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By Jonathan Stevenson
2204: Whatever you think about Jose Mourinho, you cannot deny that he is special. Thanks for your company tonight - if you want more on Barca-Inter, maybe read
Sam Lyon's match report.
Even if you don't support one of these teams, it doesn't half tire you out watching! I'm off to sink a beer. See you on the other side.
From Rosy on 606:
"It was a heroic effort by 10 men for most of the game. They had no choice but to park the bus. They showed that if you actually mark Messi unlike Arsenal's approach he doesn't score four goals against you."
Inter Milan's Wesley Sneijder: "Yeah, Jose was screaming at the end, it was an emotional moment. We defended so well with 10 men for so long so a big compliment to the team. We were compact, we fought for every metre and gave everything and that's what we said to each other before the game. So we go to Madrid. The manager always has a tactic to destroy the opponent."
BBC Radio 5 live's Chris Waddle: "We know all about Zlatan Ibrahimovic and he's a fantastic player, but yet again he just has not turned up tonight. It's so frustrating watching him in these big games."
2152: As the Inter players celebrated on the Camp Nou pitch, someone turned the sprinklers on. Why can't clubs who lose these semi-finals just lose them with good grace? Another point - Barca wanted a wet surface after last week's dry pitch in Milan, but a lot of their players were slipping tonight. Did they overdo it?
From tomtallant on Twitter:
"Well that wasn't handball, mind you serves Bojan right for missing that sitter of a header. Hats off to Inter."
2147: And so in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Saturday 22 May, Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan will play against Louis van Gaal's Bayern Munich. Ex-Barca translator, against ex-Barca manager.
From OJ, Manchester, via text to 81111: "Poor ref, poor game, but who would've thought a Bayern-Inter final was on the cards when the quarter-final draw was made? Still, it's refreshing to see."
2141: Echoes of Old Trafford as Jose Mourinho sprints on to the pitch in Catalonia and runs over to the small band of Inter Milan fans right at the top of the stand at the Camp Nou. He stands there, arms aloft as only the Special One could do. Barca keeper Victor Valdes is furious with Mourinho, but it's handbags at best. Some of the Barca players are in tears.
INTER MILAN REACH THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL
2139: Full-time Barcelona 1-0 Inter Milan (agg: 2-3)
2139: Four minutes gone, corner to Barca...
2138: Dani Alves cross is headed away by Maicon.
2138: One minute of injury time left.
2137: There's about 90 seconds left as Julio Cesar takes his time over a free-kick. Here come Barca again...
2137: Surely it's not Stamford Bridge all over again...
2136: Unbelievable drama. Bojan latches on to a pass from Yaya Toure inside the Inter box and thumps it into the top corner. But the referee had just given handball against Toure. It's so harsh, but time's running out...
2135: Into injury time. We're gonna get about four minutes.
2134: One minute left. Lionel Messi just cannot get his shot away. Tense doesn't even begin to describe this. What's the board going to show?
2133: Two minutes left of normal time. You can hardly hear the commentators over the crowd. Barca remain camped on the edge of the Inter area. Daniel Alves goes down in the Inter box, but nothing doing.
2131: The noise is stunning. Xavi's 20-yard drive is parried away by Julio Cesar. Can they find another goal? Lionel Messi shoots straight at the Brazilian keeper.
2130: Five minutes left of normal time. Barcelona need one goal to reach the Champions League final. Replays are inconclusive - Sulley Muntari may have been playing Gerard Pique onside. Inter take Samuel Eto'o off and McDonald Mariga is on.
Barca goal: Hold on to your hats. Gerard Pique, playing now as an extra striker, latches on to a Xavi pass - though he's marginal in an offside sense, at best - turns brilliantly inside Ivan Cordoba and coolly slots into the net. The stadium erupts.
2128: GOAL Barcelona 1-0 Inter Milan (agg: 2-3)
2126: That's the chance of the night. Lionel Messi clips a lovely cross to the far post for Bojan Krkic, but the 19-year-old, from six yards, can only glance a header wide with the goal gaping. It's a horror miss.
2125: Inter haul off striker Diego Milito and send on centre-back Ivan Cordoba. About 10 minutes but I don't think it matters - Barca don't look like they have two goals in them.
From Isaac, Manchester, via text to 81111: "Judging by the marking, this is the most expensive game of tag ever."
2121: Barca win another corner, but they won't score from one in a million years against this Inter team. They are losing their grip on the European Cup without much of a fight at the moment.
BBC Radio 5 live's Chris Waddle: "They've run out of ideas, it's as simple as that. They're trying anything now, there's no spark to them."
