Espanyol 2-2 Barca: Suarez’s goal & assist not enough for win, De Jong sent off

The war between Gerard Pique and the Espanyol fans raged on at the RCDE Stadium during Saturday’s Catalan derby.

Sections of the home support directed chants against the Barcelona defender involving his family and not for the first time.

“Pique you b***, Shakira has a d, your son is [Mubarak] Wakaso’s and you’re gay,” was sung from the stands.

Pique pointed the chants out to referee Carlos del Cerro Grande, but no action was taken.

Frenkie de Jong was sent off in the second half as Barcelona were held to a 2-2 draw by Espanyol in the derby.

Match Report

Barcelona failed to regain their two-point lead at the top of LaLiga after Wu Lei scored a late equaliser for Espanyol in a 2-2 derby draw that saw Frenkie de Jong sent off for the visitors.

The champions fell behind 23 minutes into a contest they dominated but in which their best football was rarely in evidence against the division’s bottom club.

Thankfully for Ernesto Valverde, Luis Suarez was at his lethal best, instinctively making it 1-1 shortly before he brilliantly teed up Arturo Vidal for Barcelona’s second.

But after De Jong was shown a second yellow card, Espanyol ramped up the pressure and Wu clinched a precious point for LaLiga’s bottom club as he became the first Chinese player to score against Barca in a competitive game.

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