Sunday May 8, 2011 Day 35 Finished Camp Nou

FC Barcelona 2 - 0 RCD Espanyol

  • Iniesta 29’
  • Piqué 48’

  1. Iniesta inspires Barcelona derby win

    Iniesta inspires Barcelona derby win

    Barcelona prevailed 2-0 in their derby clash with Espanyol at the Nou Camp as they restored their eight-point lead at the top of La Liga. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • FC Barcelona
    • RCD Espanyol
    • 90+2' The full-time whistle goes at the Camp Nou, and Barcelona have prevailed 2-0 in their derby clash against Espanyol courtesy of goals from Iniesta and Pique. The gap from Real Madrid is back to eight points! Thanks for joining us. La Liga table
    • 90+1' Afellay attempts a ridiculously ambitious shot from range which sails wide, but no matter - this game is done.
    • 90' Two minutes will be added on at the end of this second half, with Barcelona keeping possession with consummate ease.
    • 89' Seydou Keita comes on to replace Xavi, who departs to a deserved standing ovation.
    • 87' Chica concedes a corner with Espanyol firmly under the cosh late in this second half and Barcelona are about to make their final change.
    • 85' Ibrahim Afellay comes on to replace Pedro as Pep Guardiola makes his second change of this second half.
    • 83' Javi Chica attempts a through ball but Luis Garcia is caught offside, and that sums up Espanyol's evening.
    • 81' Busquets clashes with Verdu, and this is getting very scrappy at the end of the second half.
    • 79' Pedro slams a wild shot wide of the far post, and Kameni simply lets it drift by.
    • 77' Lopez is replaced by Isaias as Espanyol make their third and final change.
    • 75' Desperate defending from Espanyol sees them clear the ball away from inside their box amid a cluster of Barcelona shirts.
    • 73' Villa charges down the left powerfully before he is dispossessed by Rodriguez, but that was a breezy run.
    • 71' Eric Abidal is given his now customary standing ovation as he comes on to replace Fontas.
    • 70' It's a poor set piece from the forward, and Barcelona are able to clear upfield through Valdes.
    • 69' Dani Alves fouls Garcia, and the Espanyol forward will take the free kick....
    • 67' Espanyol enjoy some fleeting possession as Barcelona sit back in their half, but they can create nothing with it.
    • 65' Iniesta surges forward from deep once more, and Espanyol cannot contain the diminutive midfielder.
    • 63' Eventually, Messi is able to take the set piece, and his effort is deflected behind for a corner.
    • 62' Pedro is also shown a yellow card for needless jostling amongst the Espanyol players in their wall.
    • 61' Jordi Amat commits a foul which leads to petulant protesting from Kameni, who is booked.
    • 59' Callejon is replaced by Alvaro Vasquez as Espanyol make a change.
    • 57' The possession count is up to 72 per cent for Barcelona now as the hosts stroke the ball about imperiously.
    • 55' Callejon wins a free kick for his side with neat footwork to thwart Busquests.
    • 53' Iniesta is beginning to really take control now as he threads a neat through ball into Villa, who wins a corner.
    • 51' Mascherano makes a very fine intervention as he regains possession for the hosts in a dangerous area - great defending.
    • 50' Espanyol enjoy a brief spell of possession in their half as Barca sit back and relent slightly.
    • 48' GOAL!!!!! PIQUE MAKES IT TWO! The Barcelona defender nets an opportunist goal as he ghosts into the box to convert following neat work from Iniesta, and he gives Kameni no chance from close range!
    • 46' The second half is underway at the Camp Nou, and Barcelona immediately press forward from the outset.
    • 45+1' The half-time whistle goes at the Camp Nou, and Barcelona lead their rivals Espanyol 1-0 courtesy of Andres Iniesta's 29th minute strike. What's your prediction for the final score? Post your views below...
    • 45' Just one minute will be added at the end of this first half with Espanyol desperately worrying about damage limitation.
    • 43' Xavi wins another free kick for the hosts as Marquez intervenes illegally, and this is very scrappy with Barcelona dominating.
    • 41' Alonso fouls Messi in a dangerous area, but Villa shoots off target as the ball breaks loose to him.
    • 39' Villa sees a firm drive blocked away by Amat, and that looked destined to at least trouble Kameni.
    • 37' Barcelona keep the ball mesmerically, and Espanyol are really struggling to close them down.
    • 35' Marquez and Xavi clash in midfield, but the Barcelona man shields the ball expertly to ensure that Espanyol cannot break.
    • 33' Pique wins two towering headers to repel advances from the visitors, and the defender keeps his side solid at the back.
    • 31' Barcelona are enjoying 69 per cent of the possession so far in this first half, and that is a measure of their dominance.
    • 29' GOAL!!!! INIESTA PUTS BARCELONA IN FRONT! The midfielder slams a clinical finish beyond Kameni into the bottom left corner of the net, and Barcelona are 1-0 up against Espanyol!
    • 29' Messi attempts a very ambitious shot from an acute angle on the right, but he misses wide of the far post from Alves's pass.
    • 27' Busquets wins a free kick in his own half, before Iniesta is tripped by Lopez in the Espanyol half.
    • 25' Dani Alves hurtles down the right and whips over a testing cross, but Villa cannot quite get on the end of it.
    • 23' Ivan Alonso attempts a through ball to Osvaldo, but the forward is ruled fractionally offside!
    • 21' Iniesta takes his turn to test out Kameni's agility with a vicious shot which forces the keeper into another very sharp reflex save!
    • 19' Villa has a fierce shot saved by Kameni as he lashes the ball to the keeper's right following a slick through ball from Iniesta, and that was a fine stop!
    • 17' It's one way traffic as Barcelona carress the ball around with consummate ease, and Espanyol are forced firmly onto the back foot.
    • 15' Lionel Messi shows his class with a neat touch pst Torres, and the defender commits the foul as the Argentine wins a dangerous free kick.
    • 13' Busquets trips Callejon as Espanyol have a fleeting attack on the break after Villa misplaces a pass.
    • 11' Again, Barcelona look to carve open the Espanyol defence, only for Mascherano to find Villa offside.
    • 9' Busquets attempts an audacious through ball to Pedro, but the forward is offside.
    • 7' Barcelona finally settle into their usual rhythm, stroking the ball around with consummate ease.
    • 5' Galan commits another foul, and it's a very scrappy opening to this first half.
    • 4' Alves gets gingerly to his feet as play finally continues, while Galan fouls Iniesta.
    • 3' There's a delay in proceedings as Dani Alves sustains an injury, and let's hope he's okay this early in the match.
    • 2' Verdu wins a free kick in the attacking half as Sergio Busquets dives in very recklessly.
    • 1' The first half is underway at the Camp Nou, and Barcelona kick us off in their home strip in this derby clash!
    • 17:55 Barcelona: Valdes, Pique, Mascherano, Fontas, Alves, Busquets, Iniesta, Xavi, Villa, Messi, Pedro. Subs: Keita, Abidal, Pinto, Adriano, Afellay, Krkic, Suarez.
    • 17:50 Espanyol: Kameni, Rodriguez, Amat, Torres, Galan, Marquez, Verdu, Callejon, Lopez, Osvaldo, Alonso. Subs: Garcia, Fonte, Alvarez, Lopez, Vasquez, Canal, Isaias.
    • 17:45 Barcelona host Espanyol in their La Liga clash at the Camp Nou, with Pep Guardiola's side five points clear of second-placed Real Madrid with a game in hand.
  • Summary

