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The Espanyol defender revealed what was said on the pitch between him and the Barcelona star during Wednesday's Copa del Rey second-leg

Alvaro Gonzalez has revealed that Lionel Messi told him he thought the Espanyol defender would hurt him during Wednesday's Copa del Rey game.

Barcelona beat their Catalan rivals 2-0 in the second leg of their round-of-16 tie in a match which saw seven yellow cards given out.

The return leg was a much tamer affair compared to the first instalment between the two rivals, in which Espanyol had two men sent off in a 4-1 loss. 

However, after Gonzalez had fouled Messi in the second leg, the two exchanged insults and laughed about it.


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"Leo was criticising me for some things, and I some others," he told reporters. "I asked him if he thinks I will hurt him, and he said yes.

"He told me that I was bad, and I told him he was short. But both accepted it, laughed, and left it at that.

"There's no need to make a big deal of anything. What happens on the pitch stays there and that's it. 

"The best thing about these derbies is the healthy rivalry we have."

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