FC Barcelona secured their first league title since 2019 with a 4-2 away win at rivals Espanyol Barcelona. But the joy didn’t last long. The players had to flee into the dressing room with police protection.
FC Barcelona’s dances of joy lasted only a few seconds on the pitch. The new Spanish champions had just gathered for a first celebration at city rivals Espanyol’s center circle on Sunday night when angry fans of the hosts stormed the pitch. Then Robert Lewandowski and Co. fled quickly into the catacombs.
Space storm after championship title: FC Barcelona players have to flee to the cabin
“The celebration is normal, but I understand that we’re not in our stadium and we can’t be disrespectful,” Barça coach Xavi said after the derby win. “I know it’s difficult to control, but I told the players that they had better get in there quickly.” According to the coach, the party continued there after the 4-2 win.
For Barça it is the 27th championship title and the first since 2019. The long-time Bundesliga professional Lewandowski (11th minute/40th) and the full-backs Alejandro Balde (20th) and Jules Koundé (53rd) scored the goals for the new champion. Javi Puado (73′) and Joselu (90’+2) scored for Espanyol. Four games before the end of the season, Xavi’s side are 14 points ahead of pursuers Real Madrid and can no longer be ousted from first place.
“It feels very good because we worked very hard for it,” said President Joan Laporta. “Xavi was crucial. He not only knows the football but also the club and the style. He played a crucial role and deserves congratulations. We have a great coach.”
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