Many fans considered Barcelona vs Inter Milan to be one of the best games of the entire UEFA Champions League group stage, and tonight, we got to see it play out before our very eyes. Barca came into the game knowing that there was pressure on their shoulders to deliver against an Inter side who have many weapons available to them – but, in the end, the lack of Lionel Messi didn’t matter as the Spaniards were able to overcome the Italians in order to register three points a comfortable 2-0 win.
Barca dominated both in terms of possession and shots, with the visitors not really having an answer for their intensity. Inter certainly defended well at times but couldn’t keep them out forever, with Rafinha being the man to open the scoring just 32 minutes into the game. The heads began to drop for Milan and while they pushed forward, none of their attempts really set the world on fire.
Jordi Alba doubled Barca’s advantage late in the game, as the club continue to ride their luck while still being located towards the top of the La Liga table. They’ve got a long way to go if they want to be viewed as legitimate hopefuls for Champions League glory, but you can’t argue that they’re off to a good start – or, at least, a good continuation.
Barcelona: ter Stegen (6.5), Roberto (7), Pique (6.5), Lenglet (6), Alba (7), Rakitic (7), Busquets (6.5), Ramos de Oliveira Melo (6), Rafinha (7), Suarez (6), Coutinho (6.5)
Inter Milan: Handanovic (6), D’Ambrosio (6.5), Skriniar (6), Miranda (6), Asamoah (6.5), Vecino (6), Brozovic (6), Candreva (6.5), Valero (6), Perisic (6), Icardi (6)
Referee: Ovidiu Hategan
Goals: Rafinha, Alba
Yellow Cards: Suarez, Skriniar, Brozovic, Martinez
Red Cards: N/A
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