Final score

28 April 2010 20:45

FC Barcelona
39' (2nd half) Piquè
Referee: Frank De Bleeckere / Linesmen: Hermans, Vroemans / Fourth official: Gumienny
Minute Text commentary
47' Half time at the Camp Nou. Barcelona 0-0 Inter. We're down to ten men, but the Blaugrana haven't capitalised so far and we're forty-five minutes away from Madrid.
47' Two chances wasted by Yaya Tourè. First, his shot goes out for a defending throw, and then he sends his cross into the stands.
46' Samuel and Maicon deal with Messi's teasing cross.
45' Into injury time in Barcelona - four minutes of it.
45' Two minutes of stoppage time.
44' The crowd goes ooooooh as Ibrahimovic's long-range free kick flies narrowly wide.
43' The Catalans attack back and win a free kick in a central position about 35 yards from goal after a foul on Messi by Chivu, who is booked by De Bleeckere.
43' Sneijder chases a pass from Eto'o as Inter hit Barcelona on the break but Piqué makes the tackle.
42' Messi tries to go through on goal from Dani Alves' pass but once again there is no way past Walter The Wall.
40' Messi's inswinging right-wing cross sails over the heads of Julio Cesar and Ibrahimovic. Goal kick.
39' Samuel blocks a goal-bound shot from Ibrahimovic, who was served by Dani Alves. The Brazilian appeared to use his hand.
36' Samuel blocks and clears a Dani Alves cross from the right.
35' Julio Cesar is booked for time-wasting.
35' A Barça counter-attack is expertly neutralised by Wesley Sneijder, who makes a well-timed tackle on Ibrahimovic.
33' Barcelona close to an opener as Messi sends a curling shot on target from 20 yards. Massive tipped save from Julio Cesar.
31' Milito helps out in defence and makes a scything clearance from Dani Alves' cross.
28' Drama at the Camp Nou as Thiago Motta is shown a straight red card for shoving Busquets in the face. We're down to ten men.
27' Inter launch a counter-attack that is ended by Pedro, who gets a yellow-card for his foul on Samuel Eto'o.
27' Chivu makes an aerial clearance from Pedro's whipped left-wing cross.
25' Sneijder combines quickly with Milito and sweeps wide to Eto'o, who is tackled by Gabriel Milito. Pedro gets back to prod the ball out for a corner.
23' Another Barça attack. Dani Alves swings in a cross for Pedro, who hits his first-time shot wide of JC's left-hand post.
22' More pressure from the hosts as Ibrahimovic serves Xavi. The Spain midfielder is promptly intercepted in the box.
21' Messi goes on one of his darting runs and plays into the box for the onrushing Pedro but Cambiasso gets a foot to the ball and it rolls back to Julio Cesar.
21' Inter attack back and Milito gets a cross in from the right but there's no white shirt in the box and Valdes makes an easy save.
20' Xavi earns some space in the Inter third with a nice piece of skill and looks for Ibra in the box but Walter Samuel makes another vital interception.
18' Milito tries to get away from Piqué down the left but he commits a foul on the Barça defender.
17' Milito is flagged for offside as he runs on to a long-range through ball.
16' Chivu's free kick is saved by Valdes.
16' De Bleeckere blows for a foul by Piqué on Diego Milito.
15' Lucio makes a headed clearance from Pedro's left-wing cross.
14' Samuel blocks a Messi shot and moments later intercepts a pass to snuff out a Blaugrana attack.
12' Maicon collides with the advertising boards after a shove by Messi. No yellow card given to the Argentine.
10' Thiago Motta is booked for a late challenge on Dani Alves.
6' Gabriel Milito fires wide after a promising move by the Blaugrana.
5' Messi serves Ibrahimovic but there's no way past Walter Samuel.
3' Pedro takes on Maicon on the left, gets into the box and thrashes his shot wide of the far post.
2' Keita connects with Xavi's cross but his header is way off target.
1' Remuntada or revenge? Can Barcelona overturn a two-goal deficit, or can Inter make amends for last November's defeat at the Camp Nou by defending last week's 3-1 victory to qualify for the 2009/10 Champions League final? We'll have the answer after 90 (or 120) minutes of play in Catalonia.
1' Free kick to the home side on the right wing after a foul on Ibrahimovic.
1' Off we go at the Camp Nou as Barcelona kick off. FORZA INTER!!!!
1' Captains Zanetti and Xavi lead out the teams and we're minutes away from kick-off as the Barça crowd treats us to a stunning spectacle.
1' Six players are within a booking of suspension: Barcelona's Gerard Piqué and Dani Alves and Inter's Walter Samuel, Maicon, Samuel Eto'o and Javier Zanetti.
1' Updated Inter lineup: Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 5 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 4 Zanetti; 19 Cambiasso, 8 Thiago Motta, 26 Chivu; 9 Eto'o, 10 Sneijder, 22 D.Milito.<br> Subs: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 11 Muntari, 17 Mariga, 23 Materazzi, 26 Chivu, 45 Balotelli, 89 Arnautovic.
1' Updated team news: Goran Pandev suffered a muscle strain during the warm-up. He will be replaced by Cristian Chivu, with Marko Arnautovic going on the bench.
