?Goals from La Masia graduates Carles Perez and Ansu Fati guided a second-string Barcelona side to a 2-1 win over Inter on Tuesday night, knocking the Serie A leaders out of the competition.
Dortmund’s defeat in Barcelona last time out coupled with Inter’s victory in Prague meant that, in order to progress to the knockout stages, all Antonio Conte’s men needed to do on matchday six was match BVB’s result.
And early on, they looked like the more likely side to get the breakthrough with Romelu Lukaku, Cristiano Biraghi and Danilo D’Ambrosio all failing to find the back of the net despite finding themselves in promising positions.
4′ Wagué lost his mark and Inter’s counter attack ended in a shot above the crossbar from D’Ambrosio
— Barcelona Worldwide (@BarcaWorldwide) December 10, 2019
Then, against the run of play, Barça struck after Diego Godin’s interception of a direct Antione Griezmann pass fell into the path of 21-year-old Perez, the La Masia graduate making no mistake from close range. It’s also worth noting that teenager Jean-Clair Todibo played a huge role in the goal – driving out of defence to put the visitors on the front foot.
The sequence leading to Carles Pérez’ goal started w/ Todibo carrying the ball forward until halfway line. Risky move but it worked. I like his boldness & wish he had more playing time. Big potential! It would be a big mistake from Barça to sell him or Araujo. #UCL #InterBarça
— Captain ? (@CaptnGuardiola) December 10, 2019
that pass from Griezmann was absolute FILTH. Vidal’s touch (or Godin’s?) counts as the assist but Griezmann made that goal. and what a finish from Perez!
— Muhammad Butt (@muhammadbutt) December 10, 2019
After Clement Lenglet spurned a glorious chance to double the Catalans’ lead, the hosts gained momentum at the end of the first half, eventually getting their reward for an impressive opening 45 minutes through Lukaku after all the hard work was done by Lautaro Martinez.
Another goal that is the product of the Lautaro-Lukaku combination. Lautaro shows his speed, strength and hold up play and Lukaku shows his finishing. Inter a little lucky to get another chance after wasting so many but the front two have done very well to score vs a back 5.
— defence2attack (@defence2attack) December 10, 2019
Lautaro Martínez hold-up play is already top 3 in Europe, maybe even the best at this very moment.
— Complaxes (@Complaxes) December 10, 2019
The second half started rather cagey, with Inter knowing that a 1-1 draw would be enough with Dortmund also being held by Slavia Praha. But, after Julian Brandt gave BVB the lead in Germany, the chances started to come…and go for the home side, with Lukaku the main culprit for missed opportunities.
?With Inter missing chances, the visitors continued to threaten in transition with Conte seemingly abandoning his central midfield in favour of attacking talent from the substitutes bench.
And while Frenkie de Jong and Luis Suarez were thrown into the mix, it was Valverde’s final substitution, 17-year-old Ansu Fati, who made Inter pay as the winger drove home from distance to give his side the lead – becoming the youngest ever goalscorer in the Champions League while at it.
Ansu Fati gets revenge for Bojan’s unjustly disallowed goal nine years later.
— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) December 10, 2019
Ansu Fati is the first player younger than Grand Theft Auto: Vice City to score a CL goal
— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) December 10, 2019
There was no ‘Miracle in Milan’ by the home side as Barça held onto their 2-1 lead, sending I Nerazzurri down to the Europa League with Dortmund joining the Catalans in the last 16.
On the whole, Barça fans were more than satisfied with their youthful side’s display, with Jean-Clair Todibo and Carles Alena impressing throughout.
19 years of age.
Absolutely incredible, literally does it all from CB.
More minutes needed, and after today, I’m pretty sure he’s going to get them.
Jean-Clair Todibo. Remember it. pic.twitter.com/cOBOIVHdEP
— totalBarça (@totalBarca) December 10, 2019
All the players that got a chance tonight made statement performances. Neto was brilliant, Wague & Todibo were impressive. Alena played beautifully & Carles Perez exceeded expectations, Fati came on and scored the winner.
This is why we want to see more of these younger players. pic.twitter.com/ILaRXtnPrD
— Barcelona Podcast ?? (@theculetalk) December 10, 2019