Barcelona reclaimed the Joan Gamper Trophy against Brazilian side Santos, with a massive 8-0 scoreline.

The Catalan side dominated the game from early on, when Lionel Messi opened the scoring early on after some great ball control from winger Pedro.

Messi was favourite to score first, with new boy Neymar Jr on the bench for the first half, and his finish was typical of the world class forward.

Not long after, a defensive mistake saw Santos defender Leo put the ball into his own net after a dangerous cross from Dani Alves, doubling the Spanish sides lead after only 11 minutes.

The defender attempted to clear the ball with his knee, but unfortunately ended up finding the roof of the net.

The Barca fans didn't have to wait long for a third goal, as Messi unselfishly squared the ball for Alexis Sanchez, who calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner after a quick counter attack.

Barca made it four before half-time when Jordi Alba's overlapping run was found, and he played a perfect ball to Pedro, who didn't disappoint.

Ex-Santos player Neymar Jr was brought on at half-time, as well as Manchester United target Cesc Fabregas, who didn't take long to find the net after a good ball from Alexis Sanchez, who had already scored earlier in the game.

It was Neymar's time to shine as Messi was subbed off for striker Marie Dongou, and he showed his class as he found Fabregas in the box who expertly struck the ball past the Santos goalkeeper.

Barcelona then had a corner and took it short to Adriano, who took the ball around a defender and beautifully curled the ball into the far top corner, again leaving the keeper with no chance, making the score 7-0.

With less than 10 minutes to play, substitute Dongou put the ball into an open goal after a fantastic Cesc Fabrigas squared the ball to him in front of goal. 

 

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