– MATCH SHEET
3 – Barcelona: Iñaki Peña, Sergiño Dest, Gerard Piqué, Samuel Umtiti, Alejandro Baldé, Sergi Roberto, Riqui Puig, Nico González, Yusuf Demir, Nils Mortimer and Rey Manaj. Also playing: Memphis Depay, Arnau Comas, Antoine Griezmann, Clement Lenglet, Frenkie De Jong, Miralem Pjanic, Pablo Gavira, Moussa N’Diaye, Alex Collado and Igor Gomes.
1 – Girona: Juan Carlos, Jordi Calavera, Juanpe, Arnau Martínez, Jairo; Ramón Terrats, Valery Fernandez, Gerard Gumbau, Ibrahima Kebe, Samu Saiz and Cristian Stuani. Oscar Ureña, Bernardo, Ilyas Chaira, Johan Mojica, Pau Victor, Aleix Garcia, Joaquín Zeballos, Jonathan Dubasin, Pape Diamanka and Alex Sala also played.
⚽ 💪🏻 Placido Depay’s debut with goal and victory against Girona
21 MINUTES AGO
Goals: 1-0, m.21: Piqué, from a penalty; 2-0, m.24: Rey Manaj; 2-1, m.42: Samu Saiz, from a penalty; 3-1, m.85: Memphis Depay, from a penalty.
Incidents: friendly match played at the Johan Cruyff stadium.
Barcelona beat Girona in the second match of the preseason (3-1), in an afternoon with three converted penalties, one of them for Memphis Depay, who managed to see the door in a debut in which he left good feelings. In addition to the Dutchman’s coming-out, the game provided the first minutes of the season for Lenglet, De Jong and Griezmann, who, surrounded by youngsters, forced Girona to push the accelerator.
The first chance of the game was for Barcelona in minute 2, with a shot over the crossbar by Dest to ease the slow start of the match. However, the first clear goal option was made by Uruguayan Stuani in the 12th minute, denied in the first instance by Iñaki Peña, who started this Saturday, and by Balde in the second attempt. The scare fueled Barcelona and the dominance of Koeman’s team soon translated into a goal: Balde himself forced a penalty on the line of the area that Piqué transformed with suspense, as Juan Carlos touched the ball with the palm of his hand.
With no time to react, Koeman’s side made it 2-0 through Albanian Rey Manaj in the 24th minute, which culminated a great collective play to low center by Mortimer to extend the scoring streak that accompanies him in the preseason. The last bars of the first half were marked by changes, first by Stuani in minute 32 and then by Manaj, suffering from a blow to the head, who was replaced by the debutant Depay. Just before the break, in the 42nd minute, Samu Saiz made it 2-1 also from eleven meters and thanks to a hand in the area of Mortimer.
Koeman did not move the bench after passing through the changing rooms, beyond the entrance of Arnau Comas in the place of Umtiti, but at game time he changed the whole team except Iñaki Peña, Memphis Depay and Comas. That half hour were the first minutes of the season for Lenglet, De Jong and Griezmann, who, surrounded by young people, subdued Girona without going up many gears. The best chances came from the feet of Pjanic, who hit the crossbar on 62 after a great free-kick, and from Griezmann, unable in the 69th minute to get in a great deep pass from Collado.
In the 85th minute, when it seemed that the game would die with 2-1, Griezmann caused the third penalty of the afternoon and gave the launch to a hyperactive Depay to make his debut with Barcelona. The Dutchman did not miss and put the finishing touch to the game with a whiplash to the squad.
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