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August 2, 2013 8:30 PM WAT
11′ (OG) Léo
30′ Pedro
75′ Adriano
83′ J. Dongou
Thanks for joining me, Max Bentley, on a wonderful night for Barcelona as they claim the 48th edition of the Joan Gamper Trophy. Until next time, goodbye.
FT: BARCELONA 8-0 SANTOS. Barcelona have returned to the Camp Nou in some style, thumping Neymar's former-employers by eight goals. What a wonderful way for Tata Martino to introduce himself as the new coach. I know it's only preseason but if the Catalan side can reproduce some of that delightful tiki-taka passing in their league and cup campaigns, I doubt too many will stand in their way.
GREAT SAVE FROM VLADIMIR! Neymar goes close to scoring against his former club when he latches onto Dongou's smart pass before his fierce left-footed drive is palmed over by Vladimir.
Barcelona are knocking the ball about for fun now and they produce some intricate one-touch passing on the edge of the box. One more goal, perhaps?
Barcelona are looking for a ninth and Neymar whips an inviting corner into the box which is headed well clear. You'll do well to find a better pre-season performance than this.
Goal J. Dongou
DONGOUUUUU!! The young Cameroonese striker makes it eight as he taps in from a few yards out after being picked out by Fabregas' pinpoint low cross. What a spectacle Tata Martino's side have put on this evening!
Jubal is the first man to be cautioned after a rash tackle through the back of Bartra. Frustration creeping into the Brazilian side now.
GREAT SAVE FROM PINTO! The Barcelona no.2 makes a splendid reflex save to deny Henrique's header from point-blank range.
Javier Mascherano is finally withdrawn, in place of 18-year-old Cameroonese defender Frank Bagnack.
A stoppage in play as Oliveira opts to make several substitutions for the away side.
Goal Adriano
ADRIANO MAKES IT 7-0! The left-back has produced some fine finishes over the years and this is another special strike as he curls a finessed shot into the top corner from outside the box. Seventh heaven for Barcelona!
A tenth substitution for Barcelona as Patric comes on to replace Alexis Sanchez. Javier Mascherano is the only Barcelona member remaining from the first whistle.
BARCELONA HIT THE POST! Jean Marie Dongou wins a free kick in a dangerous location just outside the box and Fabregas steps up to execute a fantastic effort against the inside of the upright. So close to his hat trick!
As it stands, this would be Barcelona's record victory in the Joan Gamper Trophy. One more goal is required to equal Anderlecht's 7-0 win over Nantes in 1966.
Goal Cesc Fàbregas
6-0 BARCELONA! Neymar is the architect as he waits patiently for the run of Fabregas and the Brazilian picks him out excellently, allowing the Spaniard to place the ball expertly into the top-left corner of the net. Another splendid goal from Martino's side.
Wonderful passing triangles from Barcelona here and the crowd are loving every minute as they chant 'Ole'. A giant Mexican wave spreads through the Camp Nou stands.
Santos substitute Gustavo Henrique finds himself in space down the right and he does well to pick out Morillo but the Argentine's cross-cum-shot is comfortably gathered by Pinto.
Lionel Messi is given a standing ovation by the Camp Nou crowd as he is replaced by Jean Marie Dongou.
Messi nearly makes it six for Barcelona when he breaks the offside trap to latch onto Fabregas' incise through ball but Vladimir anticipates the Argentine's chip and makes the save.
Santos have their first shot on target when Montillo drives forward from midfield before stinging the palms of Pinto with his low attempt. From the resulting corner, Barcelona manage to clear.
Neymar robs the Santos right-back in possession and scampers towards goal but his lay-off for Messi is slightly mistimed and Durval hacks clear.
Jordi Alba provided a superb attacking outlet from left-back in the first half and Adriano looks to do the same here as he advances from deep before his teasing low cross just evades Sanchez at the back post.
Sergi Roberto is certainly one for the future and he has made an instant impact since coming on. With Thiago gone, the 21-year-old could see a fair bit of first-team action this campaign.
