Ivan Rakitic scored the winner as la Liga champions Barcelona to beat 2-1 in the first friendlies in the United States
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Milk’s easy miss for Napoli, made easy for Barca to win he first friendlies. Rakitic found the back of the net with an unstoppable 79 mins half volley in Miami Gardens on Wednesday. Barca who will face Napoli for the next match again in Michigan on Saturday
Napoli starting the side was headlined by skipper Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon with enlist Monolas and Elmas in the line-up. Insigne, Mertens, and Callejon were destructive in the first half of the game.
Barca fortunate not to concede first against Napoli.
Napoli playing trademark passing football, they unlock Barca’s struggling defense.
Napoli had a good opportunity to take lead in the first hour. But unmarked Mertens side-footed wide of the post in the six-yard box.
For all their good football Napoli fell behind in the 38 mins of Busqueets goal in the net of Napoli.
Barca lead was short-lived, after own goal of defender Umtiti, four mins later.
The half time was whistle with a score of 1-1.
In the absence of Messi, Barca was started a little bit back from the beginning of the game. Suarez and Griezman were a little bit fade in the game. After half time they both were replaced by the manager. Croatian Rakitic first wide on 56 mins but chances were few and far between.
With 23 mins remaining, Dembele hit the post with a curling effort. Both the team put their best effort to clinch the match. But at last Barca won the battle when Rakitic fires a Missile into the lower corner to lead Barca 2-1.
The both team will meet again on Sunday, 11/08/19, 2:30 a.m.
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