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Alejandro Balde & Robert Lewandowski make Barcelona derby history

Barcelona stars Alejandro Balde and Robert Lewandowski etched their respective names into the history books of the Blaugrana late on Sunday.

Xavi Hernandez’s troops, of course, are currently locked in action.

In the knowledge that an eventual victory will see them secure the La Liga title, the Catalans have made the trip to the RCDE Stadium, for a derby showdown with Espanyol.

And, as things stand, wrestling back Spanish football supremacy from arch rivals Real Madrid is precisely what Barca are headed towards.

This comes owing to an explosive first-half display, which saw the evening’s visitors surge into a three-goal advantage.

Robert Lewandowski proved the star of the show, notching a brace either side of full-back Alejandro Balde’s first in the club’s colours.

First, Balde became the youngest Blaugrana player to both score and assist in a La Liga meeting with Espanyol in the 21st century:

Lewandowski, meanwhile, established himself as the first Barcelona star since Patrick Kluivert to score two goals in the first-half of a La Liga visit to Espanyol since all the way back in 2003.

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Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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