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7/29/17 - Final
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, FL
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The Catalans face the capital club in a historic encounter, as the bitter rivals face off abroad for the first time in a quarter of a century

Miami will play host to the first Clasico outside Spain in 25 years when Real Madrid take on Barcelona in the International Champions Cup.

Miami Dolphins' 65,326-capacity Hard Rock Stadium will host the mouthwatering showdown between La Liga's biggest rivals in what is a precursor to their Supercopa meeting in August.

Real come into the game licking their wounds following a 4-1 defeat against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, as well as losing to Manchester United on penalties.

Barca, on the other hand, have enjoyed a winning start to their pre-season schedule, with Neymar inspiring the Catalans to wins against Juventus and Man United.

In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Premier Sports and by stream via the Premier Sports Player. Viewers should note that the game kicks off in the early hours of Sunday morning, due to time difference.

In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on ESPN and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes. It can also be streamed live on WatchESPN.

Cristiano Ronaldo remains on his summer break following his participation at the Confederations Cup, so the Real Madrid forward line has lacked the clinical attributes brought by the Portuguese.

Zinedine Zidane opted for a front three of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Isco against Man City and that trio should feature against Barca, but Toni Kroos is likely to replace Mateo Kovacic in midfield.

Sergio Ramos, meanwhile, should come into contention to lead the backline, having sat out the game against City in Los Angeles.

Potential starting XI: Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Benzema, Isco.

Gerard Deulofeu and Rafinha are injured and will not feature for Barcelona, while Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Andre Gomes were given an extended holiday following the Confederations Cup.

Ernesto Valverde has been using the friendly games to take a proper look at his new squad and there has been a lot of rotation with players usually playing 45 minutes each.

Despite speculation about his future, Neymar has been impressive and will form the usual front three with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. There are places up for grabs in defence, though, with the likes of Samuel Umtiti rivalling Javier Mascherano and Gerard Pique for a starting position.

Potential starting XI: Cillessen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, L. Suarez, Neymar.

New Barcelona boss Valverde gets his first taste of Clasico action as a coach in what could prove to be a vital warm-up ahead of their Supercopa showdown and Liga kick-off in August.

Thus far, the former Athletic Bilbao head coach appears to have settled well into his new environment since taking over the reins from Luis Enrique, with his side showing plenty of positive signs ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.

The off-field furore over a potential Neymar switch to Paris Saint-Germain does not appear to have affected the Brazilian star, who looks to be enjoying pre-season with his team-mates across the Atlantic, and Valverde will be hoping that the experience can help sway him to remain at Camp Nou.

Competitiion for places has been fierce too, with fringe players and youth prospects doing their best to convince the new coach that they deserve to be in his first XI.

It has been a different story for Zidane and his Madrid charges, who have been somewhat underwhelming during pre-season, and they will be determined not to lose any bragging rights to Barca ahead of the new season.

The Blancos may be forgiven a slow start after winning the Champions League and La Liga last term, as well as being without their talisman Ronaldo.

However, competitive games are looming ever closer on the horizon and they will have to kick up a gear before the UEFA Super Cup clash against Man United on August 8.

Barcelona claimed the International Champions Cup after prevailing 3-2 in a thrilling Clasico encounter against bitter rivals Real Madrid.

The United States edition of the pre-season tournament went to Barca thanks to Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic and Gerard Pique in Miami on Saturday amid the growing uncertainty over Neymar's future at Camp Nou.

It was far from a friendly clash at Hard Rock Stadium as Barca and LaLiga-Champions League titleholders Madrid went head-to-head on American soil, the former storming out the blocks.

Goals from Rakitic and Messi put Barca 2-0 up inside seven minutes but Mateo Kovacic reduced the deficit shortly after and Marco Asensio equalised nine minutes before half-time.

Gerard Pique restored Barca's lead in the 50th minute as Barca beat Manchester City to the ICC trophy, while Madrid ended the tournament without a victory.

Sergio Ramos took to the field for the first time during pre-season as Zinedine Zidane named his strongest XI minus the absent Cristiano Ronaldo and Toni Kroos, with Gareth Bale, Marcelo, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric headlining the side.

Barca also fielded a strong line-up, Ernesto Valverde including Paris Saint-Germain target Neymar, Messi, Luis Suarez, Iniesta and Pique.

There was an early scare as Neymar hobbled off the field in the second minute with an apparent ankle injury but he made his way back onto the pitch as Barca broke the deadlock.

Messi dribbled into the box, cut past Modric and curled the ball past Keylor Navas, albeit with some help from a deflection.

It got better for Barca four minutes later when Rakitic drilled a low shot into the bottom corner of the net.

Neymar used the outside of his boot to flick the ball to Suarez, who dummied it through to Rakitic and the Croatian finished powerfully to leave Madrid stunned.

Out of sorts early, Madrid managed to halt Barcelona's momentum against the run of play after Kovacic arrowed a fierce shot past Jasper Cillessen in the 15th minute.

Neymar almost got in on the action following Suarez's run out wide but the Brazil international's shot went just wide of the post after his dizzying control to beat Raphael Varane.

Madrid continued to live dangerously as Messi weaved his way into the penalty area, however Navas was quick to deny the Argentine star.

But Madrid capitalised on the counter-attack to draw level in the 36th minute after Asensio played the ball to Kovacic and received it back before finishing coolly inside the near post.

Barca reclaimed the lead five minutes into the second half as Neymar and team-mate Pique linked up.

After a winning the free-kick, Neymar whipped in a teasing delivery and an unmarked Pique lost his opponent before volleying into the net.

It should have been a fourth for Barca in the 55th minute after Neymar rounded Navas but he fired wide following some fancy work from Messi, while Suarez was denied by the Costa Rican moments later and Samuel Umtiti had his shot cleared off the line.

At the other end, Isco drove forward and tried to find the bottom corner but Cillessen used his outstretched arm to keep Barca ahead.

The wave of second-half substitutions caused a lull in the match but Isco almost brought the game back to life when he forced Cillessen into another fine save.