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Gerard Pique sent off for attempting ‘Hand of God’ style goal

The Barcelona centre-back was given a second yellow card for handball

Diego Maradona, you ain’t.

Gerard Pique was sent off in Barcelona’s Champions League win over Olympiakos at the Nou Camp after attempting to score a ‘Hand of God’ style goal.

The Catalan centre-back punched the ball over the line from close range after Silvio Proto’s save from Gerard Deulofeu’s shot fell into his path.

Deulofeu shot from a tight angle

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Deulofeu shot from a tight angle

The keeper made a good low save but could only parry the ball towards Pique

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The keeper made a good low save but could only parry the ball towards Pique

Unable to score in a legal way, Pique uses his hand to divert the ball over the line

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Unable to score in a legal way, Pique uses his hand to divert the ball over the line

The Olympiakos defenders spotted it as clearly as the officials

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The Olympiakos defenders spotted it as clearly as the officials

Pique, thinking he had doubled Barca’s lead, initially celebrated but the referee and the official behind the goal correctly came to the conclusion that the defender had purposefully used his hand and disallowed the goal.

Pique was then shown a yellow card for handball which was his second caution of the game having been booked for impeding earlier in the game.

Barcelona were left to play the entirety of the second half with ten men.

Early bath

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Early bath

Lionel Messi calmed the crowd’s nerves with a trademark free-kick before assisting Lucas Digne three minutes later as the hosts went 3-0 up.

Dimitris Nikolaou scored a consolation goal in the 89th minute to counter his own goal that had given Barcelona the lead.

Messi’s free-kick was his 100th in European competition — plenty more to come you would think.

Vintage

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Vintage

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The win means Barcelona maintain their 100% record in the Champions League this season.

Ernesto Valverde’s side are three points clear of Juventus at the top of Group D.

Best to stick to using your feet for the rest of the campaign, Gerard.