UEFA Champions League

September 16, 2009



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Group F

18:45 +00:00, September 16, 2009

Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Referee: Wolfgang Stark

  • 92'

    Final whistle. It's all over and Inter's negative tactics have definitely stifled Barca. Good disciplined performance by the Italians, while the Catalans will return to Spain extremely frustrated.

  • 91'

    Eto'o finally has the ball at his feet but no options.

  • 90'

    The crowd cheer as Eto'o forces a throw-in. that's right, cheering a throw-in.

  • 90'

    Two added minutes.

  • 89'

    Messi delivers it into the danger zone but it's straight out for a goal kick.

  • 88'

    Messi caught and Chivu goes in the book. Free-kick and a chance here for Barca.

  • 87'

    A rare break for Inter as Maicon tries a speculative effort. But it's easily blocked.

  • 87'

    Still the wave of orange moves towards the Inter goal but still they can't penetrate the Italian's very solid defence.

  • 85'

    Xavi plays a poor ball in. The level of crossing in this game has been pretty abysmal.

  • 84'

    Barca win a free-kick on the right of the area.

  • 84'

    Inter sub: Balotelli on for Milito.

  • 83'

    Trickles into Valdes' hands. Disappointing night for Eto'o so far.

  • 83'

    Eto'o fancies it, about 30 yards out.

  • 83'

    Santon breaks and wins a free-kick in a dangerous position. Toure gets a yellow.

  • 80'

    I'm in disbelief at Mourinho's defensive tactics. You'd think Barca were the home team.

  • 80'

    Easy height for the goalkeeper.

  • 80'

    Free-kick for Inter. Maicon will deliver.

  • 79'

    Santon's first touch and Inter launch an attack.

  • 78'

    Inter sub: Santon on for Sneijder.

  • 78'

    Another poor delivery, Xavi guilty this time.

  • 77'

    Ibrahimovic shot blocked away for a corner.

  • 77'

    Struggling to remember the last time Inter had any sort of attack.

  • 77'

    Alves in acres on the right again, all that's missing is the final delivery.

  • 76'

    Iniesta on for Henry.

  • 75'

    Barca all over the Italians here, surely only a matter of time before they break the deadlock.

  • 74'

    Replay shows there was contact with his arm should have been a penalty.

  • 73'

    Big handball shout, Alves convinced that it's hit Stankovic's arm.

  • 73'

    Milito offside again, another close call but he's just too eager.

  • 72'

    Henry crosses it in, Alves and Messi are unmarked but get in each other's way- shocking communication and the ball fires over the crossbar.

  • 71'

    Patient build-up play by Barca.

  • 69'

    Iniesta warming up, could spell trouble for Inter.

  • 69'

    Maicon fouled by Abidal.

  • 68'

    Barca have had 12 shots so far, 3 on target. That tells a story in itself.

  • 67'

    Twinkle-toes Messi is at it again, give him the space and he will keep coming. Henry squeezes his cross in but no one can reach it.

  • 66'

    Xavi takes it, all the way through to Abidal. Delivers it back post to Messi but he can't find a way through with his shot.

  • 65'

    Xavi juggles with the ball in the box and wins a corner.

  • 64'

    Stankovic fires a zipping 20-yarder inches over.

  • 63'

    Inter still sitting back, Mourinho seems to be stubborn with his tactics.

  • 62'

    Ibrahimovic tries an ambitious 25-yarder that fails to trouble Julio Cesar.

  • 61'

    Stankovic on for Muntari.

  • 61'

    Ibrahimovic lays it off to Keita, but another shot ends up in the stands.

  • 60'

    Barca getting closer with each attack, how much longer can Inter hold on?

  • 59'

    Alves crosses to an unmarked Messi but the ball is just too high for the diminuitive Argentinian.

  • 58'

    Ibrahimovic offside, but Samuel had it covered.

  • 57'

    Messi plays an exceptional ball over the top towards Zlatan but it's cleared by Chivu.

  • 56'

    Advantage played after Messi fouled, Barca still keeping the ball easily. But when they get the ball in dangerous areas, Inter look fairly disciplined.

  • 55'

    Finally past the first man and after some pinball in the box, the ball is cleared.

  • 55'

    Free-kick Inter. Sneijder to deliver.

