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Barca knock Inter out of Champions League without Messi

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Second-string Barcelona knock Inter Milan out of Champions League without Lionel Messi after 2-1 victory at the San Siro on Tuesday night.
Having gone behind to Perez’s strike in the 23rd minute, Inter found a late first-half equaliser through Romelu Lukaku to keep their last-16 qualification hopes alive. Around the same time as the Belgian scored, Slavia Prague also managed to equalise at Dortmund, meaning as things stood, Inter would go through.
Inter were never going to rest on their laurels, however, and as news filtered through that Dortmund had regained the lead in Germany, the Serie A club went all out attack in search of a winner – scoring two disallowed goals in the process for unquestionable offside rulings involving forward duo Lautaro Martinez and Lukaku.
Having created several scoring opportunities, mostly through the two aforementioned strikers, Antonio Conte’s men looked like they would be the next to find the net. But Barcelona’s late substitute Fati dashed all hopes with his 87th-minute strike against the run of play.
Having been on the pitch for just two minutes, Fati initiated a one-two link-up with Luis Suarez before guiding the ball in off Handanovic’s right post from 20 yards out to become the youngest-ever Champions League goalscorer.
His record breaking effort came at the expense of Inter, who find themselves out of the competition as Dortmund claimed the second spot behind Barcelona following their 2-1 win over Slavia.

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