Wednesday , August 10 2022

Champions League: Barcelona, ​​up to knockouts, despite draw with Inter Milan


Barcelona advanced Tuesday to the Champions League knock-out, despite having had a 1-1 draw against Inter Milan, as Mauro Icardi scored late to record Barcelona's perfect record this season.

In the other match of group B, Harry Kane scored twice to help the Tottenham Hotspur beat PSV Eindhoven 2-1 and keep its hopes in the competition in life.

In Group A, Borussia, Dortmund, undefeated, ran this season, finishing, while Atletico Madrid brought a comfortable 2-0 victory, while Thierry Henry's problems at AS Monaco expanded into while Club Brugge crushed him 4-0.


Former Barca youth player Icardi hurt in the 87th minute after Brazilian Malcom left a late winner for Barca marking his first goal for club moments after he left the bench.

The boat was still without the talisman figure Lionel Messi through wounds, but it was the best part for most of a game that had a high but poor quality to a 10-minute electrifying finale at a San Siro swing .

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Mauro Icardi scored late to win Inter Milan a 1-1 draw against Barcelona. (Reuters Photo)

Top Boat Group B with 10 points after four games; Inter is second with seven, while Tottenham Hotspur is the third on four and PSV Eindhoven, and outside the competition with one.

"Our goal when we came here was to qualify and ideally as group leaders by winning the game and we did our best to do that," Barca coach Ernesto Valverde said at a conference the press.

"We did everything right, from top to bottom and good combination. I missed just a bit when it came to finishing the chances in the area.

"We have also been against an Inter team who have won many points this season, but we are happy because our first goal was to qualify and we did."

Barca was beaten 3-1 by Inter Milan in the semifinals of Jose Mourinho in 2010 and has not won any of the six previous visits to Italy.

But they faced well with the high initial pressure of the game due to the composer's passing of midfielder Arthur Melo and soon began to dominate.

Luis Suarez was ever so close to scoring after an excellent corner was blocking the score at 3 –

Ivan Rakitic approached and found the opening in the first half and was guilty of an obvious blow after the goalkeeper Samir Handanovic had only to beat, but he shot directly on the Slovenian body.

Brazilian Malcom had little for Barca since signing in Bordeaux in the summer but came into the limelight less than two minutes after replacing Ousmane Dembele, controlling a pass from Philippe Coutinho and firing the ball under the sinking of Handanovic.

Barca was on his first victory in Italy after he beat AC Milan in San Siro in November 2011, which would have seen him in the first place in the group, but ruthless Icardi had the last word against the club that left him You're like a teenager.

"The goal of Barcelona was unexpected, because it looks like the game will end without goals, but the reaction of my players was fundamental, said coach Inter Luciano Spalletti.

"Barcelona could have scored more, but the team (Inter) played courageously and had the attitude the crowd demanded, so we are happy with that.

However, Barca could celebrate the knock-out for a 15th consecutive season and will win first place if they win at PSV Eindhoven in the next European match.


Already in the last chance Tottenham Hotspur was amazing in front of the Champions League trap before Harry Kane won a late queue to win his side of a 2-1 win over PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday.

He had shown it was another night of frustration in group B for Tottenham, who spent the huffing match and puffing after Luuk de Jong led PSV in front of 61 seconds.

The US Army of 5,000 soldiers sought to celebrate a memorable night in North London, half a goal Wembley, just to get Kane to save Tottenham and reach the Champions League targets in 13 of 14 appearances.

He finally beat PSV's inspired goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet in the 78th minute and then in 89, his header made a few deflections before crawling into the net.

She sealed Tottenham's first victory in the group, although Mauro Icardi's delayed draw for Inter Milan in a 1-1 draw with the Barcelona leaders means that Mauricio Pochettino's side still faces a huge task to reach the stage knockout.

There is still hope and victory over the Inter team on their own field in the next match would draw the Italians with seven points ahead of the minor problem of a trip to play Barcelona at Camp Nou.

"Today was not ideal, early leave, but then we were dominating and we created chances," said Kane, who now has 22 goals for Tottenham in Europe.

"Winning this tour will be a great impetus and we will enter Inter Milan after a trusted, energetic international break and we hope we can do the same."

Dutch PSV champions have only one point.

Hugo Lloris blew his head and the red card in the 2-2 score in the Netherlands two weeks ago meant that Paulo Gazzaniga wsa handed the debut of the Champions League for Tottenham.

His first action, however, was to take the ball out of the net, after Captain De Jong, who equaled himself a hundred days ago, was unmarked to defeat a shot from Gaston Pereiro's corner in the second minute.

It caused a response from Tottenham, Dele Alli's effort from a corner being eliminated from the line by Angelino and Lucas Moura in the run in the area finally suffocated by some desperate PSV defending.

As the hosts stayed on, PSV Press Press, Zoet, made a superb double without giving up Christian Eriksen's efforts and then pursuing Alli.

