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Barcelona 4-1 Espanyol

Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi
Barcelona's Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi are joint top scorers in La Liga this season with 12 goals apiece

Luis Suarez scored twice as Barcelona moved up to second in La Liga with victory in the derby against Espanyol.

The striker calmly rolled in his first after running clear, before tapping in a second from close range.

Jordi Alba smashed home a third and David Lopez struck for Espanyol before Lionel Messi added a fourth late on.

Barca are now three points behind leaders Real Madrid, who have played one game fewer after being crowned Club World Cup champions earlier on Sunday.

Messi masterclass

Barcelona forward Messi produced two moments of brilliance in the second half to give Luis Enrique's side a comfortable victory at the Nou Camp.

The Argentine danced past four Espanyol defenders for Suarez's second, with the Uruguayan quickest to react following Espanyol goalkeeper Roberto's fumble.

A minute later, Messi beat the same number of players before laying the ball into the path of Alba to score.

Messi completed his masterclass performance with a well-deserved goal, poking in through the legs of Roberto from Suarez's lobbed pass.

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20Roberto Carnicer
  • 3Piqué
  • 14Mascherano
  • 18Alba
  • 6D SuárezSubstituted forRafinhaat 66'minutes
  • 5BusquetsSubstituted forUmtitiat 74'minutes
  • 8Iniesta
  • 10Messi
  • 9Suárez
  • 11Neymar

Substitutes

  • 4Rakitic
  • 7Turan
  • 12Rafinha
  • 13Cillessen
  • 17Alcácer
  • 19Digne
  • 23Umtiti

Espanyol

  • 13LópezSubstituted forJiménez Gagoat 53'minutes
  • 16López Rodríguez
  • 15López Silva
  • 23Reyes
  • 29Martín CaricolBooked at 13mins
  • 19PiattiBooked at 10minsSubstituted forReyesat 79'minutes
  • 18Fuego Martínez
  • 20Diop
  • 14Jurado
  • 10CaicedoBooked at 65minsSubstituted forMelendo Jiménezat 71'minutes
  • 7Moreno Balagueró

Substitutes

  • 1Jiménez Gago
  • 3Duarte
  • 6Duarte
  • 9Reyes
  • 22Vázquez García
  • 28Roca
  • 30Melendo Jiménez
Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Attendance:
79,370

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamEspanyol
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home14
Away4
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Barcelona 4, Espanyol 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 4, Espanyol 1.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by David López.

Attempt saved. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 4, Espanyol 1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luis Suárez with a through ball following a fast break.

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

Foul by Javi López (Espanyol).

Foul by Jordi Alba (Barcelona).

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

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Neymar.

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

Foul by Javi Fuego (Espanyol).

Foul by Jordi Alba (Barcelona).

Gerard Moreno (Espanyol) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Barcelona. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Neymar is caught offside.

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Barcelona).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Espanyol. Reyes replaces Pablo Piatti.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 3, Espanyol 1. David López (Espanyol) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Gerard Moreno following a fast break.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Samuel Umtiti replaces Sergio Busquets.

Delay in match Jordi Alba (Barcelona) because of an injury.

Delay in match Pablo Piatti (Espanyol) because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Espanyol. Melendo replaces Felipe Caicedo.

Delay in match Papakouly Diop (Espanyol) because of an injury.

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

Foul by Papakouly Diop (Espanyol).

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 3, Espanyol 0. Jordi Alba (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 2, Espanyol 0. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrés Iniesta.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Rafinha replaces Denis Suárez.

Booking

Felipe Caicedo (Espanyol) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Felipe Caicedo (Espanyol).

Foul by Jordi Alba (Barcelona).

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

Denis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Papakouly Diop (Espanyol).

Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 18th December 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid15114040142637
2Barcelona16104241162534
3Sevilla16103332211133
4Villarreal1685325111429
5Real Sociedad169252821729
6Atl Madrid1684429141528
7Eibar166552220223
8Ath Bilbao157262018223
9Espanyol165742022-222
10Las Palmas165652624221
11Malaga165652526-121
12Alavés165651517-221
13Celta Vigo156362429-521
14Real Betis165381829-1118
15Dep La Coruña164482227-516
16Leganés164481327-1416
17Valencia153392129-812
18Sporting Gijón1633101733-1612
19Granada161691433-199
20Osasuna1614111334-217
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