Barcelona V Espanyol - As it happened.

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Barcelona V Espanyol - As it happened.

Matt Morley by Matt Morley @rfutbol - 0 +10k

Barcelona V Espanyol - As it happened.

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FT: Barcelona 5-0 Espanyol

Barca record a comfortable win here thanks to goals from Pique, Suarez and a hat trick from Lionel Messi.

Full time!

The whistle goes here at the Camp Nou.

3 minutes added on

Barca 5-0 Espanyol

Barca counter at pace and Dembele's low cross is converted by Suarez to make it five!



Barca 4-0 Espanyol

Pique rises highest to head home Rakitic's corner from the left.



Papa Diop is booked

He fouls Messi and goes into the book.

Messi fires over

Suarez pulls the ball back to Messi on the edge of the box but he fires over.

Espanyol goal disallowed

Didac sees a fine effort tipped over and from the ensuing corner Ter Stegen drops it and it is rifled home but the whistle goes for a foul on the German.

Paulinho goes close!

He can't quite stretch enough to convert Suarez' deep cross to the back post.

Iniesta makes way

Andre Gomes comes on in his place.

Espanyol make a change

Didac comes on for Darder.

Aaron is booked

He chops down Dembele and goes into the book.

On comes Paulinho

He replaces Sergio Busquets.

An early burst from Dembele

But it comes to nothing.

Darder is booked

David Lopez is adjudged to have handled the ball and Darder is booked for his protestations.

Here comes Ousmane Dembele!

He comes on for Gerard Deulofeu for his Barca debut. Marc Navarro replaces Victor Sanchez for Espanyol.

Barca 3-0 Espanyol

There's the hat trick! Suarez looks certain to score but when he is forced wide Jordi Alba is there to pull the ball back to Messi who sweeps into the far corner for his third of the evening.



Chance Espanyol!

Aaron crosses low from the left and Baptistao's effort is blocked away by Umtiti.

Victor Sanchez is booked

He fouls Alba and goes into the book.

Espanyol make a change

Pablo Piatti is replaced by Sergio Garcia.

Suarez fires over

The game should be over already. Messi unselfishly pulls the ball back to Suarez six yards out but he lifts his effort over the bar.

Messi has a go

He meets Deulofeu's cross from the right but his effort is deflected away for a corner.

Chance Espanyol!

Jordi Alba makes a mess of dealing with a long ball and presents it to Moreno. He looks to lift the ball over Ter Stegen from the edge of the box but his effort drops just wide. Great chance.

Great save from Pau Lopez!

Deulofeu's cross from the right evades everyone but it is recovered by Iniesta. He finds Alba on the overlap and as Suarez tries to backheel his low cross home Pau reacts with a great save.

We're back underway

The teams reemerge

HT: Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol

Barca lead 2-0 at half-time thanks to two goals from Lionel Messi.


That's it for the first period.

Espanyol hit the post!

Pique does well to cut out a dangerous ball in from Moreno on the right but he can only head it as far as Pitti who flicks the ball back over his head and crashes a volley against the post from the edge of the box. Great effort!

Baptistao has a go

But it never looks like testing Ter Stegen.

Suarez fires over

Messi plays the Uruguayan in over the top with a ball from deep but his half-volley flies over the bar.

Messi is nearly in again

Aaron just manages to get in ahead of the Argentine to prevent him from going through. From the corner Rakitic heads straight at Pau.

So quick on the counter there Barca

That goal came from an Espanyol free kick in the Barca half.

Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol

Messi converts Alba's low cross from the left at the near post to double his tally and Barca's lead.



Good defending from Semedo

He heads away a cross from the right with an Espanyol forward breathing down his neck.

Great goalkeeping from Pau!

A poor header back to the keeper drops well short and Deulofeu looks to race clear but Pau comes out to clear the danger.

Chance Barca!

Rakitic and Messi combine. The Croatian takes aim from the edge of the box but Pau makes a good save and the Espanyol defence blocks away Messi's rebound.

Suarez hits it

But it strikes the wall and is cleared.

David Lopez is booked

He deliberately handles the ball, giving Barca a free kick on the edge of the box.

Barcelona 1-0 Espanyol

He is found by Rakitic in the box and he makes no mistake, beating a defender before firing into the top corner. He looks to be offside on the replay though.



Busquets is booked

He pulls back Baptistao as he looks to break away.

Suarez has a go

His effort is good but Pau Lopez gets across to to make the save.

Free kick in a good position for Barca

Messi is brought down by Diop.

Suarez rises

Messi dinks a ball to the back post where Suarez meets it but rather than go for goal he tries to head it down and it is cleared away.

The visitors threaten

Barca are forced to defend a dangerous corner from the right.

Espanyol looking very disciplined early on

The visitors are defending in numbers.

Suarez clatters Victor Sanchez

His first touch is heavy and he collides with the defender as he looks to make amends.

Barca dominating early on

Rakitic wants a penalty after being hauled down trying to attack a corner but the foul is given against him.

Messi fires over

He cuts in from the right and shoots from distance but it is always rising.

The hosts threaten early on

Deulofeu gets into a dangerous position but his cut back is cleared away.

We're underway here!

Barca get us started.

Here come the teams!

10 minutes to go here!

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Pre-match build-up

Pre-match build-up

So, Barca new boys Paulinho and Ousmane Dembele start the game on what looks like a strong Barca bench.

The teams are in!

Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta, Messi, Suarez, Deulofeu

Espanyol: Pau, Victor Sanchez, Mario Hermoso, David Lopez, Aaron, Darder, Javi Fuego, Diop, Piatti, Gerard Moreno, Baptistao

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