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Barcelona celebrate with the trophy after defeating Real Madrid 3-2 in their International Champions Cup 2017 match at Hard Rock Stadium on July 29, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida.(AFP)
Barcelona celebrate with the trophy after defeating Real Madrid 3-2 in their International Champions Cup 2017 match at Hard Rock Stadium on July 29, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida.(AFP)
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Barcelona have clinched the International Champions Cup after registering a 3-2 victory over arch rivals Real Madrid in the second friendly El Clasico ever held outside Spain.

The Catalan giants got off to a dream start at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday as the Argentine super star Lionel Messi fired his side ahead after only four minutes, beating keeper Keylor Navas with a deflected strike. Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic then doubled their advantage with a powerful drive, three minutes later.

Zinedine Zidane’s men, however, clawed their way back into the match when Mateo Kovacic exquisitely arrowed the ball into the left bottom corner before Marco Asensio provided the equalizer for Los Blancos with a quality finish in the 36th minute.

The restart saw Barcelona increase their tempo and they were soon celebrating when Gerard Pique turned home the 3rd and winner for his side, thanks to Neymar's curling free-kick.

Next up for Real Madrid is another friendly with MLS all-stars on Wednesday while Barcelona will round off their pre-season on August 7th when they meet Brazil’s Chapecoense at Camp Nou.