Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol live score and goal updates as Lionel Messi’s double gives Barca half-time lead

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Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol live score and goal updates as Lionel Messi’s double gives Barca half-time lead

Lionel Messi bagged a first half double to take a comfortable half time lead at the Nou Camp.

Messi opened the scoring in the 26th minute when he fantastically beat a man in the area before crashing a finish into the top corner.

The Argentine wizard scored his second nine minutes later as he slid in Jordi Alba’s low centre.

Messi is now the all-time top scorer in the Catalonian derby with 16 goals.

If Barca can continue their form into the second half they will go four points clear of Real Madrid – after Zinedine Zidane’s side drew with Levante earlier on Saturday.

Follow all the action from the Nou Camp here with us.

20:5955 minsminute by minute

Big miss by Suarez! Messi sprints into the left-hand side of the Espanyol penalty area and latches onto a wonderful pass forward. The Argentine can shoot himself but instead decides to knock the ball over to Suarez, who pulls off a close-range volley from just behind his body but somehow can’t hit the target.

20:5753 minsminute by minute

Messi goes close! More lovely play by Deulofeu over on the right channel sets him up to put the ball on a plate for Messi, who quickly shoots but misses the far post by the narrowest of margins.

20:5752 minsminute by minute

Barcelona almost shoot themselves in the foot once again after Busquets is put under pressure on the edge of his own penalty area, but he’s eventually fouled whilst desperately trying to hold onto the ball and the home side manage to hold on.

20:57

Attendance watch

There looked like there were a fair few empty seats at the Nou Camp.

And this proves it.

Still a healthy crowd size.

20:5650 minsminute by minute

Piatti almost pulls one back! Poor control by Alba gifts a throw-in to Espanyol over on the right flank. It’s taken quickly and eventually worked over to Lopez, who thumps a lofted pass forward. It should be easily dealt with by Alba but once again his touch is terrible, allowing Piatti to unleash a rocket of a shot that flies just over the top of the crossbar.

20:54

What’s up?

Barcelona could and should be further in front.

Suarez was guilty of missing from close range.

No wonder everyone is looking up for inspiration.

(Image: AFP)
(Image: AFP)

20:5348 minsminute by minute

What a chance for Suarez! Deulofeu cuts inside from the right wing on a wonderful run as he easily sprints into the Espanyol box. He then sets up Suarez to shoot, but the Uruguayan completely misses the ball. The striker is able to have another chance to strike, however, and this time he manages to latch onto a low cross from Alba. His effort is brilliantly saved by Pau, however, with the goalkeeper excellently stopping Barcelona from making it 3-0.

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20:4946 minsminute by minute

We’re underway once again!

20:49

The two teams are making their way back out on to the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Neither side have made any substitutions during the half-time break.

20:43KEY EVENT

Lionel Messi goal pictures

Lionel Messi became the all-time Catalonian derby top scorer with his goals this evening.

His first had a hint of offside before his incredible finish.

His second had another pinch of luck with a ricochet before another cute dispatch into the goal.

(Image: REX/Shutterstock)
(Image: AFP)

20:37

It’s all going to plan for Barcelona so far, and they look set to continue their 100% record at the top of LaLiga. Messi has been running riot in front of goal, with the Espanyol defenders all struggling to find a way to deal with him, whilst the home side have comfortably controlled the game in the middle of the pitch. Espanyol have enjoyed a few good moments on the break, however, and they’ll be hoping they can continue to do so after the break.

20:33

HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 2-0 ESPANYOL

20:3345 minsminute by minute

Another delightful ball into the box finds Suarez over at the far post. The Uruguayan gets the better of Sanchez and looks set to test Pau from close range, but his final touch is slightly too heavy and denies him the opportunity to do so.

20:3244 minsminute by minute

Deulofeu flies down the right wing as he easily ghosts past Aaron. He then tries to fire a low cross into the box from the byline, but he can’t quite keep the ball in play and Espanyol are able to hold on.

