22 Jul Barcelona vs. Gimnastic de Tarragona – Football Match Report – July 21, 2021
Rey Manaj starred with a hat trick as Barcelona kicked off preseason with a 4-Zero win towards 10-man Gimnastic de Tarragona on Wednesday.
“B team” striker Manaj, an Albania worldwide, fired house the opener on the hour mark after Alex Quintanilla had been proven a purple card for a late problem on Riqui Puig earlier than the break.
Alex Collado added Barca’s second with 5 minutes to go, with Manaj then scoring his second along with his chest from shut vary earlier than finishing his treble from the penalty spot.
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Barca coach Ronald Koeman continues to be with out a big a part of his first-team squad because of the gamers’ involvement in Euro 2020, the Copa America and the Olympic Video games this summer season.
Nonetheless, he was nonetheless capable of discipline a powerful facet, with United States worldwide Sergino Dest, Gerard Pique and Miralem Pjanic all beginning the sport on the Johan Cruyff Stadium in entrance of a crowd of simply over 2,000.
Teen Yusuf Demir, a summer season signing from Fast Vienna, made a shiny begin as he appeared to impress on his Barca debut. He drew an early save from Manu Garcia, who was the third division facet’s busiest participant within the first interval.
Garcia additionally saved twice from Sergi Roberto, the primary a product of a nice Puig cross, earlier than denying Pjanic, Demir once more and Peque Polo.
Nastic have been decreased to 10 males within the 40th minute when Quintanilla took out Riqui Puig, which teed up a Barca onslaught, even with Koeman making 11 modifications at half-time.
Former Inter ahead Manaj turned properly and drove the ball into the roof of the web within the 60th minute. He nearly added a second quickly after, however his header was saved by substitute goalkeeper Gonzi.
Collado finally scored Barca’s second with a deflected effort with 5 minutes to play, earlier than Manaj scored two extra to seize his hat-trick late on.
Barca will hope to have new signing Memphis Depay in motion on Saturday after they host Girona. The Dutchman arrived within the metropolis this week and is now coaching along with his new teammates.
Frenkie de Jong, Antoine Griezmann and Clement Lenglet are additionally again in coaching and will characteristic on the weekend.
Nonetheless, the wait goes on for Lionel Messi, who has not but signed his new cope with the membership, though sources have instructed Football4cast there’s an settlement for him to signal a five-year contract.
Messi is presently holidaying in Miami following Copa America success with Argentina and, pending the brand new deal being signed, is not due again in Barcelona till the start of August.