How to watch Copa del Rey clash online for FREE

How to watch Copa del Rey clash online for FREE

Melendo, 20, came on as a substitute and struck two minutes from time to give Espanyol a 1-0 advantage in the Copa del Rey quarterfinal first leg - Barca's first defeat since August 16.

Oscar Melendo scored the only goal of a game of few chances after Lionel Messi had seen his second-half penalty brilliantly saved by Diego Lopez at Cornella-El Prat.

Barcelona and Espanyol will meet again for the second leg on January 25.

Barca had not lost to Espanyol since 2009 and this was their first defeat by their local rivals in the Cup since 1970.

"I am not going to tell you how we plan to play".

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The La Liga giants then ruled him out for around two months but Valverde provided positive news over the Frenchman's recovery during a press conference held on Tuesday evening [16 January] ahead Barcelona's Copa del Rey trip to Espanyol. "We were playing too defensively". It was quite a risky place to play because they could counter any little imprecision we made.

"The result is not good for us". It was tough but we had it under control. "We have to come back".

Zinedine Zidane's men, 19 points behind Barcelona in LaLiga, had won one of their last five games in all competitions, amid reports the Frenchman could leave the club at the end of the season, and they looked set to be held at Butarque.

"The penalty save gave us the boost that we needed", Melendo said.

"We have players injured, others with knocks and we have to try and pick the best team for each game considering all circumstances".

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