It was quite a bit of work for FC Barcelona. In the derby against Espanyol, the eleven around Lionel Messi won narrowly and thus remain in the title race. However, the city rival is the first relegated season.

Spanish football champion FC Barcelona can still hope for a successful title defense in the La Liga. The Catalans won the 172nd city derby against Espanyol Barcelona 1-0 (0-0) and narrowed the gap to leaders Real Madrid to one point. However, the royal team was able to restore the old four-point lead against Deportivo Alaves on Friday (10:00 PM).

Double red shortly after half time

Bottom line Espanyol can no longer be saved with three excellent season games, the club is relegated for the first time since the 1993/94 season.

Uruguayan Luis Suarez (56.) scored for Barca, for whom goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen stood between the posts as usual, for a 100th victory in the first division against the local rival. Earlier, both teams had lost one player in a heated duel due to rough cheating: Barca Anssumane Fati (50th), Espanyol Pol Lozano (53rd).

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