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Injured Pique set to miss King's Cup semi-final

07 February, 2018, 01:22 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Barcelona’s Gerard Pique celebrates with Sergio Busquets and Luis Suarez after scoring the equaliser against Espanyol in the La Liga on Sunday

"Pique can not silence the fans, especially not ones like ours", Flores told reporters.

Pique had previously made comments criticizing Espanyol, and he was jeered almost every time he touched the ball.

"A new record for FC Barcelona: thanks to the 1-1 draw in the RCDE Stadium the blaugranes have gone some 22 games without defeat in the league since the start of the season, a new club record", the official website of the club informed.

In the league, Barcelona is in great shape, as it remains undefeated and sits 11 points clear of second-place Atletico Madrid.

Gerard Moreno threatened to end the LaLiga leaders's unbeaten start to the campaign after scoring midway through the second half. "His gesture comes as part of the rivalry that is natural in a derby".

By that time Leo Messi had replaced Alcacer and he supplied the free kick which allowed Gerard Pique to equalize with a powerful header.

Real Madrid thrashed Barcelona 5-1 over two legs in the Spanish Super Cup in August after the Catalans were rocked by Neymar's departure, but since they have only lost once since.

Pique is Barcelona through and through and whilst some of his actions are up for debate, the general feeling after his leveller on Sunday and his celebration were that of revenge for the centre-back.

If that wasn't enough, Messi provided a ideal set-piece delivery from the left-hand side to assist Pique, who enjoyed the goal more than most given how much abuse he'd received from the crowd. The Spanish defender despite playing the full ninety minutes picked up a knock as a result of a tackle from the opposition goal scorer Gerard Moreno.

Pique, whistled throughout the contest, signalled for the home fans to be quiet and he was subsequently involved in an altercation with Moreno in the closing stages as the defender revelled in his role as the pantomime villain.

There were also discussions in the tunnel to the changing rooms.

"Some of the fans here have been directing insults at me and my family for a long time", Pique told reporters.

I know a lot of Espanyol fans that are good people but those at the top don't report those insulting chants.

Angel Correa scored the winning goal for Atletico in the second half, while fourth-placed Real Madrid, who drew 2-2 with Levante on Saturday, trail Barcelona by 19 points.



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