Barcelona had been held to an exciting 3-3 draw at dwelling to Inter on Wednesday evening, leaving their hopes of Champions League qualification for the knockout levels hanging by a thread.
After consecutive European defeats, Xavi Hernandez billed the competition as a “closing” for Barcelona. Fittingly, his facet performed the match with a feverish and frantic zeal which continued from the primary minute to the final.
Urgent excessive and arduous, Barcelona launched wave after wave of assault, approaching the primary half as if they had been trailing in stoppage time.
Inter had been fast to sink right into a compact 5-3-2 off the ball however threatened after they sporadically burst out of their shell.
Raphinha epitomised the membership’s burning endeavour when he scampered after his personal knockdown. Amassing the ball by the nook flag, the Brazilian coolly rolled a go alongside the byline. Sergi Roberto helped it into the six-yard field for Ousmane Dembele to rifle over the road, igniting a sold-out Camp Nou.
The 91,000 in attendance fell silent as Nicolo Barella wheeled away inside 5 minutes of the restart. Gerard Pique flung each arms out, signalling there was no hazard as he left Alessandro Bastoni’s go for his keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Nevertheless, the veteran hadn’t noticed Barella – who Pique was enjoying onside. Bringing the ball down on his thigh, the 25-year-old swiped Inter degree on the swivel.
One other skilled head in Barcelona’s facet undermined the keenness of their colleagues. Sergio Busquets scarcely gave the ball away alongside Xavi however had a easy go minimize out whereas his former teammate watched on in horror. With Barcelona’s rearguard out of practice, Lautaro Martinez shortly discovered the ball at his ft, jinking away from Eric Garcia to fireside Inter forward – through each posts – within the sixty fourth minute.
Lewandowski had been marshalled properly for a lot of the match however burst into life within the closing ten minutes. Breaking free on the second part of a nook, Lewandowski swatted a shot which was closely deflected previous Andre Onana, to make it 2-2.
Nevertheless, Inter quickly extinguished the hope which was returning to the Catalan crowd. Martinez took down Onana’s lengthy punt up the pitch, recognizing Robin Gosens breaking his neck to get into an empty penalty field with Barcelona our bodies scattered up the pitch and firing Inter again forward.
Lewandowski supplied a closing loop on this rollercoaster encounter, thumping a header past Onana’s dive within the third minute of stoppage time to arrange a grandstand end to a match which had been performed at the same tempo from the primary whistle.
GK: Marc-Andre ter Stegen – 8/10 – Appeared to fill a lot of the purpose as he continued his glorious type.
RB: Sergi Roberto – 7/10 – Wandered between Inter’s strains, overloading central areas as he left the complete proper flank for Raphinha.
CB: Eric Garcia – 6/10 – Eager to feed the ball between the visiting white shirts.
CB: Gerard Pique – 2/10 – The veteran was responsible of a schoolboy error.
LB: Marcos Alonso – 6/10 – Deployed in an uncharacteristically reserved position, tucking infield to make a back-three when Barcelona constructed up from the again.
CM: Pedri – 6/10 – Always drifting off the again of his opponent’s shoulders, sneaking across the closing third.
CM: Sergio Busquets – 4/10 – Even the ice-cool pivot bought swept alongside within the frenzy, speeding his one-touch passes.
CM: Gavi – 6/10 – Hustled and bustled round in midfield with acquainted vitality which was replicated by most of his teammates for as soon as.
RW: Raphinha – 8/10 – A star in Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United, Raphinha is used to thriving in chaos, flourishing amid the fury on Wednesday evening. Bizarrely subbed off after an hour.
ST: Robert Lewandowski – 7/10 – Spent a lot of the sport furiously battling not less than two of Inter’s three centre-backs earlier than scrawling his title all around the script on the loss of life.
LW: Ousmane Dembele – 6/10 – Like his reverse winger, Dembele held a really vast beginning place – making an attempt to stretch Inter’s compact back-five – however timed his dart off the flank to perfection.
SUB: Frenkie de Jong (64′ for Busquets) – 5/10
SUB: Ansu Fati (64′ for Raphinha) – 5/10
SUB: Alejandro Balde (72′ for Alonso) – N/A
SUB: Franck Kessie (72′ for Roberto) – N/A
SUB: Ferran Torres (82′ for Gavi) – N/A
Supervisor: Xavi Hernandez – 5/10 – Impressed his workforce to play with an virtually demented want however could not legislate for a few errors from his former teammates.
GK: Andre Onana – 4/10 – The previous Barcelona academy participant handled the ball like a scorching potato, spilling quite a few efforts from vary.
CB: Milan Skriniar – 7/10 – Took a totally bodily strategy to the problem of shackling Lewandowski.
CB: Stefan de Vrij – 6/10 – Shadowed virtually each step Lewandowski took.
CB: Alessandro Bastoni – 6/10 – Very happy to see Raphinha trudge off the pitch, Bastoni floated the ball ahead which led to Barella’s equaliser.
RWB: Denzel Dumfries – 7/10 – A dynamic outlet that drove Inter up the pitch when the Nerazzurri broke ahead.
CM: Nicolo Barella – 8/10 – Engaged in a captivating battle of scrap and sinew with Barcelona’s Gavi. Took his purpose fantastically along with his weaker left foot.
CM: Hakan Calhanoglu – 7/10 – The springboard for Inter’s attacking transitions whereas bolstering his popularity as a potent set-piece architect.
CM: Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 5/10 – Stored the rating degree along with his goal-line clearance however struggled to maintain monitor of Roberto all evening and notably for Dembele’s opener.
LWB: Federico Dimarco – 4/10 – Pinned again for big swathes of the match with Raphinha to take care of.
ST: Edin Dzeko – 6/10 – A perennial choice for a go ahead from the guests however he was unlucky to see his first-half effort bounce off the woodwork and onto – fairly than over – the purpose line.
ST: Lautaro Martinez – 7/10 – Buzzed across the fringes of the competition earlier than sparking into life when the ball fell his means within the field.
SUB: Matteo Darmian (66′ for Dimarco) – 5/10
SUB: Robin Gosens (76′ for Calhanoglu) – N/A
SUB: Raoul Bellanova (76′ for Dzeko) – N/A
SUB: Kristjan Asllani (85′ for Barella) – N/A
SUB: Francesco Acerbi (85′ for Bastoni) – N/A
Supervisor: Simone Inzaghi – 7/10 – Simply as Xavi had predicted, Inzaghi set his facet as much as sit again and strike on the counter however went for the throat after they sensed Barcelona wobble.
Participant of the Match – Nicolo Barella