08 Aug 2022 | 08:39 | Football
Barcelona kicked off last season with a strong 6-0 win over MLS’ Inter Miami at DRV PNK Stadium in Florida. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the score for Xavi Next to Hernandez as the new signing Robert lewandowski, who joined the club from Bayern Munich earlier this week, is on the bench. The former Gabon captain completed a brilliant team move, started by another summer player, Raphinha, with a delicate shot past Miami goalkeeper Nick Marsman in the 19th minute of the game. fight to make it 1-0.
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Raphinha marked his Barcelona debut with a goal and two assists, after signing from Leeds United for around $60 million, earlier this month.
With rookie Lewandowski not participating ahead of his official debut in Miami on Wednesday – following his move to Bayern Munich – it is left to Raphinha, 25, leaving thousands of Barcelona fans with happy face about the future.
“I’m very happy to score my first goal and play well and I hope that continues,” Raphinha said. “It’s a system that favors me and I think I can really help the team move forward.”
The Brazilian player made his debut with fellow newcomer Andreas Christensenwho left Chelsea at the end of the season, and both played impressively against Phil Neville’s men.
Predictably, Barcelona dominated possession ahead of the MLS side and former Arsenal striker Aubameyang most recently broke the deadlock 15 minutes into when his close-range strike sent the ball wide of the post. vertical.
There was no denying him soon after as he hit the ball coolly past Inter Miami goalkeeper Nick Marsman after a good job from Pedal and then Raphinha.
And in the 25th minute, it was Raphinha’s turn to be on the scoreboard, the Brazilian player led the home team with a cross from Alejandro Balde to double the lead for Barcelona.
It was purely one-way traffic and Raphinha ended the night with another assist just before halftime, teeing up the ball to Ansu Fati, who successfully broke the house from close range.
“It’s been a big challenge for us, we’re playing against world-class players, it’s a great opportunity to be present but from a competition standpoint it’s something to enjoy. ,” Neville said. “Some young players will lose a lot from such an experience. This could be life changing for some of our teams. We know they will be on another level.
“We had to fight and accept that they were going to hold the ball a lot and to keep the score 6-0 was a positive thing. It was a great learning experience for us but now we have to. focus on MLS and a big game on Saturday against New York City.”
Both teams made a series of changes after the interval but the result was never in doubt, Gavi’s excellent finish from a Memphis Depay In the 55th minute, the Dutch striker made a delicate turn and finish to make it 5-0.
Ousmane DembeleThe driver’s run helped set up a sixth of the evening with 20 minutes remaining when Neville’s team was completely outnumbered.
“Their movements are difficult to follow, they can mix and they are world-class players and when you have too many people on the pitch at once, they make it very difficult for you.” American player said. DeAndre Yedlin. “That’s why they are one of the best teams in the world.”
This is the first game of Barca’s tour of the US, they will face Real Madrid, Juventus and the New York Red Bulls before the start of the new La Liga season on August 12.
(With AFP input)
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