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Jordi Alba Receives Red Card vs. Espanyol: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2015

FC Barcelona's Jordi Alba, right, duels for the ball against Cordoba's Edu Campabadal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba was sent off in the second half of the Catalan giants' La Liga match away to Espanyol on Saturday.

The Spanish defender was issued two yellow cards within seconds of each other in the 54th minute of the match with Barca leading 2-0—his first caution given for kicking the ball away, the second for protesting, per Sport:

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Alba couldn't keep quiet after failing to win a corner and picks up two yellows in a matter of seconds. Two yellows = a red.

Howler magazine provided video of the moment:

As the club noted, it left Barca one man short for the final half-hour of Saturday's derby although Luis Enrique's men continued to dominate in the immediate aftermath:

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54' Jordi Alba sees a red card for protesting! Barça are now down to 10 men! ESP 0 - 2 FCB #FCBLive #EspanyolFCB

Alba will now pick up a ban, a blow for Barcelona as they continue their attempts to hold off Real Madrid in the race for the La Liga title.  

Furthermore, the added pressure on the other 10 Barca players will have likely inflicted some unwanted fatigue on the key men, the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar, the game's two goalscorers.

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