In a 2-0 friendly victory over Vissel Kobe on Tuesday in Tokyo, Mexican international Julian Araujo made his long-awaited debut for Barcelona while Andres Iniesta competed in his farewell match for the Japanese side.

Araujo, 21, moved from LA Galaxy to Barca earlier this year for a sum that might rise to €4 million, although he hasn’t been allowed to appear in any competitive games because the transaction was finalised 18 seconds after the registration deadline in January.

However, he was able to make his debut for Barcelona in the Japan National Stadium after Franck Kessie and Eric Garcia scored goals in the opening period to defeat Vissel Kobe after spending four months training with the first team.

Araujo, who has played for Mexico on six occasions and formerly for the United States, started the game at right-back and switched to the left side of defence in the second half.

According to sources who spoke to ESPN, Barca intends for Araujo to stay with the first team on their preseason tour of the United States before deciding how to best further his development for the upcoming season.

In the friendly, which took place less than 48 hours after the LaLiga champions finished their domestic season with a 2-1 loss to Celta Vigo, Barca coach Xavi Hernandez also gave debuts to a number of young players.

Marc Giui, Hector Fort, and Unai Hernandez all came off the bench in the second half, while Pau Prim and Dani Rodriguez were active right away.

The excellent Pablo Torre provided both of Barca’s goals. In the 16th minute, he set up Kessie with a wonderful defense-splitting ball, and three minutes later, Garcia headed in Torre’s corner.

Leaders in the J-League Vissel Kobe had opportunities to retake the lead, but Inaki Pena in the Barca goal produced a superb stop from

Lincoln made a double stop from Koya Yuruki before showing fast reactions.

Iniesta, a former Barcelona midfielder, played against his former team for the second time since departing the Spotify Camp Nou in 2018 — 22 years after enrolling in the youth system as a 12-year-old.

Before the game, the midfielder reconnected with his old colleague Xavi and bid farewell to Vissel Kobe after the latter revealed in May that he would be leaving the organisation, ending his five-year stay in Japan.

According to sources who spoke to ESPN, Iniesta, 39, lost his spot on the squad this year but claims he still feels capable of playing regular football. He has also shown interest in playing in Major League Soccer and has had attention from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Dubai.

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