  • 54'

    Inter chasing shadows in midfield at the moment and Ibrahimovic receives a round of boos from the San Siro as he goes down easily under Samuel's shoulder barge.

  • 53'

    Henry booked for dissent. Referee must have heard a French accent.

  • 53'

    Milito offside. By a good five yards.

  • 52'

    Henry beats Lucio but his low cross is cleared well by Chivu.

  • 52'

    Pique with a fantastic ball to release Alves but his cross is blocked.

  • 51'

    Muntari very late on Alves again. He's got away without a booking though.

  • 50'

    Eto'o fouled by Puyol, the Barca captain on his final warning.

  • 49'

    Inter keeping possession well...oops, spoke too soon.

  • 49'

    Free-kick, henry fouls Maicon.

  • 48'

    Replay shows he really should have gone for it with his head.

  • 47'

    Xavi with a delightful ball to Ibrahimovic, he peels away from lucio but lobs the ball over the top.

  • 47'

    Sneijder works some space on the edge of the area and his left-foot drive sneaks just wide of the right hand post.

  • 47'

    Ibrahimovic offside, replay shows otherwise and he would have been clean through.

  • 46'

    Kicking off a bit late as Inter took there time coming out of the dressing room.

  • 46'

    Fact of the day, Victor Valdes has now gone 481 minutes without conceding, since the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

  • 46'

    And we're off again...fingers crossed we can get some goals in the next 45 minutes.

  • 46'

    See you in 15 minutes...

  • 46'

    Half-time at the San Siro.

  • 45'

    Messi and Ibrahimovic link up well and an audacious back-heeled through ball almost finds Messi but just too strong.

  • 45'

    Corner comes in but it's over everyone.

  • 44'

    One minute of added time...

  • 44'

    Messi shoots from distance and forces a save from Julio Cesar, corner for Barca.

  • 43'

    Sneijder delivers but not past the first man.

  • 43'

    Milito fouled and Inter have a free-kick.

  • 43'

    Julio Cesar anticipates well and gets to the ball just ahead of Zlatan.

  • 42'

    Maybe not offside looking at the replay. Pique may have been playing him on.

  • 41'

    Sneijder shows good footwork to get a cross into Milito, but the striker's cross drifts over an offside Maicon.

  • 40'

    Messi picks up the ball in hBall played over the top to Alves, where the Inter defence are I don't know. pulls the ball back to Abidal who slides his shot wide.

  • 39'

    Abidal slips to allow Eto'o in but he can't quite cut it back to Milito.

  • 38'

    Toure shows incredible strength to skip down the left wing past Maicon, stays on his feet but no end product.

  • 37'

    Milito holds of Puyol (no mean feat) but can't squeeze the cross into Eto'o.

  • 36'

    Henry strikes from outside the box and, you guessed it, over the bar again.

  • 36'

    Xavi spreads the ball to Alves who decides to attempt an outrageous through ball instead of crossing it.

  • 34'

    Mourinho screams instructions from the touchline, his team need to push on.

  • 34'

    We need a mistake or a moment of genius- something to bring the game to life.

  • 33'

    Toure drives through midfield, Xavi crosses to Messi who tries an outrageous mid-air scissor kick. He misses though- he must be human after all.

  • 32'

    Eto'o lays it off to Sneijder who cuts inside and gets the strike away. But it's high and over Valdes' goal.

  • 31'

    Muntari with a cross-cum-shot. Your guess is as good as mine.

  • 31'

    Toure slides a tackle down the calf of Zanetti.

  • 30'

    Half an hour gone, no goals. Come on lads.

  • 29'

    Lucio makes a marauding run out of defence and nearly forces Valdes into an error while closing him down.

  • 28'

    Milito forces a save out of Valdes with a low shot from the edge of the area. But the keeper holds onto it.

  • 27'

    Messi gets the ball on the edge of the box and drifts a cheeky chip towards Xavi, just beyond the Spaniard though.

  • 26'

    Sneijder threads the ball through to Milito but he looks surprised when the linesman's flag stays down while he stands still.

  • 25'

    Nice bit of skill from Eto'o as he nutmegs Pique but fails to get on the end of it.

  • 25'

    Inter beginning to find their feet. 36-year-old captain Zanetti trying to pull the strings.

  • 24'

    Offside against Inrahimovic this time.

