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That's all from San Siro today, so thank you for joining us and goodbye!
After Inter visit Sassuolo and Barca host Celta Vigo at the weekend, these European heavyweights reconvene in Catalonia next week - a game to look forward to, for certain!
Turning pre-match form entirely on its head, Inter put on an obdurate display to frustrate an off-colour Barcelona side and claim three precious points. A moment of quality from Calhanoglu proved the difference in the end, though both teams could have added to the game's single goal but for several close calls from the VAR. Victory today puts Inzaghi's men in an advantageous position before their trip to Camp Nou, and they sit second in Group C at the midway point; Barca trail behind in third.
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FULL-TIME: INTER 1-0 BARCELONA
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The last chance of an equaliser slips by, as Kessie's nod-down into the six-yard box is hacked clear to the touchline: Inter survive!
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For trying to run the clock down in the final moments, Onana joins a growing list of names in the referee's notebook - he's shown yellow.
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JUST WIDE! Barcelona are laying siege to the Inter area, and Lewandowski almost breaks through; evading Skriniar to reach the ball inside the box but then firing narrowly wide of the left-hand upright!
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NO PENALTY! Inter are off the hook again, as Barca's penalty claims are dismissed! There's no conclusive evidence of handball: play on!
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In the first of eight minutes indicated for stoppage time, the VAR has initiated a penalty check. Barcelona claim that Dumfries denied Fati the ball inside Inter's area by using his hand!
CLOSE! A chance to equalise is spurned by Busquets, as the midfielder pops up in the Inter box to steer a header narrowly wide following Dembele's free-kick from the right. The Blaugrana haven't come too much closer!
Kessie cleverly earns a free-kick by slipping away from Bastoni, and the Inter defender is booked for pulling the Ivorian back.
First Skriniar does well to evade a dangerous ball across the box which he could have turned in for an own goal, then from the resulting corner, Acerbi hacks clear from the edge of the six-yard box.
Perhaps scorer of today's match-winning goal, Calhanoglu's number is up: Asllani comes on in central midfield.
Ex-Milan midfielder Kessie receives a frosty 'welcome' from the Inter fans, as he replaces Gavi for the final few minutes.
Despite making a triple change - or perhaps for that very reason - Inter's defiance is starting to fray a little around the edges. Can they hold on until the final whistle for a major victory in the context of recent events?
For remonstrating a little too forcefully on the touchline, Inzaghi follows Xavi into the referee's notebook, and he becomes the latest man to see a flash of yellow.
Onana makes a decisive punch clear deep inside his area, as Barcelona try to turn the screw. They've had a series of corners over the past few minutes, but still can't crack open a stubborn home defence.
Gosens bolsters Inter's left wing, and Darmian is withdrawn.
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Inzaghi also changes things at the back: Acerbi replaces De Vrij.
Gavi loses his cool as Barcelona perceive Inter to be time-wasting, and his angry response earns him a booking.
Inter opt for fresh legs on the flanks, as Dimarco makes way for Dumfries.
After a frankly pointless confrontation with Gavi inside the Inter area, Martinez is booked.
Following Fati's corner, the so-far quiet Lewandowski has a shot blocked by Dzeko. The Polish marksman has had precious few opportunties to shoot at goal, for all Barca's dominance of the ball.
An ugly late tackle on Busquets sees Calhanoglu's name taken by the referee, and he is shown a yellow card.
For interfering with the referee's pitchside review, Xavi sees yellow. His frustration is beginning to show!
NO GOAL! The VAR sends the on-field referee towards the pitchside monitor, and after the briefest of reviews, he concurs that Fati touched the ball with his hand just before Pedri slotted the ball into the net. The decision is overturned, and Inter escape again!
BARCA EQUALISE? Dembele manages to elude Dimarco on the right, before sending over an inviting cross into the six-yard box. Fati and Onana both make minimal contact in the centre and Pedri turns the ball home from close range! However, the VAR has flagged up a possible infringement - will the goal stand?
Xavi again puts his trust in youth, as a change on the left sees Alonso making way for Balde.
After a disappointing display, Raphinha is replaced by Fati in Barcelona's front three.
OFF THE POST! Finally, Barca open up their hosts, as Dembele picks the ball up in space on the left side of the area and shoots from a tight angle. The ball arrows towards the near post but thuds off the woodwork and Onana's outstretched glove! Inter dodge a bullet, and Barcelona's frustration grows!
