Barcelona was imposed on Real Madrid 1 to 0 in a friendly classic held in the United States, which had as its main attraction the debut of Polish striker Robert Lewandowski in the Catalan team.
The game, played at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas before some 65,000 people, It was defined with a goal from the Brazilian Raphinha (27′), another of the new “culés” faces.
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Lewandowski, the main addition to the Catalan squad, played from the start and left the field at the start of the second half, unable to score. They also had their debut Raphinha, the Danish defender Andreas Christensen and the ivory frill Franck Kessie.
Real Madrid, in its first pre-season game, presented its new reinforcements: the German defender Antonio Ruediger and the French midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni.
Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti booked the usual midfield starters Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, who entered for the second half.
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“I think the result is short. We have been better than them, generated more chances. We are in the good way. Today we have competed against the champion of the League and the Champions League. Of friendly, little “said Xavi, Barcelona coach, at a press conference.
For his part, Carlo Ancelotti, DT of Merengue, valued the effort of his players but recognized that they suffer the absence of Karim Benzemawho recently joined the team after a few additional days of vacation: “He is the best in the world and there is no one who can replace him.”
The Spanish soccer classic was played for the fourth time abroad and for the second time in the United States. The previous one was in Miami, in July 2017, and it also ended in favor of the “blaugranas” (3-2).
Both teams will play again on Tuesday: Real Madrid will face América de México in San Francisco (California) and Barcelona will face Juventus in Dallas (Texas).