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. Premier League 2016-17 review: signing of the season — May 22, 2017
  2. Southampton 0-0 Manchester United: Premier League – as it happened — May 17, 2017
  3. Manchester City v West Brom: Premier League – as it happened — May 16, 2017
  4. Chelsea crowned Premier League champions after win at West Brom – as it happened — May 12, 2017
  5. The Jester smiles at last: Mark Selby steps out from Leicester City’s shadow | Barry Glendenning — May 2, 2017

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May 22

Premier League 2016-17 review: signing of the season

A defender still trying to shake off the stench of World Cup humiliation and a towering bargain from Southampton feature here. Now post your suggestions

Welcome to theguardian.com review of the 2016-17 Premier League season. Now that the campaign has ended we would like you to help us choose your favourite goal, the best referee and the best manager, and other winners in a total of 10 categories. We have nominated some contenders but this is just to get the discussion going: we would like your suggestions so that we can compile the best into final polls that you can vote on. The polls will be published at midday on Wednesday 24 May, so please tell us what you think. Thanks

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May 17

Southampton 0-0 Manchester United: Premier League – as it happened

A match of little significance to either side finished scoreless at St Mary’s

9.44pm BST

They’re going into extra time at Hillsborough, where itwas 1-1 between Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield in the Championship play-off semi-final second leg after 90 minutes (the away goals rule doesn’t apply in the play-offs). You can follow the rest of that contest with Jacob Steinberg. In Spain, Real Madrid are 3-1 up against Celta Vigo with just 16 minutes of their La Liga match remaining. Bryan Armen Graham is all over that one for the Guardian. Elsewhere, Monaco remain on course to wrap up the Ligue 1 title as they lead St Etienne 1-0 with seven minutes to go. You can see how that ends on our livescore service.

Related: Southampton held by Manchester United after Sergio Romero penalty save

Related: José Mourinho: Manchester United’s last Premier League game should be moved

9.38pm BST

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeeeeeeeep! It ends scoreless at Saint Mary’s, where Southampton missed a penalty as they failed to score at home for the fourth match in a row. Manchester United have bigger fish to fry with a Europa League final looming next week, but their goalkeeper Sergio Romero got a good work-out ahead of that, pulling off some fine saves to keep Southampton scoreless.

9.35pm BST

90+4 min: United win a throw-in deep in their own half.

9.34pm BST

90+2 min: We’re in the second of four minutes of added time. Nathan Redmond gets very annoyed indeed after being penalised for a foul on Eric Bailly. Free-kick for United, wide on the right. Wayne Rooney sends the ball into the mixer, but Southampton clear.

9.32pm BST

90 min: We head towards added time, with Southampton season ticket-holders not having seen their team score at home in almost four games now. If they don’t get a late one tonight, they’ve got Stoke at St Mary’s on Sunday.

9.31pm BST

88 min: Eric Bailly hobbles off the pitch with what looks like a fairly serious injury, leaving Manchester United with 10 men. He returns to action and plays on, but looks in a lot of pain. He is, you’ll remember suspended for the Europa League final next Wednesday.

9.29pm BST

86 min: An email from Rob C, regarding Wayne Rooney’s number going up “accidentally” before Juan Mata was taken off instead. “Don’t you know the standard Mou code for ‘pull your finger out!’?” he asks. I actually feel stupid for not twigging that one!

9.25pm BST

83 min: For all the booing that greeted his introduction, Boufal has been a real handful since coming on. After more good work in that little pocket of space in front of the Manchester United penalty area, he is teed up by Tadic. He curls an effort high over the bar.

9.23pm BST

80 min: Sofiane Boufal goes on a run through the centre before playing the ball wide to Dusan Tadic on the right flank. Moments later, Boufal gets on the ball again and plays it back to Davis, who threads the ball through the United defence to set up Jay Rodriguez. He shoots low, diagonally and wide of the far post. United’s players appeal for offside and they might have had a point, but no flag was waved.

9.20pm BST

76 min: Southampton substitution: Sofiane Boufal on for James Ward-Prowse. It’s an unpopular substitution and the crowd show their disapproval with a chorus of boos. I’m not sure if it’s Boufal they object to, or what they see as negativity on the part of Puel for taking off a player who was Making Things Happen. Among Southampton fans, that seems to be the main grumble about a manager who many seem surprised to see is in danger of losing his job.

9.17pm BST

74 min: Manchester United substitution: Marouane Fellaini off, Ander Herrera on. Fellaini goes off and heads for the dug-out, but like Juan Mata and – I think – Axel Tuanzebe before him, Jose Mourinho tells him to head straight for the dressing room and hit the showers, champ.

9.14pm BST

71 min: End to end stuff, as Ward-Prowse misses with a good volley at one end, before Anthony Martial hits the foot of the upright with a curled effort at the other. The ball broke kindly for Mikhitarian after striking the woodwork, but the Armenian blasted it high and wide.

9.12pm BST

70 min: It may be something and nothing, but when Manchester United brought on Rashford, it was Rooney’s number who went up originally, before Mata got hooked instead.

9.11pm BST

69 min: Southampton substitution: Jeremy Pied on for Cedric.

9.10pm BST

68 min: Manchester United substitution: Marcus Rashford on for Juan Mata.

9.09pm BST

67 min: Chris Smalling plays the ball into space in the middle from the right flank and it falls nicely for Rooney. Unable to fashion room for a shot, due to some harrying by Jack Stephens, Rooney lays the ball off to Juan Mata, who blasts high and wide.

9.08pm BST

65 min: Ouch! Standing on the edge of his technical area, Southampton manager ships a ball straight in the face from the head of Eric Bailly just a couple of yards away. He’s OK and looks on stoically trying to pretend it didn’t hurt.

9.06pm BST

63 min: Man Utd substitution: Michael Carrick on for Axel Tuanzebe. Henrikh Mikhitarian plays the ball wide into space for Wayne Rooney, who does well to stay onside. As Mikhitarian continues his run, Rooney attempts to pick him out at the far post, but once again the final ball leaves a lot to be desired.

9.05pm BST

61 min: Southampton substitution: Jay Rodriguez on, M Gabbiadini off. Given the time of night, perhaps the former Sunderland goal-machine has to go home to leave mints on the pillows adorning the beds of his award-winning guest house.

9.02pm BST

59 min: Romero saves well from Ward-Prowse, whose shot from 25 yards or so was heading for the corner. Having been assured he’ll be playing in the Europa League final, the goalkeeper is having a good confidence-booster tonight. He’s been very impressive. He’s getting plenty of practice – Southampton have Manchester United on the ropes at the moment.

9.00pm BST

57 min: Ward-Prowse picks out Gabbiadini on the edge of the middle third and a few passes later, Southampton have themselves another corner. Ward_Prowse sends another inswinger towards the near post, the flick-on falls at the feet of Jack Stephens who a wild swing, but sends his volley back across the face of goal. Manchester United survive the ensuing scramble.

8.57pm BST

54 min: Romero is called into action again, to push an Oriol Romeu drive out for a corner. James Ward-Prowse’s inswinger is only half-cleared, but the ball quicxkly ends up back in the arms of Romero.

8.55pm BST

53 min: Actually, looking at a replay, it wasn’t that good an effort and the save was pretty bog-standard. Tadic placed the ball too close to the centre, making life too easy for the goalkeeper.

8.53pm BST

52 min: … and tries to curl the ball inside the far post once it’s rolled to him by Davis. Romero dives to his right and fists the ball clear. Good effort and a decent save.

8.52pm BST

51 min: Jones obstructs Cedric just outside the penalty area and is booked. Free-kick for Southampton in a great position. Dusan Tadic stands over the ball …

8.51pm BST

50 min: Now Bailly, who is suspended for the final of the Europa League, goes down injured. It doesn’t look particularly serious and after a brief lie-down he hobbles back into action.

8.50pm BST

48 min: Matt Targett gallops down the inside left, charges straight into Eric Bailly and goes down holding his head. Southampton’s fans appeal for a foul, but Mike Dean is unmoved. Correct decision – Eric Bailly just stood there, while Targett ran into him.

8.47pm BST

46 min: Manchester United kick-off, with no changes in personnel on either side.

8.46pm BST

It remains 0-0 on the night and 0-0 on aggregate in the Championship play-off semi-final second leg between Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town at half-time. Meanwhile in Italy, Juventus lead Lazio 2-0 after 36 minutes of their Coppa Italia encounter. In Spain, Real Madrid are on course to overtake Barcelona as the top of the Spanish league. Los Blancos lead Celta Vigo 1-0 as they approach half-time. And in France, Ligue 1 leaders Monaco are one up against St Etienne as they near the break in that one. A draw or better there will guarantee them the title with one game to spare.

8.41pm BST

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8.33pm BST

45+1 min: It’s scoreless at the break, but it hasn’t been the worst goalless half of football ever played. Southampton missed a penalty early doors after Eric Bailly handled on the edge of his own penalty area, but apart from that it’s been pretty even. Both sides will be pleased with their approach play, but their short iron-work around the greens needs work.

8.31pm BST

45 min: Rooney tries his luck from distance, but it’s a poor effort. Moments previously, Nathan Redmond brought a save out of Romero after a neat one-two with Steven Davis.

8.30pm BST

44 min: Sky co-comms man Danny Higginbotham sums up the first half in a nutshell when he says that the approach play of both sides has been fine, it’s just the final ball has been lacking. He’s not wrong – there have been too many loose or overhit passes from both sets of players.

8.28pm BST

42 min: Juan Mata curls a wonderful ball towards to the far post, spotting Marouane Fellaini’s run. That man Cedric is on hand once again to get his head to the ball and put it out for a corner. Good vision from Mata, good defending from Cedric.

8.26pm BST

40 min: Cedric penalised for a little tug on Cedric, I wrote erroneously before noticing my mistake and correcting it. Let’s not go there either.

8.25pm BST

39 min: Penalised and booked, I should add. Cedric has the air about him of a man who is suffering the after-effects of that Fellaini/Tuanzebe challenge from earlier and would rather be reclining in the comfort of the dug-out with a bag of ice on his knee or ankle.

8.24pm BST

38 min: A half that began very brightly is getting very scrappy. Cedric is penalised for a little tug on Martial as the Southampton full-back had run past him.

8.23pm BST

36 min: The camera cuts to Jose Mourinho, who is standing at the edge of his technical area, pointing at something or someone. It’s a very imperious point.

8.20pm BST

33 min: Mata tees up Tuanzebe, who shoots from the edge of the area. His shot is deflected wide.

8.18pm BST

32 min: Nathan Redmond attempts to thread a pass between Marouane Fellaini and Phil Jones on the edge of the penalty area and there’s a loud appeal for hand-ball as one of them blocks it. Mike Dean is having none of it.

8.16pm BST

31 min: James Ward-Prowse tries to stand the ball up at the far post for Jack Stephens to knock down or head goalwards, but it’s too high for the central defender and spirals wide.

8.15pm BST

30 min: Steven Davis tries to play the ball down the right touchline for Tadic to chase, but let’s it run out of play before he can get the ball away. The linesman signals for a throw-in and the Southampton skipper effs and jeffs quietly under his breath.

8.14pm BST

28 min: Manchester United enjoy a sustained spell of possession but do little with it. That’s not like them, eh? Oh. Demonstrating his trademark subtlety, Marouane Fellaini eventually attempts to blast one from distance, but his effort is blocked.

8.12pm BST

25 min: Cedric goes down injured after coming out second best from a combined challenge of Marouane Fellaini and Axel Tuanzebe. He’ll live.

8.09pm BST

24 min: Dusan Tadic wastes the corner, putting too much welly on it. The ball runs out of play.

8.09pm BST

23 min: Matt Targett and Nathan Redmond combine well down the left flank, but the ensuing cross is over-cooked. Steven Davis prevents the ball from going out of play on the far side of the pitch and eventually Cedric win a corner after getting forward to takes a weighted pass from Dusan Tadic.

8.06pm BST

20 min: Henrikh Mikhitarian tries his luck from just outside the penalty area. It’s travelling a couple of feet wide of the upright, but Fraser Forster puts it out for a corner anyway. He’d clearly lost his bearings. Nothing comes of the set piece and Forster has a goal-kick to take.

8.05pm BST

19 min: James Ward-Prowse takes the free-kick and attempts to curl a right-footed effort into the top left-hand corner. It’s a decent effort that whistles wide, but Sergio Romero seemed to have it covered.

8.03pm BST

17 min: Maya Yoshida brings the ball out of the Southampton defence and plays it wide to Nathan Redmond. It’s sent back in again and Southampton win a free-kick in the ineisde left position, left of centre about 30 yards from goal.

8.01pm BST

15 min: In the inside left position, Wayne Rooney takes a ball from deep out of the sky with a deft touch on his instep and plays it into a gaping hole in the centre through which Anthony Martial was running. The French striker drags a low drive wide of the left upright. A poor effort.

7.59pm BST

14 min: While there’s no question Eric Bailly handled the ball deliberately to give away the penalty, there is doubt over whether or not he was in the penalty area when he did so. Replays suggest he might have been unlucky, but the only man whose opinion matters decided that he had been in the penalty area.

7.58pm BST

12 min: My expectations for this match could scarcely have been lower, but it’s already shaping up to be a real belter. If it’s even half as entertaining as the League Cup final between these two sides earlier this year, it’l;l have been a worthwhile exercise.

7.56pm BST

10 min: Oriol Romeu is penalised and booked for a foul on Henrikh Mikhitarian. Moments previously, Eric Bailly almost atoned for his earlier sin by picking up the ball on the left side of midfield, advancing unopposed before cutting inside and unleashing a shot from the edge of the Southampton penalty area. Fraser Forster saved well.

7.54pm BST

7 min: Southampton miss their third penalty in six games, with Manolo Gabbiadini joining a list of shame that includes Dusan Tadic and Shane Long. It was a strange one: under very little pressure, Eric Bailly handled the ball as it dropped into the penalty area from on high. Mike Dean blew his whistle and looked over to his linesman, who didn’t think there’d been any foul. Dean decided to over-rule him and awarded the spot-kick, which Gabbiadini proceeded to miss. It wasn’t a particularly good penalty – he aimed for the bottom left-hand corner, but didn’t get there.

7.51pm BST

6 min: Sergio Romero gets down to his right, stretching every sinew to tip Manolo Gabbiadini’s low spot-kick around the post for a corner. What an unexpectedly lively start we’ve had.

7.50pm BST

5 min: Mike Dean penalises Eric Bailly for handling a dropping ball just inside his own penalty area. Spot-kick for Southampton.

7.49pm BST

4 min: He missed the target, see! The target! And his name is Targett!

7.48pm BST

2 min: Dusan Tadic jinks this way and that to twist Matteo Darmian’s blood before crossing into the Manchester United penalty area. Nathan Redmond’s volley is blocked and the ball breaks to Matt Targett, who proceeds to miss the … oh, let’s not go there.

7.46pm BST

1 min: Southampton get the ball rolling on a pitch decorated with nice intersecting circles. Good work groundsman.

7.44pm BST

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7.42pm BST

The teams line up in the tunnel at Saint Mary’s, where Southampton have failed to score in their past three games. Wayne Rooney leads out the visitors, who are wearing blue shirts, white shorts and blue socks. Steven Davis does the honours for Southampton as the two sides walk out into a stadium that looks surprisingly well attended.

7.35pm BST

Asked on Sky Sports if he thinks tonight can help his preparations for the Europa League final, he smiles. “No,” he says. “Not really. I would prefer to be working and training and preparing, but we can’t do that. We have two [League] matches to play. I would like to make more changes and to give more players more rest, but I feel obliged to do the same as we did as did against Tottenham and Arsenal and try to get the result.” He goes on to say that tonight can give some players a chance to impress ahead of next Wednesday’s match against Ajax. “For example, if Eric Bailly can’t play, who comes in instead of him: Smalling or Jones?”

7.31pm BST

7.24pm BST

“We’re in that strange part of the season aren’t we, where you end up with more games than not being almost irrelevant, most teams having settled into their place in the pecking order,” writes Woolie. “The quality of football on offer drops, and fringe players get a chance to huff and puff in front of visibly smaller crowds. Such is the nature of things, I suppose.”

I suppose it is, but you do hear managers trying to big up such games with unconvincing nonsense about acquiring as many points as possible and laying the groundwork for the following season. In some cases there’s also the small matter of winning more money the higher up the table you finish, although Southampton may struggle to bridge the 16-point gap between themselves and Everton with just two games to play. They can, however, put some distance between themselves and West Brom with a win tonight.

7.12pm BST

Claude Puel has made eight changes in personnel from the team that started against Middlesbrough. Out go Jeremy Pied, Jay Rodriguez, Shane Long, Soufiane Boufal, Ryan Bertrand, Martin Caceres, Jordi Clasie and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, while the Frenchman clearly feels Fraser Forster, Maya Yoshida and Oriol Romeu haven’t suffered enough.

Jose Mourinho has made four changes from the United team that lost at Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday. David De Gea, Daley Blind, Jesse Lingard and Michael Carrick have all beenrested; while Sergio Romero, Henrikh Mikhitarian, Marouane Fellaini and Matteo Darmian replace them.

6.57pm BST

6.48pm BST

Southampton: Forster, Cedric, Stephens, Yoshida, Targett, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Davis, Redmond, Gabbiadini, Tadic.

Subs: Clasie, Rodriguez, Austin, Caceres, Boufal, Pied, Hassen.

11.48am BST

Southampton entertain Manchester United in a midweek fixture neither side will be particularly fussed about ahead of the final round of Premier League fixtures on Sunday. Having stated categorically, on the record, that his focus was on winning the league at the start of the season, Jose Mourinho quickly changed his tune when it became apparent his very expensive team wasn’t anywhere near good enough to win it. Now it’s the Europa League or bust, as he goes all out to win a tournament he couldn’t belittle enough four years ago. “I don’t want to win the Europa League,” he said at the start of his second stint as Chelsea manager. “That would be a big disappointment to me.” After this season’s risible showing in what passed for the title race, we can only hope Ajax do the decent thing and spare him further embarrassment next Wednesday.

Currently in eighth position, a mere 16 points behind Everton in seventh, Southampton ended a run of five matches without a win with victory over already relegated Middlesbrough last time out and could make it two in a row against a second or third string United team this evening. Saints boss Claude Puel has received no assurances about his future and will face an end-of-season review next week before discovering if he’ll remain in charge next season. Kick-off is at 19.45 (BST) but we’ll be here with team news and build-up in the meantime.

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May 16

Manchester City v West Brom: Premier League – as it happened

Manchester City all but secured Champions League football as Pablo Zabaleta made his final appearance for them at the Etihad Stadium

10.02pm BST

Asked about his emotions on the occasion of his final home game as a Manchester City player, he has lots to say for himself. “When I first came to Manchester City, I never thought I’d be here this long,” he admits in his best Manchester accent. “It’s been a wonderful nine years but in life you have to make tough decisions for yourself and your family and I think now is probably the time for me to leave.”

On the subject of his final 30 minutes of action at the Etihad: “It was so tough to play that half an hour,” he says. “There were so many emotional moments and all the good memories were coming to my mind. I’m so proud of all I’ve done for this club on and off the pitch. I’m so proud to have been involved in the most successful period in City’s history.”

9.56pm BST

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeeeep! It’s all over – Manchester City have secured the three points that leave needing just one point against Watford at the weekend to guarantee themselves Champions League football next season. They go third in the table, two points ahead of Liverpool. Arsenal are back in fifth needing to beat Everton while hoping Liverpool mess up against Middlesbrough.

9.53pm BST

90+3 min: And while some might say it’s condescending to award Zabaleta the man of the match award for a 30-minute cameo in which he had little to do, that throw-in he took after James Morrison put the ball out of play in the 78th minutes was textbook.

9.52pm BST

90+1 min: The game enters its knockings – all four minutes of them – with McClean on the attack again. Pablo Zabaleta gets the man-of-the-match award for his sterling contribution over the past half-hour and the nine years building up to it.

9.49pm BST

89 min: Nicolas Otamendi needs medical attention after clattering into the post as he attempted to prevent Robson-Kanu converting another fine James McClean cross from the right. He’s passed fit to continue, but walks away gingerly holding his ribs. A corner from West Brom, who are ending this match with considerably more aplomb than they started it with.

9.47pm BST

The comeback is on! Hal Robson-Kanu sweeps home from close range after stealing between defenders to get on the end of a low cross from the right.

9.45pm BST

86 min: In a pertfect world, West Brom would concede a late penalty, which City’s players would insist Pablo Zabaleta take … oh, hold on.

9.44pm BST

84 min: Ben Foster pulls off a fine double-save from Gabriel Jesus after the Brazilian was put through on goal by a fine ball from Fernandinho. Jesus bears down on the West Brom keeper, who saves his first effort and is quickly back on his feet to tip the follow-up effort out for a corner from which nothing comes.

9.42pm BST

83 min: After patient build-up play from City, Fernandinho finds himself with the ball at his feet on the edge of the penalty area. He tries his luck, but shoots high over the bar.

9.41pm BST

81 min: The game enters the final 10 minutes. West Brom haven’t disgraced themselves tonight, but have caught City at something approaching their best – some of their play has been mesmerising.

9.39pm BST

80 min: Manchester City substitution: Yaya Toure off, Fernando on.

9.38pm BST

78 min: Entering into the spirit of the evening, James Morrison sends a loose pass towards James McClean out of play for a throw-in, allowing Pablo Zabaleta to milk more applause from the crowd as he takes it.

9.37pm BST

77 min: It’s all over at the Emirates, where Arsenal have beaten Sunderland 2-0. Back at the Etihad, Vincent Kompany is replaced by John Stones. He gives the captain’s armband to the man of the hour, Pablo Zabaleta and the pair embrace warmly.

9.35pm BST

76 min: Lively since he’s come on, James McClean gets on the ball again out on the left win and attempts to cut inside. He runs down a blind alley manned by Fernandinho and Manchester City go on the attack again.

9.34pm BST

75 min: Allan Nyom has been given a torrid time by Leroy Sane tonight, but exacts a measure of revenge with a rather agricultural challenge that earns the Manchester City winger a free-kick, but leaves him complaining bitterly.

9.32pm BST

72 min: Sergtio Aguero shoots from the edge of the penalty area and his low effort is deflected wide for a corner. The ball’s swung into the mixer, where Robson-Kanu clears.

9.31pm BST

70 min: Leroy Sane is booked for diving in an embarrassing attempt to win a penalty. On the West Brom bench, Tony Pulis rings another change: Salomon Rondon off, Hal Robson-Kanu on.

9.29pm BST

68 min: Aleksandar Kolarov gallops down the left flank and sends in a splendid cross that takes a nick off Salomon Rondon before being cleared.

9.28pm BST

67 min: Surrounded by Claudio Jacob, Chris Brunt and Jonny Evans on the edge of the West Brom penalty area, Gabriel Jesus demonstrates his best soft-shoe shuffle to skip past them and bring a fine save out of Ben Foster with a surface to air screamer.

9.25pm BST

66 min: James McClean sends in another cross from the left, trying to pick out Salomon Rondon. Willy Cabellero charges off his line and clears with an unconvincing flap.

9.24pm BST

65 min: West Brom substitution: Jake Livermore off, James Morrison on.

9.23pm BST

64 min: Arsenal go 2-0 up at the Emirates, which means the final day of the season won’t be a complete waste of everyone’s time after all – they’ll still need Liverpool to slip up against Middlesbrough at Anfield, which seems unlikely.

9.22pm BST

62 min: Salomon Rondon squeezes between two defenders to get his head to a James McClean cross from the left. On a night of extremely slim pickings for the Venezuelan, he heads narrowly wide.

9.21pm BST

61 min: Manchester City substitution: David Silva off, Pablo Zabaleta on to a huge ovation for his final home appearance as a Manchester City player.

9.19pm BST

60 min: Sergio Aguero it was who turned provider for Yaya, their little and large act giving Manchester City a three-goal lead as the game approaches the hour mark. Meanwhile at the Emirates, Arsenal have finally taken the lead against Sunderland.

9.18pm BST

Yaya goal! Yaya Toure scores his fifth goal in as many matches against West Brom, slotting the ball past Ben Foster after completing a delightful one-two that began outside the box with … leave that one with me.

