Sevilla beat Atletico; Barca lose after Messi penalty miss

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Oscar Melendo's late goal sealed victory for Espanyol and handed Barca their first defeat since August, after Messi watched his second-half spot kick get saved by Diego Lopez at RCDE Stadium.

Lionel Messi missed a penalty before Oscar Melendo fired in the victor in the dying minutes of the match at the RCDE Stadium, but there's still a second leg to be played at Camp Nou next week Thursday.

"If you could choose a day to lose, it might have been today", Pique told reporters after a hard-fought Catalan derby.

Barcelona were winning despite him, not because of him, as they often did in his first three seasons at Camp Nou. "We will try to turn things around".

Soon to celebrate his 31st birthday, the centre-back has played over 420 games for his boyhood club and is one of the most decorate players of his generation anywhere in the world.

Fortunately, they are nothing big. I ask the fans to be respectful.

Atletico Madrid suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at home to Sevilla.

The loss against Espanyol: "Nobody would have expected us to be without a loss until yesterday". "We tried to keep the run going as long as possible, but it wasn't to be tonight".

"The result is not good for us. We are lucky to have that game at home, and we will have to win whatever happens". "I don't think [losing a game] will affect the team".

Elsewhere, Valverde also confirmed that Yerry Mina will also miss the trip to Espanyol as Barcelona are yet to receive the necessary paperwork for the new signing to make his debut.

The 30-year-old failed to score in any of Barcelona's six Champions League group games, missed easy chances and was bereft of confidence, despite Valverde consistently starting him.

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