Reigning La Liga champions Barcelona stayed third in the table with a 1-1 draw against Villarreal on Saturday. Lionel Messi salvaged a point after scoring the equalizer in the 90th minute. However, it was Gerard Pique who got the headlines after the game with his comments about the referee.
Barcelona draws against Villarreal
The reigning champs visited Villarreal on Sunday with hopes of closing the gap on Real Madrid and Sevilla. However, the home side was prepared as they got the lead in the 50th minute with a goal from Nicola Sansone.
Villarreal maintained the lead until the 90th minute when Lionel Messi scored directly from a free kick. It was another wonder goal for the Barcelona superstar. The earned point kept the Catalan club in third of the La Liga table with 35 points in 17 games played.
Gerard Pique blasts another referee
After the game, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique took another shot at a referee with his comments. He told reporters after the game that referee Ignacio Iglesias missed two clear handballs in the box by defender Bruno Soriano.
“There were two clear handballs by Bruno. They were clear,” Pique said, via ESPN FC.
“It wasn’t to be but we have to keep trying. Nothing is lost and I am convinced we can turn the situation around. We can still win the league, but we have to change a lot of things,” he added.
Not a first for Gerard Pique
It’s not the first time for Gerard Pique to hit out on the officials. He was very unhappy with referee Fernandez Borbalan in their Copa Del Rey loss against Athletic Bilbao in midweek.
“Well, we know how this works. We want to play football and not roulette, which is what provokes these referees. We saw Real Madrid against Sevilla the other day. I hope referees improve their level,” Pique told reporters, via Eurosport.
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