Barcelona kicked off their preseason tour of the United States with a fantastic 6-0 victory over Major League Soccer’s Inter Miami at the DRV PNK Stadium on Tuesday night. A total of 24 players took the pitch for the Blaugrana across the two halves, and all contributed to a dominant performances and six goals for a Barça team that at times looked unstoppable, with the best striker in the world watching from the stands still waiting to join the party.
The first 45 minutes featured some brilliant displays of attacking football by a fast, creative Barça side that completely dominated Inter Miami in a way that was sometimes shocking even for a friendly against lower level competition.
New signings Andreas Christensen and Raphinha made their debuts in the opening period, and it was the Brazilian who absolutely shined with his full repertoire of skills and intelligence, making excellent passes and taking on his defenders without fear.
Raphinha was involved in all the good things Barça did, including all three goals: it was his assist to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after a gorgeous one-two with Pedri that got things started, then the former Leeds star opened his Blaugrana account with a gorgeous volley before setting up Ansu Fati for a brilliant finish and Barça’s third of the half.
Two goals, one assist and a fantastic debut for Raphinha, and at halftime Barça had the win in the bag thanks to a dominant performance.
The final period brought a whole new XI, including Frenkie De Jong as a center-back, and many more goals: Gavi, Memphis Depay (with a spectacular solo goal) and Ousmane Dembélé made it 6-0 with 20 minutes to go, and despite playing at a slower pace than the first half side did the Blaugrana were still easily finding spaces inside the Inter Miami defense despite a change to a back five by the home team.
The final 20 minutes weren’t nearly as fun as Inter did everything they could to not allow more goals while Barça seemed to have had enough and just ran the clock out. The final whistle came, and the first preseason game in America went according to plan with a great win and quite a few excellent individual performances.
Real Madrid in Las Vegas is next, and Robert Lewandowski might play that one. It’s gonna be all kinds of fun.
Inter Miami: Marsman (Diop 61’); Yedlin (Neville 46’), Lowe (Quinteros 86’), Mabika (Sailor 46’), Gibbs (Allen 46’); Ulloa (Jones 61’), Gregore (McVey 46’); Duke (Beckham 86’), Pozuelo (Mota 46’), Vassilev (Taylor 46’); Higuaín (Rodriguez 46’)
Barcelona 1st Half: Ter Stegen; Dest. Christensen, Eric, Balde; Kessie, Nico, Pedri; Raphinha, Aubameyang, Fati
Barcelona 2nd Half: Peña; Roberto, Araujo, De Jong, Alba; Torre, Busquets, Gavi; Dembélé (Collado 80’), Memphis, Ez Abde (Casadó 84’)
Goals: Aubameyang (19’), Raphinha (25’), Ansu Fati (41’), Gavi (55’), Memphis (69’), Dembélé (70’)