Girona hold Barcelona

American soccer fans will be licking their lips if this is what awaits Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium in January after Barcelona and Girona played out an enthralling 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou on Sunday night.

There were four goals, one for Lionel Messi and two for Girona’s Cristhian Stuani, not to mention a controversial red card shown to Barca defender Clement Lenglet. Gerard Pique salvaged a point for the hosts to complete his own blockbuster night, after clearing one shot off the line before making mistakes for each of Girona’s goals.

By the end, Barca had surrendered their perfect record in the Spanish La Liga, as well as a two-point advantage over Real Madrid. They return to the top of the table, but only on goal difference. Girona move up to sixth. Hanging over this game was always the wider prospect of it not being returned, given La Liga’s desire to move the reverse fixture at Girona’s Estadi Montilivi on January 26 to the United States.

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