9.16pm BST

55 min: James McClean upends Gabriel Jesus with a challenge just inside the West Brom penalty area and you can tell by his reaction that he’s worried he might have coneded a penalty. No spot-kick is forthcoming, despite the appeals from the crowd and I’m not sure McClean could have had any complaints if the referee had pointed to the spot.

9.14pm BST

54 min: Jonny Evans loses possession to Kevin De Bruyne just inside his own half and the Belgian picks out Leroy Sane with a pass through the centre. The German scampers across the edge of the penalty area before shooting over the bar.

9.12pm BST

53 min: Craig Dawson gets booked for a foul on Sergio Aguero, following through in a challenge and catching the Argentinian striker on the knee.

9.11pm BST

51 min: Nacer Chadli gets booked for a foul on Leroy Sane and Tony Pulis makes his first substitution. James McClean comes on for Marc Wilson.

9.10pm BST

49 min: Kevin De Bruyne crosses from deep, but Ben Foster palms the ball clear of his goal and West Brom clear. A loud cheer goes up as Pablo Zabaleta, who is involved in his final game at the Etihad as a Manchester City player, is sent to warm up along the touchline. He claps his appreciation and will surely get a run-out unless there’s a startling turn of events.

9.07pm BST

48 min: Darren Fletcher crosses from the left, but in the Manchester City penalty area Salomon Rondon infuriates his team-mates by carelessly getting himself caught offside.

9.06pm BST

46 min: Manchester City continue as they left off, on the front foot. They win a free-kick about 40 yards from the West Brom goal, but opt to play the ball backwards and attempt to pass their way forward. Nicolas Otamendi looses possession with a loose ball towards David Silva.

9.04pm BST

46 min: West Brom get the ball rolling for the second half, two goals down and looking unlikely to mount a comeback on all available evidence. They’ve taken just two points from the past 21 available and it would be a brave or foolish man who’d bet on them adding to that tally this evening. There are no changes on either side.

8.59pm BST

Arsenal and Sunderland are playing out a scoreless draw as they approach the hour mark, which means Manchester City will be guaranteed Champions League football if things stay as they are. I’m not sure these damp squibs are what the TV companies had in mind when they scheduled all this end-of-season midweek action.

8.51pm BST

Peep! The teams go for their half-time refreshments with City leading comfortably courtesy of two goals scored in quick succession. A dreary first half sparked into something approaching life when Gabriel Jesus tapped in from a couple of yards out after 27 minutes. Kevin De Bruyne doubled City’s lead exactly one minute and 47 seconds later and it’s been plain sailing for Pep’s boys ever since.

8.47pm BST

45+2 min: David Silva curls a cross to the far post, where Nacer Chadli rises to put off Aleksandar Kolarov, who was lurking with attempt.

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44 min: De Bruyne attempts to pick out Jesus with a through-ball in behind the West Brom defence, but it too is intercepted and the Baggies clear.

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42 min: David Silva spots a good run in behind by Kevin De Bruyne, but his deft ball over the top is intercepted by the head of Marc Wilson. The ball breaks to Sane, whose knock-down tees up Gabriel Jesus for an acrobatic bicycle kick that goes over the bar.

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40 min: Leroy Sane fires not too far over the bar from the edge of the penalty area after being teed up by a pull-back from Gabriel Jesus, who’d been released down the right flank after good work from Kompany and De Bruyne.

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39 min: Darren Fletcher and Jonny Evans get themselves in a tangle on the edge of their own penalty area, allowing Sergio Aguero a shot on goal. The Argentinian makes it easy for Ben Foster by firing straight at him.

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37 min: Kevin De Bruyne takes the free-kick and tries to drop the ball in to the corridor of uncertainty between Ben Foster and his defenders for Sergio Aguero. There’s a mite too much weight on his delivery and West Brom clear easily. One suspects this match is already an exercise in damage limitation for Tony Pulis’s side, who appear to have travelled to the Etihad without any discernible Plan B.

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36 min: Vincent Kompany gets on the ball and strides purposefully forward, showing no ill effects of the injury he picked up in his challenge on Rondon. He plays it forward to Gabriel Jesus, who is fouled and Manchester City get a free-kick about 35 yards from the West Brom goal, a mite right of centre.

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35 min: Another Manchester City attack comes to an abrupt end when Jake Livermore dispossesses David Silva on the edge of the West Brom penalty area. Yaya Toure had picked out the playmaker with a good pass from the left.

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34 min: In less upbeat news for Manchester City fans, Vincent Kompany appears to have picked up another injury in a challenge on Salomon Rondon. He’s playing on for the moment, but looks in a bit of distress.

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31 min: Having turned provider for Gabriel Jesus after being sprung down the inside left by a deft touch from Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne gets his name on the scoreboard with a sublime finish. Aguero was involved again, with his passage into the box blocked by Wilson, only for the ball to break to De Bruyne. He made no mistake, sending a curling effort wide of Ben Foster’s reach.

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De Bruyne doubles City’s lead! The Belgian fires home his sixth Premier League goal of the season and it’s a delightful finish. He guides a wonderful effort home from about 20 yards to end a wonderful team move by City.

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The deadlock is broken: Gabriel Jesus opens the scoring for City, tapping into an empty net from about four yards out after getting on the end of a cross from Kevin De Bruyne.

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25 min: West Brom win a free-kick wide on the left, in line with the edge of the Manchester City penalty area. Nacer Chadli curls the ball towards the far post, where Willy Caballero gets what might well have been his first touch of the match.

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24 min: Manchester City fans half-herartedly jeering Ben Foster for time-wasting before the game’s even reached the half-hour mark, he eventually takers his goal-kick and within seconds Sane is on the ball agai9n. This time he loses possession to Darren Fletcher with a poor touch.

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22 min: Marc Wilson concedes a throw-in deep inside his own half, but seems adamant it should have gone the other way. His protestations fall on deaf ears and from the ensuing throw-in, Allan Nyom helps shepherd the ball out of play under pressure from Leroy Sane.

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20 min: Manchester City continue to dominate as this fairly turgid affair nears midway towards the first half. Both managers will be happy enough with the performances of their teams so far, but the fans aren’t getting too much bang for their Tuesday night buck.

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19 min: Nicolas Otamendi tries his luck with an ambitious effort from a long way out. It bounces in front of Ben Foster, who saves comfortably nonetheless.

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17 min: Chance! Leroy Sane sends a low diagonal effort wide of Ben Foster’s far post after being put through on goal after some poor defending by Craig Dawson.

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16 min: Standing in an offside position with his back to goal, Gabriel Jesus sticks out a foot in an attempt to divert a scuffed Kolarov effort from distance goalwards. His improvised effort fizzes wide, but wouldn’t have counted if it had gone in as the linesman had flagged.

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13 min: Jonny Evans fouls David Silva and City win a free-kick about 35 yards from goal. Aleksandar Kolarov demands the ball and attempts to curl the ball inside the right upright, but Ben Foster gets across to save well, although I’m not so sure the ball was going in.

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12 min: Leroy Sane and Silva combine down the left wing, before the former nutmegs Allan Nyom and zooms past him into the penalty area. The German goes to ground under pressure from Nyom and Darren Fletcher and appeals for a penalty, but none is forthcoming.

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11 min: Kevin De Bruyne picks up the ball just outside the West Brom penalty area, but is immediately hustled and harried by Claudio Jacob, who looked so impressive after coming on against Chelsea on Friday night.

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9 min: Out on the left touchline, Leroy Sane picks out David Silva with a ball to feet but the little Spaniard’s cross into the penalty area is cleared.

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8 min: Kevin De Bruyne is penalised for a high boot that catches Marc Wilson, but doesn’t hurt him.

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5 min: Kevin De Bruyne sends in a cross from the right touchline, but it’s too high for Sergio Aguero. The opening minutes have been very flat, with Manchester City dominating possession but doing little with it.

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4 min: Much like they did against Chelsea, West Brom are sitting deep with two narrow banks of four attempting to repel what seems likely to be quite the onslaught.

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3 min: Sane looks fit to continue, for the time being at least, and City press forward, albeit without much urgency. Nothing to see here … yet.

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1 min: Manchester City kick off in their usual home kit, with their opponents wearing black shirts, shorts and socks. Immediately, Gabriel Jesus takes up position on the right flank, with Leroy Sane on the left and Sergio Aguero playing through the middle. There’s early concern as Sane appears to have sustained some sort of niggle.

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The teams have marched out on to the Etihad pitch and are currently going through the last of the pre-match formalities. Kick-off is just moments away.

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Reading and Fulham are playing out the second leg of their play-off semi-final with the sides level after the first. Simon Burnton is keeping tabs on events as they unfold at the Mad Stad.

Related: Reading v Fulham: Championship play-off semi-final second leg – live

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Following their FA Cup win last Saturday, Manchester City’s women’s team are currently enjoying a well earned lap of honour around the Etihad pitch led by their captain, Steph Houghton. They currently hold all three domestic trophies, which is three more than their male counterparts have won this season.

Related: Women’s FA Cup final: Carli Lloyd strikes as Manchester City beat Birmingham

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There’s no place for John Stones in the City starting line-up, but Sergio Aguero returns with uncertainty surrounding his future at the club. Gabriel Jesus also starts despite Pep Guardiola describing the pairing as “a disaster” when they lined up against Middlesbrough. Raheem Sterling misses out.

Tony Pulis has made three changes from the side that started against Chelsea, with Marc Wilson, Nacer Chadli and Claudio Jacob all beginning this match, having ended that one.

7.36pm BST

Bryan Armen Graham from the Guardian’s American beaureau will be monitoring Sunderland’s

magnificent victory
almost certainly feeble attempt to make Arsenal’s supporters as miserable as their own and you can follow that here.

Related: Arsenal v Sunderland: Premier League – live!

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Back in 2013, the Guardian’s David Conn sat down for a pow-wow with the doughty Argentinian.

Related: Pablo Zabaleta: Manchester City’s bargain who has become Mr Consistent

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Man City: Caballero, Fernandinho, Kompany, Otamendi, Kolarov, Toure, Gabriel Jesus, De Bruyne, Silva, Sane, Aguero.

Subs: Zabaleta, Fernando, Sterling, Jesus Navas, Clichy, Stones, Gunn.

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Having spent almost a decade as a Manchester City defender, Pablo Zabaleta is on the bench for his final match at the Etihad as a city player, but seems certain to be introduced at some point during proceedings. A firm crowd favourite, the Argentinian is likely to get an exceptionally warm send-off before heading to pastures new when his contract expires at the end of June. Zabaleta has made 332 appearances since signing for City from Espanyol in 2008, the day before it was announced that his new club had won the football lottery and been bought by Sheikh Mansour.

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John Stones is available for selection after recovering from a muscle injury, but Pep Guardiola will have to make do without Fabian Delph, who is expected to miss City’s two remaining matches with a leg injury.

West Brom look likely to be without central defender Gareth McAuley, who limped off towards the end of Friday’s defeat at the hands of Chelsea, while winger Matt Phillips is also sidelined with a hamstring injury. Hal Robson-Kanu has recovered from a similar problem, but may only be fit enough for a place on the bench.

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With Chelsea having won the title and Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Hull City all banished to the Championship, the only significant order of Premier League business that remains is the scramble to get into next season’s Champions League. Chelsea and Tottenham are already assured of their places in the group stages, where Manchester City’s hopes of joining them will be greatly enhanced by victory over West Brom. Unlike Arsenal, City’s destiny is in their own hands and a win tonight will send them third, ahead of Liverpool by two points with just one match of the campaign left to play. A draw will also send them above Liverpool, but only by a goal difference of one.

The Baggies have little to play for except pride, a commodity they showed no shortage of in defeat against Chelsea last Friday night and it will be intriguing to see if they are as enthused by denying City three points at the Etihad as they were by the prospect of stopping Chelsea winning the title at the Hawthorns. Kick off is at 8pm (BST), but stay tuned for team news and build-up as the clock ticks down.

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May 12

Chelsea crowned Premier League champions after win at West Brom – as it happened

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Michy Batshuayi was the unlikely hero on a night when Chelsea wrapped up their sixth title in the face of surprisingly obdurate resistance from West Brom. His 82nd minute winner sparked wild celebrations among Chelsea’s players, backroom team and travelling fans that are likely to last long into the night. Thanks for your time and have a great weekend. We’ll have plenty more live action for you in the coming days.

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Here’s our game-by-game guide to Chelsea’s march to the title.

Related: March to the title: how Chelsea’s season unfolded, game by game

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The Chelsea defender was quite the laughing stock when Chelsea re-signed him from PSG, but has had the last laugh on his detractors after a fine season. Speaking to the BBC, he had this to say after Chelsea’s win over West Brom and I think it’s fair to say he is … well, happy.

“I’m very happy,” he said. “This is my first Premier League title. When I decided to come back here it was because of this – I dreamed of one day winning the Premier League so I’m very happy because my dream came true. I am so happy – we worked hard every day to have these kinds of moments.”

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The Chelsea manager on the logic behind his doouble substitutions: “I think during the game you can allow to do this change [taking Hazard and Pedro off],” he said. “This moment of the game I think Hazard was a bit tired and also Pedro, and I wanted to give more energy with Michy and Willian. I think that Michy paid me a lot with this change but it’s great for me, this is my first season. It wasn’t easy for me to arrive in England to try a different habit, a different language and also a lot of players after a bad season.”

The Chelsea manager on the tactics that helped win him the title – specifically, changing to a back three after suffering a hiding at the hands of Arsenal. “I think this decision to change our system won this league because in the first part of the season we didn’t have the right balance,” he said. “And when I saw after two defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal … bad defeats, not simple defeats, I knew I needed to change and find a new situation for my team. In my mind there was this option to change and play with a 3-4-3 because I know the characteristic of Willian and Pedro – number 10. To play with only one forward and two number 10s made us more solid in our defence.”

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Millwall fan and broadcaster Danny Baker has a good idea.

Chelsea’s open top bus parade is on June 3rd at 4am. It won’t disrupt traffic, only fanatics will go & the rest of us can sleep through it.

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Paul Wilson was there alongside Daniel Taylor for the Guardian and his winged monkey has just tapped on the window of Guardian Towers and handed in this dispatch.

Related: Chelsea demonstrate depth but must reinforce to take on Europe’s elite | Paul Wilson

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Sky pundit Thierry Henry has been praising the humility of his former Juventus team-mate and it’s no surprise. The Italian is hard-working and a real class act who seems to have the respect of most, if not all of his charges. After winning the title, he was very quick to praise his players and his staff and very reluctant to take any of the credit for the title win. It is fair to say one of his recent predecessors is not noted for the same magnanimity as Conte in victory or defeat. Indeed, it will be interesting to see how long passes before the individual in question tries to take some or all of the credit for this title win of Chelsea’s.

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Don’t worry I got this yall God loves unexpected heroes ❤ Very happy tonight enjoy the title FAM !!!! #CFC #KTBFFH #Neversurrender pic.twitter.com/8pCEsR3Z2h

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Our crack video team have produced this animated delight outlining how Chelsea went about winning the Premier League this season.

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“We didn’t need them to get the little bit of luck tonight,” says the West Brom manager. “They’re wonderful champions and they could win the double. We gave them a really good game and we wanted to do that tonight. We needed all the breaks tonight and we didn’t need them to get the break.” He goes on to say that he can’t fault the efforts of his players, but some of their decision-making at crucial moments left a lot to be desired. I suspect he’s referring to the two counter-attacks West Brom had from corners, where they messed up despite having a numerical advantage.”

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It seems astonishing that Chelsea have got through an entire Premier League season – well, 36 games of it with two to go – without having a single player sent off. They’re clearly a very well disciplined side.

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“It’s amazing to celebrate something with the fans and especially when the game was so difficult,” says Eden Hazard.

Alongside him, Marcos Alonso is pleased to have won his first major honour in football. “I think we had the confidence for the 90 minutes but we knew it was going to be tough,” he says. “I am delighted and hopefully there is more to come.”

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Lads defended well and were super disciplined – tough to take but congrats to the @premierleague Champions Chelsea, Well deserved

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“The Leicester surprise package of last year evidenced the spread of quality in the Premier League, and clearly showed that the right motivation and management make all the difference,” he says. “This year, we’re back to the same old, same olds (Chelsea, Arsenal, the Manchesters, etc), and it’s boring as anything to a non-partisan onlooker. The Premiership should look at ways of introducing some controlled ‘randomness’ to give the lesser teams a chance, to better reflect all aspects of the game, not just how much money clubs can spend on players. Will they, when they are raking in the TV dosh? No.”

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WHAT A NIGHT! #ChelseaChampions pic.twitter.com/gOhrm4wXQ4

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You know the words, Blues fans!!! #ChelseaChampions pic.twitter.com/Fy0lMojXsr

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The celebrations continue: Chelsea’s players are now in their dressing room, where the champagne is being sprayed and the celebratory selfies are being taken. Pogoing up and down as they sing about their “champions” status, Diego Costa is a vision in tight black strides and nothing else.

10.16pm BST

Everton have seen off Watford in a match that has been ever so slightly overshadowed by events at the Hawthorns.

Related: Ross Barkley’s winner against Watford could be farewell gift to Everton

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He thanks Chelsea’s fans and his staff. “They did a fantastic job,” he says of his backroom and medical teams. “We didn’t have a lot of injuries and it was a great job from my staff. It was a great season but for it to become a fantastic season we have to win the FA Cup.

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In conversation with the Sky Sports crew, the Chelsea manager gives his players plenty of credit. “It’s a great achievement for the players,” he says. “I have to give thanks for their commitment and work-rate and patience, they showed me great attitude and great desire to try to do something great in the season. Now after this win I think we must be happy and pleased for the whole season.”

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The match may be over, but the Chelsea party has just started. It was prompted by what Gary Neville labelled “a scabby goal” but nobody connected with the club will care about the quality of the strike that won them their sixth title. Stay with us for post-match reaction and various Chelsea-related Guardian treats that are coming down the pipe imminently.

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Related: Chelsea win Premier League title again as Michy Batshuayi sinks West Brom

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Michy Batshuayi is pleased: “For sure, yeah,” says the goalscorer when asked if scoring the goal that won Chelsea the title has been the best moment of his career to date. He’s had a tough season, spending most of it on the substitute’s bench, but he came off it tonight to scramble home a very important winner when it looked like West Brom might hold out for the draw, or even sneak an unlikely win.

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Viva John Terry II: “We will lift it together of course,” says John Terry as he and Gary Cahill are asked about the presentation of the trophy, which will take place at the end of their final league game of the season against Sunderland. “Gaz has been playing week in and week out and has been different class,” he says.

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Viva John Terry: Along with his fellow substitutes, Terry is enjoying the celebrations and joins his team-mates, manager and all Chelsea’s backroom staff as they hold hands in a long line across the pitch and embark on a very poorly co-ordinated … celebratory something-or-other. “To be honest at times tonight it was going to be one of those days,” says Cesc Fabregas. He goes on to upset Geoff Shreeves by saying “Football is fucking unbelievable!” I hope he doesn’t kiss his wife with that potty-mouth!

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Antonio Conte’s face is a picture! The Italian is overjoyed and runs on to the pitch and jumps into the arms of Thibaut Courtois, before uncoupling himself and joining the rest of his players as they go to take the applause of their fans.

9.53pm BST

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeeep! It’s all over and Chelsea are champions of England for the sixth time in their history. It was hard work for them tonight, but Michy Batshuayi’s late goal was enough to get the job done.

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90+5 min: Chelsea get the ball back and try to run down the clock playing if over and back across the field. The title is just seconds away.

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90+3 min: Again, West Brom press forward down the right wing. Chadli sends a low cross into the box, but it runs through to Courtois.

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90+2 min: West Brom are refusing to roll over and press forward in search of an equaliser. Nyom crosses into the penalty area, but David Luiz heads clear.

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90+1min: We’re in the first of five recommended minutes of added time. Rondon brings a smart save out of Courtois after giving David Luiz the slip, but it wouldn’t have counted if he’d scored as he was in an offside position.

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89 min: There’s a break in play to deal with a couple of disturbances. Various Chelsea fans sitting amongst the home fans jumped up to celebrate their team’s goal, sparking anger from the locals around them. A couple of the Chelsea fans in question made their way on to the pitch as the attempted to get in amongst their own, hence the break in play.

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88 min: Once he’d calmed down after the goal, Antonio Conte made another change: Kurt Zouma on for Victor Moses.

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86 min: Chelsea’s goal sparked delirious celebrations from their manager, who went bonkers with joy on the touchline. Meanwhile down by the corner flag, his players celebrated like men who know they’ve won the league title. They’re not quite there … yet. Can West Brom ruin their party in the knockings of this game?

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84 min: It may not have been too pleasant on the eye, but it could be very important. After Gary Cahill had shanked an effort from distance, the ball fell to Azpilicueta who slid it across the face of goal and Batshuayi was on hand to slide in and steer the ball inside the left upright.

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Chelsea score! The substitute slides the ball home from five yards out to give Chelsea a goal that could win them the title.

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80 min: Batshuayi is penalised for a foul on Jacob, who has been hugely influential since coming on as a substitute. Free-kick for the Baggies, about 35 yards from the Chelsea goal. Brunt stands the ball up at the far post, it’s knocked down to Nyom, who scuffs his shot. West Brom have been playing very well in these past 20 minutes. Very well indeed.

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78 min: With Chelsea playing two up top in Costa and Batshuayi, West Brom switch to five at the back after Tony Pulis hands Marc Wilson written instructions and the defender hands them to Darren Fletcher. It’s 5-3-2 v 3-5-2.

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77 min: West Brom win a free-kick halfway inside the Chelsea half and Chadli pumps the ball towards the penalty area. It gets a nick from a defender on its way wide and the hosts get a corner.

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75 min: Chelsea double-substitution: Willian and Michy Batshuayi replace Pedro and Eden Hazard. “He’s gone up in my estimation for doing that, because Hazard’s been very poor tonight,” says Gary Neville.

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72 min: Nacer Chadli shoots low, diagonally and just a few feet wide of the upright after being given a clear sight of goal in the penalty area courtesy of a pass from Jake Livermore. Another wonderful chance wasted by West Brom. Chadli attempted to place the ball wide, when smashing it would have been the better option.

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71 min: Jacob plays the ball forward and suddenly Rondon is one-on-one with David Luiz. He takes the ball past the Brazilian and is through on goal with Gary Cahill in hot, desperate pursuit. The defender does enough to deflect Rondon’s shot out for a corner. What a chance that was for West Brom!

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70 min: Hazard picks up the ball just outside the West Brom box, but is dispossessed by Jacob.

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69 min: Victor Moses swings an inviting cross in from the right, but Diego Costa is unable to get his head to it. Allan Nyom clears for West Brom.

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68 min: Eden Hazard is penalised for offside as he attempts to get on the end of a lofted pass from Fabregas.

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66 min: Azpilicueta dives in on Rondon by the touchline near Tony Pulis’s technical area, but no free-kick is forthcoming from Oliver. Pulis is not best pleased.

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65 min: West Brom win a free-kick and Chris Brunt’s curling delivery from deep is wonderful and just begging to be attacked. Diego Costa is back to clear for Chelsea with a header.

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62 min: Gareth “G-Mac” McCauley is forced off with injury and is replaced by the Republic of Ireland’s Marc Wilson.

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61 min: Azpilicueta plays the ball to Diego Costa inside the West Brom penalty area, but the striker gets the ball stuck under his feet as he attempts to swivel and shoot. Cesc Fabregas commits a foul as he attempts to win the ball in the ensuing scramble and West Brom are given the chance to clear their lines.

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60 min: West Brom substitution: Nacer Chadli on for James McClean.

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57 min: Hazard rolls the ball up the left wing towards Costa, who tries to pick out Matic. West Brom attempt to clear, but Brunt is penalised for a foul on Hazard. Free-kick for West Brom wide on the left again. After a long discussion between referee Michael Oliver, Brunt and Darren Fletcher, Cesc Fabregas sends the ball into the mixer, where Gary Cahill clashes heads with Jacob while trying to head goalwards. He’s OK to play on after treatment.

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56 min: Michael Dawson is penalised for a nudge on the back of Eden Hazard. Free-kick for Chelsea, wide on the left. Cesc Fabregas’s cross into the box is woeful and bounces wide.

