August 19, 2017

Barcelona beats Real Madrid 3-2 in Champions Cup

30 July 2017, 06:20 | Santos West

El Clasico file

El Clasico file

Barcelona were crowned the International Champions Cup 2017 champions after they recorded a 3-2 win over arch-rivals Real Madrid in new manager Ernesto Valverde's first ever El Clasico.

Real Madrid were back in the match in the 14th minute, however, when Kovacic found a yard of space just outside the Barcelona box after smart work from Casemiro before arrowing the ball into the far corner of the net. This could have been Neymar's last game with Barca; Sergio Ramos surely hopes so. "There are a lot of Real Madrid fans here and we're happy to be here". However, their summer has so far been dominated by the transfer saga involing Neymar's potential transfer to Paris Saint-Germain. The Colombia global moved to Bayern Munich on a two-year loan deal for which the Bavarians paid €10 million, whereas right-back Danilo moved to Manchester City in a €30 million deal.

Real Madrid clearly have some room for improvement. Barca have drawn crowds of more than 80,000 in NY and Washington and Pep Guardiola described Manchester City as "playing an away game" as Madrid supporters provided the vast majority of a record 93,000 crowd for a football match at Los Angeles' Memorial Coliseum, where City ran out 4-1 winners last Wednesday. The Frenchman made all 11 substitutes in a City defeat and there is no reason not to expect it this time around. Nearly all the new arrivals played some role in the loss to Barcelona but there is nothing to worry about, not yet.

Zidane, whose team face the Catalans again in the Supercopa de Espana in two weeks' time, can now turn his thoughts to the UEFA Super Cup meeting with Manchester United in Skopje.

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"Mr. Ross did everything possible to get him here", he added.

The explosive duel ended 3-2 in favour of Barcelona. The el clasico live streaming will be present on Premier Sports Player (UK), Hotstar, SonyLIV site and app (India), WatchESPN (USA).

Shortly after the knock to Neymar, Lionel Messi opened the scoring for Barcelona, evading Luka Modric with a deft touch and then seeing his shot take a fortuitous deflection off Raphael Varane. In an enumerated El-Classic bookmakers lean toward the victory of "Barcelona". But such an action ordinarily will get you thrown out of most every game in most every sport on this planet.

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