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Emlyn Begley

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  1. Thanks for your company

    Thanks for sticking with us despite the game being far from a classic.

    LA Galaxy v New York City is just in the second half now - check out the live text here.

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    They won the Champions League two seasons ago and he scored in the final!

  3. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    Story of the game

    Real Madrid peppered in the shots but very few of them were actually that good.

    Sporting never had a shot on target, although they came closest when a header came off the underside of the bar and bounced on the line.

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  5. FULL-TIME - Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    Real Madrid slip up on the first day - the only ones of the 'big three' not to win.

    Not a great start for Rafael Benitez's reign.

    Gareth Bale
  6. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    Cristiano Ronaldo drives the free-kick into the wall. And the rebound is wide too, although Real want a corner they're not getting.

  7. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    Real Madrid on the attack and Marcelo goes down. Free-kick in a dangerous position...

  8. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    Nacho Cases goes down injured and is in no rush to get up. Several Real Madrid players, including Gareth Bale, not too happy with this.

    Of course Real players would never do that.


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  11. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    We're into the last minute. Sporting's fans are making plenty of noise. Can their heroes hang on?

  12. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    Cristiano Ronaldo heads another effort over for Real Madrid. Frustration is the name of the game here.

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    Three minutes to go. Real need a goal or else they'll have lost ground on Barcelona and Atletico Madrid already.

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    Both sides make a change. Real Madrid make a switch at right-back, Dani Carvajal coming on for Danilo.

    Rachid Ait-Atmane replaces Carlos Carmona in midfield for Sporting.

  16. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    It's taken 84 minutes for Real Madrid to have a shot that really tests the keeper. Cristiano Ronaldo lines up a powerful shot from just outside the box which Ivan Cuellar tips over. 

    The corner ends up with Luka Modric outside the box but he fires wide.

  17. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    For all of my criticism for Real Madrid here, Sporting Gijon have defended fantastically. This is their first La Liga game in four seasons.

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    Cristiano Ronaldo forces a save from an angle and Marcelo heads the rebound well over.

    But yet again their shot was straight at Ivan Cuellar.

    Cristiano Ronaldo
  19. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    Sporting bring on Alex Menendez for Jony.

  20. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    Real Madrid right-back Danilo plays a ball across to Cristiano Ronaldo, who somehow fails to turn it in at the far post. Perhaps luckily for him, he was offside anyway.

  21. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    If Real Madrid are going to play like this under Rafael Benitez all season, he won't even last until the summer.

    They've been poor.

    Rafa Benitez
  22. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    Mateo Kovacic

    Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, 21, was a summer signing from Inter Milan for a reported £25m. 

    Former Croatia defender Josip Simunic told BBC World Service: "I was actually very, very surprised. He hasn't done what he can do on a regular basis for the last 12 months. 

    "A club like Real Madrid, I don't think they're going to wait. They want the results straight away. At this time of his career, I think that he has to play. If he doesn't, that's not going to be good for him. "I think he'll do great things at Real Madrid eventually, I just don't know how long that will take."


    Real Madrid bring on Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic for his debut in place of Isco.

    Sporting make a change too as Juan Muniz replaces Miguel Guerrero.

  24. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    James Rodriguez gets the ball on the right corner of the box and hits a left-footed shot which is again held by Ivan Cuellar. Pretty much all their shots on target have been at the Sporting keeper.

  25. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    For all this Karim Benzema to Arsenal chat, I can't see why he'd want to make that move. He starts every week at the Bernabeu when fit. And why would Real want to sell him? They have lacked a proper striker today in his absence.

    Karim Benzema
  26. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    Has this been the dullest opening weekend in La Liga history?

  27. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    Gareth Bale and Isco play a one-two with some nice touches but then the Wales forward takes the ball out wide and loses it.

    Real get it back though and Cristiano Ronaldo misses a header at the back post.