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54 min: Victor Moses shoots straight at Ben Foster from distance. Surely it’s only a matter of time before Chelsea score. One suspects the chances of them opning the scoring are increasing the more West Brom’s players tire mentally and physically,

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53 min: Craig Dawson almost turns an Eden Hazard cross into his own net from about six yards out, but it’s blocked on the line by Jacob.

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51 min: West Brom substitution: Sam Field off, Claudio Jacob on.

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50 min: After being teed up by Eden Hazard from the left wing, Fabregas goes close with a shot from just outside the penalty area that fades right of the far post.

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48 min: Diego Costa sends a Pedro cross goalwards with a rather ungainly overhead volley. Foster saves the day for West Brom again, but Costa hadn’t caught the ball quite right and it didn’t take a great deal of stopping.

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47 min: Victor Moses shoots a low, diagonal drive through the legs of a defender and his fine effort is arrowing towards the bottom right-hand corner until Ben Foster produces a splendid save. Excellent goalkeeping.

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46 min: No changes on either side as Chelsea get the ball rolling for the second half as they bid to wrap up the Premier League title at the first time of asking. In the Sky studio, Frank Lampard reckons they need to move the ball quicker around the fringes of the West Brom penalty area as they attempt to find space in their bid to break down West Brom’s obdurate defence.

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“Even if they don’t get it done tonight, Chelsea are going to win the title, and most likely the double,” he says. “ But do you think Conte will be able to repeat this success here season after season? After all, Mourinho’s side similarly ran away with the league, but then couldn’t follow up in the next season, and Conte’s managerial approach is also demanding and intense.

“It raises a question whether this group of players will remain responsive to that environment over a long period. It’s true that Conte maintained his success in Italy, but then, typical Italian players are very different in attitude from typical English players, and Mourinho didn’t experience a drop-off in his last season at Inter unlike he has done in other places either. Of course, that’s assuming that Conte stays for at least the length of his current contract.”

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It remains scoreless with half the game remaining. Chelsea have dominated, but an obdurate defensive display from the Baggies has limited their opportunities. Despite being bossed in the possession stats, West Brom have had chances of their own. Salomon Rondon went close in the opening moment and his team have looked fairly dangerous on the break.

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45+1 min: West Brom win a corner and then a free-kick wide on the left as the game runs into added time at the end of the first half. The balls curled in to Rondon at the near post, but he can’t get his head to it. Chelsea clear.

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45 min: Jonny Evans gets away with a blatant foul as he bends over and rolls the ball along the ground with his hand in a tussle with Fabregas just outside the penalty area. I’m not sure how the referee missed that.

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43 min: Moses and Fabregas combine to tee up Hazard in the penalty area, but his shot is blocked. Moments later, Costa fires high over the bar after good work from Pedro, drawing more ironic cheers.

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40 min: Salomon Rondon laughs after being awarded a throw-in. He thought he was being whistled for a foul on Victor Moses and seems a little sheepish at getting the decision. West Brom’s fans cheer at the good of it.

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39 min: Allan Nyom is penalised for a foul on Eden Hazard in the left-back position, but nothing comes of the ensuing free-kick.

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37 min: Pedro goes close for Chelsea, who sends a left-footed drive that had Ben Foster beaten all ends up a little wide of the back post.

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35 min: Sam Field gets booked for an ill-advised lunge on Pedro. It’s field who comes out worse from the challenge and he needs treatment. On Sky, co-comms man Gary Neville is stressing the need for West Brom to keep 11 men on the pitch. James McClean is currently looking a likely candidate for a red card and has been known to lose his cool on more than one occasion.

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34 min: Chelsea advance again, but once again fail to find a way of prising open the West Brom portcullis. The ball ends up at the feet of Ben Foster, who thumps it forward.

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33 min: Cesc Fabregas sends a low diagonal drive bouncing a few inches wide of the left upright from a space just outside the penalty area.

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31 min: James McClean, already on a yellow card, is penalised for another foul on Moses, this time in the space between the right side of the penalty area and the touchline. Fabregas sends the free-kick to the far post, where Gary Cahill nods it back across the face of goal. West Brom clear.

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29 min: West Brom get forward, enjoying a rare spell of possession as they string several passes together for what seems like the first time in an age. Another poor delivery towards Salomon Rondon means nothing comes of their time on the ball.

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28 min: Chris Brunt attempts to hook a James McClean delivery into the box goalwards, but is flagged for offside as Thibaut Courtois saves easily.

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26 min: Moments before that Azpilicueta shot, Eden Hazard went down in the West Brom penalty area under a challenge from Jonny Evans. Chelsea’s penalty appeals were half-hearted at best and the ref waves play on.

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25 min: Cesar Azpilicueta tries his luck with a low shot from distance, but Ben Foster is quick to get down and save comfortably.

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23 min: With a quarter of the game gone, Chelsea will be happy enough with their dominance, but frustrated at their inability to break down West Brom’s defence. They haven’t had it all their own way, as West Brom had the first effort on target in the opening minute and have looked dangerous on the break from a couple of Chelsea corners.

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22 min: Risky play from Chris Brunt, who dives in on Victor Moses in the penalty area but times his tackle to perfection.

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20 min: James McClean is booked for a foul – or perhaps his subsequent dissent – on Victor Moses, just outside the West Brom penalty area. Fabregas sends the free-kick floating towards the far post, where Gary Cahill shoots wide.

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19 min: Chelsea try to find a way through a packed West Brom defence comprised of a bank of three in front of a bank of six defenders. Chris Brunt and James McClean are playing almost as extra full-backs, wide of Craig Dawson and Allan Nyom respectively.

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18 min: From that corner Chelsea win another one and once again West Brom counter-attack, this time in great numbers. Once again they fail to capitalise as their ponderousness enables Chelsea to get back and tidy up.

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16 min: Fabregas plays a weighted square pass across the face of the goal to Pedro, whose low drive is deflected out for a corner.

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15 min: Darren Fletcher goes berserk when he’s penalised for a foul on Diego Costa and replays suggest he was hard done by. Free-kick for Chelsea, almost in line with the right side of the West Brom penalty area.

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13 min: From that corner, which Chelsea played short, West Brom break on the counter-attack and find themselves with a two-on-one. James McClean makes a mess of his pass to Salomon Rondon and a great chance goes begging.

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12 min: A Pedro cross into the penalty area is put out for a corner by Chris Brunt. The Spaniard wants a penalty for hand-ball, but has to settle for a corner.

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11 min: Another attack from Chelsea results in Ben Foster saving comfortably from a weak Eden Hazard effort.

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10 min: Fabregas picks out Pedro on the edge of the penalty area, but his shot sails high over the bar, prompting whistles of derision from the West Brom fans behind the goal. West Brom are failing desperately in their attempts to shackle Fabregas, who is running this game.

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9 min: Costa tries to drill the ball home from inside the penalty area, but his effort is blocked by a defender. After a very bright opening minute from West Brom, Chelsea are completely bossing this game.

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8 min: Eden Hazard draws a foul from Craig Dawson wide on the left. Fabregas plays it to the far post, but his inswinger to the back post is a little too deep for the incoming Gary Cahill. He stretches every sinew to get a boot to it, but can only steer the ball wide.

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5 min: Cesc Fabregas picks a long pass into the box for Pedro on the edge of the penalty area, with Foster caught in no-man’s land. He gets away with it, as Pedro miskicks while trying to cushion a volley over the stranded goalkeeper. It was an inch-perfect, wonderful raking pass from deep by Fabregas.

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3 min: Chelsea get forward and with Marcus Alonso and Victor Moses pressing high up the field. Moses tries to play a one-two but the ball is sent wide. Ben Foster takes the goal-kick.

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1 min: West Brom kick-off and within 20 seconds, Salomon Rondon brings a smart save out of Thibaut Courtois. The striker got on the end of a Darren Fletcher ball into the box to sending a looping header goalwards. It looked like it might drop in at the top right hand corner, but Courtois got across to tip it over for a corner. Nothing comes from it, with the delivery a mite too high for Jonny Evans.

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To assorted claps and shouts of “C’mon boys!” the teams march out on to the Hawthorns sward soundtracked by some banging choons. The last of the pre-match niceties get under way and kick-off is just minutes away.

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The West Brom manager is full of compliments for their opponents, but says his team have “got to be party-poopers tonight”. Asked how he plans to poop the Chelsea party, he had this to say. “The way they set up, the spaces are on the other side of the pitch and we’ve got to work really hard trying to get the ball from one side of the pitch to the other and then get two-on-ones. We’ve been working on it in training but it’s going to be very difficult because they’re such a great side,” he says.

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Chelsea may be top of the Premier League table, but their opponents are the league leaders when it comes to scoring from set-pieces. They’ve bagg(i)ed 19 goals from dead ball situations this season, more than any other team.

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In conversation with Sky’s Geoff Shreeves, the Chelsea manager was asked what his last message to his players will be before sending them out tonight. “My message is simple, to play always to take three points,” he says. “For sure it won’t be easy because we all know West Brom is a good team. We are ready to fight, to fight to take three points.”

On the subject of the importance of focus and concentration tonight: “It is important for us to start the game very well, to have focus, to have concentration and to try to win,” he says. “It won’t be easy. West Brom is a good team, a strong physical team with a good manager.”

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And the Sky cameras are focussing on Gary Cahill as pundits Jamie Redknapp, Thierry Henry and Frank Lampard discuss what the central defender brings to the Chelsea party. Quiet leadership, more than his fair share of goals, plenty of blocks and an baility to do the simple things well, seems to be the general consensus although Henry does point out that “he was all over the place, basically” at the beginning of the season.

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In the corresponding fixture at Stamford Bridge earlier this season, Chelsea left it late to secure the three points courtesy of Diego Costa’s 76th minute winner. Dominic Fifield was at the match for the Guardian and described it as “a slog” for Chelsea against “ruggedly obdurate opposition”. Here’s hoping we get a similarly competitive game tonight. You can read Dom’s report on that one here …

Related: Diego Costa strikes again as Chelsea go top with win over West Brom

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Following his fine display in victory against Middlesbrough earlier this week, Cesc Fabregas has kept his place in Chelsea’s midfield despite the return to fitness of N’Golo Kante, who must settle for a place on the bench tonight. Chelsea’s side is unchanged from that match, while Tony Pulis has made just one change from the West Brom team that drew with Burnley. Allan Nyom comes in at left-back.

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West Brom: Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Nyom, Fletcher, McClean, Livermore, Field, Brunt, Rondon.

Subs: Robson-Kanu, Yacob, Morrison, Marc Wilson, Myhill, Chadli, Leko.

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Team to face West Brom: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Matic, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard. #WBACHE

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Albion team v @ChelseaFC: Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Nyom; Brunt, Livermore, Fletcher (c), Field, McClean; Rondon.#WBACHE #WBA pic.twitter.com/naB6mXoD1E

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“Since no Baggies want to see Chelsea clinch the title at the Hawthorns, neutrals want to see the title race go on as long as possible, and Chelsea supporters want to win the title at home it would be a win-win-win situation if West Brom can avoid defeat today,” writes JR. “Do you think it’s too much to ask for a West Brom victory on a John Terry own goal? Yeah, that might be a little greedy.”

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While Chelsea’s travelling faithful were quick to snap up the entirety of their ticket allocation of 2,773, one of my acquaintance told me he’d heard that some West Brom fans were selling their tickets to visiting fans and the prices being quoted were eye-watering. It may just be idle chatter, but however many Chelsea fans turn up this evening, if their team wins they will not be presented with the Premier League trophy until the final game of the season at Stamford Bridge, when already relegated Sunderland are the visitors. A cat might look at a king, eh? After that there’s the small matter of an FA Cup final against Arsenal to contest at Wembley.

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The return of N’Golo Kante from a thigh injury means Antonio Conte has a full squad to choose from. The PFA Player of the Year missed Monday night’s win over Middlesbrough and was replaced by Cesc Fabregas, who played a blinder and may keep his place on the back of it.

Tony Pulis will have to make do without winger Matty Phillips who is out with a hamstring problem, although striker Hal Robson-Kanu is expected to be available for selection after recovering from similar issues. Central defender Jonny Evans is also fully fit, after recovering from the ankle injury that forced him off the field during West Brom’s 2-2 draw at Burnley last weekend.

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Related: Antonio Conte refuses to consider his Chelsea future until title is secured

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A win at the Hawthorns will seal the title with two games to spare for Chelsea, just one season into Antonio Conte’s reign as manager. Tony Pulis, the Italian’s opposite number, has promised his side will do their damnedest to stop them, but the odds are heavily stacked against a team that has taken just two points from their past six matches and generally seem to have put their feet up since securing safety with their 3-1 over Arsenal in March. Stay tuned for team news, build-up, all the match action and post-match reaction on a night when Chelsea could become champions of England for the sixth time. Kick-off is at 8pm (BST).

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2017/may/12/west-brom-v-chelsea-blues-bid-to-win-premier-league-title-live

May 02

The Jester smiles at last: Mark Selby steps out from Leicester City’s shadow | Barry Glendenning

Last year’s world title win at the Crucible was overshadowed in the world No1’s home town by the achievements of Claudio Ranieri and co. Not this time around

Few nicknames are more unsuitable than that with which Mark Selby has been saddled for reasons of rhyming convenience. It’s not that the “Jester from Leicester” is not funny, but the image of him prancing about in a harlequin hat festooned with bells is little short of ludicrous.

Polite and likeable, he is a difficult read and when it’s put to him that his win in last year’s world snooker championship was rather overshadowed by his local football team winning the Premier League on the same night, he couldn’t agree more.

Related: Mark Selby retains world title after gritty victory over John Higgins

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/may/02/mark-selby-jester-world-snooker-championship-leicester

Apr 19

Lions 2017 squad announcement: Warburton captain, no place for Hartley – as it happened

  • No place for Dylan Hartley or Joe Launchbury in Lions squad
  • Sam Warburton named as captain for second time
  • Sixteen English players picked, but just two Scots
  • Gatland criticised for “favouritism” towards Welsh

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Related: Sam Warburton to captain Lions but England’s Dylan Hartley misses out

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For one last time, here’s who made the cut. Warren Gatland’s selection policy has proved predictably controversial, with many feeling that several in-form Scottish players have been left out in favour of ageing Welshmen who have been picked on reputation rather than Autumn international or Six Nations form. Shades of Clive Woodward in 2005 there, methinks and look at the drubbings that lot took from the All Blacks. No doubt some players will succumb to injury between now and June, so there will be inevitably be new additions to the squad as various unfortunate players are forced to pull out.

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OK, folks – we’re going to wind down this blog now, but please feel free to continues discussing Warren Gatlland’s selections in our comments section. Thanks you all for your contributions and stay tuned for incoming analysis and comment from our rugby writers Rob Kitson, Paul Rees, Gerard Meagher and Andy Bull.

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And in my opinion it’s difficult to disagree with much of what he says. “You can argue some marginal calls that have favoured Welsh players derive from national bias or nepotism, but as others have pointed out the so-called controversial picks like Leigh Halfpenny have been players short of serious competition elsewhere,” he says.
“Such debate is, in my view, missing the point. The squad can be exciting or as predictable as the coach makes it, and in selecting Farrell as a 10, it is the style of play that concerns me most. Farrell and Sexton in tandem could be an axis of glorious creativity, spinning webs even the All Blacks may struggle to master. Boshing it up with the middle with any combination of Te’o, Henshaw or Jonathan Davies will be anything but.
“In his immediate post-announcement interview, Gatland has already earmarked Te’o as a potential 12, rather than 13. Given Wales’ record v New Zealand employing similar stick-it-up-the-jumper tactics, a foreboding omen.”

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“I think the issue is that Gatland has picked a squad that will play one way and if that doesn’t work there will be no Plan B,” he or she says.

Sadly the squad looks pretty much as expected. I think the issue is that Gatland has picked a squad that will play one way and if that doesn’t work there will be no plan B. I would have liked to see more players in there who have the flair and the ability to do the unexpected, like Russell. Yes, he and some others would have been a risk, but playing it safe with crashball will at best end in a 2 – 1 defeat, possibly a 3 – 0 loss.

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I will spare this particular simple Simon’s blushes by not publishing his surname, but his email is a belter. “What I know about rugby you could write on the back of a Serge Blanco fag packet, but 12 Welshmen and only 2 Scots seems a bit lopsided?” he writes. “And why no French or Italians?”

On the British Irish Lions? Who wants to tell him?

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Somebody in the BT Sport graphics department seems to have had a bit of a nightmare, although I should point out the minor error of obliterating most of Ireland has since been rectified. My own home town of Birr, Co. Offaly was originally wiped out of existence, along with the rest of the Republic of Ireland …. which was rather worrying.

A few geography lessons needed @btsportrugby pic.twitter.com/JNm5M4PoRs

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“It has been interesting and predictable reading the feedback and responses to the selections Gatland as chosen especially the size and players chosen from the Welsh sector,” he says. “For me I am both surprised and pleased, being Welsh and disappointed in the performances in the six nations of Wales I would hate to have seen only a small of Welsh players taken on this tour and totally ignored the stupid idea of taking Jamie Roberts who is well passed his best and he would be the first to accept that.

“For all those who disapprove ask yourself in a non-biased way why Gatland has selected these actual players and then compare their counterparts in other countries. Do they have the same pedigree, length of experience and international proven record? Yes their form may not be the best but also look at what they were asked to do in the six nations under Robert Howley, whose lack of judgement and inexperience was clearly shown against Scotland but proven against Ireland. Thus the latter was the main reason for selecting these particular Welsh players in that they knew what they had to do to win at all costs.”

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I really like the squad chosen overall, some unlucky players but you can’t take everyone. Don’t understand what JD2 and Halfpenny have done to get into the team but oh well.

I see a lot of people are complaining about Kruis, the guy is the best line out caller and scrummager in the NH and has been unlucky with injuries. If he is fit, launchbury will not start in the england team as eddie jones has shown. I think it came down to lawes and launchbury and lawes has massively improved his ball carrying while, being considerably better at the line out and restarts than launchbury.

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Just a reminder of who has been picked for Warren Gatland’s squad.

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With several of the players named today involved in the Aviva Premiership playoffs and Pro12 latter stages, will those picked for the Lions go into self-preservation and injury-avoidance mode?

I wonder if anyone has any thoughts on how this announcement will affect the players who may be involved in the Aviva Premiership playoffs? Austin Healey wrote the other day that it is possible that once given the nod for the Lions some players may go into a self-preservation mode to avoid injury. Given the number of Saracens players now involved, I wonder is this has offered some marginal benefit to say the Chiefs. Conversely, will the non-selection play on the minds of some of the wasps players such as Haskell and Launchbury? I have a feeling they are far too professional.

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My gratitude goes out to each and every one of you who have posted, but James 221 will always have a special place in my heart for reading them all and condensing the general mood into this bite-sized comment.

Consensus of comments below so far:
Luckiest players to be on plane – Biggar, Davies & Halfpenny
Unluckiest player to miss plane – Launchbury

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Just to put this video in context, the most noteworthy thing to ever happen me in a supermarket car-park involved me hitting myself in the face with my own car boot door, prompting my nose to start pouring blood. Due to my not having any tissues or hankies to hand, I ended up trying to staunch the flow and clean my face with an oily rag and driving home looking like an extra from the Walking Dead. Warburton 1-0 Glendenning.

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Readers Redxabi Brady and Bayviewdreamer are displeased with Warren Gatland’s selection. Very displeased.

Disgraceful selection. I guess I will be rooting for the AB’s. They have more players with Scottish heritage on that team.

12 Welshmen and two Scots. Scotland beat Wales in the 6N and finished above them. They also beat Ireland. England were the best team alot of the time but not always , Ireland beat them and the French should have . Gatland and Co must really hate the Scots. I think both Hogg and Seymour should not bother going as they are unlikely to be chosen. Ridiculous choice of captain, should have been Best. I for one along with many others will not be watching the games All Blacks and midweek teams to beat the Lions. Gatland has no tactical nous

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Gregor Paul, the New Zealand Herald on Sunday’s rugby writer says “big pats on the back will be coming for Warren Gatland after he unveiled a Lions squad that has equal parts conservatism, boldness, adventure and graft”. In a state of affairs that suggests he may not have accurately guaged the mood round Northern Hemisphere way, Paul goes on to say that Gatland “has balanced his nationalities in proportions that should prevent accusations of favouritism”.

“Has he picked a squad that is good enough to win the test series?” asks Gregor. “Does he have the players at his disposal to beat the All Blacks in two tests in their own backyard? That’s where it gets a little harder to be so enthusiastic about the Lions.”

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Some interesting analysis from Jarwen7. Warren Gatland said that the centre and second row positions provided the biggest selection headaches and prompted the most lively discussion among him and his fellow selectors.

Happy the rumours proved false, very strong squad picked with a few marginal calls here and there that could have gone either way, however some questions to be had with out-of-form Welsh backs;

-Props look very good, though Cian Healy might go but Marler edges him
-No surprises with selection at Hooker. Thought Hartley should go for his set piece but probably wouldn’t have started the tests anyway, nor would Fraser Brown.
-Would like to see the Itoje-Kruis partnership in the Tests, but I can see Gatland going for AWJ. Jonny Gray and Launchbury unlucky not to tour but 2nd Row was probably the most competitive position.
-Pleased for Moriarty, excellent against England, but Hamish Watson is unlucky not to be touring (though Haskell could sneak in, but he unlikely to have featured in the tests anyway).
-Billy V and Faletau the standout 8s, no other eligible 8s really pushed for selection.
-Murray and Webb the strongest Scrum Halves, agree with Youngs as 3rd choice also for his kicking game. Care not really needed when Webb is in there.
-Sexton and Farrell the two easy choices at 10. Don’t think Biggar has shown enough form recently, would have chosen Russell ahead of him as 3rd choice, and possibly Ford though he’s not been at his best either.
-Expected Zebo to be included but the Wingers are all very good, and whilst North hasn’t been firing on all cylinders consistently recently he’s world class on his day and warrants inclusion. Though I would liked to have seen Wade sneak in as a bolter.
-Think that Henshaw and Joseph will be starters for the Tests. Not sure what JD2 has shown recently to be included, Ringrose would have been my choice ahead of him at Outside Center. Would have chosen Huw Jones ahead of both but for injury.
-Hogg should be inked into the starting XV, way out in front at Fullback. Halfpenny has not been in the greatest form but there isn’t really anyone else who put their hand up for inclusion in my opinion.
-Unsure if Daly will play on the Wing or at Outside Centre but I think he will feature at some point in the Tests, fully deserved.

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BohemianGirl thinks he’s missing the point and here’s why …

Moore misses the point. He says we all need to get behind the Lyons squad and stop bi*ching that players from our own nations have not been picked.

But it’s precisely because we ARE square behind the Lyons squad that we’re unhappy. I am Irish and my second fav team is Wales. But it’s a downer to know that the Lyons squad being sent to NZ comprises many of Gatland’s favourite people and not the cream of the crop of actual players on these islands. Scotland is way ahead of Wales in world rankings as well as in player quality as displayed in the 6N. It’s a joke that so many tired and jaded Welsh players will represent us alongside only two Scottish.

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The son of a Samoan father and an English mother, the Worcester and England outside centre was a bit of a surprise selection and says he’s “a bit relieved” and “really proud to have the opportunity to play for the British and Irish Lions”. He says he will bring a bit of physicality and strong ball-carrying to the party and isn’t sure whether the fact that he was born in New Zealand and spent much of his life there will be any help to him when he goes on tour with the Lions. He has some previous with his Lions captain Sam Warburton, who might want to discuss this at their first training session. Hard but fair, as the saying goes. Very hard.

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Stoveboy has a theory regarding the absence of all but two Scots from Warren Gatland’s squad.

Hello, I feel our capitulation st twickenham was telling. A pressure cooker environment with an in form team. Had it been close a few more scots would be on the plane. I have no idea why lauchbery isn’t going but the other big omissions English wise are based on temperament or being seen as a potential liability in the heat of NZ rugby.

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Thanks for all the extremely kind messages. Amazing honour to captain the @lionsofficial again. Squad looks very very strong! #AllForOne

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Peter reckons that … well, see for yourself. A genuine grievance? An unlikely conspiracy theory? Or a little from Column A and a little from Column B? I think Peter makes some good points, which are undermined by his apparent certainty that Gatland picked his squad with one eye on what will happen once the tour ends and he goes back to his day job with Wales.

