Luis Suarez second half goal  was all Barcelona needed to go one point behind Laliga leaders Real Madrid, after a hard fought victory over Catalan rivals Espanyol.

Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi and Suarez started once again after their impressive display in the victory over Villarreal on Sunday and while they failed to reach those sort of heights in this derby, they still combined to deliver the winning goal.

Espanyol needed to win at Barcelona to stay in the laliga Santander but the defeat thus means they will be relegated to the second division for the first time since 1994.

Espanyol struck the post courtesy of a Raul de Tomas  strike, Espanyol held their own for the opening 45 minutes, but it wasn’t until the start of the second half that the contest truly came to life.

Ansu fati who was a second half substitute was sent off after  due to  an untimed bad  tackle, minutes later Pol Lozano was also shown the matching order after a bad tackle on pique, both red cards were decided by the Video assistant referee (VAR).

Luis Suarez  then smashed home a loose ball after a Griezmann – Messi combination to secure the three points for Barcelona.

With the goal Luis Suarez surpasses Laszlo kubala as the third Barca’s all time goal  scorer.

LaLiga leaders Real Madrid, will be in action at home to Alaves on Friday, with three rounds remaining.