Barcelona found a way to finish in the La Liga Top 4 for a second straight week thanks to a 2-2 draw against Espanyol in a hard-fought Catalan Derby at the RCDE Stadium.
Barça played very well in the first half and should have put the game out of sight, but allowed their local rivals to come back and take the lead and need a last-second goal from substitute Luuk De Jong to rescue a late point and stay in fourth place for another few days.
The Blaugrana won this fixture 1-0 at the Camp Nou earlier this season thanks to a debatable Memphis Depay penalty, so Los Periquitos will be keen to exact revenge this Sunday night at the RCDE Stadium.
Barça started the game with a goal: just 80 seconds into the match, after a great bit of high pressing, the ball found Jordi Alba who played a perfect cross into the box to find the run of Pedri, who volleyed home the opener.
The Blaugrana were the best team on the pitch in the first half and continued to dominate possession, and they should have made it 2-0.
Luuk de Jong’s goal with almost the last kick of the game has rescued a point for Barcelona.
Source: The Khaama Press News Agency