European football: Bayern and Barcelona as it happened

Live text commentary as German champions Bayern Munich and Spanish counterparts Barcelona earn 4-0 wins.

21 September 2013 Last updated at 21:11

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  1. 2100: 

    And that's everything for our trip across Europe today after heavyweights Bayern Munich and Barcelona both recorded 4-0 wins.

    But be sure to join us again tomorrow as Gareth Bale makes his Bernabeu debut for Real Madrid as they host neighbours Getafe. We will be kicking off about 1800 BST and also bringing you the latest from AC Milan v Napoli and Paris St-Germain v Monaco. Don't miss out!

  2. 2055: 
    FULL-TIME- Rayo Vallecano 0-4 Barcelona

    It wasn't the easiest of starts for Barca as they endured a few rocky moments at Campo de Vallecas in the opening 45 minutes. But their quality shone through after the interval as Pedro netted a well-taken hat trick to snatch the headlines, for once, from Lionel Messi on his 250th La Liga appearance. Pedro's treble maintained Barca's 100% winning start to the season and moves them top of the Primera Division.

  3. 2053:  
    French Ligue 1FULL-TIME

    Evian 2-2 Montpellier

    Reims 1-1 Guingamp

    Rennes 2-0 Ajaccio

    Sochaux 0-2 Lille

  4. 2049: 
    FULL-TIME- Rayo Vallecano 0-4 Barcelona

    You can't fault Rayo's effort and they almost snatch a deserved goal at the death. Saul Niguez breaks free at the far post but can only plant a header at Barca keeper Victor Valdes. And that ensures Valdes's clean sheet as the referee blows for full-time seconds later.

  5. 2047: 

    Infostrada Sports: Pedro is first Barcelona player other than Lionel Messi to score a La Liga away hat-trick since Giovani Dos Santos in May 2008.

  6. 2045:  
    Spanish La LigaRayo Vallecano 0-4 Barcelona

    Barca substitute Cristian Tello can shift and he uses his electric pace in search of a fifth goal. But Rayo defender Raul Baena deserves high praise for sticking with Tello and conceding a corner as the game heads into injury time.

  7. 2042: 
    CLOSE!- Rayo Vallecano 0-4 Barcelona

    Rayo are refusing to throw in the towel, even though they are well beaten now. Skipper Roberto Trashorras, who missed that first-half penalty at 1-0 remember, plays a slick one-two before shooting straight at Victor Valdes.

  8. 2039:  
    Spanish La LigaRayo Vallecano 0-4 Barcelona

    You have got to feel for Rayo, who are looking pretty ragged now. Substitute Cristiano Tello somehow evades an offside flag to burst clear, only to be prevented from netting a fifth by home keeper Ruben Martinez.

  9. 2035: 
    GOAL- Rayo Vallecano 0-4 Barcelona - Cesc Fabregas (79 mins)

    Sloppy, sloppy defending from a tiring Rayo defence. Cesc Fabregas pounces on a gift of a loose ball to drill in from 15 yards.


    Andrew Priestley: Iker Casillas isn't getting any game time at Real Madrid, could Barcelona swoop in for him? Maybe after hell has frozen over!

  11. 2033: 
    CLOSE!- Rayo Vallecano 0-3 Barcelona

    Lionel Messi cannot go goalless on such a landmark night, can he? He is trying his best to put his name on the scoresheet but is denied by a superb one-handed stop by Rayo goalkeeper Ruben Martinez. He's got about 15 minutes left to bag one.

  12. 2031: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Rayo Vallecano 0-3 Barcelona

    That is Pedro's work done - and it has been an excellent shift. Rayo will be glad to see the back of him, but they won't be glad to see his replacement - Andres Iniesta.

  13. 2027: 
    GOAL- Rayo Vallecano 0-3 Barcelona - Pedro (72 mins)

    Sumptuous stuff from Barca as a slick one-touch passing move slices through the heart of Rayo's defence. Neymar coolly plays a square pass into the path of Pedro who can't miss from inside the six-yard box. He doesn't and that's a hat-trick for the Spain star.

  14. 2023: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Rayo Vallecano 0-2 Barcelona

    Barca are indulging in a bit of 'keep ball' now as they look to frustrate Rayo. But then they up the attacking tempo with Neymar running at a retreating home defence before drilling a low shot against the right-hand post.

