. You can get all tonight’s results by clicking on this link.

9.51pm GMT

90+2 min: We’re in the second of three minutes of added time. Chelsea are dominating, but Liverpool have just embarked on a counter-attack. N’Golo Kante soon puts a stop to that. Chelsea substitution: Costa off, Batshuayi on.

9.49pm GMT

90+1 min: Firmino heads straight at Thibaut Courtinho from six or seven yards after getting on the end of a fine cross from Sadio Mane. He should have scored!

9.47pm GMT

89 min: Chelsea win a free-kick wide on the right. Fabregas curls the ball into the penalty area, It’s headed towards the far touchline, where N’Golo Kante picks it up and plays it inside towards Pedro. His low first-time shot from the edge of the area fizzes wide.

9.46pm GMT

88 min: Fabregas picks out Pedro on the edge of the penalty area with another fine pass. Jordan Henderson dives in to dispossess the Spaniard as he was shaping to pull the trigger. Good defending.

9.45pm GMT

87 min: Still no word from BT Sport refereeing expert Howard Webb on that controversial penalty awarded to Chelsea. He must have gone home early.

9.44pm GMT

86 min: From wide on the right, Fabregas plays the ball towards Diego Costa on the fringe of the Liverpool penalty area. The centre-forward’s touch is wonderful and he shows great strength to reverse into the box and hold the ball up as he waits for reinforcements. Eventually, Liverpool clear and their terror at the prospect of conceding another penalty subsides.

9.42pm GMT

84 min: Liverpool attack, the ball punted long towards Emre Can. Chelsea clear.

9.41pm GMT

84 min: Chelsea substitution: Cesc Fabregas on for Willian.

9.40pm GMT

81 min: Just before that penalty, Sadio Mane was brought on by Liverpool. He replaced Philippe Coutinho. Elsewhere in the Premier League, Arsenal have lost against Watford, while Spurs have been held by the mighty Sunderland.

9.38pm GMT

78 min: Mark Clattenburg books Willian for some indiscretion or other. So, that penalty – sure, there was contact between Matip and Costa, but that doesn’t mean it’s a penalty and I’m not so sure it was a foul by the Liverpool defender. Costa was bearing down on goal and theatrically threw himself to the ground when Matip tried to stop him. Helpfully, BT Sport have former referee Howard Webb on hand to clear up this sort of confusion but haven’t actually bothered to ask him what he thinks.

9.35pm GMT

76 min: Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet saves from Diego Costa, to atone for the first half error that cost his team a goal.

9.34pm GMT

76 min: Chelsea win a penalty at the Kop end and I have to say it looked very soft to me. Diego Costa throws himself to the ground under a very soft challenge by Joel Matip.

9.33pm GMT

74 min: Liverpool continue to apply pressure,. with Nathaniel Clyne whipping a cross in to the far post. James Milner stretches to try to get the ball across the face of goal, but it’s too far in front of him.

9.31pm GMT

73 min: Chelsea substitution: Pedro on, Eden Hazard off.

9.29pm GMT

70 min: Henderson whips in another cross from the right, bamboozling Moses and Azpilicueta and trying to pick out Emre Can. There’s too much fizz on the ball for the player, but at least Liverpool seem to have found Chelsea’s weak spot.

9.27pm GMT

69 min: Can plays a ball through the centre towards Lallana, but Chelsea clear.

9.25pm GMT

67 min: Diego Costa slides in to try to poke home a teasing ball across the face of Liverpool’s goal by Willian. It’s beyond his reach and the chance goes a begging.

9.23pm GMT

65 min: James Milner goes down on the left side of the Chelsea penalty area. Victor Moses looked to have given him a bit of a shove in the back, but no spot-kick is forthcoming. Mark Clattenburg had a perfect view of that and I think he made the correct decision.

9.21pm GMT

63 min: Emre Can picks up a cross on the right side of the Chelsea penalty area, cuts inside and attempts to curl a shot goalwards. It’s blocked. Liverpool’s tails are up and they’re in the ascendency at the moment.

9.20pm GMT

62 min: Housekeeping: James Milner got booked for a foul on Victor Moses shortly after Chelsea kicked off following Liverpool’s equaliser.

9.19pm GMT

61 min: Liverpool go close again, with a similar move to that with which they scored. This time it’s Lallana who goes close.

9.18pm GMT

58 min: Wijnaldum scores his third of the season after great work by Henderson. He advanced down the inside right and shaped to shoot, before crossing deep to James Milner. Having got in behind the Chelsea defence, he headed across the face of goal. The ball deflected off the shoulder of Victor Moses and sat up nicely for Wijnaldum to head home.

9.15pm GMT

57 min: Wijnaldum heads home from about five yards out to level the score at Anfield.

9.14pm GMT

56 min: Lovren and Mignolet almost get themselves in all sorts of bother trying to play the ball out from the back. The Liverpool fans behind Mignolet’s goal let them know in the strongest possible terms that Up With That Kind Of Fannying Around They Will Not Put.

9.12pm GMT

54 min: Willian tries to play the ball into the path of Moses, running into the Liverpool penalty area. They get their wires crossed and what looked a promising move breaks down.

9.11pm GMT

53 min: Moses tries to take on and beat Milner down the right flank. The Liverpool full-back is having none of it, but is forced to concede a throw-in.

9.10pm GMT

51 min: On the edge of the Liverpool box, Costa plays the ball wide to Moses on the right touchline. A couple of passes later, Moses cuts inside and tries to beat Mignolet at his near post from a tight angle. Wide.

9.08pm GMT

50 min: Dejan Lovren tries his luck from distance, with predictably hilarious consequences. High and wide.

9.07pm GMT

48 min: Chance! Firmino scoops the ball high over the bar when he had all the time in the world to take a touch and blast Liverpool level from about eight yards out with nobody but Thibaut Courtois to beat. His was the final, awful touch at the end of a great Liverpool counter-attack where Lallana and Coutinho combined beautifully down the inside right to tee him up.

9.05pm GMT

46 min: Roberto Firmino bustles his way into the Chelsea box, wriggles behind David Luiz and tries to square the ball. It’s half-cleared and Matic is forced to clear again with Wijnaldum lurking. Liverpool continue to look toothless around the edges of the final third.

9.03pm GMT

46 min: Chelsea get the second half started, leading by the only goal of the game. There are no changes in personnel on either side.

8.51pm GMT

Premier League: You can the top flight’s other latest scores, including Arsenal getting their pants pulled down by Watford, by clicking on this link.

8.50pm GMT

Chelsea lead at the interval: Chelsea lead through David Luiz’s audacious free-kick after a first half that was low on chances and entertainment. Liverpool look completely bereft of ideas and the only one they do have – attempting to attack Chelsea’s portcullis through the centre just is not working.

8.46pm GMT

45 min: We’ll have two minutes of added time at the end of the first half.

8.45pm GMT

44 min: “Constantly banging down through the middle of the park all the time, where Chelsea are strong is a waste of time,” says Steve McManaman of Liverpool’s tactics on BT Sport. “They’ve got to try and find a way in behind the wing-backs.”

8.43pm GMT

41 min: Liverpool’s subs have been warming up on the touchline. Sadio Mane has just left them to go back to his seat on the bench, where a physio has strapped a heat pad or ice-pack around his knee, over his Tracky-Bs.

8.41pm GMT

40 min: Liverpool get to the ball to the edge of the final third and find 10 Chelsea players between ball and the goal. The former is played wide to Nathaniel Clyne, who attempts to square it across the face of the latter. David Luiz intercepts and hacks clear.

8.39pm GMT

39 min: Willian tries a shot from distance, which fizzes high over the cross-bar.

8.39pm GMT

38 min: Liverpool continue to press and probe, but can’t find a way through Chelsea’s defence. Apart from one speculative Gigi Wijnaldum effort from distance, they’ve failed to trouble Chelsea’s goal in any way.

8.35pm GMT

33 min: David Luiz has picked up a knock. He goes off for treatment, then hobbles back to action. On the touchline, Kurt Zouma and John Terry are warming up.

8.34pm GMT

30 min: Jurgen Klopp and several of his players were complaining vociferously about Chelsea’s goal after it was scored. If their grumble was about the free-kick being awarded to Chelsea, they have a case – Lallana didn’t bring down Hazard, it was more of an accidental collision between the pair after the Chelsea man had lost control of the ball. If their complaint was about Luiz taking the free-kick from which he scored too quickly, they can have no grumble. Referee Mark Clattenburg clearly blew his whistle before Luiz struck the free-kick, allowing him to catch Liverpool’s players napping.

8.30pm GMT

29 min: Chelsea win a free-kick wide on the left. Willian curls the ball across the face of goal, where the unmarked Luiz and Nemanja Matic somehow contrive to not score between them. That was practically identical to Wolves’ opener against Liverpool on Saturday, except from the other side of the pitch. Atrocious defending by Liverpool, but they got away with it this time.

8.28pm GMT

25 min: The much-maligned David Luiz, whose abilities were traduced by no end of people you’d think would know better upon his return to Chelsea, scores with a wonderful free-kick. Adam Lallana brought down Eden Hazard to give Chelsea a free-kick just outside the penalty area. Willian was lining it up, but while Simon Mignolet was still trying to organise his wall and get in position, Luiz darted forward and whipped a wonderful shot in off the left upright with the side of his foot from around 30 yards out.

8.25pm GMT

25 min: David Luiz opens the scoring with a sensational free-kick.

8.23pm GMT

23 min: Moses loses possession halfway inside his own half, but Willian works hard to get back and relieve Philippe Coutinho of possession ins a dangerous position.

8.22pm GMT

21 min: Moses and Willian combine down the right on a Chelsea counter-attack. The Brazilian attempts to cross the ball towards Diego Costa in the centre, but Joel Matip is quick out to intercept and concede the throw-in.

8.20pm GMT

19 min: Willian shoots from outside the penalty area when perhaps he should have squared the ball from the right. James Milner blocks his effort and puts the ball out for a corner. Nothing comes of it.

8.19pm GMT

18 min: Diego Costa changes his boots.

8.19pm GMT

17 min: “It’s been an encouraging 16-and-a-half minutes for Liverpool,” says BT Sport’s commentator Darren Fletcher. They’ve had a lot of the ball, I suppose, which is encouraging. They’ve struggled to lay anything resembling a glove on the Premier League’s most parsimonious team so far.

8.16pm GMT

14 min: This is fairly uninspiring football. There’s plenty of huff and puff from both teams, most of which is taking place in the middle third of the pitch. Willian tries to run on to a Victor Moses pass down the right flank, but it runs out of play before he can stop it.

8.13pm GMT

11 min: Shot! Gigi Wijnaldum forces the first save of the evening with a rasping drive from distance. After a long ball from the back by Mignolet, Philippe Coutinho teed up the Dutchman, who unleashed a rising shot that Thibaut Courtois dived to his left and beat clear.

8.11pm GMT

10 min: Liverpool almost find a way through the well organised Chelsea rearguard after good work from Milner and Lallana. Almost, but not quite.

8.09pm GMT

8 min: No shots on goal by either team to report after eight minutes in a match that’s been fairly cagey so far. after lots of passes from player to player, many of them backwards (the passes, not the players), a cross-field ball from Henderson towards Milner in the corner goes out of play for a goal kick.

8.07pm GMT

7 min: Emre Can picks out James Milner with a pass to the touchline near halfway and he plays it forward to Philippe Coutinho. Chelsea clear their lines.

8.06pm GMT

6 min: Victor Moses larrups the ball out of play near half-way, giving Liverpool a throw-in.

8.05pm GMT

4 min: Liverpool advance down the left, with Emre Can attempting to pick out Roberto Firmino. Luiz cuts it out. Meanwhile at the Emirates, Arsenal are already 2-0 down against Watford. Oh, Arsenal.

8.04pm GMT

3 min: Liverpool win themselves a corner. The ball’s swung into the six-yard box, where David Luiz clears with a good header.

8.03pm GMT

2 min: Liverpool dominate possession in the very early stages, pinging the ball about as they probe for the openings they’ve found so hard to come by in recent matches.

8.01pm GMT

1 min: Liverpool get the ball rolling across the slick surface, their players wearing their customary home strip of red shirts, red shorts and red socks. Chelsea’s players wear blue shirts and shorts, with white socks.

8.00pm GMT

The teams are out on the pitch, the Kop are singing You’ll Never Walk Alone and Mark Clattenburg is getting ready to blow his whistle as the rain continues to pour down. Antonio Conte is protecting his luxuriant and expensive barnet with a black Chelsea baseball cap.

7.58pm GMT

“One for the nerds out there,” he writes. “In light of so many matches being played on deadline day: has a player ever been sold while playing a match?” I doubt it, Drew, as he’d be unable to sign his contract and would – presumably – be ineligible if he did at half time. As far as I know, a manager or two has been sacked at half-time. Martin Jol at Spurs seems to ring a faint bell.

7.47pm GMT

Asked about Sadio Mane being on the bench, he says: “He’s ready. We had really important sessions in training for the past two days, which he wasn’t part of. But he was there this morning and he told me ‘I’m ready, boss’.” He also says that Liverpool have 16 matches left to show people how good Liverpool can be. It’s worth remembering that, for all their current problems, Liverpool’s record against top six teams in the Premier League is excellent.

7.40pm GMT

It is currently pelting down with rain at Anfield, where the temperature is a nine degrees as the players from both teams conduct their pre-match warm-up routines.

7.37pm GMT

In what can only be described as hideously bad planning, the Premier League have scheduled seven Premier League matches to clash with the closing hours of the January transfer window. Marcus Christenson is all over the important business of the evening – keep him company as he loses what’s left of his sanity after 31 days of monitoring January’s comings and goings.

