90'+1
Messi hasn't given up on scoring tonight, he's just beaten to Fabregas' through ball however.
90'
We're into injury time with three minutes to be added on.
90'
 
That's a nasty one! Lanzarote with a rash challenge on Fabregas leaves the former Arsenal man limping. The Espanyol player goes into the book.
89'
Messi has a shot deflected to win his side a corner. The set piece is cleared.
89'
 
Marc Bartra replaces Mascherano as Barcelona look to see out this match.
Barcelona Substitution
88'
Fabregas releases Pedro who races clear but his shot is saved by Casilla for a corner.
87'
Alves' dipping effort is well wide of the mark. Apart from his shot which hit the post in the first-half, it's been a disappointing evening for the full-back.
Barcelona Substitution
85'
 
Cesc Fabregas replaces Iniesta with five minutes to play.
84'
And what a good chance for Lanzarote to make an instant impression. He just gets under Fuentes cross and the ball goes out for a goal-kick.
Barcelona Substitution
Espanyol Substitution
83'
 
Manuel Lanzarote replaces Abraham Gonzales.
82'
A powerful, curling effort from Messi just sails wide of the post. The 'keeper would have struggled if that was on target.
80'
Just the one goal in this contest with ten minutes to play. Messi has just won a free-kick on the edge of the box after a tackle from Sanchez. Can Messi break his goal drought?
78'
Garcia shows an excellent touch, turns Pique but his shot just flashes over the bar.
76'
 
Mascherano is booked for a late tackle on Garcia. Deservedly so.
74'
Alexis' delicious balls finds Neymar, Castilla in Espanyol's goal rushes out and dummies the ball! Neymar collapses to the ground and that was a deliberate dive. But what was the goalkeeper doing?
72'
We're into the last 20 minutes - will Espanyol take a chance and move into a more attacking formation? Despite trailing they're still sitting very deep.
70'
Fuentes's dangerous cross finds Sanches with his back to goal but his pass to Torje is intercepted and cleared.
69'
So Alexis' seventh goal of the season separates the two sides here at Camp Nou.
68'
Let's hope we see a reaction from Espanyol now.
67'
 
GOAL! 1-0 Barcelona! At last! Neymar runs at the away defence, the ball goes through two players' legs and Alexis is poaching at the back post to poke home.
65'
 
Sanchez drags back Iniesta in the middle of the park and the Espanyol man is booked.
63'
The last time these two played, Barcelona were leading 4-0 at half-time.
Espanyol Substitution
62'
Neymar takes on two Espanyol players, cuts inside and curls the ball agonisingly wide. Best piece of play so far from the Brazilian.
61'
Some nervy football at the back as Barcelona try to play some one-touch football at the back and Mascherano eventually has to hoof the ball up the field.
60'
Thievy and Montoya come together in a collision and it's the Espanyol player who has stayed down.
60'
Fantastic pressure from Aguirre's men as Barcelona continue to struggle to find a way through to goal.
58'
A hopeful ball from Pique releases Neymar on the wing who has to work hard to keep the ball in play but is unable to do so.
57'
Pique makes a dash forward, finds Sanchez on the wing and his cross is ballooned over by Xavi.
56'
Despite leading the La Liga table with 10 wins and a draw, Martino is finding himself under a bit of pressure as Barcelona manager. The mad world of football, eh?
55'
10 minutes played and we're still at 0-0. Messi has just lost the ball for Barcelona and the home fans frustrations continue to grow.
53'
Great save from Casilla! This time Alves delivers a good cross, little Messi is highest to head the ball goalward and the goalkeeper makes a great save to deny Barca.
52'
Great pace and awareness shown by Sanchez in the centre of the park, he releases Thievy but his pass is disappointing and Valdes collects.
51'
It hasn't been the most productive night so far for Alves - he overhits his cross once more with the Barca players filling the penalty box.
50'
Iniesta finds Alexis at the back post but the ball is too high for the Chilean and Espanyol clear.
49'
Fantastic block from Sidnei who denies Iniesta a certain goal - but that's got to hurt!
48'
Alves finds himself in space on the flank once more and his cross is better this time but Sidnei does well to win the header with Xavi and Messi challenging.
47'
Aguirre will be pleased with how well his men have stuck to the task at hand so far - they limited Barcelona to half chances in the first period.
46'
And we're off for the second-half and Gerardo Martino will be hoping for a much improved performance from his side.
45'
 