  15. 2019:  
    Spanish La LigaRayo Vallecano 0-2 Barcelona

    We have only seen fleeting glimpses of Lionel Messi - who is making his 250th La Liga appearance remember - but he looks dangerous every time he picks up the ball. On this occasion, he easily skips past a Rayo defender in the right channel of the box before shooting at goalkeeper Ruben Martinez.

  16. 2016: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Rayo Vallecano 0-2 Barcelona

    A change of attacking personnel for Rayo Vallecano. Tall striker Joaquin Larrivey replaces the diminutive Jonathan Vieira as coach Paco Jemez goes for a more physical approach.


    Rian Hoskins: Valdes is actually having his best season and he's leaving by the end of it! Barca can get a much better goalkeeper though.

  18. 2013:  
    Spanish La LigaRayo Vallecano 0-2 Barcelona

    Rayo Vallecano coach Paco Jemez is going nuts on the touchline, slamming his fists into the home dugout as he castigates his troops for giving away possession. He might have a bill for damages heading his way if he carries on...

  19. 2011:  
    French Ligue 1HALF-TIME

    Evian Thonon Gaillard 0-1 Montpellier

    Reims 0-1 Guingamp

    Rennes 2-0 Ajaccio

    Sochaux 0-2 Lille


    Jake: Barcelona should definitely try to sign Courtois from Chelsea after his loan, top quality baller.

  21. 2009:  
    Spanish La LigaRayo Vallecano 0-2 Barcelona

    There are not many more worrying sights in world football than Lionel Messi standing over a 20-yard free kick. That scenario faces Rayo goalkeeper Ruben Martinez, who is left rooted to his spot as the Argentine's effort curls wide with the aid of a deflection.

  22. 2007:  
    Spanish La LigaRayo Vallecano 0-2 Barcelona

    The signs are looking ominous for Rayo Vallecano now. Barca carve open the home side again as Lionel Messi sends a shot scuttling past the post. Turns out the Argentine was marginally offside anyway...

    Rayo Vallecano 0-2 Barcelona

    OptaJose: Pedro has scored three goals from just four shots on target in La Liga this season. Productive.

  24. 2002: 
    GOAL- Rayo Vallecano 0-2 Barcelona - Pedro (47 mins)

    The answer looks to be a resounding 'no'. That's because Pedro doubles his tally little over 60 seconds from the restart by planting Cesc Fabregas's low left-wing cross into the onion bag.

  25. 2001: 
    KICK-OFF- Rayo Vallecano 0-1 Barcelona

    The second half has began in Madrid. Can Rayo produce a fightback and shock Barca?


    John Jefferis: Barca should go for Casillas, he cant get a game at Real and would wind their fans up beyond belief.

    Real Madrid's Iker Casillas would never go to Barca, would he?


    Goalkeeper Victor Valdes has proved his worth once again to Barcelona with that first-half penalty save. But the Spain international is still determined to leave the Nou Camp at the end of the season when his contract expires. Should Barca try to persuade him to stay? If not, who should they get to replace him?

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  28. 1952:  
    French Ligue 1HALF-TIME

    Evian 0-1 Montpellier

    Reims 0-1 Guingamp

    Rennes 2-0 Ajaccio

    Sochaux 0-2 Lille

  29. 1950: 
    Rayo Vallecano 0-1 Barcelona

    Rayo are producing the sort of home display which helped them to a surprise eighth-place finish in La Liga last season. They should be level, at the very least, after causing Barca a whole host of problems. But only one statistic counts - and it is Barca who are in control of it...

  30. 1947: 
    HALF-TIME- Rayo Vallecano 0-1 Barcelona

    A sharp, shrill of the referee's whistle signals the end of the first half - and Barca are rather fortunate to be leading through Pedro's strike.

  31. 1944: 
    Rayo Vallecano 0-1 Barcelona

    It has been an eventful evening for Adriano, who crashes to the turf after a clash of heads. Alberto Bueno's head catches him flush in the face as the pair challenge for a high ball inside the Barca area. But he's back on his feet - albeit a little groggy.

  32. 1941:  
    Spanish La LigaRayo Vallecano 0-1 Barcelona

    Barca still look a little rattled - certainly more flustered than I've seen them in a La Liga game recently. Adriano, booked earlier for a foul, is walking a disciplinary tightrope as he clatters into Rayo's Alberto Bueno.

