Barcelona vs Elche: Griezmann's lone goal fires Koeman's Barca to 3rd straight victory

Barcelona vs Elche: Griezmann's lone goal fires Koeman's Barca to 3rd straight victory

- Barcelona vs Elche friendly saw Ronald Koeman win his third straight game

- Antoine Griezmann scored the only goal against the La Liga side in the second minute

- The Catalans will kick off their La Liga season against Villarreal next weekend

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Barcelona cruised to third straight win under new boss Ronald Koeman following their 1-0 victory over Elche in the earlier this weekend.

French World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann scored the only goal of the encounter just two minutes after kick-off.

The 29-year-old made a superb run to connect with a Jordi Alba's cross from the left-wing before tapping the ball beyond Edgar Badia's reach.

However, they were unable to find the back of the net for the remainder of the game as new arrival Miralem Pjanic made his debut for the Catalan club after coming on for Sergio Busquets in the 63rdminute.

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Dutch tactician Koeman is already putting finishing touches to his squad for the new season as he fielded a strong squad for the friendly match.

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Apart from German goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen who was not dressed for the fixture, every other player on the pitch is one of the club's key stars.

Meanwhile, Barcelona will kick-off their quest to reclaim the Spanish League title from rivals Real Madrid against Villarreal next weekend.

Barcelona vs Elche: Griezmann's lone goal fires Koeman's Barca to 3rd straight victory
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Griezmann almost made it two, De Jong came close, Messi was as dangerous as ever from dead balls and a very active Coutinho was threatening to score his third goal of the preseason.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has openly refused to comment on Lionel Messi's transfer move to the Premier League side.

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The Argentine came this close to leaving Barcelona last month after submitting his transfer notice to the club's chiefs.

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After back and forth in a situation which could see both parties land in court, the 33-year-old decided to make a U-turn and remain at the Camp Nou until his contract expires next summer.

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