Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona
Lionel Messi's 77th-minute penalty gave La Liga defending champions Barcelona victory at Espanyol.
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."
- 13CasillaBooked at 83mins
- 16López RodríguezBooked at 75mins
- 18Fuentes Hernández
- 14López Silva
- 19ColottoBooked at 35mins
- 15MorenoSubstituted forda Silva Juniorat 49'minutes
- 8StuaniBooked at 26mins
- 4Sánchez MataBooked at 86mins
- 9García de la Fuente
- 10Afonso FernandesSubstituted forFernández Iglesiasat 66'minutes
- 20SabrosaSubstituted forCórdobaat 78'minutes
- 1Parreño Boix
- 6da Silva Junior
- 17Álvarez Delgado
- 22Fernández Iglesias
- 23González Casanova
- 13Pinto Colorado
- 22Dani Alves
- 18AlbaBooked at 90mins
- 16BusquetsBooked at 45mins
- 4FábregasSubstituted forSergiat 90'minutes
- 7PedroSubstituted forIniestaat 78'minutes
- 11NeymarSubstituted forSánchezat 81'minutes
- 25Olazábal Paredes
- Carlos Clos Gómez
- Shots on Target