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Pique returned from injury but was only able to make the bench, as the two legendary Spanish sides met for the second time this season.
The centre back remained seated as Ronald Koeman's side failed to take the chance to overtake Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga, after Karim Benzema's brilliant backheel goal.
Barca did come close to equalising late on, with Ilaix Moriba crashing his shot against the crossbar in the dying moments before Francisco Trincao got in the way of Marc Andre Ter Stegen's shot, with the final whistle sounding just seconds later.
After full time Pique was shaking hands with Real players when Modric noticed he was queuing up for the referee and footage picked up the Croatian mocking his opponent, asking "You're waiting for the ref to complain huh?"
Modric: "You're waiting for the ref to complain huh?"- Lucas Navarrete (@LucasNavarreteM) April 10, 2021
Piqué: "Well, four minutes..."
Modric: "How many more do you want?"pic.twitter.com/EoIiBCXayC
The centre back may have had a point. Though there were four minutes of added time there easily could have been more, with nine substitutions being made in the second half.
On top of that Casemiro was sent off at the start of injury time and took some time to get off the pitch, despite the fact he could have little to complain about his two yellow cards.
Of course Modric is also right that the former Manchester United centre back was just looking for something to complain about, and boy did he!
When Pique did get to the referee he managed to talk himself into the book, picking up a yellow card despite not playing a single minute in the match.
"Video exclusive" the conversation between Pique and the referee after the match:- Marshall :flag_nl: (@TheMessiguyy) April 10, 2021
Pique: Let me speak, let me speak, you gave us a little extra time, and you've been off the field for a long time. pic.twitter.com/625OQmlYAJ
Real were without Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, as they had been for their win over Liverpool in the Champions League earlier in the week, and Barca did have the first chance of the game.
Benzema though opened the scoring after just 13 minutes, Lucas Vazquez played a perfect cross into the box and the French striker's backheel was the only way he could score.
Pressure then mounted on Barca's defence and Toni Kroos doubled the hosts lead from a free kick, it took a deflection off Sergino Dest but Jordi Alba really should have headed it off the line.
Barca changed formation at half time and Oscar Mingueza equalised on the hour mark.
The visitors put the pressure on but couldn't equalise, though they felt they should have had a penalty when Ferland Mendy seemed to grab Martin Braithwaite in the box.
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