Ale Moreno breaks down Barcelona’s 3-3 draw against Inter Milan in the Champions League group stage. (1:57)
ESPN With two late goals, Robert Lewandowski gave Barcelona hope in the Champions League knockout phase as his team tied Inter Milan 3-3 at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.
To have a chance of making it into the knockout rounds for the second consecutive year, Xavi Hernandez’s Barca needed at least a draw, and the Poland international came through toward the end of a thrilling second half.
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With two games remaining, Barcelona still has a slender chance of advancing from the group round of the competition thanks to Lewandowski’s stoppage-time equalizer.
To join Bayern Munich in the round of 16, Inter must defeat Viktoria Plzen at home the next week.
Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez told Movistar Plus, “It’s horrible, I think this Champions League is being very cruel to us. “It is now beyond our control. What is left for us to do is immediately return to Sunday’s El Clasico “against Real Madrid,” recover, and concentrate on LaLiga because the Champions League became extremely challenging and challenging for us.”
Inter attempted to build on their 1-0 victory over Barcelona at the San Siro last Tuesday by gaining momentum in the rematch, but Edin Dzeko’s first goal was stopped by the crossbar just after the 15-minute mark.
Just before halftime, Ousmane Dembele scored from Sergi Roberto’s pass across the six-yard box to give Barca, who had worked hard for their first, a merited lead.
Nicolo Barella, who seized on a cross from Alessandro Bastoni and scored past Marc-Andre ter Stegen from close range, gave Inter a point early in the second half.
Shortly after the hour mark, Lautaro Martinez gave Simone Inzagh’s team the lead with a magnificent individual effort. He settled Hakan Calhanoglu’s long pass over the top of the defense, beat his defender, and slammed home a low drive to put more pressure on Barca.
Summer-signing In the 82nd minute, Lewandowski accomplished the goal for which he was brought in. His header from a cross into the box rebounded off an Inter defender, and he blasted past Onana with a second attempt to make it 2-2.
A few minutes later, though, Robin Gosens gave Inter the advantage again with a brilliant finish on the break, and Lewandowski added two more goals with a header.
“The defense made an obvious error that led to their first goal, and we gave them far too many chances overall. Soccer is a game of mistakes, and in circumstances like today, we cannot afford them “said Xavi.
“You pay dearly for each mistake you make in the Champions League. You must triumph, play strong defense, and score. We have to play the way we did in the first half throughout the duration of the game. that force. Because we are no longer in charge, it is difficult right now.”
With four points, Barca is in third place in Group C, eight points behind Bayern, who on Wednesday defeated Victoria Plzen to secure their place in the knockout rounds. Barca is three points behind Inter and eight points behind Bayern.