  33. 1938:  
    Spanish La LigaRayo Vallecano 0-1 Barcelona

    Rayo are surely going to rue that miss aren't they? You don't get gifted chances like that very often by Barcelona. They needed a penalty taker of big Matt Le Tissier's calibre there...

  34. 1935: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Rayo Vallecano 0-1 Barcelona

    But Barca - and Adriano - are let off the hook by Rayo skipper Trashorras! Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes correctly guesses the Rayo man will go to his right and saves a spot-kick for the second successive game.

  35. 1934: 
    PENALTY TO RAYO VALLECANO- Rayo Vallecano 0-1 Barcelona

    Wow. Rayo have an instant chance to equalise after Adriano clumsily barges over Roberto Trashorras.

  36. 1931: 
    GOAL- Rayo Vallecano 0-1 Barcelona - Pedro (33 mins)

    Ah, normal service resumed. I suspected Rayo would rue their inability to make their early pressure count - and they have. That man Lionel Messi dances through the Rayo defence with the grace of a ballerina before slipping in Pedro, who has the simplest task of converting with an angled drive.

  37. 1928:  
    Spanish La LigaRayo Vallecano 0-0 Barcelona

    Barca right-back Montoya, starting in place of Dani Alves who has dropped to the bench, looks pretty flustered after a difficult opener. But luckily the free-kick comes to nothing as Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes punches clear.

  38. 1926:  
    Spanish La LigaRayo Vallecano 0-0 Barcelona

    Rayo Vallecano are brimming with confidence - and rightly so. The home crowd tightly packed inside the tiny Campo de Vallecas are cheering every touch as their side push back the Catalan giants. They win a free-kick on the left after a clumsy challenge by Martin Montoya on Rayo dangerman Johan Mojica.

    Schalke 0-4 Bayern Munich

    Opta Franz: The 4-0 defeat was Schalke's heaviest Bundesliga home defeat in more than 32 years (6-0 defeat against Bochum in May 1981).

  40. 1922: 
    CLOSE!- Rayo Vallecano 0-0 Barcelona

    Barca hearts are in their mouths - particularly for right-back Martin Montoya. His attempted backpass catches out and beats his goalkeeper Victor Valdes, but fortunately trickles past the post for a corner. Valdes shoots a look of disgust to Montoya, who breathes a huge sigh of relief.

  41. 1920: 
    FULL-TIME- Schalke 0-4 Bayern Munich
  42. 1920: 
    CLOSE!- Rayo Vallecano 0-0 Barcelona
    Lionel Messi

    Lionel Messi slaloms his way through a sea of Rayo Vallecano defenders before laying on Neymar. But the Brazilian can only fire straight across goal.

    Rayo Vallecano 0-0 Barcelona

    OptaJose: 70.1% - Tata Martino's side have the highest possession figure in La Liga, while Paco Jemez's side are one place behind (65.8%).

  44. 1917:  
    Spanish La LigaRayo Vallecano 0-0 Barcelona

    It continues to be a lively start in Madrid as Rayo slug it out toe-to-toe with Barcelona. Barca as we know love to dominate possession, but their hosts aren't afraid of keeping possession either. Left-back Johan Mojica, who set up those two earlier chances, looks particularly confident as he knocks and runs around Barca right-back Martin Montoya.

  45. 1914: 
    GOAL- Schalke 0-4 Bayern Munich - Claudio Pizarro (84 mins)

    He has not been on for long. Peruvian veteran forward Claudio Pizarro, 34, slots in a fourth for last season's treble winners. One more goal and Bayern will leapfrog Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table.

  46. 1912:  
    Italian Serie AFULL-TIME

    Cagliari 2-2 Sampdoria

    Chievo 2-1 Udinese

  47. 1911:  
    German BundesligaSchalke 0-2 Bayern Munich

    Schalke youngster Julian Draxler fires in an angled shot from 25 yards but it flies about five feet wide of the Bayern left-hand upright.

  48. 1909: 
    CLOSE!- Rayo Vallecano 0-0 Barcelona

    Barca carve open Rayo again as Brazil star Neymar is left unmarked at the far post. He meets Xavi's cutback with a first time shot but it lacks the power to beat Ruben Martinez.

