FULL-TIME, Espanyol 2-4 Barcelona: IT’S OVER!!!! BARCELONA DOMINATE THE DERBY AND CLINCH THE LA LIGA TITLE!!! CAMPEONES!!!
90+2’ GOAL, Espanyol 2-4 Barcelona (Joselu): Joselu scores for Espanyol at the death. It doesn’t matter.
73’ GOAL, Espanyol 1-4 Barcelona (Puado): Espanyol get a consolation goal as a long pass from Fernando Calero finds Javi Puado all alone in front of Marc-André ter Stegen, and the striker chips the Barça keeper to give the home fans something to celebrate.
53’ GOAL!!! Espanyol 0-4 Barcelona (Kounde): IT’S FOUR!!! Barça wrap up the win and the title with an early goal as Frenkie De Jong puts in a sensational pass over the top into the box and Jules Kounde arrives at the far post to head it home!!!
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Espanyol 0-3 Barcelona: Back underway in Cornellà! Let’s protect the lead, score more goals and wrap up the title, boys!
HALFTIME, Espanyol 0-3 Barcelona: A spectacular first half from Barça, who thoroughly dominated for 45 minutes, scored three fantastic team goals and are just one half away from the title. What a night this has been so far.
40’ GOAL!!! Espanyol 0-3 Barcelona (Lewandowski): IT’S THREE!!! Barça’s dream first half gets even better as Sergio Busquets wins the ball back in midfield and Frenkie De Jong releases Raphinha, who puts in a perfect low cross and Lewandowski taps it home for his second of the night!
20’ GOAL!!! Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona (Balde): IT’S TWO!!! Barça double their lead thanks to a piece of magic from Pedri, who dribbles past several defenders in traffic inside the box and crosses it to Balde who once again dominates Gil and fires it home at the far post!
11’ GOAL!!! Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona (Lewandowski): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD!!! Ronald Araujo sends a long ball over to Alejandro Balde, who beats Carles Gil on the wing and crosses it to Robert Lewandowski who fires it home with his knee!!!
KICKOFF! Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona: And we’re underway in Cornellà! Let’s win the title, boys!
WELCOME TO THE RCDE STADIUM!!! The home of Espanyol in Cornellà is the site of a gigantic crosstown Derby between the hosts and Barcelona, who come into this one needing a win to mathematically clinch the La Liga title. Barça can start the celebrations against their local rivals in their stadium, but the home team wants to avoid that party and get a crucial result in their fight against relegation. This is a big one, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. Vamos!
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Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, Balde; Pedri, Busquets, De Jong; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Gavi (4-3-3)
Substitutes: Peña (GK), Tenas (GK), Eric, Alonso, Alba, Roberto, Kessie, Torre, Dembélé, Ferran, Fati
Starting XI: Pacheco; Gil, Cabrera, Montes, Gómez, Oliván; Denis, Darder, Ribaudo; Braithwaite, Joselu (5-3-2)
Substitutes: Fernández (GK), Fortuno (GK), Pedrosa, Calero, Pierre-Gabriel, Bare, Vinicius, Expósito, Koleosho, Puado, Lazo, Vidal
Competition/Round: 2022-23 La Liga, Matchday 34
Date/Time: Sunday, May 14, 2023, 9pm CET (Barcelona), 8pm BST/WAT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 12.30am IST (India, Monday)
Venue: RCDE Stadium, Cornellà de Lobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Referee: Ricardo De Burgos Bengoechea
VAR: José Luis González González
HOW TO WATCH
On TV: ESPN (USA), ITV 4 (UK), SuperSport (Nigeria), Sports18 (India), Movistar La Liga (Spain), Not Available (Canada), others
Online: ESPN+ (USA), LaLigaTV, ITVX (UK), Movistar+ (Spain), others
Matchday Thread Rules
We don’t have a lot of rules here, but there are a few things to keep in mind when joining our matchday threads:
Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, watch the swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.
Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!