And so I say goodbye to you. Thank you for your business, as always, and if there is a gift to leave this game with, Lionel Messi is pretty good at Association Football. Certainly among the five best players in the world … adios!
And that's what it does to the top of La Liga Barca opens up clear daylight on Atletico and Sevilla. Real Madrid is in the final stages of Huesca (only one win of the season). Tomorrow should * so * – and I'm careful, given the strange season – by the end of the weekend to rise to 26 points. A nice little title race. The difference between Barcelona and Barcelona …
Full-time! Espanyol 0-4 Barcelona
Watching Barcelona, especially this Barcelona, can be a strange experience. They narrowly beat their rivals in the city and one of the top 8-10 teams in the league, but did not play well. At least not as a team. Because in the last third they were just sensational. Messi is, well, Messi and his free kicks, especially the second one, were amazingly good. But his support for Dembele's goal was perhaps even better. Choked by three defenders, he hopped, hopped, jumped, fell, fell, and halved the defense with a brilliant ball in the French.
Espanyol will wonder what they did wrong. In fact, in addition to having too many free kicks within reach, they did not. But to counteract this, how else can you stop Messi when he runs after you and lets Suarez and Dembele run after him? Rubi's squad was competitive in the main and was able to hold the second half to 0-0, but those dreams of a first derbi win since 2009 have to be postponed at least until next year. Or on the evidence, until Messi retires.
90 minutes: Another good chance for Espanyol! Sanchez turned left and drew him back in a crowded box for Iglesias, who had time and space from about 12 yards and tried to pick his place, but his shot was blocked. Clement Lenglet has fouled in the meantime … Arturo Vidal. The Chilean is not impressed.
A recurring theme but still remarkable. I love the story of the balloon d & # 39; Or and think he has a place. Luka Modric had a brilliant year and would have been my personal # 1, but people are obviously stupid. Fifth in the world ?!
86 min: No need, Gerard. Come back and defend and / or save your energy. Barca wins a free-kick following this counterattack and Messi comes very close to Vidal's rather prominent credit rating.
85 minutes: Espanyol is still pushing for a goal, and Baptistao approaches near the edge of the box, his shot deflected to the corner. But then, Barca break off … and there are Pique and Jordi Alba in action.
83 min: Last change of the game and Messi stays out for the hat-trick while Denis Suarez plays for Ivan Rakitic.
81 min: Espanyol changers combine as Granero passes a pass in Sergio Garcia after a short turn while Barca switches off. The veteran cruisers found Victor Sanchez, but his header was over when he had time and space to hit the target, at least.
77 min: Sorry for the Esteban Granero fan club, but during the VAR review he came for Sergi Darder. Luis Suarez trots to Barcelona and is replaced by Munir.
TARGET NOT ALLOWED! Espanyol 0-4 Barcelona
VAR has his way, and yes, Duarte was offside, beyond the deepest defender of Barcelona in Arturo Vidal. A shame.
GATE! Espanyol 1-4 Barcelona (Duarte, 73)
It's what they deserve, and it was likely that they came from a set piece, since Barca is so bad in such situations. Sergio Garcia whipped it, dead on the six-meter box, and Duarte had to pass Ter Stegen. But wait, VAR looks at this. Maybe it was offside.
69 minutes: Chance for Barcelona! Coutinho immediately joined in, dribbling down the left, pulling the defender and trying to lure a Diego Lopez & # 39; linker. The goalkeeper made a strong save, but his parry was aimed at Semedo, whose first shot was more a Messi cross. The header of the Argentine, with whom he had good contact, then stood directly with Diego Lopez.
68 minutes: Chance for Espanyol! Iglesias approaches, stretches and extends a cross across the nearby pillar of Ter Stegen. In the meantime, Coutinho replaces Dembele.