Beaten for pace, Busquets is booked for a late challenge on Martinez, who threatened to escape from him towards the Barcelona box.
Christensen is still struggling with an apparent ankle problem, and as he limps heavily towards the touchline, Pique is called upon to replace him.
Denied a goal by a close offside call in the first half, Correa is the first player withdrawn from the action today, as Dzeko comes on.
On the touchline, Dzeko is being readied by the Inter coaching staff, as there's a break in play while Christensen receives treatment for an injury.
Inter's containment strategy is working to a tee at the moment, as their wing-backs fill in to support the back three in dealing with Dembele and Raphinha.
Near the penalty spot, Onana easily plucks the ball out of the air from an overhit cross by Raphinha, whose final ball has been short of precision so far.
Barca build pressure at the beginning of the second half, with Busquets and Garcia even pushing on to the edge of the Inter area, yet they still lack any penetration.
Inter kick off, and we are back under way in Milan!
If Inter can hold on to their lead and claim victory, they would sit three points behind leaders Bayern Munich at the top of Group C; putting them in a good position to reach the last 16 at the midway point of the group stage campaign.
Punished for their lack of clarity in the final third, Barcelona found themselves stung on the break several times as the first half progressed, and on the brink of half-time they went behind to a Calhanoglu strike. Inzaghi's game plan has worked a treat so far, as the home side are working tirelessly to cover ground inside their own half and look a threat when the chance to counter arises. They've had very little of the ball, but won't care - they need three points by any means necessary and are halfway to achieving their aim.
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HALF-TIME: INTER 1-0 BARCELONA
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Sparking joyous scenes at San Siro, Dimarco lays the ball off to Calhanoglu with a well-weighted pass, and the latter steers home the opening goal for Inter.
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INTER LEAD! The Nerazzurri are ahead in this crucial Group C clash! With characteristic accuracy, Calhanoglu picks out the bottom corner with a clinical strike from 25 yards, after receiving the ball from Dimarco. Ter Stegen had no chance: it's Inter 1-0 Barca!
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In the first of at least three additional minutes at the end of the half, Barcelona fail to make the most of successive corners. Raphinha must improve his delivery after the interval.
An ambitious long ball from the back by Bastoni picks out Barella, who is breaking into the box, but the Inter midfielder is instantly pulled up for straying offside.
Inzaghi will surely be pleased as his side still soak up the rather limited pressure applied by their opponents, and if anything, Inter have had the better chances to score so far.
This is Xavi's fourth meeting with Inter at San Siro as a player or coach, having played three times against them there in the Champions League. The Barca boss is yet to end up on the winning side, though.
Correa recovers from a knock which keeps him grounded and pauses play for a moment, and the game goes on. The clock is slowly ticking down until half-time.
After some positive build-up by Pedri, the dangerous Dembele receives the ball on the right side of Inter's box. The Frenchman evades Calhanoglu with a deft turn, but his shot from a tight angle only ripples the outside of the netting, with Onana untroubled.
Pedri tries to dance his way through what is now an Inter back five, and makes some progress towards the area before losing the ball. Soon after, Raphinha takes another corner but doesn't make the most of it and the chance is lost.
Barella eases the pressure on his team by going down to the turf rather easily under challenge from Christensen. That gives Inter a chance to regroup and shuffle a few yards upfield.
After a few moments of concern, Barca are back in control of the ball inside the Inter half. They're lacking a little invention, though, and can't see a clear way through the Nerazzurri wall facing them.
On the transition, Inter sweep forward down the left, and Correa coolly finishes a rapid move by rounding Ter Stegen and guiding the ball home from 15 yards out. However, the assistant's flag almost instantly goes up to indicate an offside.
On closer analysis, Martinez was offside by the width of a shoulder, and Inter will rue such luck as opportunities could be limited in today's game.
NO PENALTY! Barcelona escape, as the possible penalty call is wiped out by an offside earlier on in play. Garcia will breathe a huge sigh of relief!
For vehemently complaining to the referee about the penalty decision, Barella is the first player booked today.
PENALTY FOR INTER? The VAR has intervened, as the home side claim a penalty for a clear handball by Garcia. There may have been an offside in the build-up, but the referee is heading for another look on the pitchside monitor!
In the aftermath of Inter's second corner, Barcelona streak clear on the counter through Dembele, and Skriniar is then called upon to block an apparently goal-bound strike by Raphinha.
