Barcelona vs. Inter Milan score: Barca's Champions League hopes hanging by thread thanks to Robert Lewandowski (2022)

Barcelona's Champions League hopes for the 2022-23 season hang by a thread. In what looked set to be a shocking turn of events, Xavi's side were nearly eliminated from the group stage on Wednesday, blowing a lead at home to Inter Milan, only to rescue a late 3-3 draw to salvage a point and stay alive. While it is certainly better than a loss, the point does very little for the team's hopes of advancing from the group stage, needing a minor miracle to get through to the knockout stage.

In this one, Barca nearly lost to Inter twice in a week's span, going down 2-1 after goals from Nicolo Barella and Lautaro Martinez early in the second half after Ousmane Dembele opened the scoring. But it was Robert Lewandowski's first goal just under 10 minutes from time that saw the teams draw level. Robin Gosens then fired Inter into the lead in the 89th minute before Lewandowski rescued a point in the 92nd minute with a fine-headed goal.

ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI AGAIN. BARCELONA ARE STILL IN THIS 🍿 pic.twitter.com/e3lSiIiUFC

— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) October 12, 2022

The result means Inter are in second with seven points, five behind leaders Bayern. Barca are in third with four points, needing to earn four more points than Inter the rest of the way to advance.

Here's are three takeaways from the match:

Barcelona likely finished

If Barca and Inter finish level on points, Inter advance due to the head-to-head tiebreaker, thanks to having beaten and drawn Barca. If Inter Milan so much as draw Viktoria Plzen in Italy on Matchday 5, Barca will be forced to win out, including having to defeat Bayern Munich. The Italian side are expected to win that match with little trouble, and if they do Barcelona will be eliminated before they kick another ball in the Champions League.

To advance, Barcelona must earn four more points than Inter the rest of the way:

  • Barca win their last two games and Inter don't win any of their last two
  • Barca win one and draw one and Inter lose both of their games

Here's the Matchday 5 schedule:

Wednesday, Oct. 26
Inter vs. Viktoria Plzen, 12:45 p.m. (Paramount+)
Barcelona vs. Bayern, 3 p.m. (Paramount+)

Barca are in big, big trouble.

Lautaro Martinez and Nicolo Barella punish Barca

Early in the second half, with a 1-0 lead, Barca kept their foot on the gas in an attempt to slam the door shut. Well, it cost them. Playing a bit too advanced and lacking awareness, Barella finished with a fine hit after a sleeping Gerard Pique let the ball go by him intentionally and inexcusably. Take a look:

Pique with the perfect gift for Barella. 😬 pic.twitter.com/nrUD6P1bcO

— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) October 12, 2022

That's a great hit, but goodness me, Pique. He thought Marc-Andre ter Stegen was there to scoop it up, but Barella was attentive enough to make them pay.

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Then just 13 minutes later, the Barcelona transfer target, Martinez, did this:

As it stands, Barcelona are going OUT of the #UCL 😳 pic.twitter.com/py89j04bBa

— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) October 12, 2022

A quick one-two punch that turned this game on its head. Credit Barca for battling back, but this is where they lost pretty much all hopes of advancing.

Inter deserved it, but Barca didn't help themselves

Barca finished the game with 25 shots compared to Inter's 11, and they also had 62 percent possession. Time and time again they got the ball on the edge of the box but somehow three goals were not enough. We have to remember that this is a Barca team with so many injuries at center back, evident by having to play Pique. With their top three center backs all out injured in Ronald Araujo, Jules Kounde and Andreas Chistensen, it really showed and ultimately made all the difference.

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Lewandowski!

Again! It's 3-3! He heads home with class! Barca still alive!

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Goal Gosens! Inter lead!

On the counter, Inter take the 3-2 lead in the 89th minute!

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Lewandowski! 2-2!

The striker has done it! He fires a shot on frame that hits a defender and gets by Onana! All square!

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Lewandowski puts the ball in the net ... but he's called offside!

