Barcelona crowned ICC champions following a 3 - 2 win over Real Madrid

Barcelona crowned ICC champions following a 3 - 2 win over Real Madrid

- Lionel Messi leads Barcelona to International Championship Cup victory

- The Catalan giants beat Real Madrid 3-2 to be crowned ICC champions

Barcelona defeated arch-rivals Real Madrid on Saturday, July 30, 2017 to be crowned International Championship Cup champions at the Hard Rock Stadium, Miami.

The Catalan giants opened the scoring after Lionel Messi shot took a fortuitous deflection off Raphael Varane to the back of the net.

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Ivan Rakitic extended the lead for Barca minutes later after he smashed home from 18 yards to make it 2-0 in the 7th minute.

Barcelona crowned ICC champions following a 3 - 2 win over Real Madrid

Lionel Messi dribbles past two Real Madrid defenders. Photo: Barcelona, Twitter.

Madrid pulled one back when Mateo Kovacic beat Gerard Pique in the 14th minute and neatly finished from close range away past Barca's goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.

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The Los Blancos side drew level in the 36th minute when Asensio scored from a lovely counter after getting a sublime pass from Kovacic which forced the game to a 2-2 draw at halftime.

Gerard Pique wasted no time putting Barca back in front in the second half, getting on the end of an inswinging Neymar free kick as he volleyed home past goalkeeper Keylor Navas after some poor defending by Zidane's men in the 50th minute.

The explosive duel ended 3-2 in favour of Barcelona.

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