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July 30, 2013 7:45 PM BST
Barcelona's host of Spanish stars who featured in the Confederations Cup are also expected to return for the game against Neymar's former-employers with Gerardo Martino expected to take control for the first time. Thanks for joining me, Max Bentley, on what has been a thrilling contest in Gdansk. Until next time, goodbye.
FT: LECHIA GDANSK 2-2 BARCELONA. Jordi Roura's side fight back twice to deny the Polish side a famous victory. Credit is certainly due to Michal Probierz's side who worked tirelessly and tested the Blaugrana defence on multiple occasions. Neymar will capture the headlines as he made his Barcelona debut and the Brazilian will no doubt feature against Santos in the Joan Gamper Trophy on Friday.
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That's the last action of the game as the referee blows the final whistle.
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Lechia Gdansk miss a glorious chance to win it at the death. Oualembo whips in a wonderful cross and Tuszynski is there again, but can only flick the ball over the top.
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Neymar produces a neat piece of skill to set Patric clear down the left but the young full-back's low cross is easily collected by Malkowski. Dongou is unimpressed at the back post.
Neymar looks to thread an incise ball through to fellow substitute Dongou but Oualembo is there to make a crucial interception. This games seems destined for a draw.
The crowd rise once again as goalscorer Piotr Grzelczak is replaced by Kacper Lazaj for the final few minutes. He's been the best player on the pitch today, in my opinion.
Lechia Gdansk are defending in numbers here with coach Michal Probierz furiously shouting orders from the touchline. I can't remember the last time Malkowski had to make a save.
It really has been a fantastic test for Barcelona this evening. This Lechia Gdansk side have played some tidy football and have worked tirelessly against the Spanish champions.
You can feel the excitement every time Neymar touches the ball. The Brazilian dances his way past two challenges before being having the ball finally stolen off his toes. This is his first match since Brazil's Confederations Cup final triumph over Spain.
Substitution Przemysław Frankowski Adam Dudas
Here he comes! The noise inside the PGE Arena rises as Neymar comes on to make his first Barcelona appearance, replacing Alexis Sanchez. Will we see some Brazilian magic in the final 11 minutes?
Substitution Alexis Sánchez Neymar
Substitution from Barcelona as Jean Marie Dongou replaces Lionel Messi. No deadly duo this evening. Neymar awaits his call.
Substitution Messi J. Dongou
Kiko Femenia does brilliantly to bundle his way down the right flank and he picks out Messi with his cutback, only to see the Argentine uncharacterstically let down by his first touch.
Barcelona have become a bit disjointed after all those substitutions and you have to say that Lechia look the more likely to score at the moment. Neymar is doing his stretches on the touchline.
This Grzelczak is some player and he sends a wonderful teasing free kick into the box which has Oler scrambling across his goalmouth. All it needed was the slightest of touches there and Lechia Gdansk would have been celebrating a third.
Lechia Gdansk are not afraid to attack here and former PSG man Oualembo surges to the byline but cannot pick out a white shirt with his cross.
Barcelona nearly fall behind again as Grzelczak looks to force the ball past Oler but the young Barcelona shotstopper reacts well and stands firm to deny Pazio at the second attempt.
Seven substitutions for Barcelona with Bagnack, Kiko Femenia, Espinoza, Planes, Samper, Ilie Sanchez and Patric all coming on. Neymar looks on from the bench. Messi is still on the pitch.
Substitution Jonathan Dos Santos Sergi Samper
Substitution Alex Song Ilie
Substitution Sergi Roberto Javier Espinosa
Substitution Montoya Kiko
Substitution Sergio Gómez Planas
Substitution Adriano Patricio Gabarrón
MESSI GOES CLOSE! Adriano surges down the left wing once again before whipping in a teasing cross which Messi meets, but the ball just goes the wrong side of the post.
60 minutes played and still no sign of Neymar! Are Barcelona fans going to have to wait until the Joan Gamper Trophy match against Santos on Friday to see their new acquisition?
That Tuszynski miss has proved so costly for Lechia Gdansk. With a two-goal lead, they could have been on course for a famous victory.
Goal Messi
MESSI SCORES! Barcelona work the ball from left to right wonderfully and Sanchez slides the ball behind the Lechia defence for Messi, who coolly chips over the advancing goalkeeper. 2-2.
