Ivan Rakitic’s objective in the 79th moment lifted Barcelona to a 2-1 triumph over Napoli in an exuberant pre-season experience at Hard Rock Stadium.
The Croatian midfielder struck a freshly determined exertion after a first a large portion of claim objective from Samuel Umtiti had counterbalanced Sergio Busquet’s opener for the La Liga champions at the home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.
This was the main leg of two matches between the European monsters, with the subsequent experience occurring in Michigan on Saturday.
With the Spanish and Italian classes holding off on beginning until not long from now, the two clubs are still in pre-season mode, yet that didn’t stop them presenting a fascinating initial 45 minutes.
Antoine Griezmann, Barcelona’s $134 million marking from Atletico Madrid, was enthusiastic from the begin, connecting up well with strike accomplice Luis Suarez.
Brazilian Philippe Coutinho, who has been connected with a move away from the Nou Camp and has gone to Miami, wasn’t in the match day squad, having been conceded additional time off after his efforts at the Copa America a month ago.
However it was the Italians, guided by previous Real Madrid director Carlo Ancelotti, who made the more obvious openings, with Lorenzo Insigne causing the Barca backline a lot of issues alongside Belgian forward Dries Mertens.
A magnificent proceed onward 18 minutes saw Insigne denied by a splendid point clear spare from Marc-Andre ter Stegen before Mertens terminated simply wide.
Barcelona were attempting to discover any beat, however seven minutes before the break, skipper Busquets sublimely twisted the ball home, a lot to the joy of the ace Barca horde of 57,062.
After three minutes, in any case, Napoli deservedly drew level.
Ex-Real Madrid midfielder Jose Callejon’s exertion was turned past Ter Stegen by Umtiti, who persevered through a troublesome half at the focal point of Barca chief Ernesto Valverde’s barrier, as did new marking Junior, who was making his presentation.
Suarez and Griezmann were both supplanted at half-time however the game did not have the power of the opening trades with a progression of changes from the two chiefs. Croatian Rakitic terminated wide on 56 minutes however chances were rare.
With 23 minutes remaining, Ousmane Dembele hit the post with a twisting exertion yet just Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik will know how he missed from short proximity a couple of minutes after the fact, the Polish forward in some way or another putting the ball over the bar with the objective expanding.
What’s more, it wasn’t some time before the superb Rakitic made Napoli pay by boring in from the edge of the territory to verify the Barcelona triumph.