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Barcelona vs. Manchester City – Football Match Report

Riyad Mahrez scored a stoppage-time penalty as Manchester City and Barcelona played out an entertaining 3-3 draw in front of 91,062 fans at Camp Nou on Wednesday.

The fixture was a fundraiser for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the most common form of motor neurone disease (MND), which former Barca goalkeeper and coach Juan Carlos Unzue was diagnosed with in 2020.

Julian Alvarez opened the scoring for City in the 21st minute, but Barca turned the game around with goals either side of half-time from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Frenkie de Jong.

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Cole Palmer drew City level, but the home side looked to have won it when substitute Memphis Depay, who has been told to find a new club before the transfer window closes next week, turned home 10 minutes from time.

However, there was a final twist in the tale when City were handed a late penalty after Erling Haaland appeared to trip himself up in the box accidentally — even the Norway striker looked perplexed at the decision — and Mahrez made no mistake from 12 yards.

Unzue played alongside City coach Pep Guardiola at Camp Nou between 1988 and 1990 and was later part of his coaching staff between 2008 and 2010, with Barca winning six trophies in 2009 while current Blaugrana boss Xavi Hernandez played in the side.

He returned to Barcelona as Luis Enrique’s assistant in 2014 following spells in charge of Numancia and Racing Santander, helping the Catalan club win their second ever Treble the following season.

Unzue, who gave an emotional pre-game speech, took the honorary kickoff from his wheelchair on the pitch before taking his place in the City dugout alongside Guardiola for the opening stages.

Both teams made changes from their previous games. Jules Kounde, not yet registered for LaLiga action due to Barca not having room within their spending cap, started for the home side, as did Aubameyang, who is in talks to join Chelsea.

City brought in youngsters Palmer and Rico Lewis, while new signing Sergio Gomez started at left-back against his former side.

Barca started quickly. Aubameyang saw an early header saved by Stefan Ortega before Franck Kessie rattled the post. Raphinha then had a shot stopped, but it was City who took the lead.

Goalkeeper Inaki Pena failed to deal with a simple cross into the box and his fumble was turned in by Alvarez.

A Kounde error handed Palmer a chance to double City’s advantage, but he blazed over and moments later Barca levelled when Aubameyang fired in at the near post from Raphinha’s free kick.

A Kounde error handed Palmer a chance to double City’s advantage, but he blazed over and moments later Barca levelled when Aubameyang fired in at the near post from Raphinha’s free kick.

Memphis couldn’t quite make it around Ortega but the ball fell kindly to De Jong and the Netherlands midfielder converted from close range.

City returned to the attack and were soon level when Mahrez found Joao Cancelo on the overlap to set up a tap-in for Palmer.

As both coaches made wholesale changes, the arrival of Haaland was warmly welcomed by the home crowd. His warmup drew a loud cheer.

Meanwhile, Memphis restored Barca’s lead after good work from Sergi Roberto before a lengthy stoppage due to an injury to City youngster Luke Mbete, who left the pitch on a stretcher after receiving treatment for almost 10 minutes.

That led to an extended period of stoppage time, with Haaland’s tumble and Mahrez’s penalty expertise earning a draw for City.

Bernardo Silva: Pep Guardiola says Manchester City midfielder ‘likes Barcelona a lot’ amid transfer speculation

“There are only seven or eight days left (in the window) and we would have to turn to the transfer market. I want him to stay,” said Pep Guardiola, who conceded Bernardo Silva ‘likes Barcelona a lot’ after Man City’s friendly with the Spanish side on Wednesday

“There are only seven or eight days left (in the window) and we would have to turn to the transfer market. I want him to stay,” said Pep Guardiola, who conceded Bernardo Silva ‘likes Barcelona a lot’ after Man City’s friendly with the Spanish side on Wednesday

Pep Guardiola says he is keen to hold onto Manchester City ace Bernardo Silva but conceded the player ‘likes Barcelona a lot’ amid transfer reports linking the Portuguese with a move to the Catalan club.

Silva played 65 minutes of a friendly between City and Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night and afterwards Guardiola spoke about the midfielder’s future.

Guardiola insisted he was keen to keep hold of the 28-year-old, who has won four Premier League titles at City, and underlined that no offer had been made from Barcelona for the player, despite reports outlining the Spanish side’s interest in him over the past two summers.

However, he accepted Bernardo has an affection for Guardiola’s former side.

