Barcelona draw with Manchester City in charity match to benefit ALS research

Barcelona draw with Manchester City in charity match to benefit ALS research

Published August 25, 2022
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The fixture was a fundraiser for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the most common form of motor neurone disease (MND), which former Barca goalkeeper and coach Juan Carlos Unzue was diagnosed with in 2020.

Cole Palmer drew City level, but the home side looked to have won it when substitute Memphis Depay, who has been told to find a new club before the transfer window closes next week, turned home 10 minutes from time.

However, there was a final twist in the tale when City were handed a late penalty after Erling Haaland appeared to trip himself up in the box accidentally — even the Norway striker looked perplexed at the decision — and Mahrez made no mistake from 12 yards.

Unzue played alongside City coach Pep Guardiola at Camp Nou between 1988 and 1990 and was later part of his coaching staff between 2008 and 2010, with Barca winning six trophies in 2009 while current Blaugrana boss Xavi Hernandez played in the side.