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Matchday LIVE: Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid after Liverpool down Cardiff in FA Cup, Senegal beat Egypt in Afcon final penalty shootout

Recount all of Sunday's action, including the Afcon final, FA Cup matches and La Liga

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Senegal deserved Afcon win - Koulibaly


Senegal captain Kalidou Koulibaly says his side were the deserved winners of the Africa Cup of Nations.

"Our team deserved to win this title. We had been looking for this for a long time and now we have it. This team is magnificent," he said.

"It was a tough game and a tough tournament. We made it with our team and our power. Our goalkeeper is the best in the world and we win the title."

Edouard Mendy named goalkeeper of the tournament


Senegal's Edouard Mendy has been named the best goalkeeper at this year's Africa Cup of Nations.

The shot stopper conceded just two goals in the competition and proved decisive in the penalty shootout against Egypt in Sunday's final.

Mendy Senegal Afcon final
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FT: Real Madrid 1-0 Granada


Marco Asensio's goal in the second-half was enough to secure three points for Real Madrid against Granada.

Carlo Ancelotti's team are now six points clear at the top of La Liga after their latest win.

Asensio Real Madrid Granada LaLiga 2022
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Mane scores! Senegal win the Africa Cup of Nations


Senegal are the Afcon champions!

Sadio Mane has scored his effort to secure a 4-2 win on penalties for his side, redeeming himself for his earlier miss.

Lasheen missses! Senegal 3-2 Egypt


Mohanad Lasheen has had his effort saved by Edouard Mendy!

Bamba Dieng scores! Senegal 3-2 Egypt


Bamba Dieng has put his effort into the roof of the net to give Senegal the lead.

Hamdi scores! Senegal 2-2 Egypt


Marwan Hamdi pulled the score level with his effort, sending it low past Edouard Mendy.

Sarr misses! Senegal 2-1 Egypt


Gabaski is the hero again!

The goalkeeper did well to stop Bouna Sarr's spot kick,

Abdelmonem misses! Senegal 2-1 Egypt


Mohamed Abdelmonem has hit the post with his effort!

The first miss of the shootout.

Diallo scores! Senegal 2-1 Egypt


Abdou Diallo gave the goalkeeper no chance as he slotted into the bottom corner to make it Senegal 2-1 Egypt.

Zizo scores! Senegal 1-1 Egypt


Zizo has blasted his effort right into the top corner with Egypt's first penalty.

It's all square again at 1-1.

Koulibaly scores! Senegal 1-0 Egypt


Senegal captain Kalidou Koulibaly was the first to step up in the shootout and he has scored.

He sent it low to the goalkeeper's right and Gabaski went the right way but could not stop it.



After 120 goalless minutes, the Africa Cup of Nations final goes to penalties.

Egypt have a great record in shootouts, but Senegal are hoping to dent that reputation and seal the crown for the first time in their history.

GOAL! Mbappe makes it five for PSG


Kylian Mbappe has extended PSG's lead even further.

The striker sent it into the top corner from the edge of the box to put his side 5-1 up at Lille.

GOAL! Juventus 2-0 Hellas Verona


Denis Zakaria has scored on his debut for Juventus.

The January signing was found by an Alvaro Morata pass and blasted it into the bottom corner to double his side's advantage.

GOAL! Lille 1-4 PSG


Danilo has struck again for Paris Saint-Germain.

They lead Lille 4-1 after he got on th eend of a pass from Leandro Paredes and fired in his second of the game.

Afcon final goes to extra-time


Senegal and Egypt have played out a goalless 90 minutes in the Africa Cup of Nations final.

The match will go into extra time.

Will penalties be needed to separate these teams?

Salah Mane Gabaski Senegal Egypt African Cup

Egypt goalkeeper Gabaski down injured


Play in the Africa Cup of Nations final came to a temporary stop.

Egypt goalkeeper Gabaski has gone down injured and has had to receive treatment, but he has been able to continue playing.

GOAL! Messi puts PSG 3-1 up against Lille


Lionel Messi has struck for Paris Saint-Germain.

Just six minutes after getting an assist, Messi has put his name on the scoresheet to make it 3-1 to the visitors.

He collected the ball on the edge of the box as the Lille defence failed to clear it and lifted it over the goalkeeper from inside the box.

GOAL! Messi gets assist as PSG restore lead


Presnel Kimpembe has restored Paris Saint-Germain's lead against Lille.

