Barcelona had to admit defeat to Boca Juniors in the 2021 Maradona Cup , King Saud University Stadium, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday (15/12/2021) early morning WIB.
This match was held in honor of the late Diego Maradona. The legend has played for Boca Juniors and Barcelona in his illustrious career.
Barca had taken the lead through Ferran Jutlga Blanc’s goal in the 50th minute, but Boca equalized through Exequiel Zeballos in the 77th minute. The 1-1 score lasted until 90 minutes of normal time ended.
The game went to a penalty shootout. The first two kicks of each team were successful. However, Barca’s third and fourth kickers failed. Boca Juniors came out victorious with a 4-2 penalty score.
Although only a test match, this match should be important for Xavi and the Barca squad. They need to build confidence with win after win.
Moreover, Xavi and his team had to travel all the way to Saudi Arabia for this match. Barca should fight to win in order to improve the team’s momentum.
Unfortunately, Barca actually went home with a defeat. Even though it was only a test match, this result might affect the dressing room atmosphere for the next match.
Barcelona XI: Grandson; Dani Alves, Garcia, Lengelt, Martinez; Catalan, Demir, Puig; Jutlga Blanc, Dest, Coutinho