Malcom Scores But Roma Laugh Last With Win Over Barca
Malcom Scores But Roma Laugh Last With Win Over FC Barcelona
New FC Barcelona signing Malcom was on target against Roma, the team he almost joined in this window, but the Italian club were ultimately victorious after producing a stunning comeback in their International Champions Cup clash on Wednesday morning.
Click through the gallery above to see some images from Roma's incredible pre-season win over Barca!
The Catalans got their second pre-season friendly in the US off to a flying start on Wednesday, when Rafinha hit the back of the net just six minutes into the match.
The Brazilian played a slick one-two with Munir El Haddadi on the edge of the Roma box. The lofted first-time return ball fell perfectly on to Rafinha's chest inside the area, before the Brazilian had the composure to control the ball, and then finish past Robin Olsen.
Barca continued to find space in behind Roma's defence thanks to the pace of Malcom and Munir, while Rafinha got better and better as the game progressed.
In the 35th minute, Italy international Stephan El Shaarawy equalised for Roma against the run of play, when he was played through on goal by Justin Kluivert, whose father, Patrick, represented Barca during his professional career.
The Italian side had finally found their feet in the friendly encounter, with the likes of Edin Dzeko, Kluivert and El Shaarawy growing in confidence as time passed. The teams went into the half-time break with the score level.
Ernesto Valverde's team restored their lead 49 minutes into the match through new acquisition Malcom, who was so near to signing for Roma last week before Barca made a late swoop for his signature. The Brazilian was on hand to tap in a wonderfully accurate square ball into the box from Ballou Tabla.
The next 15 minutes saw both teams make several changes to their line-ups, which naturally disrupted the flow of the match. While Barca introduced a few younger players, Roma brought on to the likes of Aleksandar Kolarov, Javier Pastore and Diego Perotti.
Roma drew level on 78 minutes through Alessandro Florenzi, before they went ahead just five minutes later. Bryan Cristante's strike towards the bottom-left corner proved too difficult for Jasper Cillessen to stop, although the Dutchman did get a touch on the ball.
Two minutes later, Roma won a penalty when striker Patrik Schick was taken out in the Barca box by Chumi Brandariz. Perotti confidently bulged the back of the net with his central strike from the spot, and Roma ran out 4-2 winners.