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Barcelona win ‘not so friendly’ Clasico in Las Vega

New signing Raphinha scored a stunning goal from outside the box to help Barcelona secure a 1-0 victory against fierce rivals and European champions Real Madrid in a pre-season friendly in Las Vegas.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are touring the United States this summer as part of their preparations for the start of the new season. They faced off at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas for what was to be a friendly match.

The pace of the game was so high though, with neither treating the game as inconsequential, and both teams fielding strong lineups.

The major highlight was Lewandowski and Rudiger making their first appearances for Barcelona and Real Madrid, respectively.

Minutes after Raphinha’s huge long-range effort beat Courtois in the first half, Christensen already found himself on the referee’s books due to a thrown tackle aimed at Vinicius Junior. A scrum would ensue after play was stopped by the referee, with Araujo, Rudiger, Vinicius and Gavi getting heavily involved.

Both sides made some big changes in the second half, with Ousmane Dembele testing Courtois twice and Sergino Dest also putting the Real keeper to work in the closing stages.

Franck Kessie missed the best game chance as Real Madrid failed to register a shot on target.