Thursday, April 29, 2010

Champions League holders Barcelona are knocked out a 1-0 win only (Agg : 2-3)

- Pique 84


**Champions League holders Barcelona are knocked out by Jose Mourinho’s 10-man Inter Milan, who book their place in the final despite a 1-0 defeat at the Nou Camp.

Barcelona's efforts to become the first team to retain the Champions League trophy, meanwhile, ended in frustration in the face of a sensationally stoic defensive show from the Italians.

After Thaigo Motta's first-half sending off, Inter had their backs against the wall for long periods. Pique gave Barcelona the lead late on, but despite plenty of pressure Barca could not score the goal they needed to advance to the final as Inter won 3-2 on aggregate.

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola congratulated Inter but noted that the dismissal of Thiago Motta actually worked against his team as the Blaugrana exited the UEFA Champions League at the semi-final stage.

Team Line-Ups:

Barcelona: Victor Valdes, Daniel Alves, Pique, G. Milito (Maxwell 46 '), Keita, Xavi, Toure Yaya, Busquets, Pedro (Jeffern 62'), Ibrahimovic (Krkic 62 '), Messi

Inter: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Zanetti, Cambiasso, Thiago Motta, Chivu, Eto'o (Mariga 87 '), Sneijder (Muntari 66'), D. Milito (Cordoba 80 ')


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