Related: Transfer deadline day: Odion Ighalo joins Changchun Yatai for £17m – live!

7.09pm GMT

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner, Can, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho.

Subs: Karius, Sturridge, Klavan, Moreno, Mane, Lucas, Origi.

7.07pm GMT

The absence of Sadio Mane may have been over-stated while he was away at the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal. As good as he is, it’s worth bearing in mind that in his last appearance for Liverpool they failed to beat Sunderland. Anyway, he’s back from Gabon and is among the substitutes for tonight’s match.

Feuille de match à Anfield pic.twitter.com/5JiqJYib4U

10.48am GMT

Liverpool’s match against Chelsea is the stand-out fixture on a busy night of Premier League action, when Chelsea will be hoping to maintain or increase their eight-point lead over Arsenal. Liverpool are hoping to avoid the ignominy of losing their fourth consecutive home match, a misfortune that last befell them almost 100 years ago. Jurgen Klopp’s side have been out of sorts of late, going out of the EFL Cup and FA Cup in the space of a few days. Should they lose tonight, any faint hopes even their most optimistic fans might be entertaining of winning the title will surely evaporate. Kick off is at 8pm (GMT), but we’ll be here with team news just as soon as we get it.

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Jan 28

Tottenham 4-3 Wycombe, Lincoln City 3-1 Brighton: FA Cup fourth round – as it happened

  • Non-League Lincoln City see off Brighton
  • Last-gasp heartbreak for Wycombe at Spurs
  • Oxford through to fifth round after humiliating Newcastle

6.31pm GMT

Related: FA Cup roundup: Oxford United cruise past Newcastle into fifth round

6.02pm GMT

Related: Wolves stun Liverpool after Richard Stearman kickstarts FA Cup upset

5.42pm GMT

Related: Theo Robinson seals shock victory for non-league Lincoln over Brighton

5.29pm GMT

Here’s what the managers had to say afterwards.

Related: Wolves’ Paul Lambert proud but Jürgen Klopp admits: ‘We’re not flying’

5.26pm GMT

Related: Sterling leads the way as Manchester City ease past struggling Crystal Palace

5.26pm GMT

Related: Heung-Min Son shines as Tottenham come from behind to beat Wycombe

5.21pm GMT

Related: Branislav Ivanovic proves the unlikely star as Chelsea rout Brentford

Related: Stewart Downing sends Middlesbrough through with victory over Accrington

5.11pm GMT

Championship: Norwich City 2-0 Birmingham City, Preston North End 1-1 Ipswich, QPR 1-2 Burton Albion, Reading 2-1 Cardiff City, Rotherham United 0-1 Barnsley.

5.06pm GMT

FA Cup: Huddersfield swat aside League One side Rochdale to advance to the fifth round. Their hosts can now concentrate on making the play-offs.

5.04pm GMT

FA Cup: Stewart Downing gives Middlesbrough the win against the League Two strugglers.

5.04pm GMT

FA Cup: Non-League side Lincoln City are through to the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time in well over a century after coming from behind to beat Championship leaders Brighton.

5.02pm GMT

FA Cup: Real Madrid’s short-sightedness in failing to appoint Sam Allardyce several years ago meant he never came up against Nou Camp-era Pep Guardiola and this result suggests it’s probably just as well.

5.00pm GMT

FA Cup: Brentford’s fans were buzzing as they made their way into Stamford Bridge. They’re not now, unfortunately – they’ve been spanked by the Premier League leaders.

4.59pm GMT

FA Cup: Joe Jacobson has chested the ball into his own net deep in injury time to break his own and thousands of other Wycombe hearts. Ouch. That is heartbreaking for Wycombe, who led 2-0 and 3-2 before going down at the death in the cruellest way imaginable.

4.57pm GMT

FA Cup: Sean Dyche’s side advance courtesy of goals from Sam Vokes and Steven Defour.

4.56pm GMT

FA Cup: On a day when both sets of fans were protesting, Blackburn’s will be a little bit less unhappy after their team qualified for the fifth round at the expense of League Two side Blackpool.

4.55pm GMT

FA Cup: Is this a shock? Newcastle winning an FA Cup match owuld surely be more of a surprise. Hats off to League One side Oxford United, who have hammered them at the Kassam Stadium.

4.54pm GMT

FA Cup: Michael Hefele scores his second of the match to complete Huddersfield’s rout of Rochdale at Spotland.

4.51pm GMT

FA Cup: Dele Alli races on to a header from Moussa Dembele and fires past Jamal Blackman to restore parity at White Hart Lane. A poor clearance from Blackman led to that goal – but if Wycombe can hold on they’ll be delighted with this result. A replay at Adams Park would offer a welcome injection to their coffers.

4.48pm GMT

FA Cup: With five minutes to go, Lincoln City are heading for the FA Cup fifth round for the first time in their history. They lead Brighton 3-1 after Theo Robinson slots home to extend their lead.

4.46pm GMT

FA Cup: Gary Thompson heads League Two side Wycombe into the lead once again after converting a Myles Weston cross. Spurs are down to 10 men, with Kieran Trippier having gone off injured after Spurs had used up all their substitutes. It’s Spurs 2-3 Wycombe.

4.42pm GMT

FA Cup: It’s Chelsea 4-0 Brentford at Stamford Bridge, where Michy Batshuayi has scored from the penalty spot after being handed the ball by Diego Costa.

4.41pm GMT

FA Cup: With 11 minutes of their match remaining, Curtis Nelson has made it Oxford United 2-0 Newcastle at the Kassam Stadium. The League One side look home and hosed.

4.39pm GMT

Championship: Norwich City 2-0 Birmingham City, Preston North End 0-1 Ipswich, QPR 1-2 Burton Albion, Reading 2-1 Cardiff City, Rotherham United 0-1 Barnsley.

League One: Bristol Rovers 1-0 Swindon Town, Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Charlton Athletic, Bury 2-2 Walsall, Fleetwood Town 0-1 Southend, Gillingham 1-1 Shrewsbury Town, Northampton Town 2-0 Coventry City, Oldham Athletic 1-2 Bradford City, Peterborough United 0-3 MK Dons, Scunthorpe United 3-2 Port Vale.

4.36pm GMT

FA Cup: Rochdale 0-3 Huddersfield, Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester City. Huddersfield are winning at a canter at Spotland, having added two second half goals to make it 3-0 against Rochdale. Isaiah Brown scored their second in the 66th minute, before the substitute Michael Hefele made it 3-0 six minutes later. At Selhurst Park, Leroy Sane has made it Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester City.

4.32pm GMT

FA Cup: In what could be his last game for Chelsea ahead of a potential move to China, Branislav Ivanovic has put his side 3-0 up against Brentford.

4.31pm GMT

FA Cup: Fikayo Tomori scores an own goal that puts the non-League Imps in front with their second goal in five minutes. Brighton substitute goalkeeper Casper Ankergren has conceded two without touching the ball in open play yet.

4.28pm GMT

FA Cup: Stewart Downing opens the scoring in Middlesbrough’s match against League Two side Accrington Stanley.

4.27pm GMT

FA Cup: Steven Defour doubles Burnley’s lead at the end of a counter-attack, lifting the ball over advancing goalkeeper Fabien Giefer to make it 2-0.

4.24pm GMT

FA Cup: Vincent Janssen scores from the spot to level the score between Tottenham and Wycombe.

4.23pm GMT

FA Cup: Heung-Min Son scored for Tottenham on the hour mark and now they’ve a penalty!

4.21pm GMT

FA Cup: Casper Ankergren has replaced the shoulder-knacked Niki Maeenpaeae in the Brighton goal and his first job was to pick the ball out of the net after Alan Power held his nerve to score from the spot after a very long delay. It’s all square at Sincil Bank.

4.16pm GMT

FA Cup: Lincoln have a chance to equalise against Brighton at Sincil Bank after some pulling and dragging in the Brighton penalty area. Brighton goalkeeper Niki Maeenpaeae is receiving treatment for an injury at the moment, so there’ll be a delay before the penalty is taken.

4.12pm GMT

Championship: Burton Albion have doubled their lead against QPR at Loftus Road through Lloyd Dyer. They lead 2-0.

4.09pm GMT

FA Cup: Showing their usual contempt for the FA Cup, Newcastle United made nine changes today and are paying the price. They trail League One side Oxford United, who have gone ahead through Kane Hemmings in the 46th minute. Newcastle are one of several Championship teams to teams to field understrength teams today, presumably on the grounds that they have bigger fish to fry in the league. Wolves were another to make more than five changes and they beat Liverpool at Anfield.

4.06pm GMT

Scottish Premiership: Motherwell 0-2 Rangers (result), Inverness 0-0 Partick Thistle, Kilmarnock 1-2 Ross County, St Johnstone 0-0 Hamilton.

Related: Kenny Miller and Emerson Hyndman give Rangers victory at Motherwell

3.54pm GMT

FA Cup: Liverpool 0-2 Wolves (result). Blackburn 2-0 Blackpool, Burnley 1-0 Bristol City, Chelsea 2-0 Brentford, Crystal Palace 0-1 Manchester City, Lincoln City 0-1 Brighton, Middlesbrough 0-0 Accrington Stanley, Oxford United 0-0 Newcastle, Rochdale 0-1 Huddersfield, Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 Wycombe Wanderers, Southampton v Arsenal (5.30pm).

Championship: Norwich City 2-0 Birmingham City, Preston North End 0-1 Ipswich, QPR 0-1 Burton Albion, Reading 1-1 Cardiff City, Rotherham United 0-0 Barnsley.

3.49pm GMT

FA Cup: Sam Vokes. That’s all you need to know.

3.47pm GMT

FA Cup: German striker Collin Quaner scores on his debut for Huddersfield after signing from Union Berlin on a three-and-a-half year deal last week. His team lead Rochdale …

3.45pm GMT

FA Cup: Raheem Sterling, who other media outlets have revealed once controversially bought a house, occasionally drives a car and was once spotted in Poundland, scores a nice individual goal to put Manchester City ahead at Selhurst Park.

3.41pm GMT

FA Cup: Sixth in League Two, Wycombe Wanderers have doubled their lead against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. Paul Hayes has scored his second of the afternoon from the penalty spot after Sam Wood was tripped in the penalty area.

3.39pm GMT

League One: With Coventry City sliding towards the fourth tier for the first times since the mid-1950s, their fans are understandably mad as hell and aren’t going to take it any more. Play has been interrupted twice due to pitch invasions from disgruntled travelling Coventry fans, while a couple of flares are reported to have been thrown on the pitch. They’re currently holding Northampton at Sixfields where there’s no score, but are down to 10 men following the dismissal of Jordan Willis after 19minutes.

3.35pm GMT

League One latest: Bristol Rovers 1-0 Swindon Town, Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Charlton Athletic, Bury 1-0 Walsall, Fleetwood Town 0-0 Southend, Gillingham 0-0 Shrewsbury Town, Northampton Town 0-0 Coventry City, Oldham Athletic 0-1 Bradford City, Peterborough United 0-0 MK Dons, Scunthorpe United 0-0 Port Vale.

League Two latest: Carlisle United 1-0 Barnet, Crewe 0-0 Cheltenham Town, Mansfield Town 0-0 Leyton Orient, Newport County 1-0 Hartlepool United, Notts County 0-0 Crawley Town, Stevenage 1-0 Grimsby Town, , Yeovil 0-1 Doncaster Rovers, Luton Town 0-0 Cambridge United, Portsmouth 0-0 Exeter City.

3.29pm GMT

FA Cup: Eliott Bennett roofs one into the top corner after a neat one-two with who plays a neat one-two with Craig Conway. This game has already been interrupted by a deluge of tennis balls which landed on the pitch, hurled in from outside the stadium.

3.27pm GMT

FA Cup: Richie Towell runs on to a Glenn Murray knock-down to blast Brighton into a one-goal lead against Lincoln City from 15 yards out. The concensus seems to be that Lincoln have been the better team thus far, but they find themselves behind.

3.26pm GMT

FA Cup: Sound the potential banana skin klaxon! Paul Hayes has just volleyed League Two side Wycombe head against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. Their 4,000 fans are delirious with excitement.

3.24pm GMT

“Afternoon Barry,” he says. “League action only up here today. In Dunfermline with a large travelling support for Scotland’s game of the day at East End Park where Dundee United are the visitors. United have had a poor January, conceding six at Ross County in the Scottish Cup last week, and picking up a solitary league point from a possible six so far.

“They remain second, however, and have a good record against the Pars, so will be hopeful of picking up all three points today. Elsewhere it’s Queen of the South v Hibs, Raith v Dumbarton and St. Mirren v Falkirk. In the Scottish Premiership Aberdeen beat struggling Dundee 3-0 last night, and today it’s Inverness v Partick, Kilmarnock v Ross County and St. Johnstone v Hamilton, whilst Rangers lead Motherwell 2-0 in the early kick off. In Scottish League One leaders Livingston host fourth placed Brechin and in Scottish League Two it’s top v bottom as leaders Forfar welcome Cowdenbeath, aka Cowdenbeath 0.”

3.23pm GMT

FA Cup: Pedro takes advantage of more good work from Willian to fire a shot underneath Daniel Bentley to make it 2-0 to Chelsea.

3.22pm GMT

Championship: Birmingham City manager Gianfranco Zola can’t buy a break – having failed to secure a win in his first eight matches since being appointed, he sees his team go behind against Norwich City. Attacking on the break, Norwich got the ball to Cameron Jerome, who cut inside and fired past Ryan Shotton.

