FC Barcelona 2
0 Inter

10 Piqué, 26 Pedro

referee Massimo Busacca / linesmen M.Arnet, F.Buragina / 4th man S.Studer
UEFA Champions League — 1st round — Camp Nou, — 24 November 2009 20:45

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1st half / 2nd half

46' / Half time. Barcelona 2-0 Inter.
45' / Back at the other end, Julio Cesar saves Keita's flicked header from Xavi's corner.
45' / One minute of added time.
43' / Inter's first shot on goal comes from the feet of Diego Milito. Valdes saves Il Principe's low effort from 20 yards.
41' / Xavi floats an inch-perfect cross over to Dani Alves on the right. The ball comes off Stankovic and it's a corner to the hosts.
36' / A suicidal moment for Alves, who loses control of Abidal's back pass, allowing Stankovic a free shot on goal. The Serbian's effort is off target.
35' / Alves beats Samuel to Maicon's floated cross.
34' / Puyol is yellow-carded after a harsh challenge on Milito.
32' / Lucio makes another crucial interception to end a flowing Barça move involving Xavi, Iniesta and Henry.
30' / Puyol makes a clearance from Maicon's right-wing corner. Inter work the ball back into the box but the Azulgrana captain clears again.
29' / Stankovic looks for Eto'o with a low ball to the edge of the area. Piqué intercepts.
26' / GOAL. Dani Alves is freed down the right and he sends a looping cross over to the far post where Pedro is on hand to knock the ball in off Julio Cesar. BARCELONA 2-0 INTER.
24' / Pedro gets past Maicon and Zanetti before seeing his low weak cross intercepted by Lucio.
21' / Julio Cesar makes a two-fisted block from Henry who was put through by Iniesta. The Frenchman is flagged for offside.
20' / Pedro collects a beautiful ball from Keita in the area and looks for Iniesta but Lucio makes a vital interception.
18' / Thiago Motta is booked for foul play.
16' / Iniesta's cross into the six-yard box is blocked and cleared by Lucio.
15' / Xavi's curling free kick ends up on the roof of the net.
13' / Zanetti commits a foul on Henry in the D. A dangerous place for a free kick.
12' / Lucio blocks a left-wing cross from Pedro.
10' / GOAL. Gerard Piqué latches on to Henry's headed flick to the far post and prods home. Xavi took the corner that led to the goal. BARCELONA 1-0 INTER.
9' / Henry goes down under a challenge from Samuel and calls for a free kick but the Argentine's intervention was perfectly timed.
8' / Another ball into the area by Iniesta. Julio Cesar thwarts Henry.
7' / Iniesta serves Xavi in the area. Julio Cesar gets there first.
6' / The hosts attack back as Pedro races down the left but Zanetti intercepts and wins a free kick after a foul by the Barça forward.
6' / Walter Samuel makes a headed clearance from a free kick after Stankovic's foul on Busquets.
5' / Maicon breaks down the right and unleashes a cross. Blaugrana cpatain Puyol blocks.
3' / Xavi wins his team a corner after his low shot takes a deflection. Daniel Alves' cross in is a dangerous one but Thiago Motta is first to the ball and the Brazilian concedes another corner.
1' / OK, here's the situation. Victory tonight will see us through, while holders Barcelona will exit the competition if they lose and Rubin beat Dynamo (that game is currently under way). Group F is still wide open with two points separating the four teams.
1' / Camp Nou is familiar territory for Mourinho, who spent 4 years here from 1996-2000, and 3 players. Thiago Motta played here for 5 seasons after a 3-year spell with the B team, Quaresma remained for one campaign, and Eto'o spent 5 seasons in Catalonia.
1' / Milito also knows plenty about Barça - he scored twice against them for Real Zaragoza, and his brother Gabriel plays for the Azulgrana. Also in the know are Samuel, Cambiasso and Sneijder - all El Clasico veterans from their time at Real Madrid.
1' / Over the other side and Barcelona coach Guardiola is no stranger to Italian football. As a player he took part in two European Cup/UCL finals against Sampdoria and AC Milan, and he played Serie A football for Brescia (in two separate spells) and Roma.
1' / Players Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Maxwell have more recent experience of life in Italy, having swapped Inter shirts for Barça ones in the summer.
