Blaugrana appear very dominating since the beginning of the first half. However, they could only break the deadlock three minutes after the break through a penalty from Memphis Depay.
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The course of the first half of the match, Barcelona immediately got the first opportunity when the game had only been running for four minutes. Memphis Depay volleyed in after receiving a pass from Jordi Alba but it was parried by Diego Lopez.
In the 12th minute, it was Espanyol’s turn to threaten the Blaugrana defense through Sergi Darder. Unfortunately, the bait he sent into the penalty box could not be reached by his colleagues.
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Fourteen minutes later, Depay escaped the Espanyol defenders. He ran alone up front and faced off against a defender and a goalkeeper. His first attempt was blocked by Cabrera, then his second shot went straight to Lopez who again parried his shot.
Continuing to press, Barcelona locked up the Espanyol defense and got a chance through Sergio Busquets in the 30th minute. However, his curling shot into the top right corner of the goal was still not on target.
Five minutes before the break, Alba and Gavi’s collaboration broke through the Espanyol defense but Gavi’s shot bounced over the bar. Until the first 45 minutes were over, no goals were created. As a result, the glasses score ended the first half.