Lionel Messi sent a cross from a corner into the box and Kimpembe was there to send it into the net.

GOAL! Botman equalises against PSG


Sven Botman has pulled Lille level against Paris Saint-Germain.

Hatem Ben Arfa sent in a fine cross to the Dutch defender and he brought it down before firing into the PSG net.

GOAL! Vlahovic scores for Juventus


Dusan Vlahovic has scored on his debut for Juventus!

He took on a pass and sent it sailing over the goalkeeper to give his side the lead against Hellas Verona.

Starting XIs: Real Madrid vs Granada


WATCH: Mane penalty saved by Egypt goalkeeper Gabaski


Gabaski saves


Sadio Mane stepped up to take the spot kick for Senegal, but his effort was saved by Egypt goalkeeper Gabaski.

A fantastic stop for the keeper and an electric start to this final.

PENALTY! Senegal get a huge early chance


Just four minutes into the clash and we have a penalty!

Mohamed Abdelmonem has brought down Senegal's Saliou Ciss in the box, giving the referee no choice but to point to the spot.

Kick-off! Senegal vs Egypt is underway


The Africa Cup of Nations final between Senegal and Egypt has begun!

Mohamed Salah & Co. are looking to enhance their status as the most successful nation in the competition.

But Sadio Mane and his Senegal side are out to win the trophy for the first time.

Here comes the big one


There are less than 10 minutes to go until the Africa Cup of Nations final kicks off.

A whopper of a closing ceremony has set the stage for what will hopefully be an exciting final between Egypt and Senegal.

Team news: Juventus vs Hellas Verona


Rodgers apologises for Leicester thrashing against Forest


Brendan Rodgers apologised to Leicester fans after their 4-1 loss to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup.

The Foxes conceded three times in the space of nine minutes in the first-half before letting in a fourth around the hour-mark of the match.

Rodgers told BBC Match of the Day: "The first words are for the supporters, you come into a derby game and looking to win the FA Cup again, the supporters will have expected to see the team play with more authority, aggression and a strong mentality We apologise for that, that was nowhere near the level. We started OK, got into some good areas, misplaced a couple of passes that invites them into the game. To concede the second so early after the first puts us on the back foot. We did not find any rhythm and were really disappointing in the game."

He added: "It is a really poor performance, it is about hunger in the team. This team have been together for three years and I see some worrying signs with some of the players. We have to go again, get back in and have a tough game on Thursday [against Liverpool]."

Forest were excellent in win against Leicester - Cooper


Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper was delighted with his side's "excellent" display against Leicester.

The Championship side beat Brendan Rodgers' team 4-1 to secure a place in the fifth round, where they will take on Huddersfield.

"It was about staying in the moment, staying focussed and carrying on as we were," Cooper told BBC Match of the Day.

"The lads kept going, scored four, hit the bar and could have got one or two others. We were excellent and really pleased for the boys and proud of the club.

"We are in the middle of trying to build something. We have to go to Blackburn on Wednesday and have to play. It is about what is next and we want to live up to the beliefs of the club. We want to build on things like today and have the right mentality and humility."

Nottingham Forest v Leicester City : 2022

Defending champions Foxes dumped out of the FA Cup


FT: Forest 4-1 Leicester

Hold the phones! Leicester City - as in the defending FA Cup holders Leicester City - are out in the fourth round after they were routed at the hands of lower-league opposition!

Nottingham Forest, no strangers to a trophy several decades ago in the time of Brian Clough, have written themselves a spot of modern legend with a 4-1 victory over the Foxes for local bragging rights and more.

Brendan Rodgers will face a particularly restless night after that one, you feel - but Steve Cooper will be over the moon.

Fresh start fever


FT: Barca 4-2 Atletico

What a difference a game makes


FT: Barca 4-2 Atletico

The stage is set


Senegal v Egypt

We've still got plenty of club action to come across the rest of the day - Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Juventus are all in the mix too - but now, for the moment, there's one game that takes the biscuit above them all.

It's Senegal versus Egypt - and Mane versus Salah - in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Final, straight from Cameroon!

Have a look at the scene hours before kick-off.

Book ends?


FT: Barca 4-2 Atletico

FT: Barca 4-2 Atletico


Blaugrana win six-goal thriller against champions

There goes the final whistle - and it is more than just a statement victory for Barcelona, it's arguably the best of the Xavi era!

