Messi demands Barcelona star never plays for club again after shock loss

by Steven Clarke January 19, 2018, 1:37
Messi demands Barcelona star never plays for club again after shock loss

"I have no words, I was looking forward to this first goal", said the 20-year-old Melendo, who had come on as a substitute in the second half.

Elsewhere, Valverde also confirmed that Yerry Mina will also miss the trip to Espanyol as Barcelona are yet to receive the necessary paperwork for the new signing to make his debut.

Barca boss Ernesto Valverde played a virtually full-strength team as his side travelled to local rivals Espanyol for their Copa day Rey quarter-final first-leg clash.

The second leg is scheduled to be played next Friday. "We will try to turn things around".

The Argentine failed to put Barca ahead when he took a spot kick, after a foul on Sergi Roberto, and was denied by goalkeeper Diego Lopez in the 62nd minute.

The loss against Espanyol: "Nobody would have expected us to be without a loss until yesterday".

Barcelona midfielder Paulinho was replaced in the second half because of a foot injury.

In the last five head to head records between these two sides, Barcelona has won four games and one game lost to Espanyol.

In an incident that will likely result in a sanction for Espanyol, Barca goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen appeared to get caught in the face by something thrown from the stands 13 minutes from the end.

Barcelona coasted in the first meeting between the two sides this season, winning 5-0 on September 9 thanks to a Messi hat trick and goals from Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez.

The 20-year-old France global is facing another month on the sidelines picking up a hamstring problem when coming on as a substitute during Sunday's 4-2 LaLiga victory over Real Sociedad.

However Sevilla grabbed a hugely fortunate and barely deserved equaliser seven minutes later when a speculative cross deflected off Atletico defender Lucas Hernandez and was then inexplicably pushed into his own net by keeper Miguel Angel Moya.

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