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FC Barcelona News: 18 June 2018; Philippe Coutinho Scores in Brazil Draw, Xavi Talks Ousmane Dembele

France v Australia: Group C - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Coutinho scores first Barça goal in Russia | FC Barcelona
Philippe Coutinho opened the FC Barcelona goalscoring account at the 2018 World Cup Finals with an absolute screamer in the 20th minute of Sunday’s game with Switzerland. It was a typical swerved finish from the edge of the edge of the area from the Brazilian, leaving Yann Sommer in the Swiss goal with no chance.

Soccer: Messi’s penalty miss not to blame for draw with Iceland: Maradona | Reurters
Messi saw his spot kick saved by goalkeeper Hannes Por Halldorsson after Alfred Finnbogason had cancelled out Sergio Aguero’s 19th minute opener. “I don’t blame the players,” Maradona told Venezuelan television channel Telesur. “I could blame the lack of work rate. But I can’t blame the players, much less Messi, who gave it all he had.

‘Griezmann snubbed Barcelona a month ago’ - Hernandez supports call to stay out of Messi’s shadow | Goal
Antoine Griezmann made his mind up to snub Barcelona a month ago, claims Atletico Madrid and France team-mate Lucas Hernandez, with the striker opting to stay out of Lionel Messi’s shadow. Having been heavily linked with a move to Camp Nou for some time, the 27-year-old finally revealed the decision he had made on his future on the eve of World Cup duty.

Dembele is comparable to Pele, Cruyff and Zidane, says Barcelona legend Xavi | Sport360
“He came to the club with a lot of pressure, when he needed time to mature,” Xavi said. “Barca are a very demanding challenge for a young player but have potential. His humility and desire to work hard play in his favour.”

Varela confesses to Barca ‘dream’ | Football Espana
Uruguay international defender Guillermo Varela admits it would ‘be a dream’ to play for Barcelona, following recent reports in the media. The former Real Madrid Castilla player is currently back in his home nation with Penarol following a stint with Manchester United and is now competing in this summer’s World Cup.

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