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Inter Milan 1-2 Barcelona: Ansu Fati becomes youngest champions League goalscorer

Ansu Fati
This was Ansu Fati's third goal for Barcelona after he had scored two La Liga goals - away at Osasuna in August and at home to Valencia in September

Teenager Ansu Fati became the youngest goalscorer in Champions League history as Barcelona ended Inter Milan's hopes of reaching the last 16.

Fati, 17, came on as an 85th-minute substitute, and a minute later scored from Luis Suarez's pass.

Barcelona, already qualified, took the lead through Carles Perez's close-range goal on his Champions League debut.

Romelu Lukaku equalised with a low 25-yard strike but Fati's late winner consigned Inter to the Europa League.

"I played the give and go with Luis and when I scored the stadium just went silent. I'm super-happy," said Fati, who has represented Spain at under-21 level.

"It's a dream. Everything seems to be going at high speed. I just have to take every opportunity I'm given. But here, you look around and think: 'what have I done'?"

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde praised the striker's finishing ability and said: "Ansu is a born scorer and although he's had some niggling pain, we wanted him to have some minutes.

"That it's a Barca lad who's the youngest ever scorer in this competition delights us."

The Italians started the day second in Group F and needed to match Borussia Dortmund's result to advance to the knockout phase of the Champions League for the first time since 2011-12.

However, Dortmund won 2-1 at home against Slavia Prague to finish second, with Inter coming third.

Ansu Fati
Ansu Fati has made 12 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona, including four starts

'It should've ended differently'

"Watching that Ansu Fati goal is painful, as it killed us in every way," said Inter boss Antonio Conte.

"We were pushing, creating the chances to score and go 2-1 up. I was also disappointed for the fans at San Siro, as they pushed us from start to finish and created a wonderful atmosphere. It should've ended differently.

"We deserved more in this group. Still, it's all valuable experience. We have to raise our heads again."

Barcelona rested Lionel Messi, while Suarez began on the bench, and there was also a first Barca appearance for Brazil goalkeeper Neto following a £23.3m summer move from Valencia.

Neto saved efforts from Cristiano Biraghi and Lautaro Martinez and a number of shots from Lukaku.

Martinez twice had the ball in the net in the second half, but was ruled offside on both occasions.

Fati had scored two La Liga goals for Barcelona this season and made two substitute appearances in the Champions League before this match at the San Siro.

At 17 years and 40 days old, he replaces previous record holder Peter Ofori-Quaye, who scored for Olympiakos against Rosenborg on 1 October 1997 at the age of 17 years and 195 days.

"We feel obliged to win this competition and we want to win every single match," added Valverde.

"We're thrilled because Inter are a really demanding rival. We played to win and my players, many of whom were making a debut of some kind, responded by showing competitive mettle."

Inter miss out again - the stats

  • Inter Milan have been eliminated at the group stage in their last three appearances in major European competition, going out in the same stage of the 2016-17 Europa League and last season's Champions League.
  • Barcelona have become only the second side to avoid defeat in 20 consecutive Champions League group stage games (won 14, drew six), after Real Madrid between 2012 and 2017 (30 matches).
  • Inter boss Antonio Conte has failed to progress from the group stages in two of his four Champions League seasons as a manager (also in 2013-14 with Juventus).
  • This was Barcelona's first win away at Inter in any European competition since September 1959 in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup quarter-final (4-2).
  • Aged 21 years and 297 days, Carles Perez is the youngest Spaniard to score on his Champions League debut for Barcelona since Cristian Tello (20 years 209 days) v Bayer Leverkusen in March 2012.
  • Inter's Romelu Lukaku has scored in back-to-back Champions League games for only the second time, and the first since his first two appearances in the competition for former club Manchester United in September 2017.

Line-ups

Inter Milan

  • 1Handanovic
  • 2GodínBooked at 90mins
  • 6de VrijBooked at 88mins
  • 37Skriniar
  • 33D'AmbrosioSubstituted forPolitanoat 75'minutes
  • 8Vecino
  • 77Brozovic
  • 20ValeroBooked at 45minsSubstituted forEspositoat 77'minutes
  • 34BiraghiSubstituted forLazaroat 69'minutes
  • 9Lukaku
  • 10Martínez

Substitutes

  • 16Politano
  • 19Lazaro
  • 21Dimarco
  • 27Padelli
  • 30Esposito
  • 87Candreva
  • 95Bastoni

Barcelona

  • 13Murara Neto
  • 6Todibo
  • 23Umtiti
  • 15LengletBooked at 35mins
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forde Jongat 63'minutes
  • 16Wague
  • 22Vidal
  • 19Aleñá
  • 24FirpoBooked at 49mins
  • 27PérezSubstituted forFatiat 85'minutes
  • 17GriezmannSubstituted forSuárezat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 5Busquets
  • 9Suárez
  • 21de Jong
  • 31Fati
  • 33Araújo
  • 35Morer Cabrera
Referee:
Björn Kuipers
Attendance:
71,818

Match Stats

Home TeamInter MilanAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home18
Away18
Shots on Target
Home8
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Inter Milan 1, Barcelona 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inter Milan 1, Barcelona 2.

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Ansu Fati (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Diego Godín (Inter Milan).

Attempt saved. Lautaro Martínez (Inter Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sebastiano Esposito.

Booking

Diego Godín (Inter Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Carles Aleñá (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Diego Godín (Inter Milan).

Booking

Stefan de Vrij (Inter Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Luis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stefan de Vrij (Inter Milan).

Goal!

Goal! Inter Milan 1, Barcelona 2. Ansu Fati (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

Attempt blocked. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Wague.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Ansu Fati replaces Carles Pérez.

Arturo Vidal (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matías Vecino (Inter Milan).

Attempt missed. Carles Pérez (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Frenkie de Jong following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. Matías Vecino (Inter Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Carles Aleñá.

Hand ball by Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan).

Offside, Inter Milan. Matteo Politano tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Matteo Politano (Inter Milan) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lautaro Martínez.

Attempt saved. Matías Vecino (Inter Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Inter Milan. Sebastiano Esposito replaces Borja Valero.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Matteo Politano.

Attempt missed. Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Inter Milan. Matteo Politano replaces Danilo D'Ambrosio.

Foul by Clément Lenglet (Barcelona).

Matías Vecino (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Inter Milan. Diego Godín tries a through ball, but Lautaro Martínez is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matías Vecino.

Attempt missed. Lautaro Martínez (Inter Milan) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matías Vecino (Inter Milan).

Foul by Jean-Clair Todibo (Barcelona).

Lautaro Martínez (Inter Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan).

Substitution

Substitution, Inter Milan. Valentino Lazaro replaces Cristiano Biraghi.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG54101221013
2Real Madrid522111748
3Club Bruges503239-63
4Galatasaray502319-82

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich55002141715
2Tottenham53111711610
3Red Star Belgrade5104319-163
4Olympiakos5014714-71

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City5320123911
2Shakhtar Donetsk5131810-26
3Dinamo Zagreb51229905
4Atalanta5113512-74

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus5410104613
2Atl Madrid52126517
3B Leverkusen520357-26
4Lokomotiv Moscow510449-53

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool6411138513
2Napoli6330114712
3RB Salzburg6213161337
4KRC Genk6015520-151

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona642094514
2B Dortmund631288010
3Inter Milan621310917
4Slavia Prague6024410-62

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Leipzig6321108211
2Lyon62229818
3Benfica62131011-17
4Zenit St Petersburg621379-27

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Valencia632197211
2Chelsea6321119211
3Ajax6312126610
4Lille6015414-101
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