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  1. Inter dump out Barca

    Inter dump out Barca

    Ten-man Internazionale reached the Champions League final despite losing 1-0 to holders Barcelona in the second leg at the Camp Nou. More

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    Time:90'
    • FC Barcelona
    • Internazionale
    • 90+4' INTER HAVE DONE IT! The full-time whistle goes at the Nou Camp, and 10-man Inter have lost 1-0, but prevailed 3-2 on aggregate over the European Champions Barcelona! It is their first final for 38 years!
    • 90+3' Maicon heads away with good composure at the back post as Alves drifts a deep delivery into the box, and Barcelona have a late corner!
    • 90+2' Guardiola is furious with the referee as Barcelona continue to press forward patiently, but surely they need to get the ball into the Inter box with real urgency?!
    • 90+1' Four minutes will be added at the end of the second half as Mourinho stalks the touchline in agitated fashion with Guardiola close by!
    • 90' BARCELONA HAVE A GOAL DISALLOWED! Samuel slams a clearance into Keita's arm and, although Pedro picks out the top corner of the net with an emphatic finish, the goal is disallowed!
    • 89' Dani Alves takes a tumble in the Inter box, but that was a dive and the referee waves play on and shakes his head!
    • 88' Pique is showing incredible skill and ability in attack as he takes down a high ball and links the play once more...
    • 87' McDonald Mariga comes on to replace Samuel Eto'o, and Inter make their second change!
    • 86' Cambiasso wins a free-kick as Barcelona continue to pile forward looking for a crucial second!
    • 85' Pique is playing as a forward with Inter having to contend with a barrage of pressure!
    • 84' GOAL!!!!!! PIQUE BREAKS THE DEADLOCK FOR BARCELONA! The defender shows exquisite poise to cut back inside Lucio and Cesar and slide a cool shot into an empty net! Barca need one more!
    • 83' Inter are boxed into their half as the hosts build, but the urgency has to be raised.
    • 82' What a miss from Bojan! The substitute ghosts in at the back post but inexplicably heads wide from close-range as he meets Messi's exquisitely-flighted delivery from the left!
    • 81' Barcelona continue to pile forward in their droves, but Inter are soaking it up superbly.
    • 80' Mourinho is preparing his second change as the visitors look to inject fresh legs once more.
    • 79' Jeffren is caught offside as Keita slides a through ball beyond Maicon, and Barcelona are very frustrated now.
    • 78' Messi fouls Chivu with a high boot as Muntari charges in to provide assistance, and Inter can rebuild.
    • 77' Samuel is down as he collides with Pedro, and Messi has been very quiet in this second half.
    • 76' Eto'o is back defending for his side, and the forward makes a fine intervention at the back post to deny Jeffren - what a performance from Inter!
    • 75' Barcelona continue to pile forward incessantly, but Inter are soaking up the pressure superbly with Cambiasso making another challenge.
    • 73' Keita attempts an outrageous shot from range, and that is infuriating for Guardiola and not remotely troubling for Cesar.
    • 72' Milito trots across to take the corner, but the ball swings out of play as a goal kick is promptly awarded - bizarre.
    • 71' Jose Mourinho is out on the touchline waving at Muntari in animated fashion as the visitors pile forward on a rare attack, and Maicon wins a corner!
    • 69' Lucio has a collision with Keita, and the Brazilian is down clutching his ankle as another stoppage holds up the play.
    • 68' Messi and Xavi dictate the play inside the Inter half, but the visitors are resolute and resilient once more.
    • 67' Sulley Muntari comes on to replace Sneijder, and the Dutchman has put in a superb shift considering his lack of fitness.
    • 66' Pedro wins a corner for his side, but he drifts it too deep as he whips over the delivery.
    • 65' Maicon defends obdurately down the right for Inter, before Cesar punches Pedro's cross away.
    • 64' Jeffren comes on to replace Busquets, and Barcelona make their third and final change!
    • 63' Ibrahimovic is replaced by Bojan as Guardiola looks to shake things up for his side!
    • 62' Barcelona appeal for a penalty as Cambiasso tussles away with Ibrahimovic in the box, but there was minimal contact there.
