Barcelona’s lead over Actual Madrid on the high of La Liga evaporated on after they have been held to a 1-1 residence attract an ill-tempered conflict with native rivals Espanyol.
Actual Madrid had taken high spot on Friday with a 2-0 win at Actual Valladolid, placing stress on Barcelona to reply in opposition to an Espanyol facet battling to keep away from relegation.
Defender Marcos Alonso put Barcelona in entrance on the Nou Camp, earlier than Joselu transformed a second-half penalty to degree the sport.
Barcelona began strongly, with Gavi stinging the palms of Espanyol goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez within the sixth minute, shortly earlier than Alonso glanced a header into the online following a nook.
After going forward, Xavi Hernandez’s facet dominated possession with their slick passing for the remainder of the primary half, however struggled to transform any of the quite a few goal-scoring possibilities that fell their means.
They stored up the stress after the break, however all their good work got here undone as Alonso turned from hero to zero, making a gift of a penalty following a slipshod foul on Joselu.
Joselu picked himself as much as convert the spot-kick, calmly rolling it straight down the center to make it 1-1 within the 73rd minute.
Tempers flared within the aftermath of the equaliser, with Barcelona’s Jordi Alba being despatched off after receiving back-to-back yellow playing cards for vociferous protests in opposition to the referee.
Espanyol’s Vinicius Souza was then proven a second yellow card for a foul on Robert Lewandowski two minutes later.
Defender Leandro Cabrera was additionally proven a crimson card for kneeing Lewandowski within the again after he was introduced down by Souza, however a VAR evaluate let Espanyol off the hook.
Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz, who attracted criticism earlier this month after displaying 16 yellow playing cards in Argentina’s quarter-final win over the Netherlands on the World Cup, went to the monitor earlier than overturning his resolution.
Espanyol goalkeeper Fernandez stored his facet in it with a few superb stops in direction of the tip of the match, conserving out a header from Andreas Christensen and a low shot from Lewandowski, as Barcelona have been unable to discover a winner.
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Actual Sociedad beat Osasuna to leapfrog Atletico
Actual Sociedad beat Osasuna 2-0 to maneuver previous Atletico Madrid and again into third place, at 9 factors adrift of the front-runners.
Brais Mendez scored within the first half and Alexander Sorloth put the consequence past doubt within the sixty fourth minute.
Sociedad ahead Mikel Oyarzabal returned within the win over Osasuna from a protracted damage lay-off after tearing ligaments in his left knee in March.
In the meantime, a late purpose by Argentina defender Juan Foyth gave Villarreal a 2-1 win over Valencia.
Foyth solely made one temporary look to assist his nation win the World Cup.
He went on as a first-half substitute for Villarreal and ended up breaking the impasse with a header within the 88th minute.
Vinicius Jr hits out at La Liga over racist fans
Actual Madrid’s Brazilian ahead Vinicius Jr has accused La Liga of constant to do nothing about racist followers at matches after movies on social media confirmed followers shouting abuse and throwing objects at him away at Actual Valladolid on Friday evening.
La Liga issued an announcement condemning all types of hate speech and saying it was following up on cases of racism on the match.
Vinicius gave the impression to be subjected to abuse on the Jose Zorrilla stadium in Valladolid as he walked previous followers after being substituted in Actual Madrid’s 2-0 win.
“Racists proceed to go to stadiums and watch the most important membership on the planet up shut and LaLiga continues to do nothing,” Vinicius wrote on Twitter.
“I’ll proceed with my head held excessive and celebrating my victories and people of Madrid.”
In September Atletico Madrid followers have been filmed directing racist chants on the 22-year-old outdoors their Wanda Metropolitano Stadium forward of a match in opposition to Actual.
The league stated in an announcement that it was wanting into the occasions of Friday’s match.
“LaLiga has detected racist insults from the stands of the Zorrilla stadium, revealed on social networks,” the Spanish top-flight league stated.
“These details shall be reported to the Anti-Violence Fee and the Public Prosecutor’s Workplace for hate crimes, as has been completed on different events,” it stated.
The league detailed the way it had addressed incidents of racist abuse in direction of gamers up to now and stated it’ll proceed to battle in opposition to “the scourge of violence, racism, xenophobia and intolerance in sport”.