Barcelona finished their United States tour with their third consecutive victory thanks to a 3-2 win over Real Madrid in El Clásico at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. A very entertaining match saw Gerard Piqué score the winner in what was probably Neymar’s last game as a Blaugrana. Once again we saw some positives from Ernesto Valverde’s team, and Barça’s preparations in the US ended in a very good way.
The first 15 minutes were electric, with Barça scoring two goals in just seven minutes with Lionel Messi and Ivan Rakitic, before Mateo Kovacic made it 2-1 with a really nice shot. Both teams were very good in transition and created great chances on the counter-attack.
As time went on and the players began to get tired, the level of intensity dropped and mistakes happened. Barça failed to track back after a corner and Marco Asensio found himself one on one with Jasper Cillessen, and the young Spaniard scored the equalizer.
At halftime, a very entertaining match in Miami and a 2-2 score.
Gerard Piqué scored for Barça after just five minutes to put the Blaugrana ahead, and the goal brought plenty of chances for Madrid that Jasper Cillessen stopped to keep the Catalans in front. The two coaches then made plenty of changes that killed the intensity of the match, and Madrid were the better team in the final minutes as they chased an equalizer.
They couldn’t find, though, and the game ended with a Barça win in El Clásico that gives them the 2017 International Champions Cup title. YAY!!!
Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal (Hakimi), Ramos (Vallejo), Varane (Nacho), Marcelo (Theo); Casemiro (Llorente), Modric (Isco), Kovacic (Ceballos); Bale (Óscar), Benzema (Mayoral), Asensio (Vázquez)
Goals: Kovacic (14’), Asensio (36’)
Barcelona: Cillessen; Vidal (Semedo), Piqué (Mascherano), Umtiti (Vermaelen), Alba (Digne); Busquets (Samper), Rakitic (Aleñà), Iniesta (Roberto); Messi (Denis), Suárez (Alcácer), Neymar (Arda)
Goals: Messi (3’), Rakitic (7’), Piqué (50’)