Ahmed Musa scored twice but could not stop Leicester city, from slipping to a 4-2 International Champions Cup defeat against Barcelona in Stockholm.
Luis Enrique made just one change from the 3-1 victory over Celtic, with Brazilian Marlon Santos coming in for Jose Antonio Martinez at centre-back.Claudio Ranieri, the Leicester manager, named both Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez in his starting line-up just four days ahead of the FA Community Shield meeting with Manchester United at Wembley. But the Leicester defence were almost cut open at will with Barcelona pair Lionel Messi and Suárez too hot to handle.
A trademark sublime, pinpoint pass inside right-back Danny Simpson, found Munir, who took a touch and finished coolly past Zieler to make it 1-0.Luis Suarez played a one-two with Arda Turan, but then had his shot smothered by the Leicester goalkeeper.However, you allow the Uruguayan further chances at your peril.Two minutes later, Suarez bulldozed his way past two challenges in the area and poked the ball high into the Leicester net to make it 2-0.
Messi then wanted to add his own name to the scoresheet, having seen his two striking partner’s names up in lights.A vicious left footed rocket from the edge of the area beat Zieler, but whistled past the post.Messi broke away and played the ball to Luis Suarez down the left. A sumptuous ball in behind the English side’s defence found Munir, who again controlled and finished with aplomb to make it 3-0 at half-time.
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However, the Nigerian striker Musa, Leicester’s record signing at a reported £16m from CSKA Moscow last month, scored twice as a second-half substitute before the teenager Rafael Mujica secured Barcelona’s victory late on.Fed by his fellow substitute Shinji Okazaki, Musa announced his arrival within two minutes of his introduction when he outstripped three Barcelona defenders from halfway and kept his composure to finish.Musa struck again after 66 minutes when Jeffrey Schlupp won possession high up the pitch and the 23-year-old drilled his shot high into the Barcelona net to reduce the deficit to 3-2.
After numerous more changes in the last quarter of an hour, young Rafa Mujica put the result beyond doubt with a left-footed effort from inside the area.