    • 61' Messi nips forward from the edge of the Inter box, but Pedro shoots wide of the near post - that was very ambitious!
    • 60' Alves whips over a cross from the right, and Barcelona mysteriously appeal for a penalty to no avail before Cesar has a goal kick.
    • 59' Alves is caught offside as he makes a pacey run down the right, and that was fine defending from Chivu and Zanetti.
    • 57' The players on the bench for Barcelona include Thierry Henry and Bojan as Guardiola paces the touchline impatiently.
    • 56' Milito looks extremely tired for Inter as he charges around in the Barcelona half on his own in attack.
    • 55' Alves drives a low shot narrowly wide of Cesar's far post, and the goalkeeper had that covered.
    • 54' Barcelona's build-up play is very slow, and that is really suiting Inter as the Italian side sit back and track every run.
    • 53' Lucio has a nose bleed as he bides his time to gather himself in the Inter half, and the home fans are very frustrated.
    • 52' Julio Cesar is very alert and courageous as he dives at the feet of Ibrahimovic to clear upfield.
    • 51' Pique launches a long ball upfield before Inter break through Eto'o once more.
    • 50' Pedro loses out to Sneijder, and Maicon wins a free-kick as Busquets barges into him outwide.
    • 49' Julio Cesar bides his time to clear upfield, and the whistles continue as the tension mounts.
    • 47' Pedro twists and turns outwide for the hosts, but the winger cannot fashion a cross to pick out Ibrahimovic.
    • 46' The second half is underway after Inter make a belated entrance to keep Barcelona waiting, and the hosts kick us off. Maxwell comes on to replace Milito for Barcelona.
    • 45+2' The half-time whistle goes at the Nou Camp, and Inter have successfully kept Barcelona at bay, despite being reduced to 10 men after Thiago Motta's highly controversial red card in the 28th minute! Barcelona still need to score twice - can they do it?!
    • 45+1' Messi drives a speculative shot from range which fizzes wide of the far post, and the hosts are taking on very ambitious efforts now.
    • 45' Two minutes will be added at the end of this first half, and what a period of play it has been as Barcelona continue to press!
    • 44' Pique does supremely well to dispossess Sneijder, and Barcelona play on to the disgust of the visitors, before Chivu fouls Messi and is booked!
    • 43' Alves and Messi combine out on the right, but Inter are containing their hosts superbly.
    • 42' Messi looks to nutmeg Samuel, but the defender stands firm and makes a fine interception to win the ball back.
    • 41' Chivu goes down under a challenge from Messi, and the forward is furious with the referee that the call goes against him.
    • 40' Messi wins a free-kick out on the right at the expense of Chivu, but the Argentine drifts it too deep and the chance goes begging.
    • 39' What a block from Samuel! Alves beats Zanetti at the back post, but Samuel dives at the feet of Ibrahimovic as the Swede prepares to shoot from close range!
    • 38' The home fans are in full voice once more as Ibrahimovic and Alves combine down the right.
    • 37' Keita goes down very easily in the Inter box for no particular reason next to Lucio, but he at least has the honesty to make no appeal.
    • 36' Sneijder does brilliantly to turn Keita on halfway, but the Dutchman cannot make further ground as Barcelona counter through Pique.
    • 35' Julio Cesar is booked for time-wasting over a free-kick deep inside the Inter half, and that is pretty harsh!
    • 34' Zanetti brings the ball forward for Inter, and Sneijder has to win a free-kick at the expense of Ibrahimovic.
    • 33' What a save from Julio Cesar! Messi cuts inside of Samuel superbly and curls an exquisite shot towards the far post, but the Brazilian somehow tips the ball wide with a stunning save!
    • 31' Eto'o streaks clear down the left, but he lacks any support as he loses the ball to Toure.
    • 30' Barcelona attack with the crowd incredibly raucous, and the referee has threatened to spoil this match as Inter have to adopt an even more defensive approach.
    • 29' A huge flare up ensues as Motta leaves the field furiously, and Busquets went down very theatrically and bought that red card - it was just a soft push to the jaw and the midfielder was down like a shot!
