Stick to the Spanish leader…
Inter de Milan was imposed by the minimum difference to the Barcelonameeting corresponding to the third day of the UEFA Champions League Group C, held this Tuesday at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium.
The Catalan team missed three essential points to establish themselves in second position in the sector. The second consecutive loss in the continental competition that leaves a Barsa without margin of error to fight for the next phase.
Barcelona seemed to settle into the grass of San Siro and locked up, for a few minutes, the Italians in their area. A comfortable situation for simone Inzaghi, without the need for possession to do damage to the counterattack. Along with it, Calhanoglu It didn’t take him long to display his powerful shot, but Ter Stegen He ‘flew’ to put his hand in and apparently keep calm among his people.
First it was the German goalkeeper, and then the offside lines who saved them from a big scare. The VAR intervened to invalidate a possible penalty at the hands of Eric Garcia, but luckily for those of Xavi Hernandez, Lautaro Martinez was ahead. In the same way that Belt minutes later, with a goal disallowed by the flag bearer.
The duel opened between both teams and the locals sealed an impenetrable defensive wall to Robert Lewandowski, completely unnoticed. The blaugrana insistence went through the boots of Pedri and Dembele, the only ones capable of finding depth in the face of the inaccuracies of Gavi, Raphinha and Marcos Alonso.
The firmness of Inter had a prize and ended up injuring a deranged Barsa on the edge of the break. Calhanoglu repeated his formula from the front and, this time, the Turk beat Ter Stegen with a cross shot. An immense joy that allowed them to go to rest ahead of the score (1-0).
Already in the restart, the blaugranas tried not to delay the comeback, but his good initial reaction was deflating. Without shooting on goal, with ineffective arrivals, without aim. In the end, almost no arrivals in the Onana area. An impotence that would be added to the injury of Christensen, replaced by Gerard Piqué.
📌 MEDICAL COMMUNICATION
First team player Andreas Christensen has sprained the external ligament in his left ankle. Tomorrow more tests will be done to know the exact extent of the injury pic.twitter.com/GmncLg0AzZ
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) October 4, 2022
The discomfort of the visitors continued to increase, even more so with the entrance of Dzeko. Dembele revitalized the spirits and its overflow ran into the stick. A positive reaction that Xavi tried to take advantage of with the entry of Alejandro Balde and Ansu Fati, who returned to Giuseppe Mezza, where he became the youngest scorer in the history of the ‘Champions’.
Nevertheless, luck was not on the young attacker’s sideand three years later and VAR annulled Pedri’s goalwhich meant the tie, by the hands of Fati. Repeated attempts without effect that left Barsa discouraged at the end of the match, who demanded a penalty -non-existent for the VAR- for a possible hand of Dumfries.
Thus, those of Xavi Hernandez they will play it next week in the Spotify Camp Nou against the same rival, in a ‘final’ for the fight in the second position and without much margin of error.
⏰ TUESDAY’S RESULTS ⏰
👊 Big wins for Bayern and Napoli! #UCL
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) October 4, 2022
Group C / Date 3
Inter Milan 1-0 Barcelona
Stadium: Giuseppe Meazza
Venue: San Siro, Milan
Referee: Slavko Vincic (Slovenia)
1-0 (45+2′).- Hakan Calhanoglu
Inter de Milan
Andre Onana (Yellow, 90+6′)
Stefan de Vrij
(Francesco Acerbi, 77′)
Alessandro Bastoni (Yellow, 88′)
Nicolò Barella (Yellow, 22′)
Hakan Calhanoglu (Yellow, 70′)
(Kristjan Asllani, 85′)
(Denzel Dumfries, 76′)
(Robin Gosens, 77′)
(Edin Dzeko, 57′)
Lautaro Martínez (Yellow, 76′)
DT: Simone Inzaghi
Marc-André ter Stegen
(Gerard Pique, 58′)
(Alex Balde, 64′)
Sergio Busquets (Yellow, 60′)
Gavi (Yellow, 76′)
(Franck Kessie, 83′)
(Ansu Fati, 64 ‘)
DT: Xavi Hernandez
(With information from Europe Press)