FC Barcelona tops Espanyol 4-2. HIGHLIGHTS

CORNELLA DE LLOBREGAT. FC Barcelona tops Espanyol 4-2.

FC Barcelona tops Espanyol 4-2. HIGHLIGHTS

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%.​

Match Statistics​

  • ! 30 Ball Possession 70
Shots
  • 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
  • 3 Off Sides 3
Fouls
  • 12 Total 9
  • 1 Yellow Cards 3
  • 0 Double Yellow 0
  • 0 Red Card 0
Other
  • 5 Substitutions 5

Ball possession

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.

Cards

Espanyol received 1 yellow card (Sergi Darder). On the other side, FC Barcelona received 3 yellow cards (Jules Koundé, Gavi and Jordi Alba).

Match Timeline

2'
Jules Koundé- Yellow
11'
R. Lewandowski(goal)
20'
Alejandro Balde(goal)Pedri
39'
Gavi- Yellow
39'
41'
R. Lewandowski(goal)Raphinha
Fernando Calero- sub ->Denis Suárez
46'
Javi Puado- sub ->Sergi Gómez
46'
53'
Jules Koundé(goal)Frenkie de Jong
55'
62'
63'
Javi Puado(var)
73'
Javi Puado(goal)Fernando Calero
73'
74'
74'
Marcos Alonso- sub ->Andreas Christensen
82'
84'
Edu Expósito- sub ->Nico Melamed
87'
89'
90'

Standings

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.

Next matches

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
G
Fernando Pacheco 13.Spain
5.5
D
Leandro Cabrera 4.Uruguay
6.1
D
Sergi Gómez 24.Spain
6.6
46'
D
Brian Oliván 14.Spain
6.0
84'
D
César Montes 23.Mexico
6.4
D
Óscar Gil 2.Spain
6.8
M
Denis Suárez  6.Spain
6.2
46'
M
Sergi Darder 10.Spain
7.2
39'
M
Nico Melamed 21.Spain
5.7
87'
F
Joselu  9.Spain
6.4
Goals90'
F
Martin Braithwaite 17.Denmark
6.7
55'
Substitutes
G
Angel Fortuno 34.Spain
G
D
Aleix Vidal 22.Spain
D
Adrià Pedrosa 3.Spain
6.8
55'
D
Fernando Calero 5.Spain
7.1
46'
M
Luca Koleosho  30.Italy
84'
M
Edu Expósito 20.Spain
87'
M
Vini Souza 12.Brazil
M
M
Keidi Bare 8.Albania
F
Javi Puado 7.Spain
7.1
46' Goals73'

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 (5.5), Óscar Gil (6.8), César Montes (6.4), Sergi Gómez (6.6), Leandro Cabrera (6.1), Brian Oliván (6.0), Nicolás Melamed (5.7), Sergi Darder (7.2), Denis Suárez (6.2), Martin Braithwaite (6.7) and Joselu (6.4).

The home team had on the bench: Aleix Vidal, Edu Expósito, Vinícius Souza, Adrià Pedrosa (6.8), Angel Fortuno, José Carlos Lazo, Keidi Bare, Ronaël Pierre-Gabriel, Fernando Calero (7.1), Álvaro Fernández, Javi Puado (7.1) and Luca Koleosho.

Espanyol could not rely on the presence of Fernando Calero (injured) and Adrià Pedrosa  (injured).

Substitutions

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 is (7.2) with 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
G
7.6
D
Andreas Christensen 15.Denmark
6.5
74'
D
Jules Koundé 23.France
7.1
2' Goals53'
D
Ronald Araujo 4.Uruguay
7.1
63'
D
Alejandro Balde 28.Spain
7.9
Goals20'
M
Sergio Busquets 5.Spain
7.2
M
Frenkie de Jong 21.Netherlands
8.1
M
Pedri 8.Spain
7.1
89'
F
Gavi 30.Spain
6.5
74' 39'
F
R. Lewandowski 9.Poland
8.3
Goals11', 41'
F
Raphinha 22.Brazil
7.4
62'
Substitutes
G
Arnau Tenas 36.Spain
G
Iñaki Peña 13.Spain
D
Sergi Roberto 20.Spain
D
Eric García 24.Spain
D
Jordi Alba 18.Spain
6.4
63' 82'
D
Marcos Alonso 17.Spain
6.4
74'
M
Pablo Torre 32.Spain
M
Franck Kessié 19.Ivory Coast
89'
F
6.3
62'
F
Ansu Fati 10.Spain
6.2
74'
F
Ferran Torres 11.Spain

FC Barcelona started with a aggressive line-up (4-3-3).

Xavier Hernández Creus played with: Marc-André ter Stegen (7.6), Jules Koundé (7.1), Ronald Araújo (6.9), Andreas Christensen (6.5), Alejandro Baldé (7.9), Pedri (7.1), Sergio Busquets (7.2), Frenkie de Jong (8.1), Raphinha (7.4), Robert Lewandowski (8.3) and Gavi (6.5).

They had on the bench: Ousmane Dembélé (6.3), Sergi Roberto, Arnau Tenas, Ansu Fati (6.2), Eric García, Jordi Alba (6.7), Pablo Torre, Iñaki Peña, Marcos Alonso (6.4), Ferran Torres and Franck Kessié.

Substitutions

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 is (8.3) with 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.​