Monday, February 5, 2018

Barca rescue one point at Espanyol


Barcelona will be happy to have gotten a late equaliser in a game that looked like they were going to lose their unbeaten run. Espanyol were giving their city rivals a run for the win in the game. It was Gerard Pique that came to salvage a draw for the league leaders.

It was Barcelona that got started on the front foot when Suarez came close to scoring in the 11th minute but was denied by Diego Lopez in Espanyol's goal. Coutinho came calling again as he sees his effort hit the crossbar. It was trademark shot from Coutinho, similar to what he has scored several times in his career. Barca kept pressing for the opener but the host eventually steady the game and were stepping up their game to match Barca's. The first half ended with both sides failing to hit the back of the net.

It was Espanyol that had the first chance of the second half. Baptistao rounded Ter Stegen within two minutes of the second half but after Esteban Granero converted his cut-back, the referee ruled the goal out after the ball drifted just out of play. The host were eventually going to get their goal later on in the game when Sergio Garcia crossed the ball to Gerard Moreno and he beautifully converted in the 66th minute. The fans at the RCDE Stadium erupted in jubilation and they were hopeful of getting one ahead of their city rivals this time around.

Barcelona's coach knew he had to bring on Lionel Messi that he left on the bench if he wanted to get something out of the game. The plan worked out as the Argentine came on. He was at the centre of Barca's equaliser as his free-kick was headed home by Pique in the 82nd minute.

The win means Barca now lead the La Liga table with 9 points after second place team, Atletico Madrid defeated Valencia 1-0.

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