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Neymar On Target As Barca Beat Man Utd

Neymar On Target As FC Barcelona Beat Manchester United

By Kurt Buckerfield - Jul 27, 2017 07:42 AM @KurtLaduma

Brazilian superstar Neymar scored as FC Barcelona beat Manchester United 1-0 in the International Champions Cup on Thursday morning.

Click through the gallery to see some of the best pictures from the friendly fixture!

Jose Mourinho's side had the first chance of the match when, in the third minute, Marcus Rashford broke down the left wing with blistering pace to set up new signing Romelu Lukaku with a low cross.

The Belgian was unable to convert the early chance, but United's intent set a standard for the first half. Despite the match being a pre-season fixture, both sides meant business. Three minutes later, it was Neymar who looked to create something for Barca, finding Lionel Messi outside the United box, but his shot was not powerful enough to trouble David de Gea.

A minute later, Luis Suarez had his save kept out by the Spaniard, and this time the shot-stopper was forced to tip the striker’s effort wide of the post. Messi came close again for the Catalan giants after 12 minutes, before Paul Pogba unleashed a venomous half-volley at Barca's goal in the 15th minute, a strike Dutch keeper Jasper Cillessen was equal to.

The momentum changed as Pogba's effort gave United confidence, with Rashford again threatening the Blaugrana’s new fullback Nelson Semedo, although United were still unable to break the deadlock.

The scoreline did change in the 31st minute, however, when Messi's through-ball to Neymar split United's defence. Antonio Valencia perhaps should have dealt with the interception better, but when he lost his footing, Neymar was on hand to steer the ball into the back of the net.

Barca controlled the rest of the first half, and after the break, both sides made several changes to their line-ups, which seemed to take the sting out of the clash.

Paco Alcacer should have perhaps scored after 66 minutes, but his effort was kept out by Sergio Romero, while Rashford, Pogba and Anthony Martial looked to take advantage of the many changes made by Ernesto Valverde.

The game, however, ended just as the first half did, and it was again Paris Saint-Germain target Neymar that made the difference. 

Other results:

Paris Saint-Germain 2-3 Juventus 


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Brian Ngwenya Ngwenya Joined: 19 Feb 2017
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Brian Ngwenya Ngwenya Jul 27, 2017 07:34 PM
I like what i see
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Brian Ngwenya Ngwenya Jul 27, 2017 07:33 PM
Barca
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Golden Boots Jul 27, 2017 04:02 PM
Where is Messi's shadow? These useless soccowladuma bloggers talk too much bullcrap! If Neymar can pull performances like these when it matters then he's on his way to running the ballon d'or cause he's second to none when he delivers like this!
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MR E Jul 27, 2017 11:37 AM
Mourinho should get another middlefield.
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Phikza Jul 27, 2017 10:46 AM
Barca...
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luckykumwenda@gmail.com Jul 27, 2017 09:02 AM
FULL TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 4 -- 0 REAL MADRID
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Pres4life Jul 27, 2017 08:33 AM
Lukaku seems to be settling well at united
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La'Quintah Jul 27, 2017 08:32 AM
I think Neymar wants to be a main man like Messi & Cr7, look now 2 games played 3 goals scored bt still Messi this Messi that..
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luckykumwenda@gmail.com Jul 27, 2017 08:27 AM
Mourinho can't beat Barca oven if Barca is without coach
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Myaka weliPhefeni Jul 27, 2017 08:02 AM
Neymar is demanding Barca to pay him lyk they did to Messi that why we hear a lot of rumours abt his future,Man united cnt go anywhere if they wll continue using Blind as their left back
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Mfanakamdala Jul 27, 2017 07:46 AM
Cowrinho thot he was gonna the all Spiniards

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