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Barcelona narrowly wins to pile stress on Actual Madrid, preserve title hunt alive.
Luis Suarez struck the all-important purpose within the 56th minute, attending to the tip of a unfastened ball to faucet from two yards out for his 195th Barcelona purpose.
The match was stuffed with drama as either side had been lowered to 10 males early within the second half.
First, it was Barca’s teenage ahead Ansu Fati who was proven a purple card for a poor problem, 5 minutes after approaching.
The guests had been nonetheless lowered to 10 as effectively three minutes later following Pol Lozano’s dismissal for the same mistake to Fati.
The win moved the Catalan facet to 76 factors from 35 video games, some extent under their bitter rivals Actual Madrid who high the standings on 77 factors however now have a match at hand.
They will nonetheless restore their four-point lead in the event that they choose most factors on Friday once they host Alaves on the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium.
Barcelona wish to choose their third consecutive Spanish title, however have faltered in latest matches permitting their rivals to steal a march on them.
Talking after the match, Suarez urged his teammates to maintain successful and hope for a Madrid slip-up.
“We knew how troublesome this recreation could be due to Espanyol’s state of affairs and we had been drained from Sunday’s recreation and we performed with much less depth,” Suarez stated.
“However the necessary factor is that we received the sport and picked up extra factors.”
In the meantime, a crushed Espanyol had been relegated for the primary time since successful promotion again to La Liga in 1994.