2118: Esteban Cambiasso sticks out his right foot and takes the ball from Lionel Messi with unerring ease. So, this is the Messi of Argentina, eh? The crowd responds by chanting "Messi, Messi, Messi."
2115: It might be disappointing for some to see Barcelona play so predictably, at such a slow pace - but make no mistake, this is a magnificent defensive performance from Inter Milan. Helenio Herrera would surely approve.
2112: The fans are doing their best to stay behind Barca, but they aren't getting much help from the players. Yaya Toure boots a pass out of play and there are audible groans from the Catalans.
2110: Wesley Sneijder is taken off by Inter Milan, with Sulley Muntari coming on in his place.
2108: The referee has a little chat with Jose Mourinho after he walked out of his technical area to talk to Christian Chivu.
2107: Another change for Barca as Jeffren, who scored a decent goal at the weekend, comes on for Sergio Busquets.
2107: Better from Lionel Messi as he bursts into life by playing one-two with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but Lucio gets in a superb tackle to thwart the Argentine. Ibra is done for the night against his old club, with Bojan on in his place.
2105: One hour gone and young striker Bojan Krkic is getting ready to come on for Barcelona.
2104: Daniel Alves crosses and Pedro falls down, but there's nothing doing there either. As for Lionel Messi, he's eerily quiet.
2102: Yaya Toure slams one way wide from 30 yards. Utterly ridiculous to try one from there - but more fabulous signs for Inter and Jose Mourinho. They're cruising through as it stands.
2101: This is a bit like watching Barcelona two years ago, when they had 70% of the ball against Manchester United but just didn't ever look like scoring.
2059: Zlatan Ibrahimovic gets the other side of Lucio as he tries to fasten on to a Xavi pass, but Lucio outmuscles him and the Swede's fall is ignored by the referee. Far be it from me to criticise Xavi, but maybe he should be looking to get the ball wide instead of lofting it into the box from a central position all the time?
2058: Barca are missing Andres Iniesta terribly tonight.
From Carl, Halifax, via text to 81111: "Barca missing Puyol's leadership qualities/hair products tonight. Speaking of Puyol, anybody got him to swap for my World Cup sticker album? I have four Rigobert Song's to offer in exchange."
2055: Barca's £60m man Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had an awful night on the big stage once again. He has got to raise his game - it's a bit 10-a-side at the moment.
2053: Xavi is going to be pinging pass after pass in and around the Inter area and this one finds Seydou Keita, but he's suddenly surrounded by five defenders and the danger is snuffled out. They defend brilliantly, this Inter side.
2051: If referee Frank de Bleeckere thought he was busy before the break... The Belgian has plenty of big-game experience, though, and has taken charge of both teams in the Champions League before. He also refereed Barca's Super Cup win last year and sent off Marco Materazzi, sub tonight for Inter, when they were knocked out by Liverpool two seasons ago.
2050: Barca bring Maxwell on for Gabriel Milito at the break. We're under way, after a slight delay with the Inter team late in coming back out. Ooh, these pesky mind games. Can you hear destiny calling?
From andy pints on 606:
"I bet Pep Guardiola wished he had Rory Delap and Kevin Davies on the bench, all this tippy-tappy malarkey hasn't worked."
2044: A lot of you are fuming with Sergio Busquets for his role in Thiago Motta's sending off. For what it's worth, I agree that his behaviour was appalling - he's got previous too, and they should ban him from the final if Barca make it. But Motta was naive in the extreme and though a straight red was too harsh, he couldn't have argued with a second yellow.
From MJF, via text to 81111: "Mourinho is the master of the siege mentality. He'll be in his element during half-time."
BBC Radio 5 live's Chris Waddle: "There's no zip about Barca. Messi looks tired, Xavi hasn't got that bit extra, Ibrahimovic hasn't given anything so far. They've got to go and have a go, get the ball wide, raise the tempo - because they're comfortably going out as it stands."
2032: Half-time Barcelona 0-0 Inter Milan (agg: 1-3) If it carries on like this, even with 10 men, Inter will be progressing to the Champions League final on 22 May to play Bayern Munich. Barca have 45 minutes to score twice and cling on to their trophy.
2031: Yaya Toure hits one from 30 yards and Inter and Jose Mourinho will be over the moon to see that happening already. It flies out for a THROW IN.
2031: We're into two minutes of stoppage time.
2029: Zlatan Ibrahimovic absolutely wellies the free-kick from 30 yards and it screams through the air, flying a couple of yards wide. Good job Julio Cesar didn't have to get in the ball's way.
2028: Christian Chivu is booked for lunging in on Lionel Messi, though it does look like he got a bit of the ball. Inter are furious because they wanted Barca to put the ball out after Wesley Sneijder picked up an injury. There's so much going on.
