Hakan Calhanoglu scored the only goal in the match as Inter Milan handed Barcelona their second straight defeat in the Champions League.
A brilliant strike from Hakan Calhanoglu gave Inter a 1-0 Champions League win over Barcelona that moved them into second place in Group C.
The Nerazzurri had already seen a goal disallowed before Calhanoglu fired past Marc-Andre ter Stegen in first-half added time at San Siro on Tuesday.
The LaLiga leaders improved in the second period and saw a goal of their own ruled out when Pedri’s tap-in was ruled out for an Ansu Fati handball.
But despite some late pressure and a penalty shout for Barca, under-fire Simone Inzaghi’s men held on to earn three points which put them above the Catalan giants.
Inter thought they had a penalty when Joaquin Correa’s flick came off Eric Garcia’s arm, but after referee Slavko Vincic took a look at the pitchside monitor, Lautaro Martinez was deemed to be marginally offside in the build-up.
Correa then had a goal disallowed, showing great composure to take it around Ter Stegen and finish, only to watch the linesman’s flag go up before he could celebrate.
Calhanoglu broke the deadlock for Inter with a superb strike in first-half injury time, taking a touch to control Federico Dimarco’s pass before rifling into the bottom-left corner from 25 yards out.
Xavi’s men then had a goal chalked off, as Dembele’s cross caused havoc in the Inter box before Pedri applied the finish, but only after Andre Onana had tipped the ball onto Fati’s hand.
There were strong claims for a Barcelona penalty in stoppage time when the ball appeared to come off Denzel Dumfries’ arm, but no spot-kick was awarded following a VAR check and Inter clung on for three precious points.
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Simone Inzaghi, Inter coach: “The team had a great match against very strong opponents with a lot of quality. We suffered together, we did well on the pitch. We had a great game.
“I am happy for my players, for the club and for the fans. It’s a great night, but we haven’t done anything yet. Even if beating Barcelona doesn’t happen that often.”
“It’s a beautiful evening, we defeated one of the strongest teams in the world. When everyone is ready to sacrifice, you can live such evenings. We are playing without Brozović and Lukaku. I hope there will be no other absences, even if tonight we had a few players with cramp at the end.”
This defeat will hurt Barcelona. Only one, relatively minor, mistake and they concede a goal and lose the match.
The group position is critical, without being definitive. But when Xavi’s team dominate the ball, play with composure and look like the superior footballing side but lose, and don’t score – again, then some remedial work is urgently needed.
Why was Lewandowski starved of decent penalty box chances? Who will step up and add goals when the Pole can’t? Stay tuned – a new Inter-Barcelona episode coming at Camp Nou next week.
Both teams are back in domestic action at the weekend, with Inter travelling to Sassuolo on Saturday and Barcelona hosting Celta Vigo the day after.