It seemed that the pressure was getting to Inter, and the referee. Sergio Busquets went down after an innocuous hand-off from Thiago Motta whilst defending the ball. Busquets rolled, the Camp Nou bayed for blood, and De Bleeckere granted their wish, producing a red card.
The tide of the tie was starting to swing, if there’s one team you don’t want to be down a man to, it's Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona.
Minutes later Messi tested the flexibility of Juilo Cesar, curling a shot into the bottom corner, which the Brazilian brilliantly tipped wide.
But Inter managed to get to half-time unscathed on the scoreline, albeit with two yellow cards and one red.
Despite constant waves of Barcelona attacks Inter held firm. Mourinho opted for another defensive midfielder, bringing on Sulley Muntari for Sneijder with 25 minutes remaining.