Goal Cesc Fàbregas
FABREGAS MAKES IT FIVE! A hint of fortune in this one as Sanchez's inital pass ricochets nicely back to him and he slides a ball behind the Santos defence for Fabregas to smash past Vladimir.
Fabregas produces a sublime pass to pick out Sergi Roberto in the box and the youngster chests the ball off to Messi, who sees his shot well blocked.
Neymar comes close to scoring his first Barcelona goal when Fabregas cuts the ball back from the byline, but his former teammate Edu Dracena is there to steal the ball off of his toes.
The Neymar-Messi partnership has been touted as one of the most promising in the history of world football. Let's see how 'Ney-messis' performs in this second period.
A stoppage in play as an intruder is hauled to the floor by security, much to the delight of the home support.
Eight changes for Barcelona at the break and here is how their lineup reads for the second half: Pinto; Montoya, Bartra, Mascherano, Adriano; Fabregas, Song, Sergi Roberto; Sanchez, Messi, Neymar.
Lots of your praising the performances of Andres Iniesta and Alexis Sanchez in that first half. To be honest, it's been a fantastic performance from Barcelona all around.
What did you make of that first half? Which players impressed you the most? Let me know your views via Twitter @MaxBentley1.
HT: BARCELONA 4-0 SANTOS. What a splendid half of football from Tata Martino's side with Barcelona at their tiki-taka finest. With Neymar to come on in the second half, you fear that Claudinei Oliveira's side could concede a few more yet.
THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN SOME GOAL! Barcelona perform a spectacular display of tricks and passing with almost every outfield player involved before Messi's weak header is comfortably caught by Aranha. Iniesta is pulling the strings effortlessly here.
Lionel Messi's touch has been a little rusty this evening and he loses possession in a promising position on the edge of the box after a good challenge from Durval. I guess we can let him off, it is pre-season after all.
Of course I was referring to Neymar and the Brazilian golden boy is undergoing his stretches on the sideline. He will surely be introduced in the second period.
Santos look to enjoy a spell of possession but it comes to nothing as Leandrinho's chipped pass is headed clear by Pique. The Brazilians have offered no attacking threat whatsoever so far. It seems they might be missing a certain someone.
Gerard Pique looks to get in on the act when Messi spots the run of the centre-back in the box. However, just as he is about to pull the trigger, Pique loses his footing and the ball goes out for a goal kick.
Champagne football from Barcelona once again as Iniesta scoops a ball over the head of two Santos defenders for Messi but the Argentine's shot is straight at Aranha.
Santos coach Claudinei Oliveira opts to make an early change, replacing Thiago Ribeiro with Willian Jose. The Santos players are now lined up with the traditional squad numbers 1-11.
SANTOS HAVE A SHOT! Rafael Galardo advances from right-back but his ambitious long-range drive flies high over the crossbar.
Alexis Sanchez is really enjoying himself out there and produces some scintillating footwork to evade the challenges of three Santos defenders. The Chilean certainly doesn't seem to be lacking in confidence.
Goal Pedro
PEDRO MAKES IT FOUR! It's all too easy for Barcelona and they celebrate again as Jordi Alba's overlap is well picked out by Sanchez and the left-back fires in a low cross which is duly converted by Pedro. Neymar looks a tad embarrassed on the bench.
Barcelona work the ball all the way back to Victor Valdes and that is met by ironic cheers from the home support. He has been a mere spectator in the first half.
Barcelona are playing some exhibition football and Andres Iniesta is unlucky not to score when his shot from Sanchez's chested layoff is well foiled by Aranha.
The highest winning margin recorded in the Joan Gamper Trophy was in the 1984 semi-final when Barcelona beat Boca Juniors 9-1. Barcelona's record victory in the final was 5-0 against Inter and Napoli in 2007 and 2011 respectively.
