FC Barcelona’s Cadete A team managed by Quique Álvarez kicked off their bid for the prestigious Al Kass International Cup in Doha, Qatar, this Monday. The Blaugrana participated in the first edition of the tournament and they finished fifth, but they didn’t participate in the second edition.
This prestigious international tournament features teams like PSG, Real Madrid, Milan and Manchester United. The champions of the first edition were PSG, while in 2013 Fluminense won the trophy.
FC Barcelona are in Group A along with PSG and Kashiwa Reysol. The first match, which was played this Monday at 2:15 PM ended in a hard-fought victory for the Blaugrana. Álvarez’s team defeated the always difficult and former champions PSG. After the opening goal from the French team, two goals from Carlos Aleñá, Barça’s captain and man of the match, put Barça in front before Edouard, who scored all three goals for the Parisian team, brought PSG level. After the break, Morer and Lee fired Barça ahead, but PSG hit back with another goal from Edouard. The final score was 3-4.
On 12 minutes PSG took the lead thanks to a quick counterattack led by Edouard. Three minutes later, however, Carlos Aleñá brought Barça level after a great play from Jang on the right wing.
A couple minutes later, at the half-hour mark, Aleñá received the ball in the area thanks to an excellent pass from Morer; Aleñá beat his mark and put Barça ahead thanks a great shot to the far post. Before the break, Edouard brought PSG level after a give-and-go play at the top of Barça’s area.
After the break Barça continued to control the game, but PSG proved dangerous on the counter. Javi Romero’s fantastic performance in goal surely kept more than one goal off the board. On 49 minutes, after a great collective play between Morer and Lee, Barça were up again. Minutes later, Olmo and Oriol Rey were subbed in, and Olmo assisted Lee for Barça’s fourth.
PSG kept on trying, and a bad clearance from Barça defence allowed Edouard to score the definitive 3-4. After the game, Carles Aleñá was named man of the match.
Barça will take on Kashiwa Reysol on Tuesday at 5:40 PM CET. The match will be streamed live on the Club’s website.