1' Diego and Gabriel Milito are the fourth set of brothers to play against each other in UEFA club competitions after Johannes and Atli Edvaldsson, Ronald and Erwin Koeman and John Arne and Bjorn Helge Riise.
1' Inter team news: <br>José Mourinho names an unchanged starting XI from last week's 3-1 win at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza: <br> Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 5 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 4 Zanetti; 19 Cambiasso, 8 Thiago Motta; 9 Eto'o, 10 Sneijder, 27 Pandev; 22 D.Milito.<br> Subs: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 7 Quaresma, 11 Muntari, 17 Mariga, 23 Materazzi, 26 Chivu, 45 Balotelli.
1' Barcelona team news:<br>Guardiola goes for 4-3-3 with Gabriel Milito coming in for suspended captain Puyol. Tourè, who played no part in the 1st leg, fills the left-back role with Piqué on the right and Dani Alves advancing to right-midfield.<br>Barcelona: 1 Valdes; 2 Dani Alves, 3 Piqué, 18 G.Milito, 15 Keita; 6 Xavi, 24 Tourè; 16 Busquets; 10 Messi, 9 Ibrahimovic, 10 Pedro.<br> Subs: 13 Pinto, 4 Marquez, 11 Bojan, 14 Henry, 19 Maxwell, 34 Thiago Alcantara, 35 Jeffren.
1' The winners of this semi-final tie will take on Bayern Munich at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday 22 May. The German giants booked their appearance in the Madrid final with a 4-0 aggregate victory over Lyon.
1' If the build-up is anything to go by we can expect an explosive atmosphere in the Camp Nou cauldron. Of the 98,000 thousand fans in attendance 5,000 are Interisti, many of whom spent the day at a special Inter Fan Zone in Barcelona's Maremagnum area. Thousands more will be watching the match on a big screen in Milan's piazza del Duomo, and millions of others will be tuned in all over the globe.
Minute Text commentary
49' It's all over! Inter lose 1-0 on the night but reach the 2009/10 Champions League final thanks to a 3-2 aggregate victory over Barcelona. Vamos a Madrid!!!!!!!
46' Bojan crashes home but the goal is disallowed as De Bleeckere blows for a hand ball by Tourè.
45' Into injury time in Barcelona - four minutes of it.
43' Another save from the Brazilian keeper, this time from Messi's low shot.
42' Julio Cesar gets down to block Xavi's 25-yard drive.
41' Less than five minutes to go in the Camp Nou and Mourinho brings on Mariga for Eto'o.
39' GOAL. Piqué receives from Xavi in the area and turns Cordoba before slotting into an open goal with Julio Cesar stranded. BARCELONA 1-0 INTER (AGG: 2-3).
37' Lucio is booked.
37' Samuel Eto'o gets to the by-line and crosses low to the near post. Valdes saves.
37' At the other end Bojan steals in to nod wide Messi's floated cross when it would have been easier to score.
37' Muntari is booked for foul play.
36' Inter bring on Ivan Cordoba for Diego Milito.
33' Eto'o concedes a corner at the far post after a Barcelona cross drifts dangerously across the face of goal.
31' Messi goes on one of his trademark runs but Samuel makes one of his trademark tackles.
29' Cambiasso makes Messi look normal with a well-timed tackle on his countryman.
28' Keita blazes over from 20 yards and the Inter fans make their voices heard in the Camp Nou.
27' De Bleeckere blows for a foul by Lucio as Milito delivers a right-wing corner.
26' Muntari takes on Piqué and gets a cross in, but Barcelona clear.
25' Lucio is fouled by Keita as he makes a headed clearance from Dani Alves' cross.
24' Dani Alves' deflected cross is hooked away by Cambiasso.
22' José Mourinho makes his first change: Sulley Muntari comes on for Wesley Sneijder.
21' Lucio heads away Xavi's cross from the right corner flag.
20' Julio Cesar makes a punched clearance from Xavi's left-wing delivery.
18' Guardiola makes a second change, replacing Busquets with Jeffren.
18' Barcelona bring on Bojan for Ibrahimovic, who has failed to impress against his ex-team tonight.
17' Messi runs on to Ibra's back-heeled pass but Lucio gets a boot to the ball to deny the Argentine a clear chance.
16' Pedro fires a low shot wide of Julio Cesar's right-hand post.
14' Piqué floats a cross over to the right wing, where Dani Alves is lurking in an offside position. The flag goes up.
13' Yaya Tourè sends a 25-yard shot way wide of Julio Cesar's left-hand post.
12' Maxwell's cross goes out of play at the far post after a crossfield move involving Messi and Xavi.
10' Cambiasso blocks a Keita cross and it's a corner to Barcelona. Nothing comes of it as Lucio makes a headed clearance and Dani Alves crashes wide his follow-up.
10' Cambiasso blocks a Keita cross and it's a corner to Barcelona.
5' Another cross from Pedro. Zanetti makes a headed clearance.
4' Pedro floats a cross into the arms of Julio Cesar.
3' Dani Alves is flagged for offside as he rises in the box to meet Xavi's floated cross.
1' Barcelona bring on Maxwell for Gabriel Milito.
1' Chivu hits a 40-yard free kick wide of Valdes' right-hand post.
1' Ten-man Inter get the second half under way.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 8.63
4 shots on target 0
11 shots off target 1
18 fouls committed 14
4 corners 5
9 offsides 2
32:28 ball possession 21:34
Guardiola v Mourinho

