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FC Barcelona News: 17 June 2018; Lionel Messi Frustrated in Draw, France, Croatia Win

Argentina v Iceland: Group D - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Lionel Messi ‘hurt’ by penalty miss in Argentina’s draw with Iceland | Sky Sports
The 30-year-old saw a spot-kick saved by Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson with the scores level in the 64th minute. It would prove costly as Iceland - the smallest nation ever to compete at a World Cup - held on to frustrate Argentina in their Group D opener.

Own goal sees France edge Australia | FIFA
The third matchday of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ began with the Group C encounter between France and Australia in Kazan. Although Les Bleus made a bright start, stars Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann were unable to capitalise on their chances.

Croatia off to winning start after beating Nigeria 2-0 | FFT
The deadlock was broken in the 32nd minute thanks to an own goal by Nigeria’s Oghenekaro Etebo. Croatia captain Luka Modric, who was named Man of the Match, doubled his team’s lead after converting a penalty in the 71st minute.

Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia: Did you know? | FC Barcelona
We take a look at some of the connections between FC Barcelona and the four teams in the fifth of the eight groups at Russia 2018

Antoine Griezmann snub left Barcelona chief Bartomeu ‘pissed off’ - Gerard Pique | ESPN
Pique has also defended his involvement in the documentary which saw Griezmann confirm he was staying at Atletico Madrid on Thursday. Pique’s company Kosmos Studios produced the documentary -- titled “The Decision” in a nod to Lebron James’ 2010 ESPN television special of the same name -- which charted the past few months of Griezmann’s life as he decided what to do next season.

Barcelona missed Antoine Griezmann but must now spend on midfield | ESPN
Barcelona’s summer plans went up in smoke when Antoine Griezmann very publicly gave them the L in favour of sticking with Atletico Madrid. In a documentary that took inspiration from Lebron James’ “The Decision,” which aired on ESPN in 2010, we were given a glimpse into Griezmann’s personal life over the past few months as he played Fortnite, basketball and weighed up his options: sign for Barca or stay at Atletico.

Romania Legends – Barça Legends: A win with goals from Julio Salinas and Hagi (0-2) | FC Barcelona
‘Chapi’ Ferrer’s team won the Legends match against the Romanian side 0-2, thanks to goals from Salinas and Hagi. The match took place in Romania, at the Cluj Arena, a stadium with a capacity for 30 thousand spectators. Fans who came to watch marvelled at Julio Salinas’ great finish in the last minutes of the first half.

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