1' / The lineups are official. Eto'o returns to the starting lineup after his appearance as a substitute against Bologna and he will partner Milito in attack. Sneijder has not been passed fit, so it's Stankovic at the tip of the midfield diamond.
1' / Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are among the substitutes for Barcelona, who will start with Iniesta, Pedro and Henry in attack.
1' / Barcelona: 1 Valdes; 2 Dani Alves, 3 Piqué, 5 Puyol, 22 Abidal; 6 Xavi, 16 Busquets, 15 Keita; 8 Iniesta, 17 Pedro, 14 Henry.
Subs: 13 Pinto, 4 Marquez, 9 Ibrahimovic, 10 Messi, 11 Bojan, 19 Maxwell, 28 Jonathan.
1' / Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 8 Thiago Motta; 5 Stankovic; 22 Milito, 9 Eto'o.
Subs: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 7 Quaresma, 11 Muntari, 14 Vieira, 23 Materazzi, 45 Balotelli.
1' / The final whistle has gone at the Centralniy Stadium in Kazan: Rubin Kazan 0-0 Dynamo Kiev. That means Barcelona won't be knocked out tonight, whatever the result in Catalonia.
1' / The teams are out warming up as the Camp Nou continues to fill ahead of the 20:45 kick.off.
1' / We're under way in the Camp Nou as Barcelona kick off. FORZA INTER!!!!
50' / Andrés Iniesta makes way for Jonathan Dos Santos.
50' / Eto'o is flagged offside as he heads a long-range pass into the path of Muntari.
50' / Full time. Barcelona beat Inter 2-0.
50' / Full time. Barcelona beat Inter 2-0.
48' / Thiago Motta has a chance for a late goal, heading wide Maicon's cross from the right channel.
45' / Ricardo Quaresma gets past four players before committing a foul on the edge of the Barcelona box.
45' / Five minutes of stoppage time.
44' / Pep Guardiola brings on ex-Inter full-back Maxwell for Abidal.
43' / Javier Zanetti is booked for a foul on Busquets.
40' / Henry receives from Pedro, turns and scythes his long-range effort over the bar.
40' / Barça make their first switch. Pedro Rodriguez is substituted by Bojan Krkic, who comes on for his 100th appearance for the club at the age of just 19.
38' / Dani Alves needs medical attention after a foul by Thiago Motta.
37' / Quaresma comes on for Diego Milito as Mourinho makes his final change.
35' / Cristian Chivu is booked for a foul on Iniesta. The Romanian defender will miss Matchday 6 against Rubin Kazan.
34' / Dani Alves' lofted cross into our box is an easy catch for Julio Cesar.
32' / Milito beats Puyol to Xavi's outswinging cross and makes the clearance.
31' / Dani Alves wins his team a free kick on the right wing after running into Chivu.
29' / Balotelli has made an immediate impact. The young Italian serves Maicon down the right and the Brazilian swings in a cross for Eto'o. Puyol intercepts and makes a headed clearance.
26' / Mourinho throws on a striker for a midfielder as Mario Balotelli replaces Dejan Stankovic.
24' / Eto'o gets through on goal but the angle is too tight and his effort with the outside of his foot goes wide.
23' / Free kick to Barcelona after a Muntari foul on Henry. Daniel Alves' low effort is tipped behind by Julio Cesar.
20' / We're back under way in the Camp Nou and Eto'o is flagged offside again.
18' / Play interrupted as Pedro wriggles around on the ground awaiting medical attention after a clash with Lucio.
14' / Eto'o is flagged for offside as he races against Puyol.
13' / Stankovic loses the ball in his own third and Henry pounces. Luckily for us, the flag goes up for offside.
12' / A chance for Inter at the other end. Dejan Stankovic's low angled drive is on target but Valdes gets down at his near post and makes the save.
9' / Dani Alves sends in a cross for Xavi who heads the ball on target. Amazing save by Julio Cesar.
8' / Stankovic threads through to Eto'o as Inter hit Barcelona on the break but the Cameroon striker fails to connect.
5' / Iniesta lights up the Camp Nou with a flash of brilliance but his final pass for Pedro is off the mark.
5' / Pedro gets a yellow card for foul play.
1' / Inter kick off the second half. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!!!
1' / José Mourinho has made one change at half time. Sulley Muntari is on for Esteban Cambiasso.

