The A-Leagues All Stars gave Barcelona an almighty fright on Wednesday night as they temporarily took the lead before losing an entertaining friendly 3-2.

After the All Stars struck twice just after half-time, coach Dwight Yorke threw on 17-year-old Garang Kuol, who went inches away from making it 3-1 to the A-League outfit. 

The Central Coast Mariners youngster managed to glide past a number of players minutes after coming on before angling an effort just wide. 

Kuol, who scored four goals from nine matches in the A-League Men this season, then hit the post late on as the All Stars nearly grabbed an equaliser. 

Barcelona manager Xavi was warned about Kuol by Yorke at half-time, but was still blown away by what he saw from the teenager. 

“He did really well. He created many chances, almost scored,” Xavi told Network 10 post-game.

“So 16 years quite young. Dwight Yorke told me, maybe he’s a big liar. But 16, unbelievable.

“All the best for him and all the players.”

Xavi was asked again about Kuol in his post-match press conference and added: “It was a big surprise. Very fast, he created many chances. 

“We concede two or three chances because of him. So a great player and a great future. He’s a talent.”

Despite failing to dominate the match, Xavi enjoyed Barcelona’s first ever match in Australia and savoured the test his team were forced to face. 

“Amazing environment, amazing atmosphere, very good, I think everyone enjoyed it,” Xavi said. 

“Five goals today. They (the All Stars) played really well, I have to congratulate them. They played a good level. They did so, so well. 

“A good test, good environment, everyone enjoyed, perfect.

“I think we played a very serious 90 minutes. I think we played really well. We conceded two goals but this is football and then we came back. A very good test for us.” 

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