Federico Bernardeschi scored twice early in the first half to help Fiorentina defeat Barcelona 2-1 in the International Champions Cup on Sunday.
Bernardeschi opened the scoring with a header after just four minutes and then doubled the hosts' advantage in the 12th minute.
Barcelona responded five minutes later as Luis Suarez got on the end of a volleyed Ivan Rakitic pass to poke home.
But despite controlling 70 percent of possession there would be no equaliser for Barcelona, who again played without...
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has suggested that the club need to sign a player in the mould of Barcelona forward Pedro.
The Spain international, who has a £22 million release clause in his contract at the Camp Nou, is a target for United.
Van Gaal believes the Old Trafford club need more attacking options if they are to win the Premier League.
He told The Sun: "Barcelona have the speed of Neymar and [Lionel] Messi -- and they have Pedro behind them. We have to compete with that.
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When it comes to wide players, Barcelona's track record with academy products hasn't exactly been stellar in recent years.
Since Pedro Rodriguez established himself as a key figure in the Pep Guardiola era, a number of noteworthy young wingers have attempted to cross the road between the Miniestadi and the Camp Nou, but none have managed to successfully complete the journey.
Electric but ultimately underwhelming, Cristian Tello quickly discovered that raw pace wasn't enough at the very highest level...
Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez believes Steven Gerrard's slip against Chelsea which effectively cost the Reds the 2014 Premier League title was "destiny," but says he would never have been at Anfield that season if not for his relationship with the former captain.
Gerrard's midfield stumble allowed Demba Ba's opener in a critical 2-0 home loss to Chelsea in April 2014, damaging Liverpool's hopes for a first league crown in 24 years.
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