Barcelona vs Espanyol (1-0): Last Catalan derby for a time in Primera. It was an announced death, but it doesn’t hurt less for that. Espanyol, a LaLiga historian, says goodbye to the category 26 years later; and with a pair of Copas del Rey and a new stadium in between. His descent was not conceived at the Camp Nou. The most normal thing is to lose when visiting Barcelona but after a fateful season. They cut expenses, sold a star, and we’re left with a managed team that has not given more of itself. There has never been an Espanyol with so few points in his long history.
Hopefully, he will return to the elite soon, his story does not deserve to be in Segunda for long. Barcelona fulfilled the record by winning and cutting points to Real Madrid but; it still depends on two failures by Zidane in four games. Much to say. The good image shown in Villarreal had no continuity in the derby; and that is not good news for those of Setien facing the Champions League. It is not easy to find the key when you arrive again in the middle of a project but; the Cantabrian does not just fine-tune the machinery for Barcelona to opt for the Champions League. It is not time to give one of lime and another of sand.
Barcelona vs Espanyol: Match Overview
The starting eleven of the Barcelona was the same one that played so well in Villarreal with the only change of Rakitic for Arturo Vidal. But this game was nothing like that. The yellows wanted to play Barca from you to you and they left Messi very liberated. Espanyol barricaded themselves behind with a defense of five and a line of three ahead trying to close spaces; that no Barca player easily touched the ball. And he managed to sleep the shock at times since Setien’s men had problems reaching Diego Lopez’s area. And the first clear arrival was for those of Rufete with a hand in the hand of Embarba with Ter Stegen who solved the German goal.
Barca showed no signs of danger until the 21st minute with a foul by Messi that grazed the crossbar. A deep pass from Griezmann to Luis Suarez that ended with a loose shot by the Uruguayan was the only time that the Catalans found a minimum gap. And Espanyol, appealing to pride and caste had a double chance to go to rest ahead. But Ter Stegen saved Lenglet’s own goal and a rebound ended with a shot by Didac at the post. Espanyol wanted to die killing. The party asked Riqui Puig and Ansu Fati. Either Barca was gaining speed in the game or it was going to be really bad.
Barcelona vs Espanyol: Second Half Expulsions
The expulsions after the break Ansu Fati entered through Semedo. Nothing was working and Barca. But Ansu Fati’s entry more than a solution was a problem. The Spanish-Guinean was revolutionizing and lasted three minutes in the field; when he was expelled by a criminal entry to Calero, Martinez Munuera got him yellow, but the VAR corrected him and took the deserved red.
It was getting the best thing for Espanyol in his attempt to win to stay alive in Primera. But Pol Lozano matched forces with another criminal inning on Pique just three minutes later. It was also the VAR who sent him off after correcting the referee for the yellow card that he had shown him at the start.
The two expulsions in a row caused moments of chaos on the field. Espanyol lost a little composure and Barca did not forgive. Goal by Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan took advantage of a loose ball in the area after Griezmann’s back heel strike. The goal gave Barca peace of mind thinking that Espanyol would open up and have more spaces, but Rufete’s players were not thrown too high.
Those of Setien without haste, and seeing that the rival did not react. He dedicated himself to playing and playing, waiting for the time to pass. The victory was clear that he was going to stay at home before the despair of an Espanyol who was already aware of his sad fate.
Messi was 2-0 in a great volley that Diego Lopez stopped with a great save before hitting the post. The last attempts of the parakeets came after a header and a shot by Raul Tomas that Pique and Ter Stegen cleared. The last minutes were a monologue of rondos from Barcelona against an Espanyol. Who wanted to leave the category giving the face and kept pressing and running more out of pride than strength. May the descent be slight for you and return to Primera soon.