Barcelona vs Real Madrid result
Rapinha's famous goal proved long-awaited
pre-season as Barcelona beat Real Madrid in a thrilling match in Las Vegas.
Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid) and Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona), their respective clubs' summer signings, made their debuts in the game.
Lewandowski came close several times before being substituted at half-time, but Rudiger spent most of his time controlling Rapinha, playing at left-back.
Real Madrid is obviously lacking a star striker and captain Karim Benzema, who was not in today’s match squad. In the club's next friendly, he will play his first match in the pre-season.
Barcelona defeated Major League Soccer's Inter Miami 6-0 three days ago and took part in a four-game tour of the United States.
Instead of El Clasico in Las Vegas, Barcelona will play its matches against the New York Red Bulls of MLS (31 July) and Juventus (27 July).
After the conventional pre-season Mexico's Pumas UNAM match against Joan Gamper Cup (7 August), Barca will start the Spanish La Liga season with Rayo Vallecano (13 August).
El Clasico is Real Madrid's first pre-season game, and their first official game will be in the
Eintracht Frankfurt UEFA Super Cup
on 10 August.
Real Madrid's pre-season training will take place entirely in the United States, followed by a match between Juventus (
) and Club America (