24 October 2018 21:00
|46'||A deflected free-kick from Coutinho just sneaks past the post to conclude a close first half. Barcelona lead 1-0 thanks to a goal from Rafinha|
|45'||One minute of injury time added on|
|44'||Perisic races away down the left flank and and looks to find Borja Valero, although his Barca marker intercepts well|
|40'||Barca keep the ball but fail to truly threaten, with five minutes remaining until the interval|
|37'||Great play from Skriniar leads to a thunderbolt from Vecino that just skims the crossbar|
|32'||Barcelona take the lead. Suarez finds Rafinha with a perfect pass, who fires the ball beyond Handanovic with a precise volleyed finish|
|27'||A back-heel from Suarez finds Rafinha whose shot is saved by Handanovic|
|25'||Icardi finds space once again in the Barca area but slips at the crucial moment!|
|24'||Borja Valero regains possession in midfield and releases Icardi, although the Blaugrana defence successfully get the ball back|
|21'||Comfortable save for Handanovic following a right-footed strike from Rafinha|
|17'||Fantastic stop from Handanovic to keep out a header from Lenglet|
|16'||Chance for Inter! Perisic whips in a low ball for Icardi in the middle but the ball rebounds back off Ter Stegen and loops over|
|13'||Coutinho fires in a long-range effort but it fortunately flies over the crossbar|
|11'||Rakitic tries to seek out a teammate but the Nerazzurri defence do well to close down|
|8'||Candreva plays in Icardi who tries to have a pop with his right, but Pique is on hand to block the Nerazzurri captain|
|3'||Ter Stegen loses possession for the home side, with Perisic then trying his luck from long-range but with the ball just going wide|
|1'||And we're off! Luciano Spalletti's Nerazzurri side get the first half underway. Come on! Forza Inter!!|
|1'||The teams head out to the Champions League anthem: kick-off is seconds away!|
|1'||A prestigious encounter at Camp Nou is almost upon us, with Barcelona vs. Inter on matchday three in Group B of the 2018-19 EUFA Champions League|
|48'||It ends 2-0 at Camp Nou, with Inter losing their third game in Group B to remain in second place on six points. Rafinha and Jordi Alba both on the scoresheet|
|45'||Three minutes of injury time added on|
|45'||Handanovic keeps out a tentative effort from Suarez|
|44'||Five on three for Inter, but Lautaro Martinez wastes a good chance|
|43'||Final change for Barcelona who bring on Munir for Coutinho|
|40'||Lautaro Martinez receives a booking|
|38'||Barcelona score a second as Jordi Alba finds the right-hander corner with an accurate strike|
|37'||A left-footed curler from Rakitic goes just wide of Handanovic's right post|
|34'||A decent cross from Asamoah finds Lautaro in the middle, however, the Argentine's flick goes behind|
|33'||Ter Stegen blocks after Keita heads on target from a D'Ambrosio cross|
|32'||Vidal replaces Arthur for Barcelona|
|31'||Third and final change for the visitors, with Keita coming on for Perisic|
|28'||Skriniar also enters the book for a bump on Suarez|
|27'||Brozovic receives a booking|
|27'||Change for Barcelona, with Rafinha making way for Semedo|
|26'||Coutinho rattles the woodwork after Handanovic pulls off a diving save to keep out a header from Suarez|
|24'||Vecino plays an intelligent ball out to Politano, whose link-up play with D'Ambrosio is turned out for a corner by Jordi Alba|
|23'||Handanovic dives well to keep out a low drive from Rakitic|
|21'||A free-kick from Suarez is blocked by the Inter wall and goes out for a corner|
|18'||Spalletti makes an attacking change, with Borja Valero making way for Martinez. Come on Lautaro!|
|17'||Suarez receives a booking for a high foul on Miranda|
|16'||Splendid reaction save from Handanovic to keep out a tentative half-volley from Lenglet|
|14'||Silky play from Suarez who skips past two before earning a corner from Handanovic|
|12'||Great stuff on the front foot from the Nerazzurri, although Ter Stegen successfully anticipates a cross from Borja Valero|
|6'||Good high pressing from the Nerazzurri to regain possession before a back-heel from Icardi finds Politano who strikes over|
|4'||Nearly an instant impact from Politano as he swings in an inviting cross that forces a full-stretch save from Ter Stegen|
|1'||The second half starts with a change for the Nerazzurri, with Politano coming on for Candreva|
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Barcelona have won three of their six Champions League matches against Inter (D2 L1), with the only defeat coming in the first leg of the semi-final in 2009-10 (1-3).
At home, Barcelona have won four of their five meetings with Inter in all competitions, including all three in the Champions League without conceding. Their only home defeat against them was in the Fairs Cup in January 1970 (1-2).
Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 13 Champions League home games against Italian sides (W10 D3), since a 1-2 loss vs Juventus in April 2003.
Barcelona have won 25 of their last 27 home Champions League games (D2) since losing 3-0 to Bayern Munich in May 2013, scoring 85 goals and conceding just 13 in those games.
Inter are looking to win their opening three Champions League matches in a season for just the second time, also doing so in the 2004-05 season.
Since winning 4-0 against Werder Bremen in September 2010, each of Inter’s last nine Champions League wins have been achieved by a one-goal margin – of the 12 teams to win 50 Champions League games, Inter have the highest margin of victories by one-goal (32 of 52, 62%), while opponents Barcelona have the lowest (40 of 140, 29%).