  49. 1906:  
    Spanish La LigaRayo Vallecano 0-0 Barcelona

    Then Barca swiftly break up the other end as Lionel Messi dances around home goalkeeper Ruben Martinez. The Argentine looks set to slot in, only to be denied by a superb covering challenge from Rayo defender Alex Galvez. What a frantic start!

  50. 1905: 
    GOAL- Schalke 0-3 Bayern Munich - Franck Ribery (75 mins)

    It's a third for Bayern. David Alaba plays a square ball for Uefa player of the year, Franck Ribery, who calmly slots his shot past Timo Hildebrand.

  51. 1903: 
    CLOSE!- Rayo Vallecano 0-0 Barcelona

    But Barca are napping in the early stages. Johan Mojica is being given the freedom of the Vallecano left flank. His wicked cross evades his waiting team-mates before another picks out Alberto Pereira moments later. But Victor Valdes comes to the rescue for Barcelona on that occasion.

  52. 1900: 
    KICK-OFF- Rayo Vallecano 0-0 Barcelona

    These Spanish lot are a punctual bunch - the match in Madrid kicks off bang on time.

  53. 1858:  
    Spanish La LigaRayo Vallecano v Barcelona (1900 BST)

    Barcelona's last two La Liga visits to Vallecano have been goal-den. Ahem. The Catalans have won 7-0 and 5-0 in those games - can they match that tonight?

  54. 1855: 
    CLOSE!- Schalke 0-2 Bayern Munich

    Half chance for Schalke! Lively movement from Hungarian striker Adam Szalai as he darts to the front post, but he is just inches away from meeting Marco Hoger's right-wing cross. Encouraging signs for Die Konigsblauen.

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    Choolwe Michelo: Barca 4-0 Rayo

  56. 1850: 
    Schalke 0-2 Bayern Munich

    Come on Schalke! Let's have a goal and turn this into a contest. The home side win a corner which is cleared by Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer's commanding punch before Schalke sub Marco Hoger swings the ball back into the danger zone. Kevin-Prince Boateng, who has been largely anonymous, finds a yard of space but can only head wide.

  57. 1847: 

    Bayern Munich goalscorer Bastian Schweinsteiger has been the key force in the away midfield. The Germany international led the first-half stats when it came to touches of the ball (67) and passes (57) which was 19 more than Philipp Lahm, who produced the second most.

  58. 1844:  
    German BundesligaSchalke 0-2 Bayern Munich

    Bayern create their first chance since the break as Arjen Robben bursts past two Schalke defenders into the penalty area. His pullback finds goalscorer Mario Mandzukic, who leans back and skies over the net. We've all done that Mario. Remember, keep your head over your knee son.

  59. 1841:  
    German BundesligaSchalke 0-2 Bayern Munich

    I was really looking forward to seeing Schalke's Julian Draxler in action - he is a young man who has built a burgeoning reputation for himself in Germany. And not least for that outrageous assist for Raul a couple of years back (I urge you to search online for the clip if you haven't seen it). But the 20-year-old, who celebrated the end of his teens yesterday, has hardly had a sniff.

  60. 1838:  
    German BundesligaSchalke 0-2 Bayern Munich

    What a waste. Schalke defender Dennis Aogo is hanging his head in shame after drilling the set-piece straight at the first Bayern defender. Sighs all around the Veltins-Arena.

  61. 1836: 
    KICK-OFF- Schalke 0-2 Bayern Munich

    We are back underway in Gelsenkirchen and Marco Hoger immediately makes a nuisance of himself to win a free-kick in a promising position on the right flank...

  62. 1835: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Schalke 0-2 Bayern Munich

    Schalke have got to do something special in the second half against Bayern - and boss Jens Keller has made a half-time switch to help them achieve that. Marco Hoger replaces fellow midfielder Roman Neustadter in a straight swap.

  63. 1832:  
    Bert van Marwijk

    Some managerial news from the Bundesliga. Before the game against Werder Bremen, Hamburg's director of sport Oliver Kreuzer confirmed ex-Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk had been approached to replace Thorsten Fink, who had been sacked following the 6-2 defeat at Borussia Dortmund.

