- Neymar's lone goal powered Barcelona to a 1-0 win over Manchester United in the International Champions Cup in the US
- The Catalan club went ahead to win the title after beating their Spanish League arch rivals Real Madrid to the preseason tour title
- TV stations that showed the match were: ESPN2 (U.S. - English), ESPN Deportes (U.S. - Spanish), TeleCinco Espana, TV3 (Spain)
Spanish League giants Barcelona claimed a slim victory over Premier League top side Manchester United in the International Champions Cup on Wednesday, July 27, at FedEx Field.
Though, it was a preseason match for the two sides, a lone goal from Brazil star Neymar in the 31st minute ensured the Catalans came out tops from the game.
He took advantage of Antonio Valencia’s costly mistake to punish the Red Devils in an over eighty thousand capacity filled stadium.
The defeat was United’s only setback during their preseason tour as the current world’s most expensive player was voted the man of the match.
His performance in that encounter further attracted his present employers to step up their interest in him – and it paid off before the window closed.
Before the game, Jose Mourinho’s men had beaten LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Manchester City and Real Madrid in the process.
While he introduced Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku in the squad that faced the Catalans in the game to show that he wanted to wrap up his preseason tour unbeaten – but Neymar stopped that dream from becoming real.
The Portuguese manager introduced eight players into the team that defeated Real Madrid in penalties a week before.
For the Spanish side, Jasper Cillessen started in goal for Ernesto Valverde in that game, while Nelson Semedo, Javier Mascherano, Samuel Umtiti and Jordi Alba were the defenders.
Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and Alena manned the middle of the park for the Catalans, while Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar were the starting eleven for the La Liga team.
Jose Mourinho lined up David De Gea in goal, and Daley Blind, Antonio Valencia, Nilsson-Lindelof and Chris Smalling at the back.
Jesse Lingard, Michael Carrick, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford were in the midfield as Lukaku and Henrikh Mkhitaryan led the attack.
Match date/time: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. ET
Venue: FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland
TV: ESPN2 (U.S. - English), ESPN Deportes (U.S. - Spanish), TeleCinco Espana, TV3 (Spain),
Online: Watch ESPN (U.S.), MUTV (U.K.)
Meanwhile, Barcelona were crowned the champions of the last edition staged in the United States after beating their arch rivals Real Madrid 3-2 in their preseason El Clasico.
Goals from Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic and Gerard Pique helped the Catalan beat Los Blancos after Kovacic and Marco Asensio's goals couldn't help them avoid defeat in the game.
NAIJ.com previously reported that Barcelona wrapped up their league campaign with a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad on the last day of the Spanish League.
Though they had won the title weeks before the game, the Catalans ensured they avoided defeat in that encounter as they sent Andres Iniesta forth on a winning note.
Brazil international Philippe Coutinho scored the only goal of the encounter as coach Ernesto Valverde finished the season at the top of the table with 93 points from 36 games.
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