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La Liga: Espanyol Hold Barca To 1-1 Draw, Level With Real Madrid

La Liga: Espanyol Hold Barca To 1-1 Draw, Level With Real Ma

Barca v Espanyol

Barcelona moved back to the top of La Liga despite a feisty derby clash against Espanyol at the Spotify Camp Nou which saw over 14 cards given to players and coach, although levelled on point with Real Madrid.

Madrid had taken the top spot on Friday with a 2-0 win at Real Valladolid, putting pressure on Barcelona to respond against an Espanyol side battling to avoid relegation.

Barcelona started strongly, with defender Marcos Alonso glancing a header into the net to give the hosts the lead with seven minutes on the clock.

After a first half in which Barcelona spurned several chances, Alonso turned from hero to zero as he gave away a penalty following a clumsy foul on Joselu, who rolled his spot kick straight down the middle to make it 1-1 in the 73rd minute.

Tempers flared after the equaliser, with Barcelona's Jordi Alba being sent off after receiving back-to-back yellow cards for vociferous protests against the referee, before Espanyol's Vinicius Souza was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Robert Lewandowski minutes later.

Barcelona remain on top of the standings due to their superior goal difference, despite being level with rivals Madrid on 38 points from 15 matches, while Espanyol move up to 16th.

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