Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid go head-to-head in a preseason match from Las Vegas in one of the high-profile matches of the summer preseason for European clubs.
Barcelona are in the midst of a four-game U.S. tour which started with a 6-0 blanking of MLS side Inter Miami.
Six different players scored, including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, newcomer Raphinha and youngster Ansu Fati. That match came too soon for star signing Robert Lewandowski, who could made his debut in Las Vegas.
This is Real Madrid’s first preseason match with their first official competition coming up on Aug. 10 in the UEFA Super Cup against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Their La Liga season opener comes on Aug. 14 away to Almeria. The Real Madrid preseason will be played on U.S. soil with matches against Club America (July 27) and Juventus (July 31) up next.
Final: Barcelona 1, Real Madrid 0
Full-time: It was an entertaining, end-to-end match in the first half with Raphinha scoring a goal that was worth the price of admission.
The second half was choppy with both clubs changing over their lineups, but Barcelona were still the better team on balance and deserved their 1-0 win. Real Madrid didn’t have a true forward threat and Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo were missing having Karim Benzema to finish off their attacks.
Halftime: Barcelona 1, Real Madrid 0
44th min.: After a hard foul by Jordi Alba on Vinicius (Alba gets a yellow), there’s a tussle between the two teams on the field. And Ronaldo Araujo and Antonio Rudiger go nose-to-nose.
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