11 things we loved this weekend: Mbappe, Messi, Riquelme, Jones…

The international break is loathed by the majority of domestic football fans, but this weekend has seen players from Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United deliver the goods for their country.

As qualifying for Euro 2024 kicked into gear, we saw England beat Ukraine, France demolish the Netherlands and a stunning result in remote Kazakhstan.

Elsewhere, Lionel Messi played his first match for Argentina since winning the World Cup and there was a smattering of lower-league matches to keep English fans entertained.

We’ve rounded up 11 of the moments we loved over the past few days.

Lionel Messi


23rd March 2023: Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina: International football friendly, Argentina versus Panama: Lionel Messi of Argentina swith wife Antonella Roccuzzo and other players

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Kylian Mbappe

Starting the new era off right.

Granit Xhaka

What a season he’s having.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic


Marcel Sabitzer

A lovely effort.

George Friend

You weren’t watching Birmingham Under-21s on Friday night?

Curtis Jones

A real heartwarming moment.

Ivan Morante


Kazakhstan 3-2 Denmark

An amazing result in European Championship qualifying.

Juan Roman Riquelme

Class is permanent.

This own goal


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