Barcelona vs. Espanyol: La Liga Live Score, Highlights, Recap
La Liga live updates—Nov. 1, 2013
Barcelona 1-0 Espanyol (second half)
GOALS: Alexis 68'
Barcelona: Victor Valdés; Martin Montoya, Javier Mascherano (Marc Bartra 89'), Gerard Piqué, Dani Alves; Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Andres Iniesta (Cesc Fábregas 86'); Alexis Sánchez (Pedro 83'), Lionel Messi, Neymar
Espanyol: Kiko Casilla; Raúl Rodriguez, Sidnei, Héctor Moreno, Juan Rafael Fuentes; David López, Abraham González (Manuel Lanzarote 83'), Víctor Sánchez; Thievy (Jhon Córdoba 63'), Gabriel Torje; Sergio García
There's the final whistle. Barcelona win, but they were far from their best.
Barca are now four points clear atop the table. Neymar assisted Alexis' goal. Messi, meanwhile, went scoreless again.
90'—FCB 1-0 ESP
Dani Alves crosses from the right instead of taking the ball to the corner. The cross was poor once again.
90'—FCB 1-0 ESP
Three minutes of added time…
Final change for Barca. Marc Bartra enters. Javier Mascherano departs.
Cesc threads the ball across to Pedro, who shoots low at Casilla.
The Espanyol keeper saves with his feet.
Dani Alves has a go with a speculative shot from long distance on the right.
The ball sails wide.
Another change for Barca, who are trying to kill off the match.
Cesc replaces Iniesta.
Lanzarote heads over the bar for Espanyol. Time running out for them to get an equaliser.— AS English (@English_AS) November 1, 2013
Here's a GIF of Barcelona's goal.
…and Messi drives his shot just wide of the post!
Casilla was slow to react there, but Messi couldn't put it on target.
82'—FCB 1-0 ESP
Messi wins a free kick about 10 yards outside the box, right in the middle. Messi and Xavi stand over the ball…
Now Espanyol have all the possession. Garcia takes down a high ball on the right side of the box and blasts a shot over the bar.
Decent chance there.
77'—FCB 1-0 ESP
Barcelona's Javier Mascherano is booked for a foul on Sergio Garcia.
Espanyol have managed to speed up this game with effective pressing and quick passing.
76'—FCB 1-0 ESP
Barca break forward with pace. Alexis tries to play in Neymar behind Espanyol's defence, but Casilla comes out alertly to clear.
In the process, Neymar falls under some light contact from Casilla outside the box. No call from the referee.
73'—FCB 1-0 ESP
Espanyol attacking confidently—and dangerously—now. A corner floats through the Barcelona box but rolls harmlessly away.
Barcelona finally score! Alexis scores with a tap-in, but it's Neymar who created it with nice work on the left.
He nutmegged two players with the final pass!
Victor Sanchez is booked for pulling back Andres Iniesta in the centre circle.
Was wrong about Thievy. He's been replaced by Jhon Cordoba.
Omgah Neymar— Tre Atkinson (@TreAtkinson) November 1, 2013
Neymar cuts in from the left and curls a beautiful shot toward the far post…
…it misses by inches!
61'—FCB 0-0 ESP
Thievy limps off after receiving some treatment on the pitch. Looks like the Espanyol man wants to come back on as soon as possible.
Barcelona still fumbling around a bit with Espanyol as that match approaches the hour mark. Sign of struggle: Xavi just headed over.— FOX Soccer Trax (@FOXSoccerTrax) November 1, 2013
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