Barcelona made a statement ahead of the new season with a thrilling 3-2 win over rival Real Madrid in a Clasico friendly on Saturday in Miami.

Both sides will again clash in August in the Spanish Super Cup but this International Champions Cup match has set the expectations high for the upcoming new season. It was Gerard Pique’s strike that settled the win for Barca.

Madrid were without Cristiano Ronaldo, who is still away on a holiday while Barcelona manager picked Neymar in the side despite the speculation about his future at the club.

It was Lionel Messi who scored first after just three minutes of start and then Ivan Rakitic doubled Barcelona’s lead with a powerful strike. But Madrid hit back with a Mateo Kovacic goal and then Marco Asensio playing in Ronaldo’s position equalised in the 36th minute.

In the second half it was Pique who again gave Barcelona lead in the 50th minute by deflecting Neymar’s curling free-kick. Luis Suarez too had a scoring opportunity but was denied by Navas.

Both rival teams were meeting for the first time since 1991 and only the second time outside Spain.