Barcelona vs Manchester City: Wednesday’s club friendly between Barcelona and Manchester City ended in a 3-3 draw thanks to a late penalty kick from Riyad Mahrez.
Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City scored the game-tying goal against Barcelona. Photographer: AP
Wednesday’s friendly match between Manchester City and Barcelona ended in a 3-3 tie at the Camp Nou.
Following an error by Barca goalkeeper Inaki Pena, Julian Alvarez stole the ball and scored with a cool finish to give City the early lead in the game.
Barcelona answered in a matter of eight minutes. A Jordi Alba free kick was directed toward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who then scored. Three players contributed to the goal, but only two of them had played under Guardiola.
Frenkie De Jong scored in the 66th minute of the second half on an assist from Memphis Depay, although it only took Guardiola’s team four minutes to respond.
In his sixth game for Manchester City’s senior team, Cole Palmer scored off a cross from Joao Cancelo to tie the score.
When he directed Sergio Roberto’s low cross into the goal, Memphis Depay demonstrated why the Blaugrana depend on him so much. This gave Barcelona a brief advantage in the game.
While it appeared like Barcelona would win the game, Andreas Christensen’s last-second penalty gave Man City the opportunity to tie the score for the second time in the game. After 90 minutes of heated football, Riyad Mahrez finished the game calmly and without error, leveling the score.
Barcelona 3 (Aubameyang 29′, de Jong 66′, and Depay 78′) and Manchester City (Alvarez 21′, Palmer 70′, and Mahrez 90+9′) drew the match.