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Champions League: Barcelona 1:1 Tottenham – preview, line-ups, Live Commentary

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The last UCL battle of 2018 between the Catalans and the Spurs will be one the most interesting of the last matchday and is to take place at Camp Nou tonight.

Valverde’s wards are the winners of the quartet even before this game, so they have nothing to play for, while the guests must get a victory to prevent Inter Milan from reaching the next stage from their 2nd position.

There is a large difference in the level of game. The hosts know they do not need to show an amazing result so it’s smth like training for the Blaugranas, while Tottenham performers will die if they have to.

Barça are also expected to do plenty of changes in their squad to see if young players and reserve can make a name for themselves, so it isn’t crazy to say that the Spurs will probably be favorites to win this night.

It will be a fascinating game, and all the 90 minutes of the match are expected to be really fun. Whether Barça really want to get 3 points or not.

Date/Time: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Wednesday)

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)

Prediction: 2:0

Starting line-ups:

Barca XI: Cillessen; Semedo, Lenglet, Vermaelen, Juan Miranda; Arthur, Rakitic (c), Alena; Dembele, Munir, Coutinho
Subs: Ter Stegen, Pique, Busquets, D Suarez, Messi, Alba, Vidal
Tottenham’s XI: Lloris; Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Winks, Sissoko; Alli, Eriksen, Son; Kane
Subs: Gazzaniga, Davies, Skipp, Dier, Lamela, Lucas, Llorente

(Reporting by Glushko Denys, editing by Ponomarenko Valeriia)

Live commentary:


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90+2′ Inter and PSV are tying 1:1 at San Siro which means: Spurs will qualify to the next stage of the UCL.

90′ Four minutes of added time.

87′ Tottenham are looking for another one moment to score. 

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85′ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! 1-1! Kane found Moura, who managed to win Cillessen, sending the ball to the left! 

84′ Winks goes to the bench so Llorente comes on for the guests. Replacement by Pochettino.

82‘ Tottenham made 500 passes, though the hosts completed 450 passes by this minute. 

79′ Inter and PSV are playing a draw (1:1) right now, which means that Tottenham need to score at least a goal if they want to stay in the UCL. 

76′ Substitution from Valverde: Ousmane Dembélé out, Denis Suárez in.

75′ Messi ran alone against the Spurs defence, but Sissoko was the only one who threw the ball out.

71′ Moura replaced Son for the last 20-25 minutes of the battle.

69′ Semedo is booked – Barcelona’s first yellow card.

68′ Busquets and Messi are on the field to show all the strength of their squad.

66′ Ball possession is equal: Barca – 50%, Tottenham – 50%.

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64′ Sub. Messi is preparing to enter the field, so he comes on for El Haddidi.

62′ Replacement by Pochettino. Kyle Walker-Peters out, while Eric Lamela in.

61′ It’s just 30 minutes for the Spurs… The ice is melting as time in this match!

60′ Amazing! Another chance for Spurs! Sissoko sent the ball to Eriksen, who left it to Son. Unfortunately, they did not manage to end the moment.

56′ Walker-Peters blocked fast actions by Dembele, who beat two defenders and tried to meet 1-to-1 with Lloris.

54′ Spurs had 3 chances for the last 5 minutes. But time goes by…

51′ Kane was on the left flank, trying to send the ball into the hosts’ box. The defense cut his cross.

48′ Ericseeeen’s shot. Barca’s keeper saw it.

47′ Spurs’ attacks are very sharp at the moment.

46′ SECOND HALF! So, both teams are ready to continue. Rakitic out, Busquets in, sub by Valverde.

45+1′ Half-time! Barcelona 1-0 Tottenham 

44′ The guests have won only 3 of last 10 UCL away games.

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42′ Son and Kane are very active now.

41′ Stats by total passes: Barca – 240, Tottenham – 194.

38′ Spurs have been showing really quilitative game for the last 10 minutes. But will it be enough for victory? It’s a big question.

36′ Spurs are improving their pressure. However, it didn’t give the result to Pochettino’s team.

33′ Free-kick for Spurs! They must have scored it! But, Kane missed it. 

30′ Kane, Rose and Son were in the middle and tried to trick Barca’s defense. So close from the shot.

26′ Ousmane could doubled the advantage. Unfortunately, he failed a moment from 20 meters.

23′ Amazing defending skills by Kane in his own part of the field. 

19′ Possession stats: Barca – 53%, Spurs – 47%. So, it’s almost equal game. 

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15′ First yellow card for the guests. Walker-Peters got it.

13′ Barca are fully controlling the game after their goal.

10′ The Catalans are keeping possession and frustrating the guests. 

7′ GOAALL! Ousmane Dembele helps his team to score the first goal of the battle. Barcelona 1-0 Tottenham 

5′ Tottenham are pressing well early near Barca’s box.

3′ Good chance! Spurs’ Kane found Eiksen and they exchanged several perfect passes, but lost the ball then.

1′ KICK-OFF! So, it’s the first Spurs’ visit to Camp Nou for the last 40 years.

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0′ Both squads are on the field. So, we are starting!

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