Pedri scored twice and Robert Lewandowski scored Barcelona’s first goal in a spectacular 6-0 victory over Pumas UNAM in the Joan Gamper Trophy on Sunday.
Robert Lewandowski scored Barcelona’s first goal
Robert Lewandowski scored the game’s first goal after just two minutes, and by the 20th minute, Barca had a four-goal advantage thanks to goals from Pedri, Dembele, and both of them.
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In the second half, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Frenkie de Jong added the final two goals as Xavi Hernandez’s team concluded an undefeated preseason with their fourth victory in six games.
Next Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, Barca’s LaLiga season gets underway at home against Rayo Vallecano (live on ABC, ESPN+), while the Pumas return to Liga MX play the following weekend against Club America.
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Even though Barca’s previous campaign ended without a title, excitement has returned to the club after a summer of investment, which saw the arrival of Lewandowski, Raphinha, Jules Kounde, Franck Kessie, and Andreas Christensen.
Before the game, they were all introduced to a throng of over 80,000 people, with Lewandowski receiving the greatest cheers from the fans after joining from Bayern Munich for €45 million.
The Poland striker had yet to score in three friendlies for his new team, but it only took him less than two minutes to score against Pumas. He did it following a superb feed from Pedri, rounding goalkeeper Julio Jose Gonzalez and scoring from a small angle.
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Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski stars as hosts dominate Joan Gamper Trophy match at Camp Nou
The high point of the first half was watching Pedri and Lewandowski’s relationship develop. Soon after, Lewandowski returned the favour by setting up Pedri for his second goal with a fantastic flick in the 20th minute.
In the midst of Pedri’s two goals, Dembele scored his fifth preseason goal following excellent play from Raphinha, a €55 million acquisition from Leeds United.
After then, Lewandowski and Raphinha both struck the woodwork in quick succession, but Pumas were able to hold on until halftime without giving up a fifth goal.
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