Alli was hit by the air of frustration again 10 minutes before the break, when he was chosen by Alderweireld's passing pass and shot shot forgotten to sneak inside the post before Zoet sank to his right to save.

In any case, PSV looked at the more threatening side at the beginning of the second half, especially in sets, one of which ended with Pereiro's header, forcing an exceptional dive from Gazzaniga.

There was a resignation air that crushed the crowd at home, while PSV threw its body in the way of blows and crosses, but Kane finally made the discovery.

Eriksen's long stretch in the area was hit by replacement Fernando Llorente, and while Kane's left-foot strike was not the cleanest, he managed to guide him beyond Zoet.

In a wide open end, substitute Donyell Malen was lucky to win for PSV, but his shot was pushed by Gazzaniga and a few minutes later Kane took it for Spurs.

Ben Davies closed a high cross, and Kane's shot was powerless, but was very clean by Trent Sainsbury of PSV and slipped into the corner beyond Zoet's desperate sinking.


The Brugge Club kept its hopes in the Champions League on Tuesday, with a 4-0 sweeping victory over AS Monaco, which helped eliminate the French club from the competition and expand the coach Thierry Henry in the main five games.

The result led the Belgian champions to four points in group A, five behind the joint leaders Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid.

Atletico beat the German side 2-0 Tuesday, which means Monaco, with only one point in the four games so far, can not finish in the first two and are out.

"It was shameful," said Djibril Sidibe, the Monaco defender. "Even if we showed a good intention, it is the final product that matters. I have not been to the level required tonight, it's as simple as that. We need to ask individual questions from us. Do not if you do not win 50-50 years, then you can not win matches. "

Hans Vanaken turned the ball in a very low position after 12 minutes, after which he managed to extend to the lead 5 minutes in, following Antonio Barreca's lead.

Brazilian striker Wesley has managed three minutes after 24 minutes when he pulled home by a corner move from outside the box.

Captain Bruges, Rudd Vormer, added a fourth, five minutes remaining.

"It was not the best match of the four games we played (in Group A)," Vanaken said. "But we have won 4-0 in Monaco, so we all have to be content.

"I said earlier: it is important to convert your chances in the Champions League and today I think we have turned them all, four chances, four goals – that's the key."

Monaco, which won its last victory on August 11, was the strongest side in the first 10 minutes but broke down during that 13-minute crime.

They improved in the second half, but Vormer's fourth goal condemned him to the biggest loss of home in Europe.

Defeat – the 18th Champions League match in a row where they failed to keep a clean sheet – will put more pressure on Henry, the former striker Monaco and Arsenal, who made his first coaching more less than a month ago.


Atletico Madrid dominated a Borussia Dortmund without teeth to win 2-0 in the match of the Champions League Group A, marking a few vengeance for heavy losses in Germany last month and scattered this season their unbeaten opponents.

Saul Niguez fired the hosts in the 33rd minute, and Antoine Griezmann added another in the 80th in a unilateral match that ended Dortmund's unparalleled run in all early season competitions.

The Germans, who had almost 65% possession, did not even make a single chance in the whole match and had only two out-of-goal efforts.

"We really wanted to offer them a game after they beat us in Germany," Griezmann, the winner of the World Cup, told reporters.

"We learned from our mistakes and gave a much better picture of ourselves tonight. We had big players injured but the team replied."

The result raised Atletico to nine points, level with Dortmund leaders, with two games remaining in the group stage.

Belgian club Bruges is third in four points after winning AS Monaco on Tuesday 4-0 on Tuesday with the first two advances to the knock-out.

Dortmund, who faces Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga on Saturday, found themselves on the back with Diego Simeone's team, eager to make a fine for their 4-0 demolition in Dortmund last month. Spaniards hit by injury, lacking more players, including Captain Diego Godin and Koke, still have a big fist, and Angel Correa tested the Roman Buerki novel.

With Dortmund opting to appear in numbers rather than attack, the discovery of Atletico came when Saul pulled to complete a quick move that broke up Germany's defense.

Dortmund, the last German team to win a match at the Atletico Champions League in the 1996-97 season, was disappointed, and Saul came close to the second goal in the 41st minute, throwing quite wide.

Buerki saved Dortmund twice more before the visitors were saved by the half-time whistle.

Switzerland then refused Correa again one hour before Dortmund had a rare chance to win his own title under the title of Raphael Guerreiro.

Atletico, Captain Griezmann has undoubtedly scored the result when he broke freely, loading in the box and slipping the ball with Buerki to win the victory in the 50th Champions League.

"Atletico has done very well, is waiting for us and I just lost the ball too often and then it becomes very difficult against such a team," said Dortmund coach Lucien Favre.

"To have so much possession, it is positive, but we have to do more with that. I was too static."

(With Reuters inputs)

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