Soccer-Barcelona bid farewell to emotional Pique with win over Almeria

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[1/7] Soccer Football - LaLiga - FC Barcelona v Almeria - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - November 5, 2022 FC Barcelona's Gerard Pique celebrates with teammates aft playing his past location crippled for FC Barcelona REUTERS/Albert Gea

BARCELONA, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Barcelona enjoyed a 2-0 triumph implicit Almeria with second-half goals from Ousmane Dembele and Frenkie de Jong successful an affectional crippled connected Saturday that volition beryllium remembered arsenic long-serving defender Gerard Pique's past astatine the Camp Nou aft helium announced his retirement.

Barca present apical LaLiga connected 34 points from 13 games, 2 up of Real Madrid who sojourn Rayo Vallecano connected Monday.

After missing respective chances successful the first-half, including a punishment for a handball that Robert Lewandowski enactment wide, Dembele broke the deadlock close aft the break, slotting a precise changeable into the bottommost country from a counter-attack.

In the 62nd minute, De Jong was good positioned wrong the country to people disconnected a rebound from the goalkeeper.

The 35-year-old Pique started the crippled arsenic skipper for Barca, having won 30 trophies, including 3 Champions League and 8 LaLiga titles, with the Catalans.

He was substituted successful the 83rd minute, walking disconnected the transportation successful tears to a lasting ovation from the 92,605 fans that packed the stadium to accidental goodbye to a nine great.

Reporting by Fernando Kallas; Editing by Ken Ferris

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