Barcelona held by Espanyol in feisty affair

BARCELONA, Dec 31 — Barcelona’s direct more than Serious Madrid atop the LaLiga standings evaporated on Saturday after they were held to a 1-1 residence attract by area rivals Espanyol in a undesirable-tempered clash in which both sides were lowered to 10 males.

Madrid experienced taken best spot on Friday with a 2- gain at Genuine Valladolid, putting strain on Barcelona to reply against an Espanyol side battling to keep away from relegation.

Barcelona started strongly, with defender Marcos Alonso glancing a header into the web to give the hosts the direct with 7 minutes on the clock.

Right after a initially half in which Barcelona spurned a number of odds, Alonso turned from hero to zero as he gave away a penalty following a clumsy foul on Joselu, who rolled his spot kick straight down the center to make it 1-1 in the 73rd minute.

Tempers flared after the equaliser, with Barcelona’s Jordi Alba becoming sent off just after getting back-to-back yellow playing cards for vociferous protests from the referee, ahead of Espanyol’s Vinicius Souza was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Robert Lewandowski minutes later.

Barcelona remain on best of the standings owing to their excellent objective change, inspite of staying stage with rivals Madrid on 38 details from 15 matches, although Espanyol go up to 16th. — Reuters