  28. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    Isco takes a corner which Gareth Bale heads straight at the keeper. That's Real Madrid's 15th effort of the game.

    Gareth Bale
  29. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    Real Madrid have a free-kick in a great position around the right corner of the box but Gareth Bale's effort is quite poor - it doesn't dip or curl enough and is off target.

  30. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    James Rodriguez drops a good cross into the box from the left wing but Sporting clear it. And moments later Cristiano Ronaldo tries an overhead kick but a defender just heads it away from him.

    Real on top but it doesn't feel like they're definitely going to score.

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    Real Madrid fail to clear a ball into the box and Carlos Carmona goes down under legal pressure from Sergio Ramos. He looks at the referee for a penalty but doesn't appeal too much. 


    It's Rafael Benitez's first competitive substitution as Real Madrid manager. Jese comes off for James Rodriguez at the top end of the field.

  33. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    Cristiano Ronaldo has a shot from 18 yards but it's held by keeper Ivan Cuellar. He's made a few saves but I can't remember any of them being too difficult.

    Cristiano Ronaldo
  34. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    Real Madrid have an attack as Isco flicks the ball up with his head around the edge of the box but he can't get it down to have an effort and Sporting clear.

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    Sporting Gijon have a chance to take the lead as Carlos Carmona meets a left-wing cross but he heads it just wide - for a second it looked goalbound.

    Encouraging start to this half for the newly promoted side.

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    Isco picks up the ball at the edge of the box and has a go but it's straight at Ivan Cuellar, who holds onto it down low.

  38. KICK-OFF - Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    The second half begins.

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    He was a doubt to start the season with a thigh injury.

  40. Story of the first half

  41. Post update

  42. HALF-TIME - Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    Real Madrid have knocked and knocked but nobody has answered the door.

    Sporting actually went closest, hitting the underside of the bar.

    Rafa Benitez
  43. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    Not too long left until the break now, Sporting have played well in this first half - but will they be able to maintain it for 90 minutes?


    Sporting have had Nacho Cases, which sounds like a place to put your Doritos, booked.


    Seconds later, Real Madrid are unlucky not to have a penalty as Sergio Alvarez pulls Cristiano Ronaldo down to the ground.

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Sporting come closest to scoring as an Antonio Sanabria header rattles off the woodwork and bounces down on the line, an inch from crossing it.

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    Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo now does have the first shot on target but his powerful effort from 25 yards is parried away by keeper Ivan Cuellar.

    Neither Atletico Madrid, nor Barcelona played brilliantly this weekend. This is a chance for Real to lay down a marker.

  49. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    Real Madrid have had 62% possession so far and eight shots to Sporting's one. Nobody has hit the target yet though.

  50. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    Real Madrid are definitely on top and Isco, starting in place of James Rodriguez, fires another powerful shot just over from the edge of the box.

  51. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    Now it's Isco's turn to miss with a shot, from just outside the box. He want a corner too - and again the replays show it took a deflection.

    Maybe the referee has put 10 euro on there to be fewer than five corners in thw game.

  52. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    Real Madrid forward Jese drills in a shot from the right which flies across the goal and goes wide. He wants a corner - and he was right to as it came off a Sporting leg, but the referee says no.

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    Gareth Bale
  54. Stateside

    By the way there is a live text running now of LA Galaxy v New York City if MLS is your cup of Joe.

    My colleague running it was thrilled to have spent hours preparing entries on Frank Lampard facing Steven Gerrard, only for Lampard to not be in the New York squad...

  55. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    Oh - huge moment. Gareth Bale chases onto a long ball, steps around keeper Ivan Cuellar but he's at too much of a wide angle and he hits the side-netting.

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    If you've been on this page since the Barca game, you might want to refresh to get the latest score of this game at the top.  

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    Cristiano Ronaldo drives a free-kick into the wall. It was an ambitious effort (as they often are with him), he was 30 yards out.