Inter have won their last two Champions League games despite conceding the first goal in both games; only two clubs have ever won more despite conceding first in consecutive games – Man Utd (three in November 2012) and Real Madrid (four in April 2017).
|24 October 2018||2-0||32' Rafinha, 84' Alba,||fixture|
|28 April 2010||1-0||86' Piquè||fixture|
|24 November 2009||2-0||10' Piqué, 26' Pedro||fixture|
|18 February 2003||3-0||8' Saviola, 29' Cocu, 67' Kluivert||fixture|
BARCELONA - Inter’s seven-game winning streak came to an end at Camp Nou on Wednesday, as Barcelona ran out 2-0 winners during their Matchday 3 encounter in Group B of the Champions League. Goals from Rafinha and Jordi Alba on either side of half-time settled it in Spain, however, the Nerazzurri are still in a good position following the earlier 2-2 draw between PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham Hotspur. Barcelona now lead the group on nine points, followed closely by Inter on six, with the other two teams on one.
The Nerazzurri started the game in positive fashion, with Icardi testing Pique early on as the defender made a good block in the eighth minute. Barcelona responded in the twelfth minute as Coutinho fired a right-footed curler just over the crossbar. Four minutes later, Icardi was involved once again, as he got on the end of a cross from Perisic to earn his side a corner from a Ter Stegen block. It was then Handanovic’s turn to make a save, as he reacted well with his feet to keep out a header from Lenglet.
The 27th minute saw a splendid back-heel from Suarez for Rafinha, however, the latter’s strike was comfortably saved. With Barcelona ramping up the pressure, they then broke the deadlock just five minutes later. A precise cross from Suarez found Rafinha in behind Skriniar, whose close-range volley found its way beyond former teammate Handanovic.
Inter were determined in their response, and in the 38th minute, Vecino unleashed a fierce volley that just dipped over Ter Stegen’s crossbar. Just before the interval, the home side threatened through a Coutinho free kick, however, a Miranda deflection fortunately missed the target.
After coming back out from the changing rooms, Spalletti brought Politano on for Candreva, with the substitute getting involved straight away. In the 50th minute, he played a deep cross that was curling towards the far corner before Ter Stegen palmed it behind with some difficulty. Two minutes later, he fired over after Icardi laid it off for him at the top of the box. It was a very open match at this point. In the 58th minute, Suarez showed great individual skill before his powerful right-foot strike was saved by Handanovic. In the 61st minute, Asamoah failed to clear with his head, inadvertently setting up Lenglet inside the box but Handanovic was there again to come to the rescue. With just under 30 minutes to go, it was time for Lautaro Martinez to enter the fray with El Toro replacing Borja Valero.
In the 71st minute, Barça almost doubled their lead with a perfect counterattack. Handanovic saved from Suarez’s header before the post denied the follow-up effort from Coutinho. In the 77th minute, Keita was brought on for Perisic. A minute later, the Senegalese got his head to a D’Ambrosio cross but without causing any real difficulty for Ter Stegen. Lautaro also had a try soon after, flicking an Asamoah cross towards goal with his left foot but he couldn’t keep it on target. Barcelona soon went on to score the second goal of the match with Rakitic providing a perfect assist for Jordi Alba who left Handanovic with no chance – his left-foot strike across goal rocketing into the corner. In the 89th minute, Lautaro couldn’t make the most of a good chance with men over as his weak shot was saved. After three minutes of stoppage time, the final whistle was blown by the referee and Barcelona won 2-0.
Now, it’s straight back to work ahead of the final match in October. On Monday 29th October, the Nerazzurri take on Lazio in Rome.
BARCELONA- 2-0 INTER
Goals: 32' Rafinha (B), 83' Jordi Alba (B)
BARCELONA: 1 Ter Stegen; 20 Sergi Roberto, 3 Piquè, 15 Lenglet, 18 Jordi Alba; 4 Rakitic, 5 Busquets, 8 Arthur (77' 22 Vidal); 12 Rafinha (72' 2 Semedo), 9 Suarez, 7 Coutinho (88' 19 Munir)
Bench: 13 Cillessen, 11 Dembelè, 14 Malcom, 36 Chumi
Coach: Ernesto Valverde
INTER: 1 Handanovic; 33 D'Ambrosio, 37 Skriniar, 23 Miranda, 18 Asamoah; 8 Vecino, 77 Brozovic; 87 Candreva, 20 B. Valero (63' 10 Lautaro), 44 Perisic (77' 11 Keita); 9 Icardi
Bench: 27 Padelli, 2 Vrsaljko, 6 De Vrij, 13 Ranocchia, 16 Politano
Coach: Luciano Spalletti
Bookings: Suarez (B), Brozovic (I), Skriniar (I), Lautaro (I)
Stoppage Time: 1' + 3'
Assistants: Sovre, Gheorghe
Additional Assistant Referees: Petrescu, Coltescu
Fourth Official: Ghinguleac
|Ter Stegen 1||1 Handanovic|
|Sergi Roberto 20||33 D'Ambrosio|
|Pique 3||37 Skriniar|
|Lenglet 15||23 Miranda|
|Jordi Alba 18||18 Asamoah|
|Rakitic 4||8 Vecino|
|Busquets 5||77 Brozovic|
|Arthur 8||87 Candreva|
|Rafinha 12||20 Valero|
|Suarez 9||44 Perisic|
|Coutinho 7||9 Icardi|
|Cillessen 13||27 Padelli|
|Semedo 2||2 Vrsaljko|
|Dembele 11||6 de Vrij|
|Malcom 14||10 Martínez|
|Munir 19||11 Balde|
|Vidal 22||13 Ranocchia|
|Chumi 36||16 Politano|