Good displays from Barça internationals
In Wednesday night’s international games involving Barça players, Spain lost narrowly in Italy, Brazil lost 3-2 to Germany in Stuttgart and France and Chile drew 1-1 in Montpellier.
Villa, Valdés, Iniesta, Thiago Alcántara, Busquets and Piqué all featured for the World Champions,
whilst Alves played in Brazil’s defeat and Abidal and Alexis Sanchez were both on show in the
South of France.
Spain beaten by Italy (2-1)
Piqué and Iniesta were the only Barça players to start for Spain and their hosts
soon put the pressure on, hitting the woodwork through Criscito on 4 minutes and then going ahead
on 11 minutes through Montolivo. Spain hit back and just past the half hour mark Iniesta set up
Cazorla with some clever work, only for the Malaga midfielder to hit the bar. Four minutes later
though, Spain were level when Xabi Alonso slotted home a penalty after Llorente had been brought
down in the box.
Llorente had been forced to come on to replace Fernando Torres after the Chelsea man got a
bang on the head and Busquets also came off the bench to replace Piquè, who limped off. Villa,
Valdes and the debutant Thiago Alcántara all came on in the second half.
Villa can count himself desperately unlucky not to have got on the scoresheet after
the break when he has eight good chances –the best coming on 88 minutes when he was played in
by Arbeola only to see his shot hit the bar. The Barça man also set up Silva on 79 minutes, but it
wasn’t Spain’s night in front of goal.
Valdés on top form
Víctor Valdés was also on good form and pulled off two very good saves, but was unable to
stop Liverpool’s Aquilano getting the winner on 82 minutes after a deflection off Albiol.
Germany beat Brazil (3-2)
Dani Alves started for Brazil and played in a couple of good crosses in the first
half, but the Germans were the stronger side and although Robinho, with a penalty, and Neymar
scored two late goals, Scheweinsteiger, Götze and Schürrle’s strikes gave the hosts a well
Alexis Sánchez and Abidal face to face in Montpellier
Meanwhile, in Montpellier, Barça’s summer signing Alexis Sanchez came up
against his new teammate Abidal as Chile and and France fought out a 1-1 draw. Abidal played the
full 90 minutes, whilst Sanchez came on for Chile in the second half.