    • 28' MOTTA IS SENT OFF! The Inter midfielder is shown a straight red card for a push into the jaw of Sergi Busquets, and that was very dubious indeed!
    • 27' Inter continue to battle away in midfield, but Barcelona are holding possession superbly. Pedro is booked for a mistimed challenge on halfway.
    • 26' Ibrahimovic drops very deep to link up the play, and Alves's cross is subsequently met by no one in the box.
    • 25' Eto'o thinks he has won a corner for his side with a powerful run down the left, but the referee has other ideas and Barcelona can build - a fleeting attack from the visitors.
    • 24' What a chance for Pedro! Dani Alves hurtles down the right and whips over a pinpoint ball which Pedro meets on the volley, but he cannot direct it on target!
    • 23' Sneijder is tracking the runs of Xavi superbly, but the midfielder gets free of his marker and cannot capitalise.
    • 22' Messi gets forward dangerously, but the Inter back four hold firm: this is an intriguing contrast of styles at the Nou Camp!
    • 21' Milito is putting in a tireless shift already in attack for Inter, and you have to admire his resolve as he runs the flanks.
    • 20' Chivu makes an exceptional intervention as Xavi evades two Inter defenders and looks to flick a through ball to find Messi, who was lurking ominously!
    • 19' Guardiola is out on the touchline barking orders at Keita, and he is about the only midfielder not being man-marked by Inter!
    • 18' Pedro links up the play superbly for the hosts, but Inter are looking solid at the back so far!
    • 17' Sneijder brings the ball forward for his side, but Keita is back to make the challenge and grab back the ball.
    • 16' Milito goes down very easily under a challenge from Pique, and the forward wins his side a precious free-kick in the Barcelona half!
    • 15' It is all Barcelona as Inter sit deep and soak up the pressure - Pedro whips over a cross but Lucio heads clear.
    • 14' Toure does superbly to dispossess Eto'o out on the Inter left, and Barcelona can unleash another wave of pressure.
    • 13' Play finally continues, but Maicon is still moving gingerly with his shoulder as Barcelona go on the attack once more.
    • 12' Maicon is down injured after a challenge with Ibrahimovic, and the defender is holding his arm after that tussle.
    • 11' Ibrahimovic is furious with the referee as he clutches his shirt, which has a huge rip down the middle of it after jostling with Samuel - shirt pulling, anyone?
    • 10' Thiago Motta is booked for hauling down Ibrahimovic, and the midfielder is promptly booked for that infringement and rightly so.
    • 9' Pedro finds Xavi, but Sneijder is all over the midfielder like a rash, and the Dutchman makes the challenge.
    • 8' Cambiasso barges Messi off the ball inside the Inter half, and a free-kick is sufficent, but that was cynical.
    • 7' Pedro lets fly with another shot from outside the Inter box, but this goes wide just like the first and Julio Cesar can build from the back.
    • 6' Dani Alves looks to give the hosts some width with a pacey run down the right, but Chivu stands his ground.
    • 5' Ibrahimovic jostles with Samuel in the Inter box, and the Swede wins a corner after a neat turn.
    • 4' The whistling is incessant whenever Inter are on the ball, and Barcelona regain possession through Keita.
    • 3' Pedro steps inside Maicon at pace to leave the right-back standing in his wake, but his effort flashes wide of the far post!
    • 2' Zanetti commits a foul after challenging with Ibrahimovic in the Inter half, and the home fans are raucous to say the least!
    • 1' The match is underway, and the atmosphere is fervent inside the capacity 96,000 Nou Camp!
    • - Huge drama in the warm-up as Mourinho, who initially named Pandev in his line-up, hastily withdraws the forward due to a reported injury, and defender Cristian Chivu comes in! A tactical switch due to the Barcelona formation, or a genuine problem? The tension mounts.
    • - Mehdi thinks Inter will win 1-0, while Tim believes that Barcelona will take a 1-0 victory on the night, with Mourinho's side prevailing 3-2 on aggregate! What do you think the score will be this evening? Post your predictions below!
