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Catalan Derby

It’s been said many times before – those waiting for Barcelona to fall apart will have to wait for Lionel Messi to retire first. The Argentinian scored a hat-trick as his team secured a 5-0 win over Espanyol and moved to the top of La Liga four points clear of Real Madrid. Messi crossed the [...]

After a year of good behavior, Luis Suarez reverted back to form on Wednesday when he waited in the Nou Camp tunnel to goad Espanyol players after Barcelona beat them in the Copa del Rey, according to the referee’s report. In the match report submittted by referee Martínez Munuera, the dust-up in the tunnel featured [...]

Lionel Messi continued his ‘anything you can do I can do better’ battle with Cristiano Ronaldo with three goals that helped Barcelona to a 5-1 win over neighbours Espanyol. On Saturday night Ronaldo scored league hat-trick number 23 to become the player with most La Liga trebles in history. But on Sunday night Messi scored [...]

Barcelona, temporarily at least, took over at the top of the Spanish Liga after Lionel Messi’s second-half penalty proved sufficient to win the Catalan derby at Espanyol. It required a 76th-minute handball decision given against Espanyol’s Javi López for Barcelona to make the breakthrough at Cornellá-El Prat, Messi dispatching the resulting spot kick past Francisco [...]