Champions League: Barca through to knockout stage despite Inter Milan draw

Published: November 07, 2018 12:42:48 | Updated: November 09, 2018 18:02:27

Barcelona's Brazilian Forward Malcom celebrates with teammates after opening the scoring during the clash against Inter Milan on Tuesday night at San Siro stadium — Reuters photo

Spanish champions Barcelona reached the Champions League knockout phase with two games to spare, despite being held by a spirited Inter Milan in a dramatic finish at the San Siro.

Barcelona, without the injured Lionel Messi on Tuesday night, took a late lead when substitute Malcom scored moments after coming on.

But Inter levelled when Mauro Icardi was given time to turn in the Barca box and blast in from close range, the BBC reports.

Inter remain second in Group B, three points ahead of Tottenham.

With Inter and Tottenham still to meet again, it means one of these sides will drop points and therefore only one can to overhaul Barcelona.

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