Pedro and Villa lead Spain to victory Panama (1-5) | FC Barcelona
The friendly, played at Rommel Fernández Stadium, featured six FC Barcelona players in the starting line-up for Spain: Valdés, Alba, Busquets, Iniesta, Pedro and Villa. One of the most notable players of the match was Andrés Iniesta, who provided two assists in the first half. Sergio Busquets was the only Barça player to play the entire 90 minutes, whilst Montoya wasn’t able to make his debut.
Alexis injured with Chile | Football Espana
Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez has picked up an injury whilst playing for Chile, according to AS. The 23-year-old had to be substituted after just 20 minutes of his country’s 3-1 loss to Serbia with what looked like an ankle sprain following a tackle from Luka Milivojevic.
Messi and Mascherano's Argentina held to goalless draw by Frank Rijkaard's Saudi Arabia | FC Barcelona
Argentina came away from its international friendly against Saudi Arabia with a goalless draw. Leo Messi and Javier Mascherano, who ran the South American team’s midfield, played the entire 90 minutes. The match was also a good opportunity for Messi to meet up with his old manager Frank Rijkaard, who now coaches the Saudi Arabia national team.
Seville derby tougher than a Clasico, says Alves - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"They may not be as important as a Barca-Real in terms of the quality of players, the spectacle on offer, and the media coverage, but they are passionate games," Alves was quoted by Spanish media as telling Algerian newspaper Le Buteur. "They are tougher than a Clasico."
Messi and Neymar head Puskas Award nominees - Goal.com
Fifa has announced the 10 nominees for the 2012 Puskas Award, a list of the top 10 "most beautiful" goals of the year. The list was compiled by a panel of experts and members of Fifa's Football Committee, though the winner will be determined by a public vote.
Benzema set for Real return against Athletic - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The Liga champions said: "Jose Mourinho had Benzema in this week’s second session, after he was reincorporated into team training following Tuesday’s session when he trained alone, and also two academy players: Real Madrid Castilla’s midfielder Jose Rodríguez and C team centre-back, Marc."
Giuseppe Rossi's agent says he could leave Villarreal in January despite being sidelined with a knee injury | Sky Sports
The 25-year-old sustained a cruciate knee ligament injury in October 2011 and was initially expected to be out for six months. However, he suffered another cruciate injury to the same knee last April that will keep him out until the spring.
SOS Real Oviedo – when Twitter does good | Pitchside Europe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
People say things online that they wouldn't dream of saying to a person in real life, usually behind the perceived safety of a pseudonym. Message boards are packed with hatred and bile which go well beyond what most consider reasonable. There's a flip side though, a big one which shows that not everyone is an angry keyboard warrior who hates the world and anyone who dares express an opinion different from theirs.