Sunday July 31, 2011 July Finished

FC Barcelona 1 - 2 Manchester United

  • Thiago 70’
  • Nani 22’
  • Owen 76’

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    Time:90'
    • FC Barcelona
    • Manchester United
    • - If you've followed the match in England, get some sleep - but come back on Sunday afternoon for the following friendlies: Airtricty XI v Celtic (14:00), Manchester City v Inter Milan (16:30) and Arsenal v New York Red Bulls (16:20).
    • - United make it five wins from five in the States. Good performance from Ferguson's men against the European champions.
    • 90+3' Three minutes of added time are up, and United gain a small measure of revenge over Barca for their Champions League final defeat.
    • 90+2' Barca looking to walk the ball in through eight United defenders.
    • 90+2' It was a bouncing ball which he won't thank Obertan for, but it was well played by the youngster. Owen should have done better though and he knows it.
    • 90+1' Obertan is all alone in the box after skipping away from a challenge near the byline - he squares for Owen whose shot under no pressure is hacked well over!
    • 90' Time running out for Barcelona, with United holding firm. Diouf fouled.
    • 89' Thiago with a rasping drive from distance, this time over the bar. It was all of 30 yards out.
    • 88' Nani hareing forward, crowded out by three or perhaps four Barca players... and he collapses to the ground. Get up.
    • 87' Smalling with an excellent sliding challenge but Cuenca is able to send in a dangerous cross - headed away by Fabio.
    • 86' Barca change: Javier Espinosa on for the Catalan outfit.
    • 85' As De Gea claims a cross, we learn that the crowd is around 85,500. Not bad - that's only a little less than England get at Wembley.
    • 84' Owen sends Obertan loping after the ball on the right; his cross from the byline for Diouf instead finds Valdes.
    • 83' The Barcelona passing is as quick as when the big guns are on the pitch, but lacks something of the accuracy and enterprise.
    • 82' One-touch play in front of the box comes to nothing for Barca. United's shape impenetrable.
    • 81' Fans of United would have been chuffed to hear that Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been ruled out of the club's first three Premier League fixtures of the new season through injury. Gerrard out until September
    • 80' The third goal came something against the run of play, although as always there was room for the counter against the advanced Barca formation.
    • 79' United defend a corner. The crowd enjoyed that goal.
    • 78' Barca change: Iniesta makes way for youngster Marti Riverola.
    • 78' United changes: Phil Jones and Mame Biram Diouf on for Welbeck and Vidic.
    • 77' Owen is put through on goal by Cleverley and the veteran makes no mistake, dinking the ball with his toes past the advancing Valdes.
    • 76' OWEN SCORES TO PUT UNITED 2-1 UP!
    • 75' Carmona dispossessed by Evans. Obertan then over-run with opponents and loses the ball.
    • 74' Barca change: Barca B defender Ivan Balliu comes on for Abidal. The 16-year-old slots in at centre-half.
    • 73' Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho was given an incentive to behave himself when UEFA slightly eased his five-match European ban, imposed for his sending-off against Barcelona. UEFA give Mourinho incentive to behave
    • 72' Some goal from some prospect - Barca have been threatening it.
    • 71' He gets the ball out of his feet and unleashes hell from 25 yards - striking across the ball, it zips into the top corner with De Gea left standing.
    • 70' FABULOUS STRIKE FROM THIAGO TO EQUALISE!
    • 70' Midfielder Carmona waltzing his way towards the box, with one man in front of him... he cannot beat him and instead falls over.
    • 69' Thiago with a clever reverse pass to the right and Pedro, who twists his way into space and crosses - the ball is deflected and De Gea claims it.
    • 68' The temperature has dropped as the sunlight fades. Relief for the players.
    • 67' Strange end to that effort on goal, with the ball descending from the Iniesta pass. United survive it and the corner.
    • 66' Slick move from the Blaugrana ends with Iniesta scooping a ball over for Thiago to enter the six-yard box... De Gea knocks it over the bar!
