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Played
May 26, 2013 11:30 PM IST
Estadi Cornellà-El Prat — Cornella de Llobregat
Referee:‬ David Fernández‎
Attendance:‬ 27578‎
 
 
 
Pedro 86′
Top of the Match
Alexis Sánchez
Alexis Sánchez
Barcelona
Alexis Sánchez
Alexis Sánchez
Barcelona
Flop of the Match
David Villa
David Villa
Barcelona
David Villa
David Villa
Barcelona

Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona: Alexis & Pedro decide derby in Blaugrana's favour

The Chilean scored a stunner early in the first half for the visitors, as Wakaso Mubarak's red card left the hosts with little hope of a comeback, before the Spaniard sealed it

By Keeghann Sinanan

Espanyol - Barcelona ::: Alexis Sanchez scores
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Barcelona moved one step closer to equalling La Liga's record for points in a season with a 2-0 victory over Espanyol at Estadi Cornella-El Prat on Sunday.

Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring in sublime fashion after a quarter of an hour for the visitors, who were largely in control for the majority of the game, before Wakaso Mubarak's red card with 10 minutes to go essentially ended any hopes of an Espanyol comeback.

And in the 86th minute, substitutes Xavi and Pedro combined excellently for the latter to poke home the clinching goal, Barca's 52nd away from home this season - marking a new record in the Spanish top flight.

And another landmark looms, as the Blaugrana's triumph in the Derbi Barceloni moves them to within three points of Real Madrid's 100-point tally from last season - which will be met should they beat Malaga in their league finale next Saturday.

Sanchez was joined in the forward line by Cesc Fabregas and David Villa; three players whose sub-par campaigns have seen them face uncertain Barca futures - particularly with the arrival of Neymar from Santos.

But Sanchez could hardly have done more to convince Tito Vilanova of his worth to the team next season than his fantastic moment of individual brilliance to get the ball rolling after 14 minutes.

The Chilean seemed to be running into a dead end after playing a one-two with Villa, but with supreme agility, he evaded two quick-fire challenges from Diego Colotto and Raul Rodriguez, before bending an exquisite finish into the far side.

It was a fairly comfortable opening to the game for Barca, though as expected, Lionel Messi’s absence denied their attack a certain element of panache, as Espanyol were able to hold their ranks at the back.

The stadium was then united in a minute of applause after 22 minutes, to commemorate former player Dani Jarque, who passed away in 2009 with a heart attack at the age of 22.

Espanyol, however, could count themselves lucky not to have conceded a second goal just after half an hour, when Alex Song clipped a beautiful pass over the top of the defence to former Arsenal team-mate Fabregas, whose effort struck the post.

Andres Iniesta also came close to notching his team’s second goal with a powerful strike that whistled the wrong side of the post moments before the interval.

Though the hosts played with more poise after the restart, it was Villanova’s men who nearly struck first in the second half. A brisk move on the edge of the 18-yard area found Villa in space 12 yards out, but the striker could not find the target.

But the second half had a distinct ‘end-of-season’ feel, as Barca seemed in no hurry to extend their lead, while Espanyol could not find an extra gear in the attacking third.

However, the game was thrown right back into the fire in the 80th minute when Wakaso picked up a yellow card, protested furiously, and was promptly given a second booking to put an end to his night.

The home fans, already testy after a few perceive refereeing injustices, were brought to their feet in fury by the Ghanaian’s dismissal, but were silenced for good with four minutes remaining as Barca struck again.

Xavi played the ball high into the path of Pedro inside the area, and the forward took the pass in his stride to flick a wonderful finish into the back of the net, and kill off the game for good.


Espanyol

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Cristian Alvarez
Goalkeeper
3.00
3
3.50
6
3.00
16
3.50
11
Joan Capdevila
Defender
81′
3.00
19
3.00
4
3.00
10
Verdú
Midfielder
89′
2.50
-
Wakaso
Midfielder
80′ 80′
2.50
8
Stuani
Striker
92′
3.00
9
3.00

Barcelona

3.00
1
3.00
22
3.50
3
Piqué
Defender
3.00
18
Jordi Alba
Defender
2.50
4
Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
88′
3.00
8
3.00
6
3.00
14
3.50
17
Alex Song
Midfielder
2.00
9
3.50
9

Substitutes

13
Kiko Casilla
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
 - 
7
Raúl Baena
Midfielder
 - 
20
Simão
Midfielder
72′
3.00
8
 - 
41
Alfonso
Midfielder
92′
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
13
 - 
2
Montoya
Defender
 - 
21
Adriano
Midfielder
 - 
6
Xavi
Midfielder
84′ 86′
 - 
16
Busquets
Midfielder
3.50
7
Pedro
Striker
71′ 86′
 - 
20
Tello
Striker
84′

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
26 4
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0