WATCH: Barcelona And Real Madrid Play Out Thrilling El Clasico In Miami
It's difficult to describe any El Clasico as a friendly, given the unbridled animosity that exists between the club from the Spanish capital and the Catalan giants, and the two La Liga behemoths continued their rivalry in scintillating fashion in Miami, last night, playing out a five goal thriller in the final of the International Champions Cup.
Much like last season's El Clasico at the Bernabeu during the tail end of the 2016/17 La Liga campaign, Barca ran out 3-2 victors, claiming the International Champions Cup in the process.
After just seven minutes Barca were 2-0 up, thanks to a deflected effort from Lionel Messi and a Neymar assisted strike from Ivan Rakitic.
With Barca cruising and Los Blancos without Cristiano Ronaldo and Toni Kroos, the early signs were that it could be a long, hot night in Miami for Zinedine Zidane's men.
The European champions roared back in the first-half, however, and thanks to Mateo Kovacic and Marcos Asensio, found themselves level before the interval.
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Real's joy at restoring parity was short lived, however, with Public Enemy number one at the Bernabeu, Gerard Pique, he that represents everything Madridistas loathe about their Catalan rivals, popping up to score the winner, meeting a Neymar free-kick with a perfectly cushioned volley to settle the match.
Last night's match was another reminder of how much Barca will miss Neymar should the Brazilian forward complete his expected move away from the Camp Nou.
This could be the last trophy Neymar will ever hoist with Barcelona. pic.twitter.com/ZBPWH3pliZ- ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 30, 2017
The former Santos star has been strongly linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain over the past few weeks, with the French club willing to part with almost £200 million for the 25-year-old's services.
Neymar's two assists last night were the latest highlights in an impressive pre-season, with the Brazilian scoring three goals, laying on two more and receiving a Man of The Match award in Barca's three friendlies in the US.
Earlier this week, the Brazilian was involved in a training ground altercation with Portuguese defender Nelson Semedo, a recent arrival at the Camp Nou from Benfica. Neymar would storm out of the session before a planned promotional appearance in Beijing was cancelled due to his impending move to PSG.
It is believed that Barca will look to bring in Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool as Neymar's replacement.
As for El Clasico, we won't have long to wait until the next one, with Real and Barca set to meet in the first leg of the Supercopa Espana on 13th August before the return leg three days later.
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