Barcelona claims Joan Gamper Trophy in friendly win over Boca Juniors

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Barcelona, Aug 16 (IANS) Barcelona won the Joan Gamper Trophy, defeating Argentina’s Boca Juniors 3-0 at the Catalonian side’s home stadium of Camp Nou.

Ernesto Valverde’s starting line-up on Wednesday included newly-signed players Arturo Vidal and Malcom, playing alongside team captain Lionel Messi, reports Efe.

Barça dominated the beginning of the game and Brazilian winger Malcom gave the Catalan club the lead with the first goal 18 minutes into the match.

Boca Juniors fought back trying to score an equalizer, but Messi doubled the lead for Barcelona with a second goal in the 39th minute.

Barça midfielder Rafinha netted the third goal in the match’s 67th minute to seal the 3-0 victory.

Thursday’s trophy is the sixth straight for Barcelona.

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–IANS

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