The Europa League play-off tie between Manchester United and Barcelona at the Nou Camp resulted in an exhilarating first-leg draw, with both teams poised for victory.
Despite Barca winning both their previous encounters in two Champions League finals, the two sides are striving to regain their former glory and reach the top once again, and this match marked another step towards that goal.
In the game, Xavi’s team took the lead when Marcos Alonso headed in from Raphinha’s corner, but United quickly responded through the impressive Marcus Rashford, who scored at the near post. The game then took another turn when United’s cross was deflected into Barcelona’s net by defender Jules Kounde.
Raphinha, the former Leeds winger, delivered a remarkable cross from wide on the right, which sailed into the net, levelling the score for Barca. In the end, neither team could secure a win, although Barcelona came close when Casemiro’s clearance hit the post, and the tie is finely balanced ahead of the second leg at Old Trafford.