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Played
December 18, 2010 7:00 PM GMT
Estadi Cornellà-El Prat — Cornella de Llobregat
Referee:‬ Alberto Undiano‎
Attendance:‬ 40010‎
 
Pedro 19′
 
Xavi 30′
 
Pedro 60′
 
David Villa 76′
 
David Villa 84′
Top of the Match
Pedro
Pedro
FC Barcelona
Messi
Messi
FC Barcelona
Flop of the Match
Dídac Vilà
Dídac Vilà
Espanyol
Carlos Kameni
Carlos Kameni
Espanyol

Espanyol 1-5 Barcelona: Blaugrana Rout Los Periquitos To End 2010 As La Liga Leaders

The visitors recorded their first win at Estadi Cornella-El Prat ...

By Vasil Kotsev

Supermen - Sergio Busquets celebrates with his unstoppable Barcelona team-mates against Espanyol (Getty Images)
Barcelona emerged winners in their last La Liga game for 2010 as they overcame Espanyol in the Catalan derby. Pedro and Xavi got their names on the scoresheet in the first half to give the Blaugrana a two-goal cushion. Pedro completed his brace shortly after the restart and Pablo Osvaldo clawed one back for Espanyol moments later, but Barca had the final say on the scoreline as David Villa put the icing on the cake with brace in the remaining minutes.

Neither team dominated the proceedings early in the game as Espanyol were suceeding in their efforts to break the visitors' slick passing game. Still, Barcelona got the first real chance of the game in the 10th minute when Lionel Messi missed the target with on open goal.

Just before the twenty-minute mark the Blaugrana took the lead through Pedro. With Jose Maria Callejon struggling on the ground in Barca's half of the pitch, the visitors attacked on the break and the young Spain international put the finishing touch after being fed by Messi.

Espanyol tried to come back into the game quickly and almost drew the levelled in the 22nd minute when Luis Garcia saw a wonderful free-kick saved by Victor Valdes. Once again, however, Barcelona hit the hosts on the break with half an hour on the clock as Xavi volleyed skilfully past Carlos Kameni on his second attempt to give the Blaugrana a two-goal cushion.

Espanyol had not given up just yet and went close in the 35th minute when Callejon was released in the box by Luis Garcia, but saw his powerful finish stopped by Valdes. In the last seconds of the first half David Villa was denied by a brilliant tackle from Victor Ruiz.

Five minutes into the second half and Barcelona could have made it three, had it not been for Pedro's poor decision to pass instead of finish himself. The Blaugrana continued to dominate the game in the following minutes and deservedly scored a third in the 60th minute and it was Pedro who completed his brace as he forced a rebound into the net from a yard out.

Espanyol's answer was lightning fast as they scored one of their own just three minutes later. Callejon put in a wonderful through ball to Osvaldo, who raced easily past Carles Puyol and clinically finished past Valdes from the right side of the box.

The goal gave the hosts much needed impetus and they started playing with a very high defensive line and soon paid for that. In the 74th minute Gerard Pique was released on the right by Sergio Busquets, but blasted his shot over the bar with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Villa made no such mistake two minutes later as he precisely finished past Kameni after being released by Messi with a through ball. Eight minutes later, in a carbon copy of this situation, Villa bagged his brace to put the icing on the cake.

Following tonight's result Barcelona cement first place in the standings with 43 points, while Espanyol are fourth with 28 but could tumble down after the rest of the weekend games. Mauricio Pochettino's team's next league game is a visit to Valencia on January 2, while The Blaugrana host Levante on the same day.

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Espanyol

1
Carlos Kameni
Goalkeeper
30′
3.00
2
Chica
Defender
64′
3.00
5
Víctor Ruiz
Defender
68′
2.00
6
2.00
12
Dídac Vilà
Defender
81′
1.50
7
Raúl Baena
Midfielder
36′
2.50
17
Javi Márquez
Midfielder
41′
2.50
10
Luis García
Striker
62′
3.00
10
Verdú
Midfielder
2.50
7
2.50
17
3.50

FC Barcelona

3.00
1
3.00
22
3.00
5
3.00
3
Piqué
Defender
54′
3.50
22
4.00
6
Xavi
Midfielder
30′ 84′
3.50
16
Busquets
Midfielder
26′ 79′
3.50
8
4.00
10
Messi
Striker
19′ 60′ 76′
4.00
9
4.50
7
Pedro
Striker
19′ 60′ 88′

Substitutes

-
0.00
26
Álvaro
Striker
0.00
9
0.00
-
0.00
-
Jesús Dátolo
Midfielder
62′
2.00
2
Jordi Amat
Defender
64′
2.00
-
2.50

Substitutes

0.00
13
0.00
17
Maxwell
Defender
0.00
21
Adriano
Midfielder
0.00
6
3.00
14
3.00
-
Seydou Keita
Midfielder
86′
3.00
-

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Coach/Manager

0.00
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0