FC Barcelona vs. Manchester United: Live Score, Analysis, Recap
Preseason friendly—Gothenburg, Sweden.
FT: MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 FC BARCELONA (0-2 Pens)
Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Ferdinand (82' Wootton), Vidic (46' Carrick), Evra, Nani, Scholes, Anderson (78' Powell), Young, Rooney (46' Kagawa), Welbeck (67' Berbatov)
FC Barcelona: Valdes (46' Pinto), Alves (67' Rafinha), Puyol (46' Pique), Mascherano (66' Bartra), Adriano (66' Alba), Sergi Roberto (46' Xavi), Busquets (76' I.Sanchez), Iniesta (46' Fabregas), A.Sanchez (67' Montoya), Messi ( 46' Afellay), Tello (46' Pedro)
But despite the poor penalties, Manchester United played well against a well-tuned Barcelona team who, despite their lack of conviction in the box, look set to challenge Real Madrid once La Liga kicks off again.
The Red Devils were disciplined, in decent shape physically with the Premier League season just over a week away, and created some good chances of their own.
It was the toughest pre-season test they will get in football, and with the defence looking solid despite a lack of pace, there's a lot of positives for United to take away from this game.
Barcelona on the other hand will need to work on finding that killer pass, but again it was a good game from the Catalans up until the final third.
And if this game's anything to go by, the two big signings of both teams—Jordi Alba and Shinji Kagawa—will turn out to be smart acquisitions.
Poor penalties all night from Manchester United.
Boss Sir Alex Ferguson will have to have a word with Nani and Ashley Young on those spot-kicks in the shoot-out, while Wayne Rooney will also need to get an earful from Sir Alex after that poor penalty at the end of the first-half.
Barcelona 0-0 Manchester United (2-0 pens)
And Barcelona win it!
Gerard Pique scores!
David De Gea simply guessed the wrong way.
Ashley Young penalty saved!
Easy save, straight to keeper's right, nice height.
After a stuttering start, the Portuguese winger wins in his game of crossbar challenge, smacking it beautifully off the woodwork.
Manchester United going first in the shoot-out, Nani to take it.
A unique penalty shoot-out ahead, with only three spot-kicks per team before it goes to sudden death.
This will be interesting.
Full-time in Gothenburg, the game has finished 0-0.
Good passing play from both sides, though Barcelona enjoyed much more possession all over the pitch.
However, neither side seriously looked like scoring the second-half, and the match will now go to penalties with a slick bit of silverware at stake.
All passing from Barca and still nothing to show for it. Cesc Fabregas made a good run into United territory but was out-muscled, while Jordi Alba has been effective on the left, but just can't find a teammate in the box.
With a shiny piece of silverware to play for, this game looks set for penalties.
United looking disciplined, staying in shape and dealing with almost everything Barca throw at them. They're not doing much up the other end however.
Great tackle from Michael Carrick stops Pedro going through on goal. He's not looking too bad at the back.
Scott Wootton on for Rio Ferdinand. The 33-year-old centre-back has done well lasting so long.
Nick Powell comes on for Anderson. The former Crewe Alexandra man is set to have his United future deep in the centre of midfield.
Barca win a corner after slick play around United's penalty area. As usual though, it comes to nothing.
Sergio Busquets replaced by young Ilie Sanchez, a regular for the B team.
Powerful low shot from Afellay goes just wide. Barca refusing to shoot from outside the box, but the Dutchman has a go, and it had De Gea down at his near post.
Nani and Busquets both booked for a tussle. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has a go at the ref. Meanwhile, both teams surge deep into the opposition final third, but fail to find that killer pass.
Like Shinji Kagawa when he first came on, Jordi Alba has made an immediate impact with some good crosses.
The game's suddenly become so high octane it's hard to keep up. Good pressure from both sides, especially United, who want another penalty after Nani was felled by substitute Marc Bartra. Not given, good call.
Plethora of changes. Dimitar Berbatov comes on for Danny Welbeck, while for Barca, summer signing Jordi Alba makes an appearance.
Good build-up play from United and Shinji Kagawa sees Ashley Young with good space for a shot just outside the box, but he hits the ball over for a rugby conversion.
Two good chances for Barca! First Ibrahim Afellay went close with a powerful low effort from long-range, before Pedro had a header inside the box acrobatically saved by De Gea.
More decent opportunities for Barcelona, and if there's a team more likely to score, it's La Blaugrana.
Besides that, it's been all tiki-taka for Barca and nothing to show for it.
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