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Thiago Silva Romelu Lukaku Chelsea Tottenham 2021-22

Thank you and good bye


Well, what a day of football we've had to see out the weekend!

We've got our first AFCON quarter-final locked in between Burkina Faso and Tunisia, with Nigeria on the plane home. We've got another Chelsea victory over Tottenham, and large routine wins for Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain, among others.

Now, many clubs prepare to take a breather - but with more action from Africa to come, you're not going to be short of great games. Until then, thank you - and have a great week!

Sergio Ramos PSG Ligue 1

Pass merchants


FT: Alaves 0-1 Barca

Ring in the new year


FT: PSG 4-0 Reims

FT: Alaves 0-1 Barca


That's the final whistle - and Barcelona have snagged a huge three points late in the day!

Frenkie de Jong's finish hoists them into the top six and clear of seventh-place Villarreal by three points - with the Yellow Submarine having played one more game to boot too.

In the course of their season, that is a key result for the Blaugrana, after struggling to seal a breakthrough for so long. Alaves will be bitterly frustrated, but it is the visitors who head home smiling.

Race over?


FT: Milan 0-0 Juventus

GOAL: Alaves 0-1 Barca


(Frenkie de Jong)

Frenkie de Jong might have just nabbed three crucial points for Barcelona!

Alaves are not happy about this one after Ferran Torres appears to be offside in the build-up to his assist, but the goal stands after his square pass is deemed to be from a legal position.

A huge rescue package in the Blaugrana's season.

FT: PSG 4-0 Reims


There goes the final whistle in Ligue 1 - and Paris Saint-Germain have made it easy pickings against Reims to build their lead at the top of the table again.

A first goal in club colours for Sergio Ramos, a return to action for Lionel Messi - it has pretty much gone off without a hitch for the hosts.

There will be some warm feelings around Parc des Princes on this cold winter night in the capital.

FT: Milan 0-0 Juventus


It's all over in Serie A - and the spoils are shared as Milan and Juventus play out a goalless game at San Siro.

There are arguably no big winners here with that result - but perhaps some minor losers, with Milan shorn of a key player in Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Juventus unable to build back towards the thick of the European races.

Regardless. A point gained is more than a point lost. They'll take that result and move on.

GOAL: PSG 4-0 Reims


(Danilo Pereira)

If it wasn't game, set and match before, it certainly is now!

Danilo Pereira gets in on the action to add a fourth for Paris Saint-Germain, to wrap up the three points for good in this clash.

Reims have their heads hung low. They'll hope to avoid a fifth concession before the night is out.

Eagles of Carthage soaring high again


FT: Nigeria 0-1 Tunisia

GOAL: PSG 3-0 Reims


(Wout Faes OG)

That will surely be that for Paris Saint-Germain!

Marco Veratti looks like he's got a second, but it goes down as an own goal for a helpful deflection off Wout Faes, to send the ball the other way past goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic.

Lionel Messi got in on the act too, setting up the ultimate non-assist for Veratti's effort.

GOAL: PSG 2-0 Reims


(Segio Ramos)

PSG double their lead - and it is a first goal in Ligue 1 for one of their biggest names!

Sergio Ramos has not enjoyed the smoothest start to life at Parc des Princes, but he seizes this chance now, bundling home a close-range finish after two initial deflections from a corner spill it to him at the far post.

He gets a warm round of applause from the crowd as his team-mates mob him. It seems to be a popular finish - and given his legendary standing, no wonder.

It is the prelude for another key event too - Lionel Messi joins his team-mates as they return to their half, on for Angel Di Maria.

FT: Nigeria 0-1 Tunisia


Super Eagles out of AFCON 2021

Nigeria are heading home from AFCON 2021! They fall to Tunisia in the last-16!

It is a humbling end to their stay in Cameroon, as the Super Eagles - reduced to ten men as they chased the fame following Alex Iwobi's red card - splutter to a standstill after sweeping the group stages.

It is absolute delight for the Eagles of Carthage though, who upset the form book to nab a quarter-final clash with Burkina Faso.

HT: Alaves 0-0 Barca


There goes the whistle for the break in La Liga - and Xavi will wonder just how Barcelona have not found an opener yet.

