Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
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Barcelona through in Champions League as Liverpool suffer shock loss

Barcelona through in Champions League as Liverpool suffer shock loss

However, fans must wait until one hour before kickoff to learn whether Messi will be in the starting lineup, on the substitutes bench or out of the gameday squad altogether.

Messi still travelled for the game to show his support for his teammates.

Barcelona qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League on Tuesday after a compelling 1-1 draw away to Inter Milan as a late leveller from Mauro Icardi disrupted the Catalans' ideal record in this season's competition.

Even with Lionel Messi sidelined with a broken arm, Barcelona have continued winning. This was also goal number three in four games for ICARDI in the Champions League, having previously been on the mark against Tottenham and PSV.

Messi, 31, has not played since breaking a bone in his arm in a win over Sevilla on October 20.

Circumstances have helped. After Inter, came Real, who were in a mess, Cultural Leonesa, who play in Spain's third tier, and Rayo Vallecano, who are 19th in the table.

Inter manager Luciano Spalletti claims that Milan Skriniar is worth €100m (£87m) to most clubs - but Barcelona and Real Madrid must pay a "tip" if they want to sign him.

Jesus Corona made the game safe for Porto and Monteiro Otavio added a fourth in stoppage time.

Luis Suarez scored twice on Saturday, the second an 89th-minute victor to complete a late comeback against Rayo.

All four teams can still make it through to the last 16 as Liverpool and Napoli are tied with six points while PSG and Red Star are on five and four respectively.

"You do not know what can happen and we didn't want to take risks".

"I think we deserved more". "Under the new coach I'm not being picked but I'm working on it".

That is what Ernesto Valverde has said.

Then, Rafinha's Barca future looked bleak but Valverde's preference carries a clear message to the likes of Dembele and Malcom about the value he places on concentration, pressing off the ball and teamwork.

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