    Cristiano Ronaldo
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  59. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    Not much action so far on the pitch from either side. 

  60. Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    Sporting Gijon are back in La Liga after a three-year absence having won promotion in dramatic fashion in June.

    They trailed Girona for the final automatic promotion spot by two points going into the final day. Sporting beat champions Real Betis 3-0, with Girona conceding a last-minute equaliser in their game with Lugo that would send Gijon up.

    But Sporting then had to wait for a few minutes as Girona had a goal disallowed and an assistant referee was struck with an object from the crowd causing a short delay before the game continued and finished.

  61. LINE-UPS - Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    Better late than never, here's the teams.

    Sporting: Cuellar, Lora, Hernandez, Espinosa Zuniga, Lopez Blanco, Alvarez Diaz, Cases Mora, Carmona, Sanabria, Rodriguez Menendez, Guerrero.

    Real Madrid:  Navas, Danilo, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Isco, Bale, Ronaldo, Jese

  62. KICK-OFF - Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

    Game under way at Gijon.

  63. Sporting Gijon v Real Madrid (19:30 BST)

    We have loads of time to discuss that game. No wait, the next game starts in five minutes.

    Cristiano Ronaldo
  64. The game in numbers

    Barcelona win on everything, except fouls. But you're probably meant to get fewer fouls anyway.

  65. FULL-TIME - Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Barcelona

    Barcelona win on the opening day, it wasn't massively convincing but it was revenge for their Super Cup defeat.

  66. Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Barcelona

    Athletic defender Aymeric Laporte has a shot from 30 yards but it's straight at Claudio Bravo.

    Is that their last chance? Not that it was a chance really.

  67. Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Barcelona

    Barcelona just keeping possession. Time running out for the Basque hosts.

  68. Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Barcelona

    Ex-Barcelona striker Gary Lineker was impressed by Lionel Messi's jinking, nutmegging run a minute ago.


  70. Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Barcelona

    Barcelona forward Lionel Messi jinks into the area but his low shot is easily saved by the keeper.

  71. Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Barcelona

    Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta gets a knock but luckily he's able to play on. They've made their changes - and don't have much a squad to replace key men anyway.

    Andreas Iniesta

    Barcelona bring off Rafinha for Sandro up front. I'd forgotten Rafinha was playing.

  73. Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Barcelona

    Let-off for Barcelona as they fail to clear a cross and Ibai Gomez smashes his half-volley over. That could have been 1-1 - into the final 10 minutes now.


    Barcelona goalscorer Luis Suarez is booked for a couple of clashes with Carlos Gurpegui.

    Luis Suarez
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  76. Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Barcelona

    Athletic's Javier Eraso is in on goal and wants a penalty following a tackle from Thomas Vermaelen but the referee calls it back for offside and avoids having to make that difficult decision.

  77. Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Barcelona

    A reminder that Barcelona cannot play any new signings until January. Midfielders Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal, who can play at right-back, are not available to Luis Enrique until then.

    The transfer ban was for breaking rules in signing young players.

    Arda Turan

    Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets is down injured and he's going to have to be replaced. He was caught by Aritz Aduriz but it was an awkward landing.

    Defender Marc Bartra is the man to come on.

    That's two players lost to injury today for Barcelona, who don't have a big squad.

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    Luis Suarez

    Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen is booked for a crunching tackle on Aritz Aduriz.


    Athletic Bilbao bring on Carlos Gurpegui and Ibai Gomez for Sabin Merino and Mikel Rico - that's all their changes made now.

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    He’s taken 63, missing 14 in all competitions - so that's 22.22% of kicks he's missed.

    Lionel Messi

    It's almost a second from Barcelona as Sergi Roberto, from the corner of the penalty area, absolutely thumps a shot off the crossbar. Athletic almost out of the game there.

  84. Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Barcelona

    Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo puts Ivan Rakitic under a lot of pressure with a weak pass but the referee bails him out by giving a free-kick for a foul on the Croat. Not sure the Athletic striker did anything wrong there.

