FC Barcelona won the catalunya derby in flying colours with a 5-0 riot and with that kept themselves at top of the table with just one more league game to play for. Lionel Messi freekick, Suarez brace, Rafinha and Neymar late goals ensured a routine win as Atletico lost leaving them out of the title race while Real Madrid are not 1 point behind Barcelona.
FC Barcelona hosted local rivals Espanyol in Spanish primera Liga game this Sunday, 08 May 2016 afternoon and since all La Liga game were starting at the same time it became a must win game for Barcelona. They took the lead when Messi produce a moment of magic in 8th minute and scored through a freekick while Suarez continue his rich form scoring a quick brace just after the break to earn three points for barcelona.
Match Highlights: (Spanish, 6 minutes)
Lionel Messi early first half strike via freekick in just 8th minute had put Barcelona 1-0 up but Espanyol made life difficult for them after that. However Luis Suarez scored two goals just after the break to kill the tie and earn three points for Barcelona as they go into the last weekend on top of the spanish La Liga.
FC Barcelona 5-0 Espanyol Highlights
[Spanish La Liga, Sunday, 08 May 2016 ]
08′ 1 – 0 Lionel Messi amazing freekick gave an early lead for Barcelona to ease the nervous at Camp Nou.
52′ 2 – 0 Luis Suarez continue his rich goal scoring form with yet another amazing performance.
61′ 3 – 0 Luis Suarez he scored his second goal in second half to pretty much seal the tie and ensure pichichi award.
74′ 4 – 0 Rafinha
83′ 5 – 0 Neymar
FC Barcelona vs Espanyol Highlights
Spanish La Liga Match
Date: Sunday, 06 May 2016 – Time: 17:00 CET / 16:00 UK time
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona
Barcelona vs Espanyol Preview: Both teams has already meet three times this season with Espanyol holding Barca to 0-0 draw at home while losing the Copa del rey double header back in January 2016. Espanyol are pretty much safe from the drop zone after collecting 4-0 points of first 36 games but they won’t be happy with the kind of season they have had. Being it a catalunya derby Espanyol will be determined the spoil the party for Barcelona.
Espanyol are no pushovers but they have a moutain to climb in the second leg having already lost 4-1 in first leg. But their manager has vowed to take this game like any other and wants to win it regardless of the aggregate score.
Enrique has a oppertunity to rest some of the key players which means chance for the likes of Bartra, Vermaelan, Alex Vidal, Mathieu, Arda Turan, Munir El Haddadi and Sergio Roberto to start the game and impress the manager. Messi might play some part in the game as well.
If this game goes like the first leg we are sure to have another feisty encounter in this Catalunya derby. I can see Espanyol exploiting Barcelona’s second string side but Barcelona should have enough quality to get through unscratched.
Barcelona will be traveling to near neighbours Espanyol for the second time in last 10 days to face Espanyol but this time in the Copa Del Rey 2016 third round (second leg) at the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat. Luis Enrique is expected to field a second string team against Espanyol having already won the first leg by 4-0 at Cam Nou a week ago. We will have highlights from the second leg right here on this page.