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'Always for you, Mom' - Joao Cancelo dedicates first Barcelona goal to his mother who sadly died in 2013 car accident

  • Cancelo dedicated maiden Barcelona goal to late mother
  • Filomena Cancelo passed away in road accident
  • Barcelona beat Real Betis 5-0

WHAT HAPPENED? Cancelo, who arrived at Barcelona from Manchester City on loan on the deadline day, scored his first-ever Barcelona in just his second appearance for the club against Real Betis on Saturday.

After the match, Cancelo posted a photo of himself pointing his fingers towards the sky while celebrating the goal with a caption, "Always for you, Mom. Visca el Barça." Cancelo's mother Filomena passed away in a tragic car accident in January 2013.

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THE BIGGER PICTURE: Both deadline-day signings Cancelo and Joao Felix found the back of the net as Barcelona thrashed Betis 5-0. Ferran Torres also became the first Barcelona player since Lionel Messi in 2021 to score from a direct free-kick.

WHAT NEXT? Xavi's side will be next seen in action in the Champions League when they face Antwerp on Tuesday.