Perez scores a brace as Barcelona beat Iniesta’s Kobe – Independent Observers

Perez scores a brace as Barcelona beat Iniesta’s Kobe

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By Kunle Adedoyin

Carles Perez scored his first two goals for Barcelona as the Spanish giants won 2-0 against a Vissel Kobe side featuring Andres Iniesta, a legend of the Catalan club.

The match which saw Kobe’s Iniesta, David Villa and Sergi Samper all reunited with their former team, had Perez as the main star with the 21-year-old product of Barcelona’s academy hiting a brace.

For his first goal, Perez played a one-two inside the box and nutmegged the goalkeeper  while his second was a stunning left-footer in the dying minutes.

Iniesta had his chances and 28,000 fans sighed their frustration as he put a fierce shot just wide.

“It was my first goal for Barcelona and I’m glad to score even two,” Perez said.

“It’s been my dream to score goals for this great team since my childhood,” he added.

Iniesta said: “I am glad Barcelona were able to come here and play. It was a good game honestly as we played well.”

The World Cup-winner, who lifted 32 major trophies with Barcelona, signed for Kobe last May in a deal worth a reported $30 million a year.

Iniesta, 34, became team captain in April. Kobe also announced the signing of Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen, after the 33-year-old reportedly turned down an offer to join countryman Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht.

Saturday’s win wrapped up Barcelona’s pre-season friendlies in Japan following its 2-1 loss to Chelsea earlier this week.

World Cup-winning French striker Antoine Griezmann and former Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who both made their unofficial debuts in the Chelsea match, played again on Saturday with no goals.

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