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Barca bests Real in wild Clasico tilt
    2017-July-31  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

BARCELONA may have defeated Real Madrid 3-2 in this pre-season El Clasico, but it was the fans in Miami that proved the real winners on the night.

The 66,000-strong crowd at Hard Rock Stadium enjoyed a wild back-and-forth match between these two rivals, highlighted by Gerard Pique’s 50th-minute game-winning goal.

The match started with a touch of controversy as Neymar — the supposed wantaway star linked with an imminent move to Paris Saint-Germain — went down within the first minute clutching his ankle. Perhaps his intent was to feign injury to avoid playing and remain healthy for his new club, but that theory was quickly put to bed as Neymar returned to the field and played on.

He soon made his presence felt, too, as Lionel Messi put the Blaugrana up 1-0 with a fortuitously deflected shot early in the match before Neymar plucked out Ivan Rakitic at the edge of the box within three minutes. Rakitic applied a powerful finish past Keylor Navas to give his team a 2-0 lead over Madrid.

But Real Madrid wouldn’t fold that easily, as Los Blancos mounted a comeback in the form of a pair of first-half goals. The first, scored by Mateo Kovacic, cut the lead in half at the 14-minute mark, and the second was scored in fine fashion by Marco Asensio on a 3-on-1 break at 36 minutes. Asensio’s cool finish took Real Madrid into the locker room level at half-time.

It would not stand, however, as Pique’s goal off a set piece gave the Blaugrana a 3-2 lead in the 50th minute, assisted, once again, by Neymar. It was a lead that Ernesto Valverde’s side looked to build on in the 10 minutes afterward as it peppered shots at Navas’ goal, only to be denied repeatedly.

If Navas saved Real Madrid’s skin, the same could be said of Jasper Cillessen at the opposite post as Barcelona’s second-choice goalkeeper kept his side in the match with a few score-preserving saves of his own.

In the end, the two goalkeepers preserved their respective side’s status in the match as Barcelona edged Real Madrid for the one-goal victory in Miami.

It was just the second time that Barcelona and Real Madrid would meet outside of Spain. The only other time was in 1982, when they had played in a pre-season tournament in Venezuela apparently attended by just 40 people. The last friendly between the Spanish rivals was in 1991. (SD-Agencies)

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