    • 65' Excellent chance for United. Nani will be kicking himself, hopefully better than he did that ball.
    • 64' Welbeck with a lovely touch through the legs to find a path to goal... shot saved by Valdes! Owen cannot quite finish the rebound but Nani has a chance to... and he slices it over and wide!
    • 62' United also make a change: Gabriel Obertan on for Young.
    • 62' Barca change: Villa replaced by Carlos Carmona.
    • 62' Iniesta looking to open up United - De Gea claims the ball comfortably. The ball is given away though and Villa is fed on the far side of the box... he tries to come inside and shoot, but the ball ricochets off him and out for a goal-kick.
    • 61' Welbeck back to Giggs, who plays a poor first-time lofted pass which Nani hasn't a hope in hell of reaching.
    • 60' Young slices in from the left and looks for a gap, but is tackled fairly on the edge of the box.
    • 59' Fabio wins a throw as he makes the tackle. Barca have looked slightly more menacing in the last few minutes.
    • 58' And not giving the ball away.
    • 57' Barcelona now playing very high up the pitch.
    • 56' Giggs playing as a shield for the United defence, and not contributing all that much - a far cry from his heyday of mazy dribbles down the left flank. He could prove an important player in the Premier League next season though and will be picking up match fitness.
    • 55' Thiago almost in behind to finish, but De Gea collects with Evans holding the attacker off.
    • 54' Abidal makes a run into space down the left but Barca cannot find him. Smalling battles for the ball, taking out Villa in the process.
    • 53' Earlier, Johan Djourou’s defensive error gifted Pablo Mouche the equaliser as Boca Juniors fought back from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw against Arsenal in the Emirates Cup. Arsenal throw away two-goal lead
    • 52' Long possession from Barca followed by Nani break, nipped in the bud. Story of the match so far - except for the goal, that is...
    • 51' Young with one of those crashing, bending crosses that beats everybody by some margin.
    • 50' Quick feet from Villa and the ball is out to Pedro, whose low curling shot produces a save from De Gea. The former Atletico Madrid keeper does well to hold on to it.
    • 50' Not a bad early ball into the box from Welbeck as Nani makes a diagonal run to the near post - it is a foot or two ahead of him.
    • 49' Smalling down the line for Nani to whip one in, straight into the chest of Valdes.
    • 48' Owen dropping in alongside Tom Cleverley, who has been quietly effective so far. Welbeck playing alone up top.
    • 47' Smalling plays at right-back, with Fabio moving to left-back.
    • 46' Barca, in navy blue kit, kick us off in the second half.
    • - Anderson, Rooney and Evra make way.
    • - Chris Smalling also to come on as we await the second half.
    • - Two United prospects, Ryan Giggs and Michael Owen, warming up.
    • - A good first half from United as they seek a small measure of revenge for that Wembley mauling. Barca have kept and passed the ball, but enjoyed little penetration.
    • 45+1' Half-time after a strike for goal from Thiago flies well over.
    • 45' Villa tries to go down the outside, inside the box, and is handed off - he hits the deck but no penalty is given. There was contact, but it would have been a harsh award.
    • 44' Barca change: Barca B attacking midfielder Isaac Cuenca comes on for Afellay.
    • 43' The ball comes to Young down the left side of the box and he lifts it over a marker before sidefooting it across goal... poor cross in the end, but good skill from the former Aston Villa star.
    • 42' Barca trying to sort out a replacement as the game restarts. Young on the left has also looked pretty good so far.
    • 41' Afellay hobbling now.
    • 40' Nani with a nifty trick to speed over halfway on the counter. Welbeck cannot return the ball to him, but the Portuguese is looking in good nick.
    • 39' Afellay to the feet of Villa on the left. He performs his trademark cut inside and strike for goal... blocked by Evans, who is then fouled by 'El Guaje' as he slides to win the ball back. Well defended.
    • 39' Young over-eager as he looks to play in Rooney on the left and gives the balll away.