  64. 1829: 
    Rayo Vallecano v Barcelona (1900 BST)

    Barcelona's Alex Song fills in for the rested Sergio Busquets in midfield, while right-back Dani Alves and playmaker Andres Iniesta drop to the bench.

  65. 1826: 

    Rayo Vallecano: Ruben, Tito, Arbilla, Galvez, Mojica, Baena, Trashorras, Alberto Perea, Jonathan Viera, Saul, Bueno. Subs: Cobeno, Nacho, Adrian, Galeano, Larrivey, Christian Cueva, Adri Embarba

    Barcelona: Valdes, Montoya, Pique, Fabregas, Xavi, Pedro, Messi, Neymar, Mascherano, Song, Adriano. Subs: Pinto, Alves, Bartra, Tello, Alexis, Dos Santos, Iniesta.

  66. 1823:  
    Spanish La LigaRayo Vallecano v Barcelona (1900 BST)

    It is just over 30 minutes until Barcelona kick off at La Liga rivals Rayo Vallecano and, as expected, Argentine superstar Lionel Messi starts for his 250th La Liga appearance.

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    Daniel Pearce: Felipe Santana has to be regretting leaving champion contenders Dortmund for Schalke for more game time! Bench again!

  68. 1819: 
    HALF-TIME- Schalke 0-2 Bayern Munich

    Indeed the pair do exchange words as the referee toots his whistle to signal the end of the half-time, And words aren't the only thing exchanged by the Boateng brothers - Jerome and Kevin-Prince tear off their shirts and promptly hand them to each other. I'm not a fan of half-time shirt swaps, but it can be forgiven in this case. Can't it?

  69. 1817:  
    German BundesligaSchalke 0-2 Bayern Munich
    Bayern's Jerome Boateng, left, and Schalke's Kevin-Prince Boateng

    There we go. The first clash between the Boateng brothers - after 44 minutes. Bayern defender Jerome crashes into Schalke attacker Kevin-Prince, fairly I must add, with an agricultural challenge. Sure they will be having words about that at the half-time whistle....

  70. 1816:  
    German BundesligaSchalke 0-2 Bayern Munich

    Pep Guardiola, looking as dapper as ever in his three-piece whistle and flute, barks out orders from the touchline as he finger jabs towards the Schalke goal. Chill out Pep, your boys are cruising as the clock towards half-time.

  71. 1814:  
    German BundesligaSchalke 0-2 Bayern Munich

    Bayern's Mario Mandzukic looks like a striker brimming with confidence. He latches on to a loose ball and, without a second thought, tries to catch out Schalke keeper Timo Hildebrand with an ambitious volley. But it smashes into the side-netting much to Schalke's relief.


    Opta Franz: Bayern Munich have scored in their 43rd consecutive Bundesliga game, thus further improving their all-time Bundesliga record. Unstoppable.

  73. 1809:  
    German BundesligaSchalke 0-2 Bayern Munich

    Schalke, who are missing star striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar through injury, create another opening through pacy right winger Jefferson Farfan. The Peruvian is getting plenty of change out of Bayern left-back David Alaba, but puts his centre straight down the throat of Manuel Neuer.

  74. 1805:  
    German BundesligaSchalke 0-2 Bayern Munich

    So what have Schalke got in the locker? Not much at the moment. The home fans looked shell-shocked as the away end makes all the noise inside the Veltins-Arena.

  75. 1802:  
    German BundesligaSchalke 0-2 Bayern Munich

    Almost a third for Bayern. They are purring now. More sloppy play from Schalke as they carelessly lose possession in midfield to Arjen Robben. The Dutchman plays a slick one-two with Toni Kroos before firing a left-foot volley wide.

  76. 1801:  
    French Ligue 1FULL-TIME

    Bastia 0-0 Marseille


    German football expert Raphael Honigstein: Bayern 2-0 up after 24 mins at Schalke. Neither team quite sure how that happened.

  78. 1757:  
    German BundesligaSchalke 0-2 Bayern Munich

    Is there any way back for Schalke now? They created the best chances in the opening 20 minutes but have been carved apart in two moments of madness.

  79. 1754: 
    GOAL- Schalke 0-2 Bayern Munich - Mario Mandzukic (22 mins)

    If Schalke's marking of Bastian Schweinsteiger was bad, then the amount of space they allow Mario Mandzukic is a crime. The Croatian doubles Bayern's lead by planting in a header from six yards after a pinpoint cross by David Alaba.

