Barcelona ease into the quarter-finals of the Copa Del Rey, and in this form they must be considered favourites to win the competition. Messi was impressive - as he always is - but Munir will take most positives from this match, scoring twice. Maybe this display will spark his season into life.
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RCD Espanyol - FC Barcelona
Copa del Rey - 13 January 2016
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FULL-TIME: Espanyol 0 Barcelona 2 (1-6 on aggregate)
Just one minute of stoppage time to be played at the end of the second half.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Espanyol 0 Barcelona 2 (88 mins - Munir El Haddadi). And that will be that! Turan and Vidal combine to set up Munir for the simple finish at the back post. There was a question of offside against it though!
This result will take Barcelona into the last eight of the Copa Del Rey, where they will start to survey their route to the final. Of course, Real Madrid are no longer in the competition this season.
Barcelona are now seeing out this game with some easy passing around the midfield. This has been a training exercise for last season's treble winners for quite some time now.
YELLOW CARD: Adriano (Barcelona)
Messi is really unhappy with some of the officiating in this game tonight. He has been on the end of some rough treatment from Espanyol. Alvaro has been a bit of a bruiser.
Just as happened at the end of the opening 45 minutes, the heat of this match is cranking up towards the end of the half. Both sets of players are nipping away at each other.
YELLOW CARD: Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona)
Messi has gone down in the Espanyol half and the home side are guilted into kicking the ball out of play by the Barcelona players. That was a crunching tackle on him by Alvaro.
Espanyol sub: Abraham Gonzalez OFF, Gerard Moreno ON.
This has been a generally impressive display from Barcelona, who are winning this match with something of a second string lineup. Espanyol haven't really come that close.
If Espanyol are going to draw level in this second leg, I get the feeling that in one way or another it will come through Caicedo. He's been the only one to cause Barcelona problems.
I don't think there was any intent from Mascherano in that last incident. He stood down on Alvaro's leg as he landed from a leap, but he was looking at the ball the whole time. Accidental.
THIS COULD BE A PROBLEM! Alvaro has gone down in the Barcelona penalty area after what looked to be a stamp on the back of the leg from Mascherano. Was it intentional though?
Do Espanyol have anything left to give? Are they really that bothered about taking something from this second leg? It doesn't seem like it. They are second best all over the pitch.
Vidal sees a yellow card for challenge on Ciani, but that's not really the kind of impression I was talking about. There wasn't much in that, though. Soft booking for him.
YELLOW CARD: Aleix Vidal (Barcelona)
Vidal hasn't really made much of an impression on this game, but he is being played somewhat out of position. He was signed primarily as a right-back, not as a right-winger.
The home fans believe they have had a rough deal from the referee this evening. They jeer ironically when he blows up for a foul on Alves. To be honest, they don't have much of a case.
Espanyol sub: Salva Sevilla OFF, Mamadou Sylla ON.
The temper that coloured the end of the first half seems to have fallen by the wayside as well. I suppose that's what happens when you're playing the final 20 minutes of a tie you're 5-1 down in.
This is all too easy for Barcelona now. Espanyol have given up on trying to press them in possession, with the away side passing the ball around the midfield completely unchallenged.
In this new system that Barcelona are playing Mascherano has been pushed into the centre of midfield, which is where he started his career out at. That's where he learned his trade.
YELLOW CARD: Salva Sevilla (Espanyol)
That was peculiar. Barcelona come flying forward on the counter attack, with options on either side... but a poor touch from Messi lets them down. That guy needs to get a grip.
With that sub Barcelona have now moved Mathieu back into the centre of defence, with Adriano shifting out to the left wing. The Frenchman is much better as a centre-back, anyway.
Roberto is taken off by Enrique, and that was another impressive performance by the youngster. Barcelona have finally found someone who can deputise for Busquets in midfield.
Barcelona subs: Sergio Roberto and Thomas Vermaelen OFF, Adriano and Marc Bartra ON.
Caicedo is troubling Barcelona on the counter attack. That's what he did in the first half, but with the game stretching there is even more space for him to gallop into now.