A clear offside from the Polish strikers the ball fell to him in front of goal after it hit Dembele. Not even a debate -- clear offsides.

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They've turned it around! Inter in the lead!

A shocking start to the second half! Inter have scored two! This time it's Lautaro Martinez who rocks a shot off the left post, and it goes across the face of goal to the right post and finds its way in!!! 2-1!!!

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Inter! Barella!

It's 1-1! A fine lofted ball into the box that he settles well and rifles into the top of the goal! Pique was calling defenders off thinking Ter Stegen had it. What in the world?!

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The second half is underway!

Inter need a goal to rescue a point, while Barca are in a decent spot to take all three much-needed points. 45 minutes to go!

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Barca with the advantage

Barca deservedly in the lead, but Inter will regret hitting the crossbar via Dzeko. All to play for and a draw would still be a fantastic result for the visitors. Changes needed though.

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Video: Barca's goal (Raphinha)

BARCELONA BREAKTHROUGH.

A great team move finished by Dembele. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/xbBmmTPTIM

— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) October 12, 2022
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Breathrough for Barca! Dembele! 1-0 to the hosts!

Raphinha does well down the right to play Sergi Roberto vertically, and he picks out Dembele in the box!

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Things are getting chippy

Skriniar and Lewandowski are getting into it, and the ref has had to try and settle this game down. Barca are not liking the physicality and imploring the official to consistently call it.

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Barca dodge a bullet!

Dzeko is free on a set piece as Calhanoglu finds the striker, but his effort his off the crossbar!

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10' Quality from Barca

Xavi's men are going for it early, pushing numbers high as Raphinha takes a curling shot that Onana tips over fora corner. The counter is there for Inter...

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Underway from the Camp Nou!

The match has begun! Barca are wearing their traditional colors, while Inter are in white.

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Match prediction: Barcelona 2, Inter Milan 0

It feels unlikely that Inter can replicate the same kind of performance away at the Camp Nou. Barcelona need to win this match if they want to have any shot of going through to the knockout stage.-- Francesco Porzio

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Man of the Match pick: Pedri

Despite the final result, he was one of the best players in the match at San Siro. Inter Milan won't count on Marcelo Brozovic, who is still injured. His absence creates more space for Pedri.-- Francesco Porzio

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Most likely to score a goal: Robert Lewandowski

All eyes are on the Polish striker after a disappointing loss last week at San Siro that has now without a goal in two consecutive Champions League games. You have to go back to 2020 since the last time Lewandowski was blanked in back-to-back group stage games. He has not gone three UCL games in a row without a goal since 2018. Barcelona need to score because Xavi's side desperately needs to win the match against Inter Milan.-- Francesco Porzio

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Team news

Barca: Ter Stegen; Alonso, Eric Garcia, Pique, Sergi Roberto; Busquets, Pedri, Gavi; Dembele, Lewandowski, Raphinha

Inter: Onana; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Dumbries, Barella, Calhanoglu, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco; Lautaro, Dzeko

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Matchup to watch: Lautaro vs. Pique

Romelu Lukaku is still sidelined, which means the Nerazzurri will continue to use Lautaro Martinez as a central striker. Much like Inter, Barcelona are also bit by the injury bug with multiple players out. Martinez's duel with Pique could be the difference maker in this match as the experienced center back will drive the Blaugrana defense.-- Francesco Porzio

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Wednesday's broadcast schedule

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Inter team news

Romelu Lukaku is still out with his muscle problems that he suffered at the end of August, while Marcelo Brozovic also remains out injured. Joaquin Correa is nursing a patella issue and has missed three games.

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Barca team news

Ronald Araujo remains out till the end of the year with his adductor injury which will see him miss the World Cup with Uruguay, while Jules Kounde could be back for El Clasico on Sunday. Fellow center back Andreas Christensen sprained his ankle against Inter Milan and it's uncertain when he will return. Memphis Depay and Hector Bellerin have both missed four matches due to injury, while new signing Franck Kessie could return this week from his adductor injury which is expected to see him miss out on this game but potentially return to face Real Madrid.

