Espanyol 1 Barcelona 0 (Copa del Rey)

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Lionel Messi has reportedly demanded that one player is axed after Barcelona suffered their first defeat of the season against Espanyol on Wednesday night.

Melendo, 20, came on as a substitute and struck two minutes from time to give Espanyol a 1-0 advantage in the Copa del Rey quarterfinal first leg - Barca's first defeat since August 16. He did not specify if he would be ready for the Real Betis game at the weekend or not but spoke about his side's first defeat of the season.

Real Madrid took a small step toward ending its crisis by defeating Leganes 1-0 with an 89th-minute goal by Marco Asensio in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals on Thursday. Of course there was no Philippe Coutinho in Barca's lineup yet mounting damage list, which has represented France forward Ousmane Dembele, implied Messi started.

Alaves were reduced to 10 men four minutes later when Adrian Dieguez was shown his second yellow card and Rodrigo Moreno scored the victor eight minutes later to leave the tie finely balanced for next week's return leg.

Barcelona and Espanyol will meet again for the second leg on January 25. "It's always a big motivation to play against them".




"We knew [a defeat] was going to arrive at some point", Busquets said.

FC Barcelona had a number of chances to win this game including a penalty.

In the last five head to head records between these two sides, Barcelona has won four games and one game lost to Espanyol. [Espanyol] has a plan to sit back and to close down space in the middle. It was hard for us, but we had it under control. Valverde went ahead with an unusual team selection. In turn, Espanyol defended well, corrected their mistakes and took their chance.

"Mina does not have the work permit and he will not be able to play tomorrow", Valverde said.

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