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‘His Magnum opus’: even for Lionel Messi, this was special | Sid Lowe

This weekend Messi did something unusual: he did something he hasn’t done before, exceeding his own expectationsSunday morning and military machines rolled down the Castellana, armoured vehicles on the move. Snipers stood on roofs and helicopters circl…

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Lionel Messi scores two free-kicks as Barcelona hammer Espanyol in derby

Lionel Messi scored two spectacular free kicks as Barcelona thrashed their local rivals Espanyol 4-0 in Saturday’s Catalan derby to move three points clear at the top of La Liga. The champions, who started the game level with Sevilla and Atlético Madri…

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Espanyol v Barcelona: La Liga – live!

La Liga updates from the 7.45pm GMT kick-offEuropean roundup: Sancho settles derby for Dortmund You can email James your thoughts or via Twitter @piercy360 7.35pm GMT Villarreal have just lost 3-2 to Celta Vigo which leaves the league table looking lik…

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Marco Asensio winner against Espanyol sends Real Madrid top of La Liga

• Julen Lopetegui shuffles pack but midfielder comes up trumps• Bayern continue perfect Bundesliga start with defeat of SchalkeMarco Asensio’s strike earned Real Madrid a 1-0 home win over Espanyol to send them provisionally top of La Liga on Saturday….

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Espanyol’s Gerard Moreno stuns Real Madrid with dramatic winner

Real Madrid rested Cristiano Ronaldo and suffered a fifth La Liga defeat of the season as Espanyol’s Gerard Moreno struck late for a 1-0 win over the Spanish and European champions. The Catalan forward Moreno wasted a number of chances but his last-min…

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Gerard Piqué silences the chants after Espanyol almost clip Barça’s wings | Sid Lowe

After a tense buildup to the Catalan derby, Espanyol came close to repeating their Copa del Rey heroics until a late interventionThey were seven minutes away when Gerard Piqué appeared before them, a finger on his lips in the rain. “It was symbolic,” h…

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The making of Philippe Coutinho: how Espanyol polished Barcelona’s diamond | Michael Butler

The career of Barça’s new signing owes much to a revitalising stint across the city under Mauricio Pochettino six seasons agoEverything has come full circle for Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian made his debut for Barcelona on Thursday night, coming on …

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Philippe Coutinho makes Barcelona debut after £142m Liverpool move

• Playmaker replaces Andrés Iniesta in cup win at Camp Nou• Coutinho: It’s a great night, a very special nightPhilippe Coutinho has made his long-awaited Barcelona debut, replacing Andrés Iniesta, in a 2-0 win over Espanyol in the Copa del Rey.The form…

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Stoke make Quique Sánchez Flores their top target to fill manager’s job

• Former Watford manager has been in charge of Espanyol since 2016• Stoke’s executives have held meeting with Flores in BarcelonaQuique Sánchez Flores is Stoke’s first choice to succeed Mark Hughes. It is understood a Stoke delegation met the Espanyol …

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Real Madrid v Espanyol: La Liga – live!

6.54pm BST

So that’s a debut for 18-year-old right-back Achraf Hakimi, with Dani Carvajal ruled out “indefinitely” after tests revealed he had a heart condition. Jesus. Incredible that they can catch these things, and also quite wonderful.

6.43pm BST

Navas; Achraf, Varane, Ramos, Nacho; Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco; Asensio, Ronaldo. Subs: Casilla, Vallejo, Lucas Vasquez, Llorente, Mayoral, Ceballas, Tejero.

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Lionel Messi fires Barcelona past Espanyol with Camp Nou hat-trick

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick and Ousmane Dembélé came off the bench to set up a late goal for Luis Suárez as Barcelona romped to a 5-0 win in the Catalan derby against Espanyol at the Camp Nou.

With their title rivals from Madrid, Real and Atlético, having dropped points with draws earlier in the day, Barcelona were looking to strike an early blow at the top of the table.

