inter1-1 Barcelona: Icardi counterbalances Malcom’s opener at San Siro
Barcelona timed up almost 30 shots as they were held to a 1-1 draw Inter on Tuesday as they reached the Champions League knockout rounds.
Malcom looked to have won the game in the final 10 minutes. The Brazilian, on as a substitute, gave Barca a merited lead in the wake of being set up by Philipe Coutinho.
However, there was a late twist as Mauro Icardi, who played for Barca as a youth, scored from short proximity in the 87th moment to procure Inter a point.
It’s a point which sends Barça into the next round – despite the fact that they have work to do to secure best spot – while Inter will fight it out with Tottenham to go along with them there.
Ernesto Valverde decided not to rush Lionel Messi back from a broken bone in his arm and left him in the stands, bringing Ousmane Dembele into the side in the place of Rafinha.
The Barça coach will be content with what he saw. Dembele went close from the get-go and Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho likewise had great possibilities in the principal half.
Inter’s only chance fell to Kwadwo Asamoah but in general they didn’t trouble the Catalans.
It was a similar story after the break. Coutinho, who ended the game with seven shots, approached a few times and Ivan Rakitic botched a brilliant chance to open the scoring.
Inter briefly pressed and rallied – Matteo Politano approached with a header – however it was Barca having the better possibilities. Dembele constrained a decent spare from Samir Handanovic.
Dembele was then taken off for Malcom, who had an immediate impact. His appearance have been constrained since he participated in the mid year yet he grabbed his shot at the San Siro, driving home after good work from Coutinho.
It looked like Barça would see the win out from there until Icardi struck after a strange mistake from Sergio Busquets.