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Summary

  1. Dembele on the bench for Barcelona
  2. Earlier: Real Madrid drew 1-1 against Levante
  3. Get involved using #bbceurofooty

Live Reporting

By Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Luis Suarez
Reuters

Barcelona lead the way in La Liga, helped by Lionel Messi's hat-trick.

Top of the table, nine points from a possible nine, nine goals scored, zero conceded.

It leaves them four points ahead of champions Real Madrid.

Title race already over???

Have a read of Michael Emons's report

We are back on Sunday for more European action.

Until then.

FULL-TIME

Barcelona 5-0 Espanyol

A five-star performance from Barcelona, swatting aside their city rivals.

GOAL - Barcelona 5-0 Espanyol

Luis Suarez

He gets his goal, finally.

Luis Suarez with a finish from eight yards out.

The provider? Ousmane Dembele.

Excellent vision and technique from the Frenchman, breaking free down the right and putting an inch-perfect pass into the path of Suarez.

Neymar who???

Barcelona 4-0 Espanyol

Still time for another?

Barcelona 4-0 Espanyol

Into the final minute.

GOAL - Barcelona 4-0 Espanyol

Gerard Pique

Buried.

Ivan Rakitic whips in the corner with pace.

Can a Barcelona man get his head on to it? It is begging to be finished.

In flies Gerard Pique like a Boeing 777 to plant a thumping header into the back of the net from five yards out.

Emphatic.

Barcelona 3-0 Espanyol

Lionel Messi's free-kick takes a nick off the ball...

...Pau Lopez is wrong-footed...

...but fortunately for him is sails a couple of yards wide of goal.

Corner.

Barcelona 3-0 Espanyol

Lionel Messi is over the free-kick.

30 yards out, to the right...

Barcelona 3-0 Espanyol

Ivan Rakitic chips the ball into the box but it is cleared by an Espanyol head.

But Barca have another free-kick, this time on the right.

YELLOW CARD

Barcelona 3-0 Espanyol

Pape Diop the latest man int the referee's book as he trips Lionel Messi around 35 yards out.

Barcelona 3-0 Espanyol

Lionel Messi in for a fourth...

...he is found on the edge of the box by Luis Suarez, but this time the Argentine's bearings are off and strikes high into the stand.

Not his best effort.

GREAT SAVE!

Barcelona 3-0 Espanyol

Substitute Didav Vila is into the action and almost grabs a consolations.

He smashes a left-footed drive across goal and it is travelling towards the top corner, but big goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen dives full stretch to his left to tip the ball away.

A stunning save.

CLOSE!

Barcelona 3-0 Espanyol

Paulinho slides in from Luis Suarez's raking pass, but his effort drifts wide.

Barcelona 3-0 Espanyol

Not happening for Luis Suarez today.

A neat one-two-three with Jordi Alba, but just as he is about to pull the trigger, an Espanyol defender takes the ball away form his foot.

SUBSTITUTION

Barcelona 3-0 Espanyol

And a third change for Barca too.

Andres off, Andre on.

Iniesta makes way for Gomez with 14 minutes remaining.

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Prince Gyimah‏: It's now LOL for Barca, MSN is a thing of the past.

Lionel, Ousmane, Luis?

SUBSTITUTION

Barcelona 3-0 Espanyol

A final change for Espanyol.

Sergi Darder trots off for Didac Vila.

YELLOW CARD

Barcelona 3-0 Espanyol

Nice from Ousmane Dembele with a neat turn on the touchline, but Aaron Caricol Martin is none too happy and hacks down the Frenchman.

Yellow.

SUBSTITUTION

Barcelona 3-0 Espanyol

Midfielder Paulinho, who could not get a game at Spurs, now coming on for Barcelona in place of Sergio Busquets.

YELLOW CARD

Barcelona 3-0 Espanyol

Espanyol defender David Lopez chests the ball, but the referee awards a free-kick for handball.

Never.

Sergi Darder agrees and his face, red with anger, gives the man in yellow an ear-full...in turn receiving a yellow card.

