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Suarez gives Barcelona victory and relegates city rivals Espanyol

Suarez gives Barcelona victory and relegates city rivals Espanyol

Suarez's goal was his 15th in La Liga this seasonBarcelona kept alive their hopes of winning La Liga with a victory over Espanyol at the Nou Camp that also relegated the visitors.Both sides had a player sent off early in the second half after video assistant referee reviews.Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati was dismissed for a foul on Fernando Calero before Pol Lozano was red carded for a dangerous tackle.
Luis Suarez then smashed home a loose ball to secure the three points.The win means Barcelona are a point behind leaders Real Madrid.
Relive Barcelona's win against Espanyol
However, Real could restore their four-point advantage when they host Alaves on Friday.Suarez's goal meant he became Barcelona's outright third-highest scorer as he took his tally for the club to 195 goals. The former Liverpool striker sits behind Cesar Rodriguez Alvarez (232) and Lionel Messi (630) in Barcelona's all-time top scorer list.The defeat for Barcelona's city rivals Espanyol ended their already slim hopes of retaining their La Liga status.They are bottom of the table on 24 points, 11 adrift of safety with just three games remaining.The visitors had been unlucky not to take the lead towards the end of an otherwise forgettable first half when Marc-Andre ter Stegen did well to prevent Clement Lenglet scoring an own goal before Didac Vila hit the post from the loose ball.A brilliant save by Diego Lopez denied Lionel Messi adding to Suarez's goal with a powerful volley to give Espanyol hope of an unlikely comeback but Barcelona closed the game out to secure the win.
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Barcelona
1ter Stegen
2Nelson SemedoSubstituted forFatiat 45'minutesBooked at 50mins[/i]
3Pique
15Lenglet
18Alba
4RakiticSubstituted forAraujoat 90+2'minutes
5Busquets
10Messi
20Roberto
17GriezmannSubstituted forVidalat 71'minutes
9SuarezSubstituted forBraithwaiteat 82'minutes
Substitutes
8Arthur
13Murara Neto
19Braithwaite
22Vidal
26Pena
28Puig
30Collado
31Fati
33Araujo
35Morer Cabrera
42Rodriguez Jimenez
43Cuenca
Espanyol
13Lopez
34Gomez
24CaleroSubstituted forDarderat 66'minutes
20Bernardo
18Cabrera
17Vila
26LozanoBooked at 53mins[/i]
15LopezBooked at 90mins[/i]
21RocaSubstituted forWuat 86'minutes
23EmbarbaSubstituted forCampuzanoat 74'minutes
11de TomasBooked at 45mins[/i]
Substitutes
3Pedrosa
4Sanchez
5Gomes Pereira
7Wu
10Darder
14Melendo
16Lopez Rodriguez
22Vargas
25Olazabal
31Campuzano
33Melamed
38Villahermosa
Referee:Jose Luis Munuera Montero
Match Stats
Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamEspanyolPossessionHome74%Away26%ShotsHome9Away11Shots on TargetHome2Away2CornersHome6Away5FoulsHome8Away12
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Match ends, Barcelona 1, Espanyol 0.
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Posted at 90'+6' Second Half ends, Barcelona 1, Espanyol 0.Posted at 90'+6' Attempt missed. Bernardo Espinosa (Espanyol) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Victor Gomez with a cross following a set piece situation.Posted at 90'+5' Foul by Arturo Vidal (Barcelona).Posted at 90'+5' Victor Campuzano (Espanyol) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Booking
Posted at 90'+4' David Lopez (Espanyol) is shown the yellow card.Posted at 90'+3' Martin Braithwaite (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 90'+3' Foul by Leandro Cabrera (Espanyol).
Substitution
Posted at 90'+2' Substitution, Barcelona. Ronald Araujo replaces Ivan Rakitic.Posted at 90'+1' Corner, Espanyol. Conceded by Arturo Vidal.Posted at 90'+1' Attempt blocked. Sergi Darder (Espanyol) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.Posted at 90' Corner, Espanyol. Conceded by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Posted at 90' Attempt saved. Raul de Tomas (Espanyol) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sergi Darder.Posted at 86' Attempt missed. Sergi Darder (Espanyol) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
Substitution
Posted at 86' Substitution, Espanyol. Wu Lei replaces Marc Roca.Posted at 84' Foul by Martin Braithwaite (Barcelona).Posted at 84' Bernardo Espinosa (Espanyol) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 82' Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 82' Foul by Didac Vila (Espanyol).
Substitution
Posted at 82' Substitution, Barcelona. Martin Braithwaite replaces Luis Suarez.Posted at 80' Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 80' Foul by Marc Roca (Espanyol).Posted at 77' Corner, Espanyol. Conceded by Gerard Pique.Posted at 77' Attempt missed. Raul de Tomas (Espanyol) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Marc Roca with a cross following a corner.Posted at 76' Corner, Espanyol. Conceded by Sergi Roberto.Posted at 76' Attempt blocked. Victor Campuzano (Espanyol) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Raul de Tomas.
Substitution
Posted at 74' Substitution, Espanyol. Victor Campuzano replaces Adrian Embarba.Posted at 74' Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is blocked.Posted at 73' Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 73' Foul by Didac Vila (Espanyol).Posted at 72' Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 72' Foul by Marc Roca (Espanyol).Posted at 72' Offside, Barcelona. Ivan Rakitic tries a through ball, but Luis Suarez is caught offside.
Substitution
Posted at 71' Substitution, Barcelona. Arturo Vidal replaces Antoine Griezmann.Posted at 68' Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Victor Gomez.Posted at 68' Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Sergi Roberto.Posted at 67' Attempt missed. Marc Roca (Espanyol) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.Posted at 66' Attempt blocked. Adrian Embarba (Espanyol) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Substitution
Posted at 66' Substitution, Espanyol. Sergi Darder replaces Fernando Calero.Posted at 65' Foul by Clement Lenglet (Barcelona).
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