Barcelona thrashed MLS side Inter Miami 6-0 in a preseason friendly in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Tuesday, adding new signing Raphinha among six different Catalan goalscorers.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ansu Fati, Gavi, Memphis Depay and Ousmane Dembele also scored in the one-sided affair as the LaLiga giants began their pre-season tour of the United States.
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Raphinha, who signed for £58m from Leeds United earlier this month. euros, first assisted Aubameyang, who opened the scoring in the 19th minute, before extending the lead six minutes later with a beautiful left-footed strike.
Spanish teenage sensation Ansu Fati, who is slowly returning to form after a long lay-off following several injuries, scored Barca’s third just before half-time with another pass from Raphinha.
Barca returned to the second half with eleven changes, but continued to dominate and scored three more goals.
Barca manager Xavi Hernandez was absent from the pitch as he remains in Spain to sort out a visa issue ahead of the rest of the team’s tour. His brother and Barca assistant Oscar took his place in the friendly while Xavi tried to be in the country ahead of Saturday’s pre-season Clasico against Real Madrid in Las Vegas.
“I’m very happy to score the first goal and that everything went well on my debut. I felt very good. I hope I can continue like this.” Raphinha said after the match.
“Of course I would love to score against Real Madrid on Saturday. Scoring always gives you confidence, and when you do it against a team like Real Madrid, even more so.”
Miami coach Phil Neville’s son Harvey Neville and team co-owner David Beckham’s son Romeo played for the hosts.
After the match against Real Madrid, Barca on July 23. will face Juventus in Dallas, Texas, and another MLS team, New York Red Bull in Harrison, New Jersey on July 26.
They will return home for a Joan Gamper Trophy match against Liga MX club Pumas UNAM on August 7. and will begin their 2022-23 LaLiga campaign on August 13. Camp Nou vs Rayo Vallecano.
In other Barcelona news, the club announced on Tuesday that they have completed the signing of Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich, with the Poland international expected to be unveiled on Wednesday.
Reuters contributed to this report