Glendinning misrepresents the reaction to the squad announcement by implying that supporters of all nations are having a moan about something or other. I know he has to listen and type and I only have to read, but it’s obvious that the consensus is that Wales players have been systematically favoured in marginal calls and that this has disproportionately impacted on Scotland’s representation in the squad.

This was fairly predictable – as Wales coach Gatland quite naturally has one eye on the post-tour world and has a vested interest in keeping his key players on-side. And it’s only natural that he will feel more secure working with players that he knows and who know him and how he likes to play. But quite apart from being unfair on individual players, the broader consequence of this self-interest is to undermine support from Scotland fans, which is damaging to the whole Lions concept.

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Brian Moore has a message for people bellyaching about who has and hasn’t been included in the squad.

Lions – you aren’t a true fan if there are terms on your support (.ie. pick my players)- all in it together or not: bitch when it’s over.

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Congrats to all those selected for the British & Irish lions!

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William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly was first out of the traps with some odds for the forthcoming Lions tour. His firm make New Zealand white-hot 1-4 favourites to win the series, with a 3-0 series win priced up at 4-5. The Lions are 3-1 to win the series with the most likely score if they do being 2-1 offered at 6/1.

“Gatland has named a strong squad despite a couple of notable absentees but despite this, we think that All Blacks will be far too strong and it would be a success to even win one Test,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

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He says he appreciates that some Scottish folk will be very annoyed with him, but says picking the squad was not about filling national quotas. He says that he and his fellow selectors went through the squad position by position and picked who they thought were the best players to fill each one regardless of nationality.

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“We know we’re going to the toughest place in the world to play and to tour. Culturally as well, we’ll need to adapt, he says, going on to joke that there’ll be plenty of choir practice in the coming weeks. On Owen Farrell: “Don’t discount Dan Biggar,” he says, when asked if it will be a straight battle between Jonny Sexton and Owen Farrell for the out-half position on the Test team. He confirms that Farrell could play elsewhere in the team.

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On Dylan Hartley’s omission: “I think it was a discussion that Dylan’s done a great job for England since he started captaining the team, but we felt like we couldn’t leave out Jamie George. Rory Best and Ken Owens had great Six Nations as well … Dylan is very unlucky not to be in the squad, but somebody else would have been very unlucky if he had been included.”

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The Lions head coach says the midfield and the second rows were the toughest selections to make. He reveals that leaving Joe Launchbury out was a very difficult decision and says that taking Ben T’eo was a big call. “There was some lively discussions about the second rows, the hookers and the midfield,” he reveals. “Sam has got the honour of captaining the team on topur, but if somebody else is playing better than him we’ll have no problem selecting them ahead of him in the Tests,” he says of his captain.

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Despite having 16 players in the squad, some England fans are ticked off because Joe Launchbury, George Ford, Dylan Hartley and others have not been picked. The Irish are fed up because Munster and Ireland flanker Donnacha Ryan hasn’t been picked. The Scots are unhappy because they’ve only got two players in the squad and the Welsh are unhappy because Gatland has defied expectations by naming some players in his squad who are English, Irish and Scottish.

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Wow! Warren Gatland definitely seems to have put the cat among the pigeons with his announcement. Melonforce makes an interesting point …

Well, it’s Gatland’s call, and he better hope these guys like Halfpenny, North, Warburton, AWJ, Davies and Biggar come good for him, because if they don’t he’s going to get absolutely slaughtered (and so are they to be fair). There are better players than them right now who will be sitting at home, so he must think he can get something out of these guys that none of them have shown over the last year or so. It’s a bold call to say the least.

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Captain: Sam Warburton (Wales)
Coach: Warren Gatland (Wales coach, nationality New Zealand)
Original squad (refers to players initially selected – replacement players not included): England 10 players, Ireland 9, Scotland 3, Wales 15.
Test selection: England 20 appearances/9 starts, Ireland 14/11, Scotland 1/0, Wales 29/25.
Wales’ back-to-back Six Nations champions – Grand Slam winners in 2012 – provided 15 of the 37-man squad and more than half of the players in the starting line-ups under their established coach and captain. Full-back Leigh Halfpenny was the chief inspiration for a 2-1 series win and a record 41 points in the deciding third Test. Coach Gatland and captain Warburton remain in charge for 2017.

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Related: A hell of a job: why the Lions selection process is almost as tough as the tour

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“It’s a very surreal thing to experience,” he says of taking the call from Gatland. “It’s an amazing honour even though he’d asked me to do it before. I didn’t see myself as a contender for the captaincy, but now in hindsight it’s a real thrill.” He goes on to say that Gatland first inquired about his injured knee and then had a general chat before asking him to captain the side. Despite no longer captaining Wales, he is happy to take on the role of Lions captain. “It’s very difficult to lead a side when you feel you’re not hitting your straps,” he says of his decision to relinquish the Wales captaincy and focus on returning to form.

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It’s fair to say they’re not buzzing about their man’s omission …

All gobsmacked here that Joe Launchbury wont be with @lionsofficial. 2 motm’s in a 6 Nations winning campaign & player of the comp nominee

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At various points this morning we heard that Jonathan Joseph would not be included in Warren Gatland’s squad and that Jamie Roberts definitely would. Both leaks have turned out to be complete cobblers. Rumours regarding the omission of Dylan Hartley, Joe Launchbury, George Ford and Mike Brown turned out to be true.

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It seems that Warren Gatland has said it will be a straight-up contest between Owen Farrell and Jonny Sexton for the out-half position in the Test team. Whether or not that means Farrell will not be considered as a centre remains unclear.

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And here are the chaps who’ll be playing behind them.

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Here are the bulldozers Warren Gatland will be bringing to New Zealand.

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Warren Gatland has picked 16 Englishmen, 12 Welshmen, 11 Irishmen and just two Scots. On Sky Sports News, Will Greenwood is making the very salient point that anyone who has missed out on selection should button their lips and complain to nobody other than their mums. There will almost certainly be players named in this squad who won’t make the plane to New Zealand and replacements will be needed.

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Backs: Dan Biggar (Wales), Elliot Daly (England), Jonathan Davies (Wales), Owen Farrell (England), Leigh Halfpenny (Wales), Robbie Henshaw (Ireland), Stuart Hogg (Scotland), Jonathan Joseph (England), Conor Murray (Ireland), George North (Wales), Jack Nowell (England), Jared Payne (Ireland), Jonathan Sexton (Ireland), Tommy Seymour (Scotland), Ben T’eo (England), Anthony Watson (England), Rhys Webb (Wales), Liam Williams (Wales), Ben Youngs (England)

Forwards: Rory Best (Ireland), Dan Cole (England), Taulupe Faletau (Wales), Tadhg Furlong (Ireland), Jamie George (England), Iain Henderson (Ireland), Maro Itoje (England), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales), George Kruis (England), Courtney Lawes (England), Joe Marler (England), Jack McGrath (Ireland), Ross Moriarty (Wales), Sean O’Brien (Ireland), Peter O’Mahony (Ireland), Ken Owens (Wales), Kyle Sinckler (England), CJ Stander (Ireland), Justin Tipuric (Wales), Mako Vunipola (England), Billy Vunipola (England), Sam Warburton (Wales, capt).

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As expected, Dylan Hartley has been omitted from the British and Irish Lions squad and becomes the third successive England captain to miss out on selection, along with Chris Robshaw and Steve Borthwick.
Head coach Warren Gatland has selected a 41-man squad for the 10 fixtures culminating in a three-Test series against New Zealand, including surprise call-ups for Ireland full-back Jared Payne, England wing Jack Nowell and Wales back row Ross Moriarty.

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“The competition for places … there’s going to be some players fighting for Test spots and there’s no stand-out number one contender for several positions,” he says. “We need to make sure we’ve got the depth and quality in the squad to face the challenges.”

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“It’s an immensely strong squad,” he says. “It gives me a tremendous amount of confidence.”

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“We’ve picked the toughest competitors,” he says. As various members of Warren Gatland’s backroom team speak, there seems to be an air of genuine excitement. “They want to be on a winning tour,” says Andy Farrell.

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“It’s hard to put it into words really,” says the captain. He reveals he found out last Thursday in a supermarket car-park while waiting for his wife to buy some bread and milk. “There’ll be no doubt I’ll be 100% fit for the start of the tour,” he says when asked about any injury concerns he might have.

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Rory Best, Dan Cole, Taulupe Faletau, Tadhg Furlong, Jamie George, Iain Henderson, Maro Itoje, Alun Wyn Jones, George Kruis, Courtney Lawes, Joe Marler, Jack McGrath, Ross Moriarty, Sean O’Brien, Peter O’Mahony, Ken Owens, Kyle Sinckler, CJ Stander, Justin Tipuric, Mako Vunipola, Billy Vunipola, Sam Warburton (captain).

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Backs: Dan Biggar, Elliot Daly, Jonathan Davies, Owen Farrell, Leigh Halfpenny, Robbie Henshaw, Stuart Hogg, Jonathan Joseph, Conor Murray, George North, Jack Nowell, Jared Payne, Jonathan Sexton, Tommy Seymour, Ben Te’o, Anthony Watson, Rhys Webb, Liam Williams, Ben Youngs

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The Lions Tour manager was a member of the only British and Irish Lions squad to beat New Zealand.

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Warren Gatland and his backroom team have been introduced and have taken their places on the stage. Gatland announces that “after some pretty lively debate” they settled on the final squad late yesterday afternoon. “As a coaching team we’re really excited by the quality and talent we’re bringing on tour.”

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The gentlemen of the press have taken their seats and are waiting to hear who is in and who is out. It seems a certainty that Jamie Roberts will not be included, despite no end of speculation to the contrary.

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More rumour and speculation, but we’re hearing that New Zealand-born Ireland international back Jared Payne will be getting a free trip back to his old home. His fellow Irish internationals Keith Earls and Donnacha Ryan will not be joining him.

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The word coming out of the Hilton London Synon Park is that Jamie Roberts will not – repeat not – be in the squad. As Hollywood screenwriter William Goldman famously said, nobody anywhere knows anything. We’ll find out soon enough.

11.40am BST

They report that Paul Stridgeon, the Lions head of strength and conditioning, has said his players will need to be at least 10% fitter than they were in Australia in 2013. Stridgeon has taken over from Adam Beard as the fitness guru and will begin whipping is charges into shape at two training camps at the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales and Carton House in Ireland.

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Lilaitomniweotawicha sets the early tone for what could be a very entertaining and amusing day below the line.

apparently, Jamie Roberts has also been pencilled in for the 2021 and 2025 tours.

11.23am BST

Rumours on Planet Rugby suggest the Ireland skipper Rory Best will be included in Warren Gatland’s squad at the expense of Dylan Hartley. Best, Ken Owens and Jamie George will make up the trio of hookers travelling to New Zealand. While the England captain is likely to be one of several high profile England omissions, Ben Te’o, Elliot Daly, Joe Marler and Maro Itoje are all expected to become first-time Lions. Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip and Scotland lock Jonny Gray are also expected to miss out, while 91 times-capped Wales centre Jamie Roberts, who toured with the Lions in 2009 and 2013, could be a surprise inclusion despite starting just two Tests for Wales this season and spending the entire Six Nations campaign opn the bench. New Zealand-born Te’o, who has made one England start in eight appearances, is believed to have earned his passage to New Zealand with an eye-catching performance for Wrocester against Bath in the Aviva Premiership four days ago.

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Related: Warren Gatland can give Lions nous and substance for All Blacks challenge | Robert Kitson

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One hour to go….#AllForOne

Live blog: https://t.co/MvLyanu35c
Live stream: https://t.co/I9cTGbUs2c pic.twitter.com/KeXiFJl4HR

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Warren Gatland was appointed head coach in September last year and the 52-year-old immediately went on sabbatical from his position as Wales head coach to focus on this, his second stint in charge of the Lions. Four years ago, he masterminded a 2-1 series win over Australia, an experience he described as “a real career highlight”. This tour is likely to be tougher, with the Lions having won just one series in 11 previous trips to New Zealand. In 1971, Welshman Carwyn James was in charge when his compatriot John Dawes captained the Lions to a 2-1 series win over the All Blacks.

“Coaching the Lions is a great privilege,” said Gatland at his unveiling. “The 2013 tour was a real career highlight for me and I’m honoured to be offered the role again. For the All Blacks a Lions series is the ultimate test, but I’m 100% confident that we can go and win in New Zealand. The chance to work with the best players from the four Home Nations is a coach’s dream and we have some outstanding talent to select from.”

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At midday (BST), tour manager John Spencer will reveal the names of the players who have been selected and confirm the worst kept secret in rugby – that Sam Warburton will be captain. After the announcement, Warren Gatland and his coaching party will field questions from the media – including the Guardian’s crack team of rugby union reporters Robert Kitson, Paul Rees and Gerard Meagher – and our writers will get tip-tapping on their laptops to bring you their take on the squad: omissions, inclusions and any other news lines that arise. Gatland’s squad selection is bound to prompt no end of debate and quite a bit of parochial bellyaching, so we’d love to hear your thoughts and musings in the comments section below.

As an aside, Guardian rugby enthusiasts will be painfully aware that the late, great Dan Lucas should really be helming this rolling blog and on a day that marks the announcement of the Lions squad and the 30th anniversary of his favourite TV show, The Simpsons, please feel free to take a moment to remember a top bloke who left us far too soon. See you on the other side, comrade.

Related: Dan Lucas, Guardian cricket and rugby union writer, dies aged 31

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As Robert Kitson has written in his selection preview, Wales Centre Jamie Roberts is likely to be a surprise inclusion at the expense of England’s Jonathan Joseph. Rumoursa from the England camp suggest Joseph is one of several high profile England players likely to miss out, along with George Ford, Mike Brown, Joe Launchbury, James Haskell and Chris Robshaw. England captain and hooker Dylan Hartley may also be a conspicuous absentee from the squad touring his native New Zealand, with Ireland’s Rory Best and Wales’s Ken Owens the favourite to squeeze him out of contention. If these rumours prove correct, it would appear that Gatland sees power and strength, rather than subtlety, as the key to beating New Zealand this summer.

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The British and Irish Lions will play 10 matches in all on their first tour of New Zealand since 2005, including three Tests against the All Blacks.

Related: Wales centre Jamie Roberts set to make cut in Gatland’s Lions squad

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After months of debate and speculation, Warren Gatland will name his squad for the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand at noon (BST) today, identifying the 40 or so players who will be tasked with securing a series win over the All Blacks for the first time in four attempts since 1971. Gatland will make his announcement at the Hilton London Synon Park, where the early evidence suggests that Cardiff Blues and Wales flanker Sam Warburton will be named as captain for a second successive Lions Tour.

What a lovely photo of a great Cardiff player. A very, very special player. Congratulations, Sam pic.twitter.com/faG5EtlM0C

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Apr 15

Southampton v Manchester City: Premier League – as it happened

Goals from Vincent Kompany, Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero moved Manchester City into third place

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The Guardian’s Dominic Fifield can type so fast that it probably took him less time to write this very long article about Antonio Conte than it will take you to read it. It’s a belter, so enjoy. And have a happy Easter.

Related: Antonio Conte: the making of Chelsea’s managerial maestro | Dominic Fifield

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Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeeep! It’s all over. Manchester City take the points courtesy of goals from Vincent Kompany, Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero. They go third in the table ahead of Liverpool, having played the same number of games.

Related: Vincent Kompany sets Manchester City on way to win at Southampton

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90+2 min: Manchester City’s players try to run down the clock, passing the ball around amongst themselves as Southampton’s players mentally imlore the referee to put them out of their misery. This was a tight game until Manchester City scored their second goal, but they’ve run out easy winners in the end.

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90+1 min: We’re into the first of four suggested minutes of added time.

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89 min: BT co-comms man Steve McManaman decides Vincent Kompany is his man of the match and who’d begrudge the Belgian the accolade after the miserable season he’s had. He opened the scoring for City and has added some much-needed backbone to their defence this evening.

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87 min: Man City substitution: Sergio Aguero off, Kelechi Iheanacho on. The scorer of City’s third goal makes his way off the pitch and gets a big hug from Pep Guardiola.

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86 min: Man City substitution: Raheem Sterling on for Leroy Sane.

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85 min: I should add that the exchange between Long and Black didn’t look heated. Claude Puel was listening in with the air of a man who had no idea what was going on.

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82 min: Manchester City substitution: Pablo Zabaleta on for David Silva. Southampton substitution: Shane Long, who came on earlier, goes off again. He heads down the tunnel after an exchange with Claude Puel’s assistant Eric Black. I presume he’s injured, as he was upended in a challenge moments before leaving the field. Jay Rodriguez replaces him.

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Aguero! Sergio Aguero gets between two defenders and leaps to get on the end of a Kevin De Bruyne cross from the right and head home from five yards.

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Sane! A lightning fast Manchester City ends with Kevin De Bruyne side-footing to Leroy Sane, who slots home from about seven yards. That was an excellent goal.

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74 min: Yoshida rises highest to meet a cross in the penalty area, but doesn’t get ewnough on it and skims his effort wide off the head of Otamendi. Corner for Southampton. From that one, they win another but nothing comes of it.

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73 min: Dusan Tadic shimmies this way and that before crossing from the left. Unmarked at the back post, Maya Yoshida heads straight at Claudio Bravo.

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72 min: Southampton corner. Kompany clears with a towering header.

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71 min: Into the final 20 minutes we go, with Manchester City leading but looking far from convincing. Sergio Aguero tries to weave his way through the Southampton defence and double his team’s lead, but Jack Stephens takes the ball off him with a well-timed challenge in the penalty area.

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69 min: It’s heart in mouth time for Man City fans as Bravo makes a mess of an attempt to play the ball out from his own six-yard box. He gets away with it, despite giving the ball away. Boufal puts the ball out for a goal-kick.

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69 min: Navas is fit to continue and play resumes with the ball being thrown back to Claudio Bravo.

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67 min: Jesus Navas goes down injured and is in obvious distress. He looks decidedly unimpressed when somebody passes the ball his way and passes it out of play for a Southampton throw-in that won’t be taken until he has received treatment.

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66 min: Ryan Bertrand stands a cross from the left up on the edge of the six-yard box, but Nicolas Otamendi clears under pressure from Bertrand.

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63 min: Jack Stevens dives in to block a David Silva shot from just inside the area, with Fraser Forster marooned on the ground after diving at the feet of Aguero to stop the City striker getting on the end of a Kevin De Bruyne cross.

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61 min: Kompany attempts to double his tally, but his poke from close range is blocked.

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60 min: Southampton double substitution: James Ward-Prowse and Manolo Gabbiadini off, Shane Long and Soufiane Boufal on.

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57 min: A timely goal from Kompany in a game that was looking as if it might slip away from Man City. It’s far form over, but City have the lead courtesy of a powerful header from a delighted Vincent Kompany. It’s his first goal since August 2015.

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Kompany! From a corner, Vincent Kompany outjumps Maya Yoshida to score from close range with a downward header.

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55 min: Man City win a free3-kick wide on the left, but Kevin De Bruyne’s delivery is poor and cut out by the first defender. Jesus Navas pounces on the clearance and shoots goalwards. Forster saves theatrically for the cameras.

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53 min: Yaya tries to split the Saints defence with a through-ball to David Silva, who was lurking with intent. It’s cut out.

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51 min: Free-kick for Southampton wide on the left, near the angle of the penalty area. James Ward-Prowse whips the ball a few yards wide of the near upright. Bravo had it covered, which is no guarantee he would have stopped it.

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49 min: Redmond gets the better of Navas and sends in a cross. Vincent Kompany clears.

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48 min: The ball drops for Yaya Toure on the edge of the Southampton and he fires his goalwards. His shot is weak and Forster gathers comfortably. A bright start to the second half by City.

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47 min: Nathan Redmond tries to jink his way down the left flank and passes two players but Jesus Navas puts a stop to his gallop, booting the ball off the bearded winger’s toe.

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46 min: Play resumes in the second half with no changes on either side.

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Fraser Forster did get a touch – a very faint one – on the ball as Leroy Sane attempted to go around him. BT Sport’s refereeing

expert
consultant has seen it several times on video replay and is sticking to his guns, saying the goalkeeper didn’t touch the ball. He’s wrong.

6.22pm BST

Peep! The teams go in for the break with the deadlock unbroken. It’s been reasonably entertaining, without ever getting too exciting. Both sides have had their chances – Southampton had the best of them, but City had more. They’ll feel aggrieved not to have won a penalty when Leroy Sane looked to have been brought down by Fraser Forster as he tried to round the giant goalkeeper.

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45+1 min: With Southampton’s players backing off, Fernandinho unleashes a pile-driver from the edge of the area which Maya Yoshida stops with his face. Rather him than me.

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45 min: David Silva pulls a low drive wide of the upright from outside the penalty area.

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44 min: Wincing with pain, Sergio Aguero hobbles to the sideline and awaits permission to return to action from the referee.

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43 min: Sergio Aguero goes down holding his achilles after being trod upon by Ryan Bertrand. That hurt and he’s still down. Enter the physio.

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42 min: Cedric gets booked for a late tackle on Fernandinho.

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40 min: Hmmmm … another replay shows Forster might have got the faintest of touches on the ball as Leroy Sane tried to take the ball around him. I’ve seen it in real time and three replays and still can’t be certain.

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39 min: Southampton win a corner after good work from Bertrand down the inside left channel. James Ward-Prowse sends the ball into the penalty area, where Claudio Bravo punches towards the far touchline.

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37 min: Leroy Sane is put through on goal and Fraser Forster rushes off his line and dives at his feet. The goalkeeper doesn’t get the ball, but trips Sane with his hand. The refereee awards a corner, but the penalty Manchester City should have had. Replays show there was no doubt whatsoever that Forster tripped Sane. Nothing comes of the corner.

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37 min: Sergio Aguero shows quick feet to pick out David Silva with a deft cross to the far post. The Spaniard volleys into the side-netting.

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34 min: Claudio Bravo is forced off his line to punch a high ball clear. It drops for Cedric, who drills it back into the mixer. City clear. southampton attack down the right flank and Steven Davis heads over.

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33 min: Steven Davies plays the ball forward to Manolo Gabbiadini and Southampton’s runners get some runners up in support. City win possession back and bring play up the far end of the pitch. Aguero is robbed of possession on the channel between left touchline and penalty area as he waited for Gael Clichy to get up in support.

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32 min: Possession so far: Southampton 30%-70% Man City. FOr all City’s dominance in possession, Southampton have had the best chance of the match so far, although neither goalkeeper has actually made a save yet.

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31 min: Pierre-Emile Hoejbjerg is booked for a late challenge on David Silva.

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30 min: Foul throw! Jesus Navas is penalised for a foul throw deep inside his own half, prompting much mirth among Southampton fans. He’s not used to playing full-back, so he probably hasn’t taken many. Still, though.

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28 min: Otamendi and Aguero exchange passes on the edge of the Southampton penalty area before playing the ball wide to Kevin De Bruyne. His first touch is poor and means his shot is delayed. Ryan Bertrand is able to block.

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25 min: A good decoy run from Leroy Sane leaves David Silva in acres of space to pick up a Kevin De Bruyne pass on the edge of the penalty area, left side. He stands it up at the far post, but there’s nobody in a City shirt there to do anything with the ball.

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24 min: Another corner for City. Silva sends it high towards the middle of the penalty area, where his target Nicolas Otamendi is unable to leap high enough to get his head to the ball.

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21 min: Manchester City get themselves in a bit of a defensive dither before breaking up the field. Southampton rush back in numbers and the attack breaks down. Cue: much passing between various City players a few yards either side of the halfway line.

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19 min: From the edge of the Saints penalty area, Kevin De Bruyne curls the ball across the edge of the six-yard box. Jack Stephens heads clear and the ball comes back to KDB, whose next delivery is put out for a corner. Nothing comes of it.

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18 min: Claudio Bravo receives a backpass and plays the ball out under pressure from Dusan Tadic, electing to lump it forwards when it looked in danger of being caught in possession.

