After finishing the regular season, Barcelona!!!! traveled to Australia to face the finest the A-League has to offer.
The Australian league stars: Watch the goals of A-league All Stars vs Barcelona
Despite the fact that it was only a friendly for the Catalans, the All-Stars had a reputation to
uphold in front of a crowd of over 70,000.
Above all Barcelona seized the lead after a hotly contested first half-hour through Ousmane Dembele,
who found himself unmarked on the left wing. After a beautiful feed from Xavi, he tucked
the ball into the bottom right corner, and the visitors went into halftime up 1-0.
Arnau Tenas came in in the second half to replace Marc-Andre ter Stegen, and was called
into action almost immediately after Reno Piscopo equalized in the 47th minute.
However With an assist to left-back Adama Traore, who marauded down the flank to score
for the All Stars, the Australian striker fully erased the deficit.
Adama Traore, his namesake from Barcelona, took it personally and scored his first – and
possibly final – goal for the club in the 71st minute. The goalkeeper halted his ferocious
striker from within the box, but it eventually found its way into the net.
Soon after scoring, the Spaniard was taken off and replaced by Ansu Fati. It took the
teenager three minutes to get his name on the score sheet, as he took advantage of Antonio
Aranda’s brilliant solo run, finishing in the bottom corner.
Jandro Orellana eventually received a ten-minute run with the team, replacing Sergio
Busquets, leaving Dani Alves, Ronald Araujo, and Ousmane Dembele as the only players
who played the entire 90 minutes.
Barcelona’s season comes to an end with this result. The players will not leave for
international duty until July, when they will return for pre-season.
Barcelona is thinking about lowering player compensation once more
Barcelona is pondering another round of salary cuts in the first squad to comply with
financial fair play regulations and to make room for newcomers ahead of the new season.
According to the Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo, the management is expecting the veteran
players to step up and help reduce the pay cost so that the squad can quickly sign new
players in the summer.