3.18pm GMT

FA Cup: Chelsea lead Brentford at Stamford Brdige courtesy of a wonderful free-kick that Willian curled around the defensive wall and past Daniel Bentley.

3.16pm GMT

Championship: Luke Murphy has put Burton Albion ahead against QPR at Loftus Road. It’s his first goal for the club since joining on loan from Leeds United earlier this month.

3.14pm GMT

FA Cup: Blackburn Rovers have broken the deadlock against Blackpool early doors at Ewood Park. Sam Gallagher has got on the end of a Jason Lowe cross to head home his 10th goal of the season. Quite how many people were in the stands to see that goal remains to be seen – both sets of fans were planning on boycotting that game.

3.10pm GMT

FA Cup: Glenn Murray went close for Brighton in the early stages, bringing a smart save out of Paul Farman with a header.

3.09pm GMT

In Scotland, Kris Boyd has ut Kilmarnock one up against Ross County. League Two side Stevenage have taken the lead against Grimsby thanks to Steven Schumacher.

3.07pm GMT

On BT Sport’s Saturday afternoon live update show, Robbie Savage and Chris Sutton are in the studio monitoring assorted matches. The tension between them is crackling – there does not appear to be much love lost between them. Here’s hoping we get a brawl live on television.

3.02pm GMT

League and FA Cup games are kicking off around the length and breadth of the country, with many Premier League and Championship sides fielding below strength teams in their cup matches. Chelsea make nine changes, as do Spurs. Burnley make eight changes and there are plenty of reserves in the Brighton side facing Lincoln City too. How will they fare? We’ll soon find out.

2.55pm GMT

Related: Wolves stun Liverpool in FA Cup after Richard Stearman kickstarts upset

2.55pm GMT

Burnley: Pope, Darikwa, Keane, Mee, Flanagan, Gudmundsson, Barton, Tarkowski, Defour, Arfield, Vokes.

Subs: Lowton, Gray, Barnes, Kightly, Hendrick, Robinson, Ward.

2.50pm GMT

Oxford Utd: Eastwood, Edwards, Dunkley, Nelson, Skarz, Maguire, Lundstram, Ledson, Johnson, Hall, Hemmings.

Subs: Martinez, Sercombe, MacDonald, Ruffels, Rothwell, Raglan, Agboola.

2.47pm GMT

Rochdale: Logan, Rafferty, McGahey, McNulty, Keane, Allen, Andrew, Camps, Vincenti, Noble-Lazarus, Henderson.

Subs: Kitching, Taylor, Redshaw, Canavan, Mendez-Laing, McDermott,
Diba Musangu.

2.45pm GMT

Lincoln City: Farman, Wood, Waterfall, Raggett, Habergham, Arnold, Power, Woodyard, Hawkridge, Rhead, Robinson.

Subs: Muldoon, Marriott, Long, Miles, Walker, McCombe, Moyses.

2.41pm GMT

FA Cup: Liverpool are out of the FA Cup after losing their third consecutive match at home in the space of eight days. They can concentrate on the unseemly scramble for fourth place in the Premier League now – those opportunities to send your B-team to play Real Madrid at the Bernabeu don’t come around every year.

Related: Liverpool 1-2 Wolves: FA Cup fourth round – live!

2.37pm GMT

Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Kelly, Tomkins, Schlupp, Flamini, Ledley, Mutch, Lee, Townsend, Christian Benteke.

Subs: Cabaye, Remy, McArthur, Fryers, KaiKai, Delaney, Perntreou.

2.33pm GMT

Blackburn: Steele, Nyambe, Greer, Lenihan, Williams, Bennett, Lowe, Akpan, Conway, Graham, Gallagher.

Subs: Stokes, Guthrie, Tomlinson, Mahoney, Brown, Raya, Travis.

2.30pm GMT

Tottenham Hotspur: Vorm, Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Davies, Winks, Dier, Sissoko, Onomah, Nkoudou, Son.

Subs: Walker, Janssen, Wanyama, Dembele, Alli, Pau Lopez, Walker-Peters.

2.20pm GMT

Middlesbrough: Konstantopoulos, Friend, Bernardo, Gibson, Da Silva, Fischer, Clayton, Leadbitter, Downing, Bamford, Gestede.

Subs: Negredo, de Roon, Stuani, Fry, Valdes, Forshaw, Traore.

2.16pm GMT

FA Cup:

Daniel Sturridge
Divock Origi has scored for Liverpool to make it Liverpool 1-2 Wolves in the closing minutes of their FA Cup fourth round tie. Follow the last few minutes here …

Related: Liverpool v Wolves: FA Cup fourth round – live!

2.14pm GMT

Chelsea: Begovic, Azpilicueta, Terry, Zouma, Loftus-Cheek, Chalobah, Fabregas, Ake, Pedro, Batshuayi, Willian.

Subs: Ivanovic, Hazard, Moses, Costa, Matic, Eduardo, Kenedy.

1.53pm GMT

I wrote this article about Donald Trump and some of his sporting connections yesterday and it attracted an array of comments from the mildly praiseworthy to the downright abusive … much of which – unfortunately – I didn’t get to see as it was expunged by our always busy moderation team. “Stick to the effing football,” is as personal favourite of the comments that remain, not least because the subject of football is addressed throughout the column. Anyway, whatever you make of the prose, David Lyttleton’s illustration makes it worth the price of admission alone. That price being nothing, unless yuou sign up as one of our members and enjoy all the perks that entails!!

Related: Fifa and Donald Trump would be a self-regarding match made in heaven | Barry Glendenning

1.39pm GMT

The FA Cup isn’t the only show in town this afternoon. There’s plenty of Championship, League One and League Two action to keep us entertained as well. They’re also braving the elements up in Scotland.

1.29pm GMT

Liverpool’s woes continue. They’re playing Wolves in today’s early kick-off and currently trail 2-0 against a Championship side who have had their measure throughout this first half. Follow the second 45 minutes with Simon Burnton’s minute-by-minute report.

Related: Liverpool v Wolves: FA Cup fourth round – live!

1.15pm GMT

You join us for an afternoon of FA Cup fourth action, featuring nine different matches kicking of at 3pm GMT (other time zones are available). Premier League leaders Chelsea are the highest placed team left in the competition and take on Championship opposition in Brentford, while National League table-toppers Lincoln City are the lowest ranked side to line up this afternoon and will entertain Championship leaders Brighton in one of the day’s more interesting matches at Sincil Bank.

Championship side Blackburn entertain League Two outfit Blackpool in another intriguing tie that may will be more intriguing for what takes place off the pitch than on it. Both sides were in the Premier League as recently as 2011 but have endured a wretched time of it in recent years under the stewardship of the Venky and Oysten families respectively. A boycott of the match has been planned by both sets of fans, who have announced their intention to turn up at the ground but not trouble the turnstile attendants. History suggests those who run both clubs won’t actually care, but it will fascinating to see how the afternoon’s events pan out. If you’re shivering in the Ewood Park car-park, drop us a line and let us know.

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Related: FA Cup fourth round: 10 things to look out for this weekend

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Jan 02

Sunderland 2-2 Liverpool, Manchester City 2-1 Burnley: clockwatch – live!

5.41pm GMT

Related: Manchester City’s 10 men sink Burnley thanks to Gaël Clichy and Sergio Agüero

5.41pm GMT

Related: Liverpool drop two points as Jermain Defoe strikes twice from the spot

5.17pm GMT

Related: McAuley and Morrison complete West Brom fightback against hapless Hull

5.17pm GMT

Related: Romelu Lukaku blasts home to secure Everton win over Southampton

5.17pm GMT

Related: Middlesbrough fail to scale Robert Huth’s Leicester battlements

5.08pm GMT

Accrington Stanley 2-2 Hartlepool, Barnet 1-0 Plymouth Argyle, Blackpool 0-1 Mansfield Town, Cambridge United 4-0 Notts County, Carlisle United 1-3 Grimsby Town, Colchester United 2-0 Cheltenham Town, Crawley Town 2-0 Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers 1-0 Stevenage, Exeter City 4-0 Leyton Orient, Morecambe 0-0 Crewe Alexandra, Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 Newport County, Portsmouth 1-0 Luton Town. Click here to view the League Two table.

5.06pm GMT

AFC Wimbledon 2-2 Millwall, Bury 1-3 Sheffield United, Charlton Athletic 4-1 Bristol Rovers, Chesterfield 0-0 MK Dons, Coventry City 2-2 Bolton Wanderers, Gillingham 0-1 Oxford United, Northampton Town 1-2 Bradford, Oldham Athletic 0-0 Port Vale, Scunthorpe United 1-1 Peterborough United, Shrewsbury Town 0-1 Fleetwood Town, Swindon Town 0-0 Southend United, Walsall 0-2 Rochdale. Click on this link to see the League One table.

5.04pm GMT

Birmingham City 1-3 Brentford, Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Newcastle, Bristol City 2-3 Reading, Burton Albion 0-1 Preston, Cardiff City 1-0 Aston Villa, Fulham 1-2 Brighton , Leeds United 3-0 Rotherham, Norwich City 3-0 Derby County, Nottingham Forest 0-1 Barnsley, QPR 2-1 Ipswich Town, Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Wolves, Wigan 0-1 Huddersfield. Click on this link to view the Championship table.

5.02pm GMT

Championship: It’s been a helter-skelter afternoon in the Championship, where Reading have come from 2-0 down against Bristol City to win 3-2 courtesy of two late goals from Yann Kermogant. At Ewood Park, Newcastle were shock losers against Blackburn, enabling Brighton – 2-1 come-from-behind winners at Fulham – to leapfrog them into first place in the table.

4.59pm GMT

Premier League: Fernandinho’s dismissal didn’t prevent Manchester City taking the points courtesy of goals from Gael Clichy and Sergio Aguero, but they had to work hard for them.

4.58pm GMT

Premier League: Three second-half goals in 16 minutes gave Everton all three points at Goodison Park and made it three consecutive defeats for Southampton.

4.56pm GMT

Premier League: Liverpool escaped from the Stadium of Light with a point they scarcely deserved as imperious, injury-ravaged Sunderland scored twice from the spot courtesy of Jermain Defoe.

4.54pm GMT

Premier League: Three second-half goals enabled West Brom to come from behind and beat Hull City at the Hawthorns.

4.53pm GMT

Premier League: Sunderland’s Papy Djiloboji sustained a nasty knock on the head that needed lengthy treatment during added time, so they’re still playing at the Stadium of Light.

4.51pm GMT

Championship: Birmingham fans were unimpressed with his appointment to begin with and he’s yet to record a win. His side trail Brentford 3-1 at home.

4.50pm GMT

Championship: Reading have come from two goals down to make it 2-2 at Ashton Gate in their match against Bristol City.

4.49pm GMT

Premier League: Romelu Lukaku scores a beauty into the top corner to make it game, set and match Everton at Southampton.

4.48pm GMT

Championship: Conor Hourihane scores with a fine dipping volley from distance to give Barnsley a one-goal lead at the City Ground.

4.46pm GMT

Championship: Pawel Wszolek scores in the 83rd minute to put QPR back in the lead against Ipswich Town. It was a beautiful finish from Wszolek, who got in behind the defence to take down a long ball from the back with a beautiful touch, take it around the goalkeeper and slot home.

4.43pm GMT

Premier League: Leighton Baines doesn’t miss too penalties either.

4.42pm GMT

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4.42pm GMT

Sunderland win their second penalty of the day for a handball as they took a free-kick.

4.41pm GMT

Championship: Nelson Butterfield has scored his second and third of the afternoon in rat-a-tat style to put Norwich City 2-0 up against Derby, who had Jacob Butterfield sent off after 66 minutes. At Elland Road, Leeds United are now 3-0 up against Rotherham and looking good for their ninth win in 12 Premier League games. Chris Wood has bagged a brace in the 66th and 79th minutes. Huddersfield have just gone 1-0 up at Wigan, but we’re off to the Stadium of Light …

4.37pm GMT

Premier League: The deadlock has been broken at Goodison Park, where Enner Valencia has given Everton the lead against Southampton, who are winless in three.

4.35pm GMT

Championship: Brighton have scored two in two minutes to come from behind and lead Fulham at Craven Cottage. Tommer Hemed equalised from the spot, before Lewis Dunk put Brighton ahead. Their fans will be further delighted by news from Ewood Park, where title rivals Newcastle have just gone behind to Blackburn. Charlie Mulgrew has put the home side ahead with a free-kick into the corner from 22 yards.

4.32pm GMT

Premier League: West Brom singer-songwriter James Morrison riffs on Hull City’s second half-time pain.

4.30pm GMT

Premier League: Liverpool win a corner and Sadio Mane stabs home to put Liverpool 2-1 up. Sunderland’s players claim he was offside, but the ref points to the centre-circle.

4.28pm GMT

Premier League: After a poor attempt at a clearance by Claudio Bravo, there’s a goalmouth scramble at the Etihad and the ball is poked home by Ben Mee at the first attempt, or perhaps Andre Gray at the third. It’s 10-man City 2-1 Burnley.

4.26pm GMT

Championship: Brentford get a penalty for a Ryan SHotton foul that was clearly outside the penalty area. Scott Hogan does the decent thing and misses, bringing a fine save out of Tomasz Kuszczak. It remains 1-1 at St Andrew’s.

4.24pm GMT

Premier League: West Brom come from behind to go 2-1 up in a match that seems to have been turned on its head since half-time. Gareth McAuley puts the Baggies ahead with a header that takes a while to go in. It appears to have been blocked on the line, but the referee’s on-wrist magic witch portal declares that a goal has been scored.

