FC Barcelona News: 11 September 2013; Lionel Messi, Neymar Shine on International Stage, Spain Draw With Chile

Alex Grimm

Paraguay 2-5 Argentina: Messi at the double as Argentina book their World Cup place - Goal.com
Argentina have booked a place at the 2014 World Cup after a 5-2 win over Paraguay in Asuncion on Tuesday. Alejandro Sabella's men were the dominant side at Estadio Defensores del Chaco, winning thanks to a brace of Lionel Messi penalties, plus goals from Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and Maxi Rodriguez.

Neymar sparkles as Brazil down Portugal - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Neymar turned on the style as Brazil came from a goal down to beat Portugal 3-1 in an entertaining and competitive international friendly in Massachusetts. The Barcelona forward had a hand in all three of his team's goals, scoring one beauty himself, as the 2014 World Cup hosts at times gave an indication of why they are already considered one of the favourites to lift the trophy next summer.

Pedro serves up two assists for Spain against Chile (2-2) | FC Barcelona
Spain and Chile, two teams poised to qualify for the Brazil World Cup, faced off this Tuesday night in Geneva. Four FC Barcelona players were named to Spain’s starting line-up – Valdés, Xavi, Cesc and Pedro – while Alexis started for Chile. At the break, Iniesta came on for Xavi, and Cesc and Valdés were subbed off later on for Navas and Reina, respectively.

The Dossier: Neymar still in Messi's shadow - Goal.com
Here to help Messi. That was the message from Neymar as the Brazilian was unveiled by the Catalan club ahead of the Confederations Cup in June. And five games into his Camp Nou career, the 21-year-old has remained true to his word. Unfortunately, however, he has looked less like the shining star seen with Brazil and Santos, and more like yet another forward playing second fiddle to the world's finest footballer.

Gerard Pique welcomes varied Barcelona tactics under Gerardo Martino - ESPN FC
Gerard Pique has welcomed the tactical tweaks being made at the Camp Nou by new coach Gerardo Martino, and suggested that Barcelona had become "slaves to their system" under previous bosses Josep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova.

Carles Puyol continues to recover from his injury | FC Barcelona
Carles Puyol trained apart from the group this afternoon as he continues with his tailored recovery regiment. The captain, who announced this week that he’ll be a father in 2014, completed ball drills alongside the team physio in order to be top shape as soon as possible.

Madrid quartet continue recovery - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Ronaldo trained on his own after aggravating a tendinitis injury during Portugal's win over Northern Ireland on Friday. Meanwhile, Marcelo, Isco and Modric all worked indoors alongside Xabi Alonso. But Real were handed a boost with the return of Raphael Varane to training for the first time, as he continues his recovery from knee surgery undergone in April.

Coentrao picks up thigh complaint | Football Espana
Fabio Coentrao has added to Real Madrid’s injury issues by retiring hurt during Portugal’s friendly with Brazil last night. The full-back was replaced early in the second half of his national side’s defeat to next summer’s World Cup hosts reportedly complaining of discomfort in his thigh.

The rise and fall of Real Mallorca, the club Samuel Eto’o calls home | Pitchside Europe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
A year ago, the Palma side were top of the Primera Liga. By Saturday, they were bottom of the second division after losing their opening three matches and conceding 11 goals under new coach Jose Luis Oltra, the man who took Deportivo up in 2012.

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