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Espanyol 1 Barcelona 1

Espanyol 1 Barcelona 1

Yesterday, in torrential rain that left the pitch with lying water on it, the honours were shared when Barcelona went head-to-head with their local rivals Espanyol, in their own back yard.

After losing the first-leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-final, 1-0, Barcelona knew they would be in for a hard game and that was exactly the way it turned out.

The first-half ended with neither side breaking the deadlock but with Philippe Coutinho going the closest to doing so when his shot crashed against the cross-bar.

With both sides trying to adapt to the awful conditions, it was to be Espanyol who were to edge ahead, against the run of play.

With sixty-seven minutes gone, a header from Moreno beat ter Stegen and it looked as if Barcelona were heading for the first defeat of the La Liga season.

But, with Ernesto Valverde throwing Messi into the fray Barcelona did manage to get back on to level terms.

With just eight minutes of normal time left, Gerard Pique, who had been the subject of some barracking by the Espanyol fans, got on the end of a free-kick from Messi to give Barcelona a share of the spoils.

The result extended Barcelona`s start to the season to twenty-two games unbeaten, a club record.

However, whilst the lead was temporarily extended at the top of the table, it was reduced to nine-points when, in the late fixture, Atletico Madrid beat Valencia 1-0.

Onwards and upwards as they say.

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Writer:St. George
Date:Monday February 5 2018
Time: 4:34PM

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