  80. 1753: 
    GOAL- Schalke 0-1 Bayern Munich - Bastian Schweinsteiger (21 mins)
    Bastian Schweinsteiger

    A promising start for Schalke is ended spectacularly as the Bayern machine clicks into gear. Arjen Robben's delicious left-wing cross is met by Bastian Schweinsteiger, who thumps in a firm header.

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    Rob Cantarero: Bayern Munich are amazing but are we sure German football isn't being over-hyped? Champions League results would suggest so.

  82. 1752: 
    CLOSE!- Schalke 0-0 Bayern Munich

    Schalke begin to enjoy the match's first spell of sustained pressure. The hosts burst forward again as Jefferson Farfan shoots low and wide before he skins David Alaba moments later to whip in a fizzing cross in front of the Bayern goal. Team-mate Adam Szalai looks to certain to score - but no, he somehow contrives to loop over.

  83. 1748: 
    Schalke 0-0 Bayern Munich

    Ooosh! Toni Kroos thrashes a first-time shot inches over the Schalke crossbar, but it has been a cagey start here in Gelsenkirchen.

  84. 1744: 
    CLOSE!- Schalke 0-0 Bayern Munich

    First sighter for Bayern. David Alaba lines up a free-kick on the edge of the home area and curls just wide of Schalke goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand's left hand post. Alaba netted a set-piece in Bayern's midweek Champions League win against CSKA Moscow - not this time pal.

  85. 1741:  
    German BundesligaSchalke 0-0 Bayern Munich

    Schalke forward Jefferson Farfan wouldn't look out of place on a 100m track - he is lightning. He accelerates clear of the Bayern defence to pick out Adam Szalai, but the Hungarian fails to connect properly.

  86. 1739:  
    German BundesligaSchalke 0-0 Bayern Munich

    Early corner for Schalke which was conceded after an almighty mix-up between Bayern duo Manuel Neuer and Jerome Boateng. The set-piece falls to Schalke's Kevin-Prince Boateng whose shot is blocked by, yep that's right, his brother Jerome. Seconds later, a slip by Bayern captain Philipp Lahm then gifts possession to Kevin-Prince Boateng who shoots straight at Neuer.

  87. 1735:  
    German BundesligaSchalke 0-0 Bayern Munich

    The Bundesliga champions quickly settle into their stride as 'Robb-er-ry' - as the twin attacking threat of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are known - make the early running. No chances yet though.

  88. 1732: 
    KICK-OFF- Schalke 0-0 Bayern Munich

    Bayern, in a changed cream strip, kick off as a torrent of abuse rains down on their ex-Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer from the home stands.

  89. 1730: 
    Schalke v Bayern Munich (1730 BST)

    The players are lined up in the tunnel - Bayern looking resplendent in Beatles-esque tracksuit tops (think early 60s grey collarless jackets)as they stroll out at a noisy Veltins-Arena. The Boateng brothers shake hands and share a quick embrace before sprinting off to finish their warm-ups.

  90. 1728: 

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  91. 1726:  
    German BundesligaSchalke v Bayern Munich (1730 BST)

    So Dortmund's shock draw at Nuremberg means Bayern Munich can move level with their rivals with three points at Schalke. But they would need a five-goal winning margin to move above Jurgen Klopp's men. Over to you Bayern. Kick off is imminent...

  92. 1724: 

    Three other Bundesliga matches have already finished - here are the results:

    Hannover 96 2-1 Augsburg

    Mainz 1-4 Bayer Leverkusen

    VfL Wolfsburg 2-1 Hoffenheim

  93. 1722:  
    German Bundesliga

    But the biggest talking point from Saturday's early fixtures is that Borussia Dortmund ARE fallible.

    Jurgen Klopp's men have dropped their first points of the season following a 1-1 draw at Nuremberg, who have yet to win this season. Left-back Marcel Schmelzer put the league leaders ahead just before half-time, before Per Nilsson equalised for the Bavarian outfit with a superb free-kick five minutes after the break. Klopp had started with Robert Lewandowski, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Nuri Sahin on the bench.

    Dortmund move to 16 points from six games, while Nuremberg move up to 15th following Hamburg's defeat.

