[[DES_1]]Barça’s next rivals in the league, fellow Barcelona based club Espanyol, picked up all three points for the first time in the league since early October to move themselves away from the relegation zone and ease the pressure on coach Sergio González. In a rain swept Power 8 Stadium first half goals from former Levante stiker Felipe Caicedo and former blaugrana Sergio García were enough for a come from behind victory after Morales had put the visitors ahead in just the 12th minute.
Espanyol are now in 12th place in the table on 14 points ahead of next Sunday’s derby against the blaugranes at Camp Nou (5PM CET). Before that both Espanyol and Barça will be in action against lower league opposition in the Spanish Cup. Sergio González’s side travel to Alavés on Tuesday evening for the first leg of their last 32 tie, whilst FC Barcelona are also away as they take on Huesca on Wednesday evening.
Elsewhere in the league Real Madrid remain leaders, two points ahead of Barça, thanks to a hard fought 2-1 away win at Málaga. Benzema and Bale were on target for Carlo Ancelotti’s men. Thanks to the blaugranes last gasp win at Valencia, Unai Emery’s Sevilla moved into fourth place with a comprehensive 5-1 at home to Granada. Atlético Madrid remain in third with a routine win over Deportivo la Coruña. The Galicians remain the bottom three where they are joined by Elche, who went down to David Moyes’ Real Sociedad by three goals to nil in Anoeta, and a Córdoba side who remain winless after losing 2-0 at home to Villarreal.