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Barcelona vs Elche: Joan Gamper Trophy – LIVE!

Barcelona vs Elche LIVE!

Barca take on Liga rivals Elche in their traditional curtain-raiser in the Joan Gamper Trophy this evening.

The Catalan giants have picked up pre-season wins against Gimnastic and Girona ahead of the new LaLiga campaign, which begins against Villarreal on Sunday September 27.

Opponents Elche are back in the top flight after a five-year absence.

With kick-off at 6pm BST, follow the action with Ben Hayward!

Live Updates

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FULL TIME


FULL TIME | Barcelona 1-0 Elche

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90 mins + 1: Into two minutes of added time at Camp Nou…


88 mins: Another corner to Barcelona on the right…


87 mins: Messi’s corner is cleared at the near post…


86 mins: Barcelona win a corner on the right…


81 mins: Neto makes his first save of the match and it’s an important one as he parries a shot from Bri, who was totally unmarked…

SUBS


79 mins: Pedri replaces Coutinho…


78 mins: Dembele looks to be in after a fine ball from Messi, but the Frenchman takes too long and the chance is lost…


76 mins: Dembele tries a curler, but it’s straight at Badia…


75 mins: No shots by Elche in this second half. Barcelona have had eight an four of those have been on target…


73 mins: Edgar Badia has made seven saves tonight. Impressive display from the Elche goalkeeper!


71 mins: Coutinho loses his footing on the edge of the area, turns and threads a ball through to Trincao, whose shot is pushed wide by Badia. Close!

SUBS


69 mins: Double change now for Elche, whose players must be tired after all their running this evening…


68 mins: Ball now almost falls to Messi and then Dembele in the Elche area. Somehow, it’s still only 1-0 to Barcelona…


66 mins: Explosive from Dembele, who beats a player with a rapid turn of pace and hits a fierce shot from an angle, which is saved by the Elche goalkeeper…


64 mins: Messi with a low drive from distance, which the Elche goalkeeper does well to save at full stretch…

SUBS


63 mins: Pjanic on for Busquets; Dembele replaces Fati; Griezmann makes way for Francisco Trincao…


62 mins: Changes coming…


60 mins: Busquets chips a ball into the area, but Sergi Roberto is caught very marginally offside…


59 mins: Fati with a super run into the area and beats an Elche player, only to drag a shot side from the edge of the six-yard box…

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Date, time and venue

Barcelona vs Elche is scheduled for a 6pm BST kick-off on Saturday, September 19.

The match will be played behind closed doors at the Camp Nou with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.


How to watch

The match will be televised live on Barcelona’s Barça TV+ streaming service and also on Barça TV. Click here for more information.

Team news

Miralem Pjanic and Jean-Clair Todibo joined training this week and could be in line for their first pre-season minutes.

The Bosnian midfielder missed 3-1 wins over Segunda B side Gimnastic Tarragona and Girona this week after testing positive for Covid-19.

Pjanic, who signed from Juventus in a €60 million deal in June, has been back in training after a period of quarantine and could be in contention.

Prediction: Barcelona 3-0 Girona

While things may be still slightly chaotic off the pitch, Barca have looked relatively sharp warming up for the new campaign under Ronald Koeman.

A comfortable victory for the hosts.

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