4.21pm GMT

Premier League: Half-time substitute Sergio Aguero doubles 10-man City’s lead with a goal that may yet go down as a Matthew Lowton own-goal.

4.19pm GMT

Championship: Brentford have equalised against Birmingham City courtesy of Scott Hogan, reducing Gianfranco Zola’s chances of registering his first victory as Blues boss.

4.18pm GMT

Premier League: Emre Can handles an Adnan Januzaj flick in the penalty area and the general consensus at the Stadium of Light – surprisingly enough – seems to be that Sunderland have been denied a clear penalty.

4.16pm GMT

Premier League: Gael Clichy cuts inside, shifts the ball on to his right foot and fires past Tom Heaton to give 10-man Manchester City the lead against Burnley after 58 minutes.

4.15pm GMT

League One: Josh Magennis scores his second headed goal of the afternoon and it’s almost identical to his first. He pops up to head past Will Puddy from six or seven yards to make it Charlton 2-1 Bristol Rovers at the Valley.

4.12pm GMT

Championship: The goals are flying in around the Championship, where Lucas Piazon has just curled a beauty into the bottom right-hand corner to give the home side the lead against high-flying Brighton.

4.11pm GMT

Championship: Ipswich winger Tom Lawrence smashes one in off the upright to make it QPR 1-1 Ipswich Town.

4.09pm GMT

Championship: Kyle Bartley puts Leeds 1-0 up against the Championship’s bottom side Rotherham.

4.08pm GMT

Championship: Tammy Abraham makes it 17 for the season with a penalty to make it Bristol City 2-0 Reading at Ashton Gate.

4.06pm GMT

Premier League: Chris Brunt smashes home a header to score his second of the season and restore parity at the Hawthorns.

4.06pm GMT

Liverpool have made a change: James Milner was given quite the run-around by Fabio Borini during the first half, picking up a yellow card in the process and has been replaced by Alberto Moreno. I don’t know if Milner is injured or Herr Klopp is just concerned he might get sent off. Meanwhile at the Eithad, Pep Guardiola has replaced Kelechi Iheanacho and Jesus Navas with Sergio Aguero and David Silva.

3.55pm GMT

Accrington Stanley 0-0 Hartlepool, Barnet 1-0 Plymouth Argyle, Blackpool 0-1 Mansfield Town, Cambridge United 1-0 Notts County, Carlisle United 1-0 Grimsby Town, Colchester United 1-0 Cheltenham Town, Crawley Town 2-0 Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers 0-0 Stevenage, Exeter City 1-0 Leyton Orient, Morecambe 0-0 Crewe Alexandra, Wycombe Wanderers 0-0 Newport County, Portsmouth 1-0 Luton Town.

3.53pm GMT

AFC Wimbledon 2-2 Millwall (result). Bury 1-1 Sheffield United, Charlton Athletic 1-1 Bristol Rovers, Chesterfield 0-0 MK Dons, Coventry City 1-0 Bolton Wanderers, Gillingham 0-0 Oxford United, Northampton Town 1-0 Bradford, Oldham Athletic 0-0 Port Vale, Scunthorpe United 1-0 Peterborough United, Shrewsbury Town 0-1 Fleetwood Town, Swindon Town 0-0 Southend United, Walsall 0-1 Rochdale.

3.51pm GMT

Birmingham City 1-0 Brentford, Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Newcastle, Bristol City 1-0 Reading, Burton Albion 0-1 Preston, Cardiff City 1-0 Aston Villa, Fulham 0-0 Brighton , Leeds United 0-0 Rotherham, Norwich City 1-0 Derby County, Nottingham Forest 0-0 Barnsley, QPR 1-0 Ipswich Town, Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Wolves, Wigan 0-0 Huddersfield.

3.49pm GMT

As teams troop off for their half-time brews and bollockings, you can see the Premier League latest scores above. We’ll have them for everywhere else, shortly.

3.45pm GMT

League One: Josh Magennis has just headed Charlton level with Bristol Rovers from close range at the Valley, where it’s 1-1. At Sixfields, talk that Northampton have taken a 1-0 lead against Bradford City thanks to Alexander Revell might well be Cobblers.

3.42pm GMT

League One: It’s all square between Bury and Sheffield United, with Blades striker Billy Sharp having cancelled out Jacob Mellis’s opener for Bury. Rochadale are away to Walsall but leading 1-0 thanks to Ian Henderson. Coventry have just gone a goal up against Bolton at the Ricoh Arena, while it remains Charlton 0-1 Bristol Rovers, Shrewsbury Town 0-1 Fleetwood and scoreless everywhere else.

3.39pm GMT

Championship: Birmingham City have taken a one-goal lead over Brentford, with Lukas Jutkiewicz doing the honours. Bristol City’s on-loan-from-Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham has scored again, opening his side’s account against Reading at Ashton Gate. Ian Holloway’s QPR are a goal to the good against Ipswich Town, while Cardiff and Norwich still enjoy one-goal advantages over Aston Villa and Derby County respectively.

3.36pm GMT

Premier League: On the advice of the fourth official, Fernandinho is sent off by referee Lee Mason for a foul on Joey Gudmundsson, who has to go off for treatment. That’s Fernandinho’s third red card in six matches: here, against Chelsea in the Premier League and Borussia Moenchengladbach in the Champions League.

3.32pm GMT

Premier League: Having equalised through a Jermain Defoe penalty following Ragnar Klavan’s foul on Didier Ndong, Sunderland blow a wonderful chance to go ahead. A great through ball by Adnan Januzaj releases Defoe, who tries to round Mignolet. The goalkeeper gets a touch and the ball breaks for Fabio Borini … who shoots wide.

3.28pm GMT

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3.26pm GMT

Championship: Sixteen! That’s how many minutes it took Joe Ralls to give Cardiff City the lead against Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa.

3.24pm GMT

Championship: Stefan Johansson has had a spot-kick saved by Brighton goalkeeper David Stockdale, who dived low to his right to keep out the Norwegian midfielder’s shot from 12 yards.

3.22pm GMT

Premier League: Hull City have been bossing West Brom on their own patch and have now made their dominance count. Robert Snodgrass sidefoots home an Ahmed Elmohamady cross after good play from Jake Livermore.

3.20pm GMT

Premier League: Daniel Sturridge opens the floodgates at the Stadium of Light, taking advantage of characteristically poor defending from the hosts.

3.19pm GMT

Championship: Nelson Oliveira has taken some of the pressure off beleaguered Norwich City with a deflected shot aginst the Rams.

3.18pm GMT

League One: Bristol Rovers have taken the lead against Charlton Athletic at the Valley, courtesy of Jermaine Easter. Meanwhile at Gigg Lane, Jacob Mellis has given Bury has given Bury a one-goal lead against Sheffield United. ELsewhere, SHrewsbury are entertaining Fleetwood Town, who are beating their hosts thanks to Devante Cole’s ninth minute strike.

3.14pm GMT

Premier League: Dominic Calvert-Lewin, a 19-year-old Everton midfielder, has been forced off with injury and been replaced by Kevin Mirallas.

3.12pm GMT

Premier League: Saints full-back Cedric has been forced off with a nasty gash in his head after cracking it off an advertising hoarding or metal chair adjacent to same at Goodison Park. He’s replaced by Jack Stephens.

3.10pm GMT

League Two: The Exeter City striker has scored the first goal of the 3pm kick-offs, putting his side one up against Leyton Orient with his fourth goal in four games.

3.08pm GMT

Premier League: Kelechi Iheanacho, Yaya Toure and Raheem Sterling all spurn decent shooting opportunities in quick succession as Manchester City put Burnley under the cosh in the early stages of their game at the Etihad.

3.05pm GMT

League One result: AFC Wimbledon and Wimbledon drew 2-2 in the early kick-off in the third tier. Millwall go seventh, behind Southend on goal difference. Wimbledon move to 11th.

3.01pm GMT

Players the length and breadth of the UK have completed their pre-match formalities and referees are giving shrill blasts on their whistles. Who’ll score first? My metaphorical money’s on Sadio Mane.

2.58pm GMT

Jurgen Klopp makes just one change for Liverpool, bringing in Daniel Sturridge instead of Jordan Henderson (Lallana moves back into midfield), prompting some bemusement from Liverpool fans on Twitter, who think he should have rotated in the face of such feeble opposition. By contrast, Pep Guardiola seems to have made four changes to the team that lost against Liverpool less than 48 hours ago.

2.46pm GMT

Related: Middlesbrough fail to scale Robert Huth’s Leicester battlements

2.42pm GMT

In Josh Maja, George Honeyman, Michael Ledger and Elliot Embleton, Sunderland have four players on the bench against Liverpool with three senior appearances between them and a combined age of 77. Wahbi Khazri, Javier Manquillo and third choice goalkeeper Mika are the comparative veterans, with 24 appearances between them and an identical combined age of 77.

Sunderland also have Jan Kirchoff, Lee Cattermole, Jordan Pickford, Duncan Watmore and Paddy McNair out long term, while Wahbi Khazri, Lamine Kone and Papy Djilobodji are all off to the Africa Cup of Nations. Throw in the fact they are fairly useless and have no money to bring anyone in during the January transfer window and you’d have to say that both their short and long-term future looks extremely bleak. When they get gubbed today, I wouldn’t be one bit surprised to see David Moyes walk away. He’s been sold a mangy pup.

2.14pm GMT

Sunderland: Mannone, Love, O’Shea, Djilobodji, Van Aanholt, Larsson, Ndong, Rodwell, Januzaj, Defoe, Borini.

Subs: Khazri, Mika, Manquillo, Maja, Honeyman, Embleton, Ledger.

2.10pm GMT

Everton: Robles, Coleman, Funes Mori, Ashley Williams, Baines, Gana, Davies, Lennon, Barkley, Calvert-Lewin, Lukaku.

Subs: Jagielka, Mirallas, Cleverley, Barry, Valencia, Holgate, Hewelt.

2.07pm GMT

Man City: Bravo, Sagna, Otamendi, Kolarov, Clichy, Toure, Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, De Bruyne, Sterling, Iheanacho.

Subs: Zabaleta, Nolito, Aguero, Caballero, Silva, Stones, Garcia.

2.05pm GMT

West Brom: Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Brunt, Fletcher, Yacob, Phillips, Morrison, Chadli, Rondon.

Subs: Nyom, Olsson, Robson-Kanu, Gardner, Myhill, McClean, Galloway.

2.01pm GMT

Aston Villa have accepted a bid from Middlesbrough for striker Rudy Gestede. Head coach Aitor Karanka is hoping to complete a move for the £6m-rated 28-year-old imminently after Boro formalised their interest in the player. Karanka’s promoted side have made a creditable start to their bid to remain in the Premier League, but goals have been at a premium and the Spaniard is keen to boost the firepower at his disposal for the second half of the campaign. Boro are currently entertaining Leicester City at the Riverside, where it is scoreless after 74 minutes. You can follow the action with Gregg Bakowski.

Related: Middlesbrough v Leicester City: Premier League – live!

1.38pm GMT

1.34pm GMT

Related: Love it or hate it, the January transfer window provides unique excitement | Barry Glendenning

1.15pm GMT

There’s going on in League One and League Two also and we’ll be bringing you the most important updates from those particular divisions as well.

Related: Southend make it a dozen and counting despite Charlton’s late leveller | Jeremy Alexander

1.15pm GMT

All 24 teams kick-off at 3pm (GMT) in England’s second tier, where league leaders Newcastle travel to Ewood Park to play third-from-bottom Blackburn and their closest rivals Brighton leave London-by-the-Sea to go to actual London and play Fulham. A whopping 11 points clear of safety at the foot of the table, Rotherham visit Leeds, while second-from-bottom Wigan entertain Huddersfield.

11.08am GMT

We’ve a reasonably busy day of Premier League action which has already kicked off at the Riverside Stadium, where Middlesbrough are entertaining Leicester City. It’s scoreless there after 35 minutes and Gregg Bakowski is monitoring proceedings. West Ham host Manchester United later, but sandwiched between the two games we’ve got four 3pm (GMT) kick-offs: Everton v Southampton, Manchester City v Burnley, Sunderland v Liverpool and West Brom v Hull City. We’ll have team news and build-up, then bring you updated on all the goals, scorpion kicks, the increasingly haggard look on David Moyes’s face and everything else throughout the afternoon.

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Dec 31

Liverpool 1-0 Manchester City: Premier League – as it happened

Georginio Wijnialdum’s early goal settled a curiously underwhelming New Year’s Eve contest at Anfield

7.26pm GMT

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeep! It’s all over and Liverpool take the points after a much-hyped game that was a seriously damp squib on a night renowned for fireworks. That injury time smoke bomb aside, this was anything but incendiary, but Liverpool won’t mind – Geo Wijnaldum’s early goal has moved them back to within six points of Chelsea and further damaged City’s chances of winning the title. That’s all from me in 2016 – have a very happy new year … or at the very least try to have a less miserable one than the horror-show that was 2016.

Related: Georginio Wijnaldum gives Liverpool deserved win against Manchester City

7.22pm GMT

90+5 min: Liverpool win a corner and try to keep the ball in the corner and eventually get a goal-kick. At the far end of the pitch, somebody from the City end throws a smoke cannister on the pitch and a steward waits for it to go out before removing it from the field.

7.21pm GMT

90+4 min: Nicolas Otamendi gets booked for handball while tussling for the ball with Origi.

7.20pm GMT

90+2 min: Good defending from Georginio Wijnaldum, who’s bullet header after eight minutes remains the only goal of the game. He denies Kevin De Bruyne as the City midfielder, who’s had a terrible game, tries to go a rampaging through the Liverpool penalty area.