2027: This could be a very frustrating night for Barcelona. Every time they look like sneaking through, one of the Inter defenders slams the door shut in their face. Esteban Cambiasso does just that on Lionel Messi, much to Messi's annoyance.
From optajoe on Twitter:
"Inter have lost just one of the six Serie A and Champions League games that they have had a player sent off in this season."
2026: Less than five minutes to go until the break. Still 0-0, so Inter are 3-1 up on aggregate.
2024: Xavi sees a pass into the Inter box to Daniel Alves and it falls for Zlatan Ibrahimovic 12 yards out, his goalbound shot blocked brilliantly by Walter Samuel.
From FourFourTwo on Twitter:
"Busquets didn't make the least of the flat-hand push-off but Thiago Motta, who said earlier in week that Barca dive, should know better."
2020: Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar is booked for time-wasting, a yellow card that has been coming since the first minute in fairness.
2019: "Good technique for a bad player, bad technique for a good player" - that's how Johan Cruyff describes Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swede gives possession to Inter with Barca in a dangerous position and then clumsily trips up Wesley Sneijder.
From Paddy, via text to 81111: "I don't know what Inter are complaining about. Stroking someone's face can be agony."
2017: What a save. That's magnificent. Lionel Messi drives past two defenders and curls towards the bottom corner from 20 yards, only for Julio Cesar to fly away to his right and fingertip it behind. Stunning football.
2016: So, it's Barcelona v 10-man Inter for the next hour. Can Barca break through? Can Inter hold on? As if it wasn't set up well enough already.
Motta red card: It's just officially gone mental. Thiago Motta gently sticks his right hand in Sergio Busquets's face and the Barca player goes down like he's been shot. Motta, who has already been booked, is shown a straight red card and is fuming. He goes over to Busquets and grabs him by the neck before being dragged away. Jose Mourinho claps the Barca fans, suggesting they might have had something to do with it. You couldn't make this stuff up.
2013: SENDING OFF (Thiago Motta, Inter)
2012: Pedro is the second man in the book tonight, the Barca winger unable to catch up with the marauding Samuel Eto'o and hauling him down.
2010: Inter break, and suddenly Samuel Eto'o is inside the Barca area with what looks like acres of space - but after the Cameroonian takes the ball down, Pedro quickly gets back in to touch it behind and avert the danger.
2008: It's going to take something special to break this Inter team and Pedro nearly provided it - his sweetly-struck half-volley from 16 yards first time from Daniel Alves' cross flies a couple of yards wide.
From Chip it like Vela on 606:
"Inter's tactics are bang on...They are putting 10 men behind the ball, have showed no attacking intent and seem happy to defend their 1st leg lead."
2005: Magnificent turn from Xavi, totally bamboozling Wesley Sneijder, but as the Spaniard approaches the edge of the Inter box, he tries to slip in Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Inter get it clear. Might have had a pop.
2003: Possession-wise, if this continues Barca will have about 80% tonight. Doesn't matter, though - they cannot find a way through so far. Christian Chivu, down the Inter left, is tracking Barca's Daniel Alves.
1958: Lionel Messi helps Maicon into the boards past the byeline and Maicon goes down - but then comes on to the pitch again, only to go down with the same injury. The Barca players are furious, the fans are whistling their faces off and the calmest man in Catalonia is Jose Mourinho.
1956: From the free-kick, there is all sorts of shenanigans going on inside the penalty area and the foul is given against Barca. Zlatan Ibrahimovic points to his shirt, which is ripped down the middle thanks to Lucio.
1955: First booking of the night and it's former Barca player Thiago Motta who brings down Daniel Alves 30 yards from the Inter goal and gets his name taken.
1953: Lionel Messi is going to be very, very tightly marked tonight. Twice Inter commit fouls on him in the early stages, with Esteban Cambiasso is very close proximity to the Argentine. Wesley Sneijder, meanwhile, is pretty close to Xavi, too.
1951: A few players, by the way, will be treading the fine line tonight just a booking away from missing the final should their team get there. For Barcelona, it's Dani Alves and Gerard Pique, for Inter Milan it's Walter Samuel, Maicon, Samuel Eto'o and Javier Zanetti.
1950: Official rules and regulations from Uefa: Both clubs must hand their match sheets to the referee at least 75 minutes before kick-off. If any of the players listed on the match sheet are not able to start the match due to unexpected physical incapacity, they may be replaced by any of the seven substitutes listed on the initial match sheet. The club concerned must, upon request, provide the Uefa administration with the necessary medical certificates.
1949: Xavi pings a pass over to Pedro down the Barca left and he cuts inside past Maicon with ease before lashing a right-foot shot past the far post. A sighter.
