Leicester new boy Ahmed Musa shines but can't stop brilliant Barcelona
International Champions Cup, Friends Arena, Stockholm – Barcelona 4 (Munir 26, 45), L Suarez (34), Mujica (84) Leicester 2 (Musa (47, 66),
Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (L) celebrates with his teammate Argentinian forward Lionel Messi after scoring a goal during the 2016 International Champions Cup football match between FC Barcelona and Leicester City at Friends Arena on August
Barcelona claimed a 4-2 International Champions Cup win over Leicester City, although it was Ahmed Musa who shone brightest for the Premier League champions in Stockholm.
The new Leicester City signing scored a sensational goal, picking up the ball on the halfway line before driving all the way to goal, slipping a finish into the Barcelona net. Musa grabbed a second soon after to take the Foxes to within a single goal of completing an astonishing comeback.
However, Barcelona regained control of the match when Rafa Mujica smashed home a finish with just minutes left to play, giving Luis Enrique’s side a 4-2 win over the Premier League champions in the Swedish capital.
TALKING POINT - Have Leicester City uncovered another diamond in the transfer market?
Last summer the Foxes uncovered a number of diamonds that took them all the way to Premier League glory. On the basis of this match, they might have done the same with Ahmed Musa. The Nigerian was signed from CSKA Moscow this summer and looks to be another shrewd capture by. He could be a real force in the Premier League.
MAN OF THE MATCH - Ahmed Musa
The Nigerian striker was the best player on the pitch, which was no mean feat given the standard of opposition he faced in Stockholm. Musa gave Barcelona all kinds of problems and scored two sensational goals to give the Foxes a chance of mounting an unlikely comeback. It wasn’t to be, but the 23-year-old had already made an impression.
Leicester City - Zieler 6, Simpson 5, Huth 6, Morgan 5, Chilwell 6, Albrighton 6, Drinkwater 7, King 6, Gray 7, Mahrez 5, Vardy 5. Subs - Musa 9, Kapustka 6, Okazaki 8, Mendy 7, Fuchs 6.
Luis Suarez reacts
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5’ SUAREZ SHOULD HAVE SCORED! Denis Suarez had a shot on goal from the edge of the box saved by Zieler, but Luis Suarez could only send his shot on the rebound wide of the post.
6’ BIG CHANCE FOR LEICESTER! Drinkwater found the run of Gray with an excellent switch of play, but after getting in behind the winger could only shoot over the crossbar.
9’ OVER THE BAR! Messi feeds Munir from his role on the edge of the penalty area, but the young forward sends his shot over the target, although the angle was tight for him.
20’ MESSI SHOT OVER THE BAR! The little Argentine sends the ball through the legs of Albrighton, but he gets his angles all wrong from 25 yards out, smashing the shot well over.
26’ GOAL! Barcelona 1-0 Leicester: There's the opening goal! Messi picks out the pass inside Simpson for Munir, who did well to roll the ball into the bottom corner of Zieler's goal.
33’ BIG SAVE FROM ZIELER! Suarez and Turan play some lovely passes as they break down the Leicester defence, but the keeper comes off his line to smother the former's shot.
34’ GOAL! Barcelona 2 Leicester 0: How did he do that? Suarez looked to have lost the ball twice, but wriggled past two defenders and stabbed the ball high into the Leicester City net.
38’ MESSI WIDE OF THE TARGET! The ball falls to the edge of the box where the Argentine playmaker is running on to it, but he cuts across his effort and slices wide of the post.
42’ HUTH MISSES A SITTER! A few moments ago the Leicester City centre back missed the chance to level the scoring from a matter of yards, failing to make a connection from a freekick.
Barcelona players celebrate after scoring
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43’ KING HAS A HEADER SAVED! The midfielder pushes up from the centre of midfield to get on the end of a cross, but there wasn't enough venom in it and Masip can make the save.
45’ GOAL! Barcelona 3 Leicester 0: There's another goal on the stroke of the break! Suarez plays a ball over the top for Munir, who slips an excellent finish past Zieler.
48’ GOAL! Barcelona 3 Leicester 1: What a sensational goal! What a sensational goal! Musa picks up the ball 40 yards out and surges through on goal, finishing with aplomb into the Barcelona net. What a great run and finish!
58’ SCHLUPP TAKES AIM! The attacker received the ball on the right side of the box and attempted to find the far corner of the net, but it was a simple save for the Barca keeper to make.
67’ GOAL! Barcelona 3 Leicester 2: The comeback is on for the Premier League champions, and it's Musa who gets his second of the night! He fired his finish high into the Barcelona net. Wooft!
72’ ZIELER MAKES THE SAVE! The ball falls to Busquets about 25 yards out from goal and the Leicester City goalkeeper is required to turn it around the post. Good shot, indeed.
75’ SUAREZ SHOOTS INTO THE SIDE NETTING! Denis Suarez clips the pass into Luis Suarez, but on the run he can only shoot into the side netting on the volley from a tight angle.
85’ GOAL! Barcelona 4 Leicester 2: And that should be that for the Premier League champions. A scuffed shot falls to Mujica inside the box and the youngster smashes home his first goal for Barcelona.
86’ GOOD CHANCE FOR KAPUSTKA! The new signing couldn't quite find the finish to once again get Leicester City back in this game. I think he went for it with the wrong foot!