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La Liga: Barcelona held by city rival Espanyol

Published 2015 GMT (0415 HKT) January 2, 2016
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Espanyol held city rival Barcelona to a 0-0 draw in Saturday's La Liga matchup between the pair. David Ramos/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar (R) controls the ball past RCD Espanyol's Paraguayan midfielder Hernan Perez in what was a closely fought game. PAU BARRENA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Lionel Messi struck the crossbar with a free kick for Barcelona just before halftime. PAU BARRENA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The Argentine forward suffered a frustrating afternoon against a determined opponent. David Ramos/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Barcelona's Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic (L) vies for possession with Espanyol's Spanish defender Alvaro Gonzalez. PAU BARRENA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Neymar was another of Barca's stars that struggled to get behind a determined Espanyol rearguard. David Ramos/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Espanyol players salute the club's fans at the final whistle. PAU BARRENA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images