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FC Barcelona shuts out AS Roma, 3-0, for the 50th Joan Gamper Trophy

FC Barcelona AS RomaThe goals came courtesy of Neymar Jr., Lionel Messi and Ivan Rakitic in front of over 94,000 fans at Camp Nou on Wednesday.

From the start Barcelona was constantly attacking and it wasn’t going to be before long when the ball would find the back of the net.

In the 26th minute Messi chipped the ball to Jérémy Mathieu who immediately centered it to Neymar.

When Neymar gained control Roma’s goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny, shuffled to his left lost his balance and gave Neymar an easy path to the net.

Tempers flared in the 34th minute.

A physical altercation involving Messi headbutting Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in the chest granted them both yellow cards.

Less than ten minutes later, Messi would translate that emotion into a goal.

Luis Suárez gets around his defender and drives towards the right goal line.

Feet from the line he cuts back to the middle and passes between two defenders to Daniel Alves, who then centers it to Neymar.

He kicks it behind to Messi who shoots from just inside the penalty box to the bottom right of the goal.

It was Messi’s fifth career Joan Trophy goal, two goals behind the most ever made in the historic match.

The final goal would come in the 66th minute when Roma players tried to kick the ball out of their end but was swarmed.

Rakitic would end with the ball and boot it from deep into the top left corner of the net.

He was named MVP of the match.

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