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

July 8, 2020

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.

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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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Match ends, Barcelona 1, Espanyol 0.

Full Time

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.

Booking

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

Substitution, Barcelona. Ronald Araújo replaces Ivan Rakitic.

Corner, Espanyol. Conceded by Arturo Vidal.

Attempt blocked. Sergi Darder (Espanyol) right footed shot from the centre of 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

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

Substitution, Barcelona. Martin Braithwaite replaces Luis Suárez.

Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marc Roca (Espanyol).

Corner, Espanyol. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

Attempt missed. Raúl de Tomás (Espanyol) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Marc Roca with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Espanyol. Conceded by Sergi Roberto.

Attempt blocked. Víctor Campuzano (Espanyol) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Raúl de Tomás.

Substitution

Substitution, Espanyol. Víctor Campuzano replaces Adrián Embarba.

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is blocked.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dídac Vilá (Espanyol).

Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marc Roca (Espanyol).

Offside, Barcelona. Ivan Rakitic tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Arturo Vidal replaces Antoine Griezmann.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Víctor Gómez.

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Sergi Roberto.

Attempt missed. Marc Roca (Espanyol) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Adrián Embarba (Espanyol) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Espanyol. Sergi Darder replaces Fernando Calero.

Foul by Clément Lenglet (Barcelona).

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