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FC Barcelona News: 22 June 2014; Lionel Messi Leads Argentina to Victory, Barça Preseason Takes Shape

Paul Gilham

Brilliant Messi strike sees Argentina into next round (1-0) | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi scored a stunning injury time winner to give Argentina a 1-0 win over a brave Iran in Belo Horizonte on Saturday, a result that ensures Alejandro Sabella’s team a place in the next round. Both Messi and Mascherano - who won his hundredth cap -played the full 90 minutes against an Iran team who will feel unlucky to lose after holding out and indeed looking the more threatening at times before Messi’s magical strike deep into injury time.

FC Barcelona's preseason shaping up | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s preseason fixture list is filling up fast, but is still not definitive. Luis Enrique’s first test in the managerial role will be on July 19 at 10.00 PM CET at the Nuevo Colombino against Recreativo Huelva. Two of the oldest clubs in Spanish football will be competing for the Andalusian outfit’s annual preseason trophy, the Trofeo Colombino.

Brazil and Croatia looking to qualify; Spain looking to win | FC Barcelona
The third and final round of group matches gets under way at the Brazil 2014 World Cup on Monday, and there is plenty of Barça interest in the four games being played that evening. But the FCB players find themselves in contrasting situations. Spain and Cameroon are already out, while Chile are safely through to the last sixteen. Meanwhile, Brazil and Croatia are both strongly poised to make it out of Group A.

Del Bosque critical of Cesc training | Football Espana
Cesc Fabregas was told by Vicente Del Bosque to hand his bib over as the Coach felt the Chelsea man wasn’t working hard enough in training. AS reports that Del Bosque was critical of Cesc’s attitude during yesterday’s session, feeling Fabregas wasn’t working with the necessary intensity or the right body language, and Xabi Alonso took the bib instead.

RFEF to reject Del Bosque resignation | Football Espana
Vicente del Bosque will not be allowed to leave his position as Spain Coach, it has been claimed in the Spanish Press. The tactician has been asked constantly since La Roja’s exit from this summer’s World Cup whether he would step down, and has thus far refused to comment.

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