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    Athletic

    2

    Levante

    0

  • FT

    Celta Vigo

    2

    Getafe

    1

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    Espanyol

    1

    Deportivo

    3

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    Racing

    0

    Betis

    2

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    Valencia

    3

    R Sociedad

    3

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    Gimnastic

    1

    Barcelona

    5

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    Osasuna

    1

    Atletico

    2

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    Real Madrid

    3

    Mallorca

    1

  • FT

    Recreativo

    1

    R Zaragoza

    1

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    Sevilla

    0

    Villarreal

    1

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Gimnastic de Tarragona

  • Tobias Grahn 83'

1 - 5

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Barcelona

  • Carles Puyol 20'
  • Lionel Messi 34'
  • Ronaldinho 38'
  • Lionel Messi 51'
  • Gianluca Zambrotta 90' +1'

Gimnastic de Tarragona 1-5 Barcelona

HONG KONG, August 11 (Mission Hills Cup) - Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard insists his side still have more to offer ahead of the Primera Liga campaign despite rounding off their three-game Asian tour with a convincing win in Hong Kong on Saturday.

Xavi, Samuel Eto'o, Thierry Henry and youngster Giovani dos Santos were on target in a 4-0 victory over a Mission Hills Invitation XI as the Catalan outfit maintained their unbeaten pre-season record.

Second-half substitute Dos Santos took his pre-season goal tally to four after previously netting against Hearts, Beijing Guo'an and Yokohama Marinos.

Barcelona were rarely threatened throughout the contest, and after easing through the opening 20 minutes took a comfortable half-time lead as Xavi, Eto'o and Henry rounded off well-worked moves at a rain-soaked Hong Kong Stadium

``I am satisfied with the performance,'' said Rijkaard. ``I think the team worked really well and were well organised throughout,

``Also, I think some of the players are gaining physical strength and that is important.

``We still have a way to go ahead of the new season, but we can be satisfied with the way we played because we worked together really well.''

The second half was played at a much slower pace and after Eto'o, Ronaldinho, Henry, Andres Iniesta, Gianluca Zambrotta and Yaya Toure had all departed just after the hour mark, substitute Dos Santos beat the home side's trap to run onto Xavi's inch-perfect through ball to seal the victory.

Barcelona threatened to run riot in the closing stages as substitutes Maxi Lopez and Santiago Ezquerro Marin both saw efforts strike the woodwork.

But Barcelona were forced to settle for their biggest pre-season goal haul ahead of Wednesday's friendly meeting with Bayern Munich.

``The difference in strength between the two teams was obvious,'' added Rijkaard. ``We were well organised and that is important because if you are not organised you can give an opponent, even though they are of a lower quality, wins and you can also give them hope that they can do something special during the game.

``We did not leave too much space for them and when we had opportunities to score goals, we took them.

``We do need to press up front more and be more aggressive from the beginning, but I don't think that was completely possible out here in the conditions.''

Rijkaard was also pleased to see summer acquisition Henry grab his first goal in four games since his goalscoring debut against Dundee United last month.

Henry has been making his way back to fitness following an injury-plagued last season with Arsenal, but Rijkaard insists he was always confident Henry would find his goalscoring touch ahead of the league opener against Racing Santander on August 26.

``A player of his quality will not let the fact that he has not scored go to his head,'' added Rijkaard.

``I am happy because with the work we are doing everyday he is growing in strength. We are all working hard.''

Scoring Summary

  • Gimnastic de Tarragona
  • Barcelona
Tobias Grahn (83')

Match Stats

  • Gimnastic de Tarragona
  • Barcelona
10(2) Shots (on goal) 23(12)
23 Fouls 8
2 Corner kicks 6
4 Offsides 3
30% Time of Possession 70%
1 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
6 Saves 1

Teams

  • Gimnastic de Tarragona
  • Barcelona
Substitutes
Substitutions
Yellow Cards
César (42')