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Rafinha's creativity decides the friendly El Clasico for Barcelona

Rafinha’s creativity decides the friendly El Clasico for Barcelona

Barcelona beat arch-rivals Real Madrid 1-0 in a pre-season Clasico at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, USA, in front of 65,000 spectators.

In its first half, the match witnessed the participation of the newcomer to the Catalan club, former Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski.

It is the second friendly El Clásico to be held on American soil after Barcelona defeated its rivals 3-2 in Miami on July 30, 2017, at the “Hard Rock Stadium” in front of 64,000 spectators.

The Brazilian Rafinha, who finally moved to Barcelona, ​​scored the winning goal in the 27th minute after taking advantage of a wrong dispersal of the ball from Real Brazilian defender Eder Militao to fire creatively a missile that passed into the net, the second goal in two matches for the Brazilian who moved at the beginning of this month from Leeds United to England. “Camp Nou” stadium for 70 million euros, according to the local press, knowing that he scored a goal and passed two decisive balls in the six-way victory over Inter Miami on Tuesday.

Barcelona could have scored more goals, but Real Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois blocked the shots of the new Ivory Coast midfielder Frank Kessier (72) and Frenchman Ousmane Dembele (87).

Despite the friendly nature of the meeting, the atmosphere inside the green rectangle reflected the height of the long rivalry between these two football giants.

Real Madrid, who played his first friendly match this season without his star French striker Karim Benzema, after Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti decided not to use him to give him more rest after extending his summer vacation, opened the scoring in the 18th minute with a shot from Uruguayan midfielder Federico Valverde, but that His ball hit the post.

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Two minutes later, Ansu Fati hit a pass from Pedri, who took advantage of the loss of Frenchman Eduardo Camavinga, the ball in front of his team’s goal, a ball that did not find its way into the net despite Courtois’ exit.

Barcelona dominated the first half, which saw Lewandowski’s participation in the face of his former team, before he was replaced at the beginning of the second half by Gabonese striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang.

The atmosphere was tense after Jordi Alba’s harsh objection to Real Brazilian striker Vinicius Junior, so the players intervened to break up a clash between the newcomer to the capital, Madrid, German defender Antonio Rodriguez and Uruguayan Ronald Araujo.

And Real, the European and Spanish champions, will follow their American tour, playing against Club America in San Francisco on Tuesday, while Barcelona will face Juventus in Dallas on the same evening.