Barcelona were held to a 1-1 draw despite a dominating performance against Inter Milan in a rain-soaked San Siro.
Malcom gave Barca a deserved opener after several close calls in the latter stages, but Inter grabbed an unmerited leveller through Mauro Icardi with their first shot on target.
Here’s our player ratings for both sides from Milan.
INTER MILAN (4-2-3-1)
Handanovic 7. Made a steady stream of saves to keep his team in the game. None of them were spectacular but he avoided mistakes well.
Vrsaljko 5. Consistently pushed back by Coutinho, who gave him constant problems, and unable to many any attacking impact.
De Vrij 5. A poor early error to give Dembele a chance but and he struggled to contain Suarez throughout. Relieved to hear the final whistle.
Skriniar 7. Made a couple of key interventions to snuff out dangerous situations, and was probably Inter’s best outfield player without much competition.
Milan Skriniar first galf vs Barcelona— FootballTalentScout (@FTalentScout) November 6, 2018
88% pass accuracy
6 tackles won
100% tackle success
7/8 duels won
Il muro Slovacco at it again. pic.twitter.com/1HS4yheAep
Asamoah 6. Fired over after a rare venture forward but was otherwise forced to concentrate on defending against Dembele.
Vecino 5. Came close after 30 seconds but that proved to be the high point for both himself and the team. Overrun in midfield.
Brozovic 4. Ponderous in possession and slow to close down space, this was a really poor performance from a player with a big reputation.
Politano 5. Sent Inter’s best chance wide with a free header from the penalty spot, but otherwise made little headway down the right.
Nainggolan 4. Virtually invisible before being replaced an hour into the game, having made no significant contributions.
Perisic 6. Very quiet early on but grew into the game, delivering a dangerous second half cross to give Politano a decent chance.
Icardi 6. Barely had a kick in the first half as Barça cruised, and continued to do nothing until pouncing for the leveller.
Valero 6. Offered a fresh dose of creativity to a previously pedestrian side, showing some flashes of attacking intent.
Candreva 5. Little chance to make an impact after appearing from the bench for the latter stages.
Martinez 6. Came on to bolster the attack in the latter stages and played his part by teeing up Icardi for the equaliser.
Ter Stegen 7. Had virtually nothing to do as his team bosses the game, but his few calls to action were executed well.
Roberto 7. Reliable coming forward and industrious in defence, this was a solid display to show why he is still first choice right back.
Pique 8. Almost flawless in the centre of defence, including an outstanding block on a rare chance for Icardi. Back to his best.
Lenglet 7. Anticipated well and acted decisively to snuff out Inter’s attacks, although one loose clearance created danger for his team.
Alba 7. Gave an injury scare as he hurt his back stretching to reach a through ball but recovered for another energy-packed display.
Rakitic 7. Kept things moving in midfield and drilled a low first half strike just wide. Provided a good link between midfield and attack.
Busquets 8. Imperious in the centre of the field, seeming to know what was happening two seconds before everyone else.
Arthur 7. Looked out of sorts in the early stages but soon settled to exert a cool control over possession, before being replaced by Vidal.
Dembele 6. Threatened in the opening minutes, but proceeded to deliver another hot and cold performance and was eventually replaced.
Suarez 7. Came close on four occasions in the opening half and always looked dangerous. Will be wondering how he didn’t score.
Coutinho 7. Regularly linked well with Suarez, coming close with a series of powerful long range efforts. Assisted Malcom for the opener.
Vidal 6. Added for the last 20 minutes for some more midfield muscle, and did his job in an unusually controlled manner.
Malcom 7. Given a very rare outing as a late substitute for Dembele and made the most of it with practically his first touch, netting the opener.
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The Sport360 Team is in place bringing you all the latest Blaugrana news on Tuesday.
14:00 – Messi fans in Milan
13:00 – Do you remember this goal Barca fans?
12:00 – Twelve hours until kick off
11:00 – Barcelona interested in signing Luiz
Barcelona are interested in signing the Chelsea centre-back, AS reports.
The La Liga champions currently only have two fit centre backs following injuries to Thomas Vermaelen and Samuel Umtiti.
Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet have forged a decent partnership so far this season but Ernesto Valverde’s side are set to enter the market in January in a bid to add more strength to their defence.
10:00 – Milan bound
The Barcelona players and staff travelled to Milan overnight ahead of tonight’s game (00:00 UAE time).
9:00 – Talking points ahead of tonight’s game
Is Lionel Messi back in business? Check out our three talking points ahead of the match.
8:00 – Key tactics ahead of Inter clash
Barcelona travel to the San Siro for their fourth group game in the Champions League against Inter Milan tonight.
The Catalans may have Lionel Messi at their disposal, who was a late inclusion in the squad, and the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s presence will certainly have some tactical implications.
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The Sport360 Team is in place bringing you all the latest Blaugrana news on Monday.
22:05 – Barca tactics v Inter
Here, we look at the key tactics for Ernesto Valverde’s side.
19:50 – Inter v Barca talking points
Lionel Messi could be back in action for Barcelona in Tuesday night’s Champions League trip to Inter Milan, which could see both teams qualify for the next stage depending on the outcome of Tottenham’s meeting with PSV.
The possible inclusion of the Argentine ace is sure to dominate the pre-game analysis, but there is also plenty at stake for Inter as the Italian team aim to secure their passage to the next stage.
Read Andy West’s talking points here.
17:45 – Spalletti won’t just focus on Messi’s possible return
14:00 Neymar ‘wants’ Barcelona return
This won’t be the first or last you’ll hear of this rumour but Neymar’s former Barcelona team-mate Martin Montoya has discussed a potential return to Camp Nou for the Brazilian.
“I think Neymar wants to go back because he was really comfortable and adapted the three years he was at the club,” he said in an interview with Goal.
12:35 – Messi back… sort of
The Spanish press have been gearing up for Lionel Messi’s potential injury return for the Champions League clash with Inter Milan.
While the Argentine has travelled with the team, he’s been left out of the squad with Real Betis at the weekend far more likely to see his return.
"He's back!" The 🗞️ frontpages in Barcelona today celebrate the early return of Leo Messi, who'll travel with the team to Milan. pic.twitter.com/gaG2KvHNPj— The Spanish Football Podcast (@tsf_podcast) November 5, 2018
08:30 – Former president hails Luis Suarez
The Uruguayan has stepped up in the absence of Lionel Messi with crucial goals against Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano.
And former president Joan Gaspart believes he should be offered fresh terms.