The Catalan derby clash at the Camp Nou has been packed with pre-game controversy following Barcelona’s decision to issue widespread banning orders to travelling Espanyol fans.
The hosts started brightly on their first competitive appearance since mid-November with Gavi denied early on.
GOOOOOOL MARCOS ALONSO!
Barcelona 1-0 Real Espanyol pic.twitter.com/g65E76GLxu
— Portal Culés (@PortalCules) December 31, 2022
Barcelona take the lead!! 🔵🔴
— LaLigaTV (@LaLigaTV) December 31, 2022
Alonso netted in the 4-2 Champions League win away at Viktoria Plzen, before the World Cup, but this effort goes down as his first La Liga goal since joining Barcelona ahead of the 2022/23 season.
Barcelona have enjoyed an incredible derby record against their city neighbours at the Camp Nou, with 12 home wins in league action, as part of a run stretching all the way back to 2009.
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