Barça put 4 past Napoli as Griezmann opens his account
Barcelona vs Napoli: latest news
A second half blitz saw FC Barcelona see off a poor SSC Napoli side with a brace from Suarez, a Griezmann debut goal and Dembele rounding off the scoring to claim the 2019 LaLiga-Serie A Cup winning 6-1 on aggregate.
All over in Michigan and Barça are the winners of the LaLiga-Serie A 2019 Cup.
Barcelona start their league campaign away in Bilbao next Friday. Napoli open their Serie A campaign away to Fiorentina on August 24.
Napoli have disappointed tonight and despite the Serie A championship starting a week after LaLiga, Ancelotti's men have failed to muster a decent challenge here in Michigan.
Barcelona do look good and look good to retain their LaLiga title with both Madrid sides set to challenge and both Valencia and Sevilla hoping to have some say on where the title goes.
Less than 10' remain here and Barcelona posied to be crowned winners of the LaLiga-Serie A 2019 Cup.
Excellent assist by Coutinho who finds Rafinha and the Brazilian forces a fine save from Meret.
Dembele off/Abel Ruiz on
Just over 15' to go in the LaLiga Serie A 2019 Cup. Barcelona now 6-1 up on aggregate
Aleña & Suarez off for FCB being repcaled by Arthur and Rafinha
Napoli's Rui carded
Slight lull to the action after a burst of intensity for 15 minutes which saw the Catalan side put four past Napoli.
Raft of changes for Barcelona too.... Off: Pique, Semedo & Griezmann. On: Vidal, Coutinho & Umtiti
More changes from Napoli: Hysaj, Ghoulam both off with Di Lorenzo and Rui their replacements
Excellent strike from the French international driving a fine left footed effort into the corner. Barcelona unstoppable here !
Great build up play from Barcelona as De Jong finds Dembele who tees up the ball for the Uruguayan striker who tucks it into the top corner from oputside the area.
Jordi Alba feeding the French striker who taps home
Napoli changes: E. Elmas off / P. Zielinski on . V. Chiriches off / S. Luperto on & Allan off/ L. Insigne taking his place.
Barcelona looking hungry now as Dembele wins his side a corner .... the fans have reacted to the goal now too making some noise after being relatively quiet during the first half
Barcelona lead the (LaLiga -Serie A Cup) series 2-1, thanks to their win in Miami earlier this week.
Off we go....
Barça to get us underway here in Ann Arbor and Napoli have made a raft of changes at the interval which we'll bring you imminently.
Barça fans probably edging the quantity of Napoli fans in the stadium by approximately 2/1 here in Michigan.
The match officials return to the pitch and Napoli are the first side to return to the Ann Arbor field.
Half time here in Michigan.
Corner for the Serie A men.... Ghoulam takes but cleared... the ball falls to Fabian who misses an excellent chance... shocker from the Napoli No. 8
Final moments of the half with one minute of time to be added
The ball falls to Aleña and the Barça youth player has a speculative effort which drifts wide.
Suarez goes close hitting a Dembele pass first time but forcing Meret to palm over the bar.
Aleña is recieving attndtion after a collisiomn but appears okay to carry on.
Great run from Dembele with the final shot a little disappointing but the French international a constant source of danger.
Verdi tries his luck from long range but it's a poor left footed effort and flies well wide of Ter Stegen's goal.
Luis Suarez doesn't understand friendly games with the Uruguayan displaying terrific intensity, flying after every 50-50 ball.
Concerted pressure from Barcelona with Dembele having the best chance but sees Manolas block his effort. Barça carving the Napoli defence open with relative ease.
Danger for the Italian side as Mertens breaks free but sees his shot deflected for a cormner.
30' gone in Michigan. Barcelona in charge but little for the fans to get excited about with the ball staying in the middle of the park.
Another free, this time Griezmann clips Manolas and play is halted again.
Don't forget, Barcelona lead this two legged LaLiga-Serie A Cup 2019 2-1 from their win at the Hard Rock Stadium (Miami) earlier this week.
Water break at Ann Arbor.
Napoli win a dangerous free-kick after Verdi was caught by Lenglet. The kick comes to nothing as Barcelona break.
Nothing to do for either keeper this evening with Barça, for all their pressure, yet to call Meret into action.
Barcelona in total control here in Ann Arbor. The Italian Serie A campaign does get underway a week after LaLiga so Napoli may be a little behind the Catalan side in terms of their preperation.
Barça dominating things in the possession stakes:
Suarez almost frees Griezmann with a delightful dink but the ball is intercepted. Will be interesting to see how this paitring of French and Uruguayan strikers worksd out.
This is the third of LaLiga-Serie A friendly games today... Atlético Madrid earlier beating Juventus (2-1). Valencia and Inter currently 1-1 with 9' remaining at Mestalla.
Ghoulam creates danger for Napoli but fires his shot high and wide.
A slow, patient start to the game with Barcelona enjoying the bulk of early possession.
Danger from Barça as Manolas is forced to clear his lines with Dembele creating danger.
The LaLiga champions travel to Bilbao to face Athletic at San Mames
Barcelona are in LaLiga acyion next Friday after the conflict surronding kick-off times was finally resolved in a Madrid court yesterady.
Word from the organisation company behind tonight's friendly game is that approximately 70.000 tickets have been sold.
It's the Serie A side who get us underway tonight.
All set, it's a 23:06 kick-off here in Michigan.
The Serie A side in all white, Barça with yellow shorts rather than navy.
Barça wear their away kit tonight ... as do Napoli !
Barça won the first leg of this trophy earlier this week with a late strike from Rakitic sealing the win for the Catalan side
Looks like a 40-50% full house at the stadium in Ann Arbor (remembering that the total capacity is 107,000!).
Latest: Milik will finally not start the game as a precautionary measure with Jose Callejon set to start in his place.
A sparse crowd in the Michigan Stadium to date as kick-off looms. The Ann Arbor ground has a capacity for 107,000 fans !
Will tonight be the night where Griezmann opens his account in the azul-grana shirt?
A balms but cloudy evening in store in Ann Arbour this evening with 0% possibility of rain during then action.
- 1Alex Meret
- 12Eljif Elmas
- 99Arkadiusz Milik
- 1Ter Stegen
- 15Clement Lenglet
- 2Nelson Semedo
- 20Sergi Roberto
- 21Frenkie De Jong
- 9Luis Suárez
- 11Ousmane Dembélé
Kick off tonight in Michigan is at 2300 CEST.
Barça face Napoli again as part of the LaLiga-Serie A 2019 Cup with Valverde's men already overcoming the Italian side earlier this week in Florida (2-1).
Hello and welcome to the final pre-season game for FC Barcelona ahead of Friday's LaLiga opener away in Bilbao.