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Pique Rewarded For Superb Champions League Performance vs Man Utd

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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has been rewarded for his sensational defensive performance against his former club in the Champions League after he was named on the shortlist for the Player of the Week Award by UEFA.

Pique produced a man-of-the-match performance for Barcelona in their 1-0 win over Premier League giants Manchester United in what was the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal clash.

Barcelona took an early lead in the 12th minute through an own goal from Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw off a header from Luis Suarez.

Gerard Pique marshalled the Barcelona defence afterwards to keep the Manchester United attack at bay.

The recently retired Spanish centre back was formerly a Manchester United player having joined the club as a teenager in 2004.

Pique joined the Red Devils from Barcelona and he went on to spend four years at Old Trafford until he returned to Spain in 2008.

The 32-year-old has been a key player for Barcelona since then.

Apart from Gerard Pique, Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-Min, Liverpool star Roberto Firmino and Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Frenkie De Jong also made the list.

Son scored for Spurs in a 1-0 home win over Manchester in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal tie just like Firmino who scored the second goal for the Reds in a 2-0 home win over FC Porto.

De Jong was in very good form for Ajax in their 1-1 draw at home to Italian champions Juventus.

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Segun is a regular contributor to beIN sports and has worked at several publications, including Aljazeera, and taslkSport.

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