total votes 9679

Zanetti 4.3757
Stankovic 3.8224
Cambiasso 3.6235
Julio Cesar 5.3609
Samuel 4.3209
Maicon 3.2922
Chivu 3.2715
Balotelli 3.9776
Muntari 4.4208
Quaresma 4.4198
Milito 4.3065
Motta 2.8665
Lucio 4.2626
Eto'o 3.8046
average rating 4.0089

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draws

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defeats

3

28 April 2010 1-0 86' Piquè Vai alla partita
24 November 2009 2-0 10' Piqué, 26' Pedro Vai alla partita
18 February 2003 3-0 8' Saviola, 29' Cocu, 67' Kluivert Vai alla partita

Statistics

5 shots on target 0
5 shots off target 2
13 fouls committed 18
6 corners 3
4 offsides 4
29:34 ball possession 24:15

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report

BARCELONA - The Barça passing machine proved too strong for Inter on the night as the reigning European champions ran out 2-0 winners in Tuesday's Champions League clash.

Gerard Piqué and Pedro Rodriguez did the damage with goals in the first half to put Barcelona on top of Group F, but qualification will go down to the wire, with all four teams still in with a chance of a place in the last sixteen. 

Both sides were without key players for Matchday 5 at the Camp Nou. Messi and Ibrahimovic warmed the bench for Barcelona while Sneijder took his place in the stands after being deemed unfit to play.

Barcelona had never lost two consecutive home games in Europe and the hosts made a strong start. Their first goal came on 10 ten minutes, Piqué stealing in at the far post to knock home Henry's headed flick from a Xavi Hernandez corner.

The Catalan side's nifty winger Pedro volleyed in off Julio Cesar on 26 minutes for their second goal after meeting a right-wing cross from Dani Alves who was picked out in space on the right.

Inter had to wait until the 43rd minute for their first shot on goal, Milito testing Valdes from 20 yards, but Barcelona came close to a third on the stroke of half time, Julio Cesar blocking Keita's flicked header from Xavi's corner.

Barcelona churned out more chances after the break and Julio Cesar made a fantastic save from Xavi early on, before making a tipped save from Dani Alves midway through.

Inter matched their opponents in terms of ball possession in the second half, resulting in more opportunities coming forward.

Stankovic forced a good save from Valdes with a low angled drive directed at the bottom corner, Eto'o was repeatedly denied by the offside flag, and Thiago Motta had a late chance to score what would have been a vital goal for Inter's goal difference, but his header from Maicon's cross was off the mark.

Barcelona 2-0 Inter (HT: 2-0)

Scorers: Piqué 10, Pedro 26.

Barcelona: 1 Valdes; 2 Dani Alves, 3 Piqué, 5 Puyol, 22 Abidal (19 Maxwell 89); 6 Xavi, 16 Busquets, 15 Keita; 8 Iniesta (28 Jonathan 90+5), 17 Pedro (11 Bojan 85), 14 Henry.
Subs not used: 13 Pinto, 4 Marquez, 9 Ibrahimovic, 10 Messi.

Coach
: Josep Guardiola.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso (11 Muntari 46), 8 Thiago Motta; 5 Stankovic (45 Balotelli 71); 22 Milito (7 Quaresma 82), 9 Eto'o.

Subs not used
: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 14 Vieira, 23 Materazzi.

Coach
: José Mourinho.

Referee: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland).

Booked: Thiago Motta 18, Puyol 34, Pedro 50, Chivu 80, Zanetti 88.

Att.: 93,524.

FC Barcelona vs Inter

starting lineups

Valdez 12 Julio Cesar
Dani Alves 13 Maicon
Piqué 6 Lucio
Puyol 25 Samuel
Abidal 26 Chivu
Xavi 4 Zanetti
Busquets 19 Cambiasso
Keita 8 Motta
Iniesta 5 Stankovic
Pedro 22 Milito
Henry 9 Eto'o

substitutes

Pinto 1 Toldo
Marquez 2 Cordoba
Ibrahimovic 7 Quaresma
Messi 11 Muntari
Bojan 14 Vieira
Maxwell 23 Materazzi
Jonathan 45 Balotelli

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