With 26 points from 19 games, Espanyol jumped to ninth in the La Liga 2021-22 standings, two points Valencia. Omar Alderete had put Valencia ahead in the 51st minute through a header.
Barcelona moved to sixth place in the La Liga, eight points behind leader Sevilla and second-placed Real Sociedad.
Xavi Hernandez has had two weeks during an international break to settle back in at Barcelona, where he played for 17 seasons and helped the Catalan club become the envy of world football.
Espanyol's victory comes few days after they shocked La Liga leaders Real Madrid 2-1. Cadiz extended their winless streak to four matches.
After a near-perfect start to the season, Real Madrid are three consecutive games without a win in all competitions. Sunday's results also dropped Barcelona to ninth in La Liga.
Atletico Madrid are among a raft of clubs set to take a huge financial hit due to the indefinite suspension of football in Spain, one of the countries worst hit by COVID-19
Raul de Tomas has returned to La Liga from Benfica and will attempt to drag Espanyol out of the relegation zone
Frenkie de Jong was sent off in the second half as Barcelona were held to a 2-2 draw by Espanyol in the derby
Although Ansu Fati is available, Barcelona will be missing three first-team stars for their first La Liga match of 2020
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.PTI Photo
Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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