Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona: Neymar draws the decisive penalty Reviewed by Momizat on . Full-time: Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona Goals: Lionel Messi (76') Match date: March 29, 2014 Stadium: Cornellà-El Prat Competition: La Liga Barcelona line-up: Valdés, Full-time: Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona Goals: Lionel Messi (76') Match date: March 29, 2014 Stadium: Cornellà-El Prat Competition: La Liga Barcelona line-up: Valdés, Rating: 0
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Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona: Neymar draws the decisive penalty

Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona: Neymar draws the decisive penalty

Full-time: Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona
Goals: Lionel Messi (76′)
Match date: March 29, 2014
Stadium: Cornellà-El Prat
Competition: La Liga
Barcelona line-up: Valdés, Jordi Alba, Mascherano, Piqué, Daniel Alves, Busquets, Xavi, Fabregas, Neymar, Lionel Messi, Pedro.

It has been a really tough game that Barcelona were forced to go through this Saturday afternoon, as they visited Espanyol‘s ground for the condal city’s league derby. With a very important game against Atletico Madrid scheduled for next Tuesday, Tato Martino didn’t seem to have bothered much to rotate his key players and played one of his strongest line-ups possible. Iniesta has probably been the only exception, as he was left on the bench until the second half’s mid point.

The derby was threatening to finish with a goalless draw, but it all changed around the 75th minute of the game, when Daniel Alves sent in a cross that bounced inside Espanyol box and that Neymar seems to have controlled with half of his shoulder and half of his arm. With his touch, the Brazil international pulled the ball back and saw it immediately getting blocked by Espanyol‘s right-back, Javi López. The referee didn’t hesitate much and pointed to the penalty mark right before showing the yellow card to the hosts’ defender.

Naturally, it was Lionel Messi stepping up to the mark and taking all the responsibility. The Argentina international didn’t tremble and hammered it into the back of the net, delivering Barça 3 precious points that allow them to keep very close to Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid on the top of the league. Next Tuesday, we’ll have an intense Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou, for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals first leg. However and before that, there’s a Liverpool vs Tottenham in England that no one will want to miss. Brendan Rodger‘s men will have to win if they still want to keep their championship hopes alive.

Sources: fcbarcelona.com / bbc.com / theguardian.com

Watch the highlights video from Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona match:

Barcelona and Neymar Jr match photos against Espanyol:

Lionel Messi and Neymar in FC Barcelona

Lionel Messi and Neymar in FC Barcelona

Messi stretching his leg to reach to the ball

Messi stretching his leg to reach to the ball

Neymar profile view in FC Barcelona

Neymar profile view in FC Barcelona

Neymar injured in FC Barcelona

Neymar injured in FC Barcelona

Andrés Iniesta in FC Barcelona, in 2014

Andrés Iniesta in FC Barcelona, in 2014

Lionel Messi whispering a secret to Xavi

Lionel Messi whispering a secret to Xavi

Neymar being pulled by his Barcelona jersey

Neymar being pulled by his Barcelona jersey

Messi, Daniel Alves and Neymar Jr, in Barça 2014

Messi, Daniel Alves and Neymar Jr, in Barça 2014

Lionel Messi celebrating a goal

Lionel Messi celebrating a goal

Lionel Messi scoring a penalty kick

Lionel Messi scoring a penalty kick

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