Great start for Xavi by beating Espanyol

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Great start for Xavi by beating Espanyol

Great start for Xavi

Barcelona sealed victory with an unanswered goal against Espanyol, on Saturday evening, in the framework of the 14th round of La Liga competition and is a great start for Xavi.

Barcelona striker Memphis Depay scored the game’s only goal, from the penalty spot in the 48th minute.

With this victory, Barcelona take their tally to 20 points in sixth place.

The course of the encounter

Early pressure

The game began with pressure from Barcelona, with Memphis Depay hitting a powerful ball. Which was save by Espanyol goalkeeper Diego Lopez on two outs in the 3rd minute.

Barcelona’s Javi hit a powerful ball that passed the top of Espanyol’s goal in the 10th minute.

The first threat from Espanyol came from a counter-attack in the 12th minute, with the ball reaching Raul de Thomas. Who fired a ball at the birdie, the top of the Ter Stegen goal passed.

Barcelona forward Memphis Depay sent in a powerful shot. Which was save by Espanyol goalkeeper Diego Lopez in the 25th minute.

Dangerous chances

Busquets drew a powerful shot from outside the box. Which was save by Diego Lopez and Barcelona were denied a 30th-m inute lead.

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Espanyol striker Raul de Thomas almost opened the scoring for his side in the 43rd minute, hitting a volley that hit Pique’s foot and passed Ter Stegen’s top goal to turn the corner.

The first half ended in a goalless draw.

Decisive Goal

As the second half began, Barcelona’s players demanded a penalty in the 46th minute, with Memphis Depay receiving a deep pass from Jaffe, falling after a tackle from Espanyol’s Cabrera on him.

Depay set out to take the penalty, hitting it successfully past Diego Lopez and giving the Blaugrana the lead in the 48th minute.

Barcelona midfielder De Jong hit a powerful ball it was save by Espanyol goalkeeper Diego Lopez in the 64th minute.

Raul de Thomas missed the chance to score Espanyol’s equaliser in the 70th minute. That’s when receiving a ball deep into Barcelona’s defence and sprinting off and firing alongside the right post of Ter Stegen’s goal.

The referee awarded Espanyol a free-kick in the 81st minute, set off for the execution of Raul de Thomas, who hit a powerful shot that hit the right post.

The right-hand post again denied Espanyol striker Raul de Thomas an equaliser for his side in the 86th minute.

Barcelona striker Memphis Depay had a chance, to score the second goal in the 91st minute. That’s when a powerful shot from inside the area, brilliantly save by Diego Lopez, to end the game with the Blaugrana winning with a clean goal.

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