Barcelona new boy Authur scores as Valverde's men beat Tottenham 7-5 after penalties

Barcelona new boy Authur scores as Valverde's men beat Tottenham 7-5 after penalties

- Ernesto Valverde's men beat Tottenham in their preseason friendly encounter on Sunday

- Both sides could not outscore either side within 90 minutes as they stretch the game into penalties

- Barcelona will face Roma in their next game while Spurs battle Inter Milan

Spanish League champions Barcelona kicked off their preseason preparation with a slim victory over Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in the International Champions Cup earlier today.

The La Liga side settled down quickly in the game as Spain forward Munir El Haddadi opened scoring in the 15th minute.

Barely 14 minutes later, the club's new signing Arthur Melo doubled Barca's lead in the 29th minute as they went undefeated in the first half of the meeting.

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The table turned in the second half after series of tactical changes by both sides but it was the EPL side that got the better of the remainder of the game.

Heung-Min Son reduced the deficit for Spurs in the 73rd minute and just two minutes later, Georges N'Koudou leveled up for Mauricio Pochettino's side and stretch the match into penalties.

However, Ernesto Valverde's side went ahead to win the game 5-3 on penalties to claim their first preseason victory in the ICC tournament.

The Catalans will battle Italian League side, AS Roma in a rematch of their UEFA Champions League second semifinal clash on Wednesday, August 1.

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While Spurs will are scheduled to face Inter Milan in a bid to redeem themselves in the preseason competition. previously reported that La Liga champions Barcelona want to sign France Chelsea’s midfielder N’Golo Kante as a replacement for Andres Iniesta.

Sky Sport report that the La Liga side are willing to offer Andre Gomes to the Premier League side in exchange for the French star who has been in superlative form at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia.

However, with Chelsea’s former boss Antonio Conte on the way out of Stamford Bridge incoming manager Maurizio Sarri has reportedly informed club's eggheads not to accept any proposed sale for the 27-year-old irrespective of the amount.

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