Barcelona beat Juventus 3-0 to win Joan Gamper Trophy

Barcelona have won the Joan Gamper Trophy for a 44th time, beating Juventus 3-0 at the Johan Cruyff Stadium on Sunday evening.

The annual pre-season friendly match is named after one of Barça’s founding members. Every year the Blaugrana invite a top European side to play them before the start of the campaign, with the winner being awarded the trophy. 

FC Barcelona v Juventus - Joan Gamper Trophy

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Both sides took the game seriously / Eric Alonso/Getty Images

This season Juventus came to town and Barcelona made light work of the Serie A side. Memphis Depay, Martin Braithwaite and Rique Puig all scored to help their team breeze to victory. 

Both managers put out strong sides with the 2021/22 season just around the corner. Depay opened the scoring after just three minutes, racing onto a through ball and lifting his finish over Wojciech Szczesny. The Dutchman was impressive throughout, thriving in a withdrawn centre-forward role.

Before half-time Neto was forced into a pair of good saves with Alvaro Morata stinging his palms with a fierce half-volley and Cristiano Ronaldo going close with a long-ranged free kick. Soon after the break Morata headed just wide from a corner. 

Juventus were made to pay for their wastefulness when Braithwaite nodded home on the hour mark. Depay then had a snapshot saved from inside the box.

In second-half stoppage time Puig – who has been handed the number six this season – scored the goal of the game. Taking Emerson Royal’s pass on the turn he swivelled and fired a curling effort into the top corner. 

The result was a boost for Barcelona, who have endured a horrific few days. Lionel Messi is expected to sign for Paris Saint-Germain any day now after Barça were unable to extend his contract due to financial constraints. In a further blow, new arrival Sergio Aguero has been ruled out until November with a calf injury.

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