Thursday, August 4, 2016

Barcelona 4-2 Leicester: Ahmed Musa scores twice but Foxes come unstuck in Stockholm

Ahmed Musa celebrates with Jeff Schlupp after scoring

Leicester staged an Ahmed Musa-inspired comeback in the second half but were eventually out-gunned by Barcelona in their final pre-season friendly in Stockholm.
Luis Suarez strike sandwiched between two excellent Munir finishes gave the La Liga champions a 3-0 half-time lead and 17-year-old substitute Rafa Mujica sealed the 4-2 victory after two excellent strikes from Leicester's new Nigerian striker.
But while Leicester go into their competitive season opener off the back of shipping eight goals in two games there were certainly some promising signs for Claudio Ranieri .

AMA/GettyMunir is congratulated by Lionel Messi after scoring
Munir latched on to Lionel Messi's through ball to give Barca the lead
AFP/GettyLuis Suarez celebrates with Lionel Messi after scoring
Messi turned provider again for Suarez to double Barcelona's advantage
Action Images via ReutersMunir El Haddadi scores the third goal
Munir then finished from an excellent pass by Suarez to make it three just before half-time
The Foxes looked a real threat early in the game until 20-year-old Munir took advantage of a lapse in concentration from Danny Simpson to latch onto an excellentLionel Messi through-ball. The Spaniard, looking to take advantage of Neymar'sabsence, finished excellently on his left foot after 28 minutes.
Suarez, having missed a couple of good chances early on then made it two just seven minutes later, Messi the provider again with the dinked through ball before the Uruguayan bulldozed through some weak defending and prodded the ball into the roof of the net.
The former Liverpool man then turned provider moments before half-time, picking out the pass of the game to release Munir who brought the ball down beautifully before prodding past Ron-Robert Zieler with his left boot.
AFP/GettAhmed Musa celebrates with team mates after scoring
Ahmed Musa came on to score a stunning individual goal to pull one back for Leicester
AFP/GettyAhmed Musa celebrates with Jeff Schlupp after scoring
The Nigerian then turned in Jeff Schlupp's cross to make it 3-2
Having gone down 4-0 to the French champions in their last outing it was looking like another drubbing, but the arrival of new man Musa changed things immediately.
The powerful forward picked up the ball on half way and showed immense strength, power and skill to find a path to the penalty area, before neatly slotting the ball into the corner.
His second was almost as sweet, as another substitute Jeff Schlupp robbed full back Juan Camara before squaring to the Nigerian who fired the ball into the roof of the net.
Action Images via ReutersJamie Vardy in action
Jamie Vardy had a quiet evening for Leicester
Action Images via ReutersRiyad Mahrez and Arda Turan challenge for the ball
Riyad Mahrez and Arda Turan challenge for the ball
At 3-2 Musa was then denied a penalty when Javier Mascherano impeded him in the box, the referee wasn't interested.
With the Foxes looking like stealing an honorary point, it was Barca who had the last laugh, teenage substitute Mujica powerfully slamming the ball in from 10 yards after a rapid counter-attack.
Nevertheless, Ranieri will certainly be pleased with the improvement his side made from their defeat by PSG, ahead of Sunday's showdown with Manchester United.