La Blaugrana have found it tough at their closest neighbours in recent seasons with just one win in their last four visits in all competitions.
Barca with a fast start in the Catalan Derby! 🔵🔴
Pedri with a simple finish at the back post after just 75 seconds 👀 pic.twitter.com/xP0hXFwTir
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However, despite enjoying the better chances in the opening 45 minutes, with Adama Traore superbly kept out, Barcelona were punished by Espanyol before the break.
Sergi Darder created an angle for a shot on the edge of the box and bent home a superb equaliser for the home side.
Beautiful strike from Sergi Darder to level for Espanyol. The home side battling back after city rivals Barcelona took the early lead! pic.twitter.com/mUlSobP87a
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Xavi will be demanding a reaction from his side in the second period with a place inside the Top Four on the line overnight.
Barcelona need three points in this clash to open up a gap on fifth placed Atletico Madrid.
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