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Barcelona stars dance with Pep Guardiola on the pitch after his final home match

Metro.co.uk
Sunday, 6 May 2012

*Barcelona paid the perfect tribute to outgoing coach Pep Guardiola by beating Espanyol 4-0 last night before dancing with their boss on the pitch.*

Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas, Carles Puyol et al turned on the style to thrash their local rivals, with Argentine Messi grabbing all four goals to take his season's tally to an unprecedented 72.

Pep Guardiola was cheered as he left the Nou Camp pitch for the last time (Getty)

But the real story was the imminent departure of multi-title winning coach Guardiola, who was taking charge of Barca at the Nou Camp for the last time.

He was greeted by banners outside and inside the stadium reading 'Thanks Pep', but the most unique celebration came after the final whistle, when his players joined him for an impromptu dance around the centre circle.

Barcelona's players and staff then formed a guard of honour as Guardiola left the field for the final time, to the sound of rapturous applause from the stands.

While the Nou Camp rose to bid farewell to a hero, the atmosphere was not quite as cordial in Granada, where La Liga champions Real Madrid were in action.

The home side had looked set to give themselves a chance of avoiding relegation when they took an early lead against Jose Mourinho's team, but a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty and an injury-time own goal gave Madrid a 2-1 win.

A melee broke out at the final whistle in which referee Clos Gomez appeared to be struck by a bottle thrown by one of the Granada players. He had reduced the home side to nine men seconds from the end.
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