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Barcelonacoach Xavi Hernandez said he was outraged at what he believed were refereeing injustices after two handball decisions went against his side in Tuesdays1-0Champions League defeat toInter Milan.
Hakan Calhanogluscored the only goal of the game in first-half stoppage time, but the match ended in controversy when Barca had an equaliser ruled out for handball before they were denied a late penalty whenDenzel Dumfriesappeared to handle the ball inside the area.
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Inter have six points after three games in Group C, three fewer than leadersBayern Munichand three more than Barca. Inter and Barca meet again next Wednesday at Camp Nou.
I am angry and indignant about what we have seen, it is an injustice, Xavi fumed in a news conference after the game at the San Siro.
I said it on Monday and I have to say it again: the referees have to come out and explain themselves because I dont understand anything.
[The referee] didnt want to give me an explanation after the game. Referees have to speak; I cant speak about a decision I have not made. For me, [the decisions were] crystal clear. I dont understand it at all.
Pedris 66th-minute would-be equaliser was ruled out because of a handball byAnsu Fatiin the build-up, although Xavi argued that, as it was involuntary and Ansu was not the scorer, the goal should have stood.
Barcas fury multiplied in stoppage time when a possible handball by Dumfries, taking the ball away from Ansu in the box, was not given as a penalty. The play was reviewed by VAR, but the referee did not get called to the pitch side monitor, as he had done when cancelling Pedris goal.
If you are asking how I am, I am outraged, Xavi continued. I dont understand anything. If Ansu handballs it [involuntarily] but someone else then scores, its a goal. And they disallowed it.
As for the other one [Dumfries possible handball]... I just do not understand. Its an injustice, I cant hide it. The referees have to speak.
Inter coach Simone Inzaghi said he did not see the incidents, preferring to focus on a memorable win for his side, who came into the game on the back of a fourth defeat in eight Serie A games.
It gives us great confidence beating a team of this quality, he said. We really needed it. I was feeling OK because on Saturday [a2-1loss to Roma], I saw good things from the team, but with errors which in other matches wouldnt have cost us.
Xavi also conceded that Barca must be self-critical after a second consecutive Champions League defeat left their chances of progression to the last 16 hanging in the balance.
Inter had the best of a scrappy first half, with Calhanoglu drawing a good save fromMarc-Andre ter Stegenbefore the home side had a penalty overturned and a goal ruled out for offside.
Calhanoglu then gave Inzaghis side the lead just before the break. Barca rallied in the second half but could not break down the Italians stubborn backline.
We also have to be self-critical, beyond the refereeing decisions, Xavi said. We have to play better, although we still deserved at least a draw.
But its not the worst game we have played this season. In the second half, we were good; in the last half an hour very good. We had them pinned back, we tried...
The first half was not good enough for a Champions League game. We have to be more dynamic, quicker and have better ball circulation. Now we are left in an uncomfortable situation. We have three games left, all finals, and two at home.
I am worried about the defeat because we have three points, Inter six and Bayern nine. We are in a difficult position and we cant slip up again.