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Tuesday, November 19
Big wins for Holland and Germany
Both Frenkie de Jong and Marc-André ter Stegen saw their respective national teams post big wins on the final night of international football in 2019. Holland dispatched Estonia 5-0, whilst Germany took Northern Ireland apart to record a 6-1 victory.
De Jong plays for 75 minutes
With Holland leading convincingly in their fixture against Estonia, Kevin Strootman replaced Frenkie de Jong for the final 15 minutes.
Germany lead at the break
Although Die Mannschaft have conceded against Northern Ireland, they look comfortable at the break, leading 2-1.
Todibo's France U20 side win
In the friendly played at Clairefontaine, Jean-Clair Todibo's France U20 side emerged victorious against Holland (2-1).
Abel Ruiz plays 70 minutes in a 1-1 draw for Spain's U21 side
The Spanish U21 team drew 1-1 against Israel in their Euro 2021 qualifying match. Abel Ruiz came on in the 70th minute but on this occasion Ansu Fati didn't get to play any part. The result leaves Spain on top of group F with 13 points.
Ter Stegen gets the gloves for Germany
Marc-André ter Stegen starts for Germany in a tough game against Northern Ireland.
Frenkie de Jong starts for Holland
The teams have been announced, and Frenkie de Jong starts against Estonia.
Brazil ease to victory against South Korea
Arthur participated in Brazil's win against South Korea (3-0). The Barça midfielder played 80 minutes in the friendly that was won with goals from Paquetá, Coutinho and Danilo Luiz.
Brazil, Germany and Holland in action
Germany (Marc Andre Ter Stegen) and Holland (Frenkie de Jong) are both back in action tonight, although the pressure is off now that a sprightly challenge from Northern Ireland has been quelled and both sides are through to the Euros.
Germany host the Irish and the Dutch entertain Estonia in the final group fixtures, both kicking off at 8.45pm CET.
After losing 1-0 to Argentina in Saudi Arabia, Arthur’s Brazil have another friendly in the Middle East, this time against South Korea at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. That kicks off at 5.30pm local time (2.30pm CET).
Brasil 🇧🇷 ✖️ 🇰🇷 Coreia do Sul— Arthur Melo (@arthurhromelo) 19 de noviembre de 2019
Mais um compromisso pela nossa Seleção! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/9UrMdd03zg
Monday, November 18
Friends turned rivals
On Monday three more Barça players faced international action. Leo Messi and Luis Suárez were both on target in a 2--2 draw between Argentina and Uruguay in Tel Aviv, with both scoring in the second half. Suárez found the net in the 68th minute, with Messi levelling the friendly game in the final moments from the penalty spot.
The Spanish national side and Sergio Busquets took on Romania at the Wanda Metropolitano, in a qualifying fixture for Euro 2020. The 5-0 win, in which the Barça player was on for the entire 90 minutes, ensured that 'La Roja' will be at next summer's tournament.
Sunday, November 17
Griezmann helps France top group
A 2-0 victory for France away in Albania secured first place in their qualifying group for Euro 2020. Clément Lenglet and Antoine Griezmann both played all 90 minutes with the latter shining by providing an assist for the first goal scored by Tolisso and by grabbing the second himself to round off the win for the current World Cup holders.
Saturday, November 16
Three Barça players qualify for Euro 2020
Frenkie de Jong played all 90 minutes of Holland’s 0-0 draw in Northern Ireland, and the result is enough to ensure the Dutch will be appearing at Euro 2020. Germany, with Ter Stegen on the bench, also secured passage with a 4-0 defeat of Belarus.
Although he wasn’t playing due to injury, it was also a happy day for Ivan Rakitic because Croatia beat Slovakia 3-1 and are also going to the finals.
All eyes on Group E
The Barça interest today is in the group involving Holland and Germany. Neither side has qualified for Euro 2020 yet, because Northern Ireland are still lurking with an outside chance of edging one of the big two out.
Frenkie de Jong and the Dutch are in Belfast today (8.45pm CET), where a win would see them safely through. But Norn Iron are not to be taken lightly – they very nearly won the away fixture in Holland remember.
Meanwhile Marc Andre ter Stegen and Germany are at home to Belarus at the same time. A win, or even a draw, might be enough to ensure qualification, depending in what happens in the other game.
Croatia can settle things tonight as well as they host Slovakia, although Ivan Rakitic won’t be involved after reporting back to Barcelona with an injury.
Friday, November 15
Messi goal defeats Brazil
Leo Messi scores the only goal of the game in the first half as Argentina beat old foes Brazil, featuring Arthur Melo for 55 minutes, in a friendly in Saudi Arabia. The Barça striker had already missed a penalty before pouncing on a rebound off Liverpool keeper Alisson to net the winner.
Speaking after the game, the Barça captain said “we tried to attack early but we lacked accuracy and they were generating counter attacks. We were much better in the second half.”
“I think this way of defending works well for us. The win takes away some tension. It’s good for the games to come. I felt good at the end. We all ran a lot. That’s what we should do.”
As for Monday’s game with Uruguay in Israel, he added: “If the manger wants me too, then I’ll play.”
Suárez's Uruguay win in Budapest
Luis Suárez played the first 45 minutes of Uruguay’s friendly with Hungary, his 112th game for the Celeste, placing him level with Diego Forlan and fourth overall for all-time appearances for the South American side.
