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MetiNews.Com - Barcelona vs Girona LIVE! Barcelona's preparations for the new season continued with a preseason friendly win over Girona, with Lionel Messi scoring twice.
Breaking News ! Barcelona vs Girona LIVE! Barcelona's preparations for the new season continued with a preseason friendly win over Girona, with Lionel Messi scoring twice. Philippe Coutinho struck the crossbar early on before giving Barca the lead midway through the first half, tapping into an empty net after brilliant link play between Messi and new signing Francisco Trincao. Messi then doubled Barca's advantage later in the half, spinning away from a defender to thump a shot in off the post and score for the first time since threatening to leave the club last month. Samu Saiz scored for Girona right at the start of the second period but Barca's captain struck again in the 50th minute, also cutting inside to shoot from outside the area but this time benefiting from a heavy deflection. Barca play promoted La Liga side Elche in their final pre-season game on Saturday before beginning their league campaign the following weekend at home to Villarreal. With kick-off at 6pm BST, follow the action with Ben Hayward! Live Updates New updates availableRefresh FULL TIME 2020-09-16T18:50:52.033Z FULL TIME | Barcelona 3-1 Girona 2020-09-16T18:50:29.373Z 90 mins: Girona with a dangerous attack in the final minute, but a header cannot be directed towards goal... 2020-09-16T18:49:35.326Z 89 mins: Time ticking away now, Barca still in possession. Can they add another? Advertisement 2020-09-16T18:46:48.800Z 86 mins: Pedri again! This time the youngster sees an effort deflected over the bar... 2020-09-16T18:45:26.863Z 85 mins: Alena and Puig make tackles to win the ball back, but Braithwaite concedes a free-kick. Barca soon regain possession, though... 2020-09-16T18:44:48.270Z 84 mins: Girona in possession now and Barcelona's players are forced to take deeper positions... Advertisement 2020-09-16T18:40:14.540Z 81 mins: Dembele's cross is blocked after the corner is initially cleared. Barca back on the attack... 2020-09-16T18:39:45.080Z 80 mins: Martin Braithwaite sees an effort deflected just wide... 2020-09-16T18:39:03.176Z 78 mins: Barcelona playing the ball around with intensity. Plenty of players out there who are keen to impress here... Advertisement 2020-09-16T18:34:39.656Z 75 mins: Dembele cuts back and lashes a wild effort over the bar with his left foot from a good position... 2020-09-16T18:33:16.606Z 73 mins: Barcelona close again through Pedri as the youngster's shot is pushed past the post by Jose Suarez. A bright showing from the 17-year-old.
70 mins: Konrad de la Fuente with a good run down the left, but his attempted pass is intercepted on the edge of the area...
67 mins: The subsequent corner from the right is headed away by a Girona defender...
66 mins: Pedri with a low shot from the edge of the area, which is pushed just past the post by Juan Carlos...
63 mins: All of Barcelona's outfield players come off, apart from Araujo, as Koeman makes nine changes. Clement Lenglet, Junior Firpo, Nelson Semedo, Riqui Puig, Carles Alena, Martin Braithwaite, Konrad de la Fuente, Pedri and Ousmane Dembele all on...
61 mins: About nine Barcelona players waiting to come on as Koeman prepares to ring the changes...
60 mins: An hour gone at the Johan Cruyff Stadium. Griezmann sees a shot blocked from a central position on the edge of the area...
59 mins: A long Girona ball from midfield goes out for a goal kick to Barcelona...
58 mins: Free-kick is cleared, Girona win it back and stay on the attack. Goalscorer Samu Saiz tries a chip from the edge of the box on the right side, but it's well wide...
56 mins: Sergi Roberto penalised for a foul. Free-kick to Girona...
Kick-off time and venue
Barcelona vs Girona is scheduled for a 6pm BST kick-off.
The match will be played behind closed doors at Estadi Johan Cruyff with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
How to watch
The match will be televised live on Barcelona's Barça TV+ streaming service and also on Barça TV. Click here for more information.
Barcelona XI: Neto, Roberto, Pique, Araujo, Alba, Busquets, De Jong, Trincao, Messi, Coutinho, Griezmann
Girona XI: Juan Carlos, Calavera, Alcala, Espinosa, Mojica, Gumbau, Kebe, Fernandez, Saiz, Izquierdo, Turmo
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