FC Barcelona vs Espanyol : Full highlights
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both found the woodwork as Barcelona were restrained to a 0-0 draw against Espanyol that gifts Atletico Madrid the chance to take sole ownership of top position in La Liga, following the FC Barcelona vs Espanyol match.
Espanyol set their fight right out from the kick-off at Cornella El Prat, with their conviction and aggression proving an effective resource of nullifying their more glamorous neighbours’s wealth of attacking potential.
Barca were far from being at their usual best but for all Espanyol’s labour, the hosts still had to depend on the help of the scoring of a goal to claim an unlikely point eventually, all happening at the FC Barcelona vs Espanyol match.
Messi was first to race close when his sublime 25-yard free-kick just before half-time beat Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez but struck the corner of the post and the crossbar.
Suarez had a goal disallowed for offside too and then hit the post early in the beginning of the second half as Luis Enrique’s squad began 2016 with a point that gives Atletico Madrid the chance to go well two points clear with a victory over Levante later on Saturday.
Messi’s influence was gradually growing and, nine minutes before the break, Barca’s maestro rattled the woodwork with a fabulous free-kick that Pau Lopez could only watch and admire, but it still didn’t score a goal at the FC Barcelona vs Espanyol match.
Barcelona started the second half rather quickly and Suarez had the ball hit in the net four minutes after the game resumed only for the offside flag to deny him the credit.
Espanyol once again had the woodwork to be grateful for keeping the scores level when Suarez somehow ended up hitting the post from five yards after playing around Pau Lopez before Messi fired straight at the goalkeeper from the edge of the area after a superb piece of work by Neymar.
But in spite of enjoying most of the ball Barca could not really find a way past Pau Lopez as Espanyol, who travel to Camp Nou in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, stuck on for a hard-fought point.