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Summary

  1. Barcelona back on top of La Liga after derby win
  2. Luis Suarez scores twice
  3. Ivan Rakitic gets the other
  4. Espanyol remain 9th in the table

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By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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So Barcelona end the day as they started it - on top of La Liga courtesy of a better head-to-head record against Real Madrid. 

This is the title race which keeps on giving. Many thanks for your company. Until next time...

Espanyol 0-3 Barcelona

Real Madrid remain favourites to win their first La Liga title since 2012 as they have a game in hand over Barca. Real Madrid's next league game is away to Tony Adams' relegated Granada on 6 May.

What's next?

Espanyol 0-3 Barcelona

Barcelona's next game is against fifth-placed Villarreal at the Nou Camp next Saturday (17:30 BST). Luis Enrique's team are determined the title race goes down to the wire.

FULL-TIME

Espanyol 0-3 Barcelona

Barcelona are back on top of La Liga courtesy of gifts from neighbours Espanyol.

Espanyol 0-3 Barcelona

Two additional minutes.

Espanyol 0-3 Barcelona

Espanyol fans have seen enough. Barca have the bragging rights once again from the Catalan derby. 

Sunday League defending

Espanyol 0-3 Barcelona

Another calamitous mistake in the Espanyol defence seals the points for Barca. This time its Aaron Martín who gets it horribly wrong - his mis-kick gifting Luis Suarez a simple tap-in. The final whistle cannot come soon enough for Espanyol.

GOAL - Espanyol 0-3 Barcelona

Luis Suarez

Another error, another Luis Suarez goal.

Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

This is a hard-working, gutsy performance which is about to take Barcelona back to the top of La Liga. Nothing flashy. Espanyol have given their neighbours a tough workout but have lacked the cutting edge Barca have all over their team.

Rakitic doubles the lead

Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

Remember I said Lionel Messi had been quiet by his usual standards? He embarks on a powerful run from inside the centre circle before rolling the ball to an unmarked Ivan Rakitic inside the Espanyol penalty area who in turn rolls it past the keeper into the net. That's another soft goal as far as the hosts are concerned.

GOAL - Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

Ivan Rakitic

So, so easy.

Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona

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A huge 15 minutes coming up in terms of the title race. Will Barca hold on? 

CLOSE!

Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona

He's been a spectator for most of the night but Marc-Andre ter Stegen gets down well to hold Jurado's fiercely struck shot from an angle. That could easily have spilled out but the German hugs the ball as though his life depends on it.

Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona

A strange night for Lionel Messi. He's shown flashes of quality but he's been quiet in terms of attacking threat by his usual high standards. Hey, everyone is allowed an off-day. Even little magicians. 

SUBSTITUTION

Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona

Espanyol haven't managed a shot on target. This is far from over but they need to carve out more chances if they are to claw their way back into this derby. Will midfielder Hernan Perez come up with the goods? He's just come on for Pablo Piatti.

Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona

So with around half an hour remaining Barca are heading back to the top of La Liga as it stands. They have a better head-to-head record than Real Madrid although the capital club crucially have a game in hand on their rivals. This is developing into another terrific race for the title.

GREAT SAVE!

Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona

Barca are playing much better. It requires a terrific finger-tip stop from Diego Lopez to prevent Neymar's curling shot from finding the top corner. It's a great attempt, an even better save.

Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona

It's turning into a horrible night for Jurado. He wasted a great chance to give Espanyol an early lead before his mistake led to Suarez's breakthrough goal.

Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona

Quique Sanchez Flores looks composed on the touchline but you can be sure the Espanyol boss is fuming on the inside. His side were doing a terrific job at frustrating their neighbours before gifting them the lead.

Deadly Suarez strikes

Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona

They have struggled to carve out chances but Barca are ahead as Jose Manuel Jurado's ridiculous back pass is seized on by Luis Suarez who slots home. Great anticipation by Suarez but a total disaster as far as Espanyol are concerned.

GOAL - Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona

Luis Suarez

Espanyol gift Barca the lead!

Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona

No changes at the start of the second half by either team. Barcelona's substitutes bench includes midfielder Arda Turan and Javier Mascherano. 

KICK-OFF

Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona

Back under way. Barca have work to do.

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HALF-TIME

Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona

Another sweeping Barca attack, started by Sergio Busquets, ends in more frustration as Neymar fires horribly wide. That's it. The first half is over. Barca have failed to register a shot on target against a well organised Espanyol side.

Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona

Lionel Messi is at the heart of a surging Barca move but it breaks down on the edge of Espanyol's penalty area when Ivan Rakitic loses possession.

Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona

Sergi Roberto sends a header into the side netting. When was the last time Barca went 45 minutes without an effort on target in La Liga? There's five minutes of the first half remaining and Espanyol's keeper has not had a save to make.

Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona

There's a long way to go in this but it's worth a reminder that if this ends goalless then Real Madrid, who have one game in hand, will be two points clear at the top of La Liga with just three games left for Barca.

Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona

Luis Suarez skips away from David Lopez and cuts in from the wing. Neymar and Lionel Messi race into the penalty area but Suarez's pass is so poor and easily cut out. It's the story of Barca's night.

Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona

Hesitation from Gerard Pique almost hands Felipe Caicedo an opening from close range. That's raised the noise levels inside the ground.

Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona

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Barca's possession figure continues to creep up. All the action is taking place in Espanyol's half but just two shots from the visitors in the opening half an hour - and none on target. 

Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona

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He's La Liga's top scorer this season but Lionel Messi has yet to have a shot on target in this game.

Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona

It's niggly, it's high tempo but it's still goalless. Espanyol are being penned inside their own half but will be pretty pleased with how they have started.

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Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona

A Barca attack is brought to a halt by the referee's whistle after Luis Suarez barges into Diego Reyes on the edge of Espanyol's penalty area. Suarez shrugs his shoulders and puts on his best innocent face.

Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona

Still no shots on target from Barca. We've seen very little in terms of attacking threat from Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar. There's an awful long way to go yet though.

YELLOW CARD

Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona

First yellow of the game as Gerard Moreno goes in too hard on Ivan Rakitic. It can't have hurt that much as moments later Rakitic is back on his feet and firing narrowly over Espanyol's bar.

Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona

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Barca have enjoyed lots of possession in the opening 15 minutes but have done little in way of troubling Espanyol's defence.

Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona

It's frantic, helter-skelter stuff - a typical start to a derby. Suddenly Neymar has sight of goal and lets fly from inside the penalty area. It cannons off a blue and white shirt. 

Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona

Luis Suarez is without a goal in his last three games and he was rested in midweek. He's not had a sniff so far.

CLOSE!

Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona

Huge chance for Espanyol. 

Barca's defence is carved open as former Manchester City forward Felipe Caicedo plays in Jose Manuel Jurado but the ex-Watford midfielder screws his shot horribly with just the keeper to beat.

Espanyol won't get a better chance.