They've only managed to muster half-a-dozen shots so far, despite having almost four-fifths of possession overall. That is a mad stat - and speaks to how hardscrabble Alaves are playing around the back.

You can feel the frustration seeping out of the Blaugrana - but keep this up and they'll break the dam.

HT: Milan 0-0 Juventus


HT: PSG 1-0 Reims

There's just the one goal between two first halves across Europe - and it is Paris Saint-Germain, Ligue 1 leaders, who have it to their name.

The hosts have finally managed to break down a stubborn Reims defence on the stroke of half-time, delivering a finish that will surely get Lionel Messi itching to join them on the pitch.

But with Zlatan Ibrahimovic's removal for an apparent ankle knock, there is nothing that can split Milan and Juventus so far in Serie A. There's plenty yet to come though!

GOAL: PSG 1-0 Reims


(Marco Veratti)

Paris Saint-Germain hit paydirt on the stroke of half-time!

The hosts have had almost twice as many shots and just under twice as much ball in this opening half, but they have struggled to break through Reims at the back - until now.

Marco Veratti pounces upon an original shot from Mauro Icardi that is blocked, bundling it home to open the scoring at Parc des Princes.

Iwobi handed red card


Nigeria 0-1 Tunisia

Absolute disaster for Nigeria - they're down to ten men!

Alex Iwobi has been dismissed, with the Everton winger shown a red card mere minutes after coming off the bench.

The Super Eagles' path to the quarter-finals just got a whole lot more mission impossible.

Ibrahimovic forced off for hosts


Milan 0-0 Juventus

There are no goals to report so far at San Siro - but there is a blow for the hosts and their hopes of maintaining some sturdy Serie A pressure.

Milan have been forced to remove the evergreen Zlatan Ibrohimovic, with the Sweden veteran apparently nursing an ankle knock.

He's replaced by Olivier Giroud, who as substitute options go, is among the best you could probably ask for. Still, it is a cruel blow for both player and club on this big occasion tonight, particularly if it turns out to be worse than feared.

GOAL: Nigeria 0-1 Tunisia


(Youssef Msakni)

Advantage to the Eagles of Carthage - and we could have something of an upset on our hands at AFCON 2021!

Tunisia - who scraped their way through to the last-16 from third-place in Group F with three points - have seized the lead against Nigeria, who cruised through the first part of this tournament with three wins from three!

The former, of course, were the higher-ranked nation heading into the tournament, but even so. It is Youssef Msakni who has provided the finish to lift them ahead in this contest, mere minutes after the restart.

KO: Alaves v Barcelona


We've reached our final kick-off of the day - and it could be one with huge ramifications for one of Europe's fast-falling giants.

There's no more Champions League football this term for Barcelona, and if Napoli turn up the heat, they could be out of Europe too next year. Their place at the continental table next term is far from a done deal.

They need points and they need them fast - and Alaves are the next obstacle in their way that they have to overcome.

KO: Milan v Juventus


KO: PSG v Reims

We're almost at the end of today's festival of football - but Europe might have saved some of the best club games for last.

In Italy and France, we're just getting underway at San Siro and Parc des Princes, as Milan host Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain welcome Reims.

The Rossoneri could really do with a routine win to keep the pressure up on Inter in Serie A. PSG meanwhile will want a victory to further bolster their race to bring the Ligue 1 title back home.

Tammy time


FT: Empoli 2-4 Roma

We're minutes away from Serie A's headline clash - but can anyone match the former of Tammy Abraham and his record-setting antics at Roma?

Surely, form like this will see him head to the Qatar 2022 World Cup with England at the end of the year. Patrick Bamford's prolonged run of injuries, alas, means there may well be a spot up for grabs.

Conte on Spurs' situation


"This is not the right moment to speak, the club know very well what I think," he told Sky Sports. "There is not one transfer market to close the gap. The last few years this gap became very big and now it is not simple to find a solution in a short time.

"I am only focused to work until the end, we have four months to try and give everything, but if we think we solve with the transfer market the situation, it is not the reality. You need many years, but for sure we have to start.

