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Barcelona beat Kobe in Iniesta send-off

AFP . Tokyo
07 Jun 2023 00:00:00 | Update: 06 Jun 2023 22:55:39
Barcelona beat Kobe in Iniesta send-off

Spanish champions Barcelona cruised past Andres Iniesta’s Vissel Kobe 2-0 in a friendly in Tokyo on Tuesday, less than 48 hours after completing their domestic season.

Franck Kessie and Eric Garcia were on target for Barca, who were in the Japanese capital to give Iniesta a celebratory send-off before he leaves Vissel next month.

Iniesta, who made more than 600 appearances for Barcelona before joining Vissel in 2018, has said he intends to keep playing but does not know where his next move will be.

He started in midfield for J-League leaders Vissel but failed to get on the scoresheet at Tokyo’s National Stadium, despite hitting the side-netting with a slick shot in the first half.

Iniesta left the field to warm applause in the 80th minute, before being given a hug on the touchline from Barcelona manager and former midfield partner Xavi.