The two coaches meet for the fourth time after one win apiece and a draw. All three previous encounters have been in this season's Champions League.

2009/10 Champions League Barcelona-Inter 2-0 0-0
2009/10 Champions League Barcelona-Inter ---- 1-3

Barcelona v Inter

The two teams meet in a competitive fixture for the eleventh time after 4 Barcelona victories, 3 draws (all in Milan) and 3 Inter wins. Inter play away to Barcelona for the fifth time after one win and 3 defeats. The Blaugrana have scored in all 4 games for a total of 10 goals.

1958/60 Fairs Cup Barcelona-Inter 4-0 4-2
1969/70 Fairs Cup Barcelona-Inter 1-2 1-1
1987 Mundialito Barcelona-Inter ---- 1-3
2002/03 Champions League Barcelona-Inter 3-0 0-0
2009/10 Champions League Barcelona-Inter 2-0 0-0
2009/10 Champions League Barcelona-Inter ---- 1-3

Barcelona v Italian teams

Barcelona have played 44 competitive games against Italian sides, winning 19 (including Cup Winners' Cup and European Cup final victories over Sampdoria), drawing 11 and losing 14 (including a Champions League final defeat to AC Milan). The Blaugrana host an Italian club for the 20th time after 10 victories, 4 draws and 5 defeats.

1958/60 Fairs Cup Barcelona-Inter 4-0 4-2
1959/60 European Cup Barcelona-AC Milan 5-1 2-0
1964/65 Fairs Cup Barcelona-Fiorentina 0-1 2-0
1969/70 Fairs Cup Barcelona-Inter 1-2 1-1
1970/71 Fairs Cup Barcelona-Juventus 1-2 1-2
1975/76 UEFA Cup Barcelona-Lazio 4-0 3-0
1985/86 European Cup Barcelona-Juventus 1-0 1-1
1987 Mundialito Barcelona-Inter ---- 1-3
1987 Mundialito Barcelona-AC Milan ---- 0-1
1988/89 Cup Winners' Cup Barcelona-Sampdoria ---- ---- 2-0 (in Bern)
1988/89 European Super Cup Barcelona-AC Milan 1-1 0-1
1990/91 Cup Winners' Cup Barcelona-Juventus 3-1 0-1
1991/92 European Cup Barcelona-Sampdoria ---- ---- 1-0 (in London)
1993/94 Champions League Barcelona-AC Milan ---- ---- 0-4 (in Vienna)
1996/97 Cup Winners' Cup Barcelona-Fiorentina 1-1 2-0
1999/00 Champions League Barcelona-Fiorentina 4-2 3-3
2000/01 Champions League Barcelona-AC Milan 0-2 3-3
2001/02 Champions League Barcelona-Roma 1-1 0-3
2002/03 Champions League Barcelona-Inter 3-0 0-0
2002/03 Champions League Barcelona-Juventus 1-2 1-1
2004/05 Champions League Barcelona-Milan 2-1 0-1
2005/06 Champions League Barcelona-Udinese 4-1 2-0
2005/06 Champions League Barcelona-AC Milan 0-0 1-0
2009/10 Champions League Barcelona-Inter 2-0 0-0
2009/10 Champions League Barcelona-Inter ---- 1-3

Inter v Spanish sides

Inter face a Spanish team for the 44th time after 15 victories (including a European Cup final win over Real Madrid), 12 draws and 16 defeats. The Nerazzurri travel to Spain for the 21st time after 4 wins, 2 draws and 14 defeats.

