UCL 2019: Barcelona end Inter’s hope of reaching Round of 16
Champions League 2019 Inter Milan vs Barcelona highlights – Ernesto Valverde made some interesting changes before Barcelona’s clash against Inter. Having secured the qualification to the Round Of 16, Leo Messi was kept out from the squad and although Marc-Andre ter Stegen was included in the squad, he was rested while the backup goalkeeper Neto played between the sticks.
The starting eleven of Barcelona comprised of promising young talents like Carles Perez and Carles Alena with Todibo in the 3 man defense. It was a must-win game for Inter Milan who has been fantastic so far under Antonio Conte, the former Chelsea Manager. It was an even game with Inter creating more of the chances. In the beginning, Romelu Lukaku came close to scoring but blasted the ball over the crossbar. It was Perez who put the Catalans in front with a low effort on his debut in the UEFA Champions League.
Champions League 2019 Inter Milan vs Barcelona highlights
Inter responded well to the debutant’s efforts and the aforementioned Belgian forward broke his goalless streak in UCL with a deflected drive before the half time mark. The teams went back to the pavilion and Inter was the more convincing side during the first half.
Champions league 2019 Inter Milan vs Barcelona highlights – Inter continued this pace in the second half as well. They scored with the ball thrice in Barcelona’s net but was disallowed every single time and rightly so leaving the Inter players frustrated. Adding to that frustration, Neto played a brilliant game with 7 saves in the game.
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Anssumane Fati, who is the new breakout star in Barcelona and one who is tipped to be the face of the club in the coming future was given playtime in the UCL as he was thrown into the mix by Valverde in the 85th minute. Just a minute later, the teenager scored from Suarez’s pass, dumping the current Serie A leaders out of the competition with the game finishing at 2-1 to Barcelona.
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Champions league 2019 Inter Milan vs Barcelona highlights – This is Fati’s third goal for the Blaugrana after scoring against Osasuna and Valencia in the league. Failing to win their game, Inter dropped from the second place to third while Borussia Dortmund made their way into the Round of 16 with a home win against Slavia Prague.
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