Monday, February 26, 2024

Barcelona and Juventus equalized with braces from Dembele and Moise Keane.


Barcelona and Juventus were held to a 2-2 draw by Frenchman Ousmane Dembele and Moise Keane in a friendly in Dallas on Tuesday during their pre-season tour of the United States.

In the “Cotton Bowl”, Dembele put Barcelona ahead after 34 minutes past Colombian Juan Cuadrado and Brazil’s Alex Sandro, before scoring against Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczany.

5 minutes later, Juventus’ answer came, Barcelona’s opening goal when Cuadrado made his mistake with a cross that Kane reached and put it into the net of German goalkeeper Marc-Andre der Stegen.

But Dembele allowed Barcelona to go back in front when the Frenchman failed to make a defensive tackle as the Colombian made a mistake again, getting past Manuel Locatelli and sending the ball into the Italian net (40).

Barcelona coach Xavi made wholesale adjustments during the two-and-a-half-hour break, including Dembele, who left his place for Brazilian rookie Rafinha. The team and former Leeds United player refused to reach his net.

Despite Barcelona’s clear advantage at the start of the second half, Juventus, without their new-age Frenchman Paul Pogba due to injury, equalized after Kane followed the ball into the net after a double play between Swiss Denis Zakaria and Swiss Denis Zakaria. Locatelli (52).

Barcelona came close to regaining their lead, but luck ran out after Rafinha’s free-kick bounced off the crossbar and the ball then reached Ansu Fati, who curled an arc from the edge of the area. Position (68).

After that, neither team failed to threaten the other’s goal amid a lackluster appearance for Barcelona’s new Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, who was replaced by Xavi midway through the second half.

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