1947: Inter's Julio Cesar takes an age over a goalkick and the Barca fans are furious already. They've set the tone, you might say.
1947: Barca have Gerard Pique and Yaya Toure at centre-back, with Daniel Alves at right-back and Gabby Milito at left-back. Inter have defender Christian Chivu playing wide right up front, where Goran Pandev would have been. Early stages, though.
1945: Referee Frank De Bleeckere from Belgium gets us under way bang on time. Here we go...
1943: So Goran Pandev will play no part in proceedings tonight, with 21-year-old Austrian Marko Arnautovic on the bench. It's just brilliant already, isn't it?
1941: The teams are out at the Camp Nou to a deafening crescendo of noise from the 98,000-odd present.
1940: It is Goran Pandev who misses out. The conspiracy theorists, not for the first time with Jose Mourinho, are going to be out in force this evening.
1939: This is incredible. There are reports that defender Christian Chivu is going to start for Inter Milan instead of striker Goran Pandev. Will let you know when we're 100% sure.
Inter president Massimo Moratti: "Being a strong man, Jose Mourinho is attacked in every way and, on Wednesday, this will be part of a tactic that our opponents will use to scare us. But Mourinho is very professional when there are games like these and he will prepare well. It is an important occasion."
Barcelona president Joan Laporta: "We are not obsessive, and any second-rate psychologist can say whatever they want. It is a sporting challenge and whoever tries to talk about other issues is mistaken. I suppose it is done to provoke."
From Sean, Aberdeen, via text to 81111: "That's quite a predo, Stevo. I'm going to go one better though, Inter to beat Barca tonight, a couple of goals on the counter attack. Messi will be closed out of the game again."
BBC Radio 5 live's Chris Waddle: "I've never been a big admirer of Mourinho's style of play and even though Inter won last week at the San Siro, Barcelona had lots of chances. He's a good organiser and gets players to give all for the shirt. He's a manager whose teams are well-drilled, well-organised and hard to beat. As we saw time after time at Chelsea - when he often bought a defender on for a striker when his team were winning - all he's concerned about is results."
From Football_UK on 606:
"This obsession of BBC about Mourinho is second only to its obsession about Beckham. Don't they ever get bored?" Nope - not sure we ever will. Have you heard the things he says?
1920: Jose Mourinho has been strolling around the Camp Nou pitch as his players go through their warm-up excercises, soaking up the atmosphere - which pretty much turned to boos as soon as he showed his face.
Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho: "The only thing I told my players was that I wanted them to support the work of the referee and if the Barcelona players want to do the same, it will be easy for the referee. There are 90 minutes still to be played and history is full of comebacks, it is easy to score three quick goals especially for a side like Barca."
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola: "I have never felt an atmosphere like this before either as coach or player, with people coming up to us and wishing us well. When the players retire they will look back at this moment and the way people stopped them in the street. We are very demanding of ourselves and honour is the most important thing that you can have in a profession whether you are a film director, a writer, whatever."
1915: Anyone want more chat from the managers?
From henrywinter on Twitter:
"Banned Puyol walking past... never realised how short he is even with that Brian May hair. And they said Gary Neville was too short to be a c-b."
From Adam, Cardiff, via text to 81111: "Re: 1851 - Um, isn't every football fan/player/manager obsessed with getting to the Champions League final?"
1907: BARCA v INTER TEAM NEWS Barcelona boss Josep Guardiola makes two changes to his side from the first-leg, with Yaya Toure and Gabriel Milito drafted in at the expense of Maxwell and suspended home captain Carles Puyol. Gabriel's selection on the opposing side to Diego Milito means brothers play in the same Champions League match for the first time. Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho goes with the same XI that emerged from the opening leg a week ago 3-1 victors.
1905: Barcelona v Inter Milan line-ups: Barcelona: Valdes, Dani Alves, Pique, Milito, Keita, Xavi, Toure Yaya, Busquets, Pedro, Ibrahimovic, Messi. Subs: Pinto, Marquez, Bojan, Henry, Maxwell, Thiago, Jeffren. Inter Milan: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Zanetti, Cambiasso, Motta, Eto'o, Sneijder, Pandev, Milito. Subs: Toldo, Cordoba, Muntari, Mariga, Materazzi, Chivu, Balotelli. Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)
1848: Not my words, but those of Barcelona's Sergio Busquets. His coach, Josep Guardiola, disagrees: "Magic it's not - it's a game of football." In the Camp Nou tonight, the team they have been cueing up to dub "one of the greatest of all time" must
overturn a two-goal deficit against Inter Milan
to reach the Champions League final.
1845: The moment of truth has arrived. It should be a magical night.
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