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FC Barcelona News: 30 April 2017; Barcelona Win Catalan Derby, Barcelona B Secure League Title

RCD Espanyol v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

RCD Espanyol – FC Barcelona: Clutch win in Cornellà (0-3) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona scored three second-half goals — with two coming from Luis Suárez and one from Ivan Rakitic — to run away with a clutch, 3–0 victory at cross-town rivals RCD Espanyol, in Saturday night’s Catalan derby. The victory keeps Barça in first place in La Liga, even on points with Madrid but ahead on goal difference.

Luis Suárez: Intensity gave us the points | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona picked up a great win in the Catalan derby against Espanyol at the RCDE Stadium thanks to two goals from Luis Suárez and one from Ivan Rakitic. The Uruguayan striker after the game revealed the key to Barça’s win. “The intensity, desire and ambition are what gave us three points. We knew it would be difficult, this kind of game is always tough because of the tension but we were relaxed playing our own football,” said Suárez.

Luis Enrique postgame quotes: RCD Espanyol 0–3 FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
“If you play a first half like that, with rhythm and intensity, and you tire out your opponent, an opponent that can bring the pressure, and which tries to put you in compromising gave us a chance in the second half to find more space, we were able to take advantage of a miscue to go ahead on the scoreboard, and the rhythm, I believe, benefited us."

RIVAL WATCH: FC Barcelona still top of the league | FC Barcelona
They are there by virtue of their better head-to-head record against co-leaders Real Madrid, who survived a scare to beat Valencia in a game that kicked off four and a half hours earlier. Cristiano Ronaldo headed the all-whites into a first half lead, and had also missed a penalty before a Daniel Parejo free kick on 82 minutes put the sides back level.

FC Barcelona B 2-0 AE Prat: Reserves clinch top spot | FC Barcelona
With two games still to go, Barça B have been confirmed as Division 2B Group III champions following a 2-0 victory over Prat on Saturday thanks to goals from Cardona and Perea. And winning the group is not just a ‘symbolic’ honour for the reserves. It means a double chance to snap up one of the four berths on offer in next season’s second division.

Ronaldinho's masterclass in the Legends' El Clásico match | FC Barcelona
Ronaldinho was the star attraction in El Clásico in Beirut. The Brazilian star lined up for Barça Legends in a match his side won 3-2. Ronaldinho looked like he was enjoying himself as he lightened up proceedings with some magical pieces of skill and his trademark grin.

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