FC Barcelona’s Champions League exit is sealed because Inter Milan won 4-0 (2-0) in Group C against bottom-placed Viktoria Pilsen without a point. The Italian runners-up followed Bayern Munich early into the round of 16.
The duel between Barca and the German record champions at 9 p.m. is therefore only of limited sporting value, Julian Nagelsmann’s team can at least win the group with a success at the Camp Nou before the final home game against Inter.
The former Bundesliga professionals Henrich Mchitarjan (35th) and Edin Dzeko (42nd, 66th) as well as the Belgian Romelu Lukaku (87th) on his comeback after a two-month injury break were successful for Inter.
“We knew it would be difficult to beat Inter. It didn’t happen and now we have to focus on beating Bayern,” said Barca sporting director Mateu Alemany Barca TV. “In Munich we were the better team for 60 minutes. That defeat and what happened in Milan decided how the group progressed. Now we have to fight for all the remaining titles and we’re on the right track.”
Bayer Leverkusen also has no chance of reaching the round of 16. Due to FC Porto’s 4-0 (1-0) win at leaders FC Brugge, the Werkself can no longer reach second place in Group B before their duel at Atletico Madrid on the fifth day of the preliminary round.
If Bayer loses to the Rojiblancos in the evening, third place and thus wintering in the Europa League is no longer possible.
Mehdi Taremi (33′, 70′), Evanilson (57′) and Stephen Eustaquio (60′) scored for the visitors in Brugge. The Belgians, already in the round of 16 and visiting the BayArena next Tuesday, failed twice from the penalty spot. First, Diego Costa made a save against Hans Vanaken, but the referee allowed the penalty to be repeated. Noa Lang failed at Diego Costa (54th).