Final score

2 October 2019 21:00

FC Barcelona
40' (2nd half) Suarez
13' (2nd half) Suarez
2 - 1
Inter
3' Martínez
referee Damir Skomina / linesmen Praprotnik J., Vukan R. / 4th man Obrenovic R. / assistants Makkelie D., Vincic S.
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45' The first half comes to a close at Camp Nou. An excellent Inter head into the break 1-0 up thanks to the the goal from Lautaro Martinez!
45' Lautaro races towards goal with the ball but is caught by Lenglet at the last moment
44' Arthur takes a shot from a tight angle, the ball flies over the crossbar
43' Messi has a free kick from 35 yards out, Handanovic catches the ball with ease
42' Another chance for Inter! Sensi finds Sanchez at the back post but the Chilean can't get his header on target
40' A weak right-footed effort from Suarez from outside the box, no problems for Handanovic
39' Yet another moment of brilliance from Inter: the ball goes from right to left, Candreva, Sanchez, Sensi, who plays a one-two with Lautaro on the edge and then shoots. Just inches over the crossbar!
38' Important intervention from Handanovic on De Jong's cross, Semedo smashes the rebound over!
37' Heroic save by Ter Stegen to keep out Lautaro's perfect header after Candreva's cross. Barcelona are saved by their keeper and the ball is put out for an Inter corner
33' Another big chance for Inter: great work from Lautaro down the left, he plays it to Sensi who sets Sanchez first time in the box, he touches it to Barella whose shot is heading right for goal but is blocked out for a corner!
30' Still a very high tempo at Camp Nou after half an hour of play. Inter have been brilliant so far and the Nerazzurri lead 1-0 thanks to Lautaro's goal
27' Candreva smashes the ball in at the near post for Inter's second but it's correctly ruled out for offside
24' Inter get forward with some superb play but Barella is dispossessed by Lenglet on the edge of the area, Messi then has an effort from distance at the other end but Handanovic saves comfortably
22' Dangerous challenge from Piquè on Barella. Barcelona's second yellow card of the night
21' Chance for the Nerazzurri on the counter, liquid football to find Candreva on the right but our number 87's cross is too close to Ter Stegen
19' Busquets shoots from the edge after Griezmann's pullback, Handanovic watches as the ball flies over the bar
16' Huge chance for Lautaro, which was then pulled back for offside. El Toro skips round the goalie but his touch is too heavy, the referee then stops play for an incorrectly-called offside
14' Sergio Roberto's cross from the right finds Griezmann's head but he places his effort over the bar
13' Late challenge by De Jong on Brozovic, the referee decides not to take any extra action and only awards a free kick to the Nerazzurri
8' Rash challenge from behind by Griezmann on Barella. The Barca forward is also shown a yellow card
5' Booking for Barella after a foul on Busquets in the Barca half
3' GOAL! GOOOOAALLL!! GOOOAAAAALLLLL!!! El Torooooooo! Lautaro breaks through Barca's defence, smashing home Brozovic's pass through with a shot across goal: 1-0!!!
2' Griezmann shoots from distance: easy save for Handanovic who dives to his right and holds onto the ball
1' And we're off! Barca with kick-off. Come on lads, forza Inter!!!
1' The teams are out, all set for kick-off!
1' Matchday 2 of the UEFA Champions League for Antonio Conte's Inter as they face Barcelona at Camp Nou. The Nerazzurri set up with their standard 3-5-2 with Sanchez and Lautaro up top
Minutes Text commentary
48' It ends 2-1 at Camp Nou: a harsh result for the Nerazzuri who initially led through Lautaro's goal but were beaten by a Suarez double in the second half
45' Three minutes of added time signalled
44' Messi has a chance on his left from inside the area, Handanovic saves
40' Barcelona break and score after a chance for Politano at the other end. 2-1 to the home side after another great goal from Suarez
37' Yellow card for Antonio Conte
34' Conte makes his final change of the night: Politano on for Sensi
31' Ter Stegen rushes out of his goal after a long ball, Inter take the resulting throw-in quickly and D'Ambrosio shoots at the empty net from a tight angle but hits the side-netting
30' Booking for Sanchez for his protests from the bench
30' Awful challenge from Vidal who protests at the inevitable booking
25' Second substitution for Antonio Conte: D'Ambrosio takes the place of Candreva at right wing-back
22' Dembélé takes a longshot with his right which brushes the crossbar on its way over
20' One change for each side: Dembélé replaces Griezmann for Barca, while Gagliardini comes on for Sanchez for the Nerazzurri
16' Griezmann tries it from an acute angle: the ball smashes into the side-netting
14' Inter respond straight away with two chances for Lautaro, the first blocked, the second held by Ter Stegen
13' Barcelona find an equaliser with their first real chance of the second half, Suarez volleys in from the edge of the box to make it 1-1
8' Change for Barcelona: Vidal on for Busquets
7' Late challenge from Sergi Roberto on Sensi. Yellow card for the Barcelona number 20
6' Messi's free kick deflects off the wall and goes out for a corner
1' And we're back underway! The second half begins with the same two line-ups as the first half. Come on boys, forza Inter!