"You have to sell or loan players and it is difficult and then you have to find the right players for you. You can only start this process but you need many years. It won't be easy, I spoke with the club and am totally in this position of the club to work and improve the situation on the pitch.

"I am enjoying my time in Tottenham, we have four months to work and get the best possible result. I am proud of the effort. Sometimes you can push 100% but it is not enough."

Capital investment


FT: Chelsea 2-0 Spurs

WATCH: Burkina Faso seal quarter-final spot (UK only)


FT: Burkina Faso 1 (7)-(6) 1 Gabon

Team News: Alaves v Barca


It's still weird, even after half a season, not seeing Lionel Messi's name square and centre on a Barcelona teamsheet.

Regardless, the lineups are in for the Blaugrana's trip to Alaves.

Into the hat once again


FT: Burkina Faso 1 (7)-(6) 1 Gabon

Just look at the delight for the 2013 runner-up nation at their victory.

They'll await the winner of our next tie tonight - Nigeria or Tunisia - in the quarter-finals.

PS: Burkina Faso 1 (7)-(6) 1 Gabon


It's all over - Burkina Faso have edged Gabon in a penalty shootout thriller!

It finishes seven spot-kicks to six and the Stallions are the first side into the quarter-finals at AFCON 2021!

Tuchel on Ziyech's stunner


"I was right behind! I had the feeling it was a bit too high but it dropped at the right second," he told Sky Sports. "It was a brilliant goal. His technique was brilliant."

Team News: Milan v Juventus


There's no shortage of headline names for both the hosts and the visitors at San Siro today - and it promises to be an absolute Serie A blockbuster.

Team News: PSG v Reims


Messi on bench for hosts

The line-ups are in for Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 bout with Reims - and it is a return to the matchday squad for Lionel Messi.

The Argentine makes the bench and will hope to get some much-needed minutes back under his belt if possible later on.

ETFT: Burkina Faso 1-1 Gabon


AFCON last-16 tie heads to penalties

...we're going to spot-kicks in our first knockout tie of AFCON 2021!

There's nothing to split Burkina Faso and Gabon after 120 minutes of action, and the two teams will now play out a penalty shootout to decide who gets that first quarter-final berth.

The time to write a spot of history looms for both nations and their players.

Team News: Nigeria v Tunisia


The squads are in for the second AFCON last-16 tie of the day - and if it has been anything like its predecessor, it's going to be a corker.

Speaking of that other tie...

FT: Hertha 1-4 Bayern


There goes the final whistle in the Bundesliga - and Bayern Munich have made comfortable work of Hertha Berlin to further build their grip at the summit.

At this rate, they will probably be champions by Easter. It's looking all too easy for the Bavarian giants once again going forward.

FT: Chelsea 2-0 Spurs


Blues cruise to comfortable derby win

London is the colour blue - again!

Three meetings in 2022, but the song remains the same - Chelsea are the kings of the capital as they dispatch Tottenham once again, this time in the Premier League after two Carabao Cup victories.

Thomas Tuchel's side pour pain onto former boss Antonio Conte, to end his unbeaten league start to life with Spurs, thanks to goals from Hakim Ziyech and Thiago Silva - the former of which was the stuff of absolute dreams.

They head into the winter breather ten points off Manchester City - albeit, with one more game played. Still, the taste of success is sweet for them.

Anger in the stands


GOAL: Hertha 1-4 Bayern


(Jurgen Ekkelenkamp)

An immediate response - but surely a consolation - for Hertha Berlin against the champions!

Jurgen Ekkelenkamp nets a goal for the hosts to ensure they don't end up with a big fat zero against their name for today's game.

Bayern Munich will be less than pleased with that late concession.

Age is just a number


WATCH: Gabon level in stoppage-time


Here is how 10-man Gabon levelled against Burkina Faso and forced extra-time...

Assist king


WATCH: Silva doubles Chelsea's lead


Here is how Silva helped Chelsea to take full control of their derby date with Spurs...

GOAL! Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham


Thiago Silva glances home a Mount free-kick to double the Blues' lead. Spurs not happy with the award of the initial free-kick, but the home side are two goals to the good.

