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FC Barcelona beats LA Galaxy in International Championship Cup friendly, 2-1, despite not having Messi or Neymar

FC BarcelonaFC Barcelona and the LA Galaxy played in front of a sold out Rose Bowl Stadium Tuesday evening.

Incredibly, the Galaxy did not get off one shot in the first half.

Barcelona had eight total shots, one of which found the back of the net.

In the 45th minute, Luis Suárez got behind the defense to boot Barcelona’s first goal four feet outside the six yard box.

Galaxy improved in the second half; shooting six times and scoring once.

Twelve minutes into the second half Barcelona takes advantage of a turnover by Galaxy.

Sergi Roberto wide-openly kicks a dart from the center of the penalty box to give Barcelona a 2-0 lead.

Galaxy’s only goal came during extra time.

In the 91st minute, the Galaxy would give their local fans something to cheer about.

Defender Tommy Meyer headed in a goal with an assist corner kick from midfielder Mika Väyrynen.

On that goal the game came to an end.

Barcelona dominated possession of the ball throughout the game, controlling it nearly three-quarters of the time.

Los Angeles was Barcelona’s first stop on their “Unstoppables of the Summer” tour.

They will play at Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco on July 25th, and at FedEx Field in Washington, D.C. on July 28th.

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