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FC Barcelona News: 21 June 2018; Luis Suarez Scores as Uruguay and Spain Win

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Uruguay v Saudi Arabia: Group A - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Suárez, first blaugrana in the round of 16 | FC Barcelona
Luis Suárez is a born goal scorer and he demonstrated this on Wednesday as he secured his national team’s place in the round of 16 with a crucial goal in his 100th international appearance. Barça’s number ‘9’ scored from close range following a rebound from the keeper in the 23rd minute of the match against Saudi Arabia in the second game in Group B.

Fortunate Diego Costa goal sees Spain overcome Iran’s stubborn resistance | The Telegraph
But then, on 54 minutes, Costa barrelled into the box, twisting, turning, snorting. Rami Rezaien tried to tackle him, but the ball bounced off Costa’s knee beyond Beiranvand’s reach. It was a very Costa-ish goal: belligerent, bullish and suffused with good fortune. And Iran had their own slice of luck when, after a goalline scramble that resembled a WWE bout, the ball somehow stayed out of their net.

First all-Barça duel of the 2018 World Cup | FC Barcelona
The World Cup brings together the best players on the planet on the biggest stage in international football, and that means that FC Barcelona players frequently compete against their club teammates when representing their respective countries.

Lionel Messi’s 34 LaLiga goals in 2017/18 | FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi ended the 2017/18 LaLiga season as the top scorer in the Spanish top flight, and his 34 goals also earned him a fifth Golden Shoe award. He was a driving force behind FC Barcelona winning their seventh LaLiga title in 10 years, reinforcing their dominance of the past decade.

Barcelona interest in Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic is flattering - agent | ESPN
Miralem Pjanic’s agent has urged Barcelona to contact Juventus if they want to sign the Bosnia international this summer. Sources have told ESPN FC that Barca’s focus has switched to signing a central midfielder following their failure to bring in Antoine Griezmann.

Pique welcomes discussion with Barcelona board over Griezmann transfer saga | Goal
Gerard Pique will welcome a conversation with Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre as the Antoine Griezmann transfer saga continues. Griezmann, 27, had been widely expected to join the Catalan club this summer, but surprised many by re-signing with Atletico Madrid last week until 2023.