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Football: Xavi on target as new-look Barcelona draw

Published on Aug 3, 2014 6:20 AM
Barcelona's Marc Bartra Aragall (L) and his teammates celebrate after scoring a penalty during a friendly football match Nice (OGCN) vs Barcelona (FCB) on August 2, 2014 at the Allianz Riviera stadium, in Nice, southeastern France. -- PHOTO: AFP

NICE, France (AFP) - A familiar face came on and helped new-look Barcelona draw 1-1 with Nice in a friendly in southern France on Saturday.

The veteran Xavi Hernandez was introduced at half-time with the Catalans trailing 1-0 to the Ligue 1 club at the Allianz Riviera stadium. 

And he equalised from the penalty spot midway through the second half after Romain Genevois was adjudged to have fouled young forward Munir El Haddadi.

Earlier, Argentine striker Dario Cvitanich had put Nice in front from the spot after he himself had been brought down by Gerard Pique.

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