Gerald Piqué; he cries while saying goodbye to the Barcelona fans in what was his last match with that franchise and in football.
threshold of retirement, Gerard Piqu & eacute; he said goodbye with a win in front of more than 92,000 fans at the Camp Nou.
In the last game played by the veteran Catalan defender at home, Ousmane Dembélé and Frenkie de Jong gave Barcelona a 2-0 win over Almería on Saturday to provisionally claim top of the Spanish league.
“I want to thank everyone. I want to thank my teammates, the technical staff and everyone at the club. Thanks for everything”, said Piqué. before breaking down in tears and resuming his speech. “Sometimes loving is also knowing when to leave”.
The Frenchman Dembélé opened the scoreboard with his fourth goal of the course after a great individual play, which defined with a low shot inside the area at 48 minutes.
The Dutch De Jong extended with a powerful shot from the heart of the area in the 62nd minute, after encountering a rebound from goalkeeper Fernando Martínez, who avoided a shot. an outrageous win.
With the victory on a special day, Barcelona has 34 points to provisionally take the lead, pending the clash with Real Madrid (32 points), which visits Rayo Vallecano on Monday for matchday 13.< /p>
Pique reported unexpectedly on Thursday, through a video on his social networks, that this Saturday he would play the last game of his career in front of the Barcelona public before retiring as a professional on Tuesday (against Osasuna ).
The defender started for just the fourth time in the Spanish tournament, in a season in which he has been relegated to a replacement position.
It cost Barcelona a lot of work to break the zero. In the start until the star Robert Lewandowski wasted. the collection of a penalty after five minutes, by crashing it into the post.
The referee Pablo González appealed. He went to the video replay to point out the maximum penalty for a handball by Kaiky Fernández, which caused him to die. that from the stands they asked Piqué for a victory. He refused to be the fault collector, which he refused. and asked for the Pole executed him.
Lewandowski stayed behind. with 13 goals in the tournament (18 in the season) with the failure of what was the first penalty in favor of Barcelona in all competitions this season. The veteran battering ram barely missed. his fifth penalty in 45 charges.
Even before being at a disadvantage, the goalkeeper as the great figure of the visitors when he pulled & gué; several shots with goal direction before the break.
Piqué —35 years old— communicated His decision to retire despite having another season under contract. Received a resounding ovation from the 92,605 fans who filled the stands of the Camp Nou when he was replaced after 83 minutes, while all his teammates went to give him a hug before leaving.
Piqué; He leaves as the third highest title winner in Barça history with 30; disputed 616 games since 2008, when he returned He joined the team after having played with Manchester United (23 games) and Zaragoza (28).
Almería stayed on. in 15th position with 13 units.
Osasuna beats Celta de Vigo
Argentine striker Ezequiel Ávila caught on. a brace in the course of the first half to lead Osasuna to a 2-1 away victory over Celta de Vigo, who had a bitter start to the era of manager Carlos Carvalhal.