Following an Inter corner from the right, Dimarco cracks a volley at goal from just outside the box, but Alonso's block sends the ball behind for another corner-kick. Some rare pressure now building for the Nerazzurri.
With a rare chance to touch the ball in the final third, Lewandowski sees his long-range shot saved comfortably by Onana.
Demonstrating just how much are Inter are playing second fiddle on home soil so far, they have had just 20 per cent of the possession in this game. It's a classic 'attack versus defence' contest.
Passing up a good chance to test Onana to the full, Christensen angles a tame downward header straight at the Inter goalkeeper following another outswinging corner from Raphinha.
Barca seize on a loose ball by Calhanoglu, as Alonso and Pedri combine on the left side to earn another corner.
The visitors continue to press on in search of an opening goal: Raphinha sends over an outswinging corner from the right, but Alonso is only able to turn his header well wide of the target.
Before kick-off today, Inter had previously lost six Champions League matches against Barcelona - their most defeats against a single opponent. Barca, meanwhile, have only beaten Celtic more often in Europe's top club competition.
SAVE! After Garcia steals the ball from Martinez on the edge of the Barcelona box, it trickles out into the path of Calhanoglu, who stings the fingertips of Ter Stegen with a typically rasping effort from 25 yards out! That's an Inter corner.
Under pressure, Dimarco has to spin and slash the ball out of play near the left corner flag, as the home side continue to soak up early pressure.
Unsurprisingly, Barca have already taken the initiative by bossing the ball; Inter sit back and aim to strike on the counter. That's partly why Correa has been preferred to the more clinical but now ageing Dzeko.
Barcelona kick off, and we are under way in Milan!
The players are out on the pitch at San Siro, and now the Champions League anthem has been aired, kick-off is just moments away!
Barcelona's long injury list stubbornly refuses to shorten, as Memphis Depay, Frenkie De Jong and Jules Kounde join Ronald Araujo and Hector Bellerin on the sidelines today. As a result, Sergi Roberto features at right-back. Elsewhere, Alonso supplants Alba on the left, while Xavi recalls Pedri and Raphinha to his starting XI.
As thigh injuries rule both Marcelo Brozovic and Romelu Lukaku out of the Inter squad once more, Mkhitaryan and Correa start today. The latter partners compatriot Martinez at the apex of Inzaghi's favoured 3-5-2, with Dzeko dropped to the bench. Captain Handanovic is also named among the substitutes, as Onana appears in the Champions League again.
SUBS: Arnau Tenas, Franck Kessie, Inaki Pena, Ferran Torres, Ansu Fati, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Alejandro Balde, Marc Casado, Pablo Torre.
BARCELONA (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Eric Garcia, Andreas Christensen, Marcos Alonso; Gavi, Sergio Busquets, Pedri; Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski, Ousmane Dembele.
SUBS: Samir Handanovic, Nikolaos Botis, Denzel Dumfries, Raoul Bellanova, Danilo D'Ambrosio, Edin Dzeko, Kristjan Asllani, Mattia Zanotti, Francesco Acerbi, Valentin Carboni, Roberto Gagliardini, Robin Gosens.
INTER (3-5-2): Andre Onana; Milan Skriniar, Stefan de Vrij, Alessandro Bastoni; Matteo Darmian, Nicolo Barella, Hakan Calhanoglu, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Federico Dimarco; Lautaro Martinez, Joaquin Correa.
In stark contrast to their Italian rivals, Barcelona are unbeaten in seven La Liga matches after star striker Robert Lewandowski scored again on Saturday; his ninth goal of the season making the difference against Mallorca. The Blaugrana have now won six successive league games since drawing on the opening day, but succumbed to Bayern in the Champions League just before the international break. Indeed, their 2-0 loss in Bavaria represents Barca's fifth defeat from their last nine group-stage games.
On three points from their first two Group C matches, Inter have beaten Czech champions Viktoria Plzen last time out and lost to Bayern Munich on the opening day. Domestically, the Nerazzurri have endured their worst Serie A start for 11 years, after surrendering a one-goal advantage to lose 2-1 at home to Roma on Saturday. A first loss to the Giallorossi since 2017 was their fourth defeat in eight matches, as Simone Inzaghi's management comes under growing scrutiny. Before today's game, Inter have won only one of five previous meetings with Barcelona in Milan.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of today's Champions League Group C clash between Inter and Barcelona at San Siro!