Friendly: Barça wins against Girona, Depay scorer for his debut

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FC Barcelona won quietly against Girona in a friendly (3-1) this Saturday. For his debut, Memphis Depay scored, on a penalty caused by Antoine Griezmann.

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Barça continues its preparation smoothly. After a large victory against Tarragona (4-0), the Blaugrana did it again by winning quietly in Girona (3-1), this Saturday. The main attraction of the match was the first appearance in his new colors of Memphis Depay, who arrived this summer from OL, who opened his counter from the penalty spot.

Pique also scored

In the Johan-Cruyff stadium, in the heart of the FC Barcelona training center, it was the defense leader Gérard Piqué who was the first to set an example. Holder at the kick-off, the Spaniard transformed an improbable penalty to open the scoring (1-0, 21st): with the right hand, the Girona goalkeeper Juan Carlos stopped his shot, which hit his right hand before entering the goal. A few minutes later, it was the Albanian Rey Manaj who doubled the bet (2-0, 24th).

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The injury of the same Manaj, a few minutes after the reduction of Girona’s score by Samuel Saiz (2-1, 42nd) again on a penalty, precipitated the entry into play of Memphis. The Dutchman, applauded by the public from the warm-up, is, with Sergio Agüero, the main recruit of this Catalan transfer window, so far rather calm. He therefore made his debut even before half-time, putting on good things right away, multiplying dribbling and accelerating.

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Griezmann back

His good dispositions were rewarded with a goal, the last of the match, from a very well-shot penalty (3-1, 85th). “It’s fantastic to wear the Barça jersey. I really enjoyed it,” said Memphis. At the origin of the fault: Antoine Griezmann, who came into play a few minutes earlier for his return from the Euro. Tipped on the start, pending an agreement with Atlético Madrid, the Frenchman did not seem disturbed by the rumors that surround him beyond measure.

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Barça will now have more prestigious friendly matches: in Stuttgart, on July 31, in Salzburg, on August 4, then against Juventus, on August 8. The resumption of La Liga, with a reception from Real Sociedad for the first day of the day, is scheduled for August 15.

Corentin Parbaud Journalist RMC Sport

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