Barcelona kept up their pursuit of leaders Real Madrid in the La Liga title race by beating city rivals Espanyol 1-0 at home, also condemning their neighbours to relegation from the top flight in the process.

Luis Suarez struck the only goal in the 56th minute, lashing a loose ball into the net shortly after both sides had been reduced to 10 men in a frantic start to the second half.

Barca's teenage forward Ansu Fati was sent off for a reckless tackle five minutes after coming off the bench but Espanyol's numerical advantage lasted only three minutes as Pol Lozano was dismissed, also following a VAR review.

Barca, still chasing a third consecutive Spanish title, are on 76 points after 35 games while Real Madrid are top with 77 and can restore their four-point advantage when they play host Alaves on Friday.

Espanyol, one of Spain's most prestigious clubs, were relegated for the first time since winning promotion back to La Liga in 1994. They are bottom of the table on 24 points after 35 games. 

Elsewhere, Villarreal won 3-1 away to Getafe following a glut of goals in the second half to maintain their push for a Champions League spot, practically crushing Getafe's hopes of a top-four finish in the process.

Santi Cazorla scores Villarreal's second goal from the penalty spot

Former Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla put Villarreal ahead from the penalty spot in the 66th minute then restored their advantage with a second spot-kick in the 86th after Hugo Duro had equalised for Getafe in the 80th.

Ruben Pena sealed Villarreal's sixth win in eight matches by scoring in added time as they provided the perfect response to their 4-1 defeat to Barcelona on Sunday, which was their first loss since the season resumed after the coronavirus stoppage.

Getafe had furiously protested both penalties and tensions boiled over when the full-time whistle came, as numerous players clashed before heading down the tunnel to their respective dressing rooms.

The victory took fifth-placed Villarreal on to 57 points, three behind Sevilla who occupy the final Champions League berth but have a game in hand.

Getafe's hopes of qualifying for Europe's elite competition for the first time are all but over, however, as they were left sitting sixth in the table on 53.

Elsewhere, Real Betis strolled to a 3-0 win at home to Osasuna which mathematically ensured they will avoid relegation.

Betis are 13th on 41 points and hold a 12-point lead over 18th-placed Real Mallorca as well as having a better head-to-head record.

Osasuna, who have already guaranteed their top-flight status, are 11th on 45.