Barcelona kept up their quest for pioneers Real Madrid in the La Liga title race by beating city rivals Espanyol 1-0 at home on Wednesday, additionally sentencing their neighbours to relegation from the first-tier Spanish league.
Luis Suarez struck the winning goal of the game in the 56th minute of the match. He rocketed a free ball into the net for his 195th La Liga goal with Barca which took him past Hungarian Laszlo Kubala as the club’s third top scorer ever in the club’s history.
Suarez’s goal came not long after the two sides had been decreased to 10 men in a berserk beginning to the subsequent half. Both teams received one red-card each.
Barca found a route through with the assistance of their three advances, as Antoine Griezmann hustled to the byline and went to Lionel Messi whose shot avoided into the way of Suarez and the Uruguayan committed no error in converting the shot into the back of the net.
Ansu Fati, Barca’s rising-star forward was sent off for a careless tackle five minutes after coming on. However, Espanyol’s numerical bit of leeway kept going just three minutes as Pol Lozano was excused, likewise following a VAR audit.
The Catalan side are pursuing a third back to back Spanish title. They have 76 points in hand after 35 games while Real Madrid are at the top of the league table with 77 and can re-establish their four-point advantage when they play Alaves on Friday in their upcoming fixture at Alfredo di Stefano stadium.
One of the Spain’s most esteemed clubs Espanyol were consigned for the first time since winning advancement back to La Liga in 1994. They are at the base of the table on 24 points in 35 games in the La Liga this season.
Barcelona will take on Real Valladolid in their upcoming fixture on 11th of July.