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17.04.2010 11:03

Espanyol-FCB: Did you know….?

Jordi Clos

Today’s game is the first city derby at the Cornella Stadium, but the fixture has a long history full of facts.

- Espanyol’s biggest ever win was a 6-0 victory in the 1950/51 season, whilst Barca’s 0-4 wins in 1981/82 and 1991/92 were their best wins.

- Espanyol’s original Sarria ground was inaugurated on 18 February 1923, a week before the homage to Joan Gamper at the Les Corts ground.

- The two clubs took part in the first ever Spanish League in the 1928/29 season and the two drew 1´1 in Montjuic – Sarria was too small to host the game- with Juve scoring for the locals and Sastre replying for Barca.

- The Espanyol player Gallart was the first to score a hat trick, in 1929.

- In the game in the 1977/78 season, Barca’s kit man, ‘Papi’ Anguera was shown a yellow card for coming onto the pitch with a change of shorts for Johan Cruyff. The game ended 1-1.

- A heavy snowfall meant Barca arrived late for the game in the 1980/81 season and when the game finally got underway, Espanyol won 1-0.

- In the 1986/87 season, Barca played twice at Sarria, as the league was decided through a play off competition.

- The 1996 derby game was suspended in the eighth minute because of a torrential downpour. The game ended 1-1 and proved to be Johan Cruyff’s last in charge.

- Barca were given a guard of honour by the Espanyol players as League Champions when the two met in the 1997/98 season.

- The twelve league derbies played at the Luis Companys Stadium ended with 6 wins for Barca, 4 draws and just 2 wins for Espanyol.

The last game in Montjuic was won1-2 by Barca, but was marred by crowd trouble.

- Pochettino and Guardiola have faced each other four times (twice in the league and twice in the Cup) with two wins for Pep, 1 draw and 1 win for the Argentinean.

- Leo Messi has scored more league goals this season than all of the Espanyol players put together - 27 to Espanyol’s total of 26.

- Espanyol have not concede a goal at home in their last six games.
Espanyol-FCB: Did you know….?
The ref
The man in charge of tonight’s game is Alberto Undiano Mallenco from Navarra. He is 36 and made his debut in La Liga in the 2000/01 season.

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