IT SHOULD BE 3-1! Grzelczak is causing the Barcelona defence all sort of problems and he hooks a wonderful cross back across goal, only for Tuszynski to chest over from barely five yards out. He missed when it was easier to score.
Barcelona win another free kick in a dangerous position but Messi's curling attempt just flashes over the crossbar with substitute goalkeeper Malkowski scrambling.
Goal Piotr Grzelczak
LECHIA GDANSK RETAKE THE LEAD! Martin Montoya is the culprit as he fails to deal with a long ball and Piotr Grzelczak gratefully nips in and smashes an unstoppable shot past Oler and into the roof of the net. 2-1.
A slow start to the second half with Barcelona enjoying plenty of possession. I'm sure stand-in coach Jordi Roura will have informed his side to look for a few more goals in the second period.
However, Oler has come on to replace Pinto between the sticks. It doesn't appear that there have been any other substitutions for Barcelona at this stage.
Substitution José Pinto Colorado Oier
The teams emerge for the second half but Neymar keeps his bib on. Barcelona fans will have to wait a little longer to see the Brazilian golden boy.
HT: LECHIA GDANSK 1-1 BARCELONA. The Polish side took a shock lead on 16 minutes when captain Jaroslaw Bieniuk rose highest to thunder a header home from Pawel Dawidowicz's corner. However, the advantage lasted only nine minutes as Sergi Roberto capped an impressive first half by converting from Martin Montoya's low cross. It's hardly been a Barcelona masterclass but Neymar hasn't even stepped on the field yet. Prepare for the second half.
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GOOD SAVE FROM BAK! Messi curls the ball over the wall and it looks to be heading for the corner, only for the Polish goalkeeper to produce a splendid save to punch it clear. With that, the referee blows the whistle for half time.
Alexis Sanchez wins a free kick in a dangerous position just outside the box. Only seconds remain before the half time whistle. Perfect Messi range here.
Sergi Roberto bursts past several Gdansk challenges before picking out the run of Sanchez on the right, but the Chilean is well dispossessed by Pazio.
Daisuke Matsui has been one of the best performers of this first half and he looks to test the Barcelona defence once again but his free kick is overhit and goes out for a goal kick. Can Lechia Gdansk hold on until half time?
BARCELONA GO CLOSE! Adriano gets into space down the left excellently and he picks out Jonathan Dos Santos on the edge of the box but his caressed effort just shaves past the upright.
Barcelona's aerial vulnerabilties show again as Madera gets clear of his marker but the towering centre-back can only power his header over the crossbar.
Marc Bartra has been sloppy in this first half and he is at fault once again as his backpass goes out for a Lechia corner. Fortunately for the Spanish defender, Montoya hacks clear from the resulting corner.
Lechia Gdansk launch a rare counter attack with Japanese international Daisuke Matsui producing some excellent skill to set up Deleu down the right but the Brazilian's cross just evades the outstretched boot of Tuszynski at the near post.
The white shirts are pegged back deep into their own half at the moment but they react well to head clear a series of Barcelona crosses into the box. It seems only a matter of time before the floodgates open.
Lechia Gdansk are clearly concerned with the freedom Sergi Roberto is enjoying in the midfield and they throw on an extra midfielder, Patryk Tuszynski to replace Pawel Buzkala.
Substitution Paweł Dawidowicz Patryk Tuszyński
Barcelona are on top now and Montoya produces another brilliant run to get in behind Pazio down the right wing but he just cannot pick out a blaugrana shirt with his low cross.
Who has impressed you in the opening 28 minutes of this game? Do you see any of these youngsters breaking into the first-team next season? Let me know your thoughts via Twitter @MaxBentley1.
Goal Sergi Roberto
BARCELONA EQUALISE! The Gdansk defence has finally been breached and it is a wonderful team goal from Barcelona as they pass the ball from deep before Montoya's low cross picks out Sergi Roberto in the middle and the youngster duly converts.
Messi opts to take a cheeky early free kick but substitute Roman makes his run just too early and is flagged for offside. The Gdansk wall continues to stand strong.
Substitution Tello Joan Ángel Román
Jordi Roura opts to make an early change for Barcelona with Cristian Tello being replaced by Angel Joan Roman. I'm not sure whether that substitution was injury-related, he didn't seem to be struggling.