    • 38' As United force a corner, a cry of 'United' goes up. Expats from the North West of England...
    • 37' There is good support inside the stadium for Barca, presumably much of it from expats from Latin countries.
    • 36' Afellay with a left-foot shot from a very acute angle on the left. He pulls it across goal with no one arriving.
    • 35' He shakes it off and returns to the field. Villa worked into space inside the box on the left, but the ball is nicked off his toe.
    • 34' The man who made the top three of the Ballon d'Or - another player in that category, Xavi, is on the bench, while the third, Messi, is rested - passed the ball off and a slipping, clumsy Welbeck trod on his foot.
    • 33' Iniesta down hurt.
    • 32' United holding their positions well as Barca look to prise them apart. A Pedro ball goes to waste as Afellay stops his run at source.
    • 31' Dos Santos again in on Young, who jumps out of the way as the Barca man just gets the ball. He is walking a fine line.
    • 30' Dos Santos upends Young in front of the United bench, and is booked. Bad tackle.
    • 29' Pedro jinks in the box and goes down - no penalty despite the claims from the stands.
    • 28' Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney might have endured the most controversial years of their careers - but it has not stopped fans buying replica shirts with the stars' names on as the top 10 replica shirt sales figures for last season were released by Sporting Intelligence. Rooney tops replica shirt league
    • 27' It is hot out there but there is no lack of effort from either side. The game could well slow down in the second half - but expect a flurry of changes nonetheless.
    • 26' United of course have also played Seattle Sounders and Chicago Fire in pe-season. And won both.
    • 25' Afellay moves the ball to Iniesta on the left of middle, who tries his luck with a rising left-footed drive - well over the bar from 25 yards.
    • 24' Barca stung and swarming all around United. They thought it was offside - Nani was level.
    • 23' Welbeck leads the charge out of defence and releases the Portugal star just on the left - Valdes comes out and Nani sticks the ball through his legs and in. 1-0.
    • 22' GOAL FOR UNITED! Nani with the finish!
    • 22' Dutchman Afellay feeds a cross along the deck into the six-yard box, but there is no one there to finish it off. Turned behind for a corner.
    • 21' Ibrahim Afellay out to Pedro, who skins Fabio - and is clobbered for his trouble!
    • 20' Manchester United's attempts to sign Wesley Sneijder and Samir Nasri are "dead" according to chief executive David Gill.
    • 19' Ashley Young tracking back to head off a Barca attack. No goals as yet - and only the one clear chance, for Rooney.
    • 18' Rooney flicks the ball over an opponent's head, to the crowd's pleasure, but there is another defender there to mop up.
    • 17' United change: Rafael doesn't make it - replaced by twin brother Fabio.
    • 17' Welbeck fights back to win the ball. Nani then wastes it.
    • 16' Rooney with a flying header away as Busquets arrives to try and meet a Barca corner. United playing some good stuff, especially down the flanks.
    • 15' There are holes for United to exploit in the final third. Plenty of tackles flying in - perhaps the Wembley final is still there at the forefront of the United lads' minds.
    • 14' Rooney lays the ball out to Nani, whose cross is knocked away with Welback hovering in the danger area.
    • 13' Rafael still hobbling when the game restarts. He seems fine when chasing the ball down - but again feels his leg when the ball heads downfield.
    • 12' If you haven't seen, England were handed a testing 2014 World Cup qualifying draw Group H in Rio de Janeiro - but spared the prospect of facing some high-profile rivals. Testing 2014 qualifying draw for England
    • 11' Jonny Evans cuts out an Iniesta through-ball into the box - just in time. Rafael then caught by Seydou Keita and receives treatment on his ankle.
    • 10' Rooney with a snap-shot - just wide! Nani sends a bouncing low ball in from the right and the England star takes it on first-time, the ball just wide of the near post.
    • 9' United put under pressure in their own third, as happened at Wembley - but ultimately Rooney almost breaks free down the middle, again as he did to such great effect when equalising in the final to end last season.
