Barcelona completed their 2022 United States tour and remained unbeaten in preseason due to a 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on Saturday evening. The Blaugrana dominated all the match and will have simply scored six or seven on one other evening, however needed to accept a two-goal victory and proceed the nice run within the preparations for the brand new marketing campaign.
The first 45 minutes have been completely dominated by Barça, who had all the possession and located it fairly straightforward to seek out areas even in opposition to a five-man protection from the hosts. Ousmane Dembélé, Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski have been unplayable as a entrance three and in some way, in some way Barça could not rating.
Lewandowski was clearly hungry to get his first objective as a Blaugrana and fired photographs at will, however both missed the goal or noticed his efforts stopped by goalkeeper Carlos Miguel. Dembélé and Raphinha additionally had their probabilities however the Red Bulls protection discovered a option to hold the ball from getting in time and time once more.
It took 40 minutes to lastly break the impasse, which got here in lovely style: a well-constructed counter-attack that completed with an ideal help from Raphinha and an amazing finish by Dembélé.
At halftime, a dominant Barça deserved to be up by at the very least three or 4 targets, however the lead was simply 1-0 and there was work to do within the second half.
The remaining interval adopted a really related script to the opening body, with Barça utterly on prime and creating likelihood after likelihood with out having the ability to discover the again of the web. Lewandowski, Aubameyang, Ansu Fati and others had a number of alternatives however it was simply a kind of nights when the ball simply would not go in.
We reached the ultimate 10 minutes with Barça nonetheless holding a slim lead, and the sport appeared headed for considerably of a quiet finish. But Daniel Edelman was given a straight pink card after a foul problem on Pablo Torre, and the Red Bulls have been right down to 10 males. That left the house workforce huge open, and Barça lastly scored a second objective when Memphis Depay took benefit of a foul mistake by the Red Bulls protection and scored a tap-in to finish issues off.
The remaining whistle got here to maintain Barça unbeaten in preseason on an evening when the rating might have very simply been 7-0 with higher ending and a bit of extra luck in entrance of the objective. The workforce performed effectively as soon as once more, and the brand new signings look an increasing number of snug. Plenty of excellent indicators as we head into the brand new season.
RBNY 1st Half: Miguel; Reyes, Nealis, Long; Harper, Yearwood, Cásseres, Tolkien; Luquinhas, Klimala, Morgan
RBNY 2nd Half: Meara; Edelman, Ndam, Nealis; Cummings, Sserwada, Amaya, Ofori (Ryan 72′); Barlow, Clark, Fernandez
Red Card: Edelman (82′)
Barcelona: Ter Stegen (Peña 72′); Araujo (Roberto 46′), Christensen (Piqué 46′), Eric (Nico 61′), Alba (Balde 61′); De Jong (Kessie 46′), Busquets (Pjanic 61′), Gavi (Pedri 46′ (Casadó 77′); Dembélé (Fati 46′), Lewandowski (Memphis 72′), Raphinha (Aubameyang 61′)
Goals: Dembélé (40′), Memphis (87′)