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Pique relieved after Barca win

25 March 2012 11:10

Gerard Pique expressed relief after Barcelona managed to overcome the dismissal of Thiago to record a 2-0 victory over Mallorca on Saturday.

Barca took the lead midway through the first half with a free-kick from talismanic forward Lionel Messi, but they lost Thiago to a second booking during the second period.

However, Pep Guardiola's men dug in and sealed victory courtesy of Pique, who fired home with just over 10 minutes remaining to ensure that Barca stayed in touch La Liga leaders Real Madrid, who they trail by six points with nine matches remaining.

"It was very hard to win, especially with 10 men," Pique said. "The three points are very important and we deserved them.

"We tried to control the match; they wanted to equalise, but we played well with 10 players and the most important thing is that our title hopes are still alive.

"All that really matters is winning and we've managed to earn a great victory. Winning matches in La Liga and Champions League reinforces out morale."

Barca face AC Milan at San Siro in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday before welcoming Athletic Bilbao to Camp Nou next weekend.

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