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Aug 15, 2018 at 5.15pm UK
Boca Juniors
Malcom (18'), Messi (39'), Rafinha (67')
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Result: Home debutant Malcom nets as Barcelona overcome Boca Juniors

By , Senior Reporter | 8mo
Lionel Messi, Rafinha and new boy Malcom are all on target as Barcelona cruise to a 3-0 win over Boca Juniors to lift the Joan Gamper Trophy.

Barcelona have won the Joan Gamper Trophy for a sixth season running thanks to a 3-0 victory over Boca Juniors at Camp Nou this evening.

Goals from new boy Malcom, star man Lionel Messi and the returning Rafinha gave Barca lift-off in their traditional curtain-raising fixture for the season ahead.

Argentine champions Boca, participating in this fixture for a fifth time, failed to live with their opponents as Barca kicked on from where they left off in last season's double-winning campaign.

Following near-misses from Messi and Malcom, Philippe Coutinho - now the creative focal point in central midfield - went one better by testing Esteban Andrada in the Boca goal with his well-hit shot.

Malcom had his dream debut goal with 18 minutes on the clock, beating his man on the edge of the box and firing a low effort under Andrada, who could not react in time.

Barca took complete control of proceedings pretty much from that point on as midfield duo Coutinho and Arturo Vidal, as well as Messi, grew more and more into things.

The hosts deservedly doubled their tally before the interval through a trademark Messi clip over Andrada after the ball bounced into his path.

Boca's best chance of pulling one back arrived right at the end of the opening 45 minutes, but Edwin Cardona hit the post from a good position and Samuel Umtiti was well placed to block the follow-up on the line.

Ernesto Valverde made eight changes to his side at the break, giving the likes of Clement Lenglet and Arthur a chance to sample the Camp Nou atmosphere, but it was one of those who remained on the field who had the first chance of the second period.

Munir El Haddadi could not find the bottom corner, though, and up the other end the offside flag spared Mauro Zarate's blushes as he squandered an even bigger opportunity.

The game was killed off a little over half an hour from the end courtesy of Rafinha's poked finish at the end of an impressive individual run.

Substitutes Luis Suarez and Carlos Tevez then came close for their respective sides, while Paco Alcacer had one ruled out for offside, but in the end it was plain sailing for the Spanish champions.

BARCELONA (4-3-3): Ter Stegen (Cillessen 46'); Miranda (Dembele 65'), Umtiti (Vermaelen 46'), Pique (Lenglet 46'), Roberto (Semedo 46'); Coutinho (Puig 45'), Rakitic (Arthur 46'), Vidal (Rafinha 46'); Malcom (Suarez 65'), Munir (Busquets 65'), Messi (Alcacer 46')

BOCA JUNIORS (4-3-3): Andrada; Buffarini, Goltz, Izquierdoz, Olaza (Mas 77'); Nandez (Tevez 64'), Barrios (Almendra 64'), Reynoso (Perez 46'); Villa, Cardona (C.Pavon 46'), Abila (Zarate 46')

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