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Barcelona set to appeal Pique and Suarez bookings

Barcelona will appeal against the yellow cards given to Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez during the 3-0 win over Leganes on Saturday.

Pique was carded in the game which means he will now miss Sunday evening’s top of the table clash with Valencia, leaving boss Ernesto Valverde with just Samuel Umtiti, Thomas Vermaelen and an injured Javier Mascherano as his available centre backs.

Suarez, meanwhile, was booked for an incident involving Leganes keeper Ivan Cuellar.

“FC Barcelona have decided to appeal against the yellow cards given to Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez during Saturday’s game,” read a statement from the club.

“According to the referee’s report, written by the official Undiano Mallenco, Pique was booked in the 29th minute for ‘grabbing an opposition player who was in possession of the ball.’

“As for Suarez, he was booked in the 52nd minute for ‘impeding the goalkeeper releasing the ball when he has it under control in his hands.’

With Barcelona beating Leganes thanks to goals from Suarez (2) and Brazilian Paulinho, pressure was on second-placed Valencia to maintain their impressive run and make next weekend’s clash between the top two a eye-catching clash.

In truth, it wasn’t Los Che’s best performance of the season as their Catalan hosts had the best chances of the first half.

Gerard Moreno and Sergi Darder both came close, hitting the post with their respective efforts.

However, despite their domination, the home side fell behind when French midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia scored a 25-yard cracker.

Santi Mina scored a late second as Valencia secured an eighth straight win, and moved to within four points of league leaders Barcelona.

One sour point for the visitors was the dismissal of Marcelino, who was sent to the stands and will now miss the game against Barca next weekend at the Mestalla.

Second-placed Valencia, who last won La Liga in 2004, host the leaders next Sunday (19:45 GMT).

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