The Catalan classic, in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey, ended 1-0.
Espanyol beat Barcelona 1-0 on Wednesday in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey, inflicting its first defeat of the season to a team that is currently undefeated in the Spanish League and the Champions League.
The canterano Óscar Melendo scored the winning goal for the parakeets, finishing off a cross from the back of Marc Navarro (88).
RCD Espanyol 1-0 FC Barcelona
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The Barcelona, in which Ernesto Valverde had made many rotations, suffered his first defeat since last August, in the preseason , fell in the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid. He therefore cut a streak of 29 games without losing.
The Argentine Lionel Messi missed a maximum penalty when the commitment was tied.
“Someday we knew it would come ,” Barça midfielder Sergio Busquets told Bein Sports television after the game. ” The positive part is that we have a homecoming and we will try to come back, ” he added.
The goal scored Melendo (Espanyol) in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey and that led to the defeat of Barça, p used to end a streak of 29 games and five months without losing that had the azulgrana team.
Those of Ernesto Valverde lost the first two official games of the course, against Real Madrid, in the Supercopa de España. The first leg was played on 13 August at Camp Nou (1-3) and on the return leg Zinedine Zidane won again (2-0).
Barça will have to try to lift the result on Thursday of next week in the return of the tie at the Camp Nou.
Results of the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey: – Wednesday: Atlético Madrid 1 – Sevilla 2. Valencia 2 – Alavés 1. Spanish 1 FC Barcelona 0.