Perez seals Barca win vs. Iniesta’s Vissel Kobe

Carles Perez scored two times as Barcelona beat a Vissel Kobe aspect along with Andres Iniesta 2-0 in the Rakuten Cup on Saturday in Japan.

Perez, a winger for Barca’s B group, slotted through goalkeeper Daiya Maekawa’s legs at the hour mark after a neat one-two with Malcom to open the scoring. Malcom came near including a 2nd, thumping the bar from close range, earlier than Perez netted his second late on as Barca picked up their first win of the preseason following Tuesday’s defeat to Chelsea.

Ernesto Valverde’s side now go back to Spain, wherein they will link up with the South American players that had been absent from the tour of Japan due to the Copa America, including Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

They face Arsenal next weekend at Camp Nou within the Joan Gamper Trophy, earlier than heading to America for 2 suits in opposition to Napoli.

Valverde named new signing Antoine Griezmann as Barca’s relevant striker for the second one time in a week at The Noevir Stadium in Kobe, while former Blaugrana gamers Iniesta, David Villa and Sergi Samper all commenced for Vissel.

Iniesta, 35, impressed within the first half of. He came near breaking the deadlock early on with a curled attempt from the threshold of the field which bent just huge.

Barca had most of the people of the chances, though. Riqui Puig, Rafinha, Griezmann and Ivan Rakitic all got here near, earlier than Marc-Andre ter Stegen stored well from Iniesta at the opposite cease.

The Spanish champions made 11 adjustments on the ruin, with Frenkie de Jong and Ousmane Dembele added, but it became an academy graduate who made the difference.

Perez determined the leap forward after a neat trade with Malcom and then closed the scoring with a drilled finish across Maekaw from just inside the place in the 86th minute.

In among the two goals, Carles Alena twice came near, failing as soon as with an audacious chip, and Malcom smashed the woodwork in an impressive cameo.

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