Goal Alexis Sánchez
3-0 BARCELONA! Alexis Sanchez gets his name on the scoresheet when Messi spots the run of the Chilean just inside the box and he coolly rolls the ball into the bottom right-hand corner. Santos are all over the place here.
Xavi plays a short corner to Pedro and the winger's finessed shot, looking for the top right pocket of the net, goes narrowly wide for a goal kick.
Messi looks to thread an eye-of-the-needle pass through to Sanchez, but captain Edu Dracena is there to make a crucial interception. Barcelona look more than capable of scoring a few more in this first half.
Barcelona are really enjoying themselves here and their Confederations Cup stars hardly look short of fitness. I'm not sure Santos have even touched the ball in the final third.
Injury concern for Barcelona here as Sergio Busquets goes down clutching his ankle. The fans applaud as the midfielder gingerly gets to his feet.
Barcelona have only been denied the Joan Gamper Trophy in three of the last 18 editions; Juventus, Manchester City and Sampdoria the sides to deny them.
Own Goal Léo
2-0. BARCELONA EXTEND THEIR LEAD! Dani Alves bombards down the right wing and his cross takes an unfortunate ricochet off Leo who diverts the ball into his own net. What a start for Tata Martino!
Goal Lionel Messi
1-0 BARCELONA! Lionel Messi opens the scoring for Barcelona, latching onto Pedro's miskick, dancing round Aranha and passing the ball into the empty net. He made it look so easy!
Wonderful football from Barcelona! Alexis Sanchez and Pedro combine with some glorious one-touch passing but the Spanish winger cannot find the far corner with his shot across goal.
The Barcelona defenders will need to keep an eye on 19-year-old forward Neilton tonight who has already been hailed as the new Neymar. He's certainly living up to early expectations with four goals in seven first-team matches.
Dani Alves swoops down the right wing and his precise cross is met by the head of Messi, who can only find the gloves of Aranha. I'm sure the Barcelona players will be looking to impress their new coach this evening.
Barcelona will be hoping to get off to a better start than in their most recent friendly against Lechia Gdansk. However, it is a much more familiar starting eleven tonight than the one fielded by Jordi Roura on Tuesday.
The volume inside the Camp Nou rises as Barcelona get the ball rolling. Can they win the 48th edition of the Joan Gamper Trophy?
The players gather around the centre circle to pay their respects to former-Barcelona goalkeeper Antoni Ramallets who sadly died earlier this week.
Gerardo Martino makes a speech to the fans and is received warmly by the home crowd. The famous Barcelona anthem soon follows as the players emerge from the tunnel.
Gerardo Martino takes his place on the Barcelona bench for the first time tonight and is able to welcome back the club's Confederations Cup stars. Manchester United target Cesc Fabregas and summer signing Neymar take their places on the substitutes' bench.
SANTOS (4-4-2): Aranha, Rafael Galhardo, Edu Dracena, Durval, Leo; Arouca, Cicero, Leandrinho, Montillo; Neilton, Thiago Ribeiro.
BARCELONA (4-3-3): Valdes; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta; Pedro, Alexis, Messi.
Without any further ado, here are tonight's lineups...
Sampdoria spolit the party last year when a Roberto Soriano strike helped the Italian side to lift the Joan Gamper Trophy. Can Barcelona reclaim it this evening? Bringing you all of the action from the Camp Nou, my name is Max Bentley. Feel free to tweet me all of your Barcelona and Santos-related views via Twitter @MaxBentley1.
Tonight really is a special occasion for all those associated with the blaugrana as they celebrate the founding member and former-president of one of the world's most successful sporting sides. Joan Gamper set up Barcelona in 1899 and his legacy and influence runs through the Catalan football club even today.
Having enjoyed one win, one draw and one loss on their pre-season travels so far, Barcelona make an eagerly-anticipated return to the Camp Nou this evening for the 48th edition of the Joan Gamper Trophy. Their opponents this time around are Brazilian side, Santos, who sold Neymar to the Spanish champions early in the transfer window.
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