It was always going to be a test of new character for both the sides, going into their regular season. Mauricio Pochettino set up his team with only two superstars in the lineup- Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min.

On the other hand, Ernesto Valverde started new signings Clement Lenglet and Arthur Melo in the playing XI alongside Rafinha Alcantara, Munir, Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez. Barcelona broke through first, with a fine finish for the returning Munir.

Munir on the far side of the post had to simply apply the finish into the net, with Rafinha setting him up with a header. Barcelona were on the charge for the next 30 minutes into the first half, showcasing a mixture of flair and composure.

It did not take much time for the Catalans to show how strong they were in the first half, with a sublime goal for the new signee Arthur Melo. Arthur rolled the ball with his first touch, before burying it across the goal from the Tottenham stopper.

Not only did Barcelona dominate in the goals department, their overall play was much better than their English counterpart in the first half of the fixture. However, Barcelona did have a tough time with injuries as Denis and Gomes had to make their way out with injuries.

A second-half spectacle:

Post-half-time, Ernesto Valverde made as many as 10 changes in the playing XI, with Malcom getting a nod in the second half. As many as nine outfield players were from Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy.

Tottenham, on the other hand, made two changes in the playing XI with Davinson Sanchez and Skipp coming on in the second half. However, it was the late first-half substitute Nkoudou, who created the chaos in the Barcelona half.

Not only did Nkoudou create opportunities, but his defensive abilities were also on the mark in the late first half and the entire second half of the game. Deep in the second half, Tottenham opened the scoring with Son netting in an empty net after a chaotic defensive display from Barcelona.

However, all was not over at the Rose Bowl with Nkoudou scoring the second goal on the night for the English side leveling them with Barcelona. After 93 minutes of gritty football, both sides were stacked up at 2-2.

It was the third game that went to penalties in the day in the International Champions Cup, Chelsea, and Juventus the earlier of the two sides.

Barcelona comfortably netted all their five shots from the spot, as Tottenham missed one to give Barcelona the victory with Malcom netting the winner.

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