Barcelona’s Win Relegates Their Neighbours


Musasizi Moses


FT-Barcelona 1-0 Espanyol

Luis Suarez strike in the catalonia derby yesterday,relegated Barcelona’s local rivals Espanyol for the first time in 27 years.

The strike helped suarez to become Barcelona’s all-time third top scorer with his 195th goal for the club.

On 56 minutes he was in the right place to drill the ball low past Diego Lopez and earn his team a win over Espanyol that relegates their city neighbours and puts Barcelona just one point behind Real Madrid having played a game more.

It was hard-fought for Barcelona. They had Ansu Fati sent off at the start of the second half and even though Espanyol almost immediately had Pol Lozano sent off too there was a nervous few minutes of holding on at the end.

Barcelona coach Quique Setien put Ansu Fati on at half-time but he was off again after just five minutes when his studs-up follow through, having won the ball, against Fernando Calero was harshly judged to be a straight red.

Pol Lozano went over the ball and also saw red for a kick on Gerard Pique and so it was 10 against 10 for the remainder.

Real Madrid face free-falling Alaves at home on Friday. They then go to Granada before hosting on-form Villarreal. Their last game is against Leganes who will probably already be relegated.

Barcelona go to Valladolid on Saturday before hosting Osasuna and then finishing their season against Alaves.

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