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How to watch and odds

  • Date: Wednesday, Oct. 12 |Time: 3 p.m. ET
  • Location: Camp Nou -- Barcelona
  • Live stream:Paramount+
  • Odds:Barca -235; Draw +370; Inter +625 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

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Welcome!

Welcome to the CBS Sports live blog of the UEFA Champions League! I'm Roger Gonzalez, and I'll be providing updates from today's huge clash from the Camp Nou where FC Barcelona welcome Inter Milan! Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET.

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FAQs

How many goals Lewandowski scored against Barcelona? ›

Lewandowski career goals in total for club and country
TeamGamesGoals
Barcelona1718
Bayern Munich375344
Borussia Dortmund187103
Lech Poznan & Znicz Pruszkow14879
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Can Barca qualify for round of 16? ›

Bayern are through to the round of 16 as group winners. Inter are through to the round of 16 as group runners-up. Barcelona will finish third and compete in the UEFA Europa League knockout round play-offs. Plzeň will finish fourth.

Is Barcelona eliminated from Champions League 2022? ›

FC Barcelona have been officially eliminated from the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Are Barcelona in the Champions League? ›

Barcelona have been knocked out of the Champions League in the group stage for the second season running after Inter Milan beat Viktoria Plzen 4-0 on Wednesday.

Has Lewandowski scored any goal for Barcelona? ›

Key stats (provided by ESPN Stats & Information)

Robert Lewandowski's goal (92 mins, 55 seconds) is his latest game-winning goal in either LaLiga or Bundesliga. - The result is Barcelona's third stoppage-time winner against Valencia in the last 10 LaLiga seasons, their most against any opponent in that span.

How many goals Messi scored in PSG? ›

Let's stick to Messi for now, though. The current PSG star is not just one of the best players overall, but also one of the most lethal goal scorers.
...
Messi career goals in total for club and country.
TeamGamesGoals
Barcelona778672
PSG5123
Argentina16490
Total993785
4 days ago

Will Barca play in Europa League? ›

Inter's win at home to Viktoria Plzen confirmed Barcelona's place in the Europa League - here is a look at their possible route to the round of 16.

Which teams Have qualified for round of 16 in Champions League? ›

The 12 teams to have qualified for the Champions League last 16 are:
  • Bayern Munich*
  • Benfica.
  • Borussia Dortmund.
  • Chelsea*
  • Club Brugge.
  • Inter.
  • Liverpool.
  • Manchester City*
15 hours ago

Which teams have qualified for Champions League knockout stage? ›

Qualified teams
  • Man City.
  • Napoli.
  • Club Brugge.
  • Bayern Munich.
  • Real Madrid.
  • Chelsea.
  • Borussia Dortmund.
  • Paris Saint-Germain.
10 hours ago

Is Barca eliminated? ›

Barcelona eliminated from UEFA Champions League after Inter Milan beats Viktoria Plzen - Sportstar.

Who knocked Barcelona out of the Champions League 2022? ›

Inter Milan secured their place in the Champions League knockout stage and sent Barcelona into the Europa League with victory against Viktoria Plzen. Barcelona's fate was already sealed before Xavi's side lost 3-0 to Group C winners Bayern Munich at the Nou Camp.

Why is Barca out of Champions League? ›

Barcelona have been eliminated from the Champions League after Inter beat Viktoria Plzen to ensure they join Bayern Munich in the round of 16.

Who is the UCL King? ›

Cristiano Ronaldo leads the UEFA Champions League in all-time goals scored, scoring a total of 141 goals.

Why Barca is called more than a club? ›

Founded in 1899 by a group of Swiss, Catalan, German, and English footballers led by Joan Gamper, the club has become a symbol of Catalan culture and Catalanism, hence the motto "Més que un club" ("More than a club"). Unlike many other football clubs, the supporters own and operate Barcelona.

