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Teenager Fati makes history as Barca knock Inter out of Champions League

| Updated: December 16, 2019 12:45:20


Barcelona's Anssumane Fati (first from left) celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates — Reuters photo Barcelona's Anssumane Fati (first from left) celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates — Reuters photo

Inter Milan crashed out of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday after 17-year-old Ansu Fati became the youngest scorer in the competition’s history by firing in a late winner to give Barcelona a 2-1 victory at San Siro.

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde rested Lionel Messi and several other key players for the trip to Milan, having already secured top spot in Group F, but Carles Perez put the Spaniards in front on his Champions League debut after just 23 minutes before Romelu Lukaku’s strike levelled the scores on the stroke of halftime, reports Reuters.

Inter striker Lautaro Martinez had the ball in the net twice after the break, only for both goals to be correctly disallowed for offside, before Fati smashed in a sublime finish inside the final five minutes.

The Italian side needed to at least match Borussia Dortmund’s result against Slavia Prague to maintain second place, but the Germans won 2-1 to move into the runner-up spot and consign Inter to a Europa League place.

Barcelona top the group with 14 points ahead of Dortmund on 10, while Inter finish third on seven ahead of rock-bottom Slavia Prague on two.

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