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.

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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