Barcelona saved their identify hopes alive with a 1-0 win in town derby in opposition to Espanyol in the Spanish league on Wednesday, sealing the rival’s relegation for the primary time in just about 3 a long time. Luis Suarez scored the successful function early in the second one part to transfer Barcelona inside of some extent of chief Real Madrid and ship Espanyol to the second one department after 26 instantly seasons in the highest flight.
Real Madrid can reclaim a four-point lead with 3 rounds left with a house win in opposition to relegation-threatened Alaves on Friday. Madrid, searching for its first league identify in 3 years, has an ideal file because the league resumed following the coronavirus smash.
“We knew it would be a difficult match because of Espanyol’s situation,” Suárez stated. “We are going to keep trying to win our matches and see if Madrid falters.”
Only a win in town derby can have saved last-place Espanyol with a possibility of staying in the highest tier. The membership owned through Chinese businessman Chen Yansheng hasn’t performed in the second one department because the 1993-1994 season. It were a few of the groups with maximum consecutive seasons in the highest flight, at the side of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao.
“We have to apologize to our fans for what we have made them go through,” Espanyol captain Javi López stated. “This is a difficult moment. Nothing went right for us this season. We are committed to coming back stronger.”
It used to be the 6th instantly loss for Espanyol, and its 11th consecutive league defeat away to Barcelona on the Camp Nou Stadium. It has 24 issues from 35 fits – 11 issues from protection. Both groups went a person down to a instantly pink card early in the second one part. Barcelona ahead Ansu Fati used to be despatched off after a troublesome foul on Fernando Calero in the 51st, and Espanyol midfielder Pol Lozano used to be ejected after a difficult foul on Gerard Pique in the 54th.
It didn’t take lengthy for Barcelona to benefit from the additional area, and Suárez broke the impasse from shut vary in the 56th after an change between Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi within the house.
Griezmann, a starter for the second one consecutive fit after a long length with out getting many mins, had already effectively teamed up with Messi in the staff’s 4-1 win at Villarreal in the former spherical. It used to be Suarez’s 195th function for Barcelona, shifting him previous Ladislao Kubala to change into the membership’s 3rd all-time easiest scorer, at the back of César Rodríguez (232) and Messi (630).
Barcelona have been in keep an eye on from the beginning however Espanyol had some vital possibilities to open the scoring in the primary part, hitting the publish as soon as and forcing goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to make a difficult save. Barcelona, the two-time protecting champion, subsequent consult with Valladolid on Saturday.