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Leo Messi, contra Colòmbia / FOTO: CLARÍN

A high level of participation by Barça players on the final day of their international commitments. 11 of the 12 Barça players, who who were away with their national sides, played for their country on Tuesday, everyone except Gerard Piqué. The Argentine team, with Messi and Mascherano in the side, picked up a vital 3 points in the classification for the 2014 World Cup, just like Chile. Spain, with seven Barça players taking part in the game, and France, with Abidal, drew their respective friendly matches.

Victory, at the death, for Messi and Mascherano

After Friday's draw at home to Bolivia, Argentina couldn’t afford another setback in Colombia. The qualification match for the Brazil World Cup started badly for Argentina, and right at the end of a dull first half, the home side went ahead with an own goal from Mascherano.

Argentina reacted well in the second half, led by Messi, who scored the first goal and had a big part in the second, scored by Agüero in the 84th minute. The players ended the game with clear symptoms of exhaustion due to the heat and the effort put in.

Ninety minutes for Alexis

As a precaution, he was left out of the side in the defeat against Uruguay, but this time, in the win over Paraguay, Alexis played the whole 90 minutes for Chile, a match key to their aspirations to be in the finals in Brazil. The Barça winger shone in the game and started the move that led to the definitive goal in the 2-0 win.

Villa equalises in injury time

Spain suffered a lot in the draw in their friendly match in Costa Rica. Up to minute 82 they were losing 2-0, but goals from Silva and Villa, from a header in injury time, made it 2-2. The minutes played by the Barça players was as follows: Puyol (90), Iniesta (90), Villa (90), Valdes (45), Xavi (45), Cesc (45) and Busquets (45). Piqué was the only one who didn’t figure in the match.

Abidal at full-back

Finally, Eric Abidal’s French team drew 0-0 with Belgium in Saint Denis, in another friendly. The Barça defender played the whole 90 minutes at left back.


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