This Wednesday, Barcelona welcomed Espanyol for matchday 35 of La Liga. At the Camp Nou, the hosts were the winners of the Catalan derby with a simple 1-0 victory. The only goal of the match was scored by Luis Suarez, during the second half.
Suarez’s strike not only won it for Barcelona, but also relegated Espanyol for the first time in 27 years playing at Spain’s top-flight. Sad for Espanyol in a very difficult season for off-pitch global problems, but it is how it is.
Obviously, Barca started the first half already taking control of the match. They had more the ball, as it was expected, and created the plays, trying to get opportunities. With that, the visitors stayed with counter-attacks, and almost scored like that.
In two different opportunities, goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen had to make really good saves to avoid the goal, and also count with luck on Didac Vila’s shot which hit the post. The hosts had only one chance but were not able to score. So the first half ended goallessly.
As soon as the second half started, at the 50th minute, Barca saw themselves with only 10 players after Ansu Fati saw a red card for a hard foul on Fernando Calero. However, 3 minutes later, things were equal again, as Pol Lozano also saw a red card for a very similar foul on Gerard Pique.
After that moment of ugly plays and red cards, the deadlock was finally broken. At the 56th minute, Suarez took advantage of the rebound from Lionel Messi’s shot and put the ball into the back of the net to score the only goal of the match.
The hosts even had chances to increase their lead but stopped in good saves from goalkeeper Diego Lopez. With that, the match ended with the simple 1-0 to Barca.
With the victory, Barcelona reached 76 points, 4 points behind the leader, Real Madrid, and keep fighting for the title of the League. Meanwhile, Espanyol stopped at 24 points, in the last position on the table.