Ernesto Valverde explains Lionel Messi absence

Annette Crawford
November 8, 2018

Mauro Icardi's equaliser four minutes later ultimately cancelled out Malcom's effort, but the Brazilian is now hopeful of building on his maiden goal, and reiterated his desire to force his way into Ernesto Valverde's plans. "The whole season we've been grinding out results here and there", said Kane. The 31-year-old was named among the 22 men who travelled to Milan on Monday morning, but whether he will get some minutes is still unclear considering that there's still some time to go until his prescribed date of recovery.

"The boys are very disappointed, I'm very disappointed and we have to do better", said Klopp.

Napoli played out a 1-1 draw with Paris St Germain to move in a share of top spot in Group C alongside Liverpool, who were shocked by a 2-0 defeat to Crvena Zvezda in Belgrade.

Ice cold Icardi struck with his first shot of the match in the 87th minute to grab a draw from a match Barcelona dominated from the start, just four minutes after a neat curling strike from substitute Malcom gave the away side a fully deserved lead.

Jesus Corona made the game safe for Porto and Monteiro Otavio added a fourth in stoppage time. Over the last three games, Suarez has scored six goals.

On a night where Lionel Messi was missing, Coutinho stepped up and showed his worth and created a number of glorious opportunities for both himself and his team-mates. Cultural Leonesa were only beaten 1-0, although it was a heavily rotated XI and they had to come from behind with two late goals to beat Rayo Vallecano 3-2.


The two favourites in Group A are not guaranteed a path to the last 16 yet, however, after Club Brugge claimed a stunning 4-0 win at Monaco.

The Champions League match between Inter Milan and Barcelona will be broadcast live on B/R Live.

Semi-finalists in 2017, Monaco are now eliminated.

"Problems can always flare up, but we played well and it was a game that had everything".

"We wanted him to train with the team but training isn't the same as playing".

Porto are on the brink of qualification from Group D after a 4-1 win at home to Lokomotiv Moscow.

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