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

MADRID (AP) — 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 soccer 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
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