7.18pm GMT

90 min: Four minutes of added time is the shout from the fourth official, who hoists his board and prompts plenty of jeering around Anfield.

7.16pm GMT

88 min: David Silva is barged on the edge of the Liverpool penbalty area, but no free-kick is forthcoming. Manchester City substitution: Kelechi Iheanacho on for Yaya Toure. Liverpool substitution: Lucas on for Sadio Mane. Rumours linking Lucas with a January move to Inter mean this could be the Brazilian’s final appearance for Liverpool.

7.14pm GMT

87 min: Can loses the ball and Navas replaces Firmino, with his head almost certainly bursting with the many orders he was given before coming on. He and Sterling are playing as wing-backs in Zabaleta’s absence.

7.13pm GMT

85 min: Liverpool try to Arsenal their way through the City defensive ranks with a series of tippy-tappy passes, before Emre Can decides instead to try and hold the ball up in the corner. He’ll do well to keep it there for five or six minutes.

7.11pm GMT

84 min: Having received five or six minutes’ worth of instruction from Pep Guardiola on the touchline, Jesus Navas is finally ready to come on for Pablo Zabaleta. City are just waiting for a break in play.

7.10pm GMT

83 min: Milner’s flat delivery is flicked on by Mane, towards Dejan Lovren. City clear before he can control the ball or bring it down.

7.09pm GMT

82 min: Plenty of huff and puff from both teams in the middle third, but neither is able to find the killer pass that might help carve out an opening. Liverpool win a corner, which Milner is no rush to take.

7.07pm GMT

79 min: Manchester City win another corner after good work around the edge of the area from Sterling, Silva and De Bruyne. The Belgian sends the ball high into the area, where Firmino heads the ball back towards his own goal before it’s whacked down the park.

7.05pm GMT

78 min: Can mis-kicks a clearance, prompting Lallana to hoof the ball up the pitch.

7.04pm GMT

77 min: Raheem Sterling sends a cross into the Liverpool penalty area from the left, but Ragnar Klavan hacks clear.

7.03pm GMT

75 min: Craig Pawson books Emre Can for a foul on Raheem Sterling as both teams continue to give the ball away repeatedly. Divock Origi just blew a great chance to put Sadio Mane through on goal with a woeful “through”-ball that went straight to the feet of a defender. This may have been billed as a potential classic, but it certainly hasn’t been one.

7.00pm GMT

73 min: Firmino tries to play James Milner in on the overlap, but Yaya Toure puts a stop to his gallop.

6.59pm GMT

72 min: Claudio Bravo clears for City under pressure from Sadio Mane.

6.58pm GMT

71 min: Manchester City win a corner and Milner hacks the inswinger clear at the second time of asking.

6.57pm GMT

70 min: Origi wins a corner for Liverpool off John Stones. James Milner sends the ball into the penalty area, where Fernandinho – or was it John Stones? – clears. It’s difficult to tell as the pair look so alike.

6.56pm GMT

67 min: Raheem Sterling cuts inside from the right flank, jinking past Lallana before failing to get past James Milner. Liverpool certainly seem to think Sterling failed to keep the ball in play and let it be known in the strongest possible terms that their side should have had a throw-in.

6.53pm GMT

66 min: With Henderson gone, Adam Lallana has dropped back into Liverpool’s midfield three, with Origi having taken up position on the right side of the front three.

6.52pm GMT

65 min: Manchester City win a free-kick outside the Liverpool penalty area, well right of centre. It’s played short, they lose the ball and Liverpool set off on the counter-attack that breaks down when Sadio Mane plays a poor pass to Firmino.

6.51pm GMT

63 min: In his technical area, Pep Guardiola is giving a masterclass in largely incomprehensible gesticulation that suggests he might have a future on Strictly Come Dancing if the football doesn’t work out for him. In the other technical area, Jurgen Klopp attempts to whip up some enthusiasm from the home crowd. Liverpool substitution: Jordan Henderson off with some sort of knock, Divock Origi on.

6.49pm GMT

62 min: Poor play from both teams as they repeatedly give the ball away top opposition players as if it’s a live grenade.

6.46pm GMT

59 min: Somebody seems to have flicked a switch for City, who have improved immeasurably in the past few minutes. They win a corner, which is sent towards Kolarov on the edge of the penalty area. He leathers it on the fly with his left foot, but his shot takes a deflection and Mignolet gathers comfortably.

6.45pm GMT

57 min: Yaya Toure picks out Raheem Sterling with a wonderful pass from deep. Darting down the inside right channel, the winger stretches every sinew in a bid to hook the ball across the penalty area, but his diminutive stature means he finds the side-netting from a very tight angle.

6.43pm GMT

56 min: More signs of life from City, as David Silva picks up the ball, cuts in from the right and tries to curl a shot inside the far upright. It fizzes narrowly wide, but not by much. Good effort.

6.42pm GMT

55 min: City get the ball forward again and the boos reveal Raheem Sterling to be in possession on the right flank. James Milner gets across to relieve him of possession.

6.41pm GMT

54 min: Sergio Aguero finally gets a shot on goal, but his effort from distance doesn’t trouble Simon Mignolet. That’s City’s first shot on target.

6.40pm GMT

52 min: City are struggling badly to get the ball out of their own half, while Kevin De Bruyne is loitering way behind the play waiting for Liverpool to lose possession so he can be in a decent position when City attack on the break. It ain’t happening for him at the moment, so he might be advised to get nearer the action and seek out the ball.

6.38pm GMT

51 min: Liverpool continue to dominate possession, but aren’t doing a great deal with it. They win another throw-in deep in City territory, but nothing comes of it.

6.37pm GMT

49 min: Liverpool win a throw-in deep in City territory after Toure puts the ball out while intercepting a Wijnaldum pass to Lallana. No sign of any improvement from City in these early stages of the second half.

6.35pm GMT

48 min: There’s a little bit of handbags between Pablo Zabaleta and Adam Lallana, with the former appearing very agitated indeed over some perceived slight. The ref has a word with both and peace resumes.

6.34pm GMT

47 min: Unmarked in the City penalty area, Nathaniel Clyne is unable to control a dropping ball properly and fails to get a shot off in a wonderful position. He was left completely unattended by Kevin De Bruyne.

6.33pm GMT

46 min: No changes in personnel on either side, but Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva have swapped positions in the City ranks. Silva is in behind Aguero, with De Bruyne moving out to the left.

6.32pm GMT

46 min: Liverpool get the ball rolling, playing into the Kop in the second half of their final game of 2016. It’s gone well for them so far against a strangely subdued Manchester City, who will need to up their game considerably if they’re to turn things around.

6.19pm GMT

45+1 min: Referee Craig Pawson signals for the break after one minute of added time and Liverpool go in a Georginio Wijnaldum goal to the good. It’s been anything but a classic, but Manchester City have themselves to blame for that. Since conceding an early goal, they’ve been contained easily by Liverpool and have failed to register a single shot on target. Sterling, De Bruyne, Silva and Aguero have all ben starved off possession in a first half dominated throughout by the hosts.

6.16pm GMT

45 min: Kevin De Bruyne pounces on a sloppy pass and has a shot deflected wide for a corner. Nothing comes of it.

6.15pm GMT

44 min: Yaya Toure loses possession in the centre-circle and Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana break towards the City goal. Firmino releases Lallana into space with only Bravo to beat, but the Liverpool man is flagged for offside. Firmino needed to be a little quicker there.

6.13pm GMT

42 min: Kevin De Bruyne gets on the ball and charges forward making ground before unleashing a shot from the edge of the box. His effort is scuffed but takes a deflection and almost falls into the path of Sergio Aguero before rolling out for a corner.

6.11pm GMT

40 min: Nicolas Otamendi plays the ball forward to Silva in a pocket of space in the Liverpool right-back area. He’s immediately harried by Nathaniel Clyne and passes the ball out of play.

6.10pm GMT

39 min: Sterling and Silva finally exchange passes around the edge of the Liverpool penalty area and the Spaniard tees up Kolarov for a shot. He doesn’t make proper contact and sends his effort wide.

6.09pm GMT

38 min: Sterling receives the ball on the edge of the final third but is immediately harried and prods the ball out of play for a Liverpool throw-in. I’m not sure what Pep Guardiola is going to do here, but he needs to start thinking about a spot of tinkering.

6.08pm GMT

37 min: Sterling plays the ball into the Liverpool penalty area for Fernandinho to chase, but Ragnar Klavan is on hand to tussle for the ball.

6.07pm GMT

35 min: Raheem Sterling gets on the ball near the halfway line, but is forced back and once again the ball finds its way back to Bravo. He plays it short to Otamendi, who is immediately put under pressure and wellies the ball long and out of play. City are really poor this evening, but only their hod-carriers and water-carriers are getting any time to settle on the ball and they keep giving it away.

6.05pm GMT

33 min: Manchester City win a free-kick on the halfway line and three passes later, the ball finds its way back to Claudio Bravo. Impressive pressing by Liverpool, who are resolute in their efforts to ensure City’s better players don’t get a sniff of the ball. City, it should be noted, are doing themselves few favours as they continue to lose possession.

6.03pm GMT

32 min: Kolarov is penalised for a foul on Sadio Mane not too long after Simon Mignolet had a bit of a wobble while trying to control a ball whose flight he’d misjudged.

6.01pm GMT

31 min: Sergio Aguero veers offside for the third or fourth time as he chases another long ball over the top from Otamendi that took a deflection en route.

6.00pm GMT

28 min: James Milner picks out Roberto Firmino with a wonderful arcing pass from deep, but the Brazilian’s first touch is dire and ruins an otherwise excellent scoring opportunity. If he’d brought that ball down properly, he’d have been alone in front of goal with only Bravo to beat.

5.58pm GMT

27 min: Kolorov and Nicolas Otamendi are being given as much time as they like on the ball along with space to run into in their own half, and it’s not difficult to see why. Their attempts to pick out Manchester City’s more creative players with raking passes are being sprayed everywhere but in the direction of their intended targets.

5.56pm GMT

26 min: Wijnaldum tries his luck with a long range effort after good build-up play from Roberto Firmino and Mane. His effort sails high over the crossbar.

5.55pm GMT

23 min: With just over a quarter of the game, Liverpool lead 1-0 and are looking good for their lead. Fernandinho kicks Lallana in midfield and is given a talking-to by the referee. Milner sends the ball in towards Lovren in the penalty area, where Bravo chooses to punch the ball clear rather catch it. His punch is feeble, but he gets away with it.

5.53pm GMT

21 min: Otamendi sends the ball long over the top of the Liverpool defence for Aguro to chase. The Argentinian nips behind Lovren and brings the ball down with a wonderful first touch, but is correctly adjudged to have been offside.

5.51pm GMT

19 min: “Tactically at the moment, you’ve got to say Jurgen Klopp has got his tactics right,” says Glenn Hoddle on BT Sport. With their intense pressing, they certainly seem to have cut off any kind of decent supply to De Bruyne, Sterling, Aguero and Silva, who have thus far struggled to make any sort of impression on the game.

5.49pm GMT

18 min: Adam Lallana and Milner combine down the left flank, with the latter sending in a cross. Manchester City clear. Liverpool are definitely bossing this at the moment, but it’s early days.

5.48pm GMT

16 min: Mane takes on Nicolas Otamendi, cutting inside from the right after latching on to a long diagonal ball from deep towards the corner. Kolarov ambles across to clear his lines by whacking the ball out for a corner. The ball’s sent sailing towards Dejan Lovren, but City clear.

5.45pm GMT

13 min: Emre Can hoofs the ball long for Sadio Mane to chase, but there’s too much welly on his “pass” and Manchester City tidy up at the back. There seems quite a subdued atmosphere at Anfield, although that might have something to do with the fact that the last game I watched was Rangers 1-2 Celtic from a comparatively rocking Ibrox earlier today.

5.43pm GMT

12 min: Manchester City go forward, with Sergio Aguero on the ball by the left touchline. Klavan robs him of possession and the attack breaks down.

5.42pm GMT

9 min: Liverpool score on their first sortie of any note into Manchester City territory. The goal actually stemmed from a Yaya Toure free-kick for City – Liverpool won the ball back and surged forward down the left. Lallana ran 35 yards without anyone laying a glove or boot on him, then whipped in a cross. Wijnaldum leapt highest to power a brilliant header past Claudio Bravo.

Related: Georginio Wijnaldum: ‘Klopp was interested in my personal life and that was good for me’

5.39pm GMT

8 min: Geo Wijnaldum gives Liverpool the lead with a bullet-header from about 12 yards after getting on the end of an Adam Lallana cross from the left.

5.38pm GMT

8 min: Almnost immediately, Klavan is penalised again for a kick on Fernadinho that was more clumsy than malicious. He’ll need to watch himself.

5.37pm GMT

7 min: Liverpool go forward down the left with James Milner on the ball. He loses it to Aguero with a poor pass and Ragnar Klaven is forced to foul the striker, earning himself a yellow card in the process. Thanks for that, Jimmy.

5.36pm GMT

5 min: Kevin De Bruyne has taken up a position just behind Sergio Aguero for Manchester City, with David Silva operating further out to the left. No chances of note to report, yet.

5.35pm GMT

4 min: “One greedy bastard! There’s only one greedy bastard!” rings around Anfield as the barracking of Raheem Sterling continues in earnest. He’s not been forgiven for moving to Manchester City at the end of his five year spell at Liverpool.

5.33pm GMT

3 min: More boos for Raheem Sterling, as he gets on the ball once again – don’t expect a non-celebration celebration from him if he scores.

