Barcelona vs. Manchester City – Match Report – August 24, 2022

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(Jordi Blanco, Barcelona correspondent) — Barcelona and City drew at the Camp Nou. A disputed penalty from Christensen to Haaland in added time that transformed Mahrez sentenced a friendly match to combat ALS that brought together more than 91 thousand fans in the Barça stadium in a resounding success thanks to that response to the call against a disease to incurable today and which was put on the media stage, football-wise, by Juan Carlos Unzué, a former goalkeeper among others for Barça and a coach who also worked at the Barça club that has suffered from this disease for three years.

Tables were signed, 3-3, after 90 minutes in which both coaches, Xavi Hernández and Pep Guardiola, presented line-ups with many variations and absence of theoreticians The Barça team responded, who debuted their third and revolutionary kit, both because of their greater success in the final shot as well as the exceptional performance of his goalkeeper, Iñaki Peña, who took the place reserved for Ter Stegen.

Peña, a youth squad player who has returned to the club after a mid-season loan to Galatasaray to take Neto’s place, showed exceptional cold-bloodedness as his staging could not have been more daunting. Having gone unnoticed under the sticks, with good footwork when the ball came out, the first time that City approached his goal, it led to a center by Sergio Gómez that was very comfortable and that the Barça goalkeeper was unable to block, slipping the ball between his hands and bouncing off Julián Álvarez, who practically, on the rebound, unintentionally scored.

From then on, the Barça goalkeeper catapulted himself superbly, avoiding up to three clear scoring chances for Guardiola’s team and showing that, beyond his punctual error, he is fully capable of guarding Ter Stegen’s back.

City played, collectively, better. They proved to be a much more hard-working team than Barça and without giving themselves up to the top of their revolutions they dominated the game, but Xavi Hernández’s team, without lowering their arms, did not lose face in the game, nor did they give up… Until the point of flipping the marker.

Aubameyang equalized with an excellent low shot to the center of Raphinha and after combing Busquets, he scored, already in the second half, the 2-1 Frenkie de Jong and after Palmer’s equalizer, closing a phenomenal play by Mahrez, he made it 3-2 Memphis taking advantage of an improper error by Kevin de Bruyne. When this narrow victory, probably unfair from what was seen on the field, a trip by Haaland with Christensen’s knee, in added time, was sanctioned by the referee as a penalty, which Mahrez did not miss to close the scoring.

This Thursday Barça and City could be framed in the same group of the Champions League and, if it happens, their confrontation will be much less friendly and much more tense than what was experienced in this friendly day. They tied between smiles… And thrashed ELA.