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15 min: A dreadful miss from Dusan Tadic, who fires over the bar from about 14 yards with a wild swipe after being teed up by Manolo Gabbiadini. It was a great move from Southampton, with Redmond picking out Gabbiadini with a beautiful pass up the inside left channel. It was the chance of the game so far and Tadic snatched at it when he had all the time in the world.

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14 min: A momentary lull, with play focussed in the middle third of the pitch as nothing much happens for three consecutive minutes.

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11 min: Dusan Tadic commits another foul, this time tugging Vincent Kompany’s shirt as the central defender tried to run the ball out of defence.

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10 min: Southampton attack down the left wing, but concede a throw-in when Nathan Redmond is put off his stride by Kevin De Bruyne.

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9 min: Kevin De Bruyne’s outswinger finds Sergio Aguero on the edge of the Southampton penalty area, from where he shins a volley wide. It was a difficult chance, but a chance nonetheless.

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8 min: Fernandinho, Navas and De Bruyne swap passes down the right touchline and City win a throw-in, followed by the first corner of the game.

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6 min: David Silva picks up the ball on the halfway line and plays it left to Gael Clichy. Play switches to the opposite touchline, where Jesus Navas and Kevin De Bruyne exchange passes. Manchester City continue to pass around inside their own half … move along, nothing to see here.

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5 min: Another Aguero chance goes begging. Kevin De Bruyne finds him with a pass from the right touchline put the Argentinian pulls his low diagonal shot wide of the far upright.

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4 min: Manchester City attack down the left flank, with Leroy Sane, David Silva and Gael Clichy combining well. Clichy gets a fine corss in and Sergio Aguero stretches every sinew to try and kung-fu kick the ball goalwards. It’s a mite too high for him – might he have headed it?

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3 min: Redmond robs Kevin De Bruyne halfway inside the Manchester City half and tries to pick out Dusan Tadic. Yaya Toure intercepts and is off, but Tadic brings him down.

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2 min: Southampton enjoy an early spell of possession until Maya Yoshida overhits a pass out to Nathan Redmond on the left touchline. Throw-in for City and a chance for their players to get a foot on the ball.

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1 min: Manchester City get the ball rolling, with their players kitted out in their usual light blue kits. Southampton’s wear red and white striped shirts, black shorts and red and white socks.

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The Manchester City keeper, who has let in the past seven shots fired his way, is wearing white kit. It just looks wrong.

5.29pm BST

The teams are in the tunnel: Actually, they’re no longer in the tunnel. They amble out on to the Saint Mary’s pitch and line up for the last of the pre-match formalities: handshakes and the coin-toss. Kick-off is a couple of minutes away.

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On BT Sport, Jake, Stevie G and Ian Wright are discussing Southampton’s excellent player recruitment policy, which is headed by Les Reed.Only a decade or so ago, Les was an object of ridicule during a six-week spell as manager of Charlton Athletic, with whom he won just one game. Like Alan Partridge, needless to say he’s had the last laugh.

5.11pm BST

Pep Guardiola brings in Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi in place of Aleksander KOlarov and John Stones. Pep has just told BT SPort’s Des Kelly that Stones is injured, but didn’t elaborate on its nature. In midfield, Fernandinho comes in for Fabian Delph and Kevin De Bruyne replaces Raheem Sterling, who is on the bench. As expected, Southampton welcome back Steven Davis and Manolo Gabbiadini from injury.

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Southampton: Forster, Cedric, Stephens, Yoshida, Bertrand, Davis, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Redmond, Gabbiadini.

Subs: Clasie, Long, Rodriguez, Caceres, Martina, Boufal, Hassen.

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To Saint Mary’s, where a win for Manchester City will help them leapfrog Liverpool – who have played one match more – into third place in the Premier League table and boost their chances of a top three finish. Southampton have little to play for, but are looking for their third consecutive win following victories over Crystal Palace and West Brom. Kick-off is at 5.30pm BST, but stay tuned for team news and build-up.

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Apr 15

Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Bournemouth: Premier League – as it happened

Tottenham closed the gap on Chelsea to four points for at least one day with an imperious and energetic performance against Bournemouth

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David Hytner was the Guardian’s devilishly handsome man at White Hart Lane and one of his winged monkeys was just spotted tapping on the window of Guardian Towers bearing this on-the-whistle report after making the short trip from Spurs.

Related: Tottenham keep pressure on Chelsea with hammering of Bournemouth

2.28pm BST

Today’s win makes it seven on the spin for Tottenham, who haven’t won as many consecutive matches since Bill Nicholson’s double-winning year of 1961. They’re also unbeaten in 16 matches at home, their last defeat having been against Bayer Leverkusen in a match that was played at … er, Wembley.

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The team news is flooding in and Simon Burnton has it all ahead of today’s 3pm kick-offs the length and breadth of the UK.

Related: Sunderland v West Ham, Crystal Palace v Leicester and more: clockwatch – live!

2.24pm BST

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeep! It’s all over and Spurs have absolutely demolished Bournemouth to close the gap between themselves and Chelsea to four points. Mousa Dembele, Heung-min Son, Harry Kane and Vincent Janssen scored the goals in a match that Bournemouth can consider themselves very lucky to have only lost 4-0.

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JANSSEN! NO, REALLY! The substitute rifles home from close range to score his first goal from open play for Spurs. He, his manager, his team-mates and Tottenham’s supporters are all delighted – you can’t fault his effort, but it hasn’t really happened for him this season.

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88 min: The game enters its knockings, with Bournemouth trying to get forward to no avail under relentless pressing, even at this late stage, by Spurs. Deep inside his own half, Danny Pugh is harrassed into submission by Victor Wanyama down by the corner flag.

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86 min: Tottenham substitution: Christian Eriksen off after another impressive performance. Vincent Janssen on in his stead.

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83 min: Charlie Daniels pounces on a Danny Pugh cu-back to send a wild right-footed shot high and wide of the Tottenham goal. Spurs substitution: Moussa Sissoko on for Dele Alli.

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81 min: Harry Arter goes close … to scoring into his own net, before Son’s shot from the edge of the six-yard box is blocked by some desperate last-ditch defending. That Bournemouth goal is leading a charmed life.

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79 min: Tottenham Hotspur substitution: Victor Wanyama on for Harry Kane.

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78 min: From the right wing, Harry Kane plays a wonderful cross in for Son, who wasn’t on the same wave-length and didn’t make the run that would have almost certainly guaranteed him a goal.

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77 min: Bournemouth substitution: Benik Afobe off, Lys Mousset on.

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76 min: Josh King picks up a cross from Harry Arter on the edge of the penalty area and shoots over from distance with Charlie Daniels screaming for the ball on his outside.

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74 min: Bournemouth have a shot! On target! It’s straight at Hugo Lloris from Charlie Daniels, but a shot on target nonetheless. “We’ve had a shot! We’ve had a shot!” sing Bournemouth’s fans once the sarcastic cheers of their Tottenham counterparts dies down.

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72 min: From close range with the ball bouncing at his feet after a Dele Alli miscue, Son drags the ball wide of the far post when scoring looked easier. He was offside anyway, so it matters not.

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70 min: Ryan Fraser’s first contribution is to clatter Ben Davies with a late challenge that earns him a yellow card.

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69 min: Spurs continue to pepper the Bournemouth goal from distance. Son tries his luck again, but Boruc gets down low to save.

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68 min: Bournemouth substitution: Ryan Fraser on for Junior Stanislas, who has been Bournemouth’s most creative player. That’s not saying a great deal, mind. They’ve barely got a look-in here and are getting a real pasting.

1.55pm BST

66 min: Ouch! Son tries a shot from distance and fires straight into the face of Charlie Daniels. That’s gotta hurt! Moments previously, Eriksen had tried with a low shot from outside the area which Boruc parried to his left.

1.53pm BST

65 min: Good play from Harry Arter, who recovers well after Eriksen gave him the slip to make a recovering tackle.

1.53pm BST

64 min: A long ball from Arter picks out Stanislas running up the right flank. He cuts inside and shoots but his effort goes out for a throw-in.

1.52pm BST

62 min: Eric Dier engages in an impromptu game of keepy-uppy in the Bournemouth box before seeing his shot deflected over the bar for another corner. Nothing comes of it.

1.50pm BST

61 min: Another chance for Kane. This time his low drive from the edge of the Bournemouth penalty area is too weak to trouble Boruc unduly.

1.48pm BST

@bglendenning … 3-0 .. boo! pic.twitter.com/vuUhNUe5k1

1.48pm BST

59 min: Tottenham Hotspur win a free-kick just outside the Bournemouth penalty area in prime Christian Eriksen real estate. He shoots straight into the Bournemouth wall.

1.46pm BST

55 min: Bournemouth substitution: Lewis Cook on for Jack Wilshere. Before the substitution, Steve Cook was caught in possession deep inside his own half by Kane, who crossed for Alli. Simon Francis was on hand to spare his team-mate’s blushes. That was a case of Cook attempting to overplay the ball when booting it as far as he could up the pitch was probably the better option. We have two Cooks on the pitch for Bournemouth now, here’s hoping they don’t spoil the broth.

1.43pm BST

55 min: There’s raucous applause from Tottenham’s fans as Jack Wilshere goes down injured and requires treatment. Moments later, they cheer even louder as the midfielder is forced to hoist the white flag and hobble off the pitch.

1.42pm BST

54 min: Kane goes close again, with Spurs attacking in numbers on a lightning fast counter-attack. The ball’s played to Kane on the left side of the Bournemouth penalty area, but his low diagonal drive is saved by Boruc.

1.41pm BST

52 min: He almost gets his second after a mistake by Steve Cook leaves him unmarked with the ball at his feet in the penalty area and only Boruc to beat. He fails to lift it over the onrushing Pole, shooting straight into his breadbasket. A poor effort by Kane’s high standards.

1.39pm BST

51 min: That’s Harry Kane’s 20th Premier League goal of the season, seeing as you asked. He might bag a couple more before the afternoon is out the way Spurs playing here.

1.37pm BST

KANE! After good work from Alli and Eriksen down the right, the ball is played to Kane in the penalty area. He has plenty to do, with Simon Francis all over him like a cheap suit, but Kane manages to dig the ball out from under his own feet, make space for a shot and fire past Boruc into the bottom left-hand corner.

1.35pm BST

47 min: Bournemouth win a throw-in deep in their own half and Spurs win possession from it. Alli and Eriksen combine down the right, pick out Harry Kane and he scores.

1.33pm BST

46 min: Bournemouth get the second half started with a lot of work to do if they’re to avoid a drubbing. The pressing from Spurs’ midfield has been ridiculously effective, their suffocation of Bournemouth’s midfield making it nigh on impossible for Eddie Howe’s side to get their foot on the ball and try to work openings further up the field. Bournemouth right-back Adam Smith has come out for the second half, despite hobbling off at the interval.

1.28pm BST

In response to my assertion that Christian Eriksen was unlucky to miss out on a PFA Player of the Year Award, he has this to say: “Of all the diminutive, No10-style so-called ‘luxury’ players at the top clubs, I’d take him over the likes of Ozil, Mata and Coutinho, perhaps even Silva in terms of overall importance to the team. Only Hazard is more effective.”

1.19pm BST

Peep! It’s been an entertaining first half in which Tottenham were superior throughout. They lead by goals from Mousa Dembele and Heung-min Son and could have had more in a 45-minute spell in which Bournemouth were second best throughout.

1.18pm BST

45+1 min: We’re in the first of two suggested minutes of added time. Bournemouth win a free-kick not too far inside the Spurs half. Stanislas plays it long, Spurs win the aerial duel and attack on the counter courtesy of Harry Kane. Despite having Eriksen up in support, the pair run down a blind alley.

1.16pm BST

44 min: Smith stays on but is clearly struggling. I don’t think we’ll see him out for the second half, which could prompt the reintegration of Tyrone Mings into football society after a five-match spell on the Naughty Step.

1.14pm BST

43 min: Adam Smith goes down injured after contesting a high ball with Dele Alli and landing awkwardly. He’s holding his right ankle and there’s a break in play while he receives treatment.

1.12pm BST

41 min: Bournemouth’s goal is under siege and Son is next to go close, getting on the end of an Eriksen pull-back only to fire straight at Boruc from just inside the penalty area.

1.10pm BST

40 min: Eriksen fires a bouncing ball over the bar from about 15 yards out after great set-up play by Son in the channel. His sublime touch under pressure gave Eriksen a clear sight of goal and he should have done better.

1.09pm BST

38 min: Spurs win a throw-in deep in Bournemouth territory. The ball’s chucked towards Kane, whose return pass to Ben Davies is intercepted by Junior Stanislas, who wellies it unceremoniously up the park.

1.08pm BST

36 min: A delightful first touch from Harry Kane tees up Christian Eriksen, whose shot from seven yards is turned around the upright by notoriously holy goalie Artur Boruc, for whom Easter must be a special time of year.

1.05pm BST

34 min: Dele Alli plays the ball wide to Kyle Walker on the right touchline, but Bournemouth win possession and attack on the break with Charlie Daniels galloping down the same touchline. With Walker caught out of position, Eric Dier gets across to close down Daniels before he can pick out Benik Afobe.

1.04pm BST

33 min: The camera cuts to Mauricio Pochettino, who is looking very animated on the touchline. He’s roaring encouragement at his players.

1.03pm BST

32 min: Eriksen tries to pick out Harry Kane with a delightful ball in behind the Bournemouth defence which Francis stretches to cut out. So close! Brilliant vision from a great Dane.

1.02pm BST

29 min: Sloppy play from Bournemouth, whose goalkeeper gifts Spurs possession halfway inside the visitors’ half with a dreadful clearance. Tottenham’s front four converge on the Bournemouth penalty area like a swarm of angry bees, but Eriksen’s cross for Dele Alli is headed clear by Simon Francis. Crisis averted.

12.58pm BST

26 min: Bournemouth win a throw-in deep in Spurs territory, which Cook takes long. The ball finds its way to Stanislas on the right flank and he plays a wonderful cross to the far post. It’s just this much too far in front of Benik Afobe for the striker to poke home.

12.56pm BST

25 min: Just before that Bournemouth corner, Josh King was unlucky not to get on the end of a good Junior Stanislas cross from the right.

12.55pm BST

24 min: Bournemouth win their first corner and Bournemouth’s players queue up in the penalty area before dispersing like flies off a cow-pat when the ball is lofted into the penalty area. Steve Cook leaps highest, but can’t get over the ball and sends his header too high.

12.54pm BST

23 min: A replay of the incident leading up to the goal from which Spurs scored their first goal suggests it was Harry Arter who put the ball out of play. Simon Francis had plenty of time to remove all doubt by walloping the ball into the stands, but elected to let it run out of play thinking it was going for a goal kick.

12.52pm BST

21 min: “Wilshere! Wilshere! What’s the score? Wilshere! Wilshere!” sing Tottenham’s fans, who are having a very pleasant Easter.

12.50pm BST

SON! Steve Cook is left in Son’s slipstream as the South Korean takes a pass from Harry Kane, skins him down the right side of the Bournemouth penalty area and rifles a low diagonal drive into the back of the net. Spurs lead 2-0.

12.49pm BST

18 min: A replay of the incident in which Harry Arter was adjudged to have put the ball out of play for a corner, rather than a replay of the match, that is.

12.47pm BST

DEMBELE! Mousa Dembele scores his first of the season from a corner I’m not sure Spurs should have been given. The ball was swung into the area by Eriksen and Dembele couldn’t miss when the ball landed at his feet in the six-yard box. Woeful defending from Bournemouth, but should it have been a corner? Hopefully we’ll get a replay.

12.45pm BST

14 min: Adam Smith is penalised on the edge of his own penalty area for a little shoulder that fells Christian Eriksen. Free-kick for Spurs, more or less in line with the left side of the Bournemouth penalty area. Nothing comes of it.

12.44pm BST

13 min: Mousa Dembele pounces to fire a shot on target from the edge of the Bournemouth penalty area, but Artur Boruc saves well down to his left.

12.43pm BST

12 min: Junior Stanislas attempts to release Josh King with a penetrative pass through the centre, but it’s cut out by Alderweireld.

12.41pm BST

11 min: Bournemouth enjoy a little period of sustained pressure in the final third, but are eventually forced backwards. The ball is worked back to goalkeeper Artur Boruc, who clears it back up the field.

12.40pm BST

9 min: Son plays the ball to Kane on the edge of the area and he plays it wide to Walker. He combines with Eriksen, but Bournemouth win possession and get forward. Good hold-up play from Josh King, who gets his foot on the ball and waits for reinforcements to arrive. They come in the form of Jack Wilshere, the on-loan-from -Arsenal midfielder who is booed mercilessly by the home fans.

12.38pm BST

6 min: Son shoots into the side-netting from a tight angle. Soon after, Kane goes close from close range but Boruc blocks his effort. It wouldn’t have counted anyway as Kane was offside. It’s all Spurs at the moment, with Bournemouth camped in their own half and unable to find a foothold in these early stages.

12.36pm BST

5 min: Christian Eriksen plays the dead ball to Kyle Walker at the angle of the penalty area and receives it back before drilling a cross towards the near post. It’s blocked and Spurs have another corner.

12.34pm BST

4 min: Harry Kane attacks a dropping ball on the edge of the Bournemouth penalty area, but Steve Cook blocks his volley. Corner for Spurs.

12.34pm BST

3 min: Spurs get forward, with Dele Alli picking out Ben Davies on the left flank. The ball finds its way back to the feet of Toby Alderweireld when no opening can be found.

12.33pm BST

2 min: Bournemouth win an early throw-in just inside their own half, but Spurs soon regain possession with play concentrated in the middle third of the pitch. Jan Vertonghen gets an early touch out by the touchline, before sending a pass zinging backwards towards Toby Alderweireld.

12.31pm BST

1 min: The home side get the ball rolling with their fans in great voice.

12.30pm BST

It’s a crisp but sunny day in North London and the team’s are going through the last of the pre-match formalities. Both sets of players wear their first-choice kits, with Spurs in white shirts and Bournemouth in red and black stripes.

12.23pm BST

Following Kelvin McKenzie’s hatchet job on Ross Barkley in yesterday’s Sun, Everton have banned the paper and its reporters from the club. On the 28th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, they’ve announced that the tabloid is now “banned from Goodison Park, the USM Finch Farm training ground and all areas of the Club’s operation”.

A club statement read: “Whilst we will not dignify any journalist with a response to appalling and indefensible allegations, the newspaper has to know that any attack on this City, either against a much respected community or individual, is not acceptable”. Good for them.

12.11pm BST

Christian Eriksen and Steve Cook line up against each other and in my humble opinion, both can consider themselves unlucky not to have made the shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year Award. Both have been outstanding in very different positions throughout the season, but their contributions seem to have curiously unnoticed by anyone but their own club’s fans.

11.55am BST

11.51am BST

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11.48am BST

To nobodfy’s great surprise, Harry Kane starts in Tottenham’s line-up, while Kieran Trippier can consider himself unlucky to have been dropped to the bench following his excellent performance against Watford. Victor Wanyama will be sitting nearby, presumably having failed to reach full fitness.

Despite having served his ban, Tyrone Mings is among the Bournemouth substitutes. Eddie Howe makes one change from the team that lost at Chelsea last weekend, with Junior Stanislas coming in for Ryan Fraser in midfield.

11.39am BST

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane.

Subs: Janssen, Wanyama, Trippier, Sissoko, Onomah, Wimmer, Pau Lopez.

11.36am BST

Harry Kane is likely to return to Tottenham’s starting line-up after coming off the bench against Watford last weekend. Victor Wanyama may also return after picking up a niggle in the warm-up of that game. Erik Lamela, Harry Winks and Danny Rose remain sidelined, while Mauricio Pochettino may replace Kieran Trippier with Kyle Walker, despite the replacement full-back’s excellent performance last week.

Callum Wilson and Andrew Surman remain among the ranks of Bournemouth’s long-term lame and halt, while Dan Gosling’s participation today is in doubt after a setback earlier this week. Defender Tyrone Mings is available for selection after serving his five-match ban for violent conduct after wiping his feet on Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

11.26am BST

Related: Christian Eriksen is our Special One, says Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino

9.48am BST

The TV schedulers have given Tottenham Hotspur another opportunity to close the gap between themselves and Premier League-leaders Chelsea to four points for a day at least, as they take on Bournemouth at White Hart Lane in the weekend’s early kick-off. The Cherries have never won there and are unlikely to get another opportunity to do so before Spurs move to the swanky new stadium they’re building next door. Kick-off is at 12.30 BST, but stay tuned for team news and build-up.

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Apr 12

Bayern Munich v Real Madrid: Champions League quarter-final first leg

10.13pm BST

Related: Cristiano Ronaldo strikes twice as Real Madrid edge Bayern Munich

9.42pm BST

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeeep! It’s all over at the Allianz Arena, but there’s another 90 minutes to come at the Bernabeu next season. In a weird game of two halves, Real Madrid were fairly fortunate to be just one goal behind at the break, but they roared back into contention in the second half and scored two goals courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo. Bayern Munich were reduced to 10 men with the second half dismissal of Javi Martinez and looked exhausted after playing 30 minutes with 10 men. Arturo Vidal scored their goal and he should have had two more. The Chilean missed with a fairly straightforward header and then ballooned a penalty over the bar. Manuel Neuer was outstanding for Bayern and kept his side in the tie with a series of brilliant saves.

9.38pm BST

90 min: Two or three yards from goal, Cristiano Ronaldo trips over his own feet while trying to get on the end of a Dani Carvajal cross.

9.37pm BST

90+1 min: Ramos runs from an offside position to power Toni Kroos’s free-kick past Manuel Neuer with a superb header, but his celebrations of Real Madrid’s third goal are curtailed when the linesman flags for offside. That is an superb bit of officiating.

9.35pm BST

89 min: Real Madrid go in search of a thirds, with Asensio and Marcelo combing down the left flank. Play switches side and James is brought down by Arturo Vidal in the channel between touchline and penalty area. Vidal gets a yellow card for a the foul on James and is lucky not to get another one for a petulant little kick at Luka Modric. It’s been an eventful evening for the Chilean.

9.32pm BST

86 min: Real Madrid have gone from being a goal down and completely under the cosh to being 2-1 leaders who are completely bossing the game. The final whistle can’t come quickly enough for 10-man Bayern, who will still fancy their chances at the Bernabeu next week.

9.30pm BST

85 min: Asensio, who’s been very impressive since replacing Gareth Bale, tries his luck from a fair way out. It’s a tame effort and Neuer gathers comfortably.

9.28pm BST

83 min: Real Madrid substitution: Karim Benzema off, James Rodriguez on.

9.27pm BST

82 min: Bayern substitution: Thomas Muller off, Kinsgley Coman on. Muller’s had a quiet game tonight – his team have missed the in-form Robert Lewandowski.

9.26pm BST

80 min: Marcello goes close with a splendid effort from inside the area. From the left-hand side of the box, he lashes across the face of the bouncing ball with the outside of his left boot, trying to force it around Neuer and inside the post. It was wide, but not by a huge amount. If it had gone in, physicists everywhere would have been puzzling over it for years.

9.24pm BST

78 min: Luka Modric tries his luck with a long range effort that bounces in front of the diving Manuel Neuer, but doesn’t trouble the goalkeeper unduly.

9.22pm BST

Ronaldo!!! Asensio picks out Cristiano Ronaldo in the penalty area and the Real Madrid star gets in front of Jerome Boateng to prod home from about seven yards out to register a century of European club goals.

9.21pm BST

75 min: And again! This time Neuer keeps out a Ronaldo rocket with a powerful one-handed stop that would would have resulted in a broken wrist for any normal human. Moments previously, he’d got down to keep out an Asensio effort in more orthodox fashion.

9.19pm BST

73 min: Neuer saves again!!! The German makes it a hat-trick of fantastic saves when he blocks a Benzema shot with his feet.

9.17pm BST

70 min: Marco Asensio tees up Karim Benzema with a fine ball, but the French striker heads wide. He should have done better. Manuel Neuer leathers the ball the length of the pitch, putting the fear of god into Nacho, who clears under pressure from Muller.

9.15pm BST

69 min: Since Javi Martinez’s dismissal, Bayern have moved David Alaba to centre-back and put Bernat in at left-back. Costa has replaced Ribery on the left-wing, while Thomas Muller is now playing alone up front.

