Barcelona 3-3 Man City : Riyad Mahrez 98 Minutes Goal Changes the Club’s friendly Match
Barcelona 3-3 Man City : Riyad Mahrez 79 Minutes Goal Changes the Club’s friendly Match . The teams are getting together at the Camp Nou to support Juan Carlos Unzue, a former teammate and assistant coach of Pep Guardiola’s, in a match dubbed “A Great Game for a Greater Cause”. Each manager has named a strong squad for the event, with the teams expected to feature top players in support of ALS research.
While the match is scheduled in the midst of the league season, it’s still early enough in the campaign that it shouldn’t cause too much trouble for either, as Champions League group stage games are not scheduled for a couple of weeks.
Both clubs are expected to challenge for their respective domestic league titles this season, with Man City already near the top of the Premier League table. Barcelona are also unbeaten through their first two La Liga matches.
Barcelona vs. Man City Stats
21st min — MCI — Julian Alvarez
29th min — BAR — Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
66th min — BAR — Frenkie de Jong
70th min — MCI — Cole Palmer
79th min — BAR — Memphis Depay
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79th min: GOAL, BARCELONA! Nothing Ortega could do about that smashed finish from Memphis Depay! A big switch of play comes to Sergi Roberto who lays off a perfect low cross to Depay on the penalty spot. The Dutchman is unmarked, and it’s a blasted finish as he streaks in.
Barcelona make another few changes, with Arnau Tenas coming on in goal to replace Inaki Pena. Also, Sergino Dest comes on to replace Sergi Roberto, who interestingly hands the captain’s armband to young Ansu Fati.
76th min: Chance, Barcelona! Memphis Depay looks to finish off a charge forward from Gavi, but Ortega is there to make the save for Man City. A good stop from the City backup.
74th min: First real moment of aggression in this match sees Palmer, who scored minutes ago, go flying in with a crunching tackle on Gavi. The referee shows leniency, but a free-kick is given in a dangerous position. Barcelona can’t convert, as it’s looped into the goalkeeper’s bread basket.
70th min: GOAL, MAN CITY! Moments after Cancelo missed a glorious chance to equalize, he’s involved in the move that does bring Man City level. Cancelo’s cross from the right finds Cole Palmer for an easy finish on the doorstep, and it’s too easy for the visitors.
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Erling Haaland about to be introduced, as he’s shown with his bib off on the sideline, chatting with Guardiola. Alvarez the man to come off.
Barcelona make more changes, with de Jong and Busquets off in favor of Miralem Pjanic and Pablo Torre.
69th min: Chance, Man City! The game has yet again exploded! Man City are pushing for an equalizer, and Julian Alvarez has a vicious rip from distance that is hammered right at Inaki Pena. The Barcelona goalkeeper can only push it away, right into the path of Joao Cancelo, but his follow-up is blasted over the bar.
66th min: GOAL, BARCELONA! Frenkie de Jong may be departing Barcelona this summer, but he’s left one more mark on the Camp Nou. Kevin de Bruyne gifts the chance to Barcelona with a horrific square pass in his own penalty area which Gavi steals. Depay draws the goalkeeper out with his dribbling, and de Jong is there to finish off the chance with a drive that ripples the net. The hosts in front!
64th min: A huge applause from the Camp Nou fans who want to see the biggest players. That’s a result of Kevin de Bruyne entering the pitch, replacing Bernardo Silva who’s been heavily linked to Barcelona this transfer window. Could he be back soon?
56th min: Kalvin Phillips is receiving treatment from the Man City training staff, holding his shoulder after an awkward 50/50 battle with a Barcelona player. It did appear the midfielder, who joined this summer from Leeds, was in a bit of pain, but seemed to have full range of motion. He then has a laugh with Guardiola, which is a good sign.
Meanwhile, Barcelona make a host of changes. Memphis Depay, Alex Blade, Gabi, and Eric Gacia come on, while Aubameyang, Alba, Kessie, and Gerard Pique are withdrawn. Aubameyang has a wave to the crowd, which could be a sign for his immediate club future.
Unzue is now shown in the Barcelona dugout, seated next to Xavi and conversing with his former midfielder. Reminds us what the players are playing for.