  94. 1719:  
    German Bundesliga

    On the day the famous Oktoberfest beer festival kicks off in Munich, the alcoholic beverage is also a talking point in northern Germany. Hamburg captain Rafael van der Vaart placed a bet with Werder Bremen midfielder Clemens Fritz ahead of the Nord Derby - the loser promised to donate 500 litres of free beer to the opposition fans for their Christmas party.

    "If we beat Werder, then everybody is happy," said the former Tottenham playmaker. But Hamburg didn't beat their neighbours. So nobody in the city is happy.

    Two goals from Bremen striker Nils Petersen secured a 2-0 away win - and an almighty knees up at Van der Vaart's expense.

  95. 1716: 
    Jerome Boateng and Kevin-Prince Boateng

    Of course, it is not the first time the Boatengs have played against each other.

    The pair, who were born in Berlin and share a Ghanaian father, famously made history when they became the first brothers to line up against each other for opposing nations at a World Cup. Jerome helped Germany to a 1-0 win against Kevin-Prince's Ghana in 2010.

  96. 1713: 
    BROTHERLY LOVE- Schalke v Bayern Munich (1730 BST)

    Flare ups between brothers are nothing unusual - as I'm sure all you parents out there will testify. Wonder what the chances of a squabble are between the Boatengs are in Gelsenkirchen?

    "On Saturday for 90 minutes we won't be brothers," says Schalke's Kevin-Prince. "I already told him I'd be disappointed if he didn't give it 100% against me in the game. I will."

    Bayern's Jerome has been in an equally stoic mood: "For those 90 minutes we will be foes, not friends." Ouch.

  97. 1710: 
    LINE-UPS- Schalke v Bayern Munich (1730 BST)

    Schalke: Hildebrand, Uchida, Howedes, Matip, Aogo, Jones, Neustadter, Farfan, Boateng, Draxler, Szalai. Subs: Fahrmann, Hoger, Felipe Santana, Ayhan, Goretzka, Meyer, Clemens

    Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Dante, Boateng, Alaba, Rafinha, Schweinsteiger, Kroos, Ribery, Robben, Mandzukic. Subs: Starke, Van Buyten, Shaqiri, Pizarro, Kirchhoff, Müller, Contento.

  98. 1706:  
    Spanish La LigaRayo Vallecano v Barcelona (1900 BST)

    From Gelsenkirchen, we will quickly fly over to Madrid. Without the hassle of passport control or airport security of course.

    Barcelona have rocked up in the Spanish capital - but not to face Real or Atletico. Instead, it is Madrid minnows Rayo Vallecano who are lining up against the Catalans.

    Lionel Messi is set for his 250th La Liga appearance as Barca look to claim a fifth win out of five matches. But more on that later...

  99. 1703:  
    German BundesligaSchalke v Bayern Munich (1730 BST)

    Guten tag! The Boateng brothers are starting on opposing teams for the first time in a Bundesliga fixture when Jerome's Bayern Munich side travel to Kevin-Prince's Schalke.

    And that's where we begin the latest leg of our European trip. You won't miss a kick from the Ruhr Valley as defending champions Bayern aim to close the gap on current leaders Borussia Dortmund.

  100. 1700: 
    Jack and Bobby Charlton

    Sibling rivalry is nothing new in football. Think the Charltons. Think the Nevilles. Think the Sodjes.

    OK, Efe, Sam and Akpo Sodje aren't quite on the level of Bobby and Jack Charlton, or Gary and Phil Neville, but you get my drift.

    Tonight, another family will be bursting with pride as two brothers go head to head over in Germany - the Boateng boys, Jerome and Kevin-Prince.

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Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Barcelona 1 3 3
No movement 2 Celta de Vigo 1 2 3
No movement 3 Real Madrid 1 2 3
No movement 4 Villarreal 1 2 3
No movement 5 Granada CF 1 1 3
No movement 6 Eibar 1 1 3
No movement 7 Málaga 1 1 3
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No movement 12 Atlético Madrid 1 0 1
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No movement 15 Real Sociedad 1 -1 0
No movement 16 Athletic Bilbao 1 -1 0
No movement 17 Getafe 1 -2 0
No movement 18 Levante 1 -2 0
No movement 19 Córdoba 1 -2 0
No movement 20 Elche 1 -3 0