Gamper 2015 goes to BarçaAugust 6, 2015
After some disappointing results in the short pre-season tour in the United States and then Italy, Barcelona returned to form on Wednesday night at the Nou Camp when they faced Roma in the annual Gamper Trophy, the final pre-season match before they get down to serious business. And it can not be coincidence that this return to form coincided with the Messi, Neymar, Alves and Mascherano all returning to the team for the first time.
Neymar opened the scoring 25 minutes in, with Messi making it 2-0 five minutes before the break. With eight substitutions made a quarter of an hour into the second half to rest key players, it was up to Rakitic to finish the job and leave the scoreline at 3-0.
Next Tuesday sees Barcelona play Sevilla in Georgia for the European Supecup, with the two legs of the Spanish Supercup against Athletic Bilbao to follow.
1-0 Neymar (min 25)
2-0 Messi (min 40)
3-0 Rakitic (min 64)