La Liga: Messi, Suarez, Pique, Busquet Missing As Huesca Hold Barcelona.


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Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valvelrde on Saturday rested his key players like Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Gerrard Pique and Sergio Busquet ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League quarterfinals second leg tie in a 0-0 draw against Huesca at the latter’s Estadio Alcoraz.

Barcelona’a first chance to score against the impressive hosts came in the 15th minute when Ousmane Dembele’s close range poke was deflected off for corner.

Kevin Prince Boateng’s attempted prod of the ball from a 36th minute cross shot from Moussa Wague came to on nought.

Six minutes into the second half a penalty shout for Huesca was waved away by the referee as Andre Ter Stegen tangled with Enric Gallego.

Four minutes later Barca were presented with another opportunity this time Malcolm’s shot which hit the upright came the way of Carles Alena but his effort was blocked and put away for corner.

Bottom side Huesca held on to see off the game. Barcelona now have 74 points, 12 points ahead of Atletico Madrid who play against Celta Vigo.

Huesca are stuck with 25 points at the basement of the table.

By Izuchukwu Okosi

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