1958/60 Fairs Cup Inter-Barcelona 2-4 0-4
1961/62 Fairs Cup Inter-Valencia 3-3 0-2
1963/64 European Cup Inter-Real Madrid ---- ---- 3-1 (in Vienna)
1965/66 European Cup Inter-Real Madrid 1-1 0-1
1966/67 European Cup Inter-Real Madrid 1-0 2-0
1969/70 Fairs Cup Inter-Barcelona 1-1 2-1
1979/80 UEFA Cup Inter-Real Sociedad 3-0 0-2
1980/81 European Cup Inter-Real Madrid 1-0 0-2
1982/83 Cup Winners' Cup Inter-Real Madrid 1-1 1-2
1984/85 UEFA Cup Inter-Real Madrid 2-0 0-3
1985/86 UEFA Cup Inter-Real Madrid 3-1 1-5 (aet)
1987 Mundialito Inter-Barcelona 3-1 ----
1987/88 UEFA Cup Inter-Espanyol 1-1 0-1
1998/99 Champions League Inter-Real Madrid 3-1 0-2
2000/01 UEFA Cup Inter-Alaves 0-2 3-3
2001/02 UEFA Cup Inter-Valencia 1-1 1-0
2002/03 Champions League Inter-Barcelona 0-0 0-3
2002/03 Champions League Inter-Valencia 1-0 1-2
2004/05 Champions League Inter-Valencia 0-0 5-1
2005/06 Champions League Inter-Villarreal 2-1 0-1
2006/07 Champions League Inter-Valencia 2-2 0-0
2009/10 Champions League Inter-Barcelona 0-0 0-2
2009/10 Champions League Inter-Barcelona 3-1 ----

Barça: two consecutive clean sheets at home to Italian teams

Barcelona have not conceded at home to an Italian club since Felipe's goal in the 24th minute of their 4-1 Champions League victory over Udinese on 27 September 2005. They have since hosted Italian opposition twice, drawing 0-0 with AC Milan in 2005/06 and winning 2-0 against Inter in the group stages earlier this season.

Barcelona through twice out of five times after 3-1 defeat in first leg

For the sixth time in their history Barcelona play a return leg of a European tie at home after losing the first leg 3-1. The Blaugrana have gone on to qualify for the next round twice and have been knocked out on three occasions. The Catalans successfully overturned 3-1 defeats in Dynamo Kiev in 1993/94 and Chelsea in 1999/2000, beating the Ukrainians 4-1 and knocking out the English 5-1 after extra time. Barça were eliminated at the hands of Real Madrid in the 1959/60 European Cup (3-1 defeat in return leg), Zurich in the 1967/68 Fairs Cup (1-0 victory in Spain) and Porto in the 1972/73 UEFA Cup (1-0 defeat at the Camp Nou).

Catalans chasing seventh final; Inter their fifth

Defending European champions Barcelona are looking to reach their seventh European Cup/Champions League final. Beaten finalists in 1960/61 (3-2 defeat to Benfica in Bern), 1985/86 (2-0 penalties defeat to Steaua Bucharest in Seville) and 1993/94 (4-0 defeat to AC Milan in Athens), Barcelona lifted the trophy in 1991/92 (1-0 win over Sampdoria in London after extra time), 2005/06 (2-1 victory over Arsenal in Paris) and 2008/09 (2-0 win against Manchester United in Rome). Inter won the competition in 1963/64 (3-1 victory over Real Madrid in Vienna) and 1964/65 (1-0 win over Benfica in Milan), and were runners-up in 1966/67 (2-1 defeat to Celtic in Vienna) and 1971/72 (2-0 defeat to Ajax in Rotterdam.

No Inter goal in last three trips to Spain

Inter haven't scored away to Barcelona in a competitive fixture since their 2-1 Fairs Cup victory on 14 January 1970. Bertini scored Inter's second goal in the 32nd minute of that match. The Nerazzurri have played two away games against Barcelona since that Fairs Cup win, losing 3-0 in the 2002/03 Champions League and 2-0 in the group stages of this season's competition. Inter's last goal away to a Spanish club was scored by Julio Cruz in the 90th minute of the 5-1 Champions League win against Valencia on 20 October 2004. The Milan outfit have failed to score in their three successive trips to Spain - all in the Champions League - losing 1-0 to Villarreal in 2005/06, drawing 0-0 with Valencia in 2006/07 and losing 2-0 to Barcelona in 2009/10.

