The scoring started in the 10th minute as a fabulous pass from Andres Iniesta inside the box found the feet of Xavi Hernandez, who slipped it past Kiko Casilla for the 1-0 lead.
Pedro Ledesma made it 2-0 in the 16th minute as a great pass from Messi found Cesc Fabregas cutting inside the box; Cesc dribbled it out, passed it back to Messi, and the ball deflected off Pedro's knee and into the back of the net.
The first real threat from Espanyol came in the 24th minute as Casilla's long kick found Sergio Garcia, who beat both Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique. However, Garcia's shot went flying into the stands.
Sergio Busquets made a tremendous pass to Pedro, who made it 3-0 in the 27th minute. Busi's pass went straight down Broadway, landing at Pedro's feet. Pedro chipped it over a charging Casilla, and the Canarian had his brace on the night.
Kiko Casilla brought Fabregas down inside the box just one minute after Pedro's goal. Lionel Messi stepped up and smoothly put in the penalty kick for the 4-0 lead.
In the second half, Pedro looked like he had his hat trick on the night, but Cesc Fabregas was called offside when he passed the ball to Pedrito. Replay showed Cesc was, in fact, onside.
Another potential goal for Pedro was taken away from him as he was called offside in the 73rd minute. Thiago Alcantara's pass was on target to Pedro, who put it in the back of the net, but the Canarian was called offside. Replay showed he was onside. Very disappointing.
Espanyol had a shot to get a goal in the 80th minute as Pique lost the ball to Juan Albin. The Uruguayan had a one-on-one with Victor Valdes and VV was able to make the stop.
One minute later, Messi's free kick hit the top of the crossbar, just missing Leo getting his brace on the night.
FINAL: FC Barcelona 4 - 0 RCD Espanyol
A great start to 2013 as Barcelona's rhythm remains strong, even after the holiday break.
Let's break down my three most important things "From The Mind of Xoel" from FC Barcelona's 4-0 win in the Catalan Derby.