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First Division - Day 37

Espanyol 0 - Barcelona 2

Espanyol: Cristian Alvarez; Javi López, Colotto, Raúl Rodríguez, Capdevila; Víctor Sánchez (Simao 71'), Forlín; Stuani (Cristian Alfonso 91'), Verdú (Cristian Gómez 89'), Wakaso; Sergio García. 4-2-3-1.
Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Dani Alvés, Piqué, Mascherano, Jordi Alba; Thiago, Alex Song, Iniesta (Xavi 83'); Alexis (Tello 83'), Fàbregas, David Villa (Pedro 70'). 4-3-3.

0-1. 14. Alexis. Controlled Villa return pass and cut past marker to score.
0-2. 86. Pedro. Picked up Xavi return pass and ran on to beat keeper.

Yellow cards: Raúl Rodríguez 44', Iniesta 66', Capdevila 80', Wakaso 80', 80', Forlín 87', Fàbregas 87' / red cards: Wakaso 80'.

Espanyol's chance of a return to Europe next season are all but gone after they were beaten 0-2 by city neighbours Barcelona. Although there was little to play for, the atmosphere was stirred up by a controversial marketing campaign by the visitors which involved hanging a team shirt on a local landmark, and when the already crowned champions came out to the traditional applause from their hosts, many fans turned their backs. The mood on the pitch was calm though, and Barça soon got in to gear, Alexis picking up David Villa's return pass and ghosting past Colotto and Raúl Rodríguez before firing a shot wide of Cristian Alvarez. Fàbregas hit the post a few minutes later, and Espanyol's only reply in the first half was a weak shot by Colotto at keeper Víctor Valdés. Villa missed a couple of chances to increase the lead after the interval, but with ten minutes to go Wakaso got himself sent off for protesting, and five minutes later Pedro ran on to Xavi's return through ball to wrap things up. Barça move on to 97 points, and a win next weekend will take them on to one hundred, equalling Real Madrid's record haul from last season.