Luuk De Jong Denies Espanyol First La Liga Win Over Barcelona Since 2009

Luuk De Jong Denies Espanyol First La Liga Win Over Barcelona Since 2009.

With a late header to salvage a draw at the RCDE Stadium, Luuk De Jong denied Espanyol their first La Liga win against Barcelona since 2009.

Los Periquitos were off to a horrible start as Barcelona hushed the home fans with a goal from Pedri, who connected with Jordi Alba’s left-wing cross to shoot the ball in from a few yards out.

Sergi Darder equalized for Espanyol just before half-time, curling a stunning effort from inside the box past a stretched Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Xavi’s team then had a goal disallowed after Gavi’s finish past Diego Lopez was ruled out because the ball deflected off Frenkie de Jong, who was in an offside position, during the build-up.

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In the 64th minute, Raul de Tomas put the hosts ahead by chesting down Darder’s chipped through-ball and scoring wonderfully past ter Stegen.

That goal appeared to have clinched a historic triumph for Espanyol, but De Jong’s late performance earned Barcelona a point with the game’s final kick, breaking the hearts of the home fans.

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