    • - Inter came from behind to stun holders Barcelona 3-1 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. Pedro put Barca into the lead after 19 minutes before Wesley Sneijder started the Nerazzurri comeback with the equaliser after half an hour. Maicon swooped to put Inter ahead just after the break and Diego Milito added a third on 61 minutes as Jose Mourinho's side inflicted Pep Guardiola's heaviest defeat since he took over at Barca. Read a full report from the first leg by clicking here
    • - The excitement gripping Barcelona ahead of the match against Internazionale is unprecedented, according to coach Pep Guardiola. "I have never seen such a mobilisation of the Barca fans," said the 39-year-old former Camp Nou midfielder. Read what Guardiola has had to say in full here
    • - As is always the case in semi-finals, there will be many players with their hearts in their mouths as they take on early challenges ahead of a possible spot in the final! Find out who needs to be extra careful here
    • - Jose Mourinho and his Internazionale players managed to stifle Champions League holders Barcelona last week at the San Siro but repeating the feat at the Camp Nou is a different proposition altogether. Read more on Inter's massive task by clicking here
    • - Jose Mourinho still has everything to prove, and it is not just about revenge over former employers Barcelona as Internazionale take a 3-1 lead into the second leg. This is why Jose must beat Barca!
    • - The teams are in at the Nou Camp! The referee for this evening's encounter is Frank De Bleeckere of Belgium.
    • - Barcelona: Valdes, Dani Alves, Pique, Milito, Keita, Xavi, Toure Yaya, Busquets, Pedro, Ibrahimovic, Messi. Subs: Pinto, Marquez, Bojan, Henry, Maxwell, Thiago, Jeffren
    • - Internazionale: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Chivu, Zanetti, Cambiasso, Motta, Eto'o, Sneijder, Milito. Subs: Toldo, Cordoba, Muntari, Mariga, Materazzi, Arnautovic, Balotelli
    • - It's time to rattle through some facts and figures ahead of tonight's epic clash...
    • - Barcelona drew 0-0 at home with Inter's city rivals Milan at the same stage of the competition in Barcelona four years ago - but advanced and went on to win the title as they had won the first leg in Milan.
    • - In their last eight Champions League home games, Barcelona have won six by a margin of two goals or more and by a score which would overcome the 3-1 deficit they bring from the first leg with Inter. Those games include a 2-0 win over Inter in the group stage this season.
    • - Lionel Messi has scored 17 goals in his 22 starts in this and last season's Champions League. He finished top scorer last season with nine and leads this season's scoring charts with eight.
    • - Inter have won three of their last four Champions League away games but have not scored on their last three visits to Spain where they have lost 11 of their last 15 games and won only two. The Italian giants have won their last six Champions League games, conceding just two goals in the process.
    • - Let's take a look at some pre-match team news...
    • - Inter's Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder could recover from a hamstring problem that saw him removed against Atalanta at half-time at the weekend to start against Barca. Full-back Davide Santon (knee) and reserve goalkeeper Francesco Toldo (leg) remain sidelined, while forward Goran Pandev is a doubt with a thigh problem.
    • - Midfielder Dejan Stankovic is suspended, while Samuel Eto'o, Maicon, Walter Samuel,Javier Zanetti will all miss the final, should inter qualify, if they pick up another booking.
    • - Barcelona centre-back Gabriel Milito is set to come face-to-face with older brother and Inter striker Diego as the European champions try to overturn their 3-1 deficit from the first leg at the San Siro. With Barca skipper Carles Puyol suspended for the return leg in Catalonia, the Argentinadefender could be called upon to mark his sibling and international team-mate.
    • - Midfielder Andres Iniesta remains ruled out with a thigh injury, while left-back Eric Abidal failed a fitness test on Tuesday following a groin muscle tear, so Brazilian Maxwell will once again deputise. Defenders Dani Alves and Gerard Pique are both one yellow card away from a suspension.
    • - Barcelona look to become the first side to overturn a two-goal deficit to reach the Champions League final against Jose Mourinho's Internazionale at the Nou Camp.
  • Summary

