ARLINGTON, Texas — Rafinha and Malcom scored either side of halftime, but AS Roma managed to get one in between and found the net three more times in the second half to send the Catalans to their first defeat of the pre-season on Tuesday night before 54,726 fans at AT&T Stadium.

The loss evens up Barça’s record and 1-1 following last weekend’s penalty shootout victory over Tottenham at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Barça will face AC Milan this Saturday night at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara in its third and final pre-season game in the International Champions Cup.

"We played a good game except for the final minutes," Barça manager Ernesto Valverde said after the game. "The two quick goals was tough to take for our youngsters, but it's a learning process."

Despite the loss, Barça got off to a good start on Tuesday in North Texas, with Rafinha combining on a 6th minute give-and-go with Munir El Haddadi, finishing with aplomb to stake the Catalans out to an early, 1-0 lead.

The slim margin held up until the 35th minute, when Stephan El Shaarawy leveled things up for Roma and sending the two teams into the intermission in a 1-1 deadlock.

But four minutes into the second half, Malcom, whose penalty kick gave Barça a 5-3 shootout win in Southern California last weekend, put Barça back into the lead. After another four minutes, in the 53rd, Malcom had a chance to put Barça up a pair, but his blast sailed just high and to the right of the Roma net.

Barça stayed in the lead, however, until the 78th minute, when Alessandro Florenzi  tied the game for the Italians. Bryan Cristante then gave Roma the lead in the 83rd, and Diego Perotti converted a penalty kick in the 86th to put the game out of reach for Barça.


Regardless of what transpired on the field at the Dallas Cowboys home stadium, fans from all over the world flocked en masse to the Dallas metropolitan area for a night of top-flight European football. The majority of fans were supporting Barça, and the cheers hit a fever pitch around 30 minutes before kickoff when Ernesto Valverde and Co. stormed out of the tunnel to begin their pre-game warmups.

Tens of thousands of mouths were left agape as they stared up at the 175 foot (53.34 meter) wide high-definition screen hanging suspended above the field.

Before the game, Barça fans were taking part in various events held near the stadium. Across the street, at Globe Life Park — the home of the Texas Rangers — the Barça Dallas supporters club hosted a tailgate which was brimming with blaugrana beginning at 2pm. Shortly before 7pm, most of the attendees made their way over to AT&T Stadium and joined the hundreds of others who were already enjoying the gorgeous sunny afternoon at the joint-Barça/Roma Fan Zone.

The revelers participated in games and raised their drinks in anticipation of a night that many would never forget, no matter who came out on top.

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