Champions Duel As A Wonderful Gift To Unzué

Barcelona and Manchester City honored Juan Carlos Unzué and his fight to combat ALS with a good football show at the Spotify Camp Nou. A friendly with the competition just started that served both technicians to continue testing and giving minutes to players with little participation: Ansu ended up as captain. debuted Koundé, which played more than eighty minutes, and also premiered at the Camp Nou Haaland in the final stretch. The two teams kept cards, without a doubt, because there is respect, but Barcelona made it clear that they have weapons to, at least, compete with the best. Aubameyang equalized after Álvarez’s first goal for City, a mistake by Peña that he later made up for amply; De Jong advanced to Barça, Palmer equalized and Memphis made it 3-2 before Haalang darkened the party with a pool shot against Christensen that served to equalize Mahrez. Above all, a game for Unzué, who followed a part on each bench. 3-3 end.

So much Xavi as GuardiolThey arranged teams with novelties and throughout the match they were introducing changes. Barça came out with the four captains, with Iñaki Peña under the sticks and with Auba at the center of the attack. Lewandowski stayed on the bench, while Haaland did drive the public crazy when he went out to warm up, for City ..

Rhythm that both applied sets, in any case, did not correspond to that of a friendly, especially in the first part, with substitute theoreticians. Then the truth is that he went down, although there were more goals after the break. Both teams engaged in giving a good match to Juan Carlos Unzué and the entire ELA Team. Thus, the duel started with rhythm, with clashing plays and with two open teams. Pressing up and City and looking for more tickets on the wings than Barcelona inside.

Over there Sergi Roberto, right side of the starting eleven that Xavi ordered, he crossed so that Aubameyang could finish off impeccably, a ball that was rejected by the young City goalkeeper, who was later going to come out less successful from another action by the striker, Barcelona’s starter yesterday. Kessie hit the post after another action by Sergi Roberto on the right and Raphinha finished off low after a run by Alba on the left.

The truth is there were extra motivations in the match: for Ferran Torres against his former team, coming in from the left and, above all, for Frenkie de Jong, very active in recovering balls, pressing and creating play. He came out ready to win in his particular duel with Bernardo Silva. The excess of desire betrayed him at times, but he went home with a goal and a performance with more positive balance than negative. Frenkie comes out reinforced.

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despite the good scoring chances for Barcelona and the good predisposition, it was the mistakes that defined the development of the match. A center by Sergio Gómez from the left without danger for Iñaki Peña, starter to the detriment of Ter Stegen, led to a big blunder by the young goalkeeper: did not save the ball, which slipped and ended up at the feet of the ‘nine’ of City, Julián Álvarez, who did not forgive. The young goalkeeper made up for himself shortly after by rejecting a shot from Bernardo Silva after a mismatch in the creation, precisely, by Frenkie that generated the ‘citizen’ play. And, already in the second half, after a blunder of Sergio Busquets in an insane pass backwards, a double intervention against Julián Álvarez finished redeeming him, which has a lot of merit after the initial blunder.

The errors continued to gain ground as the minutes passed after City’s first goal. One from Koundé almost made it 0-2: a bad pass at the edge of the own area created a chance for Palmer, who did not expect the gift, did not know exactly what to do with it and ended up shooting high.

And the draw of Barcelona also arrived with error of the goalkeeper. Raphinha served a foul committed by Bernardo Silva on Aubameyang, combed Busquets and the ball fell at the feet of the Gabonese striker, who charged an impressive volley that the goalkeeper, the newcomer Ortega, ate next to the post he was defending.

with City little by little erected in dominance but without doing much damage, Barcelona continued trying to take advantage of the spaces. A counter with a final opening by Auba to the right ended with a shot by Raphinha covered by Ruben Dias with a huge defensive reaction. To the Brazilian end from Barcelona he had to face Sergio Gómez, ‘ex’ from Barça, who showed motivation and dominated his band with solvency.

The double intervention of Iñaki Peña against Álvarez was the start of hostilities in the second half, with ample possession of the ball by City, which apparently controlled the situation until an error by De Bruyne when the ball came out led to a series of events that ended with a goal by Frenkie de Jong: Memphis tried it, fouled by the goalkeeper, and Gavi went for the ball, but it was Frenkie who picked up the glove, who did not waste the opportunity to score.

And, in the exchange of blows, the City equalized in play down the right by Cancelo after movement by Mahrez and cross for Palmer to complete a great performance with the tie at two.

Memphis could not break the tie in a one-on-one against Ortega, who took out the Dutchman’s shot with his foot, but he did score shortly after, after a cross from Sergi Roberto, who completed a great personal performance with this assist, before a final scare in the Christensen-Mbete clash of heads, the one that came out worse off the center of the City. Christensen ended up starring in the crappy play of the night, with a penalty by pool of Haaland that marked Mahrez.


FC BARCELONA: Iñaki Peña (3) (Arnau Tenas (2), 81′); Sergi Roberto (3) (Dest (2), 81′), Koundé (2) (Christensen (2), 81′), Piqué (2) (Eric (3), 57′), Jordi Alba (2) (Balde (2);57′); Kessie (2) (Gavi (3), 57′), Sergio Busquets (2) (Pjanic (), 72′) Frenkie de Jong (3) (Pablo Torre (2), 72′); Raphinha (2) (Abde (2), 72′), Aubameyang (3) (Memphis (3), 57′), Ferran (2) (Ansu Fati (2), 46′)

MANCHESTER CITY: Stefan Ortega (2); Lewis (2) (Cancelo (3), 46′), Walker (3) (Stones (2), 46′), Dias (3) (Mbete (2), 65′) (Bobb (sc), 88′) , Gomez (3) (Wilson (3), 46′); Phillips (3) (Rodrigo (3), 57′), Bernardo Silva (2) (De Bruyne (2), 65′), Palmer (3); Mahrez (3), Alvarez (3) (Haaland (1), 72′), Foden (2) (Gundogan (2), 65′)

GOALS: 0-1, Alvarez, 21′; 1-1, Aubameyang, 29′; 2-1, Frenkie de Jong, 65′; 2-2, Palmer, 69′; 3-2, Memphis, 80′; 3-3, Mahrez pen. 97′

REFEREE: José María Sánchez Martínez, Murcian Committee. no cards

SPECTATORS: 91,062 at the Camp Nou

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