Barcelona 2-0 Inter Milan
Barcelona 2-0 Inter Milan: Rafinha and Jordi Alba fire Ernesto Valverde’s side clear at the highest point of Group B as Lionel Messi watches on from the stands with his child
Lionel Messi was an enlivened Nou Camp spectator as Barcelona beat Inter 2-0 to all but qualify for the Champions League knockout stage.
Watching with his child Thiago, right arm in a sling and left raised to commend objectives from Rafinha and Jordi Alba, he saw a Barcelona side, normal on occasion without him, yet at the same time excessively for their rivals.
Inter had their first chance on the quarter hour check when Ivan Perisic got around Sergio Roberto and Mauro Icardi got before Gerard Pique however couldn’t hold his shot down.
Barcelona reacted instantly with Clement Lenglet heading Philippe Coutinho’s corner straight at Samir Handanovic.
Dembele’s anarchy has him in Ernesto Valverde’s awful books however safe decision Rafinha was not upsetting Inter in spite of seeing a lot of the ball. One powerless shot effortlessly managed by Handanovic and afterward another reproduction after he had been teed-up by Luis Suarez summed up his initial 20 minutes.
Yet, he continued onward and when the reward came it was sweet against a team that didn’t want to sign him in the summer after he burned through a half year there on credit last season. They would not like to pay in August, they were paying at this point.
Suarez, the planner of such huge numbers of Messi’s objectives put the ball enticingly into the space just before Rafinha and he assaulted it with a left foot volley past Handanovic for 1-0. He had begun the move splashing the ball wide to Suarez, and he had completed it in style.
It was his first objective in 18 Champions League appearances. Messi was out of his seat in the stands raising his left arm, his privilege in a sling, to salute the objective. The substitution had done his activity and found the net.