Dembele and De Jong on target as Pique leaves Camp Nou with a win

Barcelona picked up a 2-0 win against Almeria in Gerard Pique’s last game at Camp Nou before his retirement.

Goals from Ousmane Dembele and Frenkie de Jong made up for an early missed penalty from Robert Lewandowski but it would still be Pique’s chance.

The 35-year-old centre-back played 82 minutes before being substituted, leaving the pitch to a standing ovation from each of the 92,605 present on Saturday as he tearfully hugged each of his team-mates.

Barca’s victory was their 11th in their last 12 league games and sent them back to the top of La Liga ahead of Real Madrid’s trip to Rayo Vallecano on Monday.

A VAR check saw Barca rewarded with a sixth-minute penalty when Ferran Torres’ header hit Kaiky Fernandes’ arm, but Lewandowski saw his kick clip the outside of the left post after a stuttering run.

Despite Barca’s dominance, a sloppy pass from De Jong was thrown in by Largie Ramazani and Marc-Andre ter Stegen reacted quickly to close his shot.

It took less than three minutes of the second half for the hosts to find the opener as a long right ball from Sergio Busquets found Dembele, who clipped his left foot and beat two defenders before calmly rolling his shot in the distance. corner of the net.

Their lead was doubled just after the hour mark as a cross from the left from Jordi Alba found Ansu Fati, whose shot was well saved by Fernando Martinez before De Jong slammed home the rebound for seal the win as Camp Nou bid farewell to Pique with a victory.

What does it mean? Pique plays his last minutes at home

There will be tears across Catalonia on Saturday after Pique said goodbye to the fans who have supported him since his return from Manchester United in 2008.

It was his 615th appearance and 423rd win for his beloved Barca and, deservedly, it was a clean sheet.

Pique had 76 touches, completed 61 of 65 passes (94%), making two tackles, three clearances and receiving a well-deserved standing ovation.

Dominant Barca turned down a heavy win

Three points is all that will count but Barca really should have beaten their opponents by more than two goals.

Xavi’s men have taken 27 shots in total, their highest tally in a single La Liga game this season, with 13 on target.

Dembele continues to impress

He may have been guilty of missing good chances, but Dembele was the man to break the deadlock with another Camp Nou goal.

The France international has scored three goals in his last five home games, as many as in his previous 30 in all competitions for Barca, and has also scored in consecutive La Liga home games for the first time in 57 appearances .

And after?

Barcelona travel to Osasuna for their last match before the World Cup on Tuesday, while Almeria host Getafe on Wednesday.

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