Barcelona 3-0 Espanyol

Another goal??

The Barcelona fans cheer almost as loud as Lionel Messi's goal, but only for Ousmane Dembele's first touch in a Barcelona shirt.

SUBSTITUTION

Barcelona 3-0 Espanyol

Here he comes.

Ousmane Dembele, the world's second most expensive player after Neymar, is coming on for his Barcelona debut. He gets a rousing ovation from his new fans.

Signed for an initial £96.8m fee, rising to a potential £135.5m. Migraine-inducing numbers.

The Frenchman replaces Gerard Deulofeu.

Espanyol make a change too. Marc Navarro on for Victor Sanchez who turned 30 yesterday.

Hope my 30th tomorrow is a more successful one...in the office.

GOAL - Barcelona 3-0 Espanyol

Lionel Messi

Hat-trick hero.

Lionel Messi starts the move with a deft flick into the path of Luis Suarez who breaks into the box.

The Uruguayan cannot get a shot away and the ball reaches Jordi Alba on the left.

He cuts the ball back to Messi, eight yards out, who makes no mistake with a drilled low finish.

Three points sealed.

Lionel Messi celebrates
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Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol

Ousmane Dembele is being made to wait, as Barcelona keep hold of the ball...

Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol

Ousmane Dembele is getting stripped off...

CLOSE!

Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol

Great defending.

Leo Baptistao looks like he is about to grab Espanyol's first, taking the ball on his left foot and striking towards goal.

It is arrowing into the bottom corner, but Frenchman Samuel Umtiti gets his frame in the way to get the ball to safety.

Baptistao cannot believe it, he was about to wheel away in celebration.

YELLOW CARD

Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol

It was Victor Sanchez's 30th birthday on Friday, he has just been given a belated card by the referee for a late challenge on Jordi Alba.

Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol

Not the golfer Sergio Garcia.

I know, hilarious.

SUBSTITUTION

Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol

Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez is quick off his line to smother the ball at the feet of Andres Iniesta in the box.

Meanwhile, my lad Pablo Piatti is being hooked and is replaced by former Barca man Sergio Garcia.

Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol

A loud cheer from the Barcelona fans as new signing Ousmane Dembele trots down the touchline to warm up.

CLOSE!

Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol

Luis Suarez misses again!

Barcelona are playing some stunning football.

Ivan Rakitic chipping the ball forward for Lionel Messi, who cuts it back for Suarez, but the former Liverpool man shanks his left-footed shot over the crossbar from six yards out.

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Prince Gyimah: Well said Huddy. You know your football. The argument that La Liga isn't as competitive as EPL lacks substance.

Messi's left boot: The Spanish league is more successful in the Champions League.

Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol

And in a flash, Barca almost get a third.

It is Lionel Messi, sniffing around for his hat-trick, but the Argentine drags his shot wide of goal from the edge of the box.

CLOSE!

Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol

Ohh, Pablo Piatti should be burying this.

There is confusion at the back for Barcelona as goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen comes steaming off his line, but full-back Jordi Alba decides to try and intercept a long ball forward.

Instead, the Spaniard lays it into the path of Piatti, who attempts a lob over ter Stegen which goes wide of goal.

He had the whole goal to aim at. A glorious opportunity missed.

CLOSE!

Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol

Barcelona looking to wrap up the game, but Luis Suarez has not got his scoring boots on.

Firstly, the Uruguayan mis-cues following excellent play by Gerard Deulofeu down the right.

On the second occasion, as the ball is recycled, he attempts a flicked finish from six yards, but it is straight at the sprawling Pau Lopez.

KICK-OFF

Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol

Back under way at the Nou Camp.

Any way back for Espanyol?

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HALF-TIME

Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol

Barcelona in control at the interval.

Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol

That touch.

Lionel Messi sprays another pass to his BFF Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan turns inside of Victor Sanchez with a sublime touch, leaving the Espanyol captain bamboozled, but Pau Lopez shows sharp reflexes to dart off his line and collect the ball.