Who has won the most Champions League? ›

Real Madrid claimed the current title of the 2021/22 Champions League and is by far the most successful club in European Cup history, having taken home the prestigious trophy a total of 14 times.

Who is the highest goal scorer in Laliga 2022? ›

Robert Lewandowski

Who is top scorer in Laliga? ›

Spanish LaLigaTop Scorers
PlayerTeamGoals
Lewandowski BarcelonaBarcelona11
Borja Iglesias BetisBetis7
Jose Luis Mato Sanmartín EspanyolEspanyol7
Iago Aspas CeltaCelta6
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How many goals has Lewandowski scored all time? ›

1) Lewandowski was born on 21 August 1988 in Warsaw, the capital of Poland. During his career so far he has scored 616 goals in 877 matches for club and country.

Who is the best player Messi or Ronaldo? ›

Ronaldo does boast more of FIFA's new 'The Best' awards and has been crowned UEFA Player of the Year on more occasions, but Messi has won more league Player of the Year accolades. Of course, it must be said that Ronaldo has won the Player of the Year award in England, Spain and Italy.

Who has the highest assist in PSG 2022? ›

Most Ligue 1 2021/22 assists
  • º K. Mbappé PSG. 3031' 0.49.
  • º L. Messi. PSG. 2153' 0.54.
  • º B. Bourigeaud. Stade Rennais. 3224' 0.32.
  • º D. Payet. Olympique Marseille. 2594' 0.35.
  • º J. Clauss. Lens. 3065' 0.3.
  • º H. Traoré Stade Rennais. 2899' 0.3.
  • º M. Simon. Nantes. 2352' 0.3.
  • º K. Volland. Monaco. 2452' 0.26.

Who score most between Messi and Ronaldo? ›

Who has scored the most goals between Messi and Ronaldo? Ronaldo has scored 804 goals in 1106 games while Messi has scored 759 goals in 957 games.

Has Real Madrid played in Europa League? ›

Since becoming the first Spanish club to enter the European Cup in 1955, Real has competed in every UEFA-organized competition, except the Intertoto Cup and Conference League. They have missed out on European football only twice in their history, in the 1977–78 and 1996–97 seasons.

How many times Barcelona went to Europa League? ›

Barcelona's 13th time in the Europa League/UEFA Cup

Having also had to settle for a third-place finish in their Champions League group last season, it is the second straight year that Barça have slipped from the continent's elite competition into the Europa League.

Who drops into Europa League? ›

The top two in each group, plus the eight third-placed teams who depart from the UEFA Champions League group stage, progress to the round of 32. As in the Champions League, all of the knockout stages apart from the final are played over two legs.

Is Atletico Madrid out of Champions League? ›

Atletico Madrid have been eliminated from European competition following a 2-1 defeat to Porto, a result which left them bottom of Champions League Group B.

Did Atletico Madrid qualify for Europa League? ›

Atletico's loss closed out a poor European campaign in dismal fashion, as they finished bottom of Group B and missed the chance to even clinch a Europa League spot.

Who qualified for Champions League 2022? ›

Who has qualified for Champions League 2022-23?
TeamCountry
AjaxNetherlands
Club BruggeBelgium
Red Bull SalzburgAustria
CelticScotland
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23 May 2022

Has PSG qualified for the Round of 16? ›

Paris Saint-Germain: Have qualified and are top of the group only on goal difference, so even a win in Turin might not be enough to finished first -- but it will leave Benfica needing a big score. Benfica: Have qualified but trail PSG by a goal difference of 4, and have also scored 4 fewer goals.

Is there head to head in Champions League? ›

Unlike the Premier League - which uses goal difference when teams are tied on points - the Champions League separates the teams on head-to-head points among the two fixtures between the sides.

How does Champions League Round of 16 draw work? ›

How does the Champions League round of 16 draw work? The draw features 16 teams: the winners and the runners-up from each of the eight Champions League groups. Two seeding pots will be formed: one consisting of the eight group winners (seeded teams) and the other of the eight runners-up (unseeded teams).

