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Messi scored and assisted in the win in 2004 / ARXIU FCB

Derby matches between the reserves of FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol have been a rarity this century, but with the two sides in third tier of Spanish football this season, the fight for local pride is back on.

Espanyol ran out 3-2 winners earlier in the campaign, and so revenge is very much on the agenda for Gerard López’s men when the two come face to face on Saturday at Miniestadi.

The last time they met at the home of the blaugrana was in 2009/10, when the side managed by Luis Enrique in a 1-1 draw with a goal from ex-captain Ilie Sánchez. In the away meeting, Barça won 2-0 thanks to a strike from Nolito and an own goal.

The last Barça victory at home, however, was in 2004/05 where a now-familiar figure was the start of the show. A certain Leo Messi scored the first and created the second in a 2-0 victory, one month before making his debut with the first team.

Since the 1997/98 season, the pair have gone head-to-head 17 times, with eight wins for Barça, three draws, and six victories for Espanyol.


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