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Espanyol 1 Barcelona 0 (Copa del Rey)

Espanyol 1 Barcelona 0 (Copa del Rey)

For the first time this season, Barcelona suffered the indignity of defeat.

After remaining unbeaten in all competitions, since the start of the season, that first defeat came in the first-leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-final against their rivals Espanyol.

However, it`s not the end of the world as Barcelona will be able to turn the tie around in the second leg at the Camp Nou on 25 January.

Perhaps the realisation that it as going to be one of those nights dawned when, in the sixty-second minute, Lionel Messi saw his penalty saved by the Espanyol keeper, Diego Lopez, after Sergi Roberto had been fouled.

With the disappointment of spurning the chance to take the lead still prevalent, Espanyol rubbed salt in Barcelona`s wounds by scoring the winner with just two minutes of normal time left when Oscar Melendo raced on to a cross from Marc Navarro to score.

Going throughout the season unbeaten was always going to be a huge challenge, now that challenge is dead let`s just get back to winning ways this weekend, in La Liga.

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Writer:St. George
Date:Thursday January 18 2018
Time: 5:47PM

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