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BAR 3 VS 3 MCI: Three talking points as controversial penalty helps Manchester City draw Barcelona

Xavi and his men faced Pep Guardiola’s side in a friendly game. In the last meeting between both sides, Manchester City won the game by 3 goals to 1.

Both teams lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, with Jules Kounde featuring for Barcelona in defense.

J. Alvarez gave Manchester City the lead in the 21st minute and 8 minutes later P. Aubameyang equalized for Barcelona. F. de Jong gave Barcelona the lead in the 66th minute and Palmer equalized for Man City in the 70th minute. Barcelona went ahead again for the second time in the match through M. Depay in the 79th. Mahrez got an equalizer for Manchester City through a penalty in the 99th minute.

Three talking points in the match are:

1. AUBAMEYANG SCORES IN WHAT COULD BE HIS LAST MATCH FOR BARCELONA.

Gabonese International Aubemyang has been linked with a move away from Camp Nou this summer and recent reports indicate that this might be his last match for the Catalans. He got an equalizer for Barcelona in the first half.

2. QUIET RAPHINHA

The Brazilian forward is yet to put up such performances as he did during the preseason games. He had a quiet game against Pep Guardiola’s side as he failed to make any successful dribbles or link up well with Aubameyang in the attack.

3. KOUNDE STARTED HIS FIRST GAME FOR BARCELONA.

The French International has not participated in any of Barcelona’s league games this season due to the club’s inability to register him alongside other new signings. He made his first start for his new side as he looked comfortable anytime he had the ball.

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