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

Match ends, Espanyol 0, Barcelona 0.

Booking

Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Espanyol 0, Barcelona 0.

Hand ball by Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

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

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Pape Diop (Espanyol).

Booking

Neymar (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

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

Foul by Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

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

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

Foul by Pape Diop (Espanyol).

Foul by Gerard Piqué (Barcelona).

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

Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

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

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Víctor Álvarez (Espanyol).

Luis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Enzo Roco (Espanyol).

Substitution

Substitution, Espanyol. Abraham replaces Joan Jordán.

Attempt saved. Neymar (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordi Alba with a cross.

Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Pape Diop (Espanyol).

Attempt blocked. Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Neymar with a cross.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Javi López.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Pape Diop.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Sergi Roberto replaces Ivan Rakitic.

Jordi Alba (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marco Asensio (Espanyol).

Attempt blocked. Gerard Moreno (Espanyol) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Felipe Caicedo.

Offside, Barcelona. Ivan Rakitic tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Pape Diop (Espanyol) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Corner, Espanyol. Conceded by Ivan Rakitic.

Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

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

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