International week: player x player

International week: player x player

A look back at how the FC Barcelona got on for their countries during the FIFA break

That’s it for the final international break between now and the end of the season, so it’s time to analyse how the different Barça players fared for their different countries.

Leo Messi (Argentina)

Played all 90 minutes of the 3-1 friendly defeat to Venezuela at the Wanda Metropolitano. A poor result, but the Barça star played brilliantly and was in no way to blame. Picked up a minor injury and was left out of the friendly in Morocco.

Messi in action for Argentina


Marc Andre Ter Stegen (Germany)

Played half of the 1-1 friendly draw with Serbia, the half in which his side did not concede, but Manuel Neuer was picked in goal for the 3-2 win in Holland.

Jasper Cillessen (Holland)

Did play in goal for the opposition in that match, and also for the 4-0 defeat of Belarus, both qualifying fixtures for Euro 2020.

Ivan Rakitic (Croatia)

Featured throughout the World Cup finalists’ two Euro 2020 qualifiers, coming from behind to secure a 2-1 victory over Azerbaijan, but then surrendering an early lead to lose by the same score in Hungary.

Nelson Semedo (Portugal)

Defending champions Portugal had two Euro 2020 qualifiers this week, and drew both with Ukraine and Serbia, but the Barça defender was not used in either.

Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium)

Fresh back from injury, the defender missed the 3-1 defeat of Russia but was used for 90 minutes in the 2-0 win in Cyprus. A perfect start to Belgium’s qualifying campaign.


Carles Aleñá (Spain U21)

Played 23 minutes of the 1-0 friendly defeat of Romania but was not involved in the 3-0 win over Austria.

Jean-Clair Todibo (France U20)

Played in all three of the friendlies in Murcia – 10 minutes in the 1-0 loss to Norway, 12 of the 1-0 defeat of Argentina and 70 of the 2-2 draw with the USA that also featured Barça U19 player Konrad de la Fuente.

Jeison Murillo (Colombia)

Played 48 minutes of the 2-1 friendly win against South Korea, coming on for former Barça man Yerry Mina, but sat out the 1-0 win against Japan.

Samuel Umtiti (France)

Pplayed a fundamental role in two Euro 2020 qualifying victories for the world champions. He started both the 4-1 defeat of Moldavia and the 4-0 trouncing of Iceland, scoring a header in the latter game.

Arturo Vidal (Chile)

On for the full 90 of two friendlies in the United States, a disappointing 3-1 loss to Mexico and a much more promising 1-1 draw with the USMNT.

Philippe Coutinho and Arthur (Brazil)

Coutinho started both the 1-1 friendly draw with Panama and the 3-1 win over the Czech Republic.

Arthur played 71 minutes of the first fixture and despite only coming on for the last 18 minutes in Prague, played a key role in securing the win.



Moussa Wague (Senegal)

The Barça B defender started Senegal’s 2-1 defeat of Madagascar in an African Nations Cup qualifier, with his side already safely assured of a place in the finals in Egypt later this year.

Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto (Spain)

Busquets and Jordi Alba played in the first of two Euro 2020 qualifiers this week, with the latter providing an assist in the 2-1 defeat of Norway.

In contrast, Sergi Roberto featured in Malta while the other two Barça men were rested. Playing at full back and later in midfield, Roberto was widely regarded as the finest performer in the 2-0 win.

Gerard Piqué and Riqui Puig (Catalonia)

Both featured in the 2-1 defeat of Venezuela in Girona. In fact, it was the Barça B man who substituted Piqué for the final half hour and who marked a stellar performance by starting the move that led to the first Catalan goal.

Piqué played in Catalonia v Venezuela - FCF
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