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Spanish Primera BBVA

Estadi Cornella-El Prat (ATT 35,000) 26th May 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: D Fernandez Borbalan

Espanyol Espanyol vs Barcelona Barcelona

Espanyol 0

W Mubarak (S/O 80)

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Barcelona 2

A Sanchez (14)
Pedro (86)

Barca stay on course

Last Updated: 26/05/13 10:41pm

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It was a comfortable night for Barcelona

It was a comfortable night for Barcelona

Barcelona remain on course to match Real Madrid's 100-point record in the Primera Division after comfortably beating local rivals Espanyol away from home.

Tito Vilanova's side took the lead through a brilliant goal by Alexis Sanchez, while Pedro Rodriguez made sure of the win by adding a second after Espanyol had been reduced to 10 men thanks to Wakaso Mubarak's dismissal.

The champions will reach a century of points if they beat Malaga at the Nou Camp on the final day of the season, while Javier Aguirre's men waved goodbye to their already faint chances of qualifying for the Europa League.

Barcelona were treated to a guard of honour by the Espanyol players before the start of the game and enjoyed 70 per cent of the possession across 90 minutes, but they did not play their opponents off the park as Espanyol enjoyed a number of chances to score.

The first came after just two minutes, Diego Colotto shooting over the crossbar after a scramble in the box following a free-kick.

It was Barcelona, however, who took the lead through a sublime goal by Alexis on 14 minutes.

The Chilean advanced towards goal on the left-hand side before beating two defenders and exchanging a quick one-two with David Villa. He then received the return pass on his chest and curled the ball into the bottom corner with the inside of his right boot.

Cesc Fabregas soon struck the post from inside the area, while Andres Iniesta came close to doubling the lead moments before the break only for his stinging effort to fly just wide of a post.

Villa missed a brilliant opportunity to score 10 minutes into the second half, shooting wide from close range after controlling a pass from Fabregas.

The Spain striker was distraught at wasting the chance and was visibly dejected when he was substituted for Pedro with 19 minutes remaining.

Espanyol appealed for a penalty late in the second half when Sergio Garcia went down in the area but their protests fell on deaf ears, and Christian Stuani had a golden chance to equalise but could not get his shot away.

A minute later Espanyol's chances of getting back into the game were dealt another blow when Wakaso was sent off for pushing referee David Fernandez Borbalan, after disagreeing with his decision to award a foul against Joan Capdevila.

Barca wrapped up the points with four minutes to go. Pedro played a one-two with fellow substitute Xavi Hernandez before slotting past Cristian Alvarez with ease.


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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 24 60
2 Barcelona 25 59
3 Atletico Madrid 24 53
4 Valencia 24 50
5 Sevilla 24 45
6 Villarreal 24 44
7 Malaga 24 38
8 Espanyol 25 32
9 Celta Vigo 24 31
10 Rayo Vallecano 25 29
11 Real Sociedad 24 27
12 Eibar 24 27
13 Athletic Bilbao 24 27
14 Getafe 24 26
15 Deportivo La Coruna 24 24
16 Almeria 24 23
17 Elche 24 23
18 Levante 25 22
19 Granada 25 19
20 Cordoba 25 18