Spanish La Liga

Barcelona 5-0 Espanyol

By Michael EmonsBBC Sport
Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi has scored 18 goals in the Catalan derby, more than any other player

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to help see off Espanyol in the Catalan derby and take Barcelona top of La Liga.

Messi collected Ivan Rakitic's pass before curling in the opening goal and added a second from close range following Jordi Alba's pull-back.

The Argentina forward completed his 38th Barcelona hat-trick when he finished off from another Alba cross.

Gerard Pique headed in from a corner before Luis Suarez converted from debutant Ousmane Dembele's low pass.

Dembele, the world's second most expensive footballer who joined from Borussia Dortmund for a fee that could rise to £135.5m, came on as a second-half substitute.

Barcelona maintained their 100% record and are yet to concede a goal, while La Liga champions Real Madrid are sixth after a 1-1 home draw against Levante earlier on Saturday.

Easy derby win for Barca

Messi opened the scoring in the 26th minute, although he was lucky to do so as he looked offside when he collected Rakitic's pass, before jinking inside David Lopez's challenge and curling the ball into the net.

The hosts' lead was doubled nine minutes later when Messi slid in from close range after Alba's pull-back before the five-time world player of the year made it 3-0 after fine link-up play involving Luis Suarez and Alba.

Barcelona dominated possession with 77% of the ball and had further first-half chances but Rakitic was twice denied by goalkeeper Pau Lopez and Suarez shot over the bar.

Ousmane Dembele made his Barcelona debut when he came on as a 68th-minute substitute, replacing ex-Everton forward Gerard Deulofeu

Espanyol, managed by former Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores, had chances but Pablo Piatti's shot from 25 yards hit the post and he also shot wide after an Alba error.

Suarez twice missed opportunities in the second half and ex-Tottenham midfielder Paulinho, a second-half substitute, nearly scored on his home Barcelona debut but slid an attempt just wide.

Espanyol substitute Didac Vila forced home goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen into a good save before Pique scored a fourth, heading in from Rakitic's corner.

After selling Neymar to Paris St-Germain for £200m, Barcelona bought Dembele for an initial £96.8m and he made an impact on his debut, producing the pass for Suarez to add the fifth goal late on.



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 3Piqué
  • 23Umtiti
  • 18Alba
  • 16DeulofeuSubstituted forDembéléat 68'minutes
  • 4Rakitic
  • 5BusquetsBooked at 21minsSubstituted forPaulinhoat 73'minutes
  • 8IniestaSubstituted forAndré Gomesat 77'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9Suárez


  • 11Dembélé
  • 13Cillessen
  • 14Mascherano
  • 15Paulinho
  • 17Alcácer
  • 19Digne
  • 21André Gomes


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1López
  • 4SánchezBooked at 60minsSubstituted forNavarroat 68'minutes
  • 15López SilvaBooked at 29mins
  • 22Hermoso
  • 3MartínBooked at 74mins
  • 19PiattiSubstituted forGarcíaat 57'minutes
  • 20DiopBooked at 84mins
  • 18Fuego Martínez
  • 25DarderBooked at 71minsSubstituted forViláat 75'minutes
  • 11Baptistao
  • 7Moreno


  • 2Navarro
  • 5Gomes Pereira
  • 9García
  • 10Jurado
  • 12Vilá
  • 13López Rodríguez
  • 21Roca
Jesús Gil Manzano

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamEspanyol
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barcelona 5, Espanyol 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barcelona 5, Espanyol 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Paulinho (Barcelona).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Barcelona 5, Espanyol 0. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ousmane Dembélé.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gerard Moreno (Espanyol) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pape Diop.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Barcelona 4, Espanyol 0. Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic with a cross following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Mario Hermoso.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Pape Diop (Espanyol).

  12. Booking

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Pape Diop (Espanyol).

  15. Post update

    Luis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by David López (Espanyol).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

  18. Post update

    Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Leo Baptistao (Espanyol).

  20. Post update

    Corner, Espanyol. Conceded by Marc-André ter Stegen.


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