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Barcelona 2 vs Juventus 2: Final Score, Highlights & Lineups

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Barcelona, fresh from savouring a Clasico victory over arch-rivals Real Madrid in Las Vega continued their pre-season preparations in America when facing another European superpower in the form of Serie A giants Juventus.

The Bianconeri also form part of the inaugural Soccer Champions Tour and lined up against the Blaugrana at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.

Both sides have bigger tests to come in the 2022-23 campaign, as they seek to restore domestic dominance in their respective countries, but there was little friendly about a heavyweight encounter in the United States.

New arrival Robert Lewandowski was looking to score his first goal in a Barcelona shirt after being held scoreless during last weekend’s El Clasico triumph over Real Madrid. Barca walloped MLS side Inter Miami 6-0 to kick off its summer tuneups.

Juventus have played just one preseason friendly, against Chivas Guadalajara, coming away with a tidy 2-0 win, but a meniscus injury to star acquisition Paul Pogba has cast a shadow over preparations for the new campaign.

Both clubs are a couple of weeks away from kicking off official competition. Juventus will play both Madrid clubs next before opening their Italian Serie A campaign against Sassuolo on Aug. 15.

Barcelona will play MLS’s NY Red Bulls and Mexican side Pumas UNAM ahead of their Spanish La Liga home opener against Rayo Vallecano on Aug. 13.

Barcelona vs Juventus live updates, (Key moments)

BAR — Ousmane Dembele — 34th min.
JUV — Moise Kean (Juan Cuadrado) — 39th min.
BAR — Ousmane Dembele — 41st min.
JUV — Moise Kean (Manuel Locatelli) — 52nd min.

69th min.: Barcelona hit the woodwork twice in a matter of seconds! Raphinha’s free kick clatters off the crossbar, and then Ansu Fati curls a ball from the left side off the corner.

52nd min.: Goal Juventus! After Barcelona started strong, Juventus came right down the heart of the Barca defense with Moise Kean finishing off the play in the box. Kean matching Dembele so far.

41st min.: Dembele again! Goal! It’s Dembele against everyone. He gets the ball on the right again, beats Cuadrado and then through three Juve defenders. Dembele is having himself a game.

39th min.: Goal Juventus! Juan Cuadrado gets the ball wide left again and this time he has all the time in the world to pick out a cross into the six-yard box, where Moise Kean knocks it home in stride. We’re even at 1-1.

34th min.: Goal Barcelona! Moment of magic from Ousmane Dembele! Just minutes after the hydration break, Dembele runs circles around Juventus left back Alex Sandro and he blasts a ball past the Juve ‘keeper into the far side netting.



Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Christensen, Eric, Alba; Kessie, Busquets, Nico; Dembélé, Lewandowski, Aubameyang (4-3-3)

Substitutes: Peña (GK), Tenas (GK), Piqué, Dest, Balde, Casadó, Pjanic, De Jong, Gavi, Torre, Collado, Ez Abde, Raphinha, Ansu Fati, Memphis


Starting XI: Szczesny; Danilo, Bonucci, Bremer, Alex Sandro; Rovella, Locatelli, Zakaria; Cuadrado, Kean, Di María (4-3-3)

Substitutes: Perin (GK), Pinsoglio (GK), Garofani (GK), Gatti, Pellegrini, Rugani, Barbieri, McKennie, Compagnon, Fagioli, Vlahovic, Soulé, Aké, Cudrig, Da Graca

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