FC Barcelona gave a fitting farewell to Kierard Pique. She easily won at home from humble Almeria with fellow countryman Larji Ramazani. Dembélé and De Jong are on the scoreboard, but fans will especially remember the club legend’s tears as the applause changes for him.
Eleven players from Barcelona entered the Camp Nou, wearing the Pique shirt. Tonight he had to steal the show against the low flyer Almeria.
The 35-year-old’s routine didn’t feel like it. Pique played an inconspicuous but decent match in the home team’s defense. He didn’t even want to unwrap an early gift in the form of a penalty kick.
So Lewandowski, La Liga Player of the Month, got behind the ball… and shot off the post. The audience obviously had to wait a little longer for the champagne to unravel: Ter Stegen kept his team right in an attempt by young Belgian Largy Ramazani.
Champagne football evoked Barcelona on the field at times. However, we had to wait for a flash from Dembélé until the farewell party really began. Frenkie de Jong doubled the score not too long ago, allowing Pique to complete his playing time from a bench.
This was followed by a logical round of applause. Pique tried to hold back his tears as the stadium chanted his name.
12 out of 12 afterthoughts: Gerard Pique’s era as a Camp Nou player is finally over.
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