A Nigerian fan today noted that Neymar sale was responsible for the awkward performance of Barcelona against Gimnastic.
Although the match ended Barcelona 1 Gimnastic 1
It is their first match since the sale of Neymar, Barcelona star Paco Alcacer produced a moment of magic to salvage a draw against Gimnastic.
Paco Alcacer scored a brilliant late free-kick as Barcelona were forced to settle for a 1-1 away draw against Gimnastic in a friendly match that saw them lose Thomas Vermaelen to injury.
Barca had impressively beaten Juventus, Manchester United and Real Madrid in the United States last month but looked to be on course for their first defeat of pre-season on Friday until Alcacer’s impressive intervention after 79 minutes.
Playing in their first match since the world-record sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, head coach Ernesto Valverde named a side mainly filled with fringe players, with Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez among the stars missing out.