Barcelona vs Pumas UNAM – Football Match Report – 7 August 2022

Robert Lewandowski opened his account for Barcelona and Pedri scored twice in a resounding 6-0 win over Pumas UNAM in the Joan Gamper Trophy at Camp Nou on Sunday.

Lewandowski broke the deadlock within the first two minutes before a brace from Pedri and a goal from Ousmane Dembele took Barca a four-goal lead in the 20th minute.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Frenkie de Jong completed the scoring in the second half as Xavi Hernandez’s side capped an unbeaten pre-season with their fourth victory in six matches.

Barça’s La Liga campaign will start next Saturday at home against Rayo Vallecano (watch live on ABC, ESPN+ at 3 p.m. ET), while the Pumas return to Liga MX against Club America next weekend.

Despite a trophyless season last time out, there is excitement once again at Barca after a summer of spending, with the arrivals of Lewandowski, Raphinha, Jules Kounde, Franck Kessie and Andreas Christesen.

They were all presented to a crowd of over 80,000 ahead of the match, with Lewandowski causing the loudest roar from supporters after his €45million move from Bayern Munich.

The Polish striker had failed to score in three friendlies for his new club so far but took less than two minutes to find the net against Pumas, rounding goalkeeper Julio Jose Gonzalez and finishing at an angle tight after a nice pass from Pedri.

This blossoming relationship between Pedri and Lewandowski was the highlight of the first half. Lewandowski returned the favor soon after and then, via brilliant flick, sent Pedri in for his second goal in the 20th minute.

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Amid Pedri’s two goals, Dembele netted his fifth pre-season goal after some good work from Raphinha, a €55m signing from Leeds United.

Raphinha and Lewandowski then both hit the woodwork within a minute, but the Pumas managed to survive until half-time without conceding a fifth goal.

It wasn’t the return to Camp Nou that Dani Alves perhaps expected. The Brazilian swapped Barca for Pumas in the summer and received a commemorative shirt from his former club before the match but, like his new teammates, he was a passenger once the match started.

Barca made seven changes at the break and two of the substitutes combined in the 49th minute to make five. Lewandowski fed Kessie and the former AC Milan midfielder picked out Aubameyang at the far post to complete the scoring.

Aubameyang then hit the bar and saw another deflected chance before De Jong found the net late. The Dutch midfielder, linked with a move away from Barca in the summer, collected the ball high up the pitch before heading home to complete an impressive 45-minute performance.

There was almost a late consolation for the Pumas, but Jeronimo Rodriguez was denied by a superb save from substitute goalkeeper Inaki Pena.

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