Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Barça through to Champions League last 16 despite late Inter equaliser

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez EFE
Sidney Guerrero | 08 November, 2018, 14:43

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has said that he simply "could not risk" selecting Lionel Messi for Tuesday's Champions League clash with Inter Milan at San Siro. "He gave us the edge that we had been missing at other times in the game".

"We had to dig deep and find another level when it mattered".

"His tears were emotional", Sergio Busquets said.

Liverpool were strong favourites away to Red Star in Serbia, but Jurgen Klopp's team were poor in a 2-0 defeat to the 1991 European Cup winners.

PSG took the lead in first-half stoppage time when Juan Bernat poked the ball home after he was picked out by Kylian Mbappe.

Ousmane Dembele should start the match on the right-wing after his crucial goal against Rayo Vallecano even if his overall performance wasn't up to standard because he needs consistent opportunities to bring the best out of him.

Lionel Messi is available to play for Barcelona, having recovered from the the broken arm he suffered October 20 that sidelined him for three games. "A draw in Naples is not bad and we still have our fate in our own hands".

The VW Tarok concept pays tribute to a forgotten hero
The Tarok is also a proper one-tonner, or at least close to it, with VW claiming that the maximum load is "around one tonne". " The Tarok's DNA adds an exhilarating dynamic to the segment ", declared Klaus Bischoff, head designer at Volkswagen .

As the video shows, Messi has scored goals against AC Milan, Roma, Juventus but he has not scored against Inter Milan in three different occasions and given his injury and well-being, it is highly unlikely that Messi would make a fourth appearance against Inter and ultimately break the deadlock.

In an early Group A fixture, FC Brugge recorded their first win in the competition with a 4-0 thrashing of French side Monaco.

The Champions League match between Inter Milan and Barcelona will be broadcast live on B/R Live.

Signed from Bordeaux for 41 million euros ($47 million) in the summer, the 21-year-old was always circled as a player for the future but his lack of involvement this season has been a surprise.

This result also came on the day the club's Russian billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev was arrested in a corruption investigation. "We wanted him to train with the team but training isn't the same as playing", Valverde said of the Argentine talisman.

Porto are on the brink of qualification from Group D after a 4-1 win at home to Lokomotiv Moscow.

Inter were beaten 2-0 in a professional performance from the Catalans where they dominated for large spells.

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