A controversial Memphis Depay Punishment and a bit of happiness newly earned Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez a 1-0 win in opposition to Espanyol in his first accountable recreation on Saturday night time at Camp Nou.
Memphis shot house a penalty early within the second half after a penalty was whistled for Barcelona.
Espanyol are positive to really feel more durable after hitting the put up twice and lacking one other clear scoring alternative within the second half.
Xavi had famous in his pre-game press convention that there might be a kink or two in his beginning XI, and that got here with the inclusion of 17-year-old Iliad on prime with Gavi and Memphis.
It was an excellent begin for Barcelona as Xavi’s males put strain on the Espanyol protection and whistled the Los Periquitos aim with efforts from Memphis and Sergio Busquets.
They lacked the ending product, nonetheless, they usually have been then almost punished for a weak protection when Raul de Tomas despatched Oscar Mingueza via the flush cycle and almost scored a aim.
There was a change through the break: Abde changed his youth colleague Ilias and simply seconds later referee Carlos del Cerro Grande pointed to the purpose after Memphis went down within the penalty space. Espanyol argued vigorously in opposition to the decision, Leandro Cabrera clearly had contact with the ball, however in the long run the penalty stood and Memphis hammered the penalty to provide Barcelona a 1-0 lead.
The controversial penalty introduced Espanyol much more to life and De Tomas had every little thing to make up for a Mingueza miss after an extended free kick by former Barcelona man Aleix Vidal, solely to see the Spanish worldwide rip his shot previous aim.
Xavi returned to his bench bringing in Philippe Coutinho for Gavi and later Riqui Puig for Busquets, but it surely was De Tomas who was essentially the most harmful participant on the sphere and he narrowly equalized with a free kick that hit the put up striped.
It was a once-in-a-lifetime alternative for Dimata, nonetheless, which introduced Espanyol’s greatest likelihood of scoring when he was on their lonesome in entrance of aim however as an alternative steered his header far to the annoyance of his team-mates.
The Camp Nou went from nervous to fearful within the closing minutes, interrupted by one other shot on aim by De Tomas, this time with a header that bounced off the put up.
Late accidents pressured Nico and Mingueza to provide in, with Demir and Ronald Araujo every being referred to as in by the brand new boss as Barcelona suffered within the closing minutes however dragged their manner throughout the road to provide Xavi a victorious debut.
1.- Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Mingueza (Araujo, min. 88), Pique, Eric Garcia, Jordi Alba; Busquets (Riqui Puig, a minimum of 78), Nico (Demir, a minimum of 88), De Jong; Gavi (Coutinho, a minimum of 70), Memphis, Ilias Akhomach (Abde, a minimum of 46).
0.- Espanyol: Diego Lopez; Aleix Vidal, Sergi Gomez, Cabrera, Pedrosa; David Lopez (Morlanes, min. 56), Sergi Darder (Moron, min. 95), Herrera (Dimata, min. 77); Embarba (Wu Lei, a minimum of 78), Puado (Melamed, a minimum of 56), Raul de Tomas.
Targets: 1-0, a minimum of 48: Memphis (p.).
Referee: Del Cerro Grande (Madrid).
Yellow playing cards: Abde (min. 59) for Barcelona, Pedrosa (min. 59) for Espanyol, Mingueza (min. 64) for Barcelona, De Jong (min. 83) for Barcelona, Ter Stegen (min. 88) for Barcelona, Cabrera (Min 93) for Espanyol.
Pink playing cards: None
Stadion: Camp Nou.