Lionel Messi's 77th-minute penalty gave La Liga defending champions Barcelona victory at Espanyol.

Analysis

"Barcelona were given a distinctly uncomfortable afternoon by their local neighbours, and the outcome could have been very different if Espanyol striker Pizzi had shown more composure with one of his two excellent first-half chances.

"Messi was largely well shackled but - for the second consecutive weekend - he showed great composure to slot home the winning penalty.

"It wasn't pretty, but Barca have overcome a major obstacle in the title race."

Argentina international Messi scored his 36th goal of the season after Javi Lopez had handled the ball inside the area.

Espanyol keeper Kiko Casilla was sent off with seven minutes remaining when he used his hands outside the box.

Lopez took the gloves because the home side had already used their three substitutes.

Barca dominated possession against their city rivals, but created few chances.

Messi and fellow forward Neymar were inches from giving Gerardo Martino's side the lead in the first half, while at the other end Luis Miguel Afonso Fernandes, aka Pizzi, wasted two great opportunities.

Barcelona's only other clear chance at the Cornella-El Prat stadium, aside from the goal, was a volley from defender Gerard Pique that came back off the post.

"Derbies are always tough, and this was a tense game with lots of interruptions, fouls, and controversy," said Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets.

"Three weeks ago we were in a difficult situation. Now we are in a privileged one."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

Espanyol

  • 13 Casilla Cortés Dismissed
  • 16 López Rodríguez Booked
  • 18 Fuentes Hernández
  • 14 López Silva
  • 19 Colotto Booked
  • 15 Moreno (da Silva Junior - 49' )
  • 08 Stuani Booked
  • 04 Sánchez Mata Booked
  • 09 García de la Fuente
  • 10 Afonso Fernandes (Fernández Iglesias - 66' )
  • 20 Sabrosa (Córdoba - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Parreño Boix
  • 03 Rodríguez
  • 06 da Silva Junior
  • 17 Álvarez Delgado
  • 22 Fernández Iglesias
  • 23 González Casanova
  • 24 Córdoba

Barcelona

  • 13 Pinto Colorado
  • 22 Dani Alves
  • 18 Alba Booked
  • 16 Busquets Booked
  • 03 Piqué
  • 14 Mascherano
  • 06 Xavi
  • 04 Fábregas (Sergi - 90' )
  • 10 Messi
  • 07 Pedro (Iniesta - 78' )
  • 11 Neymar (Sánchez - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Iniesta
  • 09 Sánchez
  • 15 Bartra
  • 20 Tello
  • 21 Adriano
  • 24 Sergi
  • 25 Olazábal Paredes
Ref: Carlos Clos Gómez
Att: 31,666

Match Stats

Shots

8 20

On target

1 8

Corners

3 11

Fouls

24 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Espanyol 0, Barcelona 1.

90:00 +4:11 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Espanyol 0, Barcelona 1.

90:00 +3:46 Booking

Booking Jordi Alba (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +3:16

Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +3:16

Foul by Víctor Sánchez (Espanyol).

90:00 +2:17

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Álex.

90:00 +1:39

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Javi López.

90:00 +1:36

Attempt saved. Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dani Alves.

90:00 +0:39

Foul by Jordi Alba (Barcelona).

90:00 +0:39

Víctor Sánchez (Espanyol) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:41

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:41

Foul by Fuentes (Espanyol).

89:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barcelona. Sergi Roberto replaces Francesc Fábregas.

88:37

Attempt saved. Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

87:09

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Sidnei.

85:45 Booking

Booking Víctor Sánchez (Espanyol) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

85:38

Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

85:38

Foul by Víctor Sánchez (Espanyol).

85:13

Jordi Alba (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:13

Foul by Álex (Espanyol).

84:41

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

82:39 Dismissal

Dismissal Kiko Casilla (Espanyol) is shown the red card for fighting.

82:31

Hand ball by Kiko Casilla (Espanyol).

82:25

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrés Iniesta with a through ball.

81:24

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Sidnei.

80:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barcelona. Alexis Sánchez replaces Neymar.

79:46

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

79:46

Álex (Espanyol) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:12

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Kiko Casilla.

79:10

Attempt saved. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Xavi.

77:46

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:46

Foul by Sergio García (Espanyol).

77:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barcelona. Andrés Iniesta replaces Pedro.

77:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Espanyol. Jhon Córdoba replaces Simão.

76:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Espanyol 0, Barcelona 1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

74:54 Booking

Booking Javi López (Espanyol) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

74:42

Penalty conceded by Javi López (Espanyol) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

73:41

Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) hits the bar with a right footed shot from very close range. Assisted by Sergio Busquets following a corner.

73:10

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Diego Colotto.

73:09

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Dani Alves.

71:44

Attempt saved. Álex (Espanyol) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Simão.

71:00

Attempt saved. Pedro (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

70:57

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Francesc Fábregas.

70:49

Attempt blocked. Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gerard Piqué with a headed pass.

70:19

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Diego Colotto.

68:55

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

68:55

Foul by Javi López (Espanyol).

68:11

Hand ball by Sergio García (Espanyol).

67:40

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:40

Foul by Javi López (Espanyol).

67:03

Attempt saved. Pedro (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Xavi with a cross.

66:36

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Fuentes.

65:33

Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

65:33

Javi López (Espanyol) wins a free kick on the right wing.

65:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Espanyol. Álex replaces Pizzi.

64:29

Attempt blocked. Dani Alves (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

64:14

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:14

Foul by Christian Stuani (Espanyol).

63:32

Offside, Barcelona. Dani Alves tries a through ball, but Lionel Messi is caught offside.

62:47

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:47

Foul by Diego Colotto (Espanyol).

55:49

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Sidnei.

54:43

Pedro (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:43

Foul by Fuentes (Espanyol).

53:38

Foul by Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona).

53:38

David López (Espanyol) wins a free kick on the right wing.

52:55

Attempt missed. Christian Stuani (Espanyol) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Fuentes with a cross following a set piece situation.

51:59

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

51:59

Sergio García (Espanyol) wins a free kick on the left wing.

48:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Espanyol. Sidnei replaces Héctor Moreno because of an injury.

45:00

Second Half begins Espanyol 0, Barcelona 0.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Espanyol 0, Barcelona 0.

45:00 +0:18 Booking

Booking Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:13

Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

45:00 +0:13

Sergio García (Espanyol) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:15

Attempt missed. Christian Stuani (Espanyol) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Diego Colotto.

42:47

Corner, Espanyol. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

41:25

Attempt missed. Diego Colotto (Espanyol) header from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Javi López.

40:48

Corner, Espanyol. Conceded by Javier Mascherano.

39:27

Corner, Espanyol. Conceded by Javier Mascherano.

38:32

Attempt missed. Neymar (Barcelona) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Jordi Alba.

37:38

Xavi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:38

Foul by Simão (Espanyol).

36:13

Dani Alves (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

36:13

Foul by Simão (Espanyol).

34:32 Booking

Booking Diego Colotto (Espanyol) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

34:19

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:19

Foul by Diego Colotto (Espanyol).

33:43

Attempt blocked. Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

33:13

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Fuentes.

30:17

Hand ball by Christian Stuani (Espanyol).

29:52

Attempt blocked. Simão (Espanyol) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio García.

28:16

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Javi López.

25:23 Booking

Booking Christian Stuani (Espanyol) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

25:09

Jordi Alba (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:09

Foul by Christian Stuani (Espanyol).

23:39

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

22:54

Delay in match Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) because of an injury.

22:54

Delay in match Javi López (Espanyol) because of an injury.

22:00

Foul by Pedro (Barcelona).

22:00

Héctor Moreno (Espanyol) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:28

Attempt missed. Pizzi (Espanyol) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Sergio García.

19:37

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:37

Foul by Simão (Espanyol).

18:11

Attempt missed. Neymar (Barcelona) left footed shot from very close range is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Dani Alves.

17:17

Attempt missed. Pizzi (Espanyol) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Sergio García.

16:39

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Dani Alves.

16:34

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordi Alba.

14:27

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:27

Foul by Sergio García (Espanyol).

11:04

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:04

Foul by Javi López (Espanyol).

10:20

Hand ball by Gerard Piqué (Barcelona).

9:23

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dani Alves.

8:37

Pedro (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

8:37

Foul by Fuentes (Espanyol).

6:15

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:15

Foul by Javi López (Espanyol).

5:34

Offside, Barcelona. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Neymar is caught offside.

4:39

Offside, Espanyol. Christian Stuani tries a through ball, but Sergio García is caught offside.

3:58

Attempt missed. Sergio García (Espanyol) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Stuani with a headed pass.

3:22

Attempt saved. Neymar (Barcelona) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dani Alves with a cross.

0:37

Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:37

Foul by Christian Stuani (Espanyol).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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