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Houston Dash Took The Champions Of Europe Barcelona To The Wire In Heroic Performance

The Houston Dash was the oddball inclusion the 2021 Women’s International Champions Cup. 

Teams like the Portland Thorns, French powerhouse Lyon and perhaps the most dominant team on the planet, Barcelona, all looked like giants compared to the Dash. 

The 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup champions were heavy underdogs against Barcelona for the third-place match, but holy hell did the Dash give the defending UEFA Champions League winners a run for their money, losing 3-2.

Memphis Depay Saves Barcelona From Embarrassing Defeat With Strike That Probably Broke The Sound Barrier

Barcelona salvaged a 1-1 draw against Athletic Club with a rather uninspiring performance on Saturday. A litany of injuries and the massive hole left behind with the departure of Lionel Messi had Barcelona looking like a shell of its former self.

The injuries for Barcelona include:

  • Ansu Fati
  • Dembele
  • Aguero
  • Coutinho
  • Ter Stegen

Things only got worse for Barcelona when Gerard Pique was forced to leave the game early in the first half with an injury.

NWSL Vs. Europe: International Champions Cup Returns To Settle The Debate

The Women’s International Champions Cup returns on Wednesday, giving us a rare glimpse of how the best club sides in Europe match-up with the NWSL elite. This year’s tournament boasts the defending UEFA Women’s Champions League winner, Barcelona, and the most recent NWSL champ, the Portland Thorns. 

Nueva Cara: Un Afeitado Gerard Piqué Lidera El Primer Triunfo Del Barcelona Sin Messi

Barcelona logró una fortificante victoria por 4-2 en su primer partido de LaLiga en la Era DM (Después de Messi).

Tras la dolorosa salida del astro argentino, por problemas financieros del club, aún es extraño ver una formación blaugrana sin su apellido. De hecho, es primera vez en 18 años que su nombre o su figura está completamente fuera de la película.

Pero bueno, habrá que acostumbrarse, ¿no?

Pisotón A Luis Suárez Desata Trifulca Entre El Celta De Vigo Y El Atlético De Madrid

Atlético de Madrid inició la defensa de su título en LaLiga con una apretada victoria sobre el Celta de Vigo. El duelo terminó 2-1 en favor de los colchoneros y acabó en medio de una gran trifulca, provocada luego de un pisotón sobre el uruguayo Luis Suárez.

Atlético Madrid Begins LaLiga Title Defense With Win And Mass Brawl

VIGO, Spain - Atlético Madrid began their LaLiga title defense with a 2-1 win away to Celta Vigo on Sunday thanks to two strikes from Argentine forward Ángel Correa although the game ended with a mass brawl and a player from each side was sent off.

Luis Suárez began the game on the bench and Correa took full responsibility for the team's attacking duties, firing Atlético ahead midway through the first half after a marauding run from Thomas Lemar.

Kepa Comes Off Bench To Save Chelsea In PKs For UEFA Super Cup

Two years ago, Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be taken off in the closing minutes of a Carabao Cup match when coach Mauricio Sarri wanted to bring on Willy Caballero for penalty kicks before losing to Manchester City. On Wednesday, it was Kepa brought on in the closing minutes, and this time he came off as a winner. 

Messi Gone, Finances In Shambles, Barcelona Is A Hot Mess Right Now

While Lionel Messi's departure marks the end of an era for Barcelona, there is plenty more to be resolved at the Nou Camp before the season gets under way:

MONEY ISSUES

Barcelona has a gross debt of over one billion euros ($1.17 billion) and years of profligate spending meant they flew too close to the sun once too often.

Even without the Argentine, their salary mass accounts for 95 percent of all income — in football, it is considered viable and healthy to have your wages to income at a maximum ratio of 70 percent.

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