“I’m no one to tell Barca to forget about (signing) Bernardo,” Guardiola told reporters after the friendly contest finished 3-3.

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“We want him to stay with us, but I don’t want anyone who’s not happy. The first thing would be for the clubs to come to an agreement, but there has been no offer for him in these last two years.

“I don’t want him to go, he’s a superlative player and a great person… and there are only seven or eight days left (in the window) and we would have to turn to the transfer market. I want him to stay. That said, it is true Bernardo likes Barcelona a lot.”

“I don’t want him to go, he’s a superlative player and a great person… and there are only seven or eight days left (in the window) and we would have to turn to the transfer market. I want him to stay. That said, it is true Bernardo likes Barcelona a lot.”

City help Barca raise money for ALS research
There were 91,062 fans at the Camp Nou for the midweek fixture, which was organised to raise money for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) research at Luzón Foundation, in support of former Barcelona goalkeeper and coach Juan Carlos Unzue, who was diagnosed with the incurable degenerative neurological condition in 2020.

In the game, Julian Alvarez opened the scoring before goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Frenkie de Jong – two players interesting Premier League clubs – put Barcelona ahead.

City youngster Cole Palmer levelled the match and after Memphis Depay – who has been linked with a return to Manchester United – scored a third for Barcelona, Riyad Mahrez grabbed an injury-time equaliser.

“I would like to thank Barcelona and Manchester City for their commitment and sensitivity to our cause,” said Unzue. “I also want to thank everyone who bought a ticket, and everyone who donated via the row zero initiative. I would like you to know that everyone from the ALS team – here on the pitch with me – want to keep living and enjoying life.”

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Barcelona vs. Man City result: Teams play to exciting draw to conclude charity friendly at Camp Nou

The European season began a few weeks ago, but giants FC Barcelona and Manchester City broke from their competitive endeavors as they faced off in a charity match at the Camp Nou that benefits a cause close to home for both organizations.

The clubs played to a 3-3 draw in front of 91,000 fans, with Barcelona want-aways Frenkie de Jong, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Memphis Depay all on the scoresheet for the hosts. Julian Alvarez and Cole Palmer scored for Man City, and Riyad Mahrez finished off a penalty in stoppage time to level the score.

The teams got together at the Camp Nou to support Juan Carlos Unzue, a former teammate and assistant coach of Pep Guardiola’s, in a match dubbed “A Great Game for a Greater Cause”. Each manager has named a strong squad for the event, with the teams expected to feature top players in support of ALS research.

While the match is scheduled in the midst of the league season, it’s still early enough in the campaign that it shouldn’t cause too much trouble for either, as Champions League group stage games are not scheduled for a couple of weeks.

The 90 minutes were a success, with a massive audience to bring exposure to a cause important to many. The only blemishes on the game came at the end, as Man City youngster Luke Mbete-Tabu was stretchered off after a clash of heads. Then, moments later, Erling Haaland blatantly flopped to win the equalizing penalty which Mahrez blasted home.

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FULL-TIME: Barcelona 3-3 Man City

Guardiola and Xavi have a friendly embrace and a laugh at the full-time whistle that brings an enjoyable evening to a close.

It’s a wonderful match that had plenty of action for a good cause. It ended with a whimper as thoughts are with the injured Mbete, and Erling Haaland flops to win a penalty. But the match on the whole was a success from every angle.

90+8 min: PENALTY, MAN CITY! Only just on the field, Erling Haaland wins a penalty for the visitors, as they look to level the score at the death! It’s a hilariously bad decision to be completely honest, as Haaland runs across Christensen and then simply flops to the turf. A replay shows the slightest of touches to the back of his foot, but it doesn’t appear to cause him much trouble before seemingly face-planting out of nowhere. Watching the replay a second time, you can actually see the moment that Haaland decides to go down. Unfortunate.

Riyad Mahrez steps up to take, and GOAL, MAN CITY! An absolutely thunderous penalty into the top-right corner.

90+6 min: We’re finally back under way after over 10 minutes of stoppage. 11 minutes of injury time are given, with six of them already used up.

89th min: Concerning signs for Mbete after that clash of heads. He’s sitting up and speaking with trainers, but then he lays back down. The cart comes out and there’s been a significant delay, with Mbete eventually strapped into a backboard and taken off via the cart. As the board is loaded on the cart, players from both sides come by to send their wishes to the Man City youngster.

