Result: Espanyol 1-1 Barcelona

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Barcelona fail to keep the pressure on La Liga leaders Real Madrid after their 1-1 draw at Espnayol in the Catalan derby.

Barcelona have failed to keep the pressure on La Liga leaders Real Madrid with a 1-1 draw at Espanyol in the Catalan derby.

The match got off to a frantic start when Joan Verdu's back-post header was saved by visiting goalkeeper Victor Valdes. The midfielder was first to the rebound, but his shot cleared off the line by Gerard Pique.

Barca had a goal ruled out soon after when Cesc Fabregas tapped in following Lionel Messi's interception of keeper Cristian Alvarez's pass. However, the referee cancelled the goal out for a dubious handball by Messi.

Fabregas legitimately found the net minutes later when he powered a header past Alvarez from Dani Alves's cross.

Sergio Garcia's effort was parried away by Valdes as Espanyol put their opponents under pressure, while Christian Romaric blazed over from 25 yards.

Fabregas had a chance to double his side's lead just before the break, but his solo effort was tipped wide by the keeper.

Espanyol could have been reduced to ten men on the stroke of half time when Romaric appeared to elbow Pique when the pair challenged for an aerial ball.

Alves saw his shot easily saved by Alvarez just after the interval before the Brazilian had a goal ruled out for offside.

A tentative period of play followed before Xavi curled his free kick over the bar.

Messi nearly grabbed a second for Barca with 15 minutes to go, but his right-footed shot hit the post from a tight angle.

Espanyol grabbed their equaliser with five minutes to play when Alvaro Vazquez nodded in Thievy Bifoum's flick-on from Raul Rodriguez's cross.

Barca nearly found a winner in injury time when Pique's shot bounced back off the post to Pedro, whose shot was then blocked on the line.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Real Madrid6420156914
2Barcelona64111961313
3Atletico MadridAtletico63301221012
4Villarreal633094512
5Athletic Bilbao640296312
6Sevilla6321119211
7Las PalmasLas Palmas63121411310
8EibarEibar631286210
9Real Betis6222811-38
10Real Sociedad621389-17
11Celta Vigo621358-37
12Leganes6213610-47
13Sporting GijonSporting Gijon6213514-97
14AlavesAlaves51314406
15Valencia6204912-36
16Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo612335-25
17Malaga612358-35
18Espanyol6123914-55
19Granada5023612-62
20Osasuna6024513-82