Espanyol victorious in Barcelona’s first defeat since August

January 18, 2018

Local rivals Espanyol beat FC Barcelona in the first leg of the Copa del Rey last night at Cornellà-El Prat. It’s the first time Barça has lost since August. Then Real Madrid beat Barcelona in both Spanish Supercup matches.

Barcelona had a good chance when Sergi Roberto was brought down in the area just after the hour. Messi kicked from the spot only to see Diego Lopez get his hands to the ball. Just minutes before the final whistle, when it was looking as though the game would end in a goalless draw, Melendo put the ball into Barça’s net off a cross from Navarro to put the hosts ahead.

The return leg takes place next Thursdat at Camp Nou. You can be certainn Barcelona will go all out to ensure they make the semis.

1-0 Melendo (min 88)

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