CORNELLA DE LLOBREGAT. FC Barcelona tops Espanyol 4-2. FC Barcelona was surely superior in terms of ball possession (70%) and that was among the factors of its victory.
The match was played at the RCDE Stadium stadium in Cornella de Llobregat on Sunday and it started at 9:00 pm local time. The referee was Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea with the help of Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar and Jon Núñez Fernández. The 4th official was Sergio Usón Rosel. The weather was cloudy. The temperature was pleasant at 16.1 degrees Celsius or 60.94 Fahrenheit. The humidity was 84%.
- ! 30 Ball Possession 70
- 15 Total 16
- 7 On Target 5
- 7 Off Target 12
- 2 Shots blocked 4
- 78 Attack 119
- 34 Dangerous attack 45
- 81 Ball safe 105
- 0 Penalties 0
- 4 Corners 3
- 4 Off Sides 3
- 14 Total 9
- 1 Yellow Cards 3
- 0 Double Yellow 0
- 0 Red Card 0
- 5 Substitutions 5
FC Barcelona had a strong ball possession 70% while Espanyol was struggling with a 30% ball possession.
Attitude and shots
FC Barcelona was putting more pressure with 45 dangerous attacks and 16 shots of which 5 were on target. This is one of the reasons why FC Barcelona won the encounter.
Espanyol shot 15 times, 7 on target, 7 off target. Regarding the opposition, FC Barcelona shot 16 times, 5 on target, 12 off target.
Espanyol received 1 yellow card (Sergi Darder). On the other side, FC Barcelona received 3 yellow cards (Jules Koundé, Gavi and Jordi Alba).
After this match, Espanyol will stay with 31 points to sit in the 19th place. Regarding the opposition, FC Barcelona will have 85 points to sit in the 1st place.
In the next match in the La Liga, Espanyol will play away with Rayo Vallecano on the 21st of May with a 9-7 head to head in favor of Rayo Vallecano (4 draws).
FC Barcelona will host Real Sociedad on the 20th of May with a 25-5 head to head record in favor of FC Barcelona (4 draws).
Espanyol – Formation
Espanyol started with a 5-3-2 line-up (5-3-2).
The manager Luis García Fernández decided to play with the following team: Fernando Pacheco, Óscar Gil , César Montes , Sergi Gómez , Leandro Cabrera , Brian Oliván , Nicolás Melamed , Sergi Darder , Denis Suárez , Martin Braithwaite and Joselu .
The home team had on the bench: Aleix Vidal, Edu Expósito, Vinícius Souza, Adrià Pedrosa, Angel Fortuno, José Carlos Lazo, Keidi Bare, Ronaël Pierre-Gabriel, Fernando Calero , Álvaro Fernández, Javi Puado and Luca Koleosho.
Espanyol could not rely on the presence of Fernando Calero (injured) and Adrià Pedrosa (injured).
Espanyol made 5 changes: Denis Suárez for Fernando Calero (46′), Sergi Gómez for Javi Puado (46′), Martin Braithwaite for Adrià Pedrosa (55′), Brian Oliván for Luca Koleosho (84′) and Nico Melamed for Edu Expósito (87′).
Best player: Sergi Darder
The most impressive player for Espanyol was Sergi Darder.
His rating iswith 37 passes (86% accurate) and 4 key passes. He was won 6 duels out of 11. He performed 2 crosses.
FC Barcelona – Formation
FC Barcelona started with a aggressive line-up (4-3-3).
Xavier Hernández Creus played with: Marc-André ter Stegen, Jules Koundé , Ronald Araújo , Andreas Christensen , Alejandro Baldé , Pedri , Sergio Busquets , Frenkie de Jong , Raphinha , Robert Lewandowski and Gavi .
They had on the bench: Ousmane Dembélé, Sergi Roberto, Arnau Tenas, Ansu Fati , Eric García, Jordi Alba , Pablo Torre, Iñaki Peña, Marcos Alonso , Ferran Torres and Franck Kessié.
FC Barcelona made 5 changes: Raphinha for Ousmane Dembélé (62′), Ronald Araújo for Jordi Alba (63′), Gavi for Ansu Fati (74′), Andreas Christensen for Marcos Alonso (74′) and Pedri for Franck Kessié (89′).
Best player: Robert Lewandowski
The player that probably impressed the most for FC Barcelona was Robert Lewandowski.
His rating iswith 2 goals, 31 passes (87% accurate) and 0 key passes. He was won 1 duel out of 4.
Results of the day
These are the results of the day in the La Liga.
- Celta de Vigo – Valencia – 1-2
- Elche – Atlético Madrid – 1-0
- Espanyol – FC Barcelona – 2-4
- Real Valladolid – Sevilla – 0-3