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    Think Chika might have sent this just as Luis Suarez's shot was hitting the back of the net.

  86. GOAL - Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Barcelona

    Luis Suarez

    Luis Suarezis starting the season for the first time in a few years and he has a goal on the opening day. Jordi Alba's fine left-wing cross is smashed home by Suarez with a first-time effort from close range.

    Luis Suarez
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    We've just a text in from Anon:  "Love you: xxx"

    It might have been the wrong number, to the fair, my live text hasn't been *that* good.


    Athletic Bilbao full-back Mikel Balenziaga has hurt himself stretching for a ball near the touchline. Eneko Boveda replaces him.

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  90. KICK-OFF - Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona

    The second half begins.

    Thomas Vermaelen
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  93. The first half in numbers

    Not for the first time in the past decade, Barcelona dominating possession.

  94. HALF-TIME - Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona

    No goals but a missed Lionel Messi penalty.

    Lionel Messi
  95. Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona

    Athletic ending the half on the front foot. But Barcelona get it clear now. Seconds left.

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    Lionel Messi

  98. Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona

    Ridiculous waste - Athletic have two players offside from the free-kick and their chance is done.


    Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic is booked for catching Sabin Merino with an arm.

  100. Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona

    That would have been a wonder-goal - Barcelona keeper Claudio Bravo catches a corner and rolls it out, Andres Iniesta picks out Lionel Messi with a long ball over the top and then the Argentine plays a similar pass to Luis Suarez but a defender blocks his effort out for a corner.

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    Lionel Messi
  102. Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona

    This one also goes into the wall but nobody handles this time. And Lionel Messi blazes the rebound over.


    No, it's straight into the wall. But wait the referee has given a handball decision against the wall. Javier Eraso was trying to protect his face and is booked.

    And Lionel Messi gets another free-kick...

  104. Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona

    Lionel Messi has a free-kick from 25 yards. Can he score?

  105. Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona

    Athletic keeper Gorka Iraizoz pulls off a fantastic save from Luis Suarez's scuffed shot to keep his side level and Rafinha cannot turn in the rebound.


    Athletic defender Gorka Elustondo actually does foul Luis Suarez this time and is booked.

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    Apparently that's the 14th penalty that Lionel Messi has missed in his career.

    So 14 times that commentators have said something like "he is human after all".


    Lionel Messi

    Incredible - Lionel Messi's kick is saved by Gorka Iraizoz, who guessed right and went down low to his right.

    Justice is done.

    Lionel Messi

    Harsh. Gorka Elustondo gets the ball but Luis Suarez goes down and it's a penalty.

  110. Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona

    Lionel Messi tries to drop a 30-yard cross over the top to Andres Iniesta but an Athletic player just about gets it clear.

  111. Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona

    Game has just settled down a bit. Barcelona having most of the ball but neither side creating chances at the moment.

    Andreas Iniesta

    Sergi Roberto, who is playing at right-back, puts in a cross. It went out of play first but the referee doesn't agree and let's play go on.

    Then in the box, Gorka Elustondo handles the ball under pressure from Lionel Messi - but no penalty is given.

    Both sets of fans angry there but in the end it evened itself out.

  113. Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona

    This is Barcelona's bench by the way; Ter Stegen, Bartra, Munir, Sandro, Camara, Gumbau.   

    Not the strongest.  


    Actually Dani Alves has gone down again and he's being replaced by Sergi Roberto, who is normally a midfielder. The Brazilian looks in agony on the bench.

  115. Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona

    He can. Dani Alves comes back on now. Relief for Barcelona who had been warming up a substitute.

  116. Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona

    Barcelona right-back Dani Alves appears to have hurt his groin after stretching for the ball under pressure. Will let you know if he can play on.

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    Gt Maestro:  Barcelona 4 V 0 Athletic Bilbao. Forget Supercopa de Espana. The real business just started.

