Pique sent off for ‘Hand of God’ moment

first_imgPiqué Pique sent off for ‘Hand of God’ moment against Olympiakos Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 2 years ago 04:25 10/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gerard Pique Barcelona Alex Caparros/Getty Images Barcelona v Olympiakos Piraeus Olympiakos Piraeus Barcelona UEFA Champions League The Barcelona defender appeared to give his team a 2-0 lead in the Champions League clash, but was sent off with a second yellow for a handball Gerard Pique thought he had scored a Maradona-esque goal against Olympiakos. Instead, the barcelona defender earned himself a red card.Late in the first half of the Champions League contest, with Barcelona leading 1-0, Olympiakos goalkeeper Silvio Proto turned the ball into the path of Pique, who deflected it into the net.Barca 6/1 to beat Malaga 4-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, the ball hit Pique’s hand, with the defender looking as if he moved deliberately to it, even though his arm remained at his side.Instead of having his own “Hand of God” moment, the referee showed Pique a yellow card. And, since it was his second yellow of the match after receiving one in the 11th minute, instead of doubling Barca’s advantage, Pique was off!1 – Gerard Piqué has been sent off for the first time in the #UCL (92 appearances). Accident. pic.twitter.com/31ieQLJNl9— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 18, 2017It was also the first time the defender has been sent off in the Champions League over 92 appearances.The good news for Barcelona is that they did not miss a beat despite being down a man, and were up 3-0 by the 65th minute of the contest, with Lionel Messi scoring his 100th Champions League goal.last_img read more