WATCH: Ziyech's stunning curling effort


Here is how Ziyech curled Chelsea in front against Spurs...

GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham


The Blues require less than two minutes after the restart to get their noses in front. Great run from Hudson-Odoi, who tees up Ziyech 20 yards out. With his wand of a left foot, he curls into the top corner.

WATCH: Record-setting Abraham on target again


Here is the record-setting goal from Roma striker Abraham...

Net trouble


Serie A record for Abraham


WATCH: Controversial call on Kane


Here is the strike that Kane saw chalked off. Did he do much wrong?

WATCH: Militao digs Real out of a hole


Here is how Militao completed Real Madrid's comeback against Elche and earned them a point in a 2-2 draw....

Kane effort ruled out


Kane has the ball in the net for Spurs, but it won't count. He is pulled up for a supposed shove on Thiago Silva which left him in space to fire home. There didn't appear to be much contact, but the effort is chalked off as VAR won't overturn the original decision.

Harry Kane Tottenham Chelsea 2021-22

Blues spurn another chance


WATCH: Milla breaches Madrid defence


Madrid may have one back, but here is how Milla put Elche two goals to the good and on course for a shock win...

GOAL! Hertha 0-1 Bayern Munich


The Bundesliga leaders have been knocking door, and Tolisso has now forced it open.

GOAL! Real Madrid 0-2 Elche


The Blancos now trail by two with less than 14 minutes left on the block. Shock on the cards?

Getting physical


Doherty avoided a red card after catching Sarr with a late challenge. Mount has now shoved Tanganga into the advertising hoardings after chasing a ball off the pitch. The Spurs man stays down and it's all getting a bit tetchy at Stamford Bridge.

VAR rules out red card


History made in Ligue 1


Positives for Chelsea


Title race over?


Liverpool won 3-1 at Crystal Palace to keep themselves in the Premier League title hunt, but Jurgen Klopp canโ€™t see them catching Manchester City.

He has told BBC Sport when asked if the Reds are in that fight: "No. The distance is too far to talk about it but we don't have to. We just need to win football matches. Each Premier League game is difficult like we saw today. We made it more exciting than necessary! We will see what happens in the final few months."

Jurgen Klopp Liverpool 2021-22

Effort ruled out for Bayern


WATCH: Traore puts Burkina Faso in front


Bertrand Traore missed from the penalty spot for Burkina Faso earlier in the game, but here is how he put them in front against Gabon...

Early chances


Grim reading for Spurs


โ€˜We looked leggyโ€™


Arsenal drew another blank in their 0-0 stalemate with Burnley and Mikel Arteta admits that his side need to improve across the board.

He has told BBC Sport: "We started slow, we looked leggy and didn't have enough rhythm or intention to attack the way we wanted. We started to play better, more rhythm and threat and came out in the second half completely different.

"We tried in every different way but lacked the quality in the final third. At the end, when we have a really low block, you need spark and creativity to win football matches and today we didn't do that.

"It is what they do, they want to play a slow game, it takes long, it is their game and you have to respect that.

"We need to start scoring goals and get back the players, the last four weeks it has been extremely difficult to put training sessions and squads together because of the amount of Covid and injuries."

Mikel Arteta Arsenal 2021-22

WATCH: Benzema's awful penalty miss


Here is how Benzema fluffed his lines from the spot for Real Madrid in their meeting with Elche...

Goal drought


Penalty woe


Favoured foe


Miserable month for Arsenal


Level with a legend


GOAL! Real Madrid 0-1 Elche


With half-time fast approaching, the leaders in La Liga find themselves behind.

FT: Crystal Palace 1-3 Liverpool


GOAL! Fabinho penalty makes it 3-1 to Liverpool


After a lengthy VAR check the referee awarded Liverpool a penalty after Diogo Jota was deemed to have been fouled. In the absence of Mohamed Salah, Fabinho assumed the responsibility for the spot-kick and made it 3-1 to the Reds.

A controversial one...

GOAL! Brighton level up!


Danny Welbeck has hauled the Seagulls level against Leicester. It's 1-1!

The French connection ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท


Arsenal spurn chance to go ahead!


