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Key events

GOAL! Arsenal 2-0 Sheffield United (Nketiah 51)

Eddie Nketiah has his second of the afternoon. Wes Foderingham can’t hold onto the ball from the corner, parrying it away, and the Arsenal forward is quickest in the six-yard box, smashing high into the net with his right foot.

Eddie Nketiah scores Arsenal’s second goal
Eddie Nketiah bags a brace! Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

GOALS! Bayern 7-0 Darmstadt (Muller 71, Musiala 76)

More of the same at the Allianz, with Musiala bagging a brace before getting subbed for Choupo-Moting.

HALF-TIME: Barcelona 1-0 Real Madrid

Just the one goal from the star midfielder playing his first clásico… yeah, not that one. Gundogan’s tidy finish means it’s Barca who lead at the break.

GOAL! Bayern 5-0 Darmstadt (Kane 69)

Harry Kane’s done a Beckham! He launches the ball from behind the halfway line, seeing the keeper off the line, and the ball sails in!

GOAL! Bayern 4-0 Darmstadt (Sané 64)

Leroy Sané has his second, and there’s still plenty more time for a demolition.

Half-times (elsewhere)

  • QPR 1-1 Leicester

  • Hibernian 0-0 Celtic

Premier League half-times

GOALS! Bayern 3-0 (Sané 56 and Musiala 60)

They’re queuing up now at the Allianz.

Barcelona 1-0 Real Madrid: Barcelona nearly doubled their lead in the 16th minute, with Fermin Lopez striking the post. The hosts have had most of the ball, with Madrid yet to test the keeper.

Here’s some Champo reading for you.

GOAL! Bayern 1-0 Darmstadt (Kane 51)

Harry Kane’s Munich honeymoon continues. He gives Bayern the lead against nine men with a diving header.

Harry Kane celebrates his goal
Harry Kane on the mark again for Bayern Munich. Photograph: Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images

GOAL! QPR 1-1 Leicester (Dozzell 40)

QPR are back in it! The ball breaks for Dozzell on the edge of the box after a bit of pinball inside, and he puts his left foot through it to level the game.

Bournemouth 1-1 Burnley: Charlie Taylor’s strike was a proper hit, the ball falling to him on the edge of the box after a corner was cleared – he put his left foot through it to rifle the ball through the crowd and into the back of the net.

GOAL! QPR 0-1 Leicester (Mavididi 30)

QPR’s misery continues. Leicester have dominated possession, and now they’ve got a goal to show for it too.

GOAL! Arsenal 1-0 Sheffield United (Nketiah 29)

Arsenal have their first of the afternoon, with Eddie Nketiah providing the lead. Declan Rice crosses the ball into the box from the right, and Nketiah’s first touch is a neat one, putting him one-on-one with the keeper before he slots in low.

Eddie Nketiah scores for Arsenal
Eddie Nketiah beats Wes Foderingham to give the Gunners the lead. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images/Reuters

GOAL! Bournemouth 1-1 Burnley (Semenyo 22)

Bournemouth don’t take long to equalise, Semenyo levelling things up for the hosts by charging into the box before slotting into the bottom right corner with a shot through the defender’s legs.

Semenyo celebrates scoring the equaliser
Semenyo levels for the Cherries! Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

GOAL! Barcelona 1-0 Real Madrid (Gundogan 6)

Gundogan gives Barcelona the early breakthrough! It’s a dozy bit of play from Madrid at the back, with no-one going for a loose ball that trickles into the box… except Gundogan, who races through to score his first goal for his new club.

Ilkay Gundogan scores for Barcelona
İlkay Gündoğan opens the scoring in Catalonia. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Wayne Rooney’s Blue Army are still waiting for their first win.

HALF TIME: Bayern 0-0 Darmstadt

Leroy Sane had a goal disallowed for offside near the end of a chaotic first half.

RED CARD! Darmstadt down to nine men

Bayern 0-0 Darmstadt: Not another one! Darmstadt have their second red of the afternoon – the man to go this time is Maglica. Just 19 players on the pitch now at the Allianz Arena.

GOAL! Bournemouth 0-1 Burnley (Taylor 11)

Charlie Taylor puts Burnley in front – there’s a VAR check but the goal stands.

Charlie Taylor scores a volley
Charlie Taylor thumps the Clarets into the lead on the south coast. Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Bit of a kit clash at the Emirates apparently. “This game is not easy to watch,” says Graham Randall. “The Sheff Utd Grey kit is too close to the Arsenal kit. If only they had a third kit they could play in.”

Ben Fisher’s report is in from Stamford Bridge, where Brentford were victorious – once again.

“Your use of ‘the story of today, this week, this month, and this year’ triggered the ‘Friends’ theme song earworm,” writes Joe Pearson. “Thanks for that. Does that mean Bellingham will be there for you?”

He’s there for me, he’s there for you, there’s nothing Jude Bellingham can’t do at the moment, right? Anyway, now I have to listen to this for the first time in a gazillion years.

RED CARD! Darmstadt down to 10 men

Bayern 0-0 Darmstadt: It’s 10 on 10 at the Allianz Arena, with Gjasula sent off against Bayern.

Tough beat for Wayne Rooney. Birmingham’s 3-1 defeat to Southampton means he’s lost three on the bounce since become the boss at St Andrew’s.

Bayern 0-0 Darmstadt: Just seen the Kimmich red – seems a fair call. He was pulling back the shirt of the man through on goal, with just Neuer to beat.

RED CARD! Bayern are down to 10 men

Bayern 0-0 Darmstadt: Not a pretty start for Bayern, with Joshua Kimmich sent off in the fourth minute.

FULL TIME: Chelsea 0-2 Brentford

Goals from Pinnock and Mbeumo consign Chelsea to their fourth league defeat of the season. They’ve won just one of six at the Bridge. Brentford move up to 10th in the table.

GOAL! Chelsea 0-2 Brentford (Mbeumo 90+6)

Chelsea’s keeper, Sanchez, goes up for a corner but Brentford counter – Sanchez chases back, is in line for a straight red if he takes out Neil Maupay, who squares it for Mbeumo in front of an open goal. Easy.

Six minutes of added time at Stamford Bridge, where Brentford are trying to hold out for a 1-0 win.

Hibernian v Celtic team news

QPR v Leicester team news

Barcelona v Real Madrid team news

Bournemouth v Burnley team news

Arsenal v Sheffield United team news

So Manuel Neuer’s back in net for Bayern for the first time since November 2022. He broke his leg in a skiing accident at the end of last year.

Bayern v Darmstadt team news

I know it’s not football – but there’s an absolute thriller on in the Cricket World Cup if you fancy a quick look.

Scott Murray’s currently all over Chelsea-Brentford at Stamford Bridge… where the visitors have scored!

Thoroughly enjoyed reading Sid Lowe’s interview with Aitor Karanka this morning. There’s a lovely bit on the Bellinghams.


Hello, hello, hello and welcome to a good ol’ Saturday clockwatch. The story of today, this week, this month and this year is Jude Bellingham. The boy wonder lines up for his first clásico today, with Real Madrid taking on Barcelona at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys at 3.15pm BST. With eight goals in nine league games, and three on the bounce in the Champions League, boy is he ready for it.

In the Premier League, Burnley visit Bournemouth, with both sides hoping for a victory that’ll lift them out of the relegation zone. Sheffield United, right at the bottom of the pile, face the tricky task of trying to get something from the Emirates.

We’ll also keep an eye on events elsewhere – here’s our featured list of games today:

Drop me a line with your thoughts, queries, Christmas wishlist, whatever you fancy. Cheers!

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