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Barca through, Reds thumped

MILAN-Inter Milan and FC Barcelona settled for a 1-1 draw after late drama in Group B of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night.

In for Rafinha, Ousmane Dembele aimed to make the most of his chance when he ventured forward from the right before cutting back to take a left-footed shot to force Samir Handanovic to a save.

Inter’s first chance came on 18 minutes when Asamoah bombed down to left to combine with Ivan Perisic who played a return pass to the box before seeing the Ghanaian miss from close range.

Luis Suarez brought down a high ball inside the box and used his inside-step to try to find the far corner, but the effort went wide.

The Catalans started to dictate play and with it came the chances as Milan Skriniar was forced to clear a Phillipe Coutinho shot off his line.

It was followed by another low drive from the visitors with the same man forcing Handanovic to get down for a save.

Closer to the break, a ball unexpectedly felt to Suarez after a shot from inside fell to his grasp but Handanovic again pulled off the save.

In the second half, the Nerazzurri started with more promise and a flick header from Stefan De Vrij off a free-kick found the top of the side-netting.

After getting goal-side, Coutinho shot from close range brought the best out of Handanovic once again, while Vecino’s instant half-volley went over the top.

On the counter, Barca missed another chance when Ivan Rakitic failed to beat Handanovic from point-blank range.

The battle between Coutinho and Handanovic continued when the Brazilian took two defenders out of his way to draw another save from the Slovenian.

Inter created an exciting move when Perisic flicked over a diving Sergi Roberto to run down the wing and pick out an on-rushing Matteo Politano who headed narrowly wide.

Dembele found space on the far side to toss and turn out of challenge before taking a crack at goal which Handanovic blocked away with Suarez firing the rebound to the side-netting.

The first change of the game, saw Borja Valero replacing Radja Nainggolan, while Arturo Vidal made way for Arthur Melo for Barca later on.

As both sides kept possession and soaking up the pressure, Barca took the lead later on when Malcom came off the bench to finish off a counterattack for his first goal since arriving.

However, the Nerazzurri struck back and it was Mauro Icardi turning Clement Lenglet to beat Marc Andre Ter Stegen.

The Spaniards searched for a way back but in the end to try and clinch Group B, but settled for a draw instead.

Red Star Belgrade 2-0 Liverpool

Liverpool missed the chance to cement top spot in Group C after they suffered a shock 2-0 loss to Red Star Belgrade.

The Reds were top of the group heading into the tie and had the chance to extend their lead over Napoli and Paris-Saint Germain.

However, it was Belgrade who started better as Milan Pavkov netted a quick-fire brace to put the hosts 2-0 up before the 30-minute mark.

The Reds were unable to find a way back into the encounter and had to settle for their second defeat of the campaign.

AS Monaco 0-4 Club Brugge

AS Monaco’s poor Champions League campaign continued after they were thumped 4-0 by Club Brugge on home soil.

The visitors got off to a superb start as they raced into a three-goal inside 25 minutes, with Hans Vanaken netting a brace while Wesley netted the third.

The Belgian outfit managed to bag a fourth goal in the 85th minute thanks to a strike from Ruud Vormer.

The win sees Club Brugge move up to third spot in Group A, while the Ligue 1 outfit have dropped to the summit.

Atletico Madrid 2-0 Borussia Dortmund

Atleti got their revenge on Dortmund for the first-leg defeat after grabbing a 2-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The result opens up the group with both sides now level on nine points after goals from Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann later on in the second half.

Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 PSV Eindhoven

Tottenham kept their Champions League hopes on track with a come from behind 2-1 win over PSV at the Wembley Stadium.

After going down to a Luuk de Jong opener after two minutes, a double from Harry Kane ensured their campaign comes alive after losing and drawing their opening two matches.

As for PSV, their campaign in Europe is pretty much over having lost three of their four matches to date.

FC Porto 4-1 Lokomotiv Moscow

Porto trounced Lokomotiv 4-1 to strengthen their quest to top the group and qualify for the group stages at the Estadio DragoOtav.

The goals came from Hector Herrera, McDonaldo Marega, Jesus Corona and Otavio Monteiro was enough to see them through.

The consolation strike for the visitors saw Jeferson Farfan finding the net early on in the second half in front of a packed arena.

Schalke 2-0 Galatasaray

Schalke took a giant step towards qualification with a 2-0 victory over Turkish champions Galatasaray at the Veltis Arena.

Guido Burgstaller made the most of a defensive error to give them a halftime lead before Mark Uth rounded off the win late in the second half. Reuters/AFP-Kickoff


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