All the goals came in the first half, Edinson Cavani of PSG and Brian Rodriguez of Los Angeles FC putting Uruguay 2-up, with Adam Szalai pulling one back for a team that has a crunch Euro 2020 qualifier with Wales to deal with next. For Uruguay, it's Argentina in Israel in another friendly.
#HUNURU | @LuisSuarez9 está jugando ante Hungría su partido número 112 en la selección uruguaya. De esta manera, empata a Diego Forlán como el quinto jugador con más presencias en La Celeste, por detrás de Diego Godín, Maximiliano Pereira, Fernando Muslera y Edinson Cavani. pic.twitter.com/jzsQOc1VO0— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) November 15, 2019
Arthur will play a key role in stopping Lionel Messi and Argentina in Brazil's friendly.
DIA DE SUPERCLÁSSICO!— Arthur Melo (@arthurhromelo) November 15, 2019
Luis Suárez joins in the celebrations for Oscar Tábarez's Guinness World Record
The match against Hungary represents Oscar Tábarez's 200th game in charge of the same international team, a world record.
Leo Messi will lead Argentina against Brazil in Saudi Arabia
The friendly match throws up the opportunity for Barça's captain to be in opposition to his club midfield colleague, Arthur.
Spain squad ready for their briefing ahead of their game vs Malta
Sergio Busquets joined his colleagues a few hours before the game for a full debrief on Friday night's opponents, Malta.
Busy evening ahead for Barça's internationals
In Friday's friendly matches, we have Messi v Arthur as Argentina take on Brazil. Sergio Busquets' Spain need a point against Malta to qualify for Euro2020. Jean-Clair Todibo is in the France U20 squad for a friendly with Turkey and Luis Suárez has been confirmed as a starter in Uruguay's friendly against Hungary.
Thursday, November 14
A 2-1 win for France qualifies them for Euro2020
It took a late Olivier Giroud goal for France to beat Moldova 2-1, but the winner means that Les Bleus have now qualified for Euro2020. Congrats to Antoine Griezmann and Clément Lenglet, who played a full part on the night, and also to their international and club colleagues, Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembélé.
Victoire 2-1 face à la Moldavie ! En plus de la qualification pour l'EURO 2020, les Bleus prennent la tête de leur groupe 👌 #FiersdetreBleus— Equipe de France ⭐⭐ (@equipedefrance) November 14, 2019
Inscrivez-vous dès maintenant pour pouvoir vous procurer vos billets pour l'EURO ➡ https://t.co/MJ0cifmDdg pic.twitter.com/dizB6pbdIm
Another win and top of the group for Spain's U21s
Final score from the Municipal de Santo Domingo d’Alcorcón, Spain U21 3-0 Macedonia U21, a result which leaves La Rojita still top of their European Championship group.
Ruiz off, Fati on
After 48 minutes, and with Spain's U21s leading 2-0, Abel Ruiz was one of three players to make way for the subs, which included Ansu Fati.
🔄 CAMBIO EN ESPAÑA— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) November 14, 2019
➡️ Entra Gonzalo Villar, Ansu Fati y Andrés Martín
⬅️ Se retiran Abel Ruiz, Óscar Rodríguez y Alejandro Pozo
🇪🇸🆚🇲🇰 | 2-0 | 48'#U21EURO
Griezmann and Lénglet start for France
Both Clément Lenglet and Antoine Griezmann start the match against Moldova.
Abel Ruiz starts for Spain's U21 side
Abel Ruiz heads an attacking trident in Luis de la Fuente's 4-3-3 formation against Macedonia
Griezmann, Lenglet and Barça Under-21s talents set for action
The Dutch Under-21s side will play their fourth European Championships qualifying game on Thursday night, in a 7pm CET kickoff against Gibraltar away from home. Barça B player Ludovit Reis will try to help his side to a third win of the qualifying phase.
Iñaki Peña, Ansu Fati and Abel Ruiz are set for action at 7:45pm against Macedonia, representing the Spain Under-21s at the Municipal de Santo Domingo d’Alcorcón. Spain have won all four of their European Championships qualifying games to date, and top their group. Jorge Cuenca has dropped out of the squad through injury.
🚑 - [COMUNICAT MÈDIC] Jorge Cuenca pateix una fractura del tercer metatarsià del peu esquerre. El jugador abandona la @SeFutbol Sub21 i en els propers dies se li faran proves mèdiques per decidir el tractament i pronòstic de la lesió.#BarçaB #2bg3 pic.twitter.com/8d1vgAn4IV— FC Barcelona B (@FCBarcelonaB) November 12, 2019
France on the verge
Antoine Griezmann and Clément Lenglet are in contention to feature for France on Thursday night (8:45pm) against Moldova, with qualification for Euro 2020 at stake. Should they win at the Stade De France, they would mathematically enter next summer's tourament -something that will also occur should Iceland not be able to beat Turkey.
Wague stars for Lions of Teranga
Moussa Wague was the first Blaugrana in international action this week. The Senegalese fullback played 90 minutes for his country in their 2-0 win against Congo. With this victory, Senegal get off to a good start in qualification for the 2021 Africa Cup Of Nations.
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