The Argentine’s presence at 10 meant a duel with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Barcelona managed with Juventus (3-0) and in the shadow of Leo Messi in the first Joan Gamper Cup without the Argentine, who was longed for by the fans who chanted his name and the dressing room of his ticket in the parliaments before the match. .
Once the ball was rolled, Barcelona’s first goal came in Barcelona’s first attack. The triangle was exploited in the third minute between Braithwaite, Demir and Memphis Depay by the Dutchman to break through only the middle of the defense and beat Sczesny wisely in hand.
Everything looked interesting after the goal, with the fans finally returning to the field, jubilant with all the good work of the players, who were very mobile, lost vertical and wanted to impress.
Still in that happy glee, Dest was encouraged in the seventh minute from outside the area, but his shot didn’t find the Italian tire sticks.
The jubilation was soon forgotten when, in the tenth minute, in which Pjanic and Umtiti whistled at the show, the stands chanted the name of the great absentee, Leo Messi, in honor of the Argentine’s number.
Juventus took advantage of the gloom to stretch the ball and argue several long possessions. Cristiano Ronaldo sought to crown his team’s improvement in the quarter-hour mark with a free-kick that Neto somewhat hurriedly deflected away.
Barcelona’s worst was seen in slow defensive transitions, but Morata’s small strength prevented two of the disadvantages from going further. Griezmann was also not right in the 20th minute, because the French offside position at the time of the kick nullified Demer’s subsequent goal, which prompted the rebound.
The young Austrian touched the goal again in the 29th minute thanks to a superb individual play that culminated with a low, dry shot, which was blocked by Schezney’s left boot.
The Polish goalkeeper was saved from receiving the second goal at 37 due to a referee’s error. The assistant pointed out a non-existent offside to Braitwhaite and broke the illusions of Griezmann, who managed to beat the door through the Alps.
If Juventus were saved, then one minute later Barcelona was saved at a crazy end of the first half, when Neto managed to block two very clear attempts from inside the area, one from De Ligt and the other from Morata.
The Spaniard managed to equalize again two minutes before the end of the first half and again encountered the Barcelona goalkeeper, who prevented him from scoring the goal at the end of a wonderful counterattack, as he did in the 45th minute with a free kick from Ronaldo.
The second half was born cooler, a bunch of changes in Juventus, even in the 50’s, the new Chiesa returned to test Neto, and he grew after his good interventions in the first semester.
Torino put Barcelona in trouble for several minutes, especially in the quick starts and corner kicks that always ended against the Barcelona defence.
Ironically, Barcelona doubled their advantage in the 57th minute from a corner kick. Brightwhite, with all conviction, sent the heart of Memphis into the net with a very powerful header.
When it came time for the match, Koeman moved the bench to make his debut for Emerson and let in Nico Gonzalez and Umtiti, insistently booing, while Allegri finished off the entire eleven change.
The stoppage of the changes was good for the Catalans, determined to regain control, while at the same time calming the Italian team’s morale.
Griezmann took the lead role and tried to engage both youngster and newcomer Emerson, who was nervous in his early stages as a Barcelona player.
Barcelona’s other winger, Memphis Depay, had another good chance in the 78th minute by hitting a rainy ball from a series of rebounds from the penalty spot. The bullet hit the doll with force.
When the game died and Messi’s new songs echoed, Ricky Puig, in the final play, put the finishing touch to Jumper with a third goal from the edge of the area. (Dr)
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