    • 48' GOAL!!!!! PIQUE MAKES IT TWO! The Barcelona defender nets an opportunist goal as he ghosts into the box to convert following neat work from Iniesta, and he gives Kameni no chance from close range!
    • 29' GOAL!!!! INIESTA PUTS BARCELONA IN FRONT! The midfielder slams a clinical finish beyond Kameni into the bottom left corner of the net, and Barcelona are 1-0 up against Espanyol!
    • 21' Iniesta takes his turn to test out Kameni's agility with a vicious shot which forces the keeper into another very sharp reflex save!
    • 19' Villa has a fierce shot saved by Kameni as he lashes the ball to the keeper's right following a slick through ball from Iniesta, and that was a fine stop!
    • 17:55 Barcelona: Valdes, Pique, Mascherano, Fontas, Alves, Busquets, Iniesta, Xavi, Villa, Messi, Pedro. Subs: Keita, Abidal, Pinto, Adriano, Afellay, Krkic, Suarez.
    • 17:50 Espanyol: Kameni, Rodriguez, Amat, Torres, Galan, Marquez, Verdu, Callejon, Lopez, Osvaldo, Alonso. Subs: Garcia, Fonte, Alvarez, Lopez, Vasquez, Canal, Isaias.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • FC Barcelona

    Manager: Josep Guardiola

  • RCD Espanyol

    Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

  • Line-up

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    • Starting line-up

      • Víctor Valdés
      • Dani Alves
      • J. Mascherano
      • G. Piqué Goal
      • A. Fontàs Substitution Out (72′)
      • S. Busquets
      • Xavi Substitution Out (90′)
      • A. Iniesta Goal
      • Pedro Yellow Card Substitution Out (84′)
      • D. Villa
      • L. Messi

      Subs

      • E. Abidal Substitution In72′
      • J. Pinto
      • S. Keita Substitution In90′
      • I. Afellay Substitution In84′
      • Jeffrén
      • Thiago
      • M. Bartra
    • Starting line-up

      • I. Kaméni Yellow Card
      • E. Galán
      • J. Amat
      • R. Rodríguez
      • Chica
      • J. Verdú
      • J. Márquez
      • J. López Substitution Out (77′)
      • I. Alonso Substitution Out (45′)
      • J. Callejón Substitution Out (59′)
      • D. Osvaldo

      Subs

      • L. García Substitution In45′ Yellow Card
      • C. Alvarez
      • R. Fonte
      • A. Canal
      • &. Vázquez Substitution In59′
      • D. López
      • Isaías Substitution In77′ Yellow Card
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