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Barcelona and Real Madrid win friendlies

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Barcelona beat Hamburg in their first pre-season friendly - but World Player of the Year Lionel Messi missed out through injury.

The Argentine superstar was ruled out before the match with a slight calf injury, and his absence reportedly saved Hamburg €400,000 in appearance fees.

Even without Messi, Barca dominated large periods of the match and Tito Vilanova will be pleased with his side's performance in his first match in charge since replacing Pep Guardiola.

Brazil right-back Dani Alves gave Barca the lead with a stinging first-time strike, before Tolgay Arslan equalised for Hamburg mid-way through the first-half.

The La Liga giants sealed the win when Spanish Under-19 sensation Gerard Deulofeu smuggled home the winner after good work from Ibrahim Afellay.

Barcelona face Raja Club Athletic in their next warm-up match on Saturday June 28.


 

Real Madrid dispatched Segunda Division B side Real Oviedo 5-1 as they begin preparations for their title defence.

The La Liga champions took the lead through Lucas Vazquez, and were 3-0 ahead by half-time thanks to goals from Denis Tcheryshev and Esteban Granero.

Argentine winger Angel Di Maria added a brace after the break to cap a thoroughly impressive display by Jose Mourinho's side.

Madrid take on Portuguese side Benfica next before travelling to America to face David Beckham and LA Galaxy on August 2.


 

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