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August 9, 2014
• Helsingin olympiastadion, Helsinki (Helsingfors)
Referee: M. Gestranius
• Attendance: 40435
Munir El Haddadi 5', 17'
Sergi Roberto 9'
Sandro Ramírez 82'
That's it from me Harry Slavin. Thanks to all of you who joined me this afternoon. Until next time, it's bye for now!
FULL TIME: HJK 0-6 BARCELONA. A comfortable win for the Catalonia outfit as they see off the Finnish champions in style. A host of impressive displays from some of the younger contingent of the squad, and we could be set to see a few of them again in their final pre-season match against Leon.
90' + 2'
Another nice passage of play for the hosts down the left without any final ball. Erfan Zeneli exchanged a neat one-two but can't keep the ball in on receiving the return.
A shot is sent over the bar by Barcelona as the clock shows we're into the final minute. We'll have three minutes of added on time too.
Deulofeu has looked just as elusive on the field today as he did at Everton. He appears sharp, but hasn't quite managed to find an opening this afternoon.
Almost a sixth! Sandro Ramirez zips through the HJK defence and is forced a little wide by the keeper, just wide enough to force the striker to send his effort wide of the far post. That would have been a fine finish.
Another youngster capping their performance with a well taken goal. Fans from Finland may not have seen some of the huge superstars this afternoon, but there are some of the teenagers in the squad to day are bound to be first team regulars at the Nou Camp in the next few years.
Assist Ivan Rakitic
Goal Sandro Ramírez
GOOOAAALLL!!! SANDRO RAMIREZ SCORES!!! There's a sixth and it's a well taken strike from Sandro Ramirez, as he latches onto Rakitic's throughball and lashes the ball, first time, beyond Eriksson.
You have to hand it to the Finnish champions, their second half performance has been impressive. They've been extremely disciplined to restrict the Liga side's chances and have restored a lot of pride in the second period.
Just under 15 minutes to go and that chance has buoyed the home fans here. They can sense the European giants are vulnerable and are willing their side in on the search for an unlikely goal.
CHANCES! At both ends too. Barcelona seat a neat move break down but at the other end Oussou Konan is involved as Masip is forced into a point-blank save to keep his cleansheet intact.
Flat. The only way to describe the last five minutes. The crowd have gone quiet as wave after wave of Barcelona attack has been replaced by wave after waved of substitutions. If it's any consolation to them, there can't be many changes left. Then again, I can't be sure there are many chances left either.
Changes for the hosts then at the back as Baah gives way to Alex Lehtinen, while Lod also comes on. 20 minutes of football these players aren't likely to forget in a hurry.
More changes on the way. HJK have actually had a much better time of it in this second half. They're still threatening to break when they can, but are being caught offside far too often, especially down this right hand side.
Still we wait for another meaningful chance. The raft of changes has slowed down the flow of the game. There are a couple of players in that Barca side who can change that though.
STAT ATTACK: I mentioned HJK's thumping aggregate defeat to Ajax in the first half, but I appear to have done them a disservice. The Finnish club themselves have dished out their fair share of European trouncings - including a 13-0 aggregate romp over Welsh side Bangor City in 2011.
Munir El Haddadi
Changes from both sides actually. Sergi Roberto is one of the pplayers off for Barca. On comes Deulofeu, who has earned himself a place in Enrique's squad following an impressive loan stint at Everton last season.
Without Iniesta it's proving a little more difficult for the visitors to break down these rigid banks of four. They're about to change things up in an attempt to force the issue too.
It hasn't been quite as dominant this second period for Barcelona. I think the fear factor may have left the home side and they are much more focused, keeping their shaped in banks of four across the park. It's proving tricky for Barca to get past.
Another chance for Barca! Eriksson redeems himself somewhat with a reflex stop to deny Bartra a second of the game. Again it was all their own doing. Am I being too harsh? Okay, okay, I'll lay off HJK for a while then.
HJK aren't doing themselves any favours. They're trying to match Barca by playing the ball out of defence and knocking the ball about and it just isn't working. Sub keeper Eriksson has lofted a couple of clearances only a matter of meters, dropping at the feet of a red and blue on both occasions.
