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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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

Formation 4-3-3

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

Substitutes

  • 8Iniesta
  • 9Sánchez
  • 15Bartra
  • 20Tello
  • 21Correia
  • 24Roberto Carnicer
  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Espanyol 0, Barcelona 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Espanyol 0, Barcelona 1.

  3. Booking

    Jordi Alba (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Víctor Sánchez (Espanyol).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Álex.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Javi López.

  8. Post update

    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.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jordi Alba (Barcelona).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Fuentes (Espanyol).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Sergi Roberto replaces Francesc Fábregas.

  14. Post update

    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.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Sidnei.

  16. Booking

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Víctor Sánchez (Espanyol).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Álex (Espanyol).