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Messi celebrates after scoring Espanyol.
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Barcelona had half a game to get rid of a Espanyol that at no time had options to win the Catalan derby. The attitude of Leo Messi, perhaps spurred by criticism of Pelé or by staying out of the Golden Ball podium, was enough to beat the parrots in a game already resolved at halftime and ended 0-4.

Messi did everything. All the balls that ended in the meshes of Diego Lopez went through his boots, with David Lopez always exceeded every time he saw the Argentine, Luis Suarez or Dembélé face. The first goal, however, came to set pieces: Messi left another lesson more about how a free kick should be made.

Six minutes took Dembélé to score 0-2 and sink Espanyol. This time it was thanks to a great individual action, after overcoming the indolent blue and white back, to score a beautiful goal by the squad. To the rest it was arrived with the third one, work of Luis Suárez, that compensated of a stick that had given 10 minutes before and that had repeated the own Messi at the moment.

Espanyol started biting more the second part. At least they took the ball more, but more because Barcelona gave it up that by its own merit. Hernán Pérez, the first to try Ter Stegen, showed some desire, but they were not enough. And it is that the pace of the game was marked by Messi. After receiving a strong blow by Javi López As soon as the second half started, it seemed like he was going to relax, but not much less.

Rounding the final stretch of the game, Messi was knocked down on the edge of the area, in the three-quarters area. The Argentine asked him, looked over the barrier and entered the squad. Diego López, that was in the middle of the goal, did not arrive. The eleventh of the '10' blaugrana, and the sunken Espanyol.

And more than sank when, in the absence of 20 minutes, annulled a goal. Del Cerro Grande had to consult the VAR to see if the goal of Duarte, who had hit a foul kick by Sergio García, was offside, as they finally found out.

Valverde even allowed himself the luxury of soothing the embers that could have caught, and put Coutinho (very pointed in recent meetings) by the more than claimed Dembélé. Even Denis Suárez had minutes, the first in this season's League, for Rakitic, Y Munir, who ended up testing Diego López at the end of the match.


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