Barcelona vs AC Milan score, result as Ansu Fati goal enough to decide Las Vegas preseason friendly in USA 2023

Get all the exciting details from the Barcelona vs AC Milan preseason friendly in Las Vegas, USA. Ansu Fati’s goal proves decisive as Barcelona clinches victory. Stay updated on the match score and result, as these European giants clash in an action-packed showdown on American soil.

Barcelona vs AC Milan

AC Barcelona wrapped up their US pre-season tour with a thrilling 1-0 victory against AC Milan, courtesy of a sensational second-half goal by the 20-year-old Ansou Fati.

This win was well-deserved for the Barcelona team, as they displayed greater intent and aggression, especially in the first half, thanks to the dynamic duo of Raphinha and Izzy Abde on the wings. Ansu Fati and left-back Alejandro Balde combined in the second half to terrorize Milan’s right side, resulting in a brilliant goal from Fati in the far corner.

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Now, the team’s focus shifts to the start of the La Liga home campaign against Getafe on August 13, just after a final pre-season match against Tottenham at home on August 8.

After facing defeat against Real Madrid (3-2) and drawing with Juventus (2-2) in Las Vegas, AC Milan hadn’t tasted victory in their US spell. However, they now have some time left before starting their Serie A action on August 21.

First Half:

Coach Xavi opted to start without five regular first-team players, giving significant minutes to Eric Garcia, Fermin Lopez, Izzy Abde, and Feran Torres. Despite the changes, Barcelona had a fantastic start, moving the ball quickly and creating good opportunities, mostly attacking from the right wing where Raphinha was full of energy and proved to be a definite starter in that role.

Barcelona vs AC Milan

They continued to press and create dangerous moments, with Ronald Araujo and Feran Torres forcing Mike Megnan to make good saves, and Jules Kounde coming closest to scoring with a header in another set-piece situation.

Milan mostly defended in their half during the first half, allowing Barcelona to dominate possession, but they couldn’t find the back of the net, and the half-time score remained 0-0.

Second Half:

During half-time, Xavi made five changes, starting with three key starters and a team that resembled the one we’ll see when the season begins. They maintained the pace of the first half and kept the good passing sequence going, with Frankie de Jong and Oriol Romeu developing their partnership as a double pivot.

Alejandro Balde and Ansu Fati once again looked like a dynamic pair on the left wing, and it was Balde’s assist that led to a fantastic Fati shot in the top corner, giving Barcelona a well-deserved lead in the 55th minute.

Barcelona vs AC Milan

Milan didn’t try to mount a comeback and mostly allowed Barcelona to control the game. Blogna nearly doubled the lead with Ronald Araujo’s header, but it was ruled out for offside.

Later, in the final 20 minutes, Xavi introduced 16-year-old Lamin Yame for some debut minutes, and La Masia gem presented a glimpse of his remarkable talent with a stunning goal Launching a fierce shot from beyond the penalty area, the ball confidently nestled into the back of the net.

Barcelona kept creating significant opportunities; Balde and Fati once again wreaked havoc on the left, but Blogna couldn’t quite finish the game off in the final 10 minutes.

There was still time for some more debuts as summer signing Mika Fey, and academy prospects Alex Vaele and Alex Gairido got the chance to play in the last five minutes, but they didn’t have enough time to make a real impact as Barcelona secured a well-deserved victory. The whole team performed well, and players like Romeu, Balde, Fati, de Jong, and Yame stood out with their excellent performances.

Barcelona will now head back home for one more week of training before facing Tottenham Hotspur in the Joan Gamper Trophy, which will be their final pre-season match. The real deal is just around the corner, and the team looks strong and ready for the upcoming challenges.

Barcelona vs AC Milan Lineup

AC Milan Lineup: Mike Megnan; Florenzi (Calulu 64′), Thiaw (Kejer 73′), Tomori (Salemkers 86′), Hernandez (Bartesaghi 80′); Loftus-Cheek, Krunic (Pobega 73′), Rijnders; Pulisic (Romero 73′), Giroud (Colombo 73′), Leao

Goal: None

Barcelona Lineup: Pena; Araujo (Gairido 84′), Kounde (Dest 67′), Eric (Fey 84′), Alonso (Balde 46′ (Vaele 84′)); Pedri (Roberto 46′), Raphinha (Casado 80′), Firmin (de Jong 46′); Raphinha (Yame 67′), Fati (Fey 46′), Abde (Fati 46′)

Goal: Fati (55′)

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