Barcelona Derby Marred by Crowd Trouble

September 29, 2008

FC Barcelona visited the Estadi Olimpic on Saturday night in what is likely to be the last Barcelona Derby to be played at the stadium. While Barça finished the match victorious, it was overshadowed by ugly scenes caused by some of the visiting supporters, who had been allowed to take fireworks into the stadium.

The match began with Barcelona and Espanyol fairly evenly matched for possession, but in the 20th minute Espanyol got through a scrappy defense to score, with Victor Valdes taking a fall after an elbow from Luis Garcia. While this goal rattled Barcelona, their possession shot up to 70 percent. However, once again their domination of the ball failed to provide a much needed goal.

After Espanyol’s Nene received a second yellow card at the end of the first half, they began the second half with ten men, but it was during the 67th minute that crowd trouble began and overshadowed the football. Fireworks were thrown by visiting supporters onto the crowd below, forcing the referee to suspend play for 10 minutes. When play resumed, both sides seemed quite agitated, but Barcelona’s chance came, with a goal from Henri. However, it was Leo Messi who once again saved the day for Barça, with a goal right at the end of injury time ensuring Barcelona took 3 points away from the match.

 

  Team P W D L F A Pts

1

Valencia

5

4

1

0

12

4

13

2

Villarreal

5

4

1

0

7

2

13

3

Real Madrid

5

4

0

1

16

7

12

4

Sevilla

5

3

2

0

8

4

11

5

Barcelona

5

3

1

1

12

6

10

6

Almeria

5

3

1

1

7

5

10

7

Atl.Madrid

5

3

0

2

11

4

9

8

Getafe

5

2

2

1

5

4

8

9

Mallorca

5

2

2

1

5

5

8

10

Espanyol

5

2

1

2

4

5

7

11

Valladolid

5

2

0

3

5

6

6

12

Athl.Bilbao

5

1

2

2

4

5

5

13

Deportivo

5

1

2

2

4

6

5

14

Osasuna

5

0

4

1

2

3

4

15

Numancia

5

1

1

3

5

8

4

16

Recreativo Huelva

5

1

1

3

2

7

4

17

Malaga

5

1

1

3

2

8

4

18

Betis

5

0

2

3

3

6

2

19

Racing Santander

5

0

2

3

3

8

2

20

Gijon

5

0

0

5

6

20

0

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