They win 4-2 against the champions of La Liga, Atletico Madrid, the victors of a six-goal thriller that had a little bit of everything.

Dani Alves bagged an assist, a goal and a red card on his Camp Nou return, Adama Traore made his second debut and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made his first.

The upshot of it all? Barcelona overhaul Atletico to move into the top four. The hunt for a Champions League berth is truly alive and kicking once more!

Rose: Never felt Dortmund were in the game


FT: Dortmund 2-5 Leverkusen

We're into the closing minutes in La Liga and time is almost up for Atletico Madrid - but at least they have not shipped five yet, like Borussia Dortmund, whose manager Marco Rose has emerged to shed some light on that result.

"Exactly the things we mentioned, the transition game of Leverkusen, that hit us hard with three goals conceded," he said when pinpointing how they were unlocked.

"The defeat is bitter. We never felt like we were in the game. Whenever it was our turn , the plug was pulled. It's a deserved win for Leverkusen."

Rare find


Barca 4-2 Atletico

Foxes face fight in FA Cup


Barca 4-2 Atletico

We break away from La Liga for a moment to head back to the FA Cup, where holders Leicester City are facing a remarkable upset.

The Foxes are on the wrong end fo a 3-1 scoreline against Nottingham Forest, who bagged all their goals in a nine-minute blitz to stun the Premier League outfit.

Kelechi Iheanacho has at the very least offered a response since, but they face a fight to take this one back.

Atletico chase dramatic finale


Barca 4-2 Atletico

Total Drama


Barca 4-2 Atletico

Drought over


Barca 4-2 Atletico

RED CARD: Barca 4-2 Atletico


(Dani Alves)

From hero to zero for Dani Alves! Barcelona are down to ten men!

Just when you thought this match was out of twists, another curveball comes swinging round the corner. The Blaugrana veteran comes in, studs up, onto the back of Yannick Carrasco's calf and knee.

The referee goes over for a second look with VAR - and produces a straight red card! The protests are furious, but the decision stands!

Old dog, old tricks


Barca 4-2 Atletico

Demolition job


FT: Dortmund 2-5 Leverkusen

GOAL: Barca 4-2 Atletico


(Luis Suarez)

Is the comeback on for Atletico Madrid?

Atletico Madrid spear a free-kick into the box, headed on towards the right post and Luis Suarez pops up to ensure it gets there.

Barcelona cry for offside, but it is not going to be chalked off and the visitors have a foot back in the door of this match.

FT: Dortmund 2-5 Leverkusen


Black and Yellow routed in dismal performance

The final whistle goes - and Borussia Dortmund can be put out of their misery on this rotten Bundesliga day for them.

They are beaten - trounced, even - by Bayer Leverkusen in a seven-goal encounter, five of which they shipped,

They may have been missing main man Erling Haaland, but it is no excuse - and with a nine-point gap between them and Bayern Munich now, it surely ends their title charge too.

GOAL: Barca 4-1 Atletico


(Dani Alves)

Dani Alves puts Camp Nou into raptures! Barcelona have four against the champions!

Even by the Law of Weird Scorelines that seems to have raced across much of the weekend, who saw the Blaugrana doing this to Atletico Madrid today?

The veteran hero of the Catalan club smashes a first-touch finish home off a lovely cutback feinted over by two team-mates, to wrong-foot the visitors.

GOAL: Dortmund 2-5 Leverkusen


(Steffen Tigges)

Make it seven goals in this Bundesliga tie.

Steffen Tigges will add a late consolation finish for Borussia Dortmund, as scant as it is.

The Black and Yellow have been outgunned throughout, in a performance that surely signals the end of their already fading Bundesliga challenge.

GOAL: Dortmund 1-5 Leverkusen


(Moussa Diaby)

The rout is almost over for Borussia Dortmund - but they still have another concession in them before the whistle can save them.

Moussa Diaby adds a fifth - a fifth! - for Bayer Leverkusen, who must be in absolute dreamland.

In the stands, Erling Haaland lets out a very long breath. The Black and Yellow miss him, but it is very hard to say whether even his talents could have saved them from this result.

Back underway at Camp Nou


Barca 3-1 Atletico

The teams emerge for the second half - and the roar that greats Barcelona is deafening.

Camp Nou hasn't seen a half of football like that from the home side for quite a while, you'd wager.