Handanovic
5.78
5.78
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D'Ambrosio
5.31
5.31
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Brozovic
5.83
5.83
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Candreva
5.67
5.67
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Gagliardini
5.15
5.15
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Skriniar
6.48
6.48
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Politano
5.3
5.3
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Martínez
7.66
7.66
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Asamoah
5.65
5.65
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de Vrij
6.63
6.63
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Godin
5.17
5.17
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Sensi
7.18
7.18
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Barella
7.75
7.75
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Sanchez
6.23
6.23
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7 shots on target 3
7 shots off target 4
17 fouls committed 18
3 corners 3
2 offsides 4
65% ball possession 35%

Barcelona have only lost once in their last nine games versus Inter Milan (W4 D4 L1), losing at the San Siro in April 2010 (1-3).

Barcelona have failed to score in their last two UEFA Champions League matches – they have never gone three games without a goal in the competition. They last failed to score in three European games in a row in March 1988 in the UEFA Cup.

Barcelona had just seven shots in their MD1 goalless draw with Borussia Dortmund, their fewest in a UEFA Champions League group stage match since December 2015 against Bayer Leverkusen (6).

Internazionale have lost five of their six visits to face Barcelona at the Camp Nou, winning the other in January 1970 in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (2-1), courtesy of goals from Roberto Boninsegna and Mario Bertini.

Inter have failed to score in more away games against Barcelona than they have versus any other team in European competition in their history (5/6).

Inter have lost their last two away UEFA Champions League matches, with one of those at Camp Nou against Barcelona – they have never lost three in a row in the competition.

An Italian manager hasn’t won at the Camp Nou in the UEFA Champions League since April 2003, when Marcello Lippi won 2-1 with Juventus in the quarter-final, with current Inter boss Antonio Conte an unused sub that night (P15 W0 D5 L10 since).

Internazionale’s Nicolò Barella is looking to become only the fourth Italian player to score in consecutive UEFA Champions League appearances for the club, after Roberto Baggio (1998), Christian Vieri (2003) and Giampaolo Pazzini (2011).

wins(0) draws(0) defeats(5)

BARCELONA - When it ends this way, it’s hard to stomach. Inter suffered a 2-1 defeat this evening away to Barcelona on matchday two in Group F of the UEFA Champions League. Despite this, there were plenty of positives: Antonio Conte’s side played with know-how and courage, showing tactical acumen and moments of real quality. The Nerazzurri went ahead immediately through Lautaro Martinez and were magnificent in the first half, creating numerous chances to extend their one-goal advantage. This was perhaps the real disappointment: failing to find that second goal. Because in the second half, the expected Barcelona reaction arrived. The Blaugrana never managed to overrun Inter, but two excellent goals from Luis Suarez were ultimately enough for the home side. Inter remain on one point in the group, while Barcelona now sit on four points alongside Borussia Dortmund.

Griezmann had the first shot of the match but failed to catch Handanovic off guard. And just seconds later, Inter struck: Lautaro Martinez raced through on goal after being played in by Sanchez, with the Argentine striker coolly slotting past Ter Stegen  and giving the Nerazzurri the lead. It was a fantastic goal scored after just a minute and 59 seconds and one which ended Inter’s goal drought at Camp Nou: the last time the Nerazzurri had scored at Barcelona’s ground was in 1970.

The Blaugrana then looked to respond: with 15 minutes on the clock, Griezmann’s header dropped onto the roof of the net following Sergi Roberto’s cross. Just a minute later, Lautaro got in behind the Barcelona defence but took the ball too far having knocked it past Ter Stegen and the chance went begging. Inter were really getting at the home side, not afraid to push men forward and play it from the back. It might have been risky at times, but once the Nerazzurri eluded Barcelona’s pressure high up the pitch there was enormous space for Conte’s men to play in. On more than one occasion, Lenglet and Piqué were forced to make last-ditch interventions as Inter surged forward.

