International Champions Cup
Result: FC Barcelona 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur (Barca won 5-3 on penalties)
Date: 28 July 2018
Venue: Rose Bowl
FC Barcelona started their pre-season campaign with a 5-3 penalty shoot-out win over Tottenham Hotspur after throwing away a two-goal lead in regulation time.
Barcelona took an early lead when Munir El-Haddadi sneaked behind the defence to get down and head in a lay-off delivery from Rafinha Alcantara on 15 minutes.
An injury-enforced change saw Denis Suarez make way for Carles Perez on 21 minutes for the Catalans, while another change happened minutes later as Ricardo Puig replaced Andre Gomes.
Those alterations did little to affect their momentum, as Rafinha looked to provide another this time for Nelson Semedo but good goalkeeping from Michel Vorm denied the full-back a goal.
It was time for the Brazilians to combine to good effect as Rafinha did a step over before laying off to new signing Arthur who made no mistake with a thumping shot in the top corner on 29 minutes.
Spurs made their first change off the bench, introducing Georges-Kevin N’Koudou for an injured Moussa Sissoko.
The Lily Whites were struggling to get a grip on the clash, with their attack non-existent throughout the opening quarter.
Following the second half, Barca made a host changes which included handing a debut to new signing Malcom. Spurs nearly pulled one back from a free-kick by Christian Eriksen but his effort off a free-kick struck the post.
Malcom got his first shot on goal for his new club after beating two players, but substitute goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga tipped away for a corner.
After 72 minutes, Spurs reduced the deficit through Son Hueng-Min who comfortably tapped home a loose ball inside the box.
Two minutes later, it was level pegging after poor defensive clearance saw the ball bombing around the box before it fell kindly to N’Koudou to fire in the roof of the net.
A penalty shoot-out loomed large as neither side came up with something tangible to grab the winner in front of a packed Arena.
A miss from Anthony Georgiou of Spurs handed the Catalans the perfect platform to win the shoot-out after neither side were separated from regulation time.
Malcom then converted the winning spot kick to make it a successful penalty conversions for them and at that an opening day win in the Champions Cup.