Alexis skips past Fuentes but then is chopped down by the Espanyol defender who goes into the referee's book.
44'
Post! Dani Alves plays a fantastic one-two and hits an effort from 25 yards but Espanyol are saved by the wood work!
43'
Sideni is highest to clear but Barcelona get the ball forward again through Iniesta whose cross is cleared for another corner.
41'
Alexis wins a corner from his name-sake in the Espanyol line-up.
40'
Five minutes to the break and the purists in the Barcelona support won't be happy with this first-half performance.
39'
Xavi blazes well over much to the frustration and disappointing to his team mates and fans.
38'
Sanchez isn't dwelling on that miss - he makes a fantastic tackle to put a stop to Busquet's advancing run.
37'
What a chance that was for the visitors to take the lead. Espanyol are looking dangerous at times from the counter attacks.
35'
Thievy finds Garcia as Alves misjudges the speed of the ball but Valdes rushes out to save the day. Fantastic chance, fantastic save.
34'
But the wait goes on for a Messi goal as his free-kick sails over the top of the crossbar.
32'
Messi wins his side a free-kick on the edge of the area...
30'
Torje registers Espanyol's first shot on target - just to ensure Victor Valdes is still awake in Barcelona's goal.
29'
Alves is getting a lot of time and space out wide but he's been quite wasteful with his deliveries. Certainly something for the Espanyol back line to think about.
27'
Iniesta's finds Alves with another diagonal ball who heads the ball towards Alexis in the box but he screws his shot into a defender.
25'
Espanyol can't string two passes together at the moment as they continue to give the ball back to their rivals.
23'
Another decent build up from Barcelona with Messi eventually finding Alves in space on the right but again the full-back's final ball is poor.
22'
Messi threads a through ball towards Neymar who was in space in the penalty box but Alexis intercepts the pass without knowing who was behind him and the chance is gone.
21'
It hasn't been pretty to watch but Espanyol's game plan has worked for the first 20 minutes.
20'
Fantastic build up play from Barcelona but the end product is spoilt by a poor cross from Alves. Messi and Neymar involved of course.
19'
Wonderful diagonal ball from Xavi who finds Dani Alves in space on the right and his cross wins a corner.
17'
Torje continuing to court controversy - a late tackle on Pique is punished but no card.
16'
Espanyol's defensive line is sitting very deep but it seems to be working in the first 15 minutes. Barcelona have only had one real chance through Sanchez.
15'
Typical fluent passing from Neymar and Messi on the edge of the box - the Argentine's shot is blocked and Montoya strikes the rebound which is also blocked.
15'
Messi hasn't scored in three La Liga games - his longest drought since - April 2011-May 2011 - will he finally break his duck tonight?
14'
Busquets loses the ball under pressure from Thievy who passes to Garcia and Pique comes through the back of him. Free-kick.
12'
 
