Barcelona draw 1-1 with Inter to advance in Champions League

Champions League 2018
IANS|07-Nov-2018 18:02

Milan (Italy), Nov 7 : Barcelona are assured of a berth in the Champions League knockout stage after drawing 1-1 with Inter Milan.

With 10 points from 4 matches, Barça lead Group B by 3 points over Inter, who in turn have an advantage of 3 points on Tottenham Hotspur, reports Efe news.

Barça superstar Lionel Messi, still recovering from an injury, watched from the stands at the San Siro - where the Catalan club last won in 1959 - as his teammates dominated possession and took the lead only to concede an equalizer with three minutes left.

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Even without Messi, Barcelona kept the hosts corralled in their own end for most of the night and it took a heroic performance by Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic to prevent a rout on Tuesday night.

The score was 0-0 in the 81st minute when Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde replaced Ousmane Dembele on the front line with Malcom and the young Brazilian needed just two minutes to break the deadlock, converting a pass from countryman Philippe Coutinho.

Barça's joy turned out to be short-lived, as Inter's Mauro Icardi won the race to a dead ball in the area and beat keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to bring the hosts level.