Barcelona vs Las Palmas: Gerard Pique describes win as worst professional experience

Barcelona vs Las Palmas: Gerard Pique describes win as worst professional experience”

Argentine Messi then struck his 10th league goal of the season to double Barca's advantage in the 70th.

The freakish circumstances of the Barcelona game appeared to affect the home side in the first half as they lacked energy and imagination, mustering only two shots on goal - an early strike from Sergi Roberto and a wayward header from Paulinho.

Speaking about the match and Sunday's events, outspoken Barca star and Spain worldwide Pique told reporters: "It was a really hard game to play".

"It will be an important day in the history of our country but we have to focus on football", said Barca vice-president Jordi Cardoner.

The club chose to play the game to avoid losing points, but kept the stadium empty "to show the entire world that we were not pleased with what happened (in Catalonia)", club president Josep Bartomeu said.

Spanish riot police on Sunday burst into polling stations across Catalonia to try to halt the referendum on a split from Spain and Catalan officials said more than 760 people were injured in the crackdown.

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They face a Las Palmas side who are 15th with six points from six games and reeling from the resignation of coach Manolo Marquez. After the match, Barcelona posted the word "Democracia" across their scoreboard.

"FC Barcelona condemns the events which have taken place in many parts of Catalonia today in order to prevent its citizens exercising their democratic right to free expression", Barcelona said in a statement.

The Spanish league said it was in contact with local authorities and there was no reason to postpone the game because of safety reasons.

Diego Llorente scored in the 86th to help Real Sociedad avoid defeat in a thrilling 4-4 game against Real Betis. It had opened the Spanish league with four straight victories.

Real have dropped points in their three home league games but will be buoyed by their impressive 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday in the Champions League.

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