9.11pm BST

67 min: Sergio Ramos steps up to take the free-kick, but whips it wide of the upright. It wasn’t a bad effort from the edge of the penalty area, a little right of the D.

9.11pm BST

65 min: Real Madrid win a free-kick in a good position outside the Bayern penalty area for a blatant Franck Ribery hand-ball. It’ll be the Frenchman’s last action of the game, as he’s replaced by Douglas Costa.

9.09pm BST

63 min: Bayern Munich keep plugging on with everything going wrong for them in this second half. Carlo Ancelotti shuffles his pack: Xabi Alonso goes off and is replaced by defender Juan Bernet.

9.07pm BST

60 min: For the second time in quick succession, Javi Martinez is booked for a foul on Cristiano Ronaldo near the halfway line. Two yellows equals one red and he is sent from the field. It was a cynical foul, with Martinez taking one for the team in order to stop a Real Madrid counter-attack. His team must now play on without him.

9.03pm BST

57 min: Ronaldo is fouled by Javi Martinez in the centre-circle and the Bayern Munich man gets booked for his troubles. Real Madrid substitution: Marco Asensio on for Gareth Bale, who doesn’t look best pleased.

9.01pm BST

55 min: Another splendid save from Manuel Neuer, who tips over a Bale header from point-blank range after Modric had powered a cross on to the Welshman’s head. Nothing comes of the ensuing corner. Bale can’t believe Neuer kept that one out – that’s two wonderful saves he’s made tonight.

9.00pm BST

53 min: Karim Benzema goes slaloming down the right flanks, cuts inside and looks to be on the verge of waltzing through the entire Bayern Munich defence until somebody erects a road-block.

8.57pm BST

52 min: Shortly before Ronaldo’s goal, Xabi Alonso was booked for a tug on the shirt of Luka Modric.

8.56pm BST

49 min: Real Madrid embark on the counter-attack and from the left channel, Bale picks out Ronaldo on the edge of the penalty area. The goal-scorer’s first touch is like that of a street-mugger and a good chance goes begging.

8.54pm BST

48 min: That was a fine goal from Ronaldo, who hadn’t scored in the Champions League since the second match in the group stages, some 11 hours of playing time ago. He made a darting run across the penalty area to get on the end of a low, hard Dani Carvajal cross and guide the ball across the face of goal and into the corner at the far post.

8.52pm BST

He shoots! He scores! Ronaldo volleys across the face of goal and into the bottom left-hand corner. It’s his 99th European club goal.

8.51pm BST

46 min: Real Madrid get the ball rolling for the second half, with no changes of personnel on either side. On BT Sport, the commentator name-checks former Bayern Munich legend Steffen Effenburg, a name that calls the phrase “red leather trousers” to this reporter’s mind. That’s quite a legacy.

8.46pm BST

Replays suggest that Bayern Munich were very lucky to win that penalty and did the decent thing by missing it. Franck Ribery lashed a shot into the Real penalty area and it hit Dani Carvajal’s upper arm. There was nothing the defender could have done about it.

I have to say that, while I am prepared to concede that my esteemed colleague Andy “Top Brass” Brassell has forgotten more about football than most of us will ever know, I don’t agree with his first-half assessment. I think Real have been second best in almost every department this evening and can consider themselves extremely lucky not to be a lot further behind.

8.38pm BST

Really absorbing first half in Munich. These two very well matched & having to scrap for every inch of daylight. Should go all the way, this

8.37pm BST

Bayern Munich go in for the half-time brew with a 1-0 lead, but should have a much bigger lead. Arturo Vidal put them ahead with a towering header, before missing the target with a similar effort. Determined to be the centre of attention, he then skied a penalty that Bayern were perhaps fortunate to get in the first place.

8.35pm BST

45+1 min: It could be argued that justice was done there, as I thought the penalty was a bit harsh. The ball hit Carvajal’s arm but I’m not so sure there was a huge amount he could have done about it. Before the controversy, Ronaldo had brought a good save out of Manuel Neuer with a low drive. From the ensuing corner, Toni Kroos shot narrowly wide before getting booked shortly afterwards for a challenge on Thomas Muller.

8.32pm BST

45 min: Good lord, that was hideous. Arturo Vidal sends his spot-kick into outer space and it’s no surprise seeing he was leaning backwards like a limbo-dancer as he took it. That was dreadful.

8.31pm BST

Our Italian referee penalises Dani Carvajal for hand-ball after the Real defender blocks a Franck Ribery shot with his upper arm.

8.27pm BST

40 min: Arturto Vidal misses a glorious opportunity to double Bayern Munich’s lead. Robben was the provider, sending in a wonderful cross that Vidal leapt to win cleanly, only to power his header wide of the left upright. He should have scored!!!

8.25pm BST

39 min: From not too far outside the Real penalty area, Philipp Lahm nutmegs Sergio Ramos to pass the ball to the feet of Thomas Muller. He has his back to goal and can’t sort those feet out in time to unleash a shot. What looked an excellent scoring opportunity goes to waste.

8.24pm BST

37 min: Casemiro returns to action again and appears to be moving reasonably freely. The ball is despatched to Robben on the right wing once again and he jinks this way and that before sending a cross fizzing straight at Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

8.22pm BST

35 min: More pressure from Bayern, whose flow is halted when Casemiro goes to ground again after a collision of sorts with Vidal. He stuck out a leg, which the Munich Mohican ran into, hurting his knee. For the second time in as many minutes, Casemiro is escorted to the touchline by a physio. Despite waving the stretcher-bearers away, he may not be fit to continue this time.

8.20pm BST

34 min: Play resumes and Jerome Boateng attempts to pick out a Thomas Muller run in behind Marcelo with a long ball from deep. The idea is splendid but the execution isn’t. He slightly overhits his pass and it runs out of play for a Real Madrid goal-kick.

8.18pm BST

31 min: There’s a break in play as Casemiro goes down with a bang on the noggin, receives treatment and then makes his way over to the fourth official to await permission to come back on. He looks fine.

8.17pm BST

29 min: At around the same time that Bayern Munich went ahead, Leicester City have fallen behind at against Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon. It’s sad news for their patriotic, Gibraltar-loving fans who behaved with such decorum in the Spanish capital’s main square this afternoon. One suspects most of the bozos in question couldn’t point to Gibraltar on a map.

8.13pm BST

27 min: The numerous corners won by Bayern Munich eventually pay dividends. The ball was floated towards the far post by Thiago and Arturo Vidal rose high above Nacho to thump an unstoppable header past Keylor Navas.

8.11pm BST

Bayern lead! They go ahead courtesy of a wonderful header from Arturo Vidal.

8.10pm BST

24 min: Robben wins another corner for his team , who take it short. After more patient build-up, Robben tries a shot which is blocked. Franck Ribery follows up and his volley goes out for a corner off Marcelo.

8.09pm BST

22 min: Robben, Lahm and Thiago combine patiently in the Real Madrid left back area, eventually teeing up David Alaba for a shot on goal. He fires high and wide from distance under pressure from Gareth Bale.

8.07pm BST

20 min: Robben takes on Ramos down the right flank and cuts inside and wins a corner with his attempted cross. The ball’s sent into the area, where Thomas Muller is beaten in the air by Marcelo.

8.05pm BST

18 min: Chance! Toni Kroos sends a wonderful cross from deep and from the edge of the Bayern six-yard box, Karim Benzema’s downwards header bounces up and looks to be heading into the top corner until Manuel Neuer gets across to claw it on to the angle of upright and cross-bar. A fine header and a splendid save. Benzema leapt like a salmon to get his head over that ball.

8.03pm BST

17 min: Real Madrid get a corner. Kroos’s out-swinger is cleared by Casemiro.

8.02pm BST

16 min: Ronaldo gets the ball over the defensive wall and the crossbar. Not even close.

8.01pm BST

14 min: Cristiano Ronaldo runs at Lahm and plays the ball to Karim Benzema on the edge of the penalty area. He’s fouled by Boateng, who gifts Real Madrid a free-kick just outside the Bayern Munich box, straight in front of goal. No prizes for guessing who’ll be taking this.

7.59pm BST

12 min: THere’s a break in play as Real Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal goes down after a collision with Jerome Boateng. It looked fairly innocuous, but he seems winded. He gets to his feet, makes for the touchline and is waved back on by the referee.

7.57pm BST

10 min: After the excitement of Borussia Dortmund 2-3 Monaco, this match is comparatively pedestrian and being punctuated by no end of niggly little fouls. Bayern go on the attack with Arturo Vidal playing a hopeful ball forward. Sergio Ramos leaps to head it clear.

7.55pm BST

9 min: Xabi Alonso curls the free-kick across the edge of the six-yard box, where Thomas Muller tries to attack it. Gareth Bale heads clear.

7.54pm BST

9 min: Arjen Robben is brought down by Toni Kroos as Bayern gallop upfield on a counter-attack. Free-kick for the hosts, wide on the right touchline.

7.53pm BST

7 min: A period of pressure from Real Madrid, with Bale whipping a cross-field pass towards Marcelo on the left flank.

7.52pm BST

6 min: Thiago is penalised for a foul on Ronaldo on the halfway line and shakes his head at the injustice of it all. It was a fair cop. Bayern have started the stronger in this game, but no chances of note for either side in the early stages.

7.50pm BST

4 min: Alonso’s delivery is uncharacteristically poor and the ball is put out for a goal kick at the near post.

7.50pm BST

2 min: Bayern Munich’s players are attired in red shirts, white shorts and red socks tonight. Real’s wear black shirts, black short and black socks. Xabi plays a raking pass from deep out to David Alaba on the left flank and Bayern win another corner.

7.48pm BST

1 min: It’s an early corner to Bayern after good work down the left flank by Arjen Robben. Nothing comes of it.

7.47pm BST

1 min: Bayern kick-off at the Allianz Arena.

7.45pm BST

Sergio Ramos and Philipp Lahm lead the teams out on to the pitch, where they line up for the Champions League anthems. Kick-off is just moments away.

7.41pm BST

We’re approaching kick-off time in the Allianz Arena, where it’s nigh on impossible to predict a winner. I fancy Bayern Munich to win tonight and over the two legs, but not so confidently that I’m prepared to wager any money on it. A good match will do for me.

7.39pm BST

In the day’s opening match, yesterday’s postponed fixture between Borussia Dortmund and Monaco has ended with a 3-2 win to the Ligue 1 side. Borussia Dortmund were awful in the first half and that’s completely understandable after yesterday’s traumatic events, but really raised their game in the second half. It’s finely poised for the second leg.

7.03pm BST

Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Javi Martinez, Boateng, Alaba, Alonso, Vidal, Robben, Thiago, Ribery, Muller.

Subs: Ulreich, Douglas Costa, Rafinha, Bernat, Coman, Kimmich, Renato Sanches.

6.53pm BST

Asked about recent criticism directed at Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, the Real Madrid manager had this to say at yesterday’s press conference. “They’re very experienced players and the better player you are, the more criticism you attract. I’ve got three players with a lot of character and they’re not fazed by this, quite the opposite. These are the sort of games they relish. I consider Bale to be close to being on top form. His lay-off was very lengthy and he’s getting stronger by the day. I hope that he produces his best tomorrow. Tomorrow’s game is an important one for him.”

6.53pm BST

Asked if he thinks Real Madrid are having a very good season, the Bayern Munich manager didn’t mince his words. “They are having a very good season,” he said, adding that his team are focussing on their qualities. “We’re focussing on our qualities. I’m not talking about how Real Madrid will set up tactically, I need to think about my own team. It’s a meeting of two top sides who both want to play football.”

6.37pm BST

Bayern Munich: Jerome Boateng will miss the second leg if he picks up a booking this evening.

Real Madrid: Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos are both one yellow card away from a spell on the Naughty Step.

6.36pm BST

Pantomime villain Pepe may have played his last match for Real Madrid, having fractured a couple of ribs in a collision with Toni Kroos during Real’s draw with Atletico Madrid, a match in which he scored, at the weekend. He’s unlikely to play again this season and looks a good bet to leave the club this summer as they’ve shown little indication they’re going to offer him a new contract. Raphael Varane is also unavailable after suffering a hamstring injury in his comeback from injury at the beginning of this month. Expect José Ignacio Fernández Iglesias (Nacho to his mates) to fill in for Pepe.

6.36pm BST

The German champions are likely to welcome goalkeeper Manuel Neuer back after he missed their weekend win over Borussia Dortmund with a foot injury but there are conflicting reports about the fitness of Mats Hummels, who injured his ankle in a training session following that game. The smart money seems to suggest he’ll miss out tonight and will face three weeks on the sidelines. In better ankle-knack news for the Bavarian side, Thomas Muller has returned and is ready for action. Striker Robert Lewandowski has been ruled out with a shoulder injury.

Related: Robben and Ribéry party like it’s 2013 as Ancelotti styles Bayern Munich his way | Andy Brassell

3.10pm BST

One of the greatest rivalries in European football is renewed tonight, when Bayern Munich entertain Real Madrid in the Allianz Arena. Collectively, the two clubs have 16 titles between them and no fixture has been played in European Cup/Champions League competition more often than this one. Today’s game marks their 23rd meeting and Bayern currently lead with 11 wins to Real’s nine. In their most recent meeting, in 2014, Real Madrid smithereened Bayern 9-0 on aggregate en route to their 10th title – La Decima – which was masterminded by no less an avuncular figure than current Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti. Tonight the Italian will be plotting his former team’s demise.

Related: Álvaro Morata: ‘Footballers are more like singers or rock stars than sportsmen’ | Sid Lowe

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Apr 11

Juventus v Barcelona: Champions League quarter-final first leg – as it happened

9.41pm BST

Juve’s players are delighted with themselves: They celebrate among themselves before applauding their thrilled supporters and no wonder everyone is so happy. It’s difficult to imagine how tonight could have gone any better for them. They’ve scored three goals without reply, leaving Barcelona with a real mountain to climb at Camp Nou next Wednesday night. Barcelona had two excellent chances to score, but leave Italy empty handed.

Related: Juventus’ Paulo Dybala leaves Barcelona with another mountain to climb

9.39pm BST

Peep! Peep! Peeeep! The game ends with a weak Sergi Roberto into the arms of Gigi Buffon. Juventus have won the first leg 3-0 courtesy of a Paulo Dybala brace and a rare goal from Giorgio Chiellini. They’re in the box-seat to advance to the semi-final and despite Barcelona’s heroics against PSG, one suspects the jig is well and truly up for the Catalan side as far as this season’s Champions League is concerned.

9.36pm BST

90+4 min: Barcelona mount one last assault, with Neymar gadding down the left wing. His cross is poor and Juve half-clear.

9.36pm BST

90+3 min: The camera cuts to Luis Enrique, who looks impassive. Back on the pitch, Mario Mandzukic goes down with cramp and is helped out with his compatriot Ivan Rakitic.

9.34pm BST

90+2 min: Dani Alves briefly threatens to score against his old muckers, but dawdles over his weak shot and sees it blocked.

9.33pm BST

90 min: We’re into the final minute, but there’ll be a fair bit of added time I’ll wager. Samuel Umtiti and Mario Lemina get booked for pulling and dragging out of each other.

9.31pm BST

89 min: Juve substitution: Andrea Barzagli on, Miralem Pjanic off. That Juventus portcullis is being heavily manned now.

9.30pm BST

88 min: Rakitic volleys a cross from deep high over the bar from a tight angle when he perhaps ought to have side-footed the ball across the face of goal.

9.29pm BST

87 min: Messi takes the free-kick but shoots straight into the wall.

9.28pm BST

86 min: To jeers and whistles from the home crowd, Barcelona continue to pass and probe around the edge of the Juve penalty area. Rincon brings down Messi on the edge said area and concedes a free-kick in a dangerous position – almost dead centre, just to the right of the D. That was a dumb foul – there was no need for it.

9.27pm BST

84 min: Barcelona continue to throw the kitchen sink at Juventus, but aren’t having much luck hitting anything with it.

9.24pm BST

81 min: Juve substitution: two-goal hero Paulo Dybala off, Tomas Rincon on.

9.23pm BST

80 min: Barcelona corner, which Ivan Rakitic floats into the penalty area. The ball’s cleared, but only as far as Messi on the edcge of the area. He wriggles to the left of the area and crosses the ball in – it’s this much too high for Samuel Umtiti.

9.20pm BST

77 min: Neymar jinks down the left flank, cuts inside and picks out Luis Suarez in the six-yard box, who mis-controls. Giorgio Chiellini mops up at the back, gives a little fist-pump and then exchanges a high-five with Gigi Buffon.

9.18pm BST

76 min: It’s been a helter-skelter second half but that vital away goal continues to elude Barcelona. One suspects if they leave Turin without one, their cause will be doomed.

9.17pm BST

75 min: Just before Cuadrado’s exit, Sami Khedira was booked for diving in an attempt to win a free-kick from Andre Gomes.

9.16pm BST

74 min: Not literally making hay.

9.16pm BST

73 min: Juventus substitution: Juan Cuadrado off for Mario Lemina. Cuadrado just received treatment for an injury after a fine performance. He’s been making hay on the right flank all night.

9.14pm BST

71 min: The game threatens to boil over after a couple of meaty challenges: Mandzukic on Sergi Roberto and Higuain on Andre Gomes.

9.12pm BST

69 min: Neymar has a shot blocked just inside the Juventus penalty area, by Chiellini. Barcelona’s players scream for a penalty, saying the defender dived in and blocked it with his arm. Replays suggest they might have a point. It hit his head, then his raised arm … make of that what you will.

9.10pm BST

67 min: Luis Suarez muscles his way into the Juventus penalty area to latch on to a little dink from Leo Messi. Via a deflection, he pokes a glorious opportunity wide of the left upright.

9.08pm BST

64 min: On the subject of yellow cards, I’m told Andres Iniesta picked one up about 10 minutes ago – apologies, I didn’t see that one.

9.06pm BST

61 min: Mario Mandzukic and Sergi Roberto go down holding a knee and face respectively after sprinting to challenge for the ball near the corner flag. Mandzukic is booked, much to his own amazement and I’m also inclined to think he was hard done by. Personally, I thought Roberto was the aggressor.

9.02pm BST

58 min: Before I was so rudely interrupted by Giorgio’s goal, his team-mate Gonzalo Higuain missed an excellent chance after dithering on the ball with the goal at his mercy. I suspect he may have been astonished to have found himself onside and shot straight at Ter Stegen.

9.00pm BST

57 min: I’ve seen less man-handling in a sumo contest, but the goal stands. Giorgio Chiellini wrestles Javier Mascherano out of his way as the ball arrows towards him, scores with a meaty header and for the second round of this competition in a row, Barcelona find themselves in all sorts of bother. It’s difficult – nigh on impossible – to imagine a team of Juve’s defensive guile and tenacity messing this one up from here.

8.58pm BST

Giorgio! From a corner, Chiellini out-jumps Javier Mascherano to plant a diagonal downwards header into the bottom left-hand corner form distance.

8.57pm BST

54 min: Juventus squander a great opportunity to extend their lead, with Higuain dawdling on the ball after … ooh, hold on.

8.55pm BST

53 min: Oof! From the inside right channel, Juan Cuadrado pulls back to the incoming Gonzalo Higuain. He goes for placement rather than power and makes it easy for Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

8.54pm BST

52 min: Andres Iniesta shoots over the bar from the edge of the penalty area. Barcelona have started this half the way Juventus began the game.

8.53pm BST

51 min: Before that mini-onslaught from Barcelona, Sami Khedira whipped a shot wide of the Barcelona goal from distance.

8.52pm BST

50 min: Neymar tries a shot from distance, but it’s high and wide.

8.52pm BST

49 min: Barcelona try to play through the centre again, letting the ball do the running. Ivan Rakitic threads the ball through the middle and Luis Suarez is this close to beating Gigi Buffon to it. The keeper smothers before the forward can lift the ball over him.

8.50pm BST

48 min: Barcelona win a corner, which Neymar swings towards the near post. It’s a poor delivery and Gonzalo Higuain heads clear.

8.50pm BST

47 min: So close! Barcelona scythe through the centre but Bonucci dispossesses Neyar on the edge of the penalty area as the Brazilian attempted to run on to a through-ball. The ball broke to Messi, who rolled it inches wide of the upright. Great play from Barcelona, but wonderful defending from Bonucci.

8.47pm BST

46 min: Juventus get the second half under way, with Andre Gomes on for Jeremy Mathieu. The hosts haven’t lost a European game at home since 2013 and don’t look likely to get beaten tonight.

8.38pm BST

Borussia Dortmund’s match v Monaco has been postponed due to a security scare after a series of explosions resulted in damage to the home team’s bus. Their Spanish defender Marc Bartra has had to have treatment for a lacerated arm and the match has been postponed until tomorrow. Paul Doyle has the latest on that drama.

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8.34pm BST

Juventus lead at the break: The referee draws the first half to a close with Juventus going close again. Sami Khedira’s shot across the penalty area goes wide. The Italian champions will be delighted with their performance thus far, having taken a two-goal lead courtesy of Paulo Dybala. Barcelona have had one excellent chance, but Andres Iniesta was foiled by some excellent goalkeeping by Gigi Buffon – otherwise they’ve offered little in attack and looked extremely porous in defence.

8.31pm BST

44 min: Same tactic different flank: Juve go down the left this time and the pull-back is to Gonazalo Higuain. His shot is fumbled by Ter Stegen and the bouncing ball is hacked wide for a Juve corner. Dybala was loitering with intent there, but the ball didn’t break kindly for him.

8.29pm BST

41 min: I may have done poor Giorgio Chiellini a grave injustice a moment or two ago. Having seen a replay of that weak Luis Suarez near post “header” he put out for a corner, I have to say it wasn’t as near to being an own goal as I originally thought.

8.26pm BST

39 min: Sergi Roberto and Ivan Rakitic combine down the right wing but are forced backwards again. The ball’s played wide to Jeremy Mathiu and his cross comes off Luis Suarez’s shoulder, whereupon Giorgio Chiellini almost puts the ball into his own net. A corner for Barcelona, from which nothing comes.

8.24pm BST

37 min: Juan Cuadrado drives down the right flank, then makes his way towards the Barcelona penalty area unopposed, with Jeremy Mathiu backing off him. Cuadrado pulls the ball back to Miralem Pjanic on the edge of the penalty area, but he shoots high over the bar. Cuadrado is being given the freedom of the right wing here and none of the layers he is picking out with his passes are being closed down.

8.21pm BST

35 min: Barcelona continue trying to work their way back into the game, but to little avail. They’ve brought one wonderful save out of Gigi Buffon, but otherwise the Juventus goalkeeper has had little or nothing to do.

8.20pm BST

34 min: Mario Mandzukic gets a talking-to from the referee after having a frank exchange of views with Leo Messi over something or other. It was something and nothing.

8.19pm BST

32 min: Throw-in for Barca, deep in Juve territory. Juan Cuadrado wins the ball and tries to dribble his way out of defence. He wins a free-kick after Andres Iniesta tugs his shirt.

8.17pm BST

30 min: Messi gets the ball in the Juve net after a horrible mix-up among Juventus’s defenders, but his effort is correctly disallowed for offside after the Polish linesman semaphores that all is not well. Sami Khedira was robbed in possession just outside his own penalty area and Suarez put Messi through on goal, but he was offside.

8.15pm BST

29 min: Suarez picks out Rakitic with a pass across the face of the Juventus penalty area. Nothing comes of it.

8.14pm BST

28 min: After several warnings, Dani Alves gets a yellow card for a foul on his old pal Neymar.

8.12pm BST

26 min: Juventus advance once again. Bonucci plays a long, raking pass from deep up to Alex Sandro on the left flank, but he concedes a throw-in.

8.11pm BST

24 min: Just 76 seconds after Gigi Buffon saved brilliantly at one end, Pablo Dybala scores at the other. Juventus attacked down the left flank, where Mandzukic pulled the ball back to Dybala who was running unmarked across the face of the penalty area. He whipped a wonderful curler just inside the post past the unsighted Ter Stegen.

8.09pm BST

Paulo Dybala scores again! More terrible defending from Barcelona, who shoots inside the left upright from the edge of the penalty area. Gerard Pique was blocking Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s view, but where were the rest of Barcelona’s defenders?