20:3142 minsminute by minute

Piatti hits the post! Espanyol win the ball back from the determined hosts and are able to push forward on another good attack down the right wing. A lovely cross into the penalty area isn’t fully dealt with by the home side and is only cleared as far as Piatti, who quickly unleashes a shot and hits the woodwork with a thumping half-volley.

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20:2840 minsminute by minute

Deulofeu is caught from behind by Sergi Darder, and Barcelona are awarded another free-kick in a promising position over on the right flank. Messi steps up and curls a cross over to the far post, but it’s overhit and fails to find a team-mate.

20:2638 minsminute by minute

Messi fires a delightful pass over the top of the Espanyol back line from inside the Barcelona half of the pitch and straight to Suarez, who quickly shoots from the edge of the box but is unable to hit the target with his slightly rushed effort.

20:2637 minsminute by minute

Big chance for Rakitic! A swinging corner flies straight onto the head of Rakitic, who rises high above his marker, but he can’t get the better of Pau in the middle of the goal.

20:2536 minsminute by minute

Messi almost immediately furthers Barcelona’s lead as he charges into the visitors’ penalty area and takes on Aaron, who is put under plenty of pressure by the number 10 but is just about able to knock the ball behind for a corner.

20:2435 minsminute by minute

GOAL! It’s another for Barcelona! Space opens up for Messi, allowing him to burst through the middle of the pitch on a marauding run. He initially loses the ball on the edge of the Espanyol penalty area but it deflects off two players before falling to Jordi Alba, who sets up the Argentine to poke in from close range.

20:2735 minsminute by minute

Alba did well to latch onto the bouncing ball before cutting it back to Messi, but Barcelona certainly were lucky, as the ball could have deflected anywhere. In the end, it fell kindly to the left-back.

20:2234 minsminute by minute

Almost a chance for Gerard Moreno! The forward looks set to test Ter Stegen from close range as he tries to latch onto a delightful cross in from Piatti, but Nelson Semedo does really well to get a toe onto the ball to poke it behind for a corner.

20:2133 minsminute by minute

Espanyol push forward on a rare foray into the Barcelona half of the pitch, with Sanchez quickly breaking down the right flank on a good run. He then swings a cross into the heart of the penalty area, where Ter Stegen punches it away from danger at the vital moment.

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20:1931 minsminute by minute

Wonderful football from Barcelona! Messi and Rakitic play a delightful series of passes between themselves as they dance their way into the visitors’ penalty area. The Croatian then gets a shot away from close range and looks set to make it 2-0, but Pau saves the low effort with an excellent diving stop.

20:1830 minsminute by minute

No, they can’t. Suarez steps up and shoots, but his strike doesn’t have enough power or height behind it to beat the wall of Espanyol players camped in front of him.

20:1728 minsminute by minute

Suarez quickly bursts down the right wing and into the Espanyol box, where he wins the hosts a corner. It’s swung into the penalty area and over to the far post, where the visitors have plenty of bodies back to deal with the danger.

20:1829 minsminute by minute

David Lopez handles the ball over on the left wing as he tries to break away, resulting in a yellow card and a free-kick for Barcelona in a promising position. Can they make it count?

20:1325 minsminute by minute

A poor pass from Suarez fails to find Jordi Alba, allowing Espanyol to counter-attack quickly once again. The attacking move comes to a disappointing end, however, as a long ball forward fails to pick out Baptistao.

20:1426 minsminute by minute

GOAL! Lovely play by Messi! The Argentine picks up the ball inside the right-hand side of the Espanyol box and immediately skips past two defenders. He showcases lovely skill to get the better of the two players, and he then blasts a rocket of a shot straight past Pau from close range.

20:1526 minsminute by minute

Rakitic did well to pick out Messi with a clever pass into the heart of the Espanyol penalty area, but the Argentine was at least a yard offside. The visitors won’t be happy with that, as it’s a poor decision that has gone against them.

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