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Well, that’s another international week over, the last of 2018, and as attention now switches back to Barça and a testing trip to Atlético Madrid at the weekend, it’s time to take a look back at how our players have fared in their respective games for their countries.
Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto
All three players featured throughout Spain’s thrilling but ultimately disappointing 3-2 defeat in Croatia in the UEFA Nations League, with England eventually progressing to the Final Four.
The trio were all rested for the friendly against Bosnia, which Spain won 1-0, so will be returning reasonably fresh for the weekend.
Arthur and Rafinha
The Barça midfielder played the full ninety of the friendlies with Uruguay and Cameroon, both of which ended in 1-0 wins for the Brazilians.
Rafinha, a late replacement for the injured Casemiro, watched on from the bench.
The Dutch keeper was one of the heroes of his country’s qualification for the UEFA Nations League at the expense of the last two winners of the World Cup.
Managed by Ronald Koeman, Holland beat France 2-0 and came from two-down to tie 2-2 with Germany to book their ticket for the final stage.
The Chilean played the whole of a disappointing 3-2 defeat on home soil against Costa Rica but then scored the opening two goals of a 4-1 defeat on Honduras.
The Croat played the first 68 minutes of his country’s 3-2 win over Spain, but returned to Barcelona injured and was hence not involved in the 2-1 defeat to England that saw the World Cup finalists relegated to the second tier of the UEFA Nations League.
The French striker got time on field during the costly 2-0 defeat at the hands of Holland, and then sat out the friendly against Uruguay in Paris.
The Barça forward played the full ninety of both of Uruguay’s friendlies this week, which both ended in defeats against quality opposition, first Brazil and then France.
The Barça B player started his first game for Canada in the 1-0 win against St Kitts and Nevis that virtually assures his country a place in the final stages of the CONCACAF Nations Cup.
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