Pique prom­ises Barca in­duced baby boom

New Straits Times - - Sport -

De­fender Ger­ard Pique pre­dicted a baby boom in the Catalan cap­i­tal fol­low­ing Barcelona’s sen­sa­tional 6-1 thrash­ing of Paris Saint-Ger­main on Wed­nes­day.

Sergi Roberto scored five min­utes into stop­page time to cap the big­gest Cham­pi­ons League come­back of all time from a 4-0 first leg de­feat to reach the quar­ter-fi­nals 6-5 on ag­gre­gate.

“I would say to the hospi­tals of Barcelona to hire nurses,” said Pique, who has two chil­dren with C o l o mbian pop star Shakira.

“Tonight peo­ple will make a lot of love.”

Dra­matic, late Cham­pi­ons League goals have a his­tory of caus­ing a spike in the birth rate in foot­ball-mad Barcelona.

An­dres Ini­esta’s fa­mous stop­page-time equaliser to see the Cata­lans through a highly con­tro­ver­sial semi-fi­nal against Chelsea in 2009 is cred­ited with a 50 per cent rise in the num­ber of ba­bies born around nine months later.

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Pique and wife Shakira.

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