Barcelona 2-1 Arsenal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores in friendly defeat 0 177

Barcelona 2-1 Arsenal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores in friendly defeat

Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez’s place in the Barca XI could be under threat from Antoine Griezmann but he took his goal well

An excellent late goal from Luis Suarez gave Barcelona a 2-1 friendly win over Arsenal at a packed Nou Camp.

In their final pre-season game, Arsenal named a fairly strong starting XI and led at half-time through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s fine individual strike.

But Barca were dominant after the break and levelled through Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ calamitous own goal.

Former Liverpool man Suarez then came off the bench to score a clinical late volley for the La Liga champions.

Lionel Messi was an unused substitute but a crowd of 98,812 did get their first glimpse of £107m signing Antoine Griezmann.

The Frenchman was fairly quiet, his best moment coming with a disallowed goal for offside after an excellent pass from Ivan Rakitic.

Arsenal – without record signing Nicolas Pepe – counter-attacked well in the first half and Aubameyang put them ahead with a brilliant turn and finish from 16 yards, shrugging off Jordi Alba to lash into the top corner.

That shocked the home crowd, and after half-time Barcelona were completely on top. Bernd Leno saved well from Ousmane Dembele twice before Maitland-Niles passed beyond him without looking for an own goal.

Seventeen-year-old Bukayo Saka looked lively for the Gunners as a late sub but Suarez prevented a penalty shootout when he ran onto Sergi Roberto’s lofted through ball to drive a volley past Leno.

Arsenal face Newcastle in their Premier League opener next Sunday.

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Cyrus Christie: Fulham investigate incident after player says sister was hit and racially abused 0 56

Cyrus Christie: Fulham investigate incident after player says sister was hit and racially abused

Cyrus Christie

Cyrus Christie came on as a first-half substitute in Fulham’s 1-0 defeat at Barnsley

Fulham will take the “strongest action possible” after full-back Cyrus Christie alleged that his sister was hit and racially abused by fans during Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Barnsley.

Christie said on Twitter after the game: “To the Fulham fan that decided to hit my sister at the game today and his wife who justified his action with racist remarks I hope you’re proud of yourself and feel like a big man.

“You’ll get what’s coming to you. Regardless how you felt about the result your actions are shameful.”

The Whites, relegated to the Championship last season, said in a statement: “Fulham Football Club is investigating an incident which took place in the away end at the Barnsley v Fulham fixture this afternoon.

“Should the perpetrators be identified, the club will be taking the strongest possible action.”

Republic of Ireland international Christie, 26, joined Fulham from Middlesbrough in January 2018 and has made 33 appearances for the club.

In November 2017 and April 2018 he shared racist abuse he had received on social media.

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PSG beat Rennes to win Trophee des Champions in China 0 73

PSG beat Rennes to win Trophee des Champions in China

Paris St-Germain

Paris St-Germain have now won the Trophee des Champions nine times, including every year from 2013

Paris St-Germain fought back from a goal behind to beat Rennes 2-1 in the Trophee des Champions in China.

French Cup winners Rennes took an early lead against Ligue 1 champions PSG when an unmarked Adrien Hunou finished from Benjamin Bourigeaud’s cross.

But PSG, without the suspended Neymar, equalised 12 minutes into the second half when Kylian Mbappe scored into an empty net after Pablo Sarabia’s pass.

PSG won it with a spectacular free-kick from Angel di Maria in the 73rd minute.

The Argentine had only been on the pitch for 12 minutes after replacing Ander Herrera, who joined PSG on a free transfer last month after his Manchester United contract expired.

The match took place at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre stadium in south east China and PSG have now won the season-opening trophy seven years in a row, beating the previous record of Lyon’s six successive victories between 2002 and 2007.

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