Barcelona maintain lead as Real keep pace

Ross Houston
May 4, 2017

Luis Suarez scored twice as Barcelona moved back to the top of La Liga after a 3-0 derby win at Espanyol.

Suarez opened the scoring five minutes into the second half, capitalising on a terrible backpass to round Diego Lopez and finish into the empty net.

Barcelona were ahead in the 50th minute, however, when Luis Suarez raced onto an terrible back-pass from Jurado before beating Diego Lopez at his near post.

Barca boss Luis Enrique echoed Suarez's comments, adding in his post game news conference: "Suarez wasn't anxious".

The scoreline somewhat flattered Luis Enrique's side who found themselves in a real match for the majority of the 90 minutes only for defensive errors from the hosts to swing the contest in the favour of the away team.

"If you play the first half like that, with rhythm and intensity, you tire out your opponent, that then gave us a chance in the second half to find more space".

FC Barcelona and Real Madrid maintained their neck and neck race to the top of the Liga Santander with both sides claiming important wins, though in different style.

Neymar thought that he had doubled Barcelona's lead on the hour when he curled a brilliant effort towards the far corner of Espanyol's goal, but a wonderful save from Diego Lopez kept the score at 1-0.

April 29, 2017 at 21:45, closes the program of the day of the 35th round of the Spanish championship - Primera, the Catalan derby at the stadium "RCDE" in which Espanyol will play against Barcelona.

However, even the four-time world player of the year struggled to beat Alves from the spot as the Brazilian made his sixth penalty save of the season when he dived low to his left to deny Ronaldo early in the second half.

- Only Neymar (19) has made more assists than Lionel Messi this season among all LaLiga players in all competitions (15, same as Luis Suarez and Toni Kroos).

"We were able to take advantage of a miscue to go ahead on the scoreboard, and the rhythm, I believe, benefited us".

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