Espanyol sub: Burgui OFF, Francisco Montanes ON.
Some of the Espanyol players wanted a penalty kick for that tackle on Caicedo from Ter Stegen, but the Barcelona keeper won the ball cleanly. Any defender would have been proud of that.
TER STEGEN WINS ANOTHER DUAL WITH CAICEDO! The striker was played through on goal, but the Barca goalkeeper came off his line quickly to make the challenge with his leg.
There's that threat on the counter attack from Espanyol I was talking about in the first half. They have pace and directness in the final third, and Barca could still be caught out there.
GOOD CHANCE FOR CAICEDO! The Espanyol striker was released down the left-hand channel on the counter attack, but from a tight angle he couldn't beat Ter Stegen at his near post.
Barcelona have been in control of this match for quite some time, with last season's treble winners holding a commanding 5-1 lead over their city rivals. It's all for pride, now.
Tempers were fraying towards the end of the first half, with Espanyol coming into the second half with three players on yellow cards. Caicedo, in particular, is one to keep your eye on.
Munir's goal is the difference between the two teams as the second half gets under way, but that strike was all about the through ball from Messi. What a pass it was from the Argentine.
The second half is under way at the Cornella! Barcelona hold a 1-0 lead over Espanyol on the night.
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HALF-TIME: Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona (1-5 on aggregate). It's probably just as well that we have reached half-time. Tempers are starting to boil over, with both sides feisty in their attitudes towards each other.
CAICEDO SHOULD HAVE SCORED! The Espanyol striker was clean through on goal, but his chipped finish is pushed over the bar by Ter Stegen - who stood up as long as possible.
This is getting a little unpleasant now. Caicedo stuck an elbow into Ter Stegen as the Barcelona goalkeeper took his kick. The German seems to have loosened a tooth as well, or something.
YELLOW CARD: Felipe Caicedo (Espanyol)
TER STEGEN IS FORCED INTO THE SAVE! Jordan cuts inside and tries to catch out the Barca keeper with a snapshot at the near post, but the German gets down early to stop.
Barcelona have been well on top in this first half. Enrique might have made a number of changes to his starting lineup, but that hasn't done much to dent their supremacy over their rivals.
That was an especially crude challenge from Alvaro. Messi was well past him as he broke forward, but the Espanyol player just cleaned him out. He takes the yellow card, which had been coming.
YELLOW CARD: Alvaro Gonzalez (Espanyol)
Is there any way for Espanyol to get a foothold in this match? The tie is now beyond there, but they could still cause some damage on the counter attack. There is still hope for them.
Messi should have had a freekick there! Alvaro leaned into the Barcelona number 10 as he surged through on goal, but the referee shook his head and allowed play to continue.
That goal should do Munir's confidence a world of good. The youngster has impressed in points so far this season, but all that has been missing is a goal haul. And goals equal confidence.
Just before Munir scored the opening goal of the match, Espanyol actually had an opportunity to find the net themselves. Asensio couldn't make the most of a loose pass from Messi.
If this tie wasn't dead before kick-off, it certainly is now. Espanyol's away goal has been wiped off the slate and now they trail 5-1 in this round of 16 Copa Del Rey encounter.
YELLOW CARD: Burgui (Espanyol)
Espanyol are unhappy with the referee for allowing that goal to stand. They feel that Rakitic fouled Sevilla earlier in the move, but the officials were right to permit play to continue.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Espanyol 0 Barcelona 1 (32 mins - Munir El Haddadi). There's the opening goal, and what a goal it was. Messi's pass through was unbelievable, and Munir did really well to round the keeper and finish into the empty net.
NOT TOO FAR AWAY FOR ESPANYOL! Ciani meets the near post delivery from a corner kick, but he only succeeds in heading his effort past the target. That had Ter Stegen worried.
That's what they did well in the first leg, when Asensio and Caicedo combined so well on the rapid break to give the away side the lead at the Camp Nou. Can they do that again?
Espanyol seem quite happy to allow Barcelona to have possession of the ball and counter as hard and as quick as they can whenever they win it back. Which isn't often...