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Barcelona v Espanyol: La Liga – live!

8.08pm BST

20 mins: Sergio Busquets is booked for a none-more-Busquets cynical tug on Leo Baptistao’s shirt. The Brazilian had picked his pocket and was threatening to motor into the Barcelona half.

8.06pm BST

18 mins: Free kick to Barcelona, some 30 yards out – and Messi leaves it for Suárez, who belts it at goal! It’s hit hard enough to worry Pau Lopez, but the former Spurs keeper gathers at the second attempt.

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Tottenham offer €2m to buy on-loan goalkeeper Pau López from Espanyol

• Spain under-21 goalkeeper was on loan at Spurs last season
• Offer includes up to €2m in future bonuses and a cut of any future sale

Tottenham Hotspur have moved to turn Pau López’s season-long loan into a permanent deal and have offered Espanyol €2m (£1.74m) plus a further €2m in add-ons. The proposal includes a clause that would guarantee the Spanish club a cut of any future sale and Tottenham are confident it will be accepted.

Pau, who will play for Spain at the European Under-21 Championship in Poland later this month, did not feature for Tottenham during the season but he is highly rated by the manager, Mauricio Pochettino.

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Tottenham offer €2m to buy on-loan goalkeeper Pau López from Espanyol

• Spain under-21 goalkeeper was on loan at Spurs last season
• Offer includes up to €2m in future bonuses and a cut of any future sale

Tottenham Hotspur have moved to turn Pau López’s season-long loan into a permanent deal and have offered Espanyol €2m (£1.74m) plus a further €2m in add-ons. The proposal includes a clause that would guarantee the Spanish club a cut of any future sale and Tottenham are confident it will be accepted.

Pau, who will play for Spain at the European Under-21 Championship in Poland later this month, did not feature for Tottenham during the season but he is highly rated by the manager, Mauricio Pochettino.

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European football review: 54 fans from 22 leagues sum up their season

Supporters give their verdicts on how their clubs performed this year

• Premier League fans’ review: part one, part two

• Football League fans’ review: Championship, League One, League Two

Rapid Vienna, fifth in the Bundesliga

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European football review: 54 fans from 22 leagues sum up their season

Supporters give their verdicts on how their clubs performed this year

• Premier League fans’ review: part one, part two

• Football League fans’ review: Championship, League One, League Two

Rapid Vienna, fifth in the Bundesliga

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Luis Suárez fires Barcelona to derby victory over Espanyol

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

With Real Madrid having produced a late victory over Valencia earlier, the pressure was firmly back on Luis Enrique’s side.

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Luis Suárez fires Barcelona to derby victory over Espanyol

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

With Real Madrid having produced a late victory over Valencia earlier, the pressure was firmly back on Luis Enrique’s side.

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Tottenham clash with Arsenal takes Pochettino back to another demolition derby | David Hytner

Sunday’s game is set to be the teams’ final White Hart Lane meeting and Spurs’ manager sees echoes of the 1997 match he played for Espanyol against Barcelona before the club’s stadium was knocked down

It was a demolition derby – in more ways than one. There were penalties, a red card and red-raw tempers. Mauricio Pochettino will never forget it. The Tottenham Hotspur manager was an Espanyol player at the time and the visitors to the club’s Estadi de Sarrià were Barcelona.

The date was 9 February 1997 and it was the last derby to be staged at the ground that Espanyol had called their home since 1923. At the end of the season the bulldozers would move in. With the club in financial crisis, Sarrià had been sold to property developers. The fans were dismayed and distraught.

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Gareth Bale scores on return as Real Madrid see off Espanyol

Gareth Bale marked his return from a three-month injury lay-off with a well-taken finish to seal Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Espanyol at the Bernabéu.

The Wales forward last played in a Champions League group match at Sporting Lisbon on 22 November before suffering tendon damage in his ankle, which needed surgery.

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