This is where we draw the curtains on another fantastic night of pure football drama. Until we come your way next time…bye for now!
A thrilling Derby between Espanyol and Barcelona sees both sides earn a point for their troubles. Espanyol will no doubt be the happier of the two sides. Barca have Dutch frontman Luuk de Jong to thank, as his late effort earns the Catalans a draw at the RCDE Stadium.
FULL-TIME AT THE RCDE STADIUM: Espanyol 2-2 Barcelona
90+6′ MIN: Late drama at the RCDE Stadium. Substitute Luuk de Jong nets a late, late, late equalizer off an assist from Adama Traora to ensure Xavi’s side do not leave here empty-handed.
GOOAAALLL!!! Espanyol 2-2 Barcelona (L. de Jong)
90+3′ MIN: The centre referee dismisses Espanyol’s Nico Melamed and Barcelona’s Gerard Pique for fighting.
RED CARD!!! To Nico Melamed (Espanyol) and Gerard Pique (Barcelona).
64′ MIN: The hosts leads for the first time in this game! Sergi Darder sends a precise lofted cross into the box and Raul de Tomas latches on to it and finishes with a quick shot inside the left post.
GOOOAAAALLLL!!! Espanyol 2-1 Barcelona (R. de Tomas)
58′ MIN: Gavi thought he had given the visitors the lead for the second time but celebrations are cut short for Barcelona, as the referee indicates NO GOAL after the VAR review shows it was offside!
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE RCDE STADIUM: Espanyol 1-1 Barcelona
HALF-TIME AT THE RCDE STADIUM: Espanyol 1-1 Barcelona
40′ MIN: Sergi Darder levels things up for the hosts. His bullet of a shot from just outside the box flies past the Barca goalkeeper and into the right side of the net.
GOOAALLL!!! Espanyol 1-1 Barcelona (S. Darder)
2′ MIN: Barca take an early courtesy of their young Spanish international Pedri, off an assist from Jordi Alba.
GOOAALLL!!! Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona (Pedri)
KICK-OFF AT THE RCDE STADIUM: Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona
Meanwhile, Spanish defender Gerard Pique is now fifth on the club’s all-time list of players with the most number of appearances for Barcelona. Congratulations!
Barca boss Xavi Hernandez has named his starting side that will face neighbours Espanyol. The Spaniard has handed a start to Sergino Dest in place of the suspended Dani Alves, Adama Traore also starts while fellow winter transfer signing Pierre Emerick Aubameyang settles for a place on the bench.
Espanyol’s starting XI set to take on Barcelona in the latest instalment of the Barcelona Derby.
Tonight’s fixture also serves as a tune-up for Xavi Hernandez’s men, as they prepare for their UEFA Europa League knockout round clash against Italian Serie A outfit Napoli later this week.
The Rojiblancos earned a thrilling 4-3 win over Getafe to move up to fourth spot on the log and Barca will have to respond tonight with a victory, if they intend moving back into the Champions League places.
Hello guys and welcome to our LIVE updates of the Catalan Derby between Espanyol and Barcelona set to hold at the RCDE Stadium. Both sides are on the opposite ends of the Spanish La Liga standings, with Barca seeking to get the three points on offer in order to leapfrog defending champions Atletico Madrid in the race for fourth position.