Piqué with the equalizer! ?? #EspanyolBarça pic.twitter.com/9nU412MWpB
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Also on match day 22 of La Liga, Barcelona has no defeat ago. The Catalans came away very well on the field of streekgenoot Espanyol: it was 1-1. Piqué scored only in the slot at the end, but made it so that Barça a clubrecord improved: by the draw, Barcelona has now the old record for the 2009/2010 season, when the Catalans, the season began with 21 unbeaten matches, improved.
After number four Real Madrid yesterday again points left, got Barcelona a unique opportunity to stay ahead of the rival even further in depth. The gap between the two teams was in advance, after all, already 18 points. Barça could also be a clubrecord break. With a win against Espanyol would Barcelona a start to the season of 22 unbeaten matches realize an improvement of the record of Pep Guardiola in the 2009-2010 season. With the eye on the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey against Valencia next Thursday got some basisspelers rest of coach Valverde. So it could happen that not only barcelona star Lionel Messi but also Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Ivan Rakitic and Aleix Vidal on the bank started.
In the first half had the new Barcelona is clearly still some action, because a lot of the flair was not there in the game. The best chance was recorded by newcomer Philippe Coutinho, who is the sleeper hit. Espanyol played well, but could not themselves great opportunities. 0-0 was the logical stand-by. In the second half played Barcelona immediately with fire when Baptistao the ball against the nets kicked, but the goal was rightly disallowed as the ball just before, just outside the lines was gone.
Espanyol continued to do well and so handle Barcelona-coach Valverde. With still half an hour to play was Messi on the field for Alcacer, while Semedo was relieved by Sergi Roberto. There was some improvement in the game, but it was Espanyol midway through the first half the score was opened. After a fantastic cross from Moreno brought Gerard the hometown audience in ecstasy with the 1-0. The signal for Barcelona to continue pulling it out. After 82 minutes had the strong keepende Diego Lopez still won give when Messi’s free kick goal swung and Pique – that nota bene the full match on the grain was taken by the thuisfans the ball against the nets headed home. The 1-1 would be up to the end on the board.
Barcelona remains authoritarian in front in La Liga with 58 points, and has moreover still not a single game lost. Atlético Madrid later tonight or up to nine points approaching if the home win of Valencia.