Giants FC Barcelona and Manchester City took a break from their competitive aspirations to square off in a charity match at the Camp Nou that supports a cause near to home for both companies a few weeks after the start of the European season.
In front of 91,000 spectators, the teams played to a 3-3 tie, with the home team’s goals coming from Barcelona target Frenkie de Jong, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Memphis Depay. For Man City, Julian Alvarez and Cole Palmer scored, and Riyad Mahrez converted a penalty in stoppage time to tie the game.
In a contest titled “A Great Game for a Greater Cause,” the sides came together at the Camp Nou to support Juan Carlos Unzue, a former colleague and assistant coach of Pep Guardiola’s. In order to raise money for ALS research, each manager has selected a potent team for the competition.
Even if the match is scheduled in the middle of the league season, it is still early enough in the season that neither team should be unduly affected because the Champions League group stage games are not until a few weeks from now.
The 90 minutes were a success, drawing a sizable crowd to raise awareness of a problem that many people care deeply about. The only negative aspect of the game was when Man City’s Luke Mbete-Tabu needed to be carried off after colliding with another player. Erling Haaland then shamelessly fumbled to win the equalising penalty, which Mahrez slammed home.
The Sporting News will be watching the game live and bringing you the latest highlights, commentary, and score updates.
Barcelona vs. Man City final score
21st min — MCI — Julian Alvarez
29th min — BAR — Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
66th min — BAR — Frenkie de Jong
70th min — MCI — Cole Palmer
79th min — BAR — Memphis Depay
98th min — MCI — Riyad Mahrez (pen)