Was not at fault for the first goal but will be angry with himself for the second one. Pulled off a sensational save from Alves at key time in the game. Barcelona thought that he gave away a penalty in the first half but they were wrong. Came in as a replacement for Giorgio Chiellini in the middle of the defence.
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He spent most of his career at Barcelona , where he served as the captain for three seasons. Iniesta is widely considered to be one of the best players of his generation and one of the greatest midfielders of all time. Iniesta came through La Masia , the Barcelona youth academy, after an early migration from his birthplace, and impressed from an early age. He made his first-team debut aged 18 in He began playing regularly during the —05 season and remained in the team until Iniesta was an integral part of the Barcelona sides that won two historic trebles in and , and his 35 trophies, which includes nine La Ligas and four UEFA Champions League titles, make him the most decorated Spanish footballer of all time.
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Iniesta was born in a small village in the province of Albacete , Spain. He began playing for Albacete juniors at age 8, and at age 12 he was spotted by leading club scouts while playing in the Brunete Tournament. During his third season playing for Barcelona B, Iniesta was introduced into the first team on December 21, , for a La Liga match at Mallorca. It was not until the —05 season, however, that he became a regular player. In international competition, Iniesta began playing for Spain as a youth, collecting Under and Under UEFA championship medals, and on May 27, , he came on as a substitute against Russia. He was not a prolific marksman—averaging one goal every 10 matches over more than club appearances—but instead preferred to function as the consummate team player, creating scoring opportunities for others. Iniesta was subsequently voted Man of the Match and Best Player of the Tournament at the European Championships; Spain became the first country to win two consecutive Euro titles. After disappointing round-of eliminations for Spain at the European Championships and the World Cup, Iniesta retired from international football. Article Media.
Andres Iniesta has been at Barcelona since he arrived as a pale-faced year-old in but on Friday he confirmed it's time to leave. Despite signing a lifetime contract earlier this season, the midfielder, who turns 34 next month, revealed in a news conference that he will walk away from Camp Nou at the end of the current campaign. During his two decades in Catalonia, Iniesta has made appearances only Xavi Hernandez had made more and has won 31 trophies. That will rise to 32 by the time he leaves, too, with Barca just one point away from a seventh league title in 10 years. Iniesta still says the most important game of his career was his debut.