Barcelona kept their pre-season undefeated in 2022 but failed to win their fourth straight as they drew 2-2 with Juventus at Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday night. In the sweltering temperatures, both teams struggled to play at a high level most of the evening, but we still had some good moments and four goals in what ended up being a fun night at Lone Star State.
The first 30 minutes were played at a very slow pace thanks to the insanely high temperatures and neither team was able to achieve a good rhythm, save for a few moments with Juve on the counter. Barcelona had most of the ball as expected but lacked the dynamic passing and movement from previous games, and resorted to a few attempts from outside the box by Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to create their best attacking moment.
After a short break from the water, the game finally came into play in the last 15 minutes: Barcelona looked stronger, faster in possession and Ousmane Dembele started to make his magic. The Frenchman scored a stunning opening goal with a stunning solo run and finish, and after Moise Kean equalized for Juventus with the push of a button, Dembele needed less than a minute to make it 2-1 with another superb dribbling sequence and a perfect finish.
Then Frank Kessie missed a huge opportunity to make it 3-1 for the Catalans, and in the first half came boring suddenly became very interesting in the break. Could the second half be more fun?
the other half
Juventus got off to a strong start in the second half pressing high above the pitch and forcing them to make mistakes in building Barcelona, which gave them a goal when Frenkie de Jong, who played again in the center of the defense, lost a ball on the edge of the penalty area. Moise Kean Another big chance in front of goal he didn’t miss.
The score was 2-2 and Barcelona finally woke up in the 60th minute, and despite several substitutions, the team were able to play some good attacking things and get close on several occasions, including a double chance when Ravenha hit the crossbar from a freestyle. And Ansu Fati hit the same spot with an amazing curling effort just seconds later.
The match ended without any further goals and the final whistle came to end Barcelona’s perfect pre-season run. But the results don’t really matter at this point, and with how crazy the conditions can sometimes be, it’s honestly hard to judge the team at all. Many players had to attend just to avoid injuries due to the heat, so it was all about improving their fitness levels and nothing else.
The final game of the US Tour is against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night, and the team continues to build up ahead of what could be a very special season.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen (Peña 46′); Roberto (Dest 32′ (Casadó 77′)), Christensen (Piqué 62′), Eric (De Jong 46′), Alba (Balde 62′); Nico (Gavi 46′), Busquets (Pjanic 46′), Casey (Tori 62′); Dembélé (Raphinha 46′ (Ez Abde 77′)), Lewandowski (Memphis 62′), Aubameyang (Ansu Fati 46′ (Collado 77′))
Objectives: Dembele (34 min, 40 min)
Juventus: Szczesny (Perin 46′); Danilo (Compagnon 61′), Bonucci (Gatti 46′), Bremer (Rugani 59′), Sandro (Pellegrini 61′); Zacharias, Locatelli (Fagiolo 61′); Di Maria (Soulé 77′), Rovilla, Cuadrado (Barbieri 77′); Kane (Codrigue 77′)
Objectives: Kane (39′, 52′)
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