Messi turned it on in the 25th minute, taking a shot with his left from distance, but Handanovic did well to keep it out. Candreva then found Inter’s second, controlling with his right and striking with his left after a ball over the top, but the goal was correctly ruled out for offside. Another big chance for the Nerazzurri came in the 33rd minute: some super work from Lautaro down the left flank before he played it in to Sensi who set to Sanchez first time. The Chilean held it up brilliantly, flicking it on to Barella who met it with his right but was kept out by Semedo’s slide to save the day for Barcelona. Ter Stegen’s save in the 37th minute was just as spectacular: Lautaro headed the cross from Candreva perfectly and it looked certain to be a goal for Inter, but the German shotstopper kept it out somehow. The chances were flowing for Inter as the Nerazzurri played it all the way out from the back, the end result a Sensi shot which flew just over the crossbar. Conte’s team were finding space all over the pitch, and minutes later Sanchez just couldn’t quite direct his header goalwards. Then, right at the end of the first half, Barcelona had a chance of their own with Messi and Arthur linking up, but they couldn’t do enough to cause any real danger to Handanovic’s goal.

Spurred on by Vidal’s introduction to the game after half time, the beginning of Barcelona’s revival was a mixture of anger and competitiveness. Inter were alert and organised, but in the 58th minute they succumbed: a foray forward by Messi led to Vidal providing an assist to Suarez; and it was a moment of brilliance from the Uruguayan, twisting in the air to unleash a shot that was just of out of reach of Handanovic in goal. That goal to make it 1-1 was beautiful yet tough to take for the Nerazzuri, who up to that moment had merited their lead, and had probably deserved a second goal. The equalizer made Inter a little less secure, which made it harder to escape the Barcelona press. Gagliardini and Dembélé both came on, and it was the latter with almost an immediate impact, taking on a shot from far out and almost scoring. Inter didn’t leave themselves open, but faced up to Barcelona, and continued to look for a response which could interrupt the waves of Barcelona attacks.

In the 84th minute came the goal that decided the match. And once again it was Luis Suarez who beat Handanovic. A surging run from the right by Messi fed Suarez the ball, who beat Godin with his first touch and a few steps later he beat Handanovic as well. The goal weighed particularly heavily on Inter hearts, as they had had plenty of opportunities to double their lead in the first half.

We leave Camp Nou with a defeat but also with the knowledge that great character was shown and a great game played. Now there is no time for looking back, because on Sunday Juventus arrive at San Siro. We are ready to go again, together. As always, #ForzaInter!

BARCELONA 2-1 INTER

BARCELONA (4-3-3): 1 ter Stegen; 20 Sergi Roberto, 3 Piquè, 15 Lenglet, 2 Semedo; 21 De Jong, 5 Busquets (22 Vidal 53'), 8 Arthur; 10 Messi, 9 Suarez, 17 Griezmann (11 Dembélé 66').
Substitutes: 13 Neto, 4 Rakitic, 6 Todibo, 16 Wague, 27 Perez.
Coach: Ernesto Valverde.

INTER (3-5-2): 1 Handanovic; 2 Godin, 6 De Vrij, 37 Skriniar; 87 Candreva (33 D'Ambrosio 71'), 23 Barella, 77 Brozovic, 12 Sensi (16 Politano 79'), 18 Asamoah; 7 Sanchez (5 Gagliardini 66'), 10 Lautaro.
Substitutes: 27 Padelli, 34 Biraghi, 8 Vecino, 30 Esposito.
Coach: Antonio Conte.

Scorers: 2' Lautaro (I), 58' e 84' Suarez (B)
Bookings: Barella (I), Griezmann (B), Piqué (B), Sergi Roberto (B), Vidal (B), Sanchez (I)
Notes: ammonito Antonio Conte
Stoppage Time: -, 3'

Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistants: Jure Praprotnik, Robert Vukan
Fourth Official: Rade Obrenovic
VAR and VAR Assistant: Danny Makkelie, Slavko Vinčić

starting lineups

Ter Stegen 1 1 Handanovic
Sergi Roberto 20 2 Godin
Piquè 3 6 de Vrij
Lenglet 15 37 Skriniar
Semedo 2 87 Candreva
De Jong 21 23 Barella
Busquets 5 77 Brozovic
Arthur 8 12 Sensi
Messi 10 18 Asamoah
Suarez 9 7 Sanchez
Griezmann 17 10 Martínez

substitutes

Neto 13 27 Padelli
Rakitic 4 33 D'Ambrosio
Todibo 6 34 Biraghi
Dembélé 11 5 Gagliardini
Wague 16 8 Vecino
Vidal 22 16 Politano
Perez 27 30 Esposito

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