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Pique: Madrid didn´t make guard of honour so I asked Barca staff

SoccerNews in La Liga 7 May 2018

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Gerard Pique said he asked Barcelona’s staff to provide a guard of honour after bitter rivals Real Madrid refused.

There were no surprises as Madrid carried out their intention of refusing to honour unbeaten LaLiga champions Barca prior to Sunday’s entertaining 2-2 draw at Camp Nou.

Zinedine Zidane’s men shunned the pre-match guard of honour – known as a ‘pasillo’ in Spain – after Barca’s snub following Madrid’s Club World Cup triumph in December.

Barca, though, found a novel way of honouring themselves post-match, thanks to star defender Pique.

“As we are a family, and they didn’t want to give us a guard of honour, I’ve asked our staff to make one,” Pique said.

“With that we are leaving.”

Despite the title already being decided, it was a pulsating game in Barcelona, where the Catalan giants maintained their season-long unbeaten streak in the league as departing icon Andres Iniesta played his final Clasico.

Barca’s Sergi Roberto was sent off in the first half, which saw Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo trade goals.

Lionel Messi restored Barca’s lead seven minutes into the second half – his 26th Clasico goal – before Gareth Bale secured a point for Madrid in the 72nd minute.

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