    • 90' BARCELONA HAVE A GOAL DISALLOWED! Samuel slams a clearance into Keita's arm and, although Pedro picks out the top corner of the net with an emphatic finish, the goal is disallowed!
    • 89' Dani Alves takes a tumble in the Inter box, but that was a dive and the referee waves play on and shakes his head!
    • 84' GOAL!!!!!! PIQUE BREAKS THE DEADLOCK FOR BARCELONA! The defender shows exquisite poise to cut back inside Lucio and Cesar and slide a cool shot into an empty net! Barca need one more!
    • 82' What a miss from Bojan! The substitute ghosts in at the back post but inexplicably heads wide from close-range as he meets Messi's exquisitely-flighted delivery from the left!
    • 76' Eto'o is back defending for his side, and the forward makes a fine intervention at the back post to deny Jeffren - what a performance from Inter!
    • 39' What a block from Samuel! Alves beats Zanetti at the back post, but Samuel dives at the feet of Ibrahimovic as the Swede prepares to shoot from close range!
    • 33' What a save from Julio Cesar! Messi cuts inside of Samuel superbly and curls an exquisite shot towards the far post, but the Brazilian somehow tips the ball wide with a stunning save!
    • 28' MOTTA IS SENT OFF! The Inter midfielder is shown a straight red card for a push into the jaw of Sergi Busquets, and that was very dubious indeed!
    • 24' What a chance for Pedro! Dani Alves hurtles down the right and whips over a pinpoint ball which Pedro meets on the volley, but he cannot direct it on target!
    • 20' Chivu makes an exceptional intervention as Xavi evades two Inter defenders and looks to flick a through ball to find Messi, who was lurking ominously!
    • 3' Pedro steps inside Maicon at pace to leave the right-back standing in his wake, but his effort flashes wide of the far post!
    • - Barcelona: Valdes, Dani Alves, Pique, Milito, Keita, Xavi, Toure Yaya, Busquets, Pedro, Ibrahimovic, Messi. Subs: Pinto, Marquez, Bojan, Henry, Maxwell, Thiago, Jeffren
    • - Internazionale: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Chivu, Zanetti, Cambiasso, Motta, Eto'o, Sneijder, Milito. Subs: Toldo, Cordoba, Muntari, Mariga, Materazzi, Arnautovic, Balotelli

Team lineup & ratings

  • Lineup

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • Víctor Valdés
      • Dani Alves
      • Y. Touré
      • G. Piqué Goal
      • G. Milito Substitution Out (45′)
      • S. Busquets Substitution Out (63′)
      • Xavi
      • S. Keita
      • L. Messi
      • Pedro Yellow Card
      • Z. Ibrahimovic Substitution Out (63′)

      Subs

      • T. Henry
      • R. Márquez
      • J. Pinto
      • Jeffrén Substitution In63′
      • Thiago
      • Maxwell Substitution In45′
      • Bojan Substitution In63′
    • Starting line-up

      • Júlio César Yellow Card
      • Maicon
      • Lúcio Yellow Card
      • W. Samuel
      • J. Zanetti
      • T. Motta Red Card
      • E. Cambiasso
      • C. Chivu Yellow Card
      • W. Sneijder Substitution Out (67′)
      • S. Eto'o Substitution Out (86′)
      • D. Milito Substitution Out (81′)

      Subs

      • F. Toldo
      • M. Materazzi
      • S. Muntari Substitution In67′ Yellow Card
      • M. Balotelli
      • M. Mariga Substitution In86′
      • I. Córdoba Substitution In81′
      • M. Arnautovic
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