Barcelona make just one change for derby with Espanyol

Luis Suarez and Borja Iglesias

The Argentinean scored two goals and had a hand in two more as his side thrashed city rivals, Espanyol in Espanyol's Cornella El-Prat Stadium.

Modric beat the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Real team-mate Raphael Varane to the Ballon d'Or, becoming the first player to break Ronaldo and Messi's duopoly on the individual award.

Lionel Messi celebrates a goal for FC Barcelona.

The win cements Barcelona's place at the La Liga summit, while Espanyol drop to ninth after slipping to a fourth consecutive league defeat.

Messi's first free-kick was expertly whipped into the top-right bin, while he pinpointed the next into the opposite corner, past the helpless keeper who you had to feel sorry for.

Espanyol's first shot on target was a low header following a corner from Oscar Duarte, which Marc Andre Ter Stegen saved easily.

The Argentine bagged two impressive free-kicks as the LaLiga champions thumped Espanyol on Saturday evening.

In the 83rd minute, Santi Cazorla set up Carlos Bacca to pull a goal back from an indirect free-kick in the penalty area.

Messi's ground breaking pass opened up the way for Suarez who controlled the challenge from his marker to find squeeze ball past Lopez from the tightest of angles.

Goalkeeper Diego Lopez saved from Suarez, given the all-clear to play following a knee problem, as Barcelona looked to swiftly double their lead.

The match was done and dusted when Messi found the top corner from another free-kick from outside the box, giving Lopez no chance whatsoever.

Espanyol started the second period on the front foot, but aside from a Sergi Darder attempt which missed the crossbar, the home supporters did not have too much to shout about.

Messi repeated his magic with another free kick in the 64th minute to put the icing on the cake for a very satisfying night for Barca, while Espanyol have now lost their last four matches.

The perfectly struck set-piece goals capped another brilliant performance by Messi, who got past defenders easily and effortlessly put his teammates in a position to score.

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