Mixed day for Barça's internationals

Mixed day for Barça's internationals

Spain earn 2-0 win in Paris with four Barça players in the lineup while Umtiti (France), André Gomes (Portugal) and Cillessen (Netherlands) suffer defeats

Spain earned a 2-0 win at the Stade de France on Tuesday night, in a match containing five Barça stars.

Jordi Alba, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Busquets and Andrés Iniesta started for Spain, against Samuel Umtiti at the heart of the French defence.

Iniesta threatens early on

Though not renowned for his goalscoring exploits, it was Iniesta who was causing the most problems in front of goal in the first half. After a nod down from Jordi Alba, Iniesta weaved between two French defenders before curling just wide of the post.

Not long after, it was Iniesta again who would have the next big chance of the game. The midfield maestro was played in by former Barça teammate Pedro Rodriguez and, with the outside of his foot, he attempted to strike past Hugo Lloris with the outside of his foot but the Tottenham keeper made a decent save to keep it at 0-0.

It seemed as though Griezmann had given France the lead at the start of the second half with a close-range header, yet the video referees were on hand to cut the celebrations short for offside.

Victory 'made in La Masia'

La Masia graduate Gerard Deulofeu came off the bench and made an instant impact. First, he won the penalty which was duly converted by David Silva for the opening goal.

Then, to kill the game, he was the beneficiary of a wonderful team move, starting with a magical double drag-back from Busquets and followed by a pinpoint assist from Jordi Alba for the AC MIlan loanee who finished from close range.

Defeats for Portugal and the Netherlands

André Gomes took part in the last eleven minutes of Portugal's 3-2 defeat against Sweden after having taken a two-goal lead while Cillessen sat on the bench for the Netherlands' 2-1 loss to Italy at the Amsterdam Arena.

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