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Primera División

  • December 18, 2010
  • • 19:00
  • • Estadi Cornellà-El Prat, Cornella de Llobregat
  • Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
  • • Attendance: 40010

Live Commentary

  • 90' + 2'
    Possession stats: 39% Espanyol to 61% Barcelona. The referee blows the full time whistle. A comfortable victory for Barca with Messi, Xavi, Villa and Pedro all on song. Thank you for joining us this evening. Stay tuned to for all the post match reaction, match report and player ratings.
  • 90'
    Two minutes to be added on...
  • 88'
    SubstitutionPedro Bojan Krkic
  • 88'
    Barca happy now to keep the ball and run down the clock, the pace has dropped for the final moments of the game. Messi is flagged offside.
  • 86'
    SubstitutionIniesta Seydou Keita
  • 86'
    Iniesta goes off to a standing ovation from everyone in the stadium!!!
  • 86'
    Iniesta goes off to a standing ovation from everyone in the stadium!!!
  • 84'
    Assist Xavi
  • 84'
    Goal David Villa
  • 84'
    GGGGGOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL!!!!!!!!! VILLA!!!!!!!!! Xavi plays another defence splitting ball as Villa runs in from the left, almost a carbon copy of his first! A five star showing!
  • 82'
    Barca with Espanyol pinned in their own half, playing the ball across the to left but it is intercepted by Espanyol and they enjoy a brief spell in possession of the ball.
  • 81'
    SubstitutionDídac Vilà David García
  • 80'
    Some nice passing here from Barca keeping the ball well, Xavi and Messi have been impeccable.
  • 79'
    SubstitutionBusquets Javier Mascherano
  • 78'
    Espanyol not giving up to their credit but every time they throw men forward Barca look like they will score on the counter.
  • 76'
    Assist Messi
  • 76'
    Goal David Villa
  • 76'
    GGGGGOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!!!!!!! VILLA!!!!!!!!!! Messi plays the ball through to Villa who is running in from the left, he closes in on goal and picks his spot in the far corner! That's four!!
  • 74'
    Pique!!! NO!!! The defender is played in by Busquets on the right side, only the keeper to beat and he ballons it over the bar!!!
  • 72'
    Poor pass by Xavi is latched upon by Osvaldo and his shot is saved by Valdes. A rare moment of indecision from the midfelder. We will have to remember that one!
  • 70'
    Yellow Card Daniel Alves
  • 70'
    Victor Ruiz plays the ball along the back line. A long ball is played up the left and a throw conceded by Dani Alves... Espanyol then get the ball into the box through Callejon but his cross is headed over by Osvaldo.
  • 68'
    Yellow Card Víctor Ruiz
  • 68'
    The freekick is poor and gets cleared up the park but Espanyol.
  • 67'
    Pedro is brought down on the edge of the area on the left side by Victor Ruiz after the defenders poor header out his side in trouble.
  • 65'
    Osvaldo is down and Espanyol tell Barca to play the ball out but they keep playing, Baena then goes in hard on Busquets and the game is stopped for a moment.
  • 64'
    SubstitutionChica Jordi Amat
  • 63'
    Assist José Callejón
  • 63'
    Goal D. Osvaldo
  • 63'
    GOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!! OSVALDO!!!!!!!!!!!! They hit back immediately!! Osvaldo is played through on the right side, he outpaces Pique and Puyol before hitting a low shot into the far corner, underneath the body of Valdes.
  • 62'
    SubstitutionLuis García J. Dátolo
  • 60'
    Assist Messi
  • 60'
    Goal Pedro
  • 60'
    GGGGGGGGGOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!! PEDRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Messi hits a shot from the edge of the area low into the right corner, Kameni saves but spills then Pedro is there to smack the ball home from close range.
  • 58'
    Freekick to Espanyol fired into the box but is claimed by Valdes. The goalkeeper has only really had one save to make all match.
  • 56'
    Espanyol now have the ball on the left through Callejon but he concedes a throw in deep into the Barca half as Puyol tussles with the midfielder.
  • 54'
    Yellow Card Piqué
  • 54'
    Pique is booked for a handball. Freekick 25 yards out on the right for Espanyol.
  • 52'
    Iniesta forces Kameni into a diving save following a long shot from around 20 yards just right of centre.
  • 50'
    Pedro then is played through on goal, he gets into the penalty area tries to square the ball from left to right for a waiting Messi who will have a tap in, but Victor Ruiz gets to the ball first and hoofs clear.
  • 49'
    Pedro wins the ball back from Didac but Barca cannot make the most of the situation as Espanyol get numbers back.
  • 47'
    Barca keeping the ball passing along the backline, now with a ball forward to Dani Alves but he is flagged offside.
  • 45'
    Barcelona get the second half underway...
  • 45' + 1'