  • 23'

    Great first time ball from Sneijder down the left wing to Muntari but he's just crept offside.

  • 22'

    Both teams starting to give the ball away, scrappiness certainly wasn't what we expected from this game.

  • 21'

    Ibrahimovic showing some great touches, ball comes to Keita who hits a speculative long ranger. Well wide.

  • 20'

    Eto'o trying to take on the Barca midfield, he keeps the ball well and wins a free-kick.

  • 19'

    Sneijder takes it but it doesn't get past the first man.

  • 18'

    Maicon weaves his way down the right wing and wins a corner.

  • 18'

    Eto'o battles to win a throw-in in barca's half.

  • 17'

    Here comes the orange wave again, Barca comfortable in possession, Xavi starting to get into the game more.

  • 16'

    Muntari flights a long ball over but Inter clutching at straws, Eto'o and Milito need to see more of the ball.

  • 15'

    Inter really need to re-assess their approach to this game, Barca dominating in attack. Ball comes in from Alves but Ibrahimovic adjudged to have fouled.

  • 14'

    Eto'o gives the ball away after some good build up (finally) from Inter.

  • 12'

    Maicon pickpockets Henry and the Frenchman goes down like a sack of potatoes.

  • 11'

    Messi getting far too much of the ball, Inter happy to stand-off Barca

  • 11'

    Eto'o releases Maicon in space and he takes a shot from 20 yards but it rises high over the crossbar.

  • 11'

    Inter have the ball again and look to find Eto'o through midfield.

  • 10'

    Ibrahimovic definitely starting the brighter of the two strikers, despite that miss. Brings a great long ball down with ease.

  • 10'

    Muntari takes out Alves with a late one, the Brazilian will know he's there now.

  • 9'

    Inter's defence look all over the place, Dani Alves given another chance to put a cross in

  • 7'

    Ibrahimovic misses a sitter, great ball over the top, great control by the Swede but he blazes it wide...and over.

  • 6'

    Ibrahimovic gets a first touch, but can't get on the end of a low cross from Dani Alves.

  • 6'

    Messi again left in acres but gives the ball away cheaply.

  • 5'

    Inter work it well through midfield and Sneijder threads a through ball but Milito not quite tuned in.

  • 5'

    Standard Liege 2-0 up after five minutes against Arsenal, oh dear.

  • 3'

    An early clash between Sneijder and Toure but no injury concerns just yet.

  • 2'

    Messi given acres and he tiptoes around the Inter defence before forcing a save out of Julio Cesar.


    Inter knocking it around nicely and win an early throw


    And we're off...


    Here they come then, that familiar Champions League music plays again and the San Siro anticipates what could be a classic encounter. Can Barca be stopped? Can Mourinho be the one to do it? Answers will be coming up over the next 90 minutes.


    Here they come then, that familiar Champions League music plays again and the San Siro anticipates what could be a classic encounter, can Barca be stopped?


    The players are in the tunnel everyone seems very relaxed. There's lots of banter flying about and smiles all round from Zlatan and Eto'o.


    All the talk before the game has been about Eto'o and Ibrahimovic and I reckon at least one of them has to get on the scoresheet. Apparently Barca boss Pep Guardiola promised Eto'o a hug to say thanks for his time at the Nou Camp. No sign of it yet though.


    Inter have won two and drawn one in Serie A so far. Eto'o scored a screamer to seal a 2-0 victory against Parma in their last game.


    Barca have won their opening two La Liga fixtures, with Ibrahimovic and Messi grabbing the goals in a 2-0 win at Getafe last Saturday.


    The last time these two sides met at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in the Champions League was in 2002. That game finished 0-0 so let?s hope there will be no repeat of that tonight.


    Barcelona: Valdes, Dani Alves, Puyol, Pique, Abidal, Toure Yaya, Xavi, Keita, Messi, Ibrahimovic, Henry.


    Inter Milan: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Chivu, Muntari, Motta, Zanetti, Sneijder, Eto'o, Milito.


    Starting line-ups are out and for Inter, Muntari comes in for Stankovic while for Barcelona, the game comes too soon for Andres Iniesta who only makes the subs bench.


    Evening all and welcome to tonight's mouthwatering clash between defending European champions Barcelona and Inter Milan.


    Join us at 1945 BST to see Samuel Eto'o face up against Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the San Siro.