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Espanyol and Barcelona come into the 214th Catalan derby in LaLiga Santander in contrasting form, as Vicente Moreno‘s side are yet to win in 2022 while Xavi Hernandez‘s charges have built up some momentum in recent weeks. The Blaugrana won this fixture 1-0 at the Camp Nou earlier this season thanks to a debatable Memphis Depay penalty, so Los Periquitos will be keen to exact revenge this Sunday night at the RCDE Stadium. Stay with us for all the build-up to Espanyol vs Barcelona, followed by updates from the match itself.
This is the start of our Espanyol vs Barcelona live blog, with updates from this LaLiga Santander derby following on from here. As always, the entries nearest the top are the most recent ones.
Luuk de Jong’s goal with almost the last kick of the game has rescued a point for Barcelona.
Adama Traore’s cross from the right is headed past Diego Lopez by Luuk de Jong. Espanyol 2-2 Barcelona.
Gerard Pique and Nico Melamed have both been sent off after a coming together late on.
Barcelona are sending cross after cross into the box in search of an equaliser, but so far Espanyol have stood firm.
Raul de Tomas came back and won the ball back off Adama Troare before being thrown to the ground by the Barcelona winger. Then, a minute later, Eric Garcia went in late on Nico Melamed, which saw him shown a yellow card.
Gavi and Jordi Alba have been brought off, with Nico Gonzalez and Ousmane Dembele coming on in their place.
Manu Morlanes has picked up a knock, so the substitute has had to be substituted. Fran Merida has come on in his place.
Pedri managed to get a shot away from the edge of the box, but it was saved fairly comfortably by Diego Lopez.
Darder’s ball over the top of Eric Garcia set Raul de Tomas through on goal, and the Espanyol striker then made no mistake in firing past Ter Stegen. Espanyol 2-1 Barcelona.
Nico Melamed and Manu Morlanes have been brought on for Espanyol in place of Tonny Vilhena and Keidi Bare. Both Vilhena and Bare had been booked, so Vicente Moreno is erring on the side of caution. For Barcelona, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has replaced Frenkie de Jong.
Gavi thought he had given Barcelona the lead for the second time in the game after getting to a loose ball in the area and firing past Diego Lopez, but as the ball ricocheted in the box after Jordi Alba’s shot, it hit the offside Frenkie de Jong, so it has been disallowed.
Pedri’s flicked ball in behind set Ferran Torres away, but after Sergi Gomez got a toe to it, Gavi then attempted a shot from the edge of the area that deflected away from danger.
Barcelona have made a half-time change, with Eric Garcia replacing Ronald Araujo, before kicking off this second half.
Pedri gave Barcelona a very early lead at the RCDE Stadium, but Espanyol responded well and eventually drew level thanks to an impressive strike by Sergi Darder. We have a fascinating second half coming up after the break.
Sergi Darder has brought things level in the Catalan derby! Raul de Tomas laid the ball off to Darder, who took a touch to his right before sending his shot into the far corner from the edge of the box. Espanyol 1-1 Barcelona.
Gavi got away from Aleix Vidal and sent a cross towards the far post, which Adama brought down before sending a ferocious shot towards goal, but it came back out off the chest of Diego Lopez. Then, with Espanyol having failed to clear the danger, Jordi Alba’s cross into the box was headed back across goal by Ferran, but it went just wide.
Jordi Alba’s cross into the box appeared to brush the hand of Keidi Bare, but Barcelona’s appeal for a penalty was not granted. Instead, they had to make do with a corner.
Gavi has committed his third foul of the match, yet he still has not been booked by Hernandez Hernandez.
From the free-kick for the foul on Araujo, the ball was sent out to Adama, who controlled it on his chest before sending a poorly hit volley over the crossbar.
Keidi Bare has been shown the first yellow card of the match for a foul on Ronald Araujo.
Adama Traore came in from the right and sent a left-footed shot towards goal, but it went comfortably wide of Diego Lopez’s goal.
Sergio Busquets was clearly pulling Sergi Darder back and that drew some complaints from the Espanyol players, as they wanted him to be shown a yellow card. Then, a minute later, Gavi clattered into Keidi Bare, yet Hernandez Hernandez’s cards have remained in his pocket.
Espanyol have responded well since the goal and just had a half chance following a well-worked move, but Raul de Tomas scuffed his shot wide.
Barcelona’s first attack has resulted in a goal. Jordi Alba’s cross from the left towards the back post found Pedri, who turned home from close range. Poor defending by Espanyol. Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona.
Espanyol have got the game underway. Stay with us for updates from Espanyol vs Barcelona.
Tonight, Gerard Pique will play in his 594th match for Barcelona, which means he has moved ahead of Carles Puyol into fifth place in terms of all-time appearances for the Blaugrana.
The atmosphere is certainly building ahead of tonight’s Catalan derby between Espanyol and Barcelona, with Los Periquitos’ fans showing their support for the team.
Vicente Moreno has made four changes from Espanyol’s 2-1 loss at Athletic Club last time out, as Aleix Vidal, Keidi Bare, Yangel Herrera and Raul de Tomas have come in for Oscar Gil, who is suspended, Manu Morlanes, Oscar Melendo and Landry Dimata.
Espanyol’s starting line-up (4-3-3): Diego Lopez; Aleix Vidal, Sergi Gomez, Leandro Cabrera, Adria Pedrosa; Sergi Darder, Keidi Bare, Yangel Herrera; Tonny Vilhena, Raul de Tomas, Javi Puado.
Despite a lot of reports claiming that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be included in Barcelona’s line-up for today’s game, Xavi Hernandez has opted to make just one change from the XI that started against Atletico Madrid, as Sergino Dest comes in for the suspended Dani Alves.
Barcelona’s starting line-up (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergino Dest, Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo, Jordi Alba; Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Pedri; Adama Traore, Ferran Torres, Gavi.
Barcelona’s social media team have arrived at the RCDE Stadium ahead of tonight’s match. It won’t be long until the fans begin to arrive.
Raul de Tomas missed Espanyol’s 2-1 loss at Athletic Club last Monday due to suspension, but he is back available for tonight’s fixture – and he’s rocking a new hairstyle, too.
Barcelona won the Catalan derby 1-0 at the Camp Nou earlier this season, with Memphis Depay scoring a controversial penalty, but Espanyol had chances of their own to grab a point late on, particularly through Raul de Tomas and Landry Dimata.
The hosts will have to do without the suspended Oscar Gil and could miss Fernando Calero, who is an injury doubt. But they will have Raul de Tomas returning from suspension.
Barcelona will be without Dani Alves after his dismissal against Atletico Madrid, and Samuel Umtiti, Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto and Alejandro Balde remain out of contention with injuries.
Espanyol’s predicted line-up (4-3-3): Diego Lopez; Aleix Vidal, Sergi Gomez, Leandro Cabrera, Adria Pedrosa; Yangel Herrera, Keidi Bare, Sergi Darder; Tonny Vilhena, Raul de Tomas, Javi Puado.
Barcelona’s predicted line-up (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergino Dest, Ronald Araujo, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba; Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Pedri; Adama Traore, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ferran Torres.
Espanyol vs Barcelona kicks off in Catalonia at 21:00 local time, making that a 20:00 kick off for UK-based viewers. LaLiga Santander fans watching in the United States will find kick off at 15:00 ET and 12:00 PT.
Espanyol vs Barcelona will be available to watch in the UK on LaLigaTV and Premier Sports 1. For those viewing in the US, Espanyol vs Barcelona can be followed on ESPN+.
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