Some of the goals have looked a little easy this afternoon, but HJK won't be the only team this season to succumb to that Rakitic- Bartra link up. It was a devilish delivery from the Croatian and a powerful header from the promising full-back. Barca pick up where they left off.
Assist Ivan Rakitic
GOOOAAALL!! BARTRA SCORES!!! A free kick from Rakitic is met by Bartra at the near post who directs his header into the top corner. Simple, but beautiful. Effective too.
The full list of changes hasn't been confimed yet, but Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta are both off for Barca. On is Ivan Rakitic in the midfield, while Barca B defender Edgar Ie steps in at the back.
Away we go for the second period then! Barcelona force a corner straight away as they look to continue to impose their dominance on this one.
The sides are back out for the second half, with changes being made from both sides. HJK are about to get us back underway.
While Barcelona have been competing in FInland, back in Spain, Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has been completing his medical and looks set to sign for the Liga club for £15 million.
HALF-TIME: HJK 0-4 BARCELONA. Well, as was to be expected, it's been pretty plane sailing for the Liga giants. They set off at a ferocious pace and their younger players have showed no signs in holding back. Rafinha and Munir have both excelled as Barca blew away the Finnish champions in that opening period.
An unexpected second corner for HJK prompts a spot of head tennis in the Barca area, but the danger is cleared and that will do us for the first half!
Just a couple of minutes to go until the break. Bartra tries to find Pedro with a threaded ball into the HJK area but it's too far ahead of the striker and substitute keeper Erikisson is quick off the mark to smother the loose ball.
Now that's a classy tackle. Finland's finest are showing signs at times of just why they've won the Finnish title the last five years in a row. Rafinha threatens once again to work his magic down the right, but a fantastic sliding challenge from Gideon Baah prevents the cut-back that would have undoubtedly produced a fifth.
It's Barcelona at the moment who look the more stretched though a deflected pass loops into the air and provides Savage with plenty of time to deliver a shot or cross from an acute angle. In the end, he doesn't really do either, fluffing his connection with the ball as it roles into the arms of Masip.
There looks to be another opening down the left for HJK but the linesman on the far side flags for offside. It's been noticeable in the last 10 minutes or so that Barcelona have just dropped off a little, only interested in attacking their hosts when they're stretched at the back.
Pedro hasn't been as active as the younger forwards around him, but he finally gets his first sight of goal. He lines up an effort from the edge of the area but sends it just wide of the near post.
Lovely move from HJK! Finally we see signs of life from the home side as they launch an attack down the left. Demba Savage, no relation to the Match of the Day pundit I'm assured, is involved as some neat one touch passing produces an opening for Schuller, who blazes his shot high and wide.
The storm - for now- has been weathered by HJK. They've been keeping the ball at the back and have managed to keep hold of it, with Barca showing no real interest in chasing down.
First little signs of frustration are creeping in all around the ground. The crowd are keeping themselves are delivering a synchronized clap to try and encourage their team. On the pitch, Macoumba Kandji has just given away the first free kick with a needless foul on Jordi Alba.
Half an hour ago, this tie would have seemed a great idea to HJK. But it's taken Barca no time at all to demonstrate to the crowd their undoubted superiority. And with the team now losing players to injury, this could get very ugly for the hosts.
Michael Elvers Tornes
Things are quickly unraveling for the hosts. Keeper Tornes picked up an injury in the build up to that last goal and he is replaced by Eriksson.
GOOOAAALLL!!! PIQUE GETS IN ON THE ACT!!! This goal all comes from wonderful work from Rafinha. The Brazilian shows off some ludicrous footwork down the right, dancing into the area and cutting the ball back. When HJK can't clear properly, Pedro feeds the ball into the path of the centre-back and he slots home from six-yards out.
SERGI ROBERTS! The midfielder tries from range and is only denied by a fingertip stop from Tornes. Barcelona are piling on the pressure here and are showing no mercy!
Rafinha has a real burst of pace on him and quick acceleration. He demonstrates that here, bursting into space and delivering a fine crossfield ball for Iniesta. The veteran can bring the ball down but his cross is straight to Tornes.
Jordi Alba has been a spectator so far, with very few defensive duties bestowed on him and Barca's attacks concentrated down the left. He gets forward now in an attempt to help out Iniesta, but the HJK defence have got themselves a tad more organised and snuff out the chance.
