Pique slammed for insulting goal celebration

Oscar Cross
February 6, 2018

Espanyol were able to make the most of their chances, taking the lead in the second half when Gerard Moreno got onto the end of a Sergio Garcia cross to head past Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.

The defender was referring to the area of Barcelona where the club have played their home games since 2009 in an attempt, Espanyol believe, to discredit them.

Espanyol had ended Barcelona's 29-match unbeaten streak with a 1-0 victory in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals on January 17, when Messi missed a penalty kick. "We are not in pre-season and there is no times for experiments", Valverde said last week.

And, on Sunday night, Atletico Madrid play Valencia, so there is more opportunity for Barcelona to move further ahead in La Liga, from the sides who are second and third.

Espanyol subsequently reported Pique to the Spanish Football Federation and he was booed throughout Sunday's match, making his equaliser for Barcelona an even sweeter moment for the Spain worldwide. I was telling them, in general, to be quiet, but maybe I shouldn't have.

"The overall club record for unbeaten matches in the league is held by Pep Guardiola's team from the 2010/11 season who went 31 games unbeaten (from week 3 to 33) with 27 wins and four draws", the website added.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde described the surface as "dangerous". Despite Messi being brought on in the second half, they still were threatening little.

Issued with various insults during the game over his relationship with singer Shakira, accompanied with claimed racial slurs from Espanyol fans to central defensive partner Samuel Umtiti - the Spanish worldwide silenced the crowd by putting his finger to his mouth. They will respond in the coming days.

Two goals from Cristhian Stuani gave Girona 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao while in the day's early kick-off Getafe extended their unbeaten home run but were unable to claim victory over Leganes in a goalless draw.

Espanyol midfielder Esteban Granero was not impressed with Pique's celebration.

But the way they defended and barely offered Spain's best attack a sniff at goal will be encouraging for a team that's languishing in 15th place.

Imagine this: of Barcelona's 60 league goals this season, Messi has been involved in half.

Since then, Barcelona have also played Espanyol in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.

Gerard Pique could miss the upcoming Copa del Rey decider against Valencia.

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