De Jong first Dutch to receive red card for Barcelona after 16 years
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The Dutchman has set a new record.

And it’s not a good one.

Barcelona dropped more points from a winning position as Wu Lei struck late to earn Espanyol a 2-2 draw in the Catalan derby. With the Blaugrana a goal to the good in the closing stages, Frenkie de Jong received a second yellow card, leaving his team to defend their lead with 10 men.

The Dutchman was dismissed for a silly second yellow card while the Catalans were leading in Saturday night’s dramatic derby draw. With just 15 minutes to go and the visitors a goal up, De Jong decided, foolishly, to drag down Jonathan Calleri, and was correctly issued a second yellow card, resulting in the first red of his career.

De Jong first Dutch to receive red card for Barcelona after 16 years

He looked disgusted with himself and Gerard Pique immediately rushed to offer the 22-year-old a reassuring hug. However, De Jong’s disappointment would only have intensified when Wu Lei finished superbly to level the game in the 88th minute, thus preventing Barca from restoring their two-point lead over Liga title rivals Real Madrid, who defeated Getafe earlier in the day.

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With being sent off, the 22-year-old became the first Netherlands player to receive a red card for Barcelona after 16 years. It is well known that 19 other Dutch players have played for Barca in their career, including legends such as: Johan Cruyff, Ronald Koeman, Patrick Kluivert, Frank de Boer, Edgar Davids.




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