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Xavi: Referee should explain himself for sending off Robert Lewandowski

02:27 GMT+3 09/11/2022
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Xavi said it was harsh to show Robert Lewandowski two yellow cards in the first half of Barcelona's clash with Osasuna.

WHAT HAPPENED? Barcelona came from behind to win a wild match 2-1 against Osasuna, with Pedri and Raphinha saving the 10-man Blaugrana in the second half.

WHAT THEY SAID: "The sending off... my opinion is that it is harsh," Xavi told reporters. "What I say does not count. The opinion that matters is that of the referee, who will not speak today either. I think he should have to come out here to explain himself because we have a lot at stake."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Barcelona overcame adversity to go top of La Liga after Real Madrid slipped to a loss on Monday, however Lewandowski now faces suspension for his actions.

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WHAT NEXT FOR BARCELONA? Xavi won't be needed in the dugout again until after the World Cup break when his side meet city-rivals Espanyol on December 31.