Record six consecutive European wins for Inter

Inter go into the semi-final return leg against Barcelona on the back of six consecutive victories in a Champions League - a record run of wins for the Nerazzurri in Europe. After their 2-0 defeat to Barça José Mourinho's men beat Rubin Kazan 2-0 at home, Chelsea 2-1 at home and 1-0 away, CSKA Moscow 1-0 at home and 1-0 away, and Barcelona 3-1 at home.

wins(1) draws(0) defeats(5)

BARCELONA - Inter were beaten 1-0 on the night but progress through to the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League final with a 3-2 aggregate victory over Barcelona.

The Nerazzurri survived an out-and-out siege in the Camp Nou after playing over an hour in ten men following the dismissal of Thiago Motta.

Gerard Piqué struck late on and Bojan had a goal ruled out after a hand ball by Tourè, but it was too little, too late for the defending European champions.

José Mourinho had named an unchanged team from last week's win in Milan but was forced into a late switch when Goran Pandev pulled up with a muscle strain. Cristian Chivu took the Macedonian's place and slotted into midfield with Arnautovic going on the bench.

Barcelona boss Josep Guardiola made two changes from his first-leg lineup, bringing in Gabriel Milito and Yaya Tourè for Maxwell and suspended captain Carles Puyol.

The hosts pinned back Inter from the outset, but the Nerazzurri managed to suffocate the Barça passing machine with Walter Samuel making some vital interceptions to deny Messi and co. a way through.

Barça's bid to reverse the 3-1 defeat from the first leg received a boost on 28 minutes when Thiago Motta - already on a yellow card - was harshly shown a straight red by De Bleeckere for shoving Busquets in the face.

But for all their efforts Barcelona failed to raise the tempo and even when they did get sight of goal there was Julio Cesar to get past and the Brazilian goalkeeper produced a magnificent tipped save from Messi's curling shot just past the half-hour mark.

Inter's ten heroes kept the Blaugrana at bay after the interval with Eto'o and Milito helping out in defence, Samuel and Cambiasso making Messi look ordinary, and Lucio fighting tooth and nail to protect Julio Cesar's goal.

Barcelona sub Bojan summed up his team's night on 82 minutes when he nodded wide Messi's cross with the goal gaping, but two minutes later Piqué provided a lifeline, receiving in the area from Xavi and turning Cordoba and Julio Cesar before tucking into an open net.

More nail-biting drama for Inter fans followed in the closing minutes as Julio Cesar made important saves from Xavi and Messi, and Bojan had a goal disallowed after a hand ball by Tourè.

Inter face Bayern Munich in the final at Madrid's Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday 22 May. The treble dream is alive and kicking.

Barcelona 1-0 Inter (HT: 0-0; AGG: 2-3)

Scorer: Piqué 84.

Barcelona: 1 Valdes; 2 Dani Alves, 3 Piqué, 18 G.Milito (19 Maxwell 46), 15 Keita; 6 Xavi, 24 Tourè; 16 Busquets (35 Jeffren 63); 10 Messi, 9 Ibrahimovic (11 Bojan 63), 10 Pedro. 

Subs not used
: 13 Pinto, 4 Marquez, 14 Henry, 34 Thiago Alcantara.
: Josep Guardiola.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 5 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 4 Zanetti; 19 Cambiasso, 8 Thiago Motta, 26 Chivu; 9 Eto'o (17 Mariga 86), 10 Sneijder (11 Muntari 77); 22 D.Milito (2 Cordoba 81).
Subs not used
: 1 Toldo, 23 Materazzi, 45 Balotelli, 89 Arnautovic.
: José Mourinho.

Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium).

Booked: Thiago Motta 10, Pedro 27, Julio Cesar 35, Chivu 43, Muntari 82, Lucio 82.
Sent off: Thiago Motta 28.

starting lineups

Valdes 12 Julio Cesar
Piquè 13 Maicon
Milito G. 6 Lucio
Tourè 25 Samuel
Dani Alves 26 Chivu
Busquets 4 Zanetti
Xavi 8 Motta
Keita 19 Cambiasso
Messi 10 Sneijder
Ibrahimovic 9 Eto'o
Pedro 22 Milito


Pinto 1 Toldo
Marquez 2 Cordoba
Bojan 11 Muntari
Henry 17 Mariga
Maxwell 23 Materazzi
Alcantara 45 Balotelli
Jeffren 89 Arnautovic