FULL-TIME, Barcelona 3-0 Boca Juniors: Preseason is over, and it’s safe to say Barça are ready for the new season. This was a very good performance from the two teams that Valverde put on the pitch, and players like Arthur, Rafinha and Riqui Puig impressed once again and proved they deserve plenty of minutes this season.
GOLAZO! Barcelona 3-0 Boca Juniors (Rafinha 67’): WHAT A GOAL FROM RAFINHA!!!! The Brazilian makes a one-two with Luis Suárez, flicks the ball over the head of the goalkeeper and taps home a sensational third goal for Barça! WOW! WOW! WOW!
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Barcelona 2-0 Boca Juniors: Come on, boys! Let’s finish the job and end preseason with a bang!
HALFTIME, Barcelona 2-0 Boca Juniors: Very good 45 minutes of football here. Barça are playing a 4-3-3, which is great, and they’re passing the ball very well, which is even better. We saw two very good goals form Barça, but Boca were very dangerous on the counter and came close to scoring at least twice, including a shot to the post in the last play of the first half. This won’t be a cakewalk, but Barça have played good stuff so far.
GOAL! Barcelona 2-0 Boca Juniors (Messi 39’): IT’S TWO FOR BARÇA! After a bit of a scramble at the edge of the area the ball falls to Lionel Messi, who shows his usual composure and scores a trademark chip over the goalkeeper to double his team’s lead.
GOAL! Barcelona 1-0 Boca Juniors (Malcom 18’): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD! It’s a goal for Malcom! The Brazilian takes Buffarini one-on-one on the left wing, shifts the ball to his left foot and fires a rocket past Andrada. Welcome to Camp Nou, Malcom!
KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Boca Juniors: And we’re off! Don’t give me a heart attack, boys. It’s just a friendly.
Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Miranda; Vidal, Rakitic, Coutinho; Malcom, Messi, Munir
Bench: Cillessen, Lenglet, Vermaelen, Semedo, Alba, Busquets, Arthur, Rafinha, Puig, Dembélé, Suárez, Alcácer
Starting XI: Andrada; Buffarini, Goltz, Izquierdos, Olaza; Nández, Barrios, Reynoso; Villa, Ábila, Cardona
Bench: Rossi, Magallán, Más, Jara, Pérez, Almendra, Pavón, Zárate, Tévez
It’s time for the Camp Nou opener! The greatest stadium on Earth will see a Barcelona game for the first time this season, and it’s the annual Joan Gamper Trophy that presents the squad to the fans and gives us a really fun match against a really good club from around the world. This year it’s Boca Juniors, the reigning, defending, undisputed Argentine champions, and this should be a very fun 90 minutes of action for the entire first team squad and some Barça B boys. So join us for a friendly live blog!
(Note: the comments will be open as soon as the team news come out, because our commenter people love commenting and sometimes there are too many comments in the comments section)
Competition: Joan Gamper Trophy
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 6.15pm CET (Barcelona), 5.15pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 12.15pm ET, 9.15am PT (USA), 9.45pm IST (India)
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM JOAN GAMPER TROPHY
How to watch on TV: Antena 3 (Spain), others
How to stream: Check listings on LiveSoccerTV
Matchday Thread Rules
We don’t have a lot of rules here, but there are a few things to keep in mind when joining our matchday threads:
Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, no swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.
Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!