Barcelona beat Stuttgart, Germany, with a convincing 3-0 victory in a pre-season friendly match, while French striker Olivier Giroud scored the equalizer and his first for his new team AC Milan against Nice 1-1 on Saturday.
In the first match at the “Mercedes-Benz Arena”, the Catalan club opened the scoring by Dutch newcomer Memphis Depay in the 21st minute.
It is the second goal of Depay, who moved to Barcelona on a free transfer deal, after the expiration of his contract with Lyon, France, after he opened his scoring tally in the 3-1 victory over Girona last week.
The winner added two goals through the Austrian youth Youssef Demir (36) and Ricky Puig (73) with two passes from French striker Antoine Griezmann.
The two internationals, defender Jordi Alba and midfielder Sergio Busquets, participated in the match, after they entered the field as two substitutes, after they helped Spain reach the semi-finals of the last European Cup.
Barcelona will play its next friendly match against Austrian Salzburg on August 4, before hosting Juventus, on the eighth of it, in the Joan Gamper Cup.
Barcelona will start its La Liga matches on the 15th of it by welcoming Real Sociedad.
In the second match, Giroud needed only four minutes after entering the Allianz Riviera stadium, to score the equalizer for the Serie A runners-up after joining him from Chelsea.
Nice took a penalty kick, which was successfully executed by Algerian origin Amine Guiri in the 59th minute, and Adel Giroud, who entered as a substitute for Portuguese Liao in the 61st minute, after he manipulated the player Kevin Turan in the air, successfully following up a free kick from Samuel Castillejo (65).
After 9 years in England, during which he scored 90 goals in 255 games with Arsenal and Chelsea, the world champion moved with the “Rooster” team in 2018, to Milan on a contract that extends until 2023.
In the most prominent friendly matches yesterday, the French Marseille won its “Veloderum” stadium, in front of 30,000 spectators, against its guest, the European League champion, “European League” Villarreal of Spain 2-1.
Marseille concluded its preparations before the start of the French League without any loss, winning five matches and drawing two.
On the other hand, his compatriot Lyon fell to his Portuguese host Porto 3-5 at his “Dragon Stadium” during a match held behind closed doors.
Lyon suffered its second friendly loss in a row, after the first against Sporting Lisbon, with a score of 2-3.
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