Teenage sensational star as A-League all-star scares Barcelona



Barcelona survived a strong scare as they were forced to come from behind to claim a 3-2 friendly win against A-League All Stars.

In front of 70,174 fans – mostly persuaded by Barcelona – Dwight York-coach All Stars claimed an unlikely 2-1 lead in the second half before pegged twice in the final 20 minutes on Wednesday.

The selection of the best players in the A-League, who have been playing their first game since 2014, gave Wellington winger Reno Piskopo a good account of themselves with a standout farewell after assisting with a goal and a rate.

Central Coast forward Garang Kuol, a 17-year-old forward, also gave an impressive cameo from the bench, coming close to scoring twice which could give the All-Stars an unlikely win.

“They played a really good game,” said Barcelona manager Xavi.

“It was a good test for us to end the season and prepare for the next one.

“I think, strategically, they (All Star) were very good. They created opportunities in transition and we suffered a lot.

“It’s a big surprise for us because I don’t follow the A-League very much.”

At the start of Sunday’s defeat to Villarreal at the Accor Stadium, Xavi was not Barcelona’s second-class team given five of the first XI.

Among them were the experienced pair of Dani Alves and Sergio Busquets, who showed their intentions when Barাa forced MacArthur goalkeeper Philippe Corto into action.

Brisbane’s Jay O’Shea and Sucrose’s optimistic Jason Cummings both had a chance to put the All-Stars ahead but neither could finish Mark-Andre Ter Stegen.

Barাa dominated but could not penetrate until the first half hour, with fans breaking into the spontaneous service of the Mexican waves to keep their minds occupied.

Central Coast defender Kai Rawls lost to Busquets and Usman Dembele scored the opening goal in three passes, reducing the focus for the All-Stars for a moment.

It was a similar story after halftime, but this time it was the All-Star who were the beneficiaries.

Within 10 minutes, Piscopo fired a rebound from Anthony Caceres’ shot before the square for Western Sydney’s Adama Trore, giving the York team an unlikely 2-1 lead.

York knocked out Quol and he looked the most likely to grab the third.

He snatched the opportunity and hit the woodwork late and Bar বারa paid him for it.

19-year-old Ansu Fati drew 3-2 with the Spanish giants in their own draw with 20 minutes left in Barcelona’s own Adama Toure.

“I’m sure everyone is probably very happy to have left,” York said.

“Maybe, from our point of view, we’re disappointed we didn’t win the game.

“Overall, I think it was a great performance from the players. They deserve all the credit and praise they can. “

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