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Inter Milan 1 Barcelona 1: Spanish Giants Become First Side To Qualify For Last 16 Despite Icardi’s Late Equaliser

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BARCELONA became the first side to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League despite Mauro Icardi’s late leveller for Inter Milan.

MOST READ IN FOOTBALL The former Barca youth player swivelled to smash the ball into the net in the 87th minute not long after Brazilian Malcom appeared to have snatched a late winner.

Mauro Icardi was afforded time to turn and shoot and he rescued a point from the game
The one player Barcelona really didn’t want to give too much space in the box was Mauro Icardi
It might have been late on, but the equaliser gave the home side hope they could even nick a win
It was the 21-year-old’s first goal for the club moments after coming off the bench.

Barca were still without talismanic figure Lionel Messi through injury but were the better side for most of a game that was high on intensity but lacking in quality until an electrifying final 10 minutes at a rocking San Siro.

The Spanish side top Group B with 10 points after four games; Inter are second with seven, while Tottenham Hotspur are third on four and PSV Eindhoven bottom, and out of the competition, with one.

Barca were famously beaten 3-1 by Jose Mourinho ‘s Inter in the semi-finals in 2010 and had not won on any of their previous six visits to Italy.

Malcom had only been on the field of play for 90 seconds when he decided to announce himself
The young attacker wheels away after putting his side 1-0 up in the 83rd minute
It then appeared as though the 21-year-old Brazilian burst into tears after his goal
It looked like Barcelona had secured their place in the Champions League last 16 – but Inter decided to give them a scare
But they coped well with the home sides initial high pressing, thanks to the composed passing of midfielder Arthur Melo, and soon began to dominate.

Luis Suarez nearly scored what would have been a marvellous goal after controlling a high ball with his chest but sent his attempted chip inches wide of the top corner of the goal.

Ivan Rakitic had also come close to finding the opener in the first period and missed a glaring chance after the interval when he had only goalkeeper Samir Handanovic to beat but fired straight at the body of the Slovenian.
Malcom had featured little for Barca since signing from Bordeaux in the summer but thrust himself into the limelight less than two minutes after replacing the ineffective Ousmane Dembele.


Luis Suarez had a fair few chances to score, but left his shooting boots at home
He controlled a pass from Philippe Coutinho and drilled the ball under the diving Handanovic.

Barca were on their way to a first win in Italy since beating AC Milan at the San Siro in November 2011, which would also have seen them seal top spot in the group.

But the ruthless Icardi had the final say against the club that let him go as a teenager.

Barca could still celebrate qualifying for the knockout stage for a 15th consecutive season, however, and they will clinch top spot if they win away to PSV in their next European fixture.


Source:-
www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/7676423/inter-milan-1-barcelona-1-barca-qualify-last-16/amp/

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