84th min: Goodness, it’s been a rough night for Barcelona goalkeepers. Arnau Tenas, newly into the game, nearly with a gruesome error in possession, but he gets away with the bad heavy touch, touching himself back out of trouble as Kevin de Bruyne closed in.

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There’s a stoppage as Andreas Christensen, newly on for Jules Kounde, smacks heads with Mbete-Tabu of City. Christensen is up, while Mbete needs a little more attention.

Attendance announced as over 91,000 fans. Incredible turnout for the charity match to benefit ALS research.

79th min: GOAL, BARCELONA! Nothing Ortega could do about that smashed finish from Memphis Depay! A big switch of play comes to Sergi Roberto who lays off a perfect low cross to Depay on the penalty spot. The Dutchman is unmarked, and it’s a blasted finish as he streaks in.

Barcelona make another few changes, with Arnau Tenas coming on in goal to replace Inaki Pena. Also, Sergino Dest comes on to replace Sergi Roberto, who interestingly hands the captain’s armband to young Ansu Fati.

76th min: Chance, Barcelona! Memphis Depay looks to finish off a charge forward from Gavi, but Ortega is there to make the save for Man City. A good stop from the City backup.

74th min: First real moment of aggression in this match sees Palmer, who scored minutes ago, go flying in with a crunching tackle on Gavi. The referee shows leniency, but a free-kick is given in a dangerous position. Barcelona can’t convert, as it’s looped into the goalkeeper’s bread basket.

70th min: GOAL, MAN CITY! Moments after Cancelo missed a glorious chance to equalize, he’s involved in the move that does bring Man City level. Cancelo’s cross from the right finds Cole Palmer for an easy finish on the doorstep, and it’s too easy for the visitors.

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Erling Haaland about to be introduced, as he’s shown with his bib off on the sideline, chatting with Guardiola. Alvarez the man to come off.

Barcelona make more changes, with de Jong and Busquets off in favor of Miralem Pjanic and Pablo Torre.

69th min: Chance, Man City! The game has yet again exploded! Man City are pushing for an equalizer, and Julian Alvarez has a vicious rip from distance that is hammered right at Inaki Pena. The Barcelona goalkeeper can only push it away, right into the path of Joao Cancelo, but his follow-up is blasted over the bar.

66th min: GOAL, BARCELONA! Frenkie de Jong may be departing Barcelona this summer, but he’s left one more mark on the Camp Nou. Kevin de Bruyne gifts the chance to Barcelona with a horrific square pass in his own penalty area which Gavi steals. Depay draws the goalkeeper out with his dribbling, and de Jong is there to finish off the chance with a drive that ripples the net. The hosts in front!

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64th min: A huge applause from the Camp Nou fans who want to see the biggest players. That’s a result of Kevin de Bruyne entering the pitch, replacing Bernardo Silva who’s been heavily linked to Barcelona this transfer window. Could he be back soon?

56th min: Kalvin Phillips is receiving treatment from the Man City training staff, holding his shoulder after an awkward 50/50 battle with a Barcelona player. It did appear the midfielder, who joined this summer from Leeds, was in a bit of pain, but seemed to have full range of motion. He then has a laugh with Guardiola, which is a good sign.

Meanwhile, Barcelona make a host of changes. Memphis Depay, Alex Blade, Gabi, and Eric Gacia come on, while Aubameyang, Alba, Kessie, and Gerard Pique are withdrawn. Aubameyang has a wave to the crowd, which could be a sign for his immediate club future.

Unzue is now shown in the Barcelona dugout, seated next to Xavi and conversing with his former midfielder. Reminds us what the players are playing for.

48th min: Chance, Man City! How has that not gone in?! Inaki Pena, who had a disastrous mistake in the first half to gift Man City a goal, makes up for it here with a fabulous double-save on Julian Alvarez. Somehow, the Barcelona goalkeeper keeps City out.

46th min: We anticipated halftime changes given this is a friendly, but it’s fewer than we expected. Barcelona bring on Ansu Fati, who changed the game with his second-half substitution against Real Sociedad. The Camp Nou fans applaud Fati upon his introduction.

Just a trio of changes for Man City, as Joao Cancelo, Josh Wilson-Esbrand, and Luke Mbete-Tabu come on along the back line, replacing Rico Lewis, Kyle Walker, and Sergio Gomez. Otherwise, all the starters remain on the field. We’ll try to keep up with what will surely be a deluge of substitutions through the second half.



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