08 Jan '12, 11pm

Football: Espanyol dent Barcelona's title hopes

Football: Espanyol dent Barcelona's title hopes

MADRID: Barcelona suffered a major setback to their hopes of retaining their La Liga title when they were held to a 1-1 draw by city rivals Espanyol on Sunday, a result which left them five points behind Real Madrid. Barcelona took a 16th-minute lead through a header from Cesc Fabregas - the club's 100th goal in all competitions this season - but were rocked when Alvaro Vazquez scored an 86th-minute equaliser with a low header. Gerard Pique hit the woodwork in injury-time as Barca's last chance for the three points went begging, leaving Real Madrid, who had coasted to a 5-1 win over Granada on Saturday, in control of their title destiny. Espanyol have an exciting young side and coach Mauricio Pochettino promised that they would go out to attack which they did. Joan Verdu was denied twice inside the opening minutes - first by keeper Victor Valdes and then Pique, who cleared...

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