Match ends, Barcelona 1, Espanyol 0.
Barcelona 1-0 Espanyol: Luis Suarez's strike keeps Barcelona in title hunt
Barcelona kept alive their hopes of winning La Liga with a victory over Espanyol at the Nou Camp that also relegated the visitors.
Both sides had a player sent off early in the second half after video assistant referee reviews.
Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati was dismissed for a foul on Fernando Calero before Pol Lozano was red carded for a dangerous tackle.
Luis Suarez then smashed home a loose ball to secure the three points.
The win means Barcelona are a point behind leaders Real Madrid.
However, Real could restore their four-point advantage when they host Alaves on Friday.
Suarez's goal meant he became Barcelona's outright third-highest scorer as he took his tally for the club to 195 goals.
The former Liverpool striker sits behind Cesar Rodriguez Alvarez (232) and Lionel Messi (630) in Barcelona's all-time top scorer list.
The defeat for Barcelona's city rivals Espanyol ended their already slim hopes of retaining their La Liga status.
They are bottom of the table on 24 points, 11 adrift of safety with just three games remaining.
The visitors had been unlucky not to take the lead towards the end of an otherwise forgettable first half when Marc-Andre ter Stegen did well to prevent Clement Lenglet scoring an own goal before Didac Vila hit the post from the loose ball.
A brilliant save by Diego Lopez denied Lionel Messi adding to Suarez's goal with a powerful volley to give Espanyol hope of an unlikely comeback but Barcelona closed the game out to secure the win.
- 1ter Stegen
- 2Nélson SemedoSubstituted forFatiat 45'minutesBooked at 50mins
- 4RakiticSubstituted forAraújoat 90+2'minutes
- 17GriezmannSubstituted forVidalat 71'minutes
- 9SuárezSubstituted forBraithwaiteat 82'minutes
- 13Murara Neto
- 35Morer Cabrera
- 42Rodríguez Jiménez
- 24CaleroSubstituted forDarderat 66'minutes
- 26LozanoBooked at 53mins
- 15LópezBooked at 90mins
- 21RocaSubstituted forWuat 86'minutes
- 23EmbarbaSubstituted forCampuzanoat 74'minutes
- 11de TomásBooked at 45mins
- 5Gomes Pereira
- 16López Rodríguez
- José Luis Munuera Montero
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Barcelona 1, Espanyol 0.
Attempt missed. Bernardo Espinosa (Espanyol) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Víctor Gómez with a cross following a set piece situation.
Foul by Arturo Vidal (Barcelona).
Víctor Campuzano (Espanyol) wins a free kick on the right wing.
David López (Espanyol) is shown the yellow card.
Martin Braithwaite (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Leandro Cabrera (Espanyol).
Substitution, Barcelona. Ronald Araújo replaces Ivan Rakitic.
Corner, Espanyol. Conceded by Arturo Vidal.
Attempt blocked. Sergi Darder (Espanyol) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Espanyol. Conceded by Marc-André ter Stegen.
Attempt saved. Raúl de Tomás (Espanyol) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sergi Darder.
Attempt missed. Sergi Darder (Espanyol) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
Substitution, Espanyol. Wu Lei replaces Marc Roca.
Foul by Martin Braithwaite (Barcelona).
Bernardo Espinosa (Espanyol) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Dídac Vilá (Espanyol).
Substitution, Barcelona. Martin Braithwaite replaces Luis Suárez.