5.32pm GMT

2 min: Aleksandar Kolarov takes responsibility of the dead ball, but doesn’t get enough lift on his effort, which thunders straight into the defensive wall.

5.31pm GMT

1 min: Manchester City get the ball rolling and Raheem Sterling’s first two touches are booed loudly by the supporters of his former club. James Milner concedes a free-kick just outside his own penalty area, slightly to the right of the D – this is a big chance!

5.30pm GMT

Liverpool line up with three in midfield. Georginio Wijnaldum, Henderson and Emre Can are the men tasked with keeping Manchester City’s midfield at bay, with Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino ahead of them.

5.28pm GMT

Kick-off at Anfield is just minutes away and the teams are lining up in the cavernous tunnel under the new stand. Jordan Henderson and Pablo Zabaleta lead them out on to the pitch and the final pre-match formalities get underway. In the stands, City’s usual captain Vincent Kompany is sitting with his club’s travelling support. We’re just one rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone from the final Premier League match of 2016.

5.13pm GMT

An email from Peter Oh: “To answer your question in the caption of the Ben Woodburn photo,” he begins. “The suit bag says ‘Boss’. Clearly the young whippersnapper was sent to the dry cleaners to pick up Jurgen Klopp’s New Year’s Eve party tuxedo!” Yep, that or he’s actually carrying Klopp in the bag.

5.00pm GMT

Chelsea may have conceded two goals this afternoon, but they still four past Stoke City to extend their lead at the Premier League summit to nine points on the back of 13 consecutive wins. They have 49 points, while Liverpool are in second place with 40 with Manchester City a further point back in third.

4.51pm GMT

Jurgen Klopp makes just one change to the Liverpool team that beat Stoke City on Tuesday, with Emre Can coming in for Divock Origi. Pep Guardiola has made three changes to the City side that swatted Hull aside on Boxing Day: Pablo Zabaleta and Aleksandar Kolarov come into his defence in place of Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna, while Nolito makes way for Sergio Aguero.

4.35pm GMT

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner, Can, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Lallana, Firmino.

Subs: Karius, Sturridge, Moreno, Lucas, Origi, Ejaria, Alexander-Arnold.

4.33pm GMT

4.33pm GMT

Philippe Coutinho and Joel Matip remain sidelined with injury for Liverpool and will not feature this evening. Matip is struggling with ongoing ankle issues and has missed four of Liverpool’s past five matches, which means that Dejan Louvren and Ragner Klavan are likely to start in the heart of Liverpool’s defence. Having just been voted the best Brazilian player in Europe for 2016, Coutinho has stepped up his efforts in training after recovering from an ankle injury of his own, but will not be fit enough to feature here.

Manchester City will welcome Sergio Aguero back from a four-game suspension, while John Stones is also available for selection after a bang on the knee ended his involvement in City’s Boxing Day win over Hull City. Pablo Zabaleta is also fit, but Leroy Sane will also miss out after suffering some manner of unspecified “knock”. The resolutely luckless Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan won’t be sorry to see the back of 2016 and also remain sidelined.

10.52am GMT

A happy new year to one and all as the clock ticks relentlessly towards midnight here in the United Kingdom. There’s some final football business to attend to in the Premier League before we get to put the car-crash that was 2016 behind us, with second-placed Liverpool entertaining third-placed Manchester City at Anfield in a match that could put a serious dent in either side’s title hopes in the event of defeat.

Goals and plenty of them have been widely forecast as these two attacking sides with rather porous defences go head to head on Merseyside. Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have not occupied adjacent technical areas since April 2015, when Klopp’s Dortmund side beat Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in the German Cup semi-final, which you can read more about below. Kick-off is at 5.30pm (GMT), but we’ll be here with team news and build-up long before that.

Related: Jürgen Klopp finally gets a chance to face Pep Guardiola on level playing field | Andy Hunter

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Dec 30

A 2016 football moment to remember: Brazil finally win Olympic gold | Barry Glendenning

After several visits to the Games podium but none to the top level of it, Brazil’s young footballers finally managed it in Rio last summer – and it had to be Neymar

With its epicentre at the Maracanã, the guttural roar of release that greeted Brazil’s opener rolled out in all directions across Rio de Janeiro and beyond, making quite the mockery of folk who sniffily claim that, in the cosmic scheme of things, the Olympic men’s football tournament is rather trifling and inconsequential. They are, of course, entitled to their wrong opinion but at 5.57pm on 20 August it became abundantly clear that for the people of Rio nothing mattered more.

Despite having been sent out to the countryside to cover golf, I figured that with a fair wind I could make the stadium in time for the football final unless everything went hideously wrong. My planning had been meticulous: imagine a strung-out Henry Hill in Goodfellas trying to fit in the preparation of his ziti with meat gravy around the unloading of the guns Jimmy didn’t want while organising the package for Lois to take to Pittsburgh. That was me.

Related: A 2016 football moment to remember: Iceland light up Euro 2016

Related: A 2016 football moment to remember: Leicester and Vardy show simple is best

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Dec 28

Southampton 1-4 Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – as it happened!

Dele Alli bagged a brace, Nathan Redmond saw red and Harry Kane missed a penalty as Tottenham came from behind to take the points on an eventful night at St Mary’s

10.10pm GMT

Related: Tottenham beat 10-man Southampton despite Harry Kane penalty miss

9.39pm GMT

It’s all over! Mike Dean draws proceedings to a close after a very lively second half that marked another successful return to Southampton for Mauricio Pochettino. Spurs ran out easy winners in the end, but Southampton were in touch until the 84th minute, despite having been reduced to 10 men when Nathan Redmond was sent off shortly before the hour mark. Virgil van Dijk opened the scoring for Saints very early doors, but a brace from Dele Alli and goals from Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son meant Spurs took all three points despite Kane missing a second half penalty.

9.35pm GMT

90 min: Shane Long and Jan Vertonghen pick up yellow cards for something and nothing, which means the Tottenham man will join Kyle Walker on the Naughty Step for his side’s next game, against Watford.

9.33pm GMT

89 min: So, back to those quick-fire goals. Both were spookily similar, with Son’s the pick of them. He latched on to a long ball out of defence from Eriksen, sped past Oriol Romeu and finished with a precision shot across Forster’s bows that went into the bottom corner. Alli’s second was not all that different: from a counter-attack Danny Rose picked him out on the edge of the middle third and he was given time and space to pass the ball into the same corner.

9.30pm GMT

89 min: Spurs substitution: Vincent Janssen comes on for Harry Kane.

9.30pm GMT

87 min: Another counter-attack, another finish into the bottom right-hand corner, with Dele Alli bagging his second of the night with a low pass into the bottom corner.

9.27pm GMT

85 min: Son extends Tottenham’s lead with a fine finish into the bottom right-hand corner, finishing a counter-attack in most emphatic style.

9.26pm GMT

83 min: Cedric plays the ball in behind the Spurs defence for Shane Long to chase. He steals a march on his markers and attempts to chest the ball down in space, but is correctly flagged for offside after mistiming his run.

9.24pm GMT

82 min: Tottenham substitution: Mousa Dembele off, Harry
Winks on.

9.23pm GMT

79 min: More slapstick from Lloris, who rushes out of his area to head a clearance straight to Hoejbjerg. The substitute attempts to lob the keeper, but fails abjectly in his attempt to do so. Moments previously, Fonte had been lucky to avoid a booking (at least) for a wild lunge on Danny Rose, which the full-back managed to evade.

9.21pm GMT

78 min: A woeful clearance from Hugo Lloris goes straight to Dusan Tadic in space not too far outside the Spurs penalty area. He’s caught unawares and dispossessed before he has time to react.

9.19pm GMT

77 min: Tottenham’s ongoing failure to add a third goal means Southampton remain in with a shout of rescuing something from this game despite being down to 10 men. They’ve 13 minutes left to do so, along with whatever the referee adds on for stoppages.

9.18pm GMT

75 min: Just before that Spurs substitution, the apparently tireless Rose cut in from the flank and sent a rasping shot well wide of the upright.

9.16pm GMT

74 min: Spurs substitution: Moussa Sissoko off after what has been, by his own low standards since moving to Tottenham, a decent performance. He makes way for Heung-Min Son.

9.15pm GMT

72 min: Southampton triple-substitution: Shane Long, Dusan Tadic and Pierre-Emile Hoejbjerg on for Jay Rodriguez, Sofiane Doufal and Steven Davis.

9.13pm GMT

71 min: Spurs attack up the right flank, with Rose and Sissoko combining well. The ball finds its way to Christian Eriksen, who rattles the cross-bar with a surface to air screamer from outside the penalty area.

9.11pm GMT

69 min: Southampton go on an increasingly rare attack into Tottenham territory and Cedric arcs a cross from deep towards the far post. Hugo Lloris is quick off his line to catch acrobatically.

9.10pm GMT

65 min: Victor Wanyama shoots from distance, stinging the palms of Forster in the Southampton goal and winning his team a corner. Nothing comes of it, although Forster is forced off his line to clear.

9.06pm GMT

64 min: Some housekeeping – before it all kicked off, Kyle Walker received a yellow card that will rule him out of Tottenham’s New Year’s Day match against Watford under the totting -up procedure. Danny Rose has since been booked, but it’s Southampton who are down to 10 men and trail by the odd goal of three.

9.05pm GMT

60 min: Mike Dean took a curiously long time to take his red card out of his pocket and show it to Nathan Redmond then. He’d awarded the penalty and Harry Kane was waiting to take it when, as an apparent afterthought, he decided to send Redmond on his way. The less said about Kane’s penalty the better, but it was certainly an entertaining three minute spell.

9.01pm GMT

58 min: It’s all go at St Mary’s, where Harry Kane blazes his penalty over the bar! He glowers at a loose divot, as if to suggest it’s the pitch rather than he who is to blame.

8.59pm GMT

57 min: After what appears an eternity, Dean sends Redmond off with a straight red card for being last man back and preventing a clear goalscoring opportunity.

8.58pm GMT

55 min: Great refereeing from Mike Dean, who plays the advantage after Dele Alli was put through on goal by Moussa Sissoko, only to be held back by Nathan Redmond. After Alli put his shot wide, Dean blew his whistle pointed to the spot.

8.57pm GMT

54 min: Spurs won that corner after some dithering in defence from Jose Fonte under pressure from Kyle Walker. Christian Eriksen’s delivery was beautiful and with Southampton’s defenders fast asleep, Kane rose at the near post to guide the ball in the top right-hand corner.

8.55pm GMT

52 min: Harry Kane scores with his head at the near post, turning in an out-swinger of a corner with a marvellous finish. That was a fine goal.

8.53pm GMT

48 min: Almost four minutes in and this second half remains exceedingly scrappy, what little play there’s been punctuated by a series of free-kicks and throw-ins. Steven Davis goes down under what looked a fairly agricultural Victor Wanyama challenge right under the nose of referee Mike Dean, but the advantage is played. Dean goes on to have a word with Wanyama, but keeps his yellow card in his pocket. The challenge was clumsy rather than malicious and Davis didn’t make a big deal out of it.

8.49pm GMT

47 min: A scrappy start to the second half, but Boufal eventually gets his foot on the ball out on the left flank before gadding up the left touchline and winning a throw-in. Nothing comes of it.

8.47pm GMT

46 min: Spurs get the second half started, with no changes to either side at the interval. They’ve had one shot on target each and both headers have gone in.

8.34pm GMT

The players troop off for their half-time brew with the scores level. Tottenham will be happier with their performance, but it’s all to play for in the second half. A point isn’t much use to either side, but on the balance of play so far, the visitors look the more likely winners.

8.32pm GMT

45 min: The fourth official suggests one minute of added time in an absorbing match that’s had few interruptions. Tottenham started badly, but are very much in the ascendency as we approach the interval. On the scoreboard, however, the scores remain very much level, with Dele Alli having cancelled out Virgil van Dijk’s opener.

8.29pm GMT

43 min: A neat touch from Victor Wanyama in the Southampton penalty area enables him to take out a defender and make room for a shot about seven yards from Forster’s goal. As he shapes to pull the trigger, Jose Fonte takes the ball away from him with a desperate last-ditch lunge. Brilliant defending. Moussa Sissoko’s delivery to Wanyama wasn’t half bad either – the much-maligned French international is having one of his better games for Spurs tonight.

8.27pm GMT

42 min: Another Spurs corner; their sixth. The delivery is poor and Jay Rodriguez clears, but only as far as Alli.

8.26pm GMT

39 min: After a very shaky start indeed, Spurs continue to dominate as they have done for the past 20 minutes. Most of the play is inside the Southampton half, with the home team sitting way too deep and getting pressed high up the field. Claude Puel will have to do something about this at half-time, if not sooner. Dele Alli is presented with another scoring opportunity of sorts but fluffs his long range effort.

8.23pm GMT

38 min: Tottenham win their fourth corner, which Eriksen takes from the left. He plays it short to Dembele, who ends up winning corner No5 off Cedric as he tries to beat the full-back and get a cross into the Southampton penalty area. Nothing comes of it.

8.22pm GMT

35 min: The ball’s played wide to Kyle Walker on the right flank, but his cross is blocked by Redmond. The ball breaks kindly for the right-back, he plays it inside to Sissoko and Spurs continue a patience build-up.

8.19pm GMT

32 min: Southampton win a corner after Jan Vertonghen dives in to intercept a pass from Nathan Redmond to Cedric, who was galloping into space down the right side of the penalty area. Good defending. Bertrand’s corner is punched clear by Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal.

8.17pm GMT

30 min: Christian Eriksen wins a corner for Spurs after a scuffed effort from just outside the area takes a deflection off a defender. Eriksen takes the corner short and is on hand to blast over from 25 yards after a brief passage of play in which Southampton failed to clear their lines.

