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Check out how Barça’s players are performing with their national teams

Some of the FC Barcelona internationals who left at the beginning of the week with their national teams have already played the first game, two even in the cases of Héctor Fort and Marc Guiu. Others, such as Joao Cancelo, Joao Félix, and Ronald Araujo, have rested for the peace of Xavi Hernández, although they will compete in the second. This is the balance of the first part of the ‘FIFA break’.

90′ and assist in Poland-Estonia (5-1)

Robert Lewandowski

The 35-year-old center forward had the most peaceful match due to Poland’s 5-1 win over Estonia, but also the one with the most pressure because it was not a friendly, but rather the semi-final of the playoff for a place in the Eurocup. He played 90 minutes, didn’t score, but gave an assist. A place for Germany 2024 against Wales is at stake on Tuesday.

78′ in England-Brazil (0-1)


The 27-year-old winger was a starter in Dorival’s debut as Brazil coach in a luxury setting like Wembley and against a powerhouse like England. Although in the opinion of Brazilian fans on social networks he did not shine, the Barcelona player worked tirelessly during the 78 minutes he played. He had a chance, but he shot wide. Without him on the field, Endrick made it 0-1 in the 80th minute. On Tuesday, Spain-Brazil at the Bernabéu.

90′ in France-Germany (0-2)

Ter Stegen

The 31-year-old goalkeeper presented his candidacy to finally start in a final phase with Germany with a sober performance in a luxury friendly in France (0-2). Nagelsmann announced in the preview what was an open secret: Neuer, out at the last minute due to a minor muscle problem, will be the starter at the European Championship in Germany although he has not played with the national team since the World Cup in Qatar in December 2022. Ter Yesterday Stegen began to make him see that he may be wrong. His best save was in the Barça-PSG Champions League: he did not fall into the trap and avoided a Vaseline goal from Mbappé. On Tuesday, Germany-Netherlands without the injured Frenkie de Jong.

72′ in France-Germany (0-2)

Ilkay Gundogan

The 33-year-old midfielder wore an armband that Neuer’s return at the Euro Cup will not take away from him because Nagelsmann believes in his leadership ability. He got along well with Kroos in the midfield, both protected by Andrich, and was replaced in the 72nd minute by Thomas Müller. One of the keys to Germany’s high-profile victory in France (0-2). On Tuesday, Germany-Netherlands without the injured Frenkie de Jong.

61′ in France-Germany (0-2)

Jules Koundé

The 25-year-old defender did not have his best day with the France team, which lost 0-2 in a level test against Germany. The newspaper L’Equipe gave him the lowest grade and said he had an ordeal. To make matters worse, he left in the 61st minute with ankle problems. There was fear of a sprain on Saturday night, but it seems that everything will be a strong blow. On Tuesday, another friendly: France-Chile.

7′ in Spain-Colombia (0-1)

Pau Cubarsi

The 17-year-old defender made his debut with the senior Spanish team in the final minutes of the friendly that Luis de la Fuente’s team lost 0-1 against Colombia in London. He came on in the 83rd minute and already left signs of his quality and calmness. He made history by being the youngest defender to debut and the second player after his teammate Lamine Yamal. On Tuesday, Spain-Brazil.

18′ in Spain-Colombia (0-1)

Lamine Yamal

The 16-year-old winger aims to start on Tuesday at the Santiago Bernabéu in Spain-Brazil after not starting on Friday in the friendly against Colombia (0-1). He came on in the 72nd minute for Sarabia and tried, but it was not the day of Luis de la Fuente’s ‘Roja’.

45′ in the Spain-Slovakia U21 (0-2)

Fermin Lopez

The 20-year-old midfielder started in the U-21 friendly that lost in Jerez against Slovakia (0-2). He played the first part on a day of Santi Denia’s failed collective experiment. On Tuesday they will go seriously against Belgium in a qualifying match for the U-21 Euro Cup.

Rest in Euskadi-Uruguay (1-1)

Ronald Araujo

The 25-year-old center back did not play in San Mamés. Marcelo Bielsa gave him a rest for the peace of Xavi Hernández, although he aims to start on Tuesday in another friendly against the Ivory Coast.

Released from Portugal-Sweden (5-2)

Joao Felix and Joao Cancelo

The 24-year-old winger and the 29-year-old full-back were released by Roberto Martínez from Portugal’s first friendly against Sweden (5-2), but they will play on Tuesday in another friendly against Slovenia.

Two games already with the U-19

Héctor Fort and Marc Guiu

Héctor Fort, a 17-year-old full-back, and Marc Guiu, an 18-year-old center forward, have already played two games with Spain U-19 in the qualifying group for the U-19 European Championship in Northern Ireland and on Tuesday they will play for the qualification against Austria. In the 1-1 draw against Slovenia, Guiu started and played 78 minutes without a goal and Fort played 45 minutes as a substitute. And in the 2-1 against Kosovo, Fort played the 90′ and Guiu only played 13′, entering the 77th minute also without a goal.

This content has been translated and adapted from the Spanish version of the digital newspaper

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