    Hemin Hassan:  I hope Messi scores four goals. 

  118. Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona

    Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano plays a pass back from the halfway line to goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. In England that would have got a round of applause.

  119. Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona

    Andres Iniesta, now Barcelona's full-time captain, goes down after a double-team tackle from Aritz Aduriz and Mikel Rico. 

    Iniesta is fine though and Aduriz needs treatment but he is good to go again.

    Andres Iniesta
  120. Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona

    Sabin Merino comes flying forward with intent for Athletic with Dani Alves having to come into the centre of the pitch to bounce him off the ball - good play by the Barcelona defender.

  121. Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona

    Barcelona haven't conceded yet which is nice for them.

    They've had possession for about a minute now, whistles from the Bilbao fans.

  122. KICK-OFF - Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona

    Athletic get us under way.

  123. Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona (17:30 BST)

    Players are out, shaking hands and almost ready to go.

  124. Post update

    After this game, by the way, we will go straight into live text on Sporting Gijon v Real Madrid - that one kicks off at 19:30 BST.

  125. Post update

    Five minutes to go until we see if the Spanish Super Cup was a blip or if Barca boss Luis Enrique is maybe having famous footballing disease 'second-season syndrome'.

    Luis Enrique
  126. Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona (17:30 BST)

    Ernesto Valverde
    Quote Message: We know we can beat them and we know the level of concentration required to do it. We’re going to go all out. from Ernesto Valverde Athletic Bilbao boss
    Ernesto ValverdeAthletic Bilbao boss
  127. Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona (17:30 BST)

    Luis Enrique
    Quote Message: Despite the fact that we have played against them twice already, the context of the game will help us more than the previous two. We'll be fresher with more good training sessions under our belt while, on the other hand, Athletic are coming off a demanding and important game. from Luis Enrique Barcelona boss
    Luis EnriqueBarcelona boss
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    Barcelona no longer have Pedro and Xavi and can't register new players until January because of a transfer ban. They have conceded nine goals in their three games so far.

    So are they favourites for the title or will Real Madrid take the crown this season despite not signing any new superstars? Is Rafa Benitez the man for the capital side?

    Or are Atletico Madrid contenders again after several smart summer signings?

    Let us know your thoughts using #bbceurofooty on Twitter or texting us on 81111 (UK only and please let us know your name).

  129. Team news and line-ups

    Barcelona go with Rafinha up front alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez with Neymar out. The Brazilian superstar has recovered from mumps but isn't quite ready to return yet. Thomas Vermaelen gets a start at the back.

    Athletic start with striker Aritz Aduriz, who scored a hat-trick against Barca in the Spanish Super Cup. 

    Athletic Bilbao:  Hamaikakoa: Iraizoz, Marcos, Balenziaga, Laporte, Elustondo, Benat, Rico, Eraso, Susaeta, Aduriz, Sabin Merino. 

    Barcelona:  Bravo, Rakitic, Busquets, Alves, Iniesta, Suarez, Messi, Rafinha, Mascherano, Alba, Vermaelen. 

  130. Athletic's season so far


    Athletic beat Azerbaijani side Inter Baku2-0 on aggregate in the Europa League third qualifying round. 

    But after their Spanish Super Cup heroics, they came back down to earth with a 3-2 defeat in Slovakia by Zilina in the Europa League play-off first leg.

    That was on Thursday night so they've had less than three days to get back to the Basque country and prepare for this game.

  131. Barcelona's season so far

    After a frankly ridiculous 5-4 extra-time win over Sevilla in the European Super Cup in Georgia, Barca might have expected business as usual once they returned to Spain.

    But instead Aritz Aduriz scored a hat-trick as Athletic thrashed them 4-0 at San Mames nine days ago before completing the job with a 1-1 draw at the Nou Camp on Monday.

    In 38 La Liga games last season they only conceded 21 goals.