48th min: Chance, Man City! How has that not gone in?! Inaki Pena, who had a disastrous mistake in the first half to gift Man City a goal, makes up for it here with a fabulous double-save on Julian Alvarez. Somehow, the Barcelona goalkeeper keeps City out.
46th min: We anticipated halftime changes given this is a friendly, but it’s fewer than we expected. Barcelona bring on Ansu Fati, who changed the game with his second-half substitution against Real Sociedad. The Camp Nou fans applaud Fati upon his introduction.
Just a trio of changes for Man City, as Joao Cancelo, Josh Wilson-Esbrand, and Luke Mbete-Tabu come on along the back line, replacing Rico Lewis, Kyle Walker, and Sergio Gomez. Otherwise, all the starters remain on the field. We’ll try to keep up with what will surely be a deluge of substitutions through the second half.
HALFTIME: Barcelona 1-1 Man City
The final 10 minutes of the first half progress with little to savor, but each side has found the back of the net as we come to the break.
It’s been a wonderful match to enjoy so far. The players are up for the game, there’s very little needle or animosity, and the game has provided a wonderful platform to put a great cause in the forefront. The match broadcast has repeatedly given fans the opportunity to donate to ALS research.
35th min: Frenkie de Jong goes high up in the air and over the back of Bernardo Silva, landing hard on his back. The Dutchman gets up slowly but is back to his feet and appears to be ok after that tough fall. Silva gives him a hand, again showing there’s absolutely no aggression between the sides who know what this match is all about.
31st min: The game has really opened up now, as Cole Palmer runs a counter-attack down the right flank, and eventually Bernardo Silva stings the palms of Inaki Pena with a low drive. The Barcelona goalkeeper is up to the task.
29th min: GOAL, BARCELONA! Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang levels the score on what could be his final match for the club! A set-piece came in to the head of Sergio Busquets, and while that’s wayward, it falls right to Aubameyang at a tight angle, and he delivers the equalizer with a finish inside the near post. That’s not one Ortega will want to watch back, it seemed he had his near post covered, but he cheated to the far post and was fooled.
28th min: Some may be concerned with the risk to players during a mid-season friendly, but can see how little needle there is in this charity match. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang slips while trying to control a ball under pressure, and when he’s helped up after play is stopped, he’s all smiles with Bernardo Silva.
27th min: Chance, Man City! The hosts almost gift City another! Jules Kounde, who could be rusty as he waits to be registered for La Liga play, passes the ball directly to Cole Palmer at the top of the penalty area. Palmer then twists Kounde out of his boots as the Barcelona defender looked to recover, but eventually the shot goes over the crossbar. What a chance, what a miss!
21st min: GOAL, MAN CITY! Oh no, a ghastly mistake by Barcelona goalkeeper Inaki Pena! A deep ball lifted high over the top of the Barcelona defense is a routine collect for Pena, but the ball slips right through his hands. A charging Julian Alvarez is there to capitalize on the mistake to bundle the ball into the back of the net. It’s the first shot on target, and the opening goal.
In a wonderful moment, Juan Carlos Unzue is then shown speaking with Pep Guardiola on the sideline, seated on the Man City bench next to the manager and his former Barcelona boss.
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20th min: Beautiful back-heel from Sergio Busquets to spring Frenkie de Jong on the break, and Julian Alvarez has no choice but to yank the Dutch midfielder back.
17th min: Barcelona are still pushing for the game’s opening goal. Raphinha is whistled for offside. Man City finally with a decent spell of possession.
10th min: The game has slowed since the opening chance, but Barcelona have had all the early chances. Franck Kessie hits the outside of the post, then Ferran Torres comes close with a blocked effort.
3rd min: Chance, Barcelona! Straight away Man City are put under pressure at the Camp Nou, with Aubameyang meeting a cross on the doorstep attempting to head the hosts in front. The point-blank effort is saved by Ortega who couldn’t handle the shot completely, but keeps it out while the defense then awkwardly clears.
1st min: We’re under way at the Camp Nou! A match to raise awareness and funds for ALS research. Both teams in their season’s third kit.
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