8.15pm GMT

29 min: Cedric puts the ball behind for a corner after good work from Eric Dier. Eriksen curls the ball to the near post, where Steven Davies hacks it out for a throw-in.

8.14pm GMT

27 min: This match has been fairly scrappy and pell-mell so far, but no less entertaining for that. Both teams appear to be going all out for the win and Spurs are just about in the ascendency for now, but there’s been very little between the two sides.

8.11pm GMT

24 min: Corrections and clarifications department: Unless Jon Moss got a very convincing Mike Dean mask for Christmas, it is the man from Wirral who is refereeing this match. I was unreliably informed by the news agencies that Moss was running the show tonight.

8.08pm GMT

21 min: It was the turn of Southampton’s defenders to fall asleep there, with Alli reacting quickest after Sissoko’s cross was deflected up in the air off the back of Redmond. Virgil van Dijk mistimed his own leap as a result, enabling the unmarked Alli to send a nicely weighted looping header into the top corner from six yards. It was a fine effort, which the youngster did well to keep under the bar.

8.05pm GMT

19 min: Dele Alli equalises with a header from the edge of the six-yard box, after a Moussa Sissoko cross had taken a deflection off the back of Redmond.

8.03pm GMT

17 min: More good play from Southampton, as Bertrand gallops down the left flank and drills the ball into the penalty area in the hope of picking out Redmond. Danny Rose is on hand to make the crucial interception and prevent Southampton from doubling their lead.

8.02pm GMT

14 min: Mousa Dembele is booked for a foul on Nathan Redmond, or else booked for dissent after he was penalised for fouling Redmond. There follows some more slapstick defending from Spurs, leading to a low diagonal Redmond drive that goes narrowly wide of Lloris’s far post.

7.59pm GMT

13 min: Speaking of wayward – Fraser Forster makes a dog’s breakfast of a clearance and his mis-kick sends the ball steepling high into the air and out for a Spurs thropw-in deep inside the Southampton half. Nothing comes of it, although the Saints goalkeeper’s attempt to look like he knew exactly what he was doing was quite amusing.

7.57pm GMT

11 min: Spurs win a corner and it’s played short to Christian Eriksen. He attempts to whip the ball towards the far post, but catches it all wrong and his wayward effort drifts wide.

7.56pm GMT

9 min: More good play from Southampton, as Boufal wriggles through a couple of defenders on his way into the Spurs penalty area from the right with the ball on his toe. He’s eventually crowded off it, but there’s an element of the desperate and last-ditch about some of this Spurs defending.

7.53pm GMT

7 min: Danny Rose attempts to cross into the Southampton penalty area from the left touchline, but his effort is blocked by Cedric. Southampton go forward again,m with Nathan Redmond threading a ball through the inside right for Jay Rodriguez to chase. He beats Jan Vertonghen for pace, but sends his diagonal effort well wide of the far post.

7.51pm GMT

6 min: Southampton are employing a very heavy press from the front, making it night on impossible for the visitors to play the ball out from the back without making errors.

7.50pm GMT

4 min: James Ward-Prowse was the provider there, having stood over the ball alongside Bertrand, who had won the free-kick from Wanyma. He lofted the ball towards the far post, where Van Dijk rose much higher than the two defenders nearest him to head past Hugo Lloris.

7.48pm GMT

2 min: What a start for Southampton. From the aforementioned free-kick, which was conceded by Victor Wanyama, the ball was swung into the Spurs penalty area. Unmarked, Virgil Van Dijk rose to power a header across the face of goal and inside the far post. Woeful defending by Spurs.

7.46pm GMT

1 min: Southampton get the ball rolling and immediately get the ball rolling. Almost immediately, they win a free-kick in line with the left side of the Spurs penalty for a foul on Ryan Bertrand.

7.43pm GMT

The teams emerge from their dressing rooms, line up in the tunnel and march out on to the pitch for the last of the pre-match formalities. Tottenham’s players are a vision in yellow shirts, shorts and socks, while their hosts wear their usual attire of red and white striped shirts, black shorts and red socks.

7.35pm GMT

7.15pm GMT

The Belgian central defender misses out because he’s suffering from a virus, while Moussa Sissoko comes into the Tottenham midfield for Harry Winks. Southampton manager Claude Puel makes four changes from the team that beat Bournemouth, with Jose Fonte, James Ward-Prowse, Nathan Redmond and Steven Davis all returning to the starting line-up of a side that must play three matches in the next six days.

6.54pm GMT

Southampton: Forster, Cedric, Fonte, van Dijk, Bertrand, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Davis, Redmond, Rodriguez, Boufal.

Subs: Yoshida, Long, Tadic, Martina, Reed, Hojbjerg, Taylor.

6.51pm GMT

12.42am GMT

Tottenham travel to St Mary’s knowing that defeat will all but end their fairly slim chances of winning the title and leave them in fifth place in the Premier League, four points behind neighbours Arsenal, who currently occupy the final Champions League spot. With nine points viewer than their visitors, Southampton are back in eighth and come into tonight’s game on the back of their pre-Christmas win over Bournemouth. Saints defensive midfielder Oriol Romeu is available after a one-match spell on the naughty step after picking up five yellow cards, but his fellow midfielder Jordy Clasie is out with a groin injury. Striker Charlie Austin and defender Matt Targett are longer term absentees.

For Tottenham, who are looking to make it three wins on the bounce after victories over Burnley and Hull City, defenders Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose, midfielder Mousa Dembele and striker Vincent Janssen are all available for selection after returning from injury. Kick-offis at 7.45pm (GMT), but we’ll here with team news and build-up long before that.

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Dec 24

How Hallam FC began Feast of Stephen’s glut of Christmas football

Since the first Boxing Day match 156 years ago, fans have gorged on festive servings of goals, none more so than in 1963 when Fulham beat Ipswich 10-1

When Hallam FC entertain Pontefract Collieries in the North Eastern Counties Football League Division One at Sandygate Road on Boxing Day, the club based in the Sheffield suburb of Crosspool will continue a tradition they helped start exactly 156 years ago. An offshoot of the local cricket club, Hallam FC are the world’s second oldest football team and were formed to provide opposition for nearby Sheffield FC. The sides clashed in football’s first Boxing Day fixture in 1860, with the hosts forced to call on extra bodies from the nearby hamlet of Stumperlowe to make up the numbers for a match that was won by the visitors, whose three years of extra experience clearly proved telling.

As they reflected on the action over a few snifters in The Plough, an adjacent watering hole that remains open to this day, the supporters of both teams could have had little or no idea they had unwittingly drawn up a blueprint that would dictate the behaviour of millions of like-minded individuals of future generations courtesy of the peculiarly British tradition of scheduling football matches on each year’s Feast of Stephen.

Related: Thistlecrack and Cue Card to go head-to-head in Kempton’s King George

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Dec 18

Relief at the Beeb as, for once in 2016, voters get it spot on with Andy Murray | Barry Glendenning

Tennis’s white-hot favourite collects Sports Personality of the Year award but the triathlete Alistair Brownlee surprises with his second place

‘The people have spoken … the bastards,” a waspish Dick Tuck observed following his failure to make the California State Senate in 1966. Following a year in which electorates throughout the UK and beyond have proved time and again they simply cannot be trusted to make even the simplest choice, it is a sentiment with which BBC panjandrums were happy not to concur at the end of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year beano in Birmingham on Sunday night.

They had been utterly terrified the Great British Public would select a one‑two-three of Andy Murray, Mo Farah and Gareth Bale – three sporting high-achievers who it was known would not be present in person on the night.

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Dec 17

Stoke City v Leicester City, Sunderland v Watford and more: clockwatch – as it happened

  • Chelsea win 11th consecutive game to extend their lead
  • Ten-man Leicester pull off unlikely comeback at Stoke
  • Wins for Middlesbrough, Sunderland and West Ham
  • Swansea ship three goals for fourth time in five matches

5.37pm GMT

On an afternoon when Chelsea stretched their Premier League lead to nine points with their eleventh consecutive win and Leicester staged their own little pre-Chrismtas miracle by coming from a man and two goals down to mug Stoke City for a point, Sunderland were perhaps the biggest winners with a victory over Watford that moves them to two places up the table. There was misery for Hull City, who really didn’t deserve to lose against West Ham, while Swansea City found themselves on the wrong end of another hiding after shipping three goals at Middlesbrough. Meanwhile at the Hawthorns, Manchester United have taken an early lead against West Brom courtesy of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Lawrence Ostlere’s providing minute-by-minute updates on that one, so I’ll steer you his way …

Related: West Brom v Manchester United: Premier League – live!

5.27pm GMT

Related: Patrick van Aanholt lifts Sunderland with vital win over Watford

5.26pm GMT

Related: Mark Noble penalty earns West Ham fortunate win over dominant Hull

5.24pm GMT

Related: Middlesbrough add to Swansea City’s woes as Álvaro Negredo hits double

5.21pm GMT

Our Dundee United correspondent has had a frustrating afternoon: “Strange second half at Starks Park,” he writes after his team’s stalemate with Raith Rovers. “Finished 0-0 but United played most of it with 10 men, from which point they completely dominated and missed a penalty. Still, the point takes up top on our own, for a couple of hours at least.”

5.18pm GMT

La Liga: Atletico Madrid have beaten Las Palmas by a solitary goal to earn their first win in three Spanish league games. It leaves them in fifth place, one point behind Villarreal, who were victorious over Sporting Gijon earlier today.

5.09pm GMT

Celtic 2-1 Dundee, Hearts 1-1 Partick Thistle, Kilmarnock 1-1 Inverness, Ross County 2-1 Aberdeen, St Johnstone 1-1 Motherwell.

5.08pm GMT

Doncaster Rovers 1-0 Grimsby Town, Accrington Stanley 0-1 Plymouth Argyle, Barnet 1-2 Stevenage, Blackpool 0-2 Luton Town, Cambridge United 2-1 Crewe Alexandra, Carlisle United 2-1 Yeovil Town, Colchester United 2-1 Notts County, Crawley Town 3-1 Newport County, Exeter City 2-0 Mansfield Town, Morecambe 1-2 Cheltenham Town, Portsmouth 0-0 Hartlepool United, Wycombe Wanderers 1-0 Leyton Orient.

5.06pm GMT

AFC Wimbledon 4-0 Port Vale, Bury 2-3 Oxford United, Charlton Athletic 0-2 Peterborough United, Chesterfield 1-0 Bolton Wanderers, Gillingham 1-0 MK Dons, Northampton Town 2-3 Rochdale, Oldham Athletic 0-2 Southend United, Scunthorpe United 3-0 Millwall, Shrewsbury Town 2-0 Bristol Rovers, Swindon Town 1-1 Fleetwood Town, Walsall 1-1 Bradford City

5.04pm GMT

Blackburn Rovers 2-3 Reading, Bristol City 1-2 Preston, Burton Albion 1-2 Newcastle United, Cardiff City 3-4 Barnsley, Fulham 2-2 Derby County, Leeds 1-0 Brentford, Nottingham Forest 0-2 Wolves, Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Rotherham, Wigan Athletic 2-3 Ipswich Town. Birmingham City v Brighton (5.30pm GMT).

5.02pm GMT

Championship: Cardiff City end their afternoon without a point despite their spirited comeback from 3-1 down against Barnsley to level the scores in the 89th minute. Ryan Williams pooped their party with a winner deep in added time to give the visitors all three points. At Hillsborough, Sheffield Wednesday nicked all three points against Rotherham courtesy of a late Steven Fletcher penalty.

4.59pm GMT

Related: Jamie Vardy in red card controversy as 10-man Leicester battle back to draw

4.58pm GMT

Premier League: Alvaro Negredo scored another brace as hapless Swansea City conceded three or more goals for the fourth time in five matches.

4.56pm GMT

Premier League: Patrick van Aanholt scored the winner after Sunderland weathered a firs-half storm to take three precious points in their annual fight against relegation.

4.55pm GMT

Premier League: Leicester had Jamie Vardy sent off and were two goals down, but still managed to nick a point.

4.54pm GMT

Premier League: Mark Noble scored from the penalty spot after Hull City hit the woodwork three times in a match they really shouldn’t have lost.

4.53pm GMT

Championship: Blackburn are on the verge of losing 3-2 in their third consecutive game, now that George Evans has given Reading a late lead at Ewood Park. Ouch.

4.51pm GMT

Championship: Cardiff City have equalised to make it 3-3 between themselves and Barnsley, while Ipswich Town lead by the odd goal of five against Wigan courtesy of a late David McGoldrick strike. At Elland Road, Leeds United have struck to go one up against Brentford. Kyle Bartley was the scorer, pouncing in the 89th minute.

4.48pm GMT

Premier League: Crikey! Having been 2-0 and one Jamie Vardy down with all hope looking lost, Leicester have equalised against Stoke City! Daniel Amartey has got the equaliser for the 10-man champions.

4.44pm GMT

Championship: It’s 2-2 between Fulham and Derby County, where Alex Pearce equalised for the visitors after 75 minutes. The Rams are looking for their eight consecutive league win today but are being forced to work hard for it.

4.42pm GMT

Championship: Ivan Cavaleiro doubles Wolves’ lead over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, where it’s now 2-0 to the visitors. Meanwhile at the Cardiff City Stadium, Peter Whittingham has scored for the home side to make it Cardiff City 2-3 Barnsley. At Bristol City, Aaron Wibraham has equalised for The Robins in their match against Preston North End. It’s 1-1 at Ashton Gate.

