Spanish La Liga
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Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona

Abraham fouls Messi
Lionel Messi hit the angle of bar and post with a free-kick

Barcelona started 2016 off with a goalless draw against city rivals Espanyol.

Luis Enrique's side scored a Spanish record 180 goals in 2015 as they won five trophies, but his team of stars were not on top form against their neighbours.

They only forced keeper Pau Lopez into two saves, although Lionel Messi - with a curling 25-yard free-kick - and Luis Suarez hit the woodwork.

It was Barca's first 0-0 La Liga draw in 31 games - since a match against Malaga on 21 January 2015.

Atletico Madrid overtook them at the top of the table with their 1-0 win over Levante later on Saturday, although Barcelona have a game in hand.

'Espanyol gave everything'

Barca boss Luis Enrique: "It is difficult to play against a side that gives everything. We were expecting a game like this and they played very well.

"They pressured a lot and it was difficult for us to get going at the start as the opposition were on their game.

"We did well at the beginning of the second half, it was vital to create chances so that we could control the game and we had some clear openings which we didn't convert.

"Defensively they were superior to us in workrate and were at a very high level. They did drop it later as the game went on because it is impossible to maintain that throughout the match."

Line-ups

Espanyol

  • 13López
  • 16López RodríguezBooked at 31mins
  • 22González SoberónBooked at 22mins
  • 6Roco
  • 5Álvarez DelgadoBooked at 60mins
  • 19Jordán MorenoBooked at 42minsSubstituted forGonzález Casanovaat 79'minutes
  • 12DiopBooked at 88mins
  • 17Arsensio Pérez
  • 25Asensio
  • 9Franco AlvizSubstituted forMoreno Balagueróat 60'minutes
  • 20Caicedo

Substitutes

  • 1Bardi
  • 2Correa Silva
  • 3Duarte
  • 7Moreno Balagueró
  • 8Sevilla López
  • 10González Casanova
  • 24Raíllo Arenas

Barcelona

  • 13Bravo
  • 6Alves da Silva
  • 3PiquéBooked at 90mins
  • 14MascheranoBooked at 22mins
  • 18Alba
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forRoberto Carnicerat 71'minutes
  • 5Busquets
  • 8Iniesta
  • 10Messi
  • 9Suárez
  • 11NeymarBooked at 86mins

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 15Bartra
  • 17El Haddadi
  • 19Ramírez
  • 20Roberto Carnicer
  • 21Correia
  • 24Mathieu
Referee:
José Luis González González
Attendance:
24,203

Match Stats

Home TeamEspanyolAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home28%
Away72%
Shots
Home4
Away10
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away10
Fouls
Home22
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Espanyol 0, Barcelona 0.

  2. Booking

    Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

  3. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Espanyol 0, Barcelona 0.

  4. Post update

    Hand ball by Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

  5. Post update

    Offside, Barcelona. Sergio Busquets tries a through ball, but Neymar is caught offside.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Booking

    Pape Diop (Espanyol) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Pape Diop (Espanyol).

  10. Booking

    Neymar (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

  12. Post update

    Pape Diop (Espanyol) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Pape Diop (Espanyol).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Gerard Piqué (Barcelona).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

  20. Post update

    Pape Diop (Espanyol) wins a free kick in the attacking half.