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New Barcelona manager Xavi celebrated his first game accountable at the Nou Camp with a slim derby triumph over Espanyol in La Liga.

New Barcelona manager Xavi celebrated his first game accountable at the Nou Camp with a slim derby triumph over Espanyol in La Liga.







Although the residence fans had the ability to insurance claim bragging rights over their city opponents, the visitors can quickly have actually won the video game having lost numerous possibilities in the 2nd half.

Xavi at some point saw his side take the lead seconds after the restart through a Memphis Depay penalty.

The win places Barca sixth in the table.

Xavi, that played 767 games and won 25 titles with the Catalan titans in his 17 years in the first string, had to wait 2 weeks to take the reins at the club he calls "home" as a result of the worldwide break.

The Spaniard saw his side develop an opening after 13 minutes after Jordi Alba's low cross was satisfied by 17-year-old debutant Ilias Akhomach yet the teenager blasted his shot high and also broad over the bar.

The hosts remained to use stress on Espanyol however efforts by Sergio Busquets, Depay and the impressive Gavi were either not taken or conserved by goalkeeper Diego Lopez.

A breakthrough for Barca finally came when Leandro Cabrera reduced Depay on 46 mins. The Netherlands onward sent out Lopez the upside-down to put the residence group in control.

Nevertheless, Barca were not able to dominate in the same way they had actually carried out in the first half and as the clock tick towards full time, Espanyol suddenly checked their unstable protection.

Raul de Tomas, that was the away side's finest player, initial saw a free-kick clip goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen's right-hand post before going behind, and afterwards an unmarked header struck the exact same spot four minutes later.

Landry Dimata was likewise left in shock as he was provided acres of area inside the Barca fine area, just for his header to go well vast - much to the misery of supervisor Vicente Moreno.

Next up for new Barca boss Xavi is an essential Champions Organization group game versus Benfica on Tuesday. The Catalan titans will secure their location in the knockout stages if they defeat the Portuguese side at the Nou Camp.

read also: Barcelona's squad listing for Espanyol derby clash

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