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A relatively small fixture by all means, the biggest storyline at PGE Arena Gdansk this week was the Barcelona debut of the Catalans’ newest superstar, Neymar.
An occasion that the Polish amateur side will surely remember for some time, Lechia Gdansk actually held their own pretty well against the Spanish champions, who led with very much a second-string team with a sprinkling of majesty.
Lionel Messi and Alexis Sanchez were the bigger stars of Tata Martino’s lineup as the new Barca boss gave the likes of Marc Bartra, Sergio Gomez, Martin Montoya and Christian Tello their chances to impress.
Another youngster taking the opportunity was Sergi Roberto, the La Masia product whom many predict will replace Thiago Alcantara at the Camp Nou.
And it was Roberto who got his side back into the fixture following Jaroslaw Bieniuk’s opener for the hosts, finishing from close range thanks to an inviting Montoya cross.
For large periods, Barcelona certainly looked like the stronger outfit and should have buried a batch of other chances like they did in the 7-0 thrashing of Valarenga over the weekend, but a clinical touch was lacking.
Instead, it was Piotr Grzelczak who put the Polish hosts ahead once more just after the restart, Messi once again rising to the occasion to salvage a draw for his team soon after.
For players such as Jonathan dos Santos, Bartra, Roberto and Montoya, the result was still a good run-out under their new coach, but it might take more convincing before any of them find much time in the starting XI of competitive matches.
Neymar was introduced with 10 minutes left in his first appearance as a Barcelona player, with more set to come swiftly.