Barça ends 2009 at the top

December 14, 2009

Saturday night was one of season’s big matches, when Espanyol visited the Nou Camp for the Barcelona Derby.

While Espanyol are struggling this year – they are currently 4th from bottom – they can put up quite a fight when they choose to. On paper the local rival should have been no match for Barça, but the truth is the series of big matches in recent weeks has taken its toll and the squad is looking tired.

The only goal of the match was scored by Ibrahimovic from a penalty in minute 39 and some sections of the crowd showed their displeasure by waving their handkerchiefs at what they considered a lacklustre display, but leaving Barcelona at the head of the table after their last pre-Christmas league match.

Considering their fatigue, the last thing they could have really wanted at this stage was to jet off to Abu Dhabi for the FIFA Club World Cup; they play Atlante FC on Wednesday in the semi-final.

Planning on seeing FC Barcelona play in 2010? Order your Barcelona tickets for the Nou Camp online and ensure you don’t miss out.

1-0, Ibrahimovic (min 39)

TeamPWDLFAPts
1
Barcelona
15
12
3
0
36
9
39
2
Real Madrid
14
11
1
2
34
12
34
3
Sevilla
14
9
3
2
25
11
30
4
Valencia
14
8
4
2
27
14
28
5
Mallorca
14
8
3
3
27
16
27
6
Deportivo
14
8
2
4
19
16
26
7
Athletic Bilbao
14
7
2
5
19
18
23
8
Sporting Gijón
14
5
5
4
14
13
20
9
Getafe
14
7
0
7
23
21
21
10
Villarreal
14
5
3
6
22
19
18
11
Osasuna
14
4
4
6
14
17
16
12
Tenerife
14
4
2
8
14
27
14
13
Valladolid
14
2
7
5
20
25
13
14
Atlético Madrid
14
3
4
7
20
26
13
15
Racing Santander
14
3
4
7
17
23
13
16
Almería
14
3
4
7
15
24
13
17
Espanyol
14
3
4
7
8
21
13
18
Zaragoza
14
3
3
8
17
29
12
19
Málaga
14
1
6
7
15
20
9
20
Xerez
15
1
4
10
6
28
7

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