Barcelona kicked off their preseason with an emphatic 6-0 win over MLS facet Inter Miami on the DRV PNK Stadium in Florida. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring for Xavi Hernandez’s facet as new signing Robert Lewandowski, who joined the membership from Bayern Munich earlier this week, was sitting on the bench. The former Gabon skipper rounded off an excellent staff transfer, which was began by one other summer time recruit Raphinha, with a fragile dink over Miami’s goalkeeper Nick Marsman within the nineteenth minute of the match to make it 1-0.
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Raphinha marked his Barcelona debut with a aim and two assists, having signed from Leeds United for round $60 million, earlier this month.
With fellow new signing Lewandowski not concerned forward of his official unveiling in Miami on Wednesday — following his transfer from Bayern Munich — it was left to Raphinha, 25, to get the hundreds of Barcelona followers in attendance excited in regards to the future.
“I was very happy to score my first goal and to play well and I hope that continues,” Raphinha mentioned. “This is a system which favors me and I think I can really help the team moving forward.”
The Brazilian was making his debut alongside fellow newcomer Andreas Christensenwho left Chelsea on the finish of the season, and each have been spectacular in opposition to Phil Neville’s facet.
Predictably, Barcelona dominated possession in opposition to the MLS staff and former Arsenal ahead Aubameyang went closest on quarter-hour to opening the impasse when his shut vary effort flashed previous the submit.
There was no denying him quickly after when he coolly chipped the ball previous Inter Miami keeper Nick Marsman following good work from Pedri after which Raphinha.
And on 25 minutes it was Raphinha’s flip to get on the scoresheet, the Brazilian expertly guiding dwelling an Alejandro Balde cross to double Barcelona’s lead.
It was utterly a technique site visitors and Raphinha capped a great night time’s work with one other help simply earlier than half-time, teeing up Ansu Fati who expertly smashed dwelling from shut vary.
“It was a big challenge for us, we were playing against world class players, it was a brilliant occasion to be part of but from a playing point of view, this was something to enjoy,” Neville mentioned. “Some young players would have taken a lot away from an experience like that. This could be life changing for some of our team. We knew they would be on another level.
“We needed to combat and settle for they might have a variety of the ball and to maintain it to 6-0 was a optimistic. This was an amazing studying expertise for us however now we’ve to focus on MLS and a giant sport on Saturday in opposition to New York City.”
Both teams made a raft of changes after the interval but the outcome was never in doubt, Gavi’s excellent finish from a Memphis Depay corner making it four on 55 minutes before the Dutch forward produced a sublime turn and finish to make it 5-0.
Ousmane Dembele‘s driving run helped set up a sixth of the evening with 20 minutes remaining as Neville’s side were completely outclassed.
“Their actions are laborious to trace, they’ll combine it up and they’re world class gamers and when you may have so many on the pitch at one time, they make it very troublesome for you,” mentioned USA worldwide DeAndre Yedlin, “That’s why they’re probably the greatest groups on the planet.”
This was the first game of Barca’s US tour which will see them face Real Madrid, Juventus and the New York Red Bulls before the start of the new La Liga season on August 12th.
(With AFP Inputs)
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