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

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.

  • Relive Barcelona’s win against Espanyol

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.

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Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Nélson SemedoSubstituted forFatiat 45′minutesBooked at 50mins
  • 3Piqué
  • 15Lenglet
  • 18Alba
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forAraújoat 90+2′minutes
  • 5Busquets
  • 10Messi
  • 20Roberto
  • 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

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Booking

Substitution

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Source: BBC

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