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Raphinha’s goal defines a fun summer classic

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Barcelona beat Real Madrid in Las Vegas in a fun, at times very contentious match. First Barça appeared, then Madrid, but only Raphinha celebrated, who scored another great goal on Lewandowski’s debut as a Barça player – he had already scored against Inter Miami. Forget Mbappé, the white team also wanted to show off their new boys: Tchouameni and Rüdiger.

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Courtois, Lucas Vázquez (Álvaro Odriozola, min. 70), Rüdiger (Ferland Mendy, min. 45), Alaba (Nacho, min. 45), Eder Militao (Jesús Vallejo, min. 61), Camavinga (Casemiro, min. 45 ). ), Aurelien Tchouameni (Kroos, min. 45), Federico Valverde (Modric, min. 45), Hazard (Marco Asensio, min. 45), Vinicius Junior (Mariano, min. 69) and Rodrygo (Dani Ceballos, min. 69 ). )

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Barcelona

Ter Stegen (Iñaki Peña, min. 61), A. Christensen (Frenkie De Jong, min. 45), Alba (Alex Balde, min. 45), Ronald Araújo (Sergiño Dest, min. 61), Eric Garcia (Piqué, 61 mins), Busquets (Nico González, 61 mins), Gavi (Kessié Franck, 45 mins), Pedri (Sergi Roberto, 61 mins), Lewandowski (Aubameyang, 45 mins), Raphinha (Depay, 45 mins) 45). 61) and Ansu Fati (Ousmane Dembélé, min. 45)

Gates 0-1 min 26: Raphinha.

yellow cards A. Christensen (min. 33), Alba (min. 42), Busquets (min. 53), Lucas Vázquez (min. 64) and Kessié Franck (min. 73)

As if preseason didn’t exist, the classic started lively and tense; essentially with a lot of rhythm. Then Barcelona prevailed, already better grounded after two friendlies – Olot (1-1) and Inter Miami (6-0). Madrid, on the other hand, made their debut 56 days after winning their Orejona number 14. And until the old guard appeared on the field, control of the clash was handed over to Barça.

Ancelotti’s line-up looked to the future. The Italian opted for a refreshing trio in midfield with Tchouameni (22), Fede Valverde (24) and Camavinga (19). The immense past, present present, awaited on the bench. Casemiro (30), Kroos (32) and Modric (36) sat next to their coach in Las Vegas. Xavi also reflected on tomorrow’s day with Pedri, 19, and Gavi, 17, guarded by captain Busquets, 34, waiting for Frenkie de Jong’s future to be settled (for now he was playing at the USA- Tour played a central role from the start). against Inter Miami and after passing through the dressing room against Madrid). The young whites interpreted well when to bite and when to play, always more vertical than the azulgrana who surprised no one when resting with the ball. In any case, brave to break with the rhetoric and look for Raphinha with long passes.

However, it was Lewandoski who woke Courtois up. The Pole got the better of Alaba – retaining his place in the central duo with Militão while Rudiger positioned himself on the left – and erased Ansu Fati from his field of view to unleash a whiplash that the Madrid keeper easily grabbed. Madrid threatened with the individual talent of the unstoppable Vinicius, also with Rodrygo and with active Hazard in his role as Benzema’s replacement (rest after only three training sessions). Never so sharp as Valverde burst the bar from Ter Stegen. Barça, on the other hand, scared Courtois when he activated the pressure. Militão took a risk with a horizontal pass as Madrid tried to dodge Barça’s intensity, handing the ball to Raphinha. The Brazilian’s control was precise, the shot even more so. A step away from the crescent, the Brazilian took aim at Courtois’ side. It didn’t fail.

The Las Vegas classic went under after the break. In any case, the duel kept the tension up. By then, Madrid were already in charge, under the sounds of Kroos, Modric and Casemiro. However, Asensio’s aimlessness left nothing for the white team’s valuable collective move, and Mariano also failed to head in on Iñaki Peña’s goal.

When the clock struck the game, there was no trace in Barcelona of the eleven that had started in the classic. Recovering from his injury, Piqué returned to the rear and the Azulgrana prevailed, shot after shot. And nobody at Barça can attack with space better than Dembélé. But the Frenchman faced Courtois. The Madrid goalkeeper twice silenced the winger before Barcelona won the first classic of the season.

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