FT: Barcelona 4-1 Espanyol
90+2' ALMOST! Messi with another through ball finds Neymar on the right side of the box, with Roberto saving his curling effort extremely well. The rebound nearly falls to Suarez, but Espanyol hack the ball clear.
90' 5 minutes of injury time.
90' FINALLY! Leo Messi collects a long ball, lays it off to Suarez, who chips the ball first time to Messi in the box, and the Argentine casually nutmegs the keeper to finish and get his deserved goal. Barcelona 4-1 Espanyol
90' GOAL LEO MESSI!
88' Reyes floats in a poor delivery to the far post and the ball goes out of play.
86' OOOOH!!! How good is Leo Messi?! He just toys with two defenders and leaves them on the floor, but watches in agony as his shot flies inches wide of the post. He really deserves a goal tonight.
85' A superb interception from Javi Lopez as he slides in to deny Neymar from running through onto another stunning through ball from Leo Messi.
84' In a spell of about 20 seconds, Reyes sends in three tempting balls with his left foot, but his teammates are not upto the mark and Barcelona clear.
83' Jose Antonio Reyes lines up a free-kick on the right wing. Can Espanyol get another goal back?
82' Neymar is sent through by Messi an attempts an audacious chip, but the referee pulls play back for offside.
79' A superb counter attack! Piatti chips a lovely diagonal to Moreno, who heads the ball back to David Lopez of all people, and he slams the ball home with a wonderful volley. Barcelona 3-1 Espanyol.
79' GOAL! DAVID LOPEZ!
75' Samuel Umtiti replaces Sergio Busquets
74' Jordi Alba is down after a crude foul and gets some treatment.
73' Exhibition stuff from Barcelona, as Neymar jinks into the box with a quick shimmy, but Espanyol get some last ditch tackles in.
72' Diop is injured and gets some treatment on the pitch. He hobbles off eventually.
70' In a week where Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d'Or, Leo Messi has reminded everyone why he's not going away anytime soon. Those were two magical moments that will be replayed for years to come.
69' MESSI IS ON FIRE! He charges into the box with another stunning run, and his quick feet results in the ball being laid off to Jordi Alba who hammers a low drive across Roberto and into the net. Barcelona 3-0 Espanyol
69' GOAL JORDI ALBA!
67' The name on the scoresheet is Luis Suarez, but that goal is all Leo Messi. The Argentine stuns the entire Nou Camp by dancing past about 4 or 5 defenders before shooting at goal - words are not enough to describe the move. Roberto saves Messi's strike but Suarez pounces on the rebound and scores. Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol.
67' GOAL LUIS SUAREZ!!!
66' Rafinha replaces Denis Suarez.
65' Caicedo goes into the book for a cynical foul on Messi as he began a counter. The Camp Now holds its breath as Messi stays down. He manages to get up moments later and an entire stadium breathes again.
63' Piatti goes down theatrically after Jordi Alba's flailing arm catches him just below his face. The referee is fooled and blows for a foul.
62' Messi chips a stunning through ball forward to Neymar, but Roberto charges outs and collects, after a moment's hesitation. As Barcelona amp up the pressure, Diop gives away a free-kick with a cheap foul on Denis Suarez.
61' Diop is fouled and Espanyol have a free kick in a promising position. Jurado takes the set-piece and floats a terrible ball into hte box that Barcelona clear with ease.
60' Ter Stegen puts the ball nercously out of play after Caicedo presses him yet again. There's still something in this for Espanyol.
57' Neymar cuts inside and shoots with his right foot. The Brazilian's effort ends up in Row Z.
55' Neymar tries an audacious shot from a free kick deep on the left, when a better option seemed to be a cross into the box. He doesn't like doing things in a simple manner does he?
53' Diego Lopez is replaced by Roberto
52' Roberto warms up on the touchline as it seems as if Lopez cannot continue.
50' WHAT A SAVE! Messi bisects the Espanyol defence with a stunning through ball and finds Luis Suarez in the box, but Diego Lopez charges out to deny the Uruguayan, with the keeper getting injured in the process. Play stops as Lopez receives treatment.
48' SHOT! Leo Messi cuts inside from the right wing and curls a fierce effort with the instep of his left foot just narrowly wide of the post.
47' A sedate opening to the second half as Barcelona pass the ball around the park with ease, with Espanyol chasing shadows across the pitch.
46' PEEP PEEP PEEP! Espanyol get us underway in the second half, kicking off from left to right
Just seconds to go before the second half starts - stay tuned!
HT: FC Barcelona 1-0 RCD Espanyol
45' 1 minute of added time.
45' NEARLY! Neymar heads a long ball forward back to Luis Suarez in the box, but his first touch is loose, and the ball runs out of play.
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