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RCD Espanyol - FC Barcelona
Liga - 2 January 2016
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FULL-TIME. Well, that was a very odd game, promising so much and delivering so little. Neymar, Messi and Suarez all looked intermittently dangerous, but Espanyol defended excellently and in numbers.
Where's Bravo off to? Back in your hutch, sir. He's come dashing out and then rethinks it.
Booking for Neymar, who's starting to get riled.
Alvaro is on the floor in the box after chasing Suarez. The striker's clipped his ankle.
Caicedo is looming in the box now, and this time it's Barca's turn to defence in numbers.
More beautiful industry from Neymar but Espanyol are blocking all these crosses with ease.
Abraham is on for Jordan.
Another decent chance for Barcelona - from Neymar, rather spectaclar effort, and Pau Lopez saves well.
Rakitic has had a good game. He's replaced by Sergi Roberto, who looks a bit like Josh Groban.
Messi sees Busquets making a run at the far post and blasts a ball high across in his general direction.
Neymar swings in a free kick from the right but once again Espanyol clear that and break.
Moreno replaces Burgui.
Jordi Alba is writhing after a challenge from Alvarez.
Fifth corner of the day for Espanyol, but still nothing from it.
Some gorgeous passing from Barcelona here, but once more they're denied by the woodwork, Suarez's shot rebounding off the post.
Oh, and what a great run from Hernan Perez up the other end and his drive flicks wide of Bravo's right hand!
And another shot from Messi deflected out for a corner. Barcelona starting very brightly here.
The ball is in the back of the net for Barcelona, but it won't count - the flag's up after Messi threaded Iniesta through.
Ooh, and Suarez cuts in to the box, setting up Neymar, whose shot is blocked by Alvarez.
The second half is now under way.
Oh, marvellous from Messi, who thinks he's clear through on goal after Busquets' ball in but Espanyol's well-organised defence opt for the corner, thanks to fine work from Lopez.
Another booking - this one for Jordan pulling on Messi's shirt. This isn't going to end 11-a-side, is it?
A series of corners for Barcelona but Espanyol are dealing with these set pieces well.
Suarez and Roco are having a right battle down the right.
That clips the post and is out for a goal kick - Pau Lopez never even saw that.
He gets it - it's about 25 yards out, and Messi drags himself up ready to take it.
This is a nasty niggly game. Lionel Messi is currently sitting on the floor waiting for free kicks to be given in his favour.
Lopez commits three fouls in a row on Neymar and gets booked.
The referee opts to ignore a foul throw with the ball back in play and suggests they just take it again. Not sure that's how that works.
Pique thumps it firmly away.
CHANCE! Great ball in from the left and that's flicked on and curving in to the goalline but Bravo claws that away!
Espanyol are reasserting themselves now, and Barca's defence look a bit confused by it all.
It's ridiculous. They're shoving each other over.
Another chance! The ball skids in as Suarez makes his run and skews it wide.
Ouch. Hefty challenge from Hernan Perez on Neymar, who goes flying.
There are now two footballs on the pitch.
CHANCE! Neymar creates the best chance of the afternoon so far, a link-up with Suarez, who can't get his shot in.
Barca slowing the play down whenever they can, and there's plenty of whistling around the stands.
Messi tries to get smart with a run down the middle and a toe-poke, but he has the ball nicked off his toe and Espanyol counter once more.
Great ball in from Rakitic, but Neymar is offside.
Espanyol are quick on the counter, and Barcelona are struggling to clear despite Rakitic's best efforts.
Suarez does an impressive somersault as he's upended and play is brought back.
Jordi Alba doesn't know which part of his body to strike the ball with at the far post.
Corner to Barca swung in from the left, but Pau punches that away and Espanyol break.
Neymar looks to cut in from the left and start some kind of possession in midfield.
Espanyol are dominant in these opening exchangse - Barcelona not getting a sniff of the ball.
The teams are lining up and preparing for the pre-match formalities.
It's a charged atmosphere as the teams ready themselves.
Teams: Espanyol - Pau, Lopez, Alvaro, Roco, Alvarez, Diop, Jordan, Hernan, Asensio, Burgui, Caicedo. Subs - Bardi, Rober Correa, Duarte, Gerard, Salva, Abraham, Raillo. /// Barcelona - Bravo, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Alves, A.Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Neymar Jr, Mascherano, Jordi Alba. Subs - Ter Stegen, Bartra, Munir, Sandro, S.Roberto, Adriano, Mathieu.
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