La Liga review

Ten-man Barca survive Sporting scare

March 3, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff
Barcelona lurched to a much-needed 3-1 win over lowly Sporting Gijon on a night they struggled for a cutting edge without Lionel Messi.

With the Argentina playmaker suspended, Pep Guardiola's side had to rely on late goals from Seydou Keita and Xavi to secure a win that moved them seven points behind leaders Real Madrid.

Barca looked in real danger of dropping yet more points when David Barral's 49th-minute equaliser came moments after Gerard Pique saw red.
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