Gerard Pique’s last action as a professional footballer resulted in a red card, but Barcelona still managed to win.
The Catalans were reduced to 10-men in the first-half thanks to a nasty second yellow for Robert Lewandowski, but Pique – a substitute – then made things worse.
The legendary Barca and Spain defender announced he would be retiring once the Qatar World Cup begins, with an away match at Osasuna his final game.
Pique had already said an emotional farewell to the Camp Nou by starting and captaining his side to a 2-0 home win over Almeria, but he was then dropped to the bench for his finale in Pamplona.
That didn’t stop the No.3 from grabbing the headlines in his final game, though, picking up a red card as a substitute for his remarks at referee Gil Manzano.
Summer signing and LaLiga top scorer Lewandowski saw a second yellow in the 31st minute after backing into a defender whilst a goal down, and Pique was livid at half-time.
After approaching Manzano, he was then shown a red card, with the referee’s match report alleging some shocking final words in Pique’s last actions as a footballer.
“Have you seen what corner you gave us? You are the referee who has screwed us the most by far,” Pique said, according to Manzano.
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“It’s a f****** shame, I s*** on your prostitute mother!”
Surprisingly, though, and no thanks to Pique or Lewandowski, Barcelona did still manage to leave with the three points.
Midfield superstar Pedri levelled the score shortly after the break, and then, with five minutes to play, former Leeds man Raphinha claimed the win in spectacular fashion.
Reading a long ball from Frenkie de Jong, the Brazil international managed to break Osasuna’s offside trap, before sending a glorious first-time header over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
The three points mean Barcelona head into the World Cup break top of LaLiga, with a five point lead on Real Madrid who have one game left to play.
Xavi Hernandez’s side could be approaching financial hell after failing to make it out of their Champions League group, but still have plenty to play for with Manchester United in the Europa League, and title rivals Madrid struggling for form.
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