Can Xavi and the rest of the Blaugrana keep it up against an obviously wounded Atletico Madrid though?

Leaky ships


HT: Barca 3-1 Atletico

HT: Barca 3-1 Atletico


It's the old guns and the new blood who are talking in tandem for Barcelona - they lead champions Atletico Madrid in their Camp Nou return in La Liga!

Goals for Jordi Alba, Gavi and Ronald Araujo have seen the Blaugrana blow past their visitors after an early concession to put themselves in the box seat.

Xavi looks cool and collected. Diego Simeone looks marginally less so.

GOAL: Barca 3-1 Atletico


(Ronald Araujo)

The Blaugrana are on fire!

It's another three-goal first-half haul in Europe today, with Barcelona following Bayer Leverkusen and getting in on the action now thanks to Ronald Araujo.

A free-kick comes back off the crossbar and amid a clutch of harried attempts to clear or score, he manages to poke home at the right post.

Reyna returns for Dortmund


Dortmund 1-4 Leverkusen

Train keeps a-rollin'


Barca 2-1 Atletico

GOAL: Dortmund 1-4 Leverkusen


(Jonathan Tah)

Game, set and match to Bayer Leverkusen, surely!

There are a lot of long faces amid the Borussia Dortmund players right now, and no wonder. They have been taken to the cleaners on the scoreboard and this latest concession is another to frustrate them.

They fail to smuggle a relatively soft corner away, slipping and sliding into each other, and Jonathan Tah manages to lash home a volley from a dozen yards or so while falling to the turf himself.

Back underway at Signal Iduna Park


Dortmund 1-3 Leverkusen

There's no shortage of action in Europe today, is there?! Let's hope the 2021 AFCON Final lives up to its billing later on too, it's been a fantastic day.

We're back underway in the Bundesliga too, as Borussia Dortmund prepare for what could be an all-or-nothing half in the course of their season.

They trail Bayer Leverkusen by two goals.

GOAL: Barca 2-1 Atletico



Barcelona hit the front - and complete a remarkable first-half turnaround against the champions!

Atletico Madrid can only stare in disbelief at that. Adama Traore takes it hard to the edge of the box, and cuts back a glorious cross. Gavi gets up amid the throng of players and nudges a well-placed header home to put the hosts on top.

What a breathtaking opening quarter we've had at Camp Nou!

WATCH: Alba stunner puts Barca level


Barca 1-1 Atletico

A little bit of history


Barca 1-1 Atletico

GOAL: Barca 1-1 Atletico


(Jordi Alba)


Barcelona have an immediate response and put the Camp Nou crowd into hysterics! They press from the restart down the right edge and Atletico can't dig themselves out under the pressure.

Just as they seem set to survive, Dani Alves hoists a hanging cross over the edge of the penalty box to the far side, where Alba meets it first-time and rockets it back into the opposite top corner!

GOAL: Barca 0-1 Atletico


(Yannick Carrasco)

It's a dream delight for Atletico Madrid - and a dirty disaster for Barcelona!

Diego Simeone's side impart their ruthless streak - not seen enough this year, perhaps - on the Blaugrana, cutting them open on the flanks and through the middle with a powerful play.

Luis Suarez feeds Yannick Carrasco and the latter sweeps home a wonderful low finish in at the far post.

HT: Dortmund 1-3 Leverkusen


And breathe!

Well, that was certainly a half of football to put it mildly - and Borussia Dortmund are looking towards the end of their distant title challenge unless they spin this around.

Bayer Leverkusen have been great value for their lead, and they could impose a nine-point gap upon the Black and Yellow and Bayern Munich if they hold onto it.

More to come.

KO: Barca v Atletico


One of the classic modern-day rivalries of La Liga is about to reignite.

It's Barcelona - with Adama Traore on the pitch and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the bench - against Atletico Madrid, live from Camp Nou.

It's a beautiful day in the Catalan city. Here we go!

Who joins the honour roll?


Senegal v Egypt

GOAL: Dortmund 1-3 Leverkusen


(Robert Andrich)

In the paraphrased words of esteemed philosopher Barney Gumble - just hook it to our veins!

Bayer Leverkusen have a third in this bonkers opening half-hour in the Bundesliga, to put some serious daylight between them and Borussia Dortmund.

It is Robert Andrich with the most delicious of free-kicks, putting it firmly into the top corner from just outside the box.

