Messi in training with Argentina

Messi in training with Argentina / PHOTO: FIFA.COM

Ten of Barça’s 12 players at the World Cup have made their debuts – with mixed fortunes – and Messi and Mascherano are due to begin their tournament at 11.00pm CET on Sunday, when Argentina take on Bosnia in Rio.

Neymar has made a great start, with his brace against Croatia and Alexis also scored in Chile’s 3-1 win over Australia, but it was a rather grimmer start for Barça’s five Spanish players and Alex Song, whose Cameroon side lost to Mexico.

Alba:"Nothing went right"

There were plenty of long faces as Spain began preparations for Wednesday’s game against Chile and Jordi Alba admitted to the media: “Nobody expected them to score five. We were the better team in the first half, but nothing went right after the break. We will have to go all out for a win against Chile – we’ll be giving everything we’ve got to in the match”.

Brazil prepare for Tuesday

Brazil’s next game is on Tuesday, against Mexico and the squad prepared for that match with a practice game against the Fluminense Under 20s for the players who didn’t figure against Croatia, whilst the rest – including Neymar and Alves, trained apart.

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