Champions League: Barcelona becomes first team to qualify for Round of 16

  • Champions League: Barcelona becomes first team to qualify for Round of 16

Champions League: Barcelona becomes first team to qualify for Round of 16

The 21-year-old scored nearly instantly but Mauro Icardi cancelled it out with a late equaliser in the 1-1 draw.

Skriniar and his teammates survived a Barcelona onslaught to secure a 1-1 draw in their Champions League tie on Tuesday night, putting them on the verge of the knockout stages.

"I have to thank the group for giving me confidence".

The Argentine pounced in a goalmouth scramble, spinning and firing home from close range, and rewarding a brilliant performance from keeper Samir Handanovic that kept Inter in a game in which they struggled to get a foothold.

"It's not fair that he's judged on one game in the cup because he had hardly played all season before that", he said. "We were more ambitious and we dominated the whole game".

As such, there were cathartic scenes when, just two minutes after coming on against Inter, Malcom put a stylish finish to a counter-attack manoeuvre that began deep inside Barca's own penalty area...

"I do not know if the goal will result in me getting more minutes as it is up to the coach to decide if I should get more space". "We show that we can do great things even if our best player is not there. They came forward too easily in the first half and when you leave them possession constantly, you are going to be pinned back", said Handanovic.

That dominance continued throughout the nearly the entire match as Barca had nearly complete command of the ball and goalscoring chances, Inter's best opportunity before Icardi's leveller coming in the 19th minute when Kwadwo Asamoah flashed over Ivan Perisic's low cross.

Ousmane Dembele takes Messi's place up front alongside the in-form Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho, ahead of Rafinha.

A clearance fell into his path just inside the box and he controlled the ball wonderfully before deftly dummying so that the pair of Nerazzurri players went flying as they tried to block the ball.

The piece of play from Dembele was so good that Brozovic was forced to do his signature "crocodile" maneuver in the game rather than from a set-piece and some say he's still sliding as we speak.

"It was 15:00 and we justifiably chose to go out to eat and celebrate Ronaldo's renewal, and then return to the office and sign the agreement we had reached".