Superstar showdown


Senegal v Egypt

We interupt our scheduled broadcast of whatever on earth is happening in Dortmund right now to remind you that the Africa Cup of Nations comes to a close tonight.

Cameroon 2021 - delayed by a year - has not pulled up short on great moments, but two Liverpool men have the chance to make history this evening.

GOAL: Dortmund 1-2 Leverkusen


(Florian Wirtz)

This game is absolutely crazy!

Bayer Leverkusen respond immediately too to go back ahead, slicing downfield with a wonderful counter move that catches Borussia Dortmund napping at the rear.

Florian Wirtz sweeps a calm close-range finish home from Karim Bellarabi's flick in off the right flank.

GOAL: Dortmund 1-1 Leverkusen


(Jeremie Frimpong OG)

An immediate response from the Black and Yellow!

Borussia Dortmund pull level six minutes after they conceded, with Thomas Meunier the man to seemingly square things up.

He flicks a lovely header across the face of goal from Julian Brandt's delivery and though VAR takes a look, the offside trap has just been beaten. It wouldn't matter anyway - the last touch is deemed to be off Jeremie Frimpong and it is subsequently chalked up as an own goal.

GOAL: Dortmund 0-1 Leverkusen


(Manuel Akanji OG)

An absolute calamity of a goal to concede by Borussia Dortmund - and they trail against Bayer Leverkusen, who are delighted with that gift!

Some terribly nonchalant passing around the box from the hosts is picked off by Patrik Schick, who fires in at close-range.

Gregor Kobel parries the shot with a stretch - but only straight into the body of Manuel Akanji who has to watch helplessly as it flies back over his goalkeeper and into the empty net.

Elliott earns day in the sun


FT: Liverpool 3-1 Cardiff

KO: Dortmund v Leverkusen


From the noise of Anfield to the roar of Signal Iduna Park - it's Bundesliga time, baby!

Borussia Dortmund have a huge gap to make up on Bayern Munich, but even without Erling Haaland, they'll be in the mood to deliver.

Here we go!

Happy anniversary


FT: Liverpool 3-1 Cardiff

Which Reds reign supreme?


Senegal v Egypt

Will Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have watched Liverpool bat aside Cardiff before their own date with destiny? You'd imagine their focus lies elsewhere.

The Reds duo are on opposite sides this evening, in what could make for an awkward dressing room when they both come back, in the 2021 AFCON Final.

The prize is on the line and both will be out to do Senegal and Egypt proud.

Diaz already in the wars


FT: Liverpool 3-1 Cardiff



FT: Liverpool 3-1 Cardiff

Still to come...


FT: Liverpool 3-1 Cardiff

So that's one down and two to go when it comes to the final few ties of the FA Cup fourth round.

Still to come, Nottingham Forest will hope they can spring an upset over holders Leicester City, while non-league Boreham Wood will aim to shock Bournemouth.

We'll bring you the half-time and full-time scores from those clashes as they come in throughout the day.

Elliott takes standing ovation


FT: Liverpool 3-1 Cardiff

The comeback kid


FT: Liverpool 3-1 Cardiff

FT: Liverpool 3-1 Cardiff


Elliott bags goal on return as Diaz makes fine debut

There goes the final whistle at Anfield - and Liverpool are into the fifth round of the FA Cup!

It's business as usual across a fine second-half showing for the Reds, with two particular moments of delight - an assist on debut for Luis Diaz and an absolute honker of a finish from Harvey Elliott on his return from a lengthy lay-off.

Jurgen Klopp will have few complaints, and nor will Cardiff, who mostly gave a fine account of themselves. But it is the hosts who march on, to face Norwich in the last-16.

Diaz dodges knee knock


Liverpool 3-1 Cardiff

A heart-in-mouth moment for Liverpool - but not for the sake of the game.

Luis Diaz takes a blow and looks to go down with a knee problem.

It would be a cruel turn if the Reds new boy was ruled out in his maiden match for the club - but fortunately, he seems fit to continue.

WATCH: Elliott bags stunner on Liverpool return


Liverpool 3-1 Cardiff

GOAL: Liverpool 3-1 Cardiff


(Rubin Colwill)

A little bit of consolation for Cardiff City - surely it is too late to do anything about the result now!

Wales international Rubin Colwill bags a goal at Anfield to cut the gap to two and deny Liverpool a clean sheet.

