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Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona

Lionel Messi scores for 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."

Line-ups

Espanyol

  • 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

Substitutes

  • 1Parreño Boix
  • 3Rodríguez
  • 6da Silva Junior
  • 17Álvarez Delgado
  • 22Fernández Iglesias
  • 23González Casanova
  • 24Córdoba

Barcelona

  • 13Pinto Colorado
  • 22Dani Alves
  • 18AlbaBooked at 90mins
  • 16BusquetsBooked at 45mins
  • 3Piqué
  • 14Mascherano
  • 6Xavi
  • 4FábregasSubstituted forSergiat 90'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 7PedroSubstituted forIniestaat 78'minutes
  • 11NeymarSubstituted forSánchezat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Iniesta
  • 9Sánchez
  • 15Bartra
  • 20Tello
  • 21Adriano
  • 24Sergi
  • 25Olazábal Paredes
Referee:
Carlos Clos Gómez
Attendance:
31,666

Match Stats

Home TeamEspanyolAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home28%
Away72%
Shots
Home8
Away20
Shots on Target
Home1
Away8
Corners
Home3
Away11
Fouls
Home24
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Espanyol 0, Barcelona 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Espanyol 0, Barcelona 1.

Booking

Jordi Alba (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Víctor Sánchez (Espanyol).

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Álex.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Javi López.

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.

Foul by Jordi Alba (Barcelona).

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

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

Foul by Fuentes (Espanyol).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Sergi Roberto replaces Francesc Fábregas.

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.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Sidnei.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Víctor Sánchez (Espanyol).

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

Foul by Álex (Espanyol).

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

Dismissal

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

Hand ball by Kiko Casilla (Espanyol).

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

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Sidnei.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Alexis Sánchez replaces Neymar.

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

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

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Kiko Casilla.

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

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

Foul by Sergio García (Espanyol).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Andrés Iniesta replaces Pedro.

Substitution

Substitution, Espanyol. Jhon Córdoba replaces Simão.

Goal!

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

Booking

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

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

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

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Diego Colotto.

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

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