Goals galore in Napoli vs Salernitana


Napoli now lead 4-1 against Salernitana after two goals in quick succession from Rrahmani and Insigne.

GOAL! Edouard pulls one back! ๐ŸŽฅ


Odsonne Edouard scores to make it 2-1, bringing Crystal Palace back into the game against Liverpool.

Real Madrid vs Elche underway!



Burkina Faso vs Gabon teams


Burkina Faso XI: Koffi, Yago, Tapsoba, Dayo, Kabore, Toure, Guira, Dango Outtara, Sangare, Traore, Bande.

Gabon XI: Amonome, Obissa, Ecuele Manga, Palun, Obiang, Biyogo Poko, Moucketou-Moussounda, Oyono, Kanga, Boupendza, Allevinah.

GOAL! Daka puts Leicester in front!


It's 1-0 to Brendan Rodgers' side against Brighton straight after the restart.

HALF-TIME: Liverpool lead Palace, Arsenal scoreless



Crystal Palace 0-2 Liverpool

Arsenal 0-0 Burnley

Leicester 0-0 Brighton

Napoli 1-1 Salernitana

CONFIRMED: Comoros to play outfielder as goalkeeper


Comoros will field an outfield player in goal for their Africa Cup of Nations last-16 tie versus Cameroon after seeing their conventional shot-stopping options wiped out amid a Covid-19 and injury crisis.

Read the story in full!

Real Madrid have arrived! โšช๏ธ


GOAL! Oxlade-Chamberlain makes it 2-0 to the Reds ๐ŸŽฅ


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put the finishing touch on a wonderful Liverpool move to double his side's lead at Selhurst Park.

Watch the goal below!

Still 0-0 at the Emirates...


...but Arsenal are knocking on the door for an opener.

Pretty impressive, Robbo ๐ŸŽฏ


GOAL! Van Dijk heads Liverpool in front ๐ŸŽฅ


Virgil van Dijk fires Liverpool in front after 10 minutes at Selhurst Park with a trademark header.

It's Crystal Palace 0-1 Liverpool.

'Do me a favour!' ๐Ÿคฃ


Jamie Redknapp is feeling brave in the studio today as he winds up Roy Keane!

And we're off! ๐ŸŽ‰


Arsenal vs Burnley

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

Leicester vs Brighton

Napoli vs Salernitana


Ten minutes until the 2pm kick-offs๐Ÿšจ


Time to get your snacks and drinks ready!

Tunisia without 10 players for Nigeria clash


You do the hard work of qualifying for the last 16 of the Afcon and then you lose 10 players.

Tunisia have their work cut out for them later today against Nigeria having seen their coach Mondher Kebaier and 10 players return positive Covid-19 tests.

That game is due to kick off at 7pm GMT.

Read the story in full.

Will we see more drone antics today? ๐Ÿš


In one of the season's more bizarre football-related delays, yesterday's game between Brentford and Wolves was disrupted for 20 minutes due to the presence of a drone in the stadium. Hopefully other fans won't get getting any ideas...

Read the full story!

Arsenal vs Burnley teams




Crystal Palace vs Liverpool teams




What games are on today?


Here's the running order of the main action we'll be covering:

All times UK

2pm - Arsenal vs Burnley

2pm - Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

2pm - Leicester City vs Brighton

2pm- Napoli vs Salernitana

3:15pm - Real Madrid vs Elche

4pm - Burkina Faso vs Gabon

4:30pm - Chelsea vs Tottenham

4:30pm - Hertha Berlin vs Bayern Munich

7pm - Nigeria vs Tunisia

7:45pm - AC Milan vs Juventus

7:45pm - PSG vs Reims

8pm - Alaves vs Barcelona

Just another matchday! โšฝ๏ธ


Greetings, salutations and welcome to GOAL's matchday live blog for Sunday January 23.

We will have all the latest news and updates from across today's action, which includes crunch Premier League clashes, games in La Liga, Serie A, Afcon and more.

Stay tuned for goals โšฝ๏ธ, incidents ๐Ÿ’ฅ and colour ๐ŸŽจ galore!

Team news coming up! โณ