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Pique saves Barca's unbeaten streak in draw; Correa lifts Atletico

05 February, 2018, 06:22 | Author: Rachael Silva
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Espanyol thought they had scored within the first minute after the break, when Gerard Moreno slotted home after receiving a cut-back from Baptistao on the left.

After the German's fairly comfortable stop, aside from a Luis Suarez free-kick which skimmed the roof of the net on its way behind, there was little of note in the final 20 minutes of the first-half, with both sides heading into their respective dressing rooms with the scores equal.

Cornella is a suburb of Barcelona, where the Cornella-El Prat stadium has been Espanyol's home since 2009, with Pique's implication being the club do not deserve to be considered Barca's rivals.

There were heated scenes after the full-time whistle too as Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti clashed with Espanyol's Sergio Garcia.

"It means we're on a good run, although with regards to how I feel right now it doesn't tell me anything".

"Some of the fans here have been directing insults at me and my family for a long while".

Barca resume Espanyol rivalry
Betting Preview. Espanyol vs Barcelona. Fourth Catalan derby of season

"A lot of noise is made about a lot of things, and then the fans are normal", he said.

The Spain worldwide referred to Barca's neighbours as Espanyol de Cornella - a suburb of the Barcelona metropolitan area - rather than Espanyol de Barcelona. "I know it hurt them and I used sarcasm to annoy them".

If the runaway La Liga leaders avoid defeat at the RCDE Stadium, it would stretch their unbeaten start to the league season to 22 games.

Two goals from Cristhian Stuani gave Girona a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao - a result which lifts them up to ninth place, just two points behind sixth-placed Sevilla.

In torrid conditions, with the rain pouring down throughout the 90 minutes and puddles forming all over the pitch, Barcelona looked set to see their unbeaten league record taken by Espanyol, who had ended their 29-game unbeaten streak in all competitions last month.

Ernesto Valverde's men have otherwise proved to be exceptionally resilient, so it was perhaps unsurprising they were able to turn around the tie. Marc Navarro and Mario Hermoso were both on target last time out, while Gerard Moreno is well ahead in the goalscoring charts for his side with eight from 21 games. We couldn't get all three points.


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