Barcelona thrashed Real Madrid 3-0 this Saturday in a high-voltage friendly played in Arlington (outside of Dallas). Ousmane Dembéle, in the 15th minute, the young Fermín López (85) and Ferran López (90+1) signed the Barça goals in front of the 82,026 fans who filled the AT&T Stadium of the Dallas Cowboys.
The white team wasted a penalty that Vinicius Jr. hit the crossbar in the 20th minute and then sent another four shots to the posts in a high-intensity clash despite being friendly. Carlo Ancelotti’s team have yet to beat their eternal rival on US tours after losing 3-2 in Miami in 2017 and 1-0 in Las Vegas last year.
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With the goal that opened the scoring, Dembélé vindicated his value in a week in which strong interest from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) has been reported to hire him as a replacement for Kylian Mbappé, if his departure is confirmed in the coming weeks.
Madrid missed many more occasions than its rival to the despair of its thousands of fans in the stadium, where the retractable roof was deployed to avoid the high temperatures outside that were around 40 degrees.
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The clash experienced several moments of tension and up to three footballers were substituted due to physical problems in the first half, Mendy in the white cast and Christiansen and Gündogan, this season’s star signing, in the blaugranas.
After the match, Ancelotti was shocked by the result: “It hurts us to lose but I keep the good things we’ve done. For an hour the team has played very well”. But, he remarked that his team is growing day by day, especially adapting to the departure of Karim Benzema, who will play in Saudi Arabia: “We have to continue in this line. Without a fixed center forward we create opportunities, so we are going to continue with this idea. Today I wanted to see the youngsters. They have complied. Then I know what Modric and Kroos can contribute. The idea was to give minutes to those who started. In the next one, those who haven’t had so many minutes today will play more”.
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