Barcelona v Espanyol 09 September 2017

Barcelona v Espanyol 09 September 2017

Barcelona v Espanyol 09 September 2017

Barcelona are the only team with a 100% record and are yet to concede a goal, while La Liga champions Real Madrid are sixth after a 1-1 home draw against Levante earlier on Saturday.

Barcelona's new player Ousmane Dembele (R) poses with his new jersey next to Barcelona's president Josep Maria Bartomeu at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, during his official presentation at the Catalan football club, on August 28, / French starlet Ousmane Dembele agreed a five-year deal with Barcelona worth 105 million euros ($125 million) plus add-ons.

In Madrid, Ivan "Ivi" Lopez gave Levante a shock lead in the 12th minute, flicking the ball into the air over Dani Carvajal as he tried to control a long throw-in and volleying into the near corner.

The Argentine wizard scored his second nine minutes later as he slid in Jordi Alba's low centre.

Far from fearing an imminent humiliation, Espanyol gamely responded and Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen was grasping at air when Pablo Piatti's strike cannoned back off the post two minutes before half-time. Dembele was given a warm welcome to LaLiga when chopped down by Aaron Caricol after showing the left-back some fancy footwork, the France forward showed a glimpse of what Barcelona could end up shelling out a cool £135.5million for when darting down the right before laying the ball across for Suarez to slot in a fifth goal in stoppage time.

Suarez's trials continued as he looped an attempt on to the roof of the net having been set up by Messi - both forwards jogged back into position wearing rueful smiles.

Espanyol were being outplayed but retained a sporadic threat, with Pique and Samuel Umtiti diverting Leo Batistao's 61st-minute shot behind.

Midfielder Victor Sanchez and striker Alvaro Vazquez look set to shake off knocks in time for the game against Barcelona.

Lionel Messi (15) is the all-time top scorer in the Catalan derby (in La Liga).

Barcelona's possession statistics reached 80% at the mid-point of the first period, and that transferred into a goal in the 26th minute when Messi collected a super pass from Rakitic inside the Espanyol box before finishing into the top corner.

Espanyol have lost eight games in a row at Camp Nou, their worst run since May 2004 (17).

Related news