- Munir scores the opening goal in the first half after latching onto a precise through-ball from Lionel Messi
- Luis Suarez doubled the Spanish side's lead as he bulldozed his way through two challenges before poking home
- Munir made it three to finish off a devastating counter-attack from Barca at the end of the first-half
- Ahmed Musa scored his first goals of pre-season as Foxes fought back before Rafa Mujica fired Barca's fourth
They lost, again. Conceded four goals, again. But here in Stockholm, as opposed to Los Angeles, there were reasons to reflect positively.
Individually, Ahmed Musa electrified this game through his half-time introduction, scoring his first two goals for Leicester and looking a proper player. Collectively, there was the familiar defiance that underpinned their march to last season’s Premier League title.
Luis Suarez is congratulated by team-mates as Barcelona ran riot against Leicester during the first-half in Stockholm
Munir gives Barcelona the lead as his left-footed strike finds the bottom corner past the stranded Ron-Robert Zieler
Luis Suarez doubles Barcelona's lead after beating two challenges and poking home from inside the six-yard box
Munir scores his second goal of the night and Barcelona's third on the stroke of half-time to cap off a quick counter-attack
Munir is surrounded by his team-mates and congratulated by captain Lionel Messi after scoring Barcelona's third goal
Ahmed Musa scores his first goal of pre-season to bring Leicester back into the contest at the start of the first-half
Nigerian international Ahmed Musa is congratulated by Jeffrey Schlupp after scoring his second goal of the night
At 3-0 down at half-time they could have crumbled completely in the face of some outrageously good football by Barcelona, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in particular. Who else?
But instead they fought back and troubled Luis Enrique’s fine side, allowing cause for a few nodding heads as they left the Friends Arena. Perhaps next time will be different, ideally the Champions League should they make it out of the group stages.
Jamie Vardy was playing for the first time in a Leicester shirt since May following surgery to his damaged wrist. The protective cast only came off on Monday, but Claudio Ranieri surprisingly picked him from the start, Vardy presumably in his manager’s ear.He was a presence in Leicester’s first attack of the game in the fourth minute as Demarai Gray broke at speed from Danny Drinkwater’s crossfield pass. Vardy raced free in the middle but Gray went alone to craft a great chance, cutting in but lifting his finish over the bar.
Then a predictable pattern set in; Barca bossing possession, Leicester looking to counter. Messi was in his pomp, dancing around the pitch in that way that looks pretty while strangling defences like a boa constrictor.
Leicester did everything to keep him and his teammates at bay – blocking, heading clearances, and playing the offside trap successfully, much to Suarez’s frustration.
Demerai Gray had an early opportunity to fire Leicester ahead but he could only shoot over the bar from close range
Luis Suarez remonstrates with the referee while Danny Drinkwater watches on during the clash on Wednesday night
Lionel Messi watches the ball bobble loose as Marc Albrighton and Danny Drinkwater close the Argentine down
Jamie Vardy looks to attack a loose ball as Barcelona defender Juan Camara gives chase during the opening 45 minutes
Ben Chilwell keeps the ball close to him as he looks for options to pass to while Aleix Vidal looks to make a challenge
But in the 26th minute Barca broke through. Messi glided into space in midfield and before anyone noticed his intentions slipped a delicious through ball to Mohamed Munir, who was sneaking round the back of Danny Simpson.
Simpson was annoyed to let Munir escape but Messi’s pass was perfect, bisecting the right-back and Wes Morgan. Munir took one touch to control and swept a finish into the far corner past Ron-Robert Zieler.
In the 33rd minute the Leicester goalkeeper did intervene well, racing to block Suarez’s shot after lovely interplay with Arda Turna, but moments later he was left no chance again.
Suarez fed Messi and ran on into the area, found almost intuitively by a chip worthy of Augusta. By the byline, there didn’t seem space for Suarez to score. But he always finds space. Here he bundled a nutmeg past Robert Huth, then checked past Ben Chilwell, again with the aid of some luck. His snap finish into the roof of the net owed nothing to fortune however.
Just as things threatened to get ugly, Leicester bared their teeth a little. Chilwell, who put in a fine first-half display, won a free-kick that Marc Albrighton floated into the path of Huth. But rather than try a header he went with his boot and missed the ball. Vardy then sent a header over and Andy King brought a save from Jordi Masip Lopez.
But in the final act of the opening period, Leicester once more succumbed to supreme quality. It was a little boastful of Barca to use Leicester’s own strength against them, a counter of incision and speed.
Messi fed Suarez on the wing and he curled a startlingly good pass onto the foot of Munir, who had broken into the area. Again it was one touch to control, one to finish and Leicester went in 3-0 down at the interval.
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi plots his side's next move as Andy King looks to exert some pressure during the first-half
Jamie Vardy hits the deck underneath a challenge from Barcelona defender Juan Campara during the opening period
Aleix Vidal takes on Ben Chilwell while the Leicester full-back attempts to stop his Barcelona opponent in his tracks
The two club captains Wes Morgan and Lionel Messi clasp hands ahead of kick-off in Stockholm on Wednesday night
Leicester stars Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy line up with young mascots ahead of the start of the game in Sweden
But everybody now knows Leicester do not lick their wounds and retreat. Hitting back is all they know and they produced a second half to restore pride and encouragement.
Ranieri made seven changes, the most effective being the introduction of Ahmed Musa, who straight away illustrated why the club made him their record signing.
The Nigerian seized on a flick by Shinji Okazaki to push the ball past Jeremy Mathieu and race away leaving Sergi Roberto Carnicer grasping to keep pace. As he advanced into the area, Musa showed quality is allied to athleticism, steering a left-foot finish past Lopez.
It was the jolt Leicester needed and they pressed Barcelona high and frequently. In minute 57 Drinkwater set up Schlupp but he fired straight at Lopez, then nine minutes later Leicester got another back.
Musa was running around like a whirling dervish, and forced Lopez into an awkward pass to Juan Camara, who was instantly under pressure from Schlupp and dispossessed. He squared for Musa, who fired high into the goal as Suarez had done earlier.
There were more moments where Leicester looked the match of their illustrious opponents, particularly after Messi was withdrawn.
But with six minutes left the gap was restored to two. A Barca break culminated in Rafael Mujica guiding the ball past the dive of Zieler.
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique gives instructions from the sidelines during an encouraging first-half from the Spaniards
Claudio Ranieri looks to encourage his side back into the game after Leicester were overwhelmed by Barcelona
A general view of the Friends Arena in Stockholm ahead of kick-off in the International Champions Cup match