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Malcom motors Barcelona to next round
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A late Malcom goal wwwpic5678 helped Barcelona punch their ticket to the UEFA Champions League knockout stage thanks to a 1-1 draw versus Inter on matchday four of Group B on Tuesday night at the San Siro in Milan.The little-used Brazilian came off the bench and scored his first goal for Barcelona with his first touch of the match in the 81st minute, only for Mauro Icardi to strike back six minutes later to deny the Catalonians a victory. Nevertheless, the point was enough for Barcelona to advance to the next round.Overall, Barcelona had the better of play between the two sides and if not for some wasteful finishing from Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic, it could have been a comfortable victory. Still, there are no easy outings in the San Siro and Tuesday night was no different, as Inter evoked memories of similarly courageous Nerazzurri sides of the past to fight back and get the result.While Lionel Messi did travel with the squad to Italy, manager Ernesto Valverde opted to play it safe and kept the Argentine out of the 18-man matchday roster. That meant an opportunity for Ousmane Dembele to start up top, with the Frenchman winning out over Rafinha.The two best chances of the first 30 minutes came off the foot of Suarez, the first a shot that went screaming over the crossbar after a careless giveaway from Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, and the second a scooped effort from the Uruguayan that floated just wide.

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Barcelona were getting closer to goal and Suarez should have converted after a smart wwwpic5678 pass from Gerard Pique off a corner kick but again Suarez was off target. But the best chance of Suarez's frustrating first half was when his right-footer off a deflected Philippe Coutinho shot bounced wide just minutes before half-time.Barcelona's wastefulness carried into the second half as Rakitic only had Handanovic to beat to polish off a counter-attack but the Inter No.1 stood tall and made the save. As each chance slipped through Barcelona's fingers, the more Inter's belief in stealing a late winner grew and it was all there for Matteo Politano to give his side the lead midway through the half but his wide-open header off an Ivan Perisic cross went wide.Valverde waited until the final quarter-hour to make his first change, with Arturo Vidal coming on for Arthur and then minutes later Malcom for Dembele. And as so often happens in football, the one you least expect is the one who makes the difference, as Malcom silenced the San Siro with his first touch of the night.Coutinho stripped Stefan De Vrij of possession and led a counter-attack in which he fed Malcom on the right and the former Roma man, who has hardly played this season, made a move and unleashed a left-footer that beat Handanovic to give Barcelona the 1-0 lead. Inter weren't about to give up though and the intensity they showed all night long was rewarded when Barcelona failed to clear the lines and Icardi pounced on the loose ball, turned and fired in past Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen for the 1-1 equaliser. wwwpic5678

Match Sheet:
.- Inter: Handanovic; Vrsaljko, Skriniar, De Vrij, Asamoah; Brozovic (Lautaro Martinez, min. 85), Vecino; Politano (Candreva, min. 81), Nainggolan (Borja Valero, min. 63), Perisic, Icardi

1.- Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Arthur (Vidal, min. 74); Dembele (Malcom, min. 81), Suarez, CoutinhoGoals: 0-1, min. 81: Malcom; 1-1, min. 87: Icardi

Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland). Yellow Cards: Rakitic (Min. 43) for Barcelona, Brozovic (Min. 84) for InterRed cards: NoneStadium: San Siro Attendance: 80.000
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