8.07pm BST

20 min: Barcelona go on the front foot, pressing and probing for an opening. Lionel Messi plays a wonderful pass through the centre to Andres Iniesta in the Juve penalty area. His early, low shot towards the bottom right-hand corner is saved brilliantly by Gigi Buffon.

8.05pm BST

19 min: Cuadrado and Dybala combine down the right flank and the latter threads the ball into the penalty area between two defenders. Samuel Umtiti clears for Barcelona. This is a very entertaining match so far.

8.03pm BST

15 min: Having started this game like the proverbial bat out of hell, Juventus have taken their foot off the gas since going a goal up. Part of the plan or their innate Italian cautiousness shining through? WHatever it is, they’re letting Barcelona into the game. Mario Mandzukic tries a shot from distance, but doesn’t trouble Ter Stegen.

8.01pm BST

14 min: Leonardo Bonucci plays a long ball down the right channel for Dybala to chase, but over-cooks his pass, which runs on to Ter Stegen.

7.59pm BST

13 min: Messi picks out Neymar with a long pass to the left-hand side of the area. The sarcastic Brazilian runs into traffic and Juventus take possession.

7.58pm BST

12 min: Messi and Neymar stand over the free-kick. Messi sends it towards the far post, but his delivery is far too high. Wide.

7.57pm BST

10 min: Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi combine down the right flank in the first period of sustained pressure from Barcelona. THey’re forced backwards but keep hold of the ball and work their way forward again. Messi gives it away, but Suarez forces the foul from Giorgio Chiellini. Free-kick for Barcelona, on the right corner of the penalty area.

7.55pm BST

8 min: What a start from Juve! Barcelona were artists of their own downfall there, with Leo Messi giving the ball away. The ball found its way to Cuadrado on the right flank and under no pressure whatsoever from Barca’s defenders, he picked out Dybala in the area. The young Argentinian was given all the time in the world to curl the ball around Barcelona’s goalkeeper and inside the far upright. Atrocious defending from Barcelona.

7.53pm BST

Juventus lead! Juan Cuadrado plays the ball to Dybala on the right side of the area and he curls it around Marc-Andre ter Stegen with his left foot.

7.51pm BST

4 min: Juventus have hared out of the traps here and are keeping Barcelona penned into their own half with a serious early onslaught. The Spanish side haven’t had a moment to settle yet, but try to slow the game down a bit by working the ball back to Ter Stegen, who gets his foot on the ball and takes a breath.

7.50pm BST

3 min: Juventus win a free-kick wide on the right for a foul on Paulo Dybala. The ball’s swung across the edge of the six-yard box by Miralem Pjanic, where Gonzalo Higuain heads right into the ground in front of Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. That was a wonderful chance, but Higuain made it easy for the goalkeeper.

7.48pm BST

1 min: Barcelona kick off, play the ball back and immediately get in a bit of a muddle. It’s nothing major, but results in a goal kick for Barcelona after the ball is shanked high and wide.

7.45pm BST

It’s first blood to Barcelona as Gigi Buffon loses the coin-toss! Oh Gigi! Barcelona will

serve
kick off.

7.43pm BST

The teams emerge from their dressing rooms, make their way out on to the Juventus Stadium sward from a very well-appointed tunnel decorated with potted plants. Dani Alves exchanged very warm greetings with several of his former Barcelona team-mates, which will probably prompt no end of tut-tutting from more sanctimonious commentators before the night ends. They line up for the Champions League anthem and kick-off is just moments away!

7.33pm BST

Uefa have postponed this match for security reasons – it will be played tomorrow night instead.

7.25pm BST

As anyone who has watched Jamie Vardy or Wayne Rooney, among many others, play with any regularity will know, screaming obscenities in a referee’s face often goes unpunished. Luckily, the far more serious offence of clapping sarcastically at a referee’s assistant is finally being stamped out.

Related: Barcelona’s Neymar to miss clásico after extra ban for ‘sarcastic applause’

7.19pm BST

Marc Bartra has been taken to hospital for treatment on a cut hand. A decision will be made on whether or not that game goes ahead at 7.30pm. You can follow the latest developments there with Paul Doyle, while I’ll switch my focus back to Juventus v Barcelona.

7.06pm BST

German newspaper Bild are reporting that the Borussia Dortmund team bus was caught in an explosion that shattered its windows about 10 kilometres from the stadium. They say Marc Bartra has been hospitalised and that tonight’s match is in serious doubt. Here’s hoping Bartra, his team-mates and anyone else involved are OK.

7.02pm BST

Juventus: Buffon, Dani Alves, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro, Pjanic, Khedira, Cuadrado, Dybala, Mandzukic, Higuain.

Subs: Neto, Marchisio, Barzagli, Lemina, Asamoah, Lichtsteiner, Rincon.

6.58pm BST

My German is not too hot, but it seems to that the police are saying there has been an explosion in Dortmund and they are there – or going there – in numbers.

6.56pm BST

We’re hearing reports that the Borussia Dortmund team bus has been caught up in some kind of explosion en route to the Westfalenstadion for their match against Monaco and that their Spanish defender Marc Bartra has been taken to hospital with an injury.

Im Bereich #Dortmund #Höchsten hat es eine #Explosion gegeben. Wir sind mit starken Kräften vor Ort. Die Lage ist derzeit noch unklar.

6.42pm BST

Related: Another Dele Alli masterclass – Football Weekly

6.42pm BST

“There are a few different players compared to the Berlin final,” said the Barcelona manager upon being asked to compare the sides now to the sides which duked it out in the 2015 final which Barcelona won 3-1. “Juve are still a great team, but I cannot say if they are better or worse than two years ago. I have great memories of that final, but this game is completely different. Both sides are definitely confident about their chances. I certainly don’t need to motivate players for a quarter-final against a team like Juventus.”

Asked how he thinks Juve will try to overcome his team, Enrique said: “I have watched many Juve matches and they are always trying to impose their own game in every part of the pitch. They will do the same tomorrow, but you must put that question to Allegri. I can only tell you what we will do. We will try to win, as we always do.”

6.42pm BST

“The four up front [Cuadrado, Dybala, Mandzukic and Higuaín] will all start,” said the Juventus manager upon being asked about his team selection at yesterday’s press conference. “When you play the first leg at home, it’s always nice not to concede. Tomorrow, however, it won’t be easy so we have to try to score more than them. You can’t hope to face Barcelona and draw 0-0 twice and win on penalties. Dybala? Paulo has made giant steps. Messi is the best in the world and has been for many years. Dybala is young and growing fast. Alongside Neymar, he can be among the best in the world in the future.”

Discussing what it will take to get through to the semi-final, Allegri had this to say: “In order to qualify we will have to play two great games and also have a bit of luck. Barcelona lost at the weekend but they never make mistakes in this type of match. However, they always give something away and we will have to be good to hit them when we have the chance to do so.”

6.42pm BST

Juventus rested Dani Alves, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci for their weekend win over Chievo, but the trio are expected to return on an evening that will be poignant for the Brazilian amongst them. Alves spent eight very successful years at Barcelona, who have struggled badly to replace him since his departure last summer. Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic has also returned to fitness from a knee injury, but his compatriot Marko Pjaca is out for the rest of the season after tearing knee ligaments at the end of March.

6.41pm BST

Barcelona will have to make do without midfield destroyer Sergio Busquets, who has travelled with the squad but will sit this one out on the Naughty Step after pickking up one yellow card too many. Arda Turan and and Aleix Vidal have also travelled but will not play because of injury, while Rafinha has been left at home to recuperate from recent knee surgery that will leave him sidelined him for four months.

6.41pm BST

Related: Champions League quarter-finals: previews for the four ties this week

2.32pm BST

To the Piemonte region of Italy, home of the white truffle and Turin, which provides the setting for tonight’s quarter-final first leg between Juventus and Barcelona. The hosts lead Serie A by six points and are on course to win another title, while their visitors are second in La Liga after handing the advantage to Real Madrid on Saturday. Barcelona arrive courtesy of one of the greatest comebacks in football history, taking advantage of an epic PSG meltdown in the second leg of their Round of 16 match at Camp Nou.

Juve’s progress to the last eight was far more serene: the Old Lady slapped down Porto with a minimum of fuss, prevailing 3-0 on aggregate over two legs. Those expecting Juventus to park the bus tonight might be surprised as their coach Massimiliano Allegri has promised to play his four or five best attacking players, saying “it’s impossible to think about playing two 0-0 draws and winning on penalties”. If he remains true to his word, expect to see Gonzalo Higuain, Mario Mandzukic, Juan Cuadrado and Paulo Dybala feature in what could be a surprisingly open and exhilarating contest.

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Apr 08

Stoke v Liverpool, Manchester City v Hull, Premier League and more – as it happened

  • Liverpool and Man City boost their top four credentials
  • West Ham end losing streak with win over strugglers Swansea
  • Boro forced to settle for a point after another blank
  • Southampton win mid-table clash at the Hawthorns

5.28pm BST

Spurs swatted Watford aside with a minimum of fuss in the day’s early kick-off at White Hart Lane.

Related: Dele Alli’s latest delight sparks Tottenham Hotspur’s rout of Watford

5.26pm BST

Middlesbrough failure to score has left them a step closer to relegation.

Related: Burnley’s Matt Lowton denies Middlesbrough late on in tame draw

5.24pm BST

Raheem Sterling played a starring role as Manchester City put Hull to the sword at the Etihad.

Related: Raheem Sterling inspires Manchester City to victory over Hull City

5.22pm BST

A couple of inspired substitutions at half-time helped Liverpool come from behind and beat Stoke.

Related: Roberto Firmino caps Liverpool’s rapid turnaround against Stoke City

5.20pm BST

Jordie Clasie scored his first ever Premier League goal to win the points for Southampton at the Hawthorns.

Related: Jordy Clasie breaks duck as Southampton close gap on West Brom

5.17pm BST

Nick Miller was at the London Stadium to see West Ham end their five-game losing streak with a crucial win over Swansea City.

Related: Cheikhou Kouyaté hits only goal as West Ham United sink Swansea City

5.15pm BST

Premier League: Chelsea’s lead at the Premier League summit has been trimmed to four points, but they have a game in hand over Spurs which they will play at Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium shortly. Kick-off is in 15 minutes and you can follow the action with Simon Burnton.

Related: Bournemouth v Chelsea: Premier League live!

5.12pm BST

La Liga: It’s finished all square in the Madrid derby, where Antoine Griezmann popped up in the 85th minute to cancel out Pepe’s opener.

Related: Real Madrid v Atlético Madrid: La Liga – live updates!

5.10pm BST

Celtic 3-1 Kilmarnock, Hamilton Academical 1-1 Ross County, Hearts 1-0 Dundee, Inverness 0-3 St Johnstone, Partick Thistle 1-0 Motherwell

5.08pm BST

Doncaster’s win over Mansfield Town means they are promoted to League One.

Accrington Stanley 3-2 Crewe, Barnet 0-1 Luton Town, Blackpool 1-3 Grimsby Town, Cambridge United 3-0 Leyton Orient, Carlisle United 1-2 Notts County, Colchester United 4-0 Stevenage, Crawley Town 1-2 Plymouth Argyle, Doncaster Rovers 1-0 Mansfield Town, Morecambe 1-1 Hartlepool United, Portsmouth 3-1 Yeovil Town, Wycombe Wanderers 3-3 Cheltenham Town, Exeter City 0-1 Newport County (latest score as kick-off was delayed by 45 minutes)

5.05pm BST

Sheffield United’s win over Northampton means their promotion to the Championship is assured. Coventry’s win over Peterborough means they have avoided relegation to League Two for today at least.

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

5.02pm BST

There’s been a late, late goal at the DW Stadium, where Nick Powell’s strike deep in added time has given Wigan a 3-2 win over Rotherham.

Birmingham City 1-2 Derby County, Blackburn Rovers 0-2 Barnsley, Bristol City 3-1 Wolves, Burton Albion 1-1 Aston Villa, Cardiff City 2-1 Brentford, Fulham 3-1 Ipswich Town, Leeds United 3-0 Preston, Norwich City 7-1 Reading, Nottingham Forest 2-0 Huddersfield Town, Wigan Athletic 3-2 Rotherham, Sheffield Wednesday v Newcastle United (5.30pm BST)

4.59pm BST

Premier League: Cheikhou Kouyate was the hero as West Ham arrested their alarming slide down the table.

4.58pm BST

Premier League: Jordie Clasie scored the winning goal for Saints in this mid-table encounter.

4.56pm BST

Premier League: Half-time substitutes Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho scored the goals that enabled Liverpool to come from behind against Stoke.

4.55pm BST

Premier League: Middlesbrough huffed and puffed but couldn’t blow Burnley’s house down; their failure to score leaves in deep trouble.

4.54pm BST

Premier League: Manchester City scored one of the best team goals you will ever see as they beat relegation-threatened Hull City.

4.53pm BST

Championship: Tom Ince looks to have scored a late winner for Derby County against Birmingham City, whose former manager Gary Rowett is now in charge of the Rams.

4.52pm BST

Premier League: Boro are throwing the kitchen sink at Burnley but time is running out for them to come up with a winner. Patrick Bamford, Adama Traore and Alvaro Negredo have all been brought off the bench but Burnley’s defence is holding firm.

4.50pm BST

Championship: Cameron Jerome makes it NOrwich City 7-1 Reading at Carrow Road, where the hosts lead 6-1 at half-time.

4.48pm BST

Promotions ahoy! As things stand, Sheffield United are going to be promoted to the Championship, Doncaster Rovers are going to be promoted to League One and Livingstone are going to be promoted to the Scottish Premiership this afternoon.

4.46pm BST

Premier League: Hull City bag themselves a consolation goal courtesy of Andrea Ranocchia. It’s his second for the club since moving from Inter in January.

4.44pm BST

Championship: Wolves have pulled a goal back against Bristol City, but still trail 3-1 at Ashton Gate. Cardiff City have come from behind to lead Brentford 2-1. Sean Morrison and Peter Whittingham scored the goals for the home side after Sergi Canos had got the travelling Bees fans buzzing.

4.40pm BST

League Two: Doncaster can confirm their promotion to League One with a win today and they’re leading Mansfield Tow at the Keepmoat Stadium.

4.38pm BST

Scottish Premiership: Kilmarnock are paying the price for their impertinence against the champions. Having cancelled out Celtic’s opener, they now trail 3-1 at Celtic Park. James Forrest has got Celtic’s third.

4.36pm BST

La Liga: Real Madrid lead Atletico Madrid 1-0 in the big derby of the day. Pepe was the unlikely scorer with a rare goal.

Related: Real Madrid v Atlético Madrid: La Liga – live updates!

4.34pm BST

Scottish Premiership: Scott Sinclair’s excellent run of form continues for Celtic. The winger has just put Celtic 2-1 up against Kilmarnock.

4.33pm BST

Premier League: Some inspired substitutions from Jurgen Klopp at half-time – Philippe Coutinho levelled the scores and now Roberto Firmino has put Liverpool ahead with a wonderful strike into the top corner.

4.31pm BST

Championship: Che Adams has equalised for Birmingham City in the Gary Rowett derby. The former Birmingham City manager isn’t having it all his own way on his return to St Andrew’s.

4.30pm BST

Premier League: Having come on for the second half, Philippe Coutinho has equalised for Liverpool with a right-footed drive into the bottom corner from about 15 yards out.

4.28pm BST

Scottish Premiership: Jordan Jones has equalised for Kilmarnock in their match against Celtic. It’s 1-1 at Celtic Park with a quarter of the game to go. Elsewhere in Scotland: Hamilton 1-1 Ross County, Hearts 1-0 Dundee, Inverness 0-1 St Johnstone, Partick Thistle 1-0 Motherwell.

4.26pm BST

Championship: It’s now 2-2 between Wigan Athletic and Rotherham. Anthony Forde gave Rotherham a 2-1 lead in the 61st minute, only for Alex Gilbey to level the scores again four minutes later.

4.24pm BST

Premier League: Fabian Delph hasn’t had many chances to shine for Manchester City since joining them, but has got his name up in lights today. It’s Manchester City 3-0 Hull City.

4.22pm BST

Championship: Fulham are ready to improve on their already splendid home record with a win over Ipswich Town. They lead 3-0 against Mick McCarthy’s side after Stefan Johansen’s goal.

4.21pm BST

Championship: Burton Albion have equalised against Aston Villa in their bid to stay out of the relegation zone, while Nottingham Forest now lead Huddersfield Town 2-0 after a fine strike from Jamie Ward. In the drop zone, Blackburn Rovers are losing 2-0 against Barnsley, while Wigan are being held 1-1 by already relegated Rotherham.

4.18pm BST

The second half has begun at the Bernabeu, where it’s scoreless between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. You can follow the rest of that here …

Related: Real Madrid v Atlético Madrid: La Liga – live updates!

4.16pm BST

League One: |Coventry City are a long way from safety but can avoid being relegated today if they win against Peterborough. Ruben Lameiras has given them a 1-0 lead after Posh missed a penalty.

4.15pm BST

League Two: Cambridge United lead Leyton Orient 3-0 and it looks as if the League Two club’s relegation from the Football League is a formality. Their owner, Francesco Becchetti, should be thoroughly ashamed of what he has done to a club that were just a couple of penalty kicks away from the Championship less than three years ago.

4.12pm BST

Championship: Tammy Abraham scores his second of the afternoon, the first having come from the penalty spot, to make it Bristol City 3-0 Wolves. With Bristol City and Nottingham Forest both winning, things are looking increasingly bleak for Blackburn Rovers as they try to claw their way out of the relegation zone. They trail Barnsley 2-0 at Ewood Park on what is turning into a thoroughly miserable afternoon for Rovers fans.

4.08pm BST

Premier League: Sergio Aguero taps in to finish a splendid passing move to put Manchester City two up against Hull City.

4.07pm BST

Premier League: Jurgen Klopp has brought on Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho at half-time, with youngsters Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold making way.

4.05pm BST

“Fulham have won 9 games and drawn 7 at home while losing 5. This may not make Craven Cottage a fortress but can hardly be described as a ‘poor home record’!” he says, putting me firmly back in my box. Apologies Phil, I thought they’d won a lot less at Fortress Craven Cottage.

3.58pm BST

La Liga: It’s Real Madrid 0-0 Atletico Madrid as they approach half-time at the Bernabeu.

3.57pm BST

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

3.56pm BST

Accrington Stanley 0-2 Crewe, Barnet 0-0 Luton Town, Blackpool 1-2 Grimsby Town, Cambridge United 2-0 Leyton Orient, Carlisle United 0-0 Notts County, Colchester United 4-0 Stevenage, Crawley Town 1-0 Plymouth Argyle, Doncaster Rovers 0-0 Mansfield Town, Morecambe 0-1 Hartlepool United, Portsmouth 1-0 Yeovil Town, Wycombe Wanderers 2-2 Cheltenham Town, Exeter City 0-0 Newport County (kick-off delayed by 45 minutes)

3.54pm BST

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

3.52pm BST

Birmingham City 0-1 Derby County, Blackburn Rovers 0-2 Barnsley, Bristol City 2-0 Wolves, Burton Albion 0-1 Aston Villa, Cardiff City 0-1 Brentford, Fulham 2-0 Ipswich Town, Leeds United 2-0 Preston, Norwich City 6-1 Reading, Nottingham Forest 1-0 Huddersfield Town, Wigan Athletic 1-1 Rotherham, Sheffield Wednesday v Newcastle United (5.30pm BST)

3.50pm BST

Championship: But not at Elland Road, where Pablo Hernandez has doubled Leeds United’s lead against Preston North End.

3.48pm BST

Premier League: Cheikhou Kouyate puts West Ham one up in their crucial match against Swansea City at the London Stadium with a shot from 20 or more yards out after picking up a pass from Robert Snodgrass.

3.45pm BST

Premier League: Jon Walters scores to put Stoke ahead. Set-piece … Liverpool defenders AWOL … free header etc, and so on.

3.44pm BST

Championship: It’s Norwich 6-1 Reading at Carrow Road, where Wes Hoolahan has just bagged his second of the day.

3.43pm BST

Championship: Gabriel Obertan has levelled the scores in Wigan’s must-win match against relegated Rotherham. The bad news for Wigan is that their fellow relegation strugglers Bristol City now lead Wolverhampton 2-0, while Nottingham Forest are beating Huddersfield 1-0. Meanwhile at Carrow Road, Reading have pulled a goal back against Norwich and trail 5-1. The comeback is on!!!

3.40pm BST

Premier League: Michail Antonio has pulled up with what looks like a torn hamstring and will play no more part in this afternoon’s match between his side and Swansea City.

3.38pm BST

Championship: alex Pritchard has just scored his second of the afternoon to put Norwich City 5-0 up against Reading, who are being humiliated at Carrow Road.

3.37pm BST

Scottish Premiership: StuartArmstrong has opened the scoring in the title-winners’ match against Kilmarnock. Elsewhere in Scotland’s top flight: Hamilton 1-0 Ross County, Hearts 1-0 Dundee, Inverness 0-0 St Johnstone, Partick Thistle 1-0 Motherwell.

3.35pm BST

Championship: Bristol City are just outside the relegation zone and are leading 1-0 against Wolves. Below them, Wigan are losing 1-0 against already-relegated Rotherham, while Blackburn Rovers are two down against Barnsley. Elsewhere, Nottingham Forest have taken the lead against Huddersfield and Norwich City have just made it 4-0 in their thrashing of Reading.

3.33pm BST

Premier League: Ahmed Elmohamady hacks an attempted clearance into his own net to give Manchester City the lead in their match against Hull City. Jesus Navas with the assist there.

3.31pm BST

Championship: Scott Malone passes the ball into the far corner after a neat one-two on the edge of the penalty area to make it Fulham 2-0 Ipswich Town.

3.30pm BST

Championship: Alex Pritchard has volleyed Norwich City three goals up against Reading at Carrow Road after just 26 minutes.

3.28pm BST

Premier League: It’s the only Premier League match being played today with little or nothing riding on it, but Southampton have taken the lead through Jordy Clasie. He larruped the ball into the top corner after picking up a Dusan Tadic on the edge of the penalty area.

3.26pm BST

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

3.25pm BST

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

3.22pm BST

Championship: Fulham have a poor home record, but lead Ipswich Town 1-0 at Craven Cottage courtesy of a Floyd Ayite strike. At Carrow Road, Wes Hoolahan has put Norwich two up against Reading with a deft chip. Leeds are entertaining Preston at Elland Road today, where Kemal Roofe has opened the scoring for the home side.

3.18pm BST

Scottish Premiership: Don Cowie threads a ball into the box and Isma scores with the help of a deflection – Hearts lead Dundee 1-0.

3.16pm BST

League One: Charlton 1-1 Southend – Charlton took the lead at the Valley but Southend have just equalised. Elsewhere, Bristol Rovers lead AFC Wimbledon 1-0 and Scunthorpe lead Bolton Wanderers by the same score.

3.13pm BST

Championship: Tony Mowbray’s Blackburn Rovers side are seriously under the cosh, having just conceded their second against Barnsley. Marley Watkins scores their second with a 30-yard screamer that goes in off the crossbar.

3.11pm BST

Scottish Premiership: Hamilton have scored the first goal of the day in the Scottish top flight, with Massimo Donati doing the honours for the Accies in their match against Ross County.

3.09pm BST

Championship: Gary Rowett has taken Derby County back to Birmingham, who sacked him earlier this season. His new club are already one up against the side that were only out of the play-off places on goal difference when Rowett got his cards, but are now in danger of relegation under Gianfranco Zola. Jacob Butterfield shot from 20 yards for Derby County and his effort hit the post and went in off Birmingham goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

3.05pm BST

Championship: Barnsley go ahead against relegation-threatened Blackburn courtesy of Marc Roberts, while Jonathan Kodjia has opened the scoring for Aston Villa in their match against Burton Albion. At Carrow Road, Nelson Oliveira has put Norwich City 1-0 up against Reading.

3.03pm BST

Premier League: Xherdan Shaqiri looks to have put Stoke ahead against Liverpool, but the flag goes up for offside.

3.02pm BST

Having played at left-back all season, James Milner has been moved into the centre of Liverpool’s midfield this afternoon. Nathaniel Clyne is playing at left-back.

3.01pm BST

With his side desperate for points, West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has left Andy Carroll on the bench for their must-noty-lose game against Swansea. MEanwhile at the Riverside Stadium, Steve Agnew has raised a few eyebrows by benching Alvaro Negredo for Middlesbrough’s match against Burnley.