Roberto is dictating things in the centre of the pitch for Barcelona, and it's illustrative of how important he has become to the Catalans this season. His career has done a complete turn.
Vermaelen has been favoured in the centre-back position by Enrique for this evening's game, with the Barcelona boss opting for the Belgian as third choice over the likes of Mathieu and Bartra.
MESSI GETTING CLOSER AND CLOSER! This time the Argentine drives through the centre of the pitch, sending a curling effort towards goal - but Bardi makes sure with a diving stop.
The home side are enjoying a good spell of possession, but they aren't really doing anything with it. Barcelona are finding it easy to repel them on the edge of their own box.
MUNIR HEADS WIDE! Messi plays a wonderful, flighted cross into the penalty area, but Munir can't quite climb high enough and the young striker plants his header past the far post.
The tempo of this match has slowed down in the last few minutes, and that might be of Barcelona's making. They are the ones in control and dictating the pace of the contest.
Nice play from Barcelona... until the ball found itself at the feet of Alves. Messi, Munir and Suarez exchanged some neat passes on the edge of the box before the full-back blasted over.
The away side seem to have taken a grip of this game after a fast and furious start by Espanyol. They have kept them at arm's length and are now suffocating them. Typical Barca.
This is also a big opportunity for Munir, who has fallen out of the first team reckoning since Messi's return to fitness. He didn't quite make the most of that chance, but he has another one here.
Mathieu is playing on the left side of the defensive line, with the French international being asked to play up and down that side of the pitch. It's not really a role he's naturally suited to.
Turan has been handed a start by Enrique this evening. The Turkish international has settled into things nicely at his new club, setting up Messi for a goal in the weekend's win over Granada.
That was just a bit wild! The ball fell to Jordan about 25 yards out after a botched clearance by the Barcelona defence, but he gets it all wrong and lashes his effort high and wide.
Asensio is certainly showing plenty of invention and creativity in the final third. He's the one pressing and probing, this time attempting to chip a pass through to Sevilla on the run.
BARCELONA'S FIRST CHANCE OF THE MATCH! The corner kick delivery falls to Messi on the edge of the box, but Bardi in the Espanyol goal does well to get behind it to make the save.
Enrique has made a number of changes to his starting lineup for this match toniht. One of the most interesting things about his selection is the use of Vidal as an attacking forward!
Caicedo also played well a fortnight ago, scoring Espanyol's only goal of the game. The striker was very effective in giving the Spanish and European champions something to think about on the break.
Asensio was impressive in the Liga match against Barcelona a few weeks ago, but had to be withdrawn in the Copa match two weeks ago through injury. He could be a danger tonight.
Espanyol have started the match on the front foot and are pressuring Barcelona as high up the pitch as they can. And for the moment the tactic is working. The hosts are playing well.
It's also worth noting that Barcelona also have Luis Suarez banned for two matches as a result of a scuffle in the tunnel with some Espanyol players. Barca are contesting that, though.
Both matches between these two clubs in the last few weeks were ill-tempered affairs. In fact, Espanyol have two players suspended from the first leg as a result of that temperament.
Barcelona were impressive in the first leg at the Camp Nou, but it's not so long since Espanyol held their rivals to a goalless draw in the league at the Cornella. Encouragement for them.
These two teams are playing for a place in the last eight of this season's Copa Del Rey, with Barcelona almost there after the 2-0 win over their city rivals in the first leg two weeks ago.
The match is under way at the Cornella! It's Espanyol against Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey last 16 second leg.
TEAM NEWS: Espanyol - Bardi, Correa, Ciani, Alvaro, Duarte, Jordan, Abraham, Sevilla, Burgui, Asensio, Caicedo. /// Barcelona - Ter Stegen, Alves, Mascherano, Vermaelen, Mathieu, Roberto, Rakitic, Arda, Vidal, Messi, Munir.
I'm Graham Ruthven and you can contact me on Twitter to let me know your thoughts ahead of the game. Is there any way Espanyol can claw back the deficit? How many will Barca score tonight? Tweet me!
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