Barcelona’s disputed draw adds fuel to upcoming ‘clásico’

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Barcelona’s last match before the “clásico” against Real Madrid ended with the Catalan club claiming it should have been awarded a late penalty in a 2-2 draw against Real Sociedad on Saturday.

The dropped points could cost Barcelona the Spanish league lead as it gives Madrid a chance to go into Wednesday’s match at Camp Nou Stadium with a two-point lead — if it beats Valencia on Sunday.

Barcelona was expected to file a formal complaint to the Spanish football federation over the incident. Real Sociedad defender Diego Llorente appeared to pull down Gerard Piqué by his jersey in stoppage time, but the referee — and video review — didn’t make the call. Real Sociedad’s first goal came on a penalty awarded in a similar situation, as Sergio Busquets grabbed Lllorente’s jersey in the box.

“The one on Gerard was clearer than mine,” Busquets said. “If the referee saw the first one, he had to see that one as well. I think he saw it, but didn’t want to make the call.”

Spanish powerhouses Madrid and Barcelona will meet for the first time this season in a match postponed from October because of a separatist rally in the Catalan capital.

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