2.57pm BST

The last of the pre-match formalities are under way in grounds the length and breadth of the UK as men in garish football strips prepare to do battle. Our 3pm games will be under way very shortly.

2.55pm BST

Exeter City’s match against Newport County has been delayed for 45 minutes after the visiting team’s coach broke down on the way to St James Park. They’ll kick-off at 3.45pm.

2.51pm BST

Real Madrid entertain Atletico Madrid in what’s bound to be a feisty derby that kicks off at 3.15 (BST) this afternoon. We’ll keep an eye on events at the Bernabeu and keep you posted. Real lead the La Liga table and are two points ahead of Barcelona having played one game less. Atletico are in third place, 10 points behind their city rivals.

2.43pm BST

Related: Dele Alli’s latest delight sparks Tottenham Hotspur’s rout of Watford

2.42pm BST

The Liverpool manager has left out Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, stating that the former “has felt the intensity of the last few weeks” while the latter remains ill. With Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson all unavailable through injury, 17-year-old Ben Woodburn will make his first Premier League start today. James Milner looks set to play in midfield for the first time this season. Trent Alexander-Arnold also starts for Liverpool, having replaced Coutinho in last weekend’s win over Everton. For Stoke, Xherdan Shaqiri lines up for the first time since his team drew with Manchester United in January.

2.24pm BST

It’s all over at White Hart Lane, where Spurs have thrashed a Watford side that might consider themselves lucky not to have lost by considerably more. Dele Alli and Eric Dier scored a goal apiece, while Heung-Min Son bagged two to make him the first South Korean to score 10 goals in a Premier League season. Spurs are four points behind Chelsea, but have played one game more. The leaders play Bournemouth in today’s early evening kick-off.

2.12pm BST

Middlesbrough: Valdes, Bernardo, Ayala, Gibson, Barragan, Leadbitter, Clayton, Forshaw, Downing, Stuani, Gestede.

Subs: Negredo, Fischer, Guzan, de Roon, Bamford, Fry, Traore.

2.10pm BST

Stoke: Grant, Johnson, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters, Shaqiri, Cameron, Allen, Arnautovic, Walters, Berahino.

Subs: Muniesa, Whelan, Adam, Diouf, Given, Crouch, Sobhi.

2.08pm BST

Man City: Bravo, Jesus Navas, Stones, Kolarov, Clichy, Toure, Delph, Sterling, Silva, Sane, Aguero.

Subs: Kompany, Zabaleta, Fernando, Nolito, Caballero, De Bruyne, Iheanacho.

2.06pm BST

West Ham: Randolph, Byram, Fonte, Collins, Masuaku, Kouyate, Noble, Antonio, Lanzini, Snodgrass, Ayew.

Subs: Nordtveit, Feghouli, Carroll, Adrian, Sakho, Calleri, Fernandes.

2.03pm BST

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

Subs: Robson-Kanu, Yacob, Brunt, Marc Wilson, Myhill, McClean, Field.

1.45pm BST

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

1.45pm BST

Celtic v Kilmarnock, Hamilton Academical v Ross County, Hearts v Dundee, Inverness v St Johnstone, Partick Thistle v Motherwell

1.45pm BST

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

1.45pm BST

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

1.45pm BST

Birmingham City v Derby County, Blackburn Rovers v Barnsley, Bristol City v Wolves, Burton Albion v Aston Villa, Cardiff City v Brentford, Fulham v Ipswich Town, Leeds United v Preston, Norwich City v Reading, Nottingham Forest v Huddersfield Town, Wigan Athletic v Rotherham, Sheffield Wednesday v Newcastle United (5.30pm BST)

11.55am BST

With Chelsea not due to kick off against Bournemouth until 5.30pm, Tottenham Hotspur are well on course to close the gap between themselves and the league leaders. They’re currently playing Watford at White Hart Lane and lead 4-0 just before the hour courtesy of goals from Dele Alli, Eric Dier and a Heung-Min Son brace. Harry Kane is back from injury and about to come on as a substitute and will fancy his chances of scoring on his return.

We have five 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League today, with Manchester City entertaining Hull City, Middlesbrough hosting Burnley, Stoke taking on Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium, West Brom playing Southampton and West Ham hosting Swansea in what should be an extremely tense relegation ding-dong. There’s plenty of action in the Championship, League One, League Two and Scotland too, so stay tuned for team news and updates on all the goals as they go in around the grounds.

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Apr 01

Manchester United 0-0 West Brom, Burnley 0-2 Tottenham – as it happened

  • Crystal Palace come from behind to stun Chelsea
  • Spurs capitalise with win over Burnley at Turf Moor
  • Hull City suck West Ham deeper into trouble
  • Sunderland’s survival hopes dealt another hammer-blow

5.47pm BST

Premier League: It’s scoreless in the early stages of today’s late kick-off between Southampton and Bournemouth. Follow the action with Scott Murray.

Related: Southampton v Bournemouth: Premier League – live!

5.39pm BST

Here’s some video footage of Liverpool’s manager hails his team’s performance in the Merseyside derby, but laments the likely loss of Sadio Mane through injury.

5.37pm BST

Championship: Glenn Murray scored the crucial goal to put Brighton another step closer to automatic promotion from the Championship.

Related: Glenn Murray goal helps promotion hopefuls Brighton sink Blackburn

5.35pm BST

Premier League: Chelsea came from behind to stun the Premier League leaders with a victory in which Wilfried Zaha was the standout performer.

Related: Chelsea stunned by resurgent Crystal Palace and Christian Benteke

5.33pm BST

Premier League: Tottenham reduced the gap between themselves and league leaders Chelsea to seven points and Richard Gibson was at Turf Moor to watch them do so.

Related: Tottenham close gap at top as Son Heung-min goal seals win at Burnley

5.30pm BST

Premier League: Jamie Jackson was at Old Trafford, where Manchester United and West Brom failed to trouble the scoreboard operator.

Related: West Bromwich Albion frustrate Manchester United the Tony Pulis way

5.28pm BST

Premier League: West Ham are getting sucked into a relegation battle, but showed little sign of fight against a Hull City team that has not lost at home yet this year.

Related: Andrea Ranocchia gives Hull renewed hope with late win against West Ham

5.26pm BST

Premier League: Paul MacInnes was at Vicarage Road to watch Watford move back into the top half of the table and Sunderland take another step on their long sleepwalk to relegation.

Related: Watford return to winning ways as Miguel Britos adds to Sunderland’s woes

5.12pm BST

Hamilton 1-0 St Johnstone, Inverness CT 1-1 Kilmarnock, Partick Thistle 2-1 Ross County, Rangers 1-1 Motherwell

5.10pm BST

Premier League: Paul Wilson was at Anfield for today’s early kick-off in a mastch where Everton to win a Merseyside derby for the 14th consecutive attempt.

Related: Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho quick to send Everton to derby defeat

5.09pm BST

Premier League: Paul Doyle was at the King Power Stadium to see the latest chapter in the resurgence of Leicester under Craig Shakespeare.

Related: Leicester City power to fourth straight league win under Craig Shakespeare

5.07pm BST

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

5.05pm BST

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

5.03pm BST

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

5.00pm BST

Championship: Nigel CLough’s team secures a big scalp with a late winner at Huddersfield. Jackson Irvine got the goal in the seventh minute of injury time.

4.59pm BST

Premier League: Chelsea’s lead at the Premier League summit is down to seven points after Crystal Palace turned them over at Stamford Bridge courtesy of goals from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke.

4.58pm BST

Premier League: Move along, nothing to see here.

4.57pm BST

Premier League: Hull came from behind to consign West Ham to a fourth consecutive defeat and boost their own chances of survival.

4.56pm BST

Premier League: Jamie Vardy was among the goals as Leicester City continued their incredible run under Craig Shakespeare.

4.54pm BST

Premier League: Goals from Eric Dier and Heung-min Son won the match for Spurs, who lost Harry Winks to what looked a serious ankle injury, but reduced the deficit between themselves and league leaders Chelsea.

4.53pm BST

Premier League: Miguel Brito’s header was enough to consign toothless Sunderland to another defeat. Relegation looms for the Wearsiders.

4.52pm BST

Scottish Premiership: Having played against nine-man St Johnstone for the entire second half, Hamilton have finally taken the lead through Alejandro D’Acol. It’s Hamilton 1-0 St Johnstone.

4.49pm BST

Championship: Jonathan Kodja makes it Aston Villa 2-0 Norwich City at Villa Park.

4.48pm BST

Premier League: It sounds like the Alamo at Chelsea, where Crystal Palace have been excellent but are hanging on at the death. Chelsea are attacking in waves and have got seven minutes of added time in which to try to find an equaliser.

4.46pm BST

Premier League: West Ham are staring down the barrel of a fourth consecutive defeat as Andrea Ranocchia puts Hull City ahead at the KCOM Stadium. This is dreadful news for Sunderland, who continue to lose at Watford as all their fellow strugglers who are playing this afternoon look good to pick up points.

4.43pm BST

Premier League: It remains scoreless between Manchester United and West Brom in a match which looks a shoo-in to be last on tonight’s Match of the Day bill.

4.42pm BST

Championship: Helder Costa makes it Wolves 3-1 Cardiff City at Molineux to all but secure his side’s Championship status.

4.41pm BST

Championship: Norwich’s Ivo Pinto has been sent off for his second bookable offence at Villa Park, where his side trail 1-0 against Aston Villa.

4.39pm BST

Premier League: Spurs look good to capitalise on any slips by Chelsea, who continue to trail at home against Crystal Palace. Heung-Min Son taps home from close range after Delle Ali teed him up with a ball into the box.

4.37pm BST

Championship: Birmingham’s alarming slide towards the bottom of the table since replacing Gary Rowett with Gianfranco Zola looked to have been arrested, but their inability to keep a clean sheet continues to haunt them. Grant Ward equalises for Ipswich at Portman Road, where it’s one goal apiece.

4.32pm BST

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

Scottish Premiership latest: Hamilton 0-0 St Johnstone, Inverness CT 1-1 Kilmarnock, Partick Thistle 1-1 Ross County, Rangers 1-1 Motherwell

4.28pm BST

Championship: Fulham have broken the deadlock between themselves and Rotherham, with Sone Aluko making it 1-0. If Rotherham fail to win today they will be relegated to League One. Newcastle restored their lead against Wigan some time ago, with Matt Ritchie bagging a goal that passed me by after 57 minutes. At the Amex Stadium, Newcastle’s closest challengers Brighton have taken the lead against Blackburn Rovers, with Glenn Murray making it 1-0 to the Seagulls.

4.27pm BST

Premier League: Eric Dier scores his first goal for 16 months to put Spurs ahead against Burnley and reduce the gap between his side and Chelsea to seven points as things stand. Spurs had a corner, Christian Eriksen’s delivery wasn’t cleared properly and Dier pounced to score from close range.

4.25pm BST

Championship latest: Barnsley 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday (result), Aston Villa 1-0 Norwich City, Brentford 2-0 Bristol City, Brighton 0-0 Blackburn Rovers, Huddersfield Town 0-0 Burton Albion, Ipswich Town 0-1 Birmingham City, Newcastle United 2-1 Wigan Athletic, Preston 1-1 Nottingham Forest, Rotherham United 0-0 Fulham, Wolves 2-1 Cardiff City, Reading v Leeds (5.30 GMT)

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

4.22pm BST

Premier League: Wilf Zaha is foiled in a one-on-one with Tibaut Courtois, who keeps Chelsea in the game they trail 2-1. Meanwhile at Watford, Isaac Success doesn’t live up to his name as he fails to convert a decent chance to put his side 2-0 up against Sunderland. Not for the first time this season, Jordan Pickford keeps his team’s faint hopes alive.

4.20pm BST

League One: Neil Harris’s Millwall go 2-0 up against Scunthorpe, with Shane Ferguson bagging their second.

4.18pm BST

Premier League: Miguel Britos nods home from a yard out to hammer another nail into Sunderland’s coffin after a game of head tennis prompted by a Watford corner.

4.17pm BST

Championship: Aiden McGerady has been a revelation for Preston North End this season and his scoring streak continues. He slots into the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area to make it Preston 1-1 Nottingham Forest.

4.15pm BST

Championship: Jonathon Grounds gives Birmingham City the lead at Portman Road, scoring with a follow-up shot after Lukas Jutkiewicz’s shot from just inside the area was saved.

4.13pm BST

Premier League: Hull have been second best throughout this afternoon, but equalise through Andy Robertson after 53 minutes.

4.11pm BST

Championship: Michael Jacobs has equalised for relegation-threatened Wigan at St James’ Park, where it’s 1-1 between his side and the league leaders.

4.08pm BST

Scottish Premiership: It’s scoreless between Hamilton and St Johnstone at New Douglas Park, but the visitors are in all sorts of bother. They had two players, Daniel Swanson and Richard Foster, sent off at half-time for fighting with each other.

4.06pm BST

Premier League: Jamie Vardy has doubled resurgent Leicester’s lead against Stoke. Danny Simpson played the ball into the Stoke penalty area, where Jamie Vardy got across Glen Johnson to volley home from 12 yards.

3.55pm BST

Premier League: Spurs midfielder Harry Winks has been stretchered down the tunnel after a freak accident in which he slipped off the pitch and appeared to badly damage his ankle in a collision with something or other on the sideline. Moussa Sissoko makes a rare appearance for Spurs, who have now used two substitutes.

3.52pm BST

Barnsley 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday (result), Aston Villa 1-0 Norwich City, Brentford 2-0 Bristol City, Brighton 0-0 Blackburn Rovers, Huddersfield Town 0-0 Burton Albion, Ipswich Town 0-0 Birmingham City, Newcastle United 1-0 Wigan Athletic, Preston 0-1 Nottingham Forest, Rotherham United 0-0 Fulham, Wolves 2-0 Cardiff City, Reading v Leeds (5.30 GMT)

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

3.47pm BST

Premier League: Younes Kaboul has torn his hamstring at Watford and been replaced by Daryl Janmaat. Meanwhile in Burnley, Spurs midfielder Victor Wanyama has hobbled off with an injured back and been replaced by Mousa Dembele.

3.44pm BST

Championship: Danny Batth has scored his second of the game at Molineux to make it Wolves 2-1 Cardiff City.

3.43pm BST

League Two: Supporters of the division’s beleaguered bottom side are enduring all manner of hell this season and the misery being heaped upon them is showing no sign of abating. Having had Tom Parkes sent off after 28 minutes, they are now 2-0 down against Wycombe Wanderers who lead through goals from Matthew Bloomfield and Myles Weston.

3.41pm BST

Championship: Table-toppers Newcastle have taken the lead against Wigan, with Dwight Gayle scoring his first goal in four games by sweeping home a low cross from Mohamed Diamé.

3.38pm BST

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

League Two latest: Grimsby Town 1-5 Doncaster Rovers (result), Cheltenham Town 1-0 Morecambe, Crewe 0-0 Cambridge United, Hartlepool United 0-1 Portsmouth, Leyton Orient 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers, Luton Town 0-0 Blackpool, Mansfield Town 0-0 Exeter City, Newport County 1-0 Crawley Town, Notts County 2-1 Colchester United, Plymouth Argyle 0-1 Accrington Stanley, Stevenage 1-0 Barnet, Yeovil Town 0-1 Carlisle United

3.35pm BST

Scottish Premiership: It’s one goal apiece between Inverness and Kilmarnock after 32 minutes, while Rangers continue to lead hosts Rangers 1-0. It remains scoreless the matches between Partick Thistle and Ross County, and Hamilton and St Johnstone.

3.31pm BST

Championship: Brentford lead Bristol City 2-0 at Griffin Park, while Preston have fallen behind to visitors Nottingham Forest at Deepdale. Aston Villa are one up against Norwich City courtesy of a goal from Jonathan Kodjia. Meanwhile at Molineux, it remains Wolves 1-1 Cardiff City.

3.28pm BST

Premier League: Onyinye Ndidi puts the Premier League champions ahead with his first goal for the club and it’s a belter. He picked up a pass from Danny Drinkwater some 25 yards from goal and unleashed a screamer into the top right-hand corner.

3.26pm BST

Premier League: Chelsea look to have been denied what should have been a spot-kick after Andros Townsend blocked a goal-bound Pedro shot with his hand inside his own penalty area. Not long afterwards, Diego Costa had a fine effort blocked by Palace goalkeeper Wayne Henessey.

3.22pm BST

Premier League: Andy Carroll takes advantage of a Curtis Davies error to control an Aaron Cresswell cross on his chest and bag his 50th Premier League goal.

3.19pm BST

League Two: We’ve had a few goals in the bottom tier, where Notts County lead Colchester 1-0 and Portsmouth lead Hartlepool by the same score. Elsewhere it’s Newport 1-0 Crawley, Notts County 1-0 Colchester United, Plymouth 0-1 Accrington, Stevenage 1-0 Barnet, Yeovil Town 0-1 Carlisle.

3.17pm BST

League One: MK Dons have gone two goals up against Gillingham, while Millwall continue to lead Scunthorpe with the only goal of the game.

3.16pm BST

Championship: Kenneth Zohore makes it all square at Molineux, cancelling out Batth’s opener after just five minutes with a looping header.

3.14pm BST

Championship: From a Wolves free-kick, Andreas Weimann heads across the face of goal where Danny Batth rises to head Wolves into a short-lived lead …

3.12pm BST

Premier League: More excellent work from Wilf Zaha, who tees up Christian Benteke to scoop the ball over Thibaut Courtois for an audaciously taken second goal. Crystal Palace lead!

3.10pm BST

Premier League: Crystal Palace have bounced back from their early setback to equalise against Chelsea, with Wilf Zaha turning and shooting to draw the sides level.

3.09pm BST

Scottish Premiership: Rangers have fallen behind after just three minutes of their match against Motherwell at Ibrox. Louis Moult has put the visitors ahead there.

3.07pm BST

League One: Despite recent stutters, Millwall remain in the hunt for a play-off place and have taken the lead against Scunthorpe courtesy of a Shaun Williams spot-kick.

3.06pm BST

Premier League: Cesc Fabregas has opened the scoring at Stamford Bridge, beginning and ending a move in which he combined with Eden Hazard before scoring from six yards out. The League leaders are ahead.

3.04pm BST

West Ham central defender Jose Fonte is under pressure, having picked up a yellow card just 80 seconds into their game against Hull City.

3.03pm BST

Premier League: Watford win the first corner of the match just seconds after kick-off in their match against Sunderland, which could be a sign of things to come for David Moyes’s relegation-threatened side.

2.59pm BST

The Watford skipper has been feeling unwell and is on the bench for the Hornets as they take on bottom side Sunderland at Vicarage Road, where the last of the pre-match formalities are under way. Our 3pm (BST) kick-offs are just moments away.

2.57pm BST

Grimsby Town 1-5 Doncaster Rovers: Doncaster have smashed five past Grimsby in League Two’s early kick-off and could get promoted to League One this afternoon if results elsewhere go their way. THey lead the table by four points, with 19 points separating them from fourth placed Stevenage, who are in the first play-off place.

2.50pm BST

Paul Wilson was the Guardian’s man at Anfield to bring you this on-the-whistle report of a match which Liverpool dominated throughout.

Related: Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho quick to send Everton to derby defeat

2.36pm BST

“Aberdeen embarrassed Dundee 7-0 at Dens last night, meaning Celtic will have to clinch the title themselves by beating Hearts at Tynecastle tomorrow,” writes our volunteer fitba correspondent, Simon McMahon. “Dundee meanwhile will be looking nervously over their shoulder today as Hamilton host St. Johnstone and Inverness welcome Kilmarnock. Partick v Ross County and Rangers v Motherwell complete todays Scottish Premier card.

“In the Scottish Championship Dundee United, having followed up their Challenge Cup success with a win over Ayr United in midweek, travel to face Queen of the South. Leaders Hibs are at Dunfermline and it’s Dumbarton v Morton and Falkirk v Raith as the battle for play off places hots up. In Scottish League One leaders Livingston travel to third placed Brechin and in Scottish League Two the bottom two face off at Central Park as the Blue Brazil, aka Cowdenbeath, play Clyde.”

2.33pm BST

It’s finished all square between Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday, with the world’s most Scottish sounding footballer, Angus MacDonald (he’s from Winchester in England) cancelling out Sam Winnall’s first-half strike that in the knockings of added time.

2.28pm BST

They’re playing added time at Oakwell, where Barnsley have bagged themselves a late equaliser against Sheffield Wednesday in the day’s early South Yorkshire derby. Barnsley centre-half Angus MacDonald has popped up extremely late doors to secure a late equaliser for his side.

2.24pm BST

It’s all over at Anfield, where goals from Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi have given Liverpool the three points in their match against Everton, who have now failed to win any of the past 14 derbies between the two sides. Everton’s Matthew Pennington scored a debut goal he won’t forget to make it 1-1 in the first half, but ultimately Everton came up short on an afternoon when Romelu Lukaku was strangely subdued and ineffectual. Liverpool are now in third place in the Premier League table, having played two games more than their nearest rivals.

2.16pm BST

Man Utd: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Rojo, Young, Carrick, Fellaini, Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Martial, Rashford.

Subs: Rooney, Blind, Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Darmian, Tuanzebe, Willock.

2.13pm BST

Watford: Gomes, Cathcart, Kaboul, Britos, Amrabat, Doucoure, Cleverley, Holebas, Capoue, Niang, Okaka.

Subs: Prodl, Mariappa, Deeney, Success, Zuniga, Janmaat, Pantilimon.

2.10pm BST

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

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

2.09pm BST

Hull: Jakupovic, Ranocchia, Davies, Maguire, Elmohamady, Markovic, N’Diaye, Clucas, Robertson, Hernandez, Niasse.

Subs: Meyler, Maloney, Grosicki, Diomande, Dawson, Henriksen, Marshall.

2.06pm BST

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Benalouane, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Gray, Okazaki, Vardy.

Subs: Chilwell, Musa, King, Amartey, Slimani, Zieler, Ulloa.

2.03pm BST

Burnley: Heaton, Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward, Boyd, Hendrick, Barton, Arfield, Gray, Barnes.

Subs: Flanagan, Vokes, Brady, Defour, Robinson, Westwood, Tarkowski.

1.49pm BST

It looks to be game, set and match to Liverpool at Anfield, where Divock Origi has come off the bench to replace the injured Sadio Mane and put Liverpool 3-1 up against Everton with his fifth Premier League goal of the season. You can follow the last 30 minutes of that match with Scott Murray’s minute-by-minute report.

Related: Liverpool v Everton: Premier League – live!

1.40pm BST

Today’s Premier League fixtures

12.51pm BST

Barnsley 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday (latest score), Aston Villa v Norwich City, Brentford v Bristol City, Brighton v Blackburn Rovers, Huddersfield Town v Burton Albion, Ipswich Town v Birmingham City, Newcastle United v Wigan Athletic, Preston v Nottingham Forest, Rotherham United v Fulham, Wolves v Cardiff City, Reading v Leeds (5.30 BST)

Related: Raheem Sterling: ‘I’ve got that face people don’t like but I’m not a brat’

1.27am BST

After the international break, Premier League and Championship football returns this afternoon with April upon us, Spring in the air and the finishing line in sight on the horizon. Liverpool and Everton have already got the weekend’s Premier League proceedings under way at Anfield, where the hosts currently lead the 228th Merseyside derby 2-1 early in the second half. You can follow the remaining action in that particular set-to with Scott Murray. In the Championship, Barnsley are hosting Sheffield Wednesday in the early South Yorkshire derby. Sheffield Wednesday lead 1-0 at Oakwell courtesy of Sam Winnall’s 50th minute goal.

As well as providing team news and build-up ahead of the day’s 3pm kick-offs, we’ll keep you updated with goings on at both games before bringing you word of all the goals as they go in around the grounds across the UK.

Related: Merseyside derby: can Everton overcome hoodoo and will Coutinho shine?

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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.

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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

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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.

8.04pm GMT

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.

8.02pm GMT

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.

7.55pm GMT

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.”

7.14pm GMT

7.10pm GMT

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

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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.

6.42pm GMT

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

6.38pm GMT

6.36pm GMT

3.48pm GMT

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.

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