    • 8' Barca playing their inimitable style of football, passing in triangles then hunting the ball down when they lose possession.
    • 7' Anderson is annoyed, believing the Spain midfielder to be making a meal of the challenge, but there was no need to go in like that. Busquets probably is milking it a bit, mind.
    • 6' Anderson clatters into Busquets late and the Spaniard is down hurt.
    • 5' Ashley Young looking lively on the left, sending in a low cross that Victor Valdes claims under pressure.
    • 4' Iniesta with an uncharacteristic long ball forward, picked off by United's defence. Thiago was the target.
    • 3' Pep Guardiola looking typically casual on the bench in tee-shirt. The game being played in a relaxed atmosphere, but there are players out there who are eager to impress alongside the stars.
    • 2' Danny Welbeck penalised after chasing down a ball into the corner - Jonathan dos Santos hobbles away. Looked a little harsh.
    • 1' United to kick off, attacking the goal to our left.
    • - Mexico striker Chicharito spent Tuesday night in hospital after complaining of headaches during a meal after training - no chances taken by Alex Ferguson. Fergie will give Hernandez time
    • - This is United's second pre-season game, with the first a 4-0 pasting of an MLS All-Stars team. Eric Cantona's New York Cosmos is next up in Paul Scholes's testimonial at Old Trafford on August 5 - then the Community Shield against Man City.
    • - The teams are in the tunnel, ready to emerge... Barca's shirts have 'End Polio' written where the player names usuually sit. And of course Unicef at the bottom - with 'Qatar Foundation' taking over the charity's place on the shirts' front.
    • - There is a carnival atmosphere inside this Redskins NFL venue - almost 90,000 fans watching.
    • - No Javier Hernandez for United after his Gold Cup exploits, but Wayne Rooney starts up front with Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic featuring in defence. Nani and Anderson also play while goalkeeper David De Gea makes his second start for the Red Devils.
    • - No Lionel Messi for the mighty Barca, but there are plenty of stars in the line-up - Andres Iniesta starts in midfield with Sergio Busquets, while Victor Valdes is in goal and David Villa and Pedro in attack.
    • - Barcelona: Valdes; Fontas, Abidal, Alcantara, Keita; Busquets, Iniesta, dos Santos; Villa, Pedro, Afellay; subs: Pinto, Masip, Balliu, Pique, Puyol, Xavi, Suarez, Riverola, Cabelino, Lozano, Muniesa, Carmona, Espinosa, Cuenca
    • - Manchester United: De Gea; Evra, Vidic, Evans, Rafael; Cleverly, Anderson, Young, Nani; Rooney, Welbeck; subs: Lindegaard, Amos, Jones, Ferdinand, Smalling, Fabio, Obertan, Owen, Giggs, Carrick, Park, Diouf, Berbatov, Macheda
    • - Welcome to FedEx Field in Washington DC, where Manchester United face Champions League final vanquishers Barcelona in a high-profile pre-season friendly.
  • Summary

    • 90+1' Obertan is all alone in the box after skipping away from a challenge near the byline - he squares for Owen whose shot under no pressure is hacked well over!
    • 76' OWEN SCORES TO PUT UNITED 2-1 UP!
    • 70' FABULOUS STRIKE FROM THIAGO TO EQUALISE!
    • 66' Slick move from the Blaugrana ends with Iniesta scooping a ball over for Thiago to enter the six-yard box... De Gea knocks it over the bar!
    • 64' Welbeck with a lovely touch through the legs to find a path to goal... shot saved by Valdes! Owen cannot quite finish the rebound but Nani has a chance to... and he slices it over and wide!
    • 43' The ball comes to Young down the left side of the box and he lifts it over a marker before sidefooting it across goal... poor cross in the end, but good skill from the former Aston Villa star.
    • 22' GOAL FOR UNITED! Nani with the finish!
    • 10' Rooney with a snap-shot - just wide! Nani sends a bouncing low ball in from the right and the England star takes it on first-time, the ball just wide of the near post.

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