GATE! Espanyol 0-4 Barcelona (Messi, 65)
You know the really old versions of FIFA or Pro Evo (even ISS), where you finally find the best chance for free kicks after months of grafting. Well, Messi did that … in real life. 35 meters outside, on the wrong side for a left footer he has just put another bang in the top corner. Nothing can do Diego Lopez. Perfection. Nothing more to say.
63 min: Age replaces youth when 35-year-old Sergio Garcia, once from Barcelona, came on as a substitute for 21-year-old Oscar Melendo, who had a nice little game. Promising.
58 min: At the other end, Espanyol forced Ter Stegen to a parade as Perez lunged on the left foot, but gave slightly and his shot had no strength. This was Perez's last involvement when he was replaced by Leo Baptistao.
57 min: Nice work by Melendo and Hernan Perez on the left side wins Espanyol another corner, but Barca clears and breaks, boy, break her. Messi in Dembele, who is attacked, and then the ball injected to the Argentine, who puts him on his right foot and is rejected by Diego Lopez. He is not hurt.
55 min: It was Suarez who took it and dug it directly into the wall. Messi looks a little tormented. Valverde needs to consider a change.
54 minutes: Was just about to own Espanyol with 66.4%. But with this thought Messi gets the ball, turns, dribbles and is fouled by Marc Roca. He stays down for about a minute but wants that free kick. 40 meters out.
53 min: Better of Roca, this time full of delivery and thought for Duarte, who ran around the penalty spot on the ball. It is half clear, but a volleyball by David Lopez is good.
52 min: I'm sure there's a fourth on the horizon, taking into account the pattern of the game, but that's all Espanyol so far. You have another corner.
50 min: Melendo thought he was messi there … and not in a good way. Didac Vila struck a cross in Iglesias, who held her up and played a small pass against his team-mate. Instead of shooting with his right, he made a Dally, shoved him to the left and tried to dribble through Pique. No wonder it did not work. Still bright things from the hosts.
48 minutes: These are six corners for Espanyol and six times they have been drilled nearby. This tactic has worked well on the first occasions, but it's worth changing now, guys. Everything too predictable.
The second half begins!
46 min: Espanyol with some confidence on the ball. Pinging around the field and then a Darder cross is cleared for a corner by Jordi Alba. The supply of Marc Roca is scarce, but Ter Stegen has dealt with it.
Espanyol is in the square in front of Barcelona some sprints and exercises. I think it's the old mentality of Rubi's guys trying to "win the second half".
Here is the third goal. Bad from Diego Lopez in my book.
Halftime! Espanyol 0-3 Barcelona
If this is not already the case, Espanyol will now be limited to a damage limit that has just been nailed down by some brilliant single strikes. Messi's free kick, Messi's skill and Dembele and then the goal of Suarez. As for Barca, they have three points at the top without playing well as a collective.
GATE! Espanyol 0-3 Barcelona (Suarez, 45)
Game, Set, Match and Derbi. Espanyol was not even that bad, they do not deserve a 3-0 deficit, but that's what they have, and it's probably just a worsening. Dembele made a nice pass on the left channel where Suarez was supposed to run. David Lopez looked as if he had been thrown over the ball, but was shot off the ball and the Uruguayan pushed forward at a very narrow angle. Somehow, under Diego Lopez, he pushed out a target that should probably have done better. Halftime and expect Valverde to make some changes before Tottenham.
41 min: Chance for Espanyol! Didac Vila bumps into the byline and would do well to put a cross to the far away post where Hernan Perez isolates Jordi Alba. The Espanyol winger is able to leap onto the Barca full-back but fails to steer his header forward. A good opportunity.
Henry Carter emailed in. "All from the fifth best player in the world !!".
Here is the second goal. Keep an eye on Messi. Nonsense.
37 min: Messi hits the post! Somehow Espanyol survives. Rakitic wins the ball, feeds Dembele on the left. His cross is hurled at Suarez, whose header is rescued by Diego Lopez, but the scorer hits directly on an unmarked Messi, but the Argentine national team candidate misses the woodwork.