What league is Barcelona in? ›

FC Barcelona

How many UCL has Barca won? ›

Overall record
CompetitionPlayedWon
European Cup / Champions League338196
Cup Winners' Cup8550
UEFA Cup / Europa League8442
Fairs Cup7136
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How many Champions League finals has Barcelona lost? ›

Barcelona — 3 (1961, 1986, 1994)

How many times did Barcelona reach Champions League final? ›

Barcelona (8 times)

Barcelona have won the majority of their finals (5) but they last lifted the famous trophy in 2015.

How many goals Lewandowski scored against Real Madrid? ›

"I remember Lewandowski and his four goals against Madrid... I celebrated it a lot"

When did Bayern beat Barca 7 0? ›

Bayern crushed Barcelona in the 2012-13 Champions League semi-finals after winning 7-0 on aggregate.

How many goal has Lewandowski scored? ›

He has scored over 600 senior career goals for club and country.

How many goals has Lewandowski scored all time? ›

1) Lewandowski was born on 21 August 1988 in Warsaw, the capital of Poland. During his career so far he has scored 616 goals in 877 matches for club and country.

Which player has most goals against Real Madrid? ›

Top 10 players with most goals in El Clasico history
  • Karim Benzema – 13 goals. ...
  • Ferenc Puskas – 14 goals. ...
  • Francisco Gento – 14 goals. ...
  • Cesar – 14 goals. ...
  • Raul – 15 goals. ...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo – 18 goals. ...
  • Alfredo Di Stefano – 18 goals.
  • Lionel Messi – 26 goals. Messi has scored 26 goals against Real Madrid (Courtesy: Barcelona)
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Which player has most goals against Barcelona? ›

Raúl (Real Madrid) – 15 goals

The former Spanish international played in 37 Clásicos overall, his first coming in a 5-0 rout of the Catalans in January, 1995 (he didn't score) and his last in a 2-0 defeat in April, 2010. Out of the top 10 all-time top scorers, he comes second behind Messi in number of appearances.

Did Lewandowski play for Real Madrid? ›

Robert Lewandowski

How did Barca lose 8 2? ›

Bayern, who later went on to become champions, won the match 8–2, making it the first time Barcelona had conceded eight goals in a game since 1946, when they lost 8–1 to Sevilla in the 1946 Copa del Generalísimo.
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Statistics.
StatisticBarcelonaBayern Munich
Red cards00
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How many times has Bayern defeated Barcelona? ›

Bayern have the historical advantage over Barcelona, winning nine out of 13 competitive meetings. The other four games have resulted in two draws and two defeats.

Who scored the 8 goals against Barcelona? ›

Bayern Munich made a statement after putting eight goals past Barcelona in a flawless UEFA Champions League quarter-final victory, joining fellow Bundesliga side RB Leipzig in the semi-finals.

Who is the top scorer in Europe this season? ›

Bologna forward Marko Arnautovic, Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic and Lazio's Ciro Immobile are the three leading scorers in Serie A with six strikes each to their names this season.

How many free kicks has Lewandowski scored? ›

Lewandowski, meanwhile, scored six freekicks in Germany, five with Bayern and one for Borussia Dortmund.

How many red cards has Lewandowski got? ›

Robert Lewandowski averages 25 passes per match with a pass completion rate of 69%, and has 0 assists. Robert Lewandowski has received 0 yellow cards and 0 red cards. The average Infogol Player Rating for Robert Lewandowski in the UEFA Champions League 2022/23 season is 8.45.

Who is the highest scorer in football history? ›

The Guinness World Records have Pele down as scoring 1,279 goals in 1,363 games, including friendlies.

Who is top scorer of all time? ›

Pelé, with 762 official goals according to the IFFHS, held the world record for around 50 years. Imre Schlosser, the first footballer to score 500 goals. Alfredo Di Stéfano, the first South American to score 500. Lionel Messi scored the most goals for one club.

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