4.37pm GMT

Premier League: Mark Noble breaks the deadlock at the London Stadium, scoring from the spot after Tom Huddlestone fouled Michail Antonio in the Hull penalty area.

4.35pm GMT

Premier League: They may be down to 10 men, but Leicester have pulled a goal back against Stoke City at the Britannia. Leonardo Ulloa keeps them in the game with a header that Ryan Shawcross couldn’t prevent from crossing the line. Referee Craig Pawson points to the device on his wrist to let everyone know technology has decreed that the goal should stand.

4.32pm GMT

La Liga: Atletico Madrid lead Las Palmas courtesy of Saul Niguez’s strike just before the hour.

4.31pm GMT

Scottish Championship: “Marvellous travelling support for [Dundee] United at Raith Rovers, must be around 3000,” writes our Tangerines correspondent. “They’ve not had too much to shout about in the first half though as it’s currently goalless.” And goalless it remains as the game goes into its final 20 minutes.

4.28pm GMT

Championship: Brett Pitman scores his second of the day for Ipswich Town to make it 2-2 between themselves and Wigan Athletic in what sounds like a right old ding-dong.

4.27pm GMT

Scottish Premiership: Niall McGinn has equalised for Aberdeen at Ross County, where the score is 1-1 between the two sides.

4.25pm GMT

Championship: Reading lead Blackburn 2-1 at Ewood Park, where Liam Moore gave Jaap Stam’s team the lead for the second time after 60 minutes. At Craven Cottage, Fulham have come from behind to lead to lead Derby County 2-1, while Wigan have done the same at the DW Stadium against Ipswich Town. Yannick Wildschut has got a brace for them after Brett Pitman opened the scoring for the Tractor Boys.

4.21pm GMT

Scottish Premiership: The champions lead Dundee 2-0 courtesy of goals from Leigh Griffiths and Nir Bitton either side of the break. Elsewhere in Scotland, St JOhnstone’s Christopher Kane has made it 1-1 between his side and Motherwell.

4.19pm GMT

Premier League: Marten De Roon has made it 3-0 to Middlesbrough, as Swansea City concede three or more goals for the fourth time in five matches.

4.17pm GMT

Premier League: After seeing Jamie Vardy sent off just before the half-hour mark, six of his 10 remaining team-mates have been booked: Danny Simpson, Islam Slimani, Andy King, Christian Fuchs, Marc Albrighton and Robert Huth have all had their names taken, while Kasper Schmeichel had to restrain Claudio Ranieri as he attempted to confront the referee at half-time.

4.10pm GMT

Premier League: Patrick van Aanholt puts his miss before half-time behind him to give Sunderland the lead against Watford at the Stadium of Light. He needed two attempts: his first shot was blocked, but the ball broke kindly for him to ram it in off the post for his third goal of the season.

4.09pm GMT

Scottish Premiership: Sean Welsh has equalised for Partick Thistle against Hearts. It’s 1-1 at Tynecastle.

4.07pm GMT

Premier League: Watford had Sunderland under the cosh for almost the entire first half, but couldn’t find the back of the net despite several good chances. Patrick van Aanholt missed a great chance to give Sunderland a half-time lead they wouldn’t have deserved just before the break. The home side were booed off as they went in for their half-time brew and a rollocking from David Moyes. They’ll need to up their game if they’re to take anything from this match.

4.04pm GMT

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3.54pm GMT

Even Claudio has lost his cool with referee, Craig Pawson. That I never thought I’d see.

3.54pm GMT

You can see the Premier League latest scores up above and the rest are as follows …

3.49pm GMT

Premier League: It’s 2-0 to the home side at the Britannia, where Stoke City lead 10-man Leicester as the players troop in for half-time. Joe Allen was the player who doubled Stoke’s lead.

3.48pm GMT

Championship: Barnsley lead the Welsh side 3-1 after Josh Scowen extended their lead. At the City Ground, Helder Costa has given Wolves the lead against Nottingham Forest. At Craven Cottage, Floyd Ayite has equalised for Fulham in their match against Derby County.

3.41pm GMT

Premier League: Down to 10 men after Jamie Vardy’s dismissal, Leicester City are now behind at Stoke. Bojan scored from the spot after 39 minutes. Danny Simpson was the culprit, getting penalised and booked for a hand-ball in the penalty area.

3.39pm GMT

Scottish Premiership latest: Celtic 0-0 Dundee, Hearts 1-0 Partick Thistle, Kilmarnock 0-0 Inverness, Ross County 1-0 Aberdeen, St Johnstone 0-1 Motherwell.

3.37pm GMT

Championship: Mo Diame has put Newcastle back in front against Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium, while Sam Winnall hass scored again to put Barnsley ahead at Cardiff City, where the score is 2-1. At Craven Cottage, Derby County have taken the lead against Fulham with a Tom Ince goal. At the DW Stadium it’s 1-1 now that Wigan have equalised against Ipswich Town.

3.31pm GMT

Premier League: Alvaro Negredo has scored his second of the afternoon to put Boro two up against Swansea City. This one came from the penalty spot after a Jordi Amat foul on Adam Forshaw.

3.30pm GMT

Premier League: Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has been sent off for a two-footed lunge on Mame Biram Diouf after 28 minutes. He can put his feet up for Christmas.

3.28pm GMT

Championship: Preston lead Bristol City 1-0 courtesy of Simon Makienok.

3.27pm GMT

Premier League: Dieumerci Mbokani has blown a great opportunity to put Hull City ahead against West Ham after finding himself in a one-on-one with Darren Randolph. The West Ham goalkeeper has also just saved well from a Harry Maguire header. Maguire was attempting to score from a Robert Snodgrass corner.

3.23pm GMT

Championship: Lloyd Dyer has made it all square at the Pirelli Stadium, where Burton had been losing against the league leaders. In other equaliser news, Barnsley’s Sam Winnall has made it 1-1 in the match between his side and Cardiff City.

3.21pm GMT

Premier League: No Premier League team has scored fewer goals this season, but Middlesbrough have chalked up another one in the credit column. Alvaro Negredo has scored on the back of an Adam Clayton assist.

3.19pm GMT

League One: Bury and Oxford United have scored a goal apiece at Gigg Lane, while Swindon Town lead Fleetwood Town 1-0. Elsewhere, Louis Dodds has given Shrewsbury a one-goal lead over Bristol Rovers and Northampton lead Rochdale 1-0 at Sixfields courtesy of a splendid Matt Taylor free-kick.

3.16pm GMT

Championship: Dwight Gayle scores his 17th of the season with a near post flick after getting on the end of a good cross from Matt Ritchie. It’s Burton Albion 0-1 Newcastle United.

3.11pm GMT

Premier League: Hull City goalkeeper has been down for an extended spell getting treatment on a groin injury. He’s struggling on manfully, but can’t kick the ball properly. He’ll do well to continue for much longer.

3.10pm GMT

Championship: We’ve had another goal in the second tier, where Ipswich Town have taken the lead against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium. Brett Pitman was the scorer with a contentious penalty.

3.08pm GMT

Cardiff City 1-0 Barnsley: Sean Morrison has put Cardiff a goal up against Barnsley. A heavy touch from Dwight Gayle has ruined a good chance for the striker to put Newcastle a goal up against Burton Albion. The home side’s goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin was quick off his line to foil the striker after he’d miscontrolled a Jonjo Shelvey ball over the top.

3.05pm GMT

At the Stadium of Light, Nordin Amrabat has gone close for Watford, bringing a smart save out of Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford. Meanwhile at the Riverside Stadium, a poor first touch from Mo Barrow has cost him a goalscoring opportunity for Swansea City.

3.03pm GMT

Annan Athletic score the first goal of the 3pm kick-offs in their match at Stirling Albion. Max Wright did the honours from the penalty spot in the first minute.

3.01pm GMT

The last of the pre-match formalities have taken place, the referees’ whistles have peeped shrilly and matches have started. Where will we get the first goal?

2.49pm GMT

Premier League: Dominic Fifield was our man peering into the mist from the Selhurst Park press box and while he warms himself up with a post-match brew while waiting for the press conferences of Antonio Conte and Alan Pardew, you can read his on-the-whistle report here.

Related: Diego Costa sends Chelsea soaring at Palace with 11th straight league win

2.36pm GMT

“Just arrived in Kirkcaldy for Scotland’s game of the day as joint leaders Dundee United visit Raith Rovers, the Tannadice men looking to stretch their unbeaten run to 13 games and go clear at the top before Hibs play Morton in the tea-time kickoff,” he writes in an email. “Elsewhere in the Scottish Championship its Queen of the South v Dunfermline and Dumbarton v Falkirk. In the Scottish Premiership, relegation threatened Dundee face runaway leaders Celtic in Glasgow and will probably consider anything less than a three goal defeat a moral victory. Ross County welcome Aberdeen and it’s Hearts v Partick Thistle and Kilmarnock v Inverness. In Scottish League One its first (Livingston) v second (Airdrie) and in Scottish League Two Cowdenbeath host leaders Forfar.” So now we all know – here’s hoping that having whetted the collective appetite for fitba, Simon will keep us posted on events at Stark’s Park.

2.32pm GMT

The champions’ goalkeeper returns between the post for the first time since November 2, when he broke his hand in a Champions League match against FC Copenhagen.

2.26pm GMT

Premier League: Chelsea make it 11 wins in a row courtesy of Diego Costa’s fiftieth goal for the club. They go nine points clear at the top of the table, while Crystal Palace remain fifth from bottom. Andros Townsend could have equalised with a free-kick just outside the Chelsea penalty area at the death, but fired his effort comically high to leave Alan Pardew looking very crestfallen indeed.

Related: Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea: Premier League – live!

2.19pm GMT

It remains 1-0 in south London, where Diego Costa’s headed goal just before half-time continues to separate the sides. Crystal Palace have been on the ropes for most of the second half and Marcos Alonso has had two good chances, while Ngolo Kante brought a good save out of Wayne Hennessy. They’re in added time now and you can follow the knockings of that one with Lawrence Ostlere’s minute-by-minute report.

Related: Crystal Palace v Chelsea: Premier League – live!

2.14pm GMT

The Sunderland manager sounds thoroughly fed up with life at the Stadium of Light, where it seems the club can’t even afford to bring in a loan player in the January transfer window. “Managing Sunderland always had an appeal to me but, if I’d known about the financial situation, I’d have needed to look at it in a different way,” he said. “I’d have had to have thought a lot more about taking the job. I didn’t see us having no money in January. I’m disappointed I won’t be able to do some work in January and build on what we’ve done so far.”

Related: David Moyes may not have taken Sunderland job if he had known cash woes

2.09pm GMT

West Ham: Randolph, Kouyate, Reid, Ogbonna, Antonio, Noble, Obiang, Cresswell, Lanzini, Payet, Carroll.

Subs: Nordtveit, Feghouli, Adrian, Ayew, Fletcher, Fernandes, Quina.

2.07pm GMT

Middlesbrough: Valdes, Barragan, Chambers, Gibson, Da Silva, Forshaw, Clayton, de Roon, Ramirez, Negredo, Fischer.

Subs: Friend, Bernardo, Leadbitter, Rhodes, Guzan, Downing, Traore.

2.06pm GMT

Sunderland: Pickford, Love, Denayer, Djilobodji, Van Aanholt, Ndong, Kone, Januzaj, Anichebe, Defoe, Borini.

Subs: Mannone, Larsson, Khazri, O’Shea, Ethan Robson, Asoro, Honeyman.

2.03pm GMT

Stoke: Grant, Johnson, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters, Imbula, Whelan, Diouf, Allen, Krkic, Walters.

Subs: Bony, Adam, Shaqiri, Given, Crouch, Sobhi, Ngoy.

1.53pm GMT

La Liga: Goals from Jonathan dos Santos, Nicola Sansone and Alexandre Pato have helped Villarreal to secure a 3-1 away victory over Sporting Gijon at the Estadio El Molinón. Carlos Carmona popped up wiuth a late consolation for the home side there. The win keeps Villarreal in fourth place, one point behind Sevilla, while Sporting remain in the relegation zone.

1.40pm GMT

1.29pm GMT

Related: Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

1.15pm GMT

Huddersfield Town beat Norwich City at Carrow Road last night to consign the Canaries to their seventh defeat in nine matches, but Alex Neil was defiant afterwards and stated he would not be giving up his job despite calls for his head.

Related: Alex Neil vows not to quit as Norwich lose at home to Huddersfield

1.15pm GMT

1.14pm GMT

Blackburn Rovers v Reading, Bristol City v Preston, Burton Albion v Newcastle United, Cardiff City v Barnsley, Fulham v Derby County, Leeds v Brentford, Nottingham Forest v Wolves, Sheffield Wednesday v Rotherham, Wigan Athletic v Ipswich Town. Birmingham City v Brighton kicks off at 5.30pm (GMT).

2.03pm GMT

Crystal Palace and Chelsea got the weekend’s Premier League action started, with the south London side entertaining the league leaders at Selhurst Park in a match that kicked off at lunchtime. Chelsea are looking for their 11th consecutive Premier League win and

it’s currently scoreless
have just taken the lead through Diego Costa as they approach half-time. You can follow the rest of that match with Lawrence Ostlere’s minute-by-minute report.

We’ve got four Premier League matches kicking off at 3pm (GMT) (other time zones are available) today, with a further nine getting underway at the same time in the Championship. We’ll bring you news of all the goals and major talking points as we get it, while simultaneously keeping an eye on the action in League One and League and north of the border in Scotland. Over in Spain, Atletico Madrid entertain Las Palmas this afternoon, while there’s plenty of Bundesliga action in Germany too.

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