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Barcelona 1-0 Espanyol: Luis Suarez's strike keeps Barcelona in title hunt

Luis Suarez scores for Barcelona against Espanyol
Suarez's goal was his 15th in La Liga this season

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.

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Nélson SemedoSubstituted forFatiat 45'minutesBooked at 50mins
  • 3Piqué
  • 15Lenglet
  • 18Alba
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forAraújoat 90+2'minutes
  • 5Busquets
  • 20Roberto
  • 10Messi
  • 17GriezmannSubstituted forVidalat 71'minutes
  • 9SuárezSubstituted forBraithwaiteat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Arthur
  • 13Murara Neto
  • 19Braithwaite
  • 22Vidal
  • 26Peña
  • 28Puig
  • 30Collado
  • 31Fati
  • 33Araújo
  • 35Morer Cabrera
  • 42Rodríguez Jiménez
  • 43Cuenca

Espanyol

  • 13López
  • 34Gómez
  • 24CaleroSubstituted forDarderat 66'minutes
  • 20Bernardo
  • 18Cabrera
  • 17Vilá
  • 26LozanoBooked at 53mins
  • 15LópezBooked at 90mins
  • 21RocaSubstituted forWuat 86'minutes
  • 23EmbarbaSubstituted forCampuzanoat 74'minutes
  • 11de TomásBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 3Pedrosa
  • 4Sánchez
  • 5Gomes Pereira
  • 7Wu
  • 10Darder
  • 14Melendo
  • 16López Rodríguez
  • 22Vargas
  • 25Olazábal
  • 31Campuzano
  • 33Melamed
  • 38Villahermosa
Referee:
José Luis Munuera Montero

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamEspanyol
Possession
Home74%
Away26%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barcelona 1, Espanyol 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barcelona 1, Espanyol 0.

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Arturo Vidal (Barcelona).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Booking

    David López (Espanyol) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Martin Braithwaite (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Leandro Cabrera (Espanyol).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Ronald Araújo replaces Ivan Rakitic.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Espanyol. Conceded by Arturo Vidal.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sergi Darder (Espanyol) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Raúl de Tomás (Espanyol) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sergi Darder.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sergi Darder (Espanyol) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Espanyol. Wu Lei replaces Marc Roca.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Martin Braithwaite (Barcelona).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Dídac Vilá (Espanyol).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Martin Braithwaite replaces Luis Suárez.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid34238362214177
2Barcelona35237579364376
3Atl Madrid351615447262163
4Sevilla341612649331660
5Villarreal351761257451257
6Getafe351411104334953
7Real Sociedad34156135143851
8Valencia351311114551-650
9Ath Bilbao341212103829948
10Granada34138134240247
11Osasuna351112124050-1045
12Levante34127154247-543
13Real Betis351011144755-841
14Real Valladolid35815122939-1039
15Celta Vigo35715133444-1036
16Alavés3498173251-1935
17Eibar3498173451-1735
18Mallorca3485213559-2429
19Leganés34610182549-2428
20Espanyol3559212755-2824
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