International break roundup: De Jong shines in Netherlands rout, Puig makes first bow at U21 Euros
As we head into the final day of the international break, many teams have wrapped up the three rounds of their World Cup qualifiers for the month of March. Barça Universal brings you up to date on all of the Barcelona players in action for their countries.
Just two Barcelona first-team players were playing on Tuesday night, as the Netherlands went head-to-head with Gibraltar, while the Spanish U21 side hosted the Czech Republic U21s in the final Euros group game of this international break.
Gibraltar vs Netherlands: The Dutchmen ran riot against the hosts, running out as 7-0 victors in a highly dominant display. Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong started and played the full match in what was his fourth game in nine days. The 23-year-old had a fantastic showing as he controlled the Dutch midfield impeccably well and accumulated a pass success rate of 93%.
Barcelona transfer targets Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay also shone through with wonderful performances. Depay scored a two second half goals, while Liverpool man Wijnaldum also scored a goal and assisted the game’s opener for Steven Berghuis.
The Oranje, now in second place in qualifying group G, are just a point behind Turkey after three rounds played.
Spain U21 vs Czech Republic U21: The Spaniards continued their unbeaten start to the U21 Euro group stages with a comfortable 2-0 victory over the Czech side, courtesy of a Daniel Gomez brace.
Barcelona midfielder Riqui Puig started the game off the bench. But he played his first minutes of the tournament for Luis de la Fuente’s side as he came on as a substitute in the 81st minute, replacing Manu Garcia in the final few minutes.
Defender Oscar Mingueza of course, missed out due to the bizarre suspension he picked up against Italy. UEFA declined Spain’s appeal to reverse the red card, but Mingueza will be available again from here on out.