Barcelona bring out fans to bear witness to A-League Men talent | Khaled Al Khawaldeh
The potential of football in Australia was in evidence as one of the game’s superpowers helped deliver a festive night in Sydney When Barcelona took the stage to face the A-League All Stars on Wednesday night they were met with a spectacle worthy of a grand final. Flames and fireworks ignited as Barça chants echoed around Accor Stadium. For a moment, as the players lined up, the Catalans in their signature blue and maroon and the home side in their Madrid-esque white and gold, it was easy to forget that this was a friendly.The reality was a little less romantic. Still fresh from a 2-0 end-of-season defeat to Villarreal, the travelling side had been on Australian soil for barely 36 hours before kick-off. Their opposition had been frantically assembled from the pool of players not involved in this weekend’s A-League Men grand final. The group, coached by Dwight Yorke, managed to train as a team just twice.