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Barcelona leads on Pique’s farewell night

The Barcelona fans, who gathered in the stands of the “Spotigai Camp Nou” stadium, bid farewell to his legend and defender Gerard Pique, who decided to retire, in the best possible way by beating his guest Almeria 2-0 and temporarily topping the Spanish league standings in the thirteenth stage, Saturday.

Barcelona raised its score to 34, two points ahead of its arch-rivals Real Madrid, who hosted Rayo Vallecano on Monday.

And Pique surprised everyone Thursday by announcing his retirement from playing for good, through a video he posted on social media, stressing that “Saturday’s match (against Almeria in the league) will be my last at the Camp Nou.”

“Football gave me everything, Barcelona gave me everything, and you Catalans gave me everything. Now that this boy’s dreams have come true, I want to tell you that it’s time to put an end to this journey.” .

Pique announced his retirement after the team failed to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League for the second year in a row, in light of the administration’s endeavors towards a new era.

Pique played his 616th match in the colors of Barcelona, ​​​​and is the fifth most played player in the ranks of the Catalan team, knowing that the record is currently held by the Argentine star Lionel Messi, the French player of Paris Saint-Germain (778 matches).

Pique carried the captain’s armband in his farewell match in appreciation of his services, and entered the stadium amid a wonderful reception from the Blaugrana fans.

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With Barcelona, ​​he won all the domestic titles (League and Cup), continental (Champions League) and international (Club World Cup) and Spain’s World Cup and European Cup.

Returning to the course of the match, the referee awarded a penalty kick in favor of Barcelona after a handball by Brazilian defender Kaiki inside the area, the Polish Robert Lewandowski, but he shot it with the post (7).

And Lewandowski missed his team’s last match against Czech Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League (4-2), after Barcelona coach Xavi preferred to rest him for playing many matches.

Barcelona imposed absolute control over the course of the game through possession of the ball, with a large percentage of 78 percent. But in spite of that, the only Belgian Largy Ramizani with German goalkeeper Mark Andre ter Stegen, who countered his attempt brilliantly (28).

At the beginning of the second half, Barcelona succeeded in opening the scoring when French winger Ousmane Dembele received a long forward ball from Sergio Busquets, evading defenders before he shot it crawling with his left to land in the net (48).

Barcelona added the second goal when Jordi Alba passed towards substitute Ansu Fati, who replaced Ferran Torres, and he fired a powerful shot at goalkeeper Fernando Martins without picking it up, to be followed by Dutchman Frank de Jong, who is lurking in the net (62).

Pique came out amid the crowd standing salute to him in the 84th minute after he shook hands with his colleagues and tears streamed from his eyes and was replaced by Andreas Christensen.

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In another match, Osasuna climbed to fifth place temporarily by beating Celta Vigo 2-1 thanks to a double by Shimi Avia, confirming his strong start this season.

On the other hand, Celta played its first match under the leadership of its new coach, Carlos Carvalal.