Late goals from Sergio Agüero and Lionel Messi gave Argentina a 2-2 draw with Mexico and saved their blushes after they had dominated the match but failed to convert chances in an open friendly game in Dallas. Agüero scored after 85 minutes when Ezequiel Lavezzi took advantage of a mistake by the Mexican goalkeeper Moisés Muñoz and crossed for him to sidefoot into the empty net. Three minutes later Messi chested down the ball inside the box and then half-volleyed home to rob Mexico of the win.
Spain climbed above Slovakia to the top of Group C after a fortuitous early goal saw off a plucky Macedonia side. Juan Mata’s cross looped over the hapless Tome Pacovski and into the net via a combination of far post and keeper to give the visitors an eighth minute lead.
The Espai Barça continues to move forward. The competition for architectural projects for the construction of the New Camp Nou and the New Palau Blaugrana has moved into its second phase with the announcement of the list of finalists. The jury has chosen eight teams, the majority of whom are formed by an international studio and a local one and who will prepare their architectural proposals for the football stadium and one, and another six teams who will do the same for the New Palau, based on recommendations made by the technical commission, made up of the Espai Barça team and two architects representing the College of Catalan Architects (COAC).
Barcelona attacker Neymar has stressed that Brazil can cope with his absence in the upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Neymar has insisted that Brazil are not a one-man team and is adamant they have plenty of options up front in his absence. Brazil beat Costa Rica 1-0 at the weekend before recording a 4-1 win over United States on Tuesday, with Neymar netting twice against Jurgen Klinsmann's men to take his tally for Brazil to 46.
Roma will have to do without Miralem Pjanic for their opening Champions League clash with Barcelona next Wednesday after he was ruled out for up to three weeks with a calf strain. Pjanic, 25, picked up the injury while on international duty for Bosnia-Herzegovina with the precise diagnosis given on his return to the Serie A club on Tuesday.
What were YOU doing when you were eleven? Watching cartoons? Learning your multiplication tables? One thing we're pretty sure you weren't doing is score goals that Lionel Messi would be proud of. But then, not many 11-year-olds are as insanely talented as Sergi Oriol.
He told AS: "It's clear that everyone makes mistakes and I'm the first to do so. I've made many mistakes. But it's true that due to the rivalry that exists between Barcelona and Madrid, the latest actions don't help with respect to the treatment he [Pique] has had." Ramos says that in times of euphoria, things can be said that one might regret later on but insists Pique should know better.
The midfielder quit Camp Nou for Al Sadd and has discussed his old team in an interview with the organising committee for the 2022 World Cup, to be held in Qatar. "They have the team to re-win the treble and Luis Enrique is a great Coach, a perfectionist, very methodical and a great leader," Marca reports Xavi saying. "Barca can now enjoy the best players in the world. But it will be difficult. From the heart I hope they repeat the Champions League and get all the success they want."
It’s been seven long years since a graduate from Barca’s academy truly made the impact that the club desire. Pedro Rodriguez and Sergio Busquets in 2008 were arguably the last to do so. So step forward Alejandro "Alex" Grimaldo, a name already known to many. Barca B’s captain holds the record for being the youngest player ever to represent the reserve side at just 15 years. Now 19, his rise to the top has been extremely well managed and as such the focus on his development hasn’t been quite so intense.