The Reds are still very much in command performance mode however. Even that hiccup cannot darken their spirits.

GOAL: Liverpool 3-0 Cardiff


(Harvey Elliott)

The Reds are running rampant now - and what a goal from Harvey Elliott to make it so! What a way to mark his comeback!

It's something special from the youngster who brings a teasing cross back to earth on the right side of the box, pivots and drills it through to the near-post in superb fashion.

Anfield is loving a little bit of cup magic! Liverpool are well in control of this clash.

New boy makes Reds history


Liverpool 2-0 Cardiff

GOAL: Liverpool 2-0 Cardiff


(Takumi Minamino)

Liverpool double their lead - and it is Luis Diaz on debut with the assist!

The Colombian takes it tight on the left side of the box, gets to the whitewash near the left post and cuts it back for Takumi Minamino to prod home.

Jurgen Klopp has a grin that could split his face in two. He's delighted with that one.

Diaz on for Reds debut


Liverpool 1-0 Cardiff

The noise is massive at Anfield and no wonder - two future heroes in the making have just entered the fray.

Luis Diaz, Liverpool's big buy of the January transfer window, is greated with a cheer, as is the returning Harvey Elliot, back from almost five months on the sidelines with that nasty injury.

What riches for Jurgen Klopp to choose from.

GOAL: Liverpool 1-0 Cardiff


(Diogo Jota)

Liverpool have the breakthrough, just at the start of the second half!

Diogo Jota rises in the penalty area to meet a silky free-kick delivery from Trent Alexander-Arnold, beating out the defence and nudging an acute finish home.

The Reds have the goal they've been chasing with less success than expected. Now, to build and preserve it.

Back underway at Anfield


Liverpool 0-0 Cardiff

We've resumed action in the FA Cup - and Liverpool are almost down to ten men off the mark!

Caoimhin Kelleher is forced to hurtle out of his box, closer to the halfway line than his own goal, by a lax defensive action that allows Mark Harris through on goal.

The keeper swings in with a sweeping challenge and gets a yellow. VAR looks - but turns down a subsequent red. That was a close call though.

Who will top tussle?


HT: Liverpool 0-0 Cardiff

HT: Liverpool 0-0 Cardiff


It's been far from one-way traffic, and it's been a sturdy workout - but despite the lack of goals, Liverpool probably have the edge against Cardiff City in the FA Cup fourth round.

Diogo Jota has had no shortage of chances to take advantage of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah's absence today, but he's just not quite got his eye in yet.

There's plenty of miles left in this match though - and you'd expect it to deliver some fireworks soon enough.

Hosts continue to push


Liverpool 0-0 Cardiff

TAA driving Reds threat


Liverpool 0-0 Cardiff

Barca celebrate Camp Nou return


Barca v Atletico

Still no goals to report in the FA Cup - but will we see them in La Liga later?

Real Madrid will hope to build their lead later today, and a loss for rivals Atletico Madrid would help them out - and they just happen to have a trip to Barcelona.

Camp Nou remains imposing, even if the team who plays there have lost their shine - as this handy video showcases from the club.

On this day in history...


Liverpool 0-0 Cardiff

One man who may have been wondering if he deserved the sack following an FA Cup turn this weekend by his old club? Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The ex-Manchester United manager has not stayed strictly away from the club since his exit - his daughter made her debut for their women's team the other day - but you do wonder if he considered whether he could have got them to deliver against the might of Middlesbrough.

Anyway, he has some history on this day from his playing days. Take a look.

A moment of respect


Liverpool 0-0 Cardiff

Cardiff see penalty appeal waved off


Liverpool 0-0 Cardiff

No goals over the opening quarter at Anfield - but Liverpool may have ridden their luck there.

An appeal goes up for a spot-kick from Cardiff - a throaty appeal, at that too - and there's a nervy moment where the officials look tempted to bring play to a halt.

They do not and the Reds ride back down the other end.

Reds seek to impose control


Liverpool 0-0 Cardiff

WATCH: Jota denied early opener at Anfield


Liverpool 0-0 Cardiff

Who can make or break history?


Senegal v Egypt

As we get into the swing of things in the FA Cup, a tidy reminder that some of the best players in the world will pit wits tonight.

Senegal and Egypt have met in the Africa Cup of Nations four times before - with two wins apiece to their name.

Which way will the wind blow this time?