Neymar wrongly accused of being offside when in the clear and the home fans letting the flags man exactly what they think.
11'
Torje goes down under a challenge from Messi but the Argentine is far from happy - Torje looks like he's went down a bit too easy there.
10'
Ten minutes have been played at the Camp Nou and it's been a fairly quiet start to the match with Espanyol happy to sit with men behind the ball and hit their rivals on the break.
9'
Fantastic foot work from Neymar who tricks his way past two players but he's stopped with a hefty tackle from Moreno to put a stop to the attack on the edge of the area.
8'
It's the away supporters making the noise so far.
6'
Barcelona showing some early warning signs with Neymar getting forward and trying to find his deadly striker partner but the ball is cut out.
5'
Sanchez finds himself with space in the area following some slick passing from Messi and Iniesta but the Chilean opts to side foot the ball and the goalkeeper parries the ball for an Espanyol defender to clear.
4'
Gabriel Torje turns and fires over following a counter attack from the visitors.
3'
Sanchez wins Barca a corner, Xavi takes his short to Messi whose cross is easily gathered by Espanyol's Kiko Casilla in goal.
2'
Although they have started well in both the La Liga and Champions League, Barcelona's style of football has been criticised,will we see a more fluent display tonight? Martino has certainly named a strong starting 11.
1'
And we're underway for the 159th derby between the pair. Can Espanyol cause an upset? Or will Barca roll their rivals over? We're about to find out...
-
And the referee calls time to this encounter. Barcelona extend their lead at the top of the La Liga to four points.
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Xavi's free-kick delivery is cleared and the referee blows for half-time.
19.55
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19.50
Although it is the host's fifth game in 14 days, Gerardo Martino's men are red hot favourites to claim all three points tonight with some bookmakers pricing a home win as short as 1/10.
19.45
Meanwhile, Javier Aguirre's Espanyol side have had a very mixed start to the La Liga campaign. They began the season in terrific form but have taken just four points from their last six games and things won't get any easier tonight.
19.40
If Barcelona win tonight - as expected - they will extend their lead at the top of the La Liga to four points - they have played 11 league games so far and won 10 of them. Atletic Madrid have a game in hand though and host Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
19.35
So Javier Mascherano, Gerard Pique, Xavi, Neymar and Andres Iniesta all return to Barcelona's starting 11 after they sat out Barcelona's victory over Celta Vigo midweek.
19.31
TEAMS: Barcelona - Valdes, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Montoya, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Sanchez, Messi, Neymar. Substitutions: Pinto, Fabregas, Pedro, Bartra, Song, Tello, Roberto /// Espanyol - Casilla, Rodriguez, Sidnei, Moreno, Fuentes, Sanchez, Lopez, Thievy, Abraham, Torje, Garcia. Substitutions: Parreno, Tejera, Capdevila, Lanzarote, Colotto, Fernandez, Cordoba.
19.30
Hello there and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE La Liga commentary between local rivals Barcelona and Espanyol at Camp Nou.

Starting Line-ups

Barcelona
Espanyol
    • Valdés
    • Montoya
    • 14
      Mascherano
    • 3
      Piqué
    • 22
      Dani Alves
    • 8
      Iniesta
    • 5
      Busquets
    • 6
      Xavi
    • 11
      Neymar
    • 10
      Messi
    • Sánchez
Team Manager:  Luis Enrique
    • 9
      Sergio García
    • 7
      Thievy
    • 10
      Abraham
    • Torje
    • 4
      Víctor Sánchez
    • David López
    • Raúl Rodríguez
    • Sidnei
    • 15
      Héctor Moreno
    • 18
      Fuentes
    • 13
      Kiko Casilla
Team Manager:  Sergio González
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
V. Valdés 0 2 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
M. Montoya 0 0 0 5 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
G. Piqué 0 0 0 2 10 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
Dani Alves 0 0 0 4 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 90
J. Mascherano 0 0 0 3 5 0 1 2 1 0 0 89
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
Xavi 0 0 0 116 0 6 0 2 0 0 0 90
S. Busquets 0 0 0 100 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 90
A. Iniesta 0 0 1 52 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 86
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
L. Messi 0 0 1 51 2 0 1 3 0 0 0 90
Neymar 0 1 0 50 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 90
A. Sánchez 1 0 2 33 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 83
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
Kiko Casilla 0 4 1 14 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
Fuentes 0 0 0 2 8 0 1 1 1 0 0 90
Sidnei 0 0 0 1 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
Raúl Rodríguez 0 0 0 4 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
Héctor Moreno 0 0 0 2 6 0 3 0 0 0 0 90
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
G. Torje 0 0 1 15 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 90
David López 0 0 0 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
Víctor Sánchez 0 0 1 22 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 90
Abraham 0 0 0 29 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 83
Thievy 0 0 0 16 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 63
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
Sergio García 0 0 0 21 0 0 5 2 0 0 0 90
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