    That's half time here in Barcelona... After a strong start Espanyol crumbled and conceded two goals. Can they pull themselves together and stage a brilliant comeback? Join us in 15 minutes to find out!
  • 45'
    ... and the freekick is cleared for a corner. Taken short, eventually Villa has a shot from inside the area in the centre but withe the ball bouncing he hits it over. One minute to be added.
  • 44'
    Villa with some excellent footwork on the left side in the corner, but as he takes the ball past two defenders he is brought down. Freekick Barca.
  • 43'
    Possession stats: Espanyol 42% - 58% Barcelona
  • 41'
    Yellow Card Javi Márquez
  • 41'
    Messi is taken out once more by Marquez, earning the midfielder a yellow card. I wonder who will be next to take Messi out?
  • 40'
    Luis Garcia is up in arms after being flagged offside on the left side, strange really given he was at least a yard off.
  • 38'
    Barca now camped on the edge of Espanyol's box, Villa with the ball tries to play in Xavi for a strike on the edge of the area, but he then tries to pass to Iniesta but he is put under pressure by the home defence.
  • 37'
    Yellow Card D. Osvaldo
  • 36'
    Yellow Card Raúl Baena
  • 36'
    Chance for Espanyol, Luis Garcia is sent clear but his shot from just inside the area on the right side is parried for a corner by Valdes.
  • 34'
    Espanyol try to play Osvaldo in over the top but Pique reads the game well and heads out for a throw on the right.
  • 32'
    Espanyol now have a mountain to climb. They started well but have been undone by the superb forward play by the away side, though they feel hard done by on both goals.
  • 30'
    Assist Daniel Alves
  • 30'
    Yellow Card Carlos Kameni
  • 30'
    Goal Xavi
  • 30'
    GGGGGOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL!!!!!! XAVI!!!!!!!! The midfielder needed two shots after the first was blocked by his own player, but his second was fired in from the corner of the six yard box on the right side. Espanyol though feel he was offside and make their feelings known.
  • 29'
    Barca now look to be well on top.
  • 27'
    Another long ball by the home side, easily dealt with as Barca come forward through Messi, but he is brought down by Marquez close to the halfway line on the right side.
  • 26'
    Yellow Card Busquets
  • 25'
    The game is having a bit of spice added as Busquets stretches for a tackle on Callejon, earning himself a yellow card as he is a little late with the challenge.
  • 23'
    Espanyol now play down the right and a low cross comes in... the home side shout penalty as Osvaldo looks to have been pulled down by Puyol. Referee says no!!
  • 21'
    Replays have shown Callejon was barely touched by Puyol as a ripple of applause fills the stadium as banners in tribute to Daniel Jarque are displayed.
  • 19'
    Assist Messi
  • 19'
    Goal Pedro
  • 19'
    GGGGGOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PEDRO!!!!!!!!!!! Ball played in behind the defence and Pedro burned both Espanyol centre backs for pace and hit a low shot past Kameni. Callejon was down injured in the Barca half and Espanyol are furious their opponents never put the ball out of play.
  • 17'
    Osvaldo has become more isolated as Espanyol defend in numbers, Kameni plays a long ball up to the striker but he is immediately surrounded by Barca shirts.
  • 15'
    Villa on the left plays a lovely ball to the overlapping Abidal whose cross is cleared for a corner... played in but Busquets gives away a free kick.
  • 13'
    Barca are now getting to grips with their opponents with the slick passing football coming out in patches.
  • 11'
    Dani Alves ... one on one with Kameni squares the ball to Messi on the edge of the penalty area, the Argentinian has the entire goal to aim for... NO! he puts it over!! You would have put your mortgage on him scoring, what a chance!!
  • 9'
    Barca now trying to take the ball down the left side but they are put under pressure by Espanyol who win the ball. Messi has it back and forces a low save from Kameni who doesn't hold onto the ball but it is cleared.
  • 7'
    Osvaldo played through on goal... no offside, a good yard as well. Espanyol have organised themselves well thus far, playing the game at their pace.
  • 5'
    Messi though comes forward and wins a corner for Barca, taken by Xavi... and ends up with Sergio Busquets having an overhead shot from 6 yards but putting it wide.
  • 3'
    Espanyol starting the match well and keeping the ball away from their city rivals. Can they keep it up?
  • 1'
    We are underway here at the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat...
  • And Barcelona - [4-3-3] 1 V. Valdes 2 D. Alves 5 C. Puyol 3 G. Pique 22 E. Abidal 6 Xavi 16 S. Busquets 8 A. Iniesta 10 L. Messi 7 D. Villa 17 Pedro
  • Lets look at the line up for Espanyol - [4-2-3-1] 1 C. Kameni 2 Chica 18 J. Forlin 6 Victor Ruiz 5 Didac 7 R. Baena 4 J. Marquez 10 Luis Garcia 11 J. Verdu 8 Callejon 17 P. Osvaldo
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