As the redeemed Nerazzurri celebrated lavishly with the fans in San Siro, the FC Barcelona stars left the pitch shaking their heads and arguing.
But what happened?
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The biggest excitement was a scene from the 90th minute: Inter defender Denzel Dumfries supposedly managed to clear a cross from Sergi Roberto with his hand. The Catalans’ arms immediately flew in protest. A difficult decision, but after the VAR looked at the photos, referee Vinčić decided to continue. Note: without looking at the scene on the video screen again.
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What made de Blaugrana even more angry was the fact that in a similar situation, the Slovenian referee ruled differently in the 67th minute and Barcelona disallowed Pedri’s goal after an alleged handball by Fati. However, Vinčić looked at the photos in the said scene himself before taking back the goal that would have marked the equalizing goal.
“The handball violation for a missed goal was the same as for a missed penalty,” said Roberto.
His coach agreed with him at the subsequent press conference. “I am outraged,” Xavi muttered, “It was a huge injustice. I think the result is unfair. That’s why I said yesterday that the referees should go out and talk to the media. I asked for an explanation after the game, but he refused.”
Ex-referee Wolfgang Stark was also critical of the referee’s decision in injury time and would have awarded Barcelona a penalty: “If you look at the photos, the handball is incomprehensible. It is punishable,” said the 52-year-old on ” Amazon Prime”: “The player obviously goes to the ball with his hand and even more or less takes the ball off the head of the striker.”
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However, Xavi didn’t just make mistakes with the referee. “We were not dynamic enough for what I wanted to achieve. After a good half hour we calmed down,” said the Barça coach.
Against an opponent who defended in a compact 5-3-2 system, his team barely managed to create their own chances. Robert Lewandowski, who had scored 12 goals in the previous nine games, was out for 90 minutes and only had one shot on target.
Inter, on the other hand, repeatedly became dangerous with quick counterattacks in their own stadium. One of these resulted in Hakan Calhanoglu’s decisive 1:0.
“We suffered together. The team played a great game today against a strong opponent with a lot of quality,” praised a relieved Nerazzurri coach Simone Inzaghi, who recently came under criticism after his team’s poor performance in the competition .
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For Barcelona, on the other hand, the Champions League air is slowly thinning with just three points – Spanish championship lead or not. A serious-looking Xavi looked concerned and concluded by telling his team: “We now have three finals ahead of us.”
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