Espanyol Snap Barca's 29-Game Unbeaten Run With Dramatic 88th Minute Winner

Espanyol Snap Barca's 29-Game Unbeaten Run With Dramatic 88th Minute Winner

Espanyol Snap Barca's 29-Game Unbeaten Run With Dramatic 88th Minute Winner

The Barcelona captain was consequently unavailable to help his side to avoid a 1-0 defeat to Espanyol in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-final played at the Cornella Stadium on Wednesday [17 January] night.

29 matches and 5 months later, the Catalans suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of their local rivals. The last game they had lost in any competition was in the Spanish Super Cup to Real Madrid on August 16. This result gives them a great chance of turning the odds in the second leg and knocking the reigning champions out of the competition. I hope that all that does not happen at Camp Nou: "nobody should be insulted and things should not be thrown onto the pitch". "We will announce when the official signing will take place in a couple of days", Barcelona said on their website. Speaking to fcbarcelona.com, Valverde said that the saved penalty "may have been the turning point". "We tried to keep the run going as long as possible, but it wasn't to be tonight".

Espanyol were content on sitting back with the hope of catching Barca on the break, although they struggled to get out of their own half. The visiting side went ahead through Ruben Sobrino in the 66th minute but Portugal worldwide Goncalo Guedes levelled for Valencia in the 73rd.

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Barca had Luis Suarez on the bench, and with Andres Iniesta and Ousmane Dembele out injured, they had Denis Suarez and Aleix Vidal either side of Messi in attack.

Missed opportunities: "We had chances to score, but we didn't take them, and they did".

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