Espanyol 0-1 Barcelona: Messi penalty puts Blaugrana back on top of La Liga

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Tata Martino’s men looked set to drop two points in the Catalan derby but their talismanic No.10 converted a 77th-minute spot kick to send his side to the summit of the standings

The champions’ challenge was reignited last weekend with a 4-3 Clasico win over Real Madrid and although they did steal a slender win at Cornella-El Prat, their fellow Catalans represented stern opposition until a late red card.

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