Goal Munir El Haddadi
GOOAAALLL!!! MUNIR GRABS HIS SECOND!!! Maybe 8-1 isn't that far off? Another goal for Barca and once again it's been crafted at a walking pace. Rafinha isn't closed down on the edge of the area and has all the time he needs to pick out Munir, who directs a header beyond Tornes, via the left-hand post.
Barcelona are back on the front foot and are back on the offensive down the left. Sergi Roberto, Rafinha and Munir are all looking to get on the ball and looking to take a real chance to impress Luis Enrique today.
STAT ATTACK: It's been an awful start for HJK Helsinki but they'd have to go along way to beat their worst European defeat. The Finnish side were beaten 16-2 on aggregate by Ajax in the European Cup in 1979-80, after suffering successive 8-1 defeats.
We hadn't even seen 10 minutes in this one before Barca had established a two-goal advantage. This could be a long afternoon for the hosts, and with youngsters out there looking to impress, there's unlikely to be any let up.
Assist Munir El Haddadi
Goal Sergi Roberto
GOOOAAALLL!!! SERGI ROBERTO ADDS A SECOND!!! Lovely move but it's all too easy for the Liga side. Sergi Roberto exchanges a neat one-two with Munir on the edge of the HJK area and dispatches a low shot that goes through the hands of Tornes.
It's not the start the hosts would have wanted and HJK are clearly nervous in front of a packed stadium. Markus Heikkinen, who used to ply his trade on British shores with Aberdeen and Luton Town, sends a wayward pass-pack towards goal, but Tornes miscontrols it and it goes behind for a corner.
Goal Munir El Haddadi
GOOOAAALLL!! MUNIR FOR BARCA! Big cheers from the home fans as they win back possession in the midfield through Vayrynen - but they don't last. The visitors win the ball back and Iniesta scoops the ball into the path of the Barca B forward, who slams his volley into the ground and beyond Tornes.
Iniesta slips a low through ball into the area, the kind you'd usually expect Messi to latch onto. But without the Argentine here today, the ball roles harmlessly through to goalkeeper Michael Tornes.
A quick cameo from Barca and Finland legend Jari Litmaanen and we are under way! The visitors waste no time in getting the ball to their back line and ensuring and early spell of possession.
The teams are out at the Sonera Stadium in Helsinki and we are moments away from kick off in front of what look likes a pretty full house.
Munir is the only Barcelona B star to be involved in the starting line up this afternoon, with Enrique picking a host of former World Cup and European Championship winners to take on the Finnish champions, Iniesta and Gerard Pique just but to name a few.
Like their Spanish counterparts, HJK have also left out a couple of their more notable players, with captain and former Tottenham midfielder Teemu Tainio absent from the sqaud, along with former Chelsea striker Mikael Forssell.
BARCA SUBS: Ter Stegen, Rakitic, Sandro Ramirez, Bravo, Samper, Edger Ie, Deulofeu, Grimaldo, Halilovic.
HJK XI: Tornes; Lampi, Varyrynen, Viitikko, Baah, Heikkinen, Schuller, Perovuo, Savage, Kandji, Alho.
BARCELONA XI (4-2-3-1) Masip; Montoya, Pique, Bartra, Jordi Alba; Sergi Roberto, Busquets; Iniesta, Rafinha, Munir; Pedro.
Despite the list of absentees, Enrique can still call upon a strong squad this afternoon, and the former Roma boss has announced his team. Let's take a look at the team news just now.
Luis Enrique has brought 20 players with him to Scandinavia, but has left new signing Jeremy Mathieu at home, along with Xavi and the four players still to return from their World Cup exploits- Lionel Messi, Neymar, Dani Alves and Javier Mascherano.
The Liga giants are taking on the best Finland have to offer at Sonera Stadium today. The Finnish champions are in the semi finals of both domestic competitions but were knocked out of the Champions League this week by APOEL Nicosia of Cyprus 4-2 on aggregate. However they still have the chance to test themselves against Europe's best today.
Good afternoon! While the new La Liga season begins to creep into view on the horizon, Barcelona continue their preparation in Finland, where they take on HJK Helsinki. I'm Harry Slavin and I'll be here to take you through all the action.
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