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Barcelona draw derby from Catalonia and get caught by Real Madrid

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Barcelona draw derby from Catalonia and get caught by Real Madrid

Barcelona drew 2-2 at Espanyol in the Catalan derby in matchday 19 of the Spanish league on Saturday. The Catalan team now share the lead with Real Madrid.

With Portuguese international Nélson Semedo from the 80th minute, after Dutchman Frenkie de Jong was sent off (75), the Blaugrana team suffered from numerical inferiority. That gave Chinese player Wu Lei, who came into the field minutes earlier, the opportunity to beat goalkeeper Neto 88 minutes into the match when it looked as if victory was no longer on the way.

The Chinese midfielder's goal annulled Barcelona's good reaction in the second half, which, after losing at half-time, thanks to David Lopez's 23rd-minute goal, had moved forward. The goals were Luis Suárez (50) and Arturo Vidal (59).

Ernesto Valverde's lineup remains at the top of the standings but now on equal terms (40) with Real Madrid, who beat Getafe (3-0) away. Already Espanyol follows in 20th and last place, with 11.

Atlético take Sevilla in third place

In the third position, with 35 points, follow Sevilla and Atletico Madrid, which also won (2-1), against Levante, with goals from Angel Correa (13) and Felipe (18). Marti Roger (16) scored for the visitors in a match that had Portuguese international João Félix starting in the "mattress" and compatriot Hernâni in the "granotas".

Hours earlier, Valencia won 1-0 against Eibar, who featured Paulo Oliveira at the outset – was sent off for yellow card accumulation at 90 + 1 – and equaled Real Sociedad's 31 points.

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