Bluebirds showcase early spark


Liverpool 0-0 Cardiff

It's a lively opening act this one, and Cardiff do not look like a side who will be easily cowed.

Moments after the below opportunity though, Diogo Jota forces a save that brings a roar from the Anfield crowd.

KO: Liverpool v Cardiff


Can we get some nice weather for an FA Cup game in the north of England please?

Liverpool will hope they can ape Manchester City and not Manchester United in this one today - they're underway in their fourth round tie against Cardiff City!

It's a vocal crowd at Anfield, nipped by the freezing winds, and they're ready to get all warmed up by some cracking football.

Teams emerge at Anfield


Liverpool v Cardiff

The teams are heading out of the tunnel at Anfield - and the noise is exactly what you'd expect for a crackerjack Sunday cup tie involving the Reds. They're a noisy bunch, to put it mildly.

They certainly enjoyed hearing Luis Diaz's name pre-game, as GOAL's Neil Jones can attest.

We've not touched on it too much so far, but Harvey Elliott is also back in the fold for Liverpool. He's been out for almost 150 days - it will be a huge moment if he gets back on today.

FA Cup fifth round draw confirmed


Liverpool v Cardiff

There's still a host of games to come, but the draw has already been made for the next round of the FA Cup, ahead of kick-off at Anfield.

When all is said and done, 16 teams will be in the hat - and they'll now know who they face too.

Chelsea and Manchester City get lower-league opposition in the shape of Luton and Peterborough United respectively, while the Reds - if they win - will play an all-Premier League tie with Norwich.

You can see the rest of the draw below.

Debut darlings?


Liverpool v Cardiff

To today's action then, and a host of old faces could be in line to make their first minutes for their new clubs.

Luis Diaz is the big one to watch shortly, with the new Liverpool man named on the bench for the Reds against Cardiff City.

But following his major Arsenal fallout, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could also be in line for his debut game with Barcelona, against Atletico Madrid in that mouthwatering game in La Liga.

About last night...


Liverpool v Cardiff

So, where do you actually start with yesterday's manic action across the world of football?

The FA Cup seems as good a place as any. Chelsea trailed against Plymouth Argyle, and needed extra-time to ultimately get the better of them. The same can be said for West Ham, whose victory over non-league Kidderminster Harriers was cruel in the extreme, with David Moyes' side nabbing an injury-time goal to force the additional half-hour before winning it in injury time for the latter period too.

Manchester City and Tottenham both made relatively quick work of their opponents Fulham and Brighton respectively, but elsewhere, it was a five-goal Bundesliga thriller for Bayern to keep ahead of RB Leipzig, while Olivier Giroud wrote his name into derby folklore with a three-minute double for Milan to spin victory their way against Inter.

Burkina Faso though were surely the biggest losers of the day - they let slip a three-goal lead in the last quarter-hour of their AFCON bronze-medal match to hosts Cameroon, who then prevailed 5-3 on penalties. The beautiful game, in all its glory and all its agony.

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Today's order of play


But while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will have the chance to make history for their country, their club has a potential banana-skin to dodge in the FA Cup fourth round in their absence.

Elsewhere, La Liga serves up an ultimate crunch clash between two of Spain's biggest clubs, a falling Serie A giant attempt to continue their push for the top four and both Lionel Messi and Jude Bellingham will be looking to leave their marks on the title races in France and Germany.

Today's order of play is as follows:

1200: Liverpool vs Cardiff City
1430: Dortmund vs Bayer Leverkusen
1515: Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid
1900: Senegal vs Egypt
1945: Juventus vs Verona
1945: Lille vs PSG
2000: Real Madrid vs Granada

(All times GMT)

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Hello and welcome to GOAL Matchday Live - our rolling blog coverage of all the biggest beats and hottest games across Europe this weekend!

Caught your breath from yesterday's freewheeling FA Cup drama and continental excitement yet? Chelsea and West Ham survived almighty scares in the game's oldest cup competition, Manchester City and Tottenham made easy work and a host of other sides joined them in the hat.

Elsewhere, Milan stunned Inter with a Derby della Madonnina comeback to remember and Bayern Munich beat off a RB Leipzig fightback to build their Bundesliga lead - and then, the crowning jewel of Cameroon's AFCON bronze-medal fightback saw them break Burkina Faso's hearts on penalties.

There's plenty more to come today from all those competitions and more - including one very special headline clash for two Liverpool stars.