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Summary

  1. Real Betis v Barcelona kicks off at 19:45 GMT
  2. Updates from AC Milan v Inter Milan (19:30) and PSG v Marseille (20:00)

Live Reporting

By Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

  1. Uruguayan Matías Vecino’s third-minute goal still divides the two teams.

    As it stands Inter will move above Milan into third in Serie A – huuuuge!

  2. CLOSE!

    Real Betis 0-1 Barcelona

    Betis are pumped!

    Andres Guardado’s header comes off Gerard Pique about four yards from goal – that would have surely gone in if Mr.Shakira wasn’t in the way.

  3. Post update

    Real Betis 0-1 Barcelona

    It’s past wall…

    It’s heading towards goal…

    It’s saved by Pau Lopez as he dives to the left.

  4. Post update

    Real Betis 0-1 Barcelona

    Marc Bartra swipes his leg at Arturo Vidal.

    Free kick from 20 yards out.

    Lionel Messi over it again.

    Drumroll…

  5. Over in Paris…

    PSG 0-0 Marseille

    We are under way at the Parc des Princes.

    It’s goalless after the opening moments.

    PSG have an 18-point lead in Ligue 1!!!

  6. GOAL – Real Betis 0-1 Barcelona

    Lionel Messi

    Fair to say that was a very good goal.

    Lionel Messi takes responsibility and puts plenty of swaz on it giving Pau Lopez no chance and it finds his far top right corner.

    Pretty.

  7. Post update

    Real Betis 0-0 Barcelona

    Free-kick for Barca about 20 yards out after Arthur is brought down by Sergio Canales.

    Messi and Suarez over it. Obvs.

  8. Post update

    Real Betis 0-0 Barcelona

    Joaquin does brilliantly well to hook the ball into the six-yard area from a long raking pass, and team-mate Jese Rodriguez only just fails to get a touch on the ball.

    Ex-Real Madrid man Jese, if you remember, had a short spell at Stoke.

  9. Meanwhile at the San Siro…

    Milan 0-1 Inter (27 mins)

    Milan are doing their best to get back into this.

    Winger Hakan Calhanoglu produces a powerful drive that Samir Handanovic does well to block.

  10. Post update

    Real Betis 0-0 Barcelona

    So Barca, as you might have noticed are not quite playing three up top – Arturo Vidal is hiding just behind the front two. At the moment, anyway.

    Lionel Messi has just spannered a cross from the left.

    Beautiful.

  11. Post update

    Real Betis 0-0 Barcelona

    A massive, massive tackle from Sergi Roberto – a diagonal pass finds Tello Herrera in the area but the Barca man gets back to poke the ball away and into the safe hands of Marc Andre ter Stegen.

  12. Post update

    Real Betis 0-0 Barcelona

    Barcelona’s players have barely had a touch of the ball in the first two minutes.

    Yes, you have read correctly.

  13. KICK-OFF

    Real Betis 0-0 Barcelona

    We are under way at Estadio Benito Villamarin.

  14. Post update

    Real Betis 0-0 Barcelona

    Lionel Messi is made to wait for Betis skipper Joaquin to come over to shake his hand before the toss.

    Joaquin, mate, you shouldn’t make him wait.

  15. Post update

    Milan 0-1 Inter

    Matias Vecino’s third-minute goal is the fastest in a Milan derby in Serie A since April 2011 (Alexandre Pato for Milan, after 43 seconds).

  16. LINE-UPS

    Real Betis v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

    Betis XI: Pau Lopez, Joaquin, Mandi, Bartra, Sidnei, Tello, William, Guardado, Canales, Lo Celso, Jese.

    Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Pique, Lenglet,
    Jordi Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur, Arturo Vidal, Messi, Suarez.

  17. GOAL – Milan 0-1 Inter

    Matias Vecino (3 mins)

    Hold up! Make that 1-0 to Inter.

    Matias Vecino has just smacked in from close range to give Inter the lead.

    An Inter win would see them leapfrog their city rivals into third place in the table.

    Milan unfurl a tifo

    Copyright: Getty Images

  18. Also Milan derby and PSG v Marseille

    Yup, we will bring you updates from these two crackers.

    The Milan derby kicked off at 19:30 GMT and it’s still 0-0 and PSG v Marseille kicks off at 20:00 GMT.

  19. Will lightning strike twice?

    Real Betis v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

    Lionel Messi

    Copyright: Getty Images

    Image caption: It won’t happen again pal

    Probably not.

    You might remember back in November Betis handed Barca their first home league defeat in over two years in that humdinger of a 4-3 at the Camp Nou.

    That is only one of two league losses suffered by Barca this season.

    Betis were 12th with 16 points after that win – they are now eighth with 39 points. They are no pushovers.

    But you might have noticed Ernesto’s Barca aren’t pushovers either which is why they lead La Liga by seven points with this game in hand.

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