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FC Barcelona News: 31 March 2019; Barcelona Win Catalan Derby, Barcelona B Earn Three Points

FC Barcelona v RCD Espanyol - La Liga Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Messi double brings derby joy (2-0) | FC Barcelona
Barça may have dominated the possession in Saturday’s Derbi Barcelonés, but it was a long wait before they finally found a way through Espanyol’s rock-solid defending. They got there in the end though, and once again it was Leo Messi who put the ball in the net. Twice!

Leo Messi breaks 40 goal mark for the 10th consecutive season | FC Barcelona
It was a performance that ensured he reached the figure of 40 goals this season, a mark that he has achieved for the last ten years consecutively. In the 2009/10 season he managed 47 goals in all competitions (2008/09 saw 38), and since then he has always passed 40. The 73 goals he scored during 2011/12 is a historic record, 50 of those coming in La Liga.

The referee awards Leo Messi his free-kick goal against Espanyol | Sport
The Argentine star took a free-kick which was headed over his own line by Victor Sanchez, although the ball was already heading in. The referee confirmed that Messi will have the goal, writing that he scored it in his report.

Messi’s brilliance no longer surprises Barcelona team-mates, says Busquets | Goal
Sergio Busquets was not surprised to see Lionel Messi overcome a pelvic injury to inspire Barcelona to a 2-0 derby win over Espanyol. Messi revealed this week that he has been managing a fitness concern since December, explaining his absence from Argentina’s friendly against Morocco.

Messi equals Casillas for most wins in La Liga | FC Barcelona
After the win against Espanyol, the Argentine now has 334 victories in the league and draws level with the former Real Madrid goalkeeper

Valverde rules out wholesale changes for season run in | Football Espana
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has ruled out any major squad rotations as his squad prepares for a crunch run of games in the coming weeks. The former Athletic Bilbao boss praised his side as they maintained their ten point lead at the top of the La Liga table, with a 2-0 derby win over Espanyol and he confirmed that he will only look to make small changes to his side.

Barça B 2-1 CD Teruel: Looking up | FC Barcelona
Barça B earned a crucial 2-1 victory over Teruel at the Miniestadi, bouncing back after conceding early to pick up three points and keep dreaming of a playoff berth.

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