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Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona

Luis Suarez, Neymar
Luis Suarez (19), Neymar (31) and Lionel Messi (47) have now scored a combined 97 goals this season

Barcelona increased their lead at the top of La Liga to five points with a derby victory over Espanyol.

Neymar put Barca ahead with a well-worked goal before Lionel Messi added a second with a composed finish.

Barca's Jordi Alba was given a red card for dissent in the 54th minute with Espanyol's Hector Moreno also sent off late on for the same offence.

Second-placed Real Madrid will aim to reduce the gap to two points when they face Celta Vigo on Sunday.

Playing on the first anniversary of the death of former coach Tito Vilanova, who died at the age of 45 after a long battle with cancer, Barcelona took their unbeaten run to 13 matches in all competitions.

Neymar scored twice in the 2-0 victory over Paris St-Germain in the Champions League during the week to set up a semi-final against Bayern Munich.

And the Brazil forward ensured the visitors' impressive start was rewarded with the opening goal at the Power8 Stadium after a slick passing move.

Messi's ball from deep picked out Jordi Alba on the left flank and his cross was dummied by Luis Suarez for Neymar, who emphatically dispatched a low shot under Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.

Barcelona increased their advantage before half-time when Messi scored the 401st goal of his career.

Suarez's cushioned pass to the back post was controlled by the Argentina international before he stroked the ball in from a tight angle.

Barcelona were reduced to 10 men early in the second half when Alba was sent off after being aggrieved not to win a free-kick.

The defender was booked for kicking the ball away and then received a second yellow for continuing his argument with the referee.

Moreno was sent off for the home side in injury time when he received two bookings for dissent.

Later on Saturday, Antoine Griezmann scored twice as champions Atletico Madrid, who are third in the table, beat Elche 3-0.

Strugglers Levante beat Getafe 1-0 with Victor scoring the only goal and David Moyes's Real Sociedad drew 0-0 with Villarreal.

Line-ups

Espanyol

  • 13Casilla
  • 23ArbillaBooked at 62mins
  • 22González SoberónBooked at 58mins
  • 15MorenoBooked at 90mins
  • 27Duarte
  • 17VázquezBooked at 72mins
  • 14Canas Ruiz HerreraBooked at 80mins
  • 10González CasanovaSubstituted forSevilla Lópezat 61'minutes
  • 5Álvarez DelgadoSubstituted forMontañés Claveríasat 74'minutes
  • 9García de la FuenteBooked at 22mins
  • 20CaicedoSubstituted forStuaniat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Sevilla López
  • 8Stuani
  • 16López Rodríguez
  • 18Fuentes Hernández
  • 19Colotto
  • 24Montañés Claverías
  • 25López

Barcelona

  • 13Bravo
  • 22Alves da Silva
  • 3Piqué
  • 14Mascherano
  • 18AlbaBooked at 54mins
  • 12RafinhaSubstituted forMathieuat 65'minutes
  • 5BusquetsBooked at 83mins
  • 8IniestaSubstituted forHernándezat 88'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9SuárezSubstituted forRakiticat 80'minutes
  • 11Neymar

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 4Rakitic
  • 6Hernández
  • 7Pedro
  • 20Roberto Carnicer
  • 21Correia
  • 24Mathieu
Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Attendance:
30,253

Match Stats

Home TeamEspanyolAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home28%
Away72%
Shots
Home7
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home21
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Espanyol 0, Barcelona 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Espanyol 0, Barcelona 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Salva Sevilla (Espanyol) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona).

  5. Post update

    Rubén Duarte (Espanyol) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Héctor Moreno (Espanyol).

  7. Booking

    Héctor Moreno (Espanyol) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Sergio García (Espanyol).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Gerard Piqué (Barcelona).

  11. Post update

    Rubén Duarte (Espanyol) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Xavi replaces Andrés Iniesta.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Christian Stuani (Espanyol) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paco Montañés with a through ball.

  14. Booking

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Javier Mascherano (Barcelona).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Booking

    José Cañas (Espanyol) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

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

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 25th April 2015

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