Lionel Messi produces a sublime piece of skill to dink the ball over the challenge of Grzelczak by the touchline but he cannot find the finish from a tight angle and Bak manages to smother the ball.
Barcelona are living dangerously here. They continue to overcomplicate things in the middle of the park, allowing Lechia to counter attack and Grzelczak skips past the challenge of Bartra before his dangerous low cross is hacked to safety by Gomez.
In truth, that goal should have been prevented as Bartra made a sloppy defensive error to concede the corner. I think Barcelona might step up the pace now.
LECHIA GDANSK 1-0 BARCELONA! The Polish side lead the Catalan giants and it is a fantastic header from the captain, Jaroslaw Bieniuk as he rises highest to power home Pawel Dawidowicz's corner. Unbelievable!
Goal Jaroslaw Bieniuk
Barcelona are beginning to assert their authority on this game now and Sergi Roberto shifts the ball to Adriano just outside the box, only to watch the Brazilian skew his shot well wide of Bak's left-hand post.
Lionel Messi looks to make things happen when he splits the opposition defence with a lofted through ball but Tello made his run too early and is adjudged offside.
Substitution Marcin Pietrowski Wojciech Zyska
Lechia Gdansk have started really brightly and they nearly steal an early lead when Deleu's cross finds its way to Grzelczak at the back post, but the striker leans back and balloons his effort over the bar.
An early injury concern for Lechia Gdansk as Pietrowski is replaced by Zyska.
BARCELONA SHOULD BE IN THE LEAD! Jonathan Dos Santos curls an inviting corner into the box and with Bak stranded, Sanchez somehow pokes the ball over the bar from a few yards. The Chilean should have done better from there.
The home fans are cheering on their side and they nearly raise the roof when Grzelczak's outside-of-the-foot effort flashes inches wide of the post.
Lechia Gdansk look to upset the Catalan side with an early goal but Sergi Gomez reacts well to cut out Frankowski's teasing through ball.
Alexis Sanchez looks to surge past Pazio but the Lechia Gdansk makes a strong challenge to put the ball out for the game's first corner. Messi delivers the set-piece but Bak rushes off his line to claim.
Barcelona get the game underway! Can they make it two wins out of two?
LECHIA GDANSK: Bak; Deleu, Bieniuk, Madera, Pazio; Pietrowski, Frankowski, Grzelczak, Dawidowicz; Matsui, Buzala.
NEYMAR STARTS ON THE BENCH! However, having made the flight to Poland, I fully expect that we will see the Brazilian at some point this evening.
BARCELONA (4-3-3): Pinto; Montoya, Sergi Gómez, Bartra, Adriano; Song, Dos Santos, Sergi Roberto; Alexis, Messi, Tello.
Without any further ado, here is the Barcelona line-up...
Lionel Messi is understandably getting swamped before kick-off. I think I even saw one of the officials demanding an autograph.
Those Spanish fans who travelled to watch their country compete in Euro 2012 will remember the PGE Arena as it was the ground where Spain played all three of their group matches.
Barcelona's opponents this evening, Lechia Gdansk, have already started their 2013/14 domestic campaign and have picked up two points from their opening two games, after draws with Podbeskidzie and Ruch Chorzow. Their coach, Michal Probierz, is known as the 'Polish Pep' and he won the Polish manager of the year in 2010.
The prospect of Messi and Neymar is one that pundits have touted as potentially one of the most explosive in history and I for one, cannot wait. Bringing you all the action from the PGE Arena, my name is Max Bentley. Feel free to tweet me your Barcelona and Lechia Gdansk-related views via Twitter @MaxBentley1.
The former Newell's Old Boys coach has not made the flight to Gdansk as Jordi Roura and Rubi once again take charge, but €57m signing Neymar has and the Brazilian is expected to make his long-awaited debut this evening.
Following Tito Vilanova's resignation, Gerardo Martino is the new man at the helm and he was in the stands on Saturday as Barcelona cruised to a 7-0 victory over Norwegian side Valerenga.
A new manager, a new forward and renewed expectations - it's been a busy summer for Barcelona so far and they continue their pre-season preparations this evening as they take on Lechia Gdansk in Poland.
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