?Barcelona secured a 2-0 win against Vissel Kobe on Saturday to lift the Rakuten Cup in their last pre-season match in Japan.
Three former Barcelona players were in action for Vissel Kobe and it was
Iniesta came close once again in the latter stages of the first half, while goalkeeper
Carles Aleñá could have put the game to bed but tried to be too cute with his dinked effort and it was easily clawed away by
Pérez then scored his second of the game with just a few minutes left on the clock, firing the ball in off the post from an acute angle to wrap up the win and secure the
Starting XI: Maekawa (7); Fujitani (6), Dankler (7), Miya (6), Hatsuse (7); Yamaguchi (6), Samper (5), Iniesta (8); Goke (6), Villa (6), Ogawa (6).
Substitutes: Nishi (6), Wellington (6), Watanabe (6), Osaki (6), Hashimoto (6), Masuyama (6), Nakasaka (6), Yasui (6), Tanaka (6).
Key Talking Point
It felt like nothing more than a glorified training exercise throughout the first half, with Barcelona’s attack only lacking any real cutting edge against Vissel Kobe’s defence.
But the introduction of Malcom,
Starting XI: Ter Stegen (6); Semedo (7), Araujo (6), Lenglet (6), Alba (6); Puig (7), Busquets (6), Rakitic (7); Rafinha (6), Griezmann (7), Collado (7).
Substitutes: Perez (9*), Dembele (8), Malcom (7), Roberto (7), Umtiti (6), Todibo (7), Jaime (6), Alena (7), de Jong (8), Monchu (6), Neto (6).
Star Man –
It could have been any of Barcelona’s front three during the second half, as both Malcom and
Im saying it again, Carles Pérez needs to play some games for the first team
— Atharva (@Athsonfire) July 27, 2019
Carles Perez another forward who’s better than Coutinho…
— Juan (@socraticjuan) July 27, 2019
What a goal Carles Perez!
— Frenkie Chief ?? (@FrenkieStats) July 27, 2019
Nice play, good finish from Carles Perez
— Hafed ?? (@TheRealHaffy) July 27, 2019
Carles Pérez > Coutinho
— ??? (@D_Shiryu13) July 27, 2019
Barcelona still have pre-season matches against Arsenal and Napoli just around the corner before they kick-off their La Liga campaign against Athletic Club on August 16.