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Luis Enrique wins first friendly as Barca coach

Published on Jul 20, 2014 8:04 AM
Barcelona's coach Luis Enrique Martinez walks during the Trofeo Colombino friendly football match Recreativo Huelva vs Barcelona at the Nuevo Colombino stadium in Huelva on July 19, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

HUELVA, Spain (AFP) - Barcelona's new coach Luis Enrique notched up a 1-0 win Saturday in his first game in charge, a pre-season friendly against second division club Recreativo de Huelva.

In the absence of star strikers Lionel Messi, Neymar and new signing Luis Suarez, Enrique gave a workout to substitutes and B-team youngsters such as Joan Roman, 21, who scored Barca's 65th-minute winner.

Seconds earlier Barcelona's returning first-team forward Gerard Deulofeu, 20, had a powerful shot blocked by Huelva's goalkeeper Dani Sotres only for Roman to slam home the rebound from close range.

Barcelona dominated possession over their Andalusian hosts but laboured to hit their target in the first half.

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