FC Barcelona vs. Espanyol : Picture gallery and best moments
Barcelona struck the woodwork twice but were incapable of making a winning start to 2016 as they were restrained to a goalless draw with their local rival in the FC Barcelona vs. Espanyol match last night.
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez each found the frame of the goal for Barca but otherwise the defending European and Spanish champions generated few moments to savour against their determined opponent as the spoils were shared in the FC Barcelona vs. Espanyol clash.
Espanyol struggled hard to create too many openings for themselves but more than deserved the draw and become only the fifth team now to take points off Barcelona in the current season in the league.
A line-up brimming with talent did not exactly stop Espanyol from matching Barcelona’s strength for the 90 minutes, pressing the visitors really hard and launching prompt counter-attacks, with Javier Mascherano summoned to be quick on a couple of times to cut out the danger early on in the FC Barcelona vs. Espanyol game.
With no away fans being allowed in the stadium, Barca had little support in a hostile atmosphere and nearly fell behind midway in the first half when goalkeeper Claudio Bravo fumbled to deal with a corner and it spilled across the goal end, but Pique was there to boot it away, all happening in the FC Barcelona vs. Espanyol match.
Barca somehow managed just three shots in the opening half and typically it was Messi who came the closest to scoring.
At the other end Barca produced their clearest sight of goal yet. Espanyol were futile in clearing and Suarez pounced on the loose ball smartly, rounding Alvaro Gonzalez and then Lopez to conjure an open goal for himself, only to shoot blankly against the near post.
A minute later Neymar came hurrying down the left to cut the ball back, but unfortunately there was no one to meet it and Espanyol cleared it off. Messi and Neymar both tried their best to beat the reliable Lopez later on, but their attempts were lacking in power. So was Barcelona’s performance in the entirety of it.