Barca, Man City draw 3-3 in charity friendly match

25 Aug 2022 | 08:30 | Football

Barcelona and Manchester City drew an entertaining 3-3 friendly at Camp Nou on Wednesday in a match organized to raise awareness and fund research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

More than 90,000 fans attended the match and gave a standing ovation to the club’s former goalkeeper and assistant head coach Juan Carlos Unzue, who was diagnosed with an advanced neurodegenerative disease a few years ago. two years.

Unzue won one Champions League, two La Liga and one Copa del Rey as assistant coach to Luis Enrique at Barcelona before joining Girona as head coach in 2020.

He spent the entire match on Wednesday in a wheelchair next to Barca coach Xavi Hernandez, as an honorary coach.

With both teams resting many of the leading players, City soon took the lead thanks to 22-year-old Argentine striker Julian Alvarez after a mistake by Barca goalkeeper Inaki Pena.

Possibly in his last game for Barcelona before his move to Chelsea, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equalized in the 29th minute from a counter-attack.

Frenkie de Jong gave Barca the lead in the 66th minute but Cole Palmer leveled for the English champions four minutes later.

Substitute Memphis Depay once again put Barcelona ahead with a strike from inside the box after a fine counter-attack from Sergi Roberto.

In injury time, City substitute Erling Haaland tripped in the box and Riyad Mahrez equalized from the penalty spot.

Both Depay and De Jong are also likely to leave Barcelona as the club work to comply with LaLiga Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules to sign new signing Jules Kounde, who played from the start against Man City.

Match had to be stopped for a few minutes to allow 18-year-old City defender Luke Mbete to receive medical attention after receiving a blow to the head during a collision with Andreas Christensen.