Tuesday September 13, 2011 Group Stage: Group H Finished Camp Nou

FC Barcelona 2 - 2 AC Milan

  • Pedro 36’
  • Villa 50’
  • Pato 1’
  • Thiago Silva 90’

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  1. Milan grab last-gasp point at Barcelona

    Milan grab last-gasp point at Barcelona

    Milan salvaged a last-gasp 2-2 draw with an equaliser in stoppage time against Champions League holders Barcelona at the Camp Nou. More

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    Time:90'
    • FC Barcelona
    • AC Milan
    • 90+4' The full-time whistle goes at the Camp Nou, and Barcelona have been held to a 2-2 draw as Thiago Silva's last-gasp equaliser rescues a valuable point for Milan! Thanks for joining me.
    • 90+2' GOAL!!!!! THIAGO SILVA EQUALISES! The corner comes over from Seedorf, and Thiago Silva rises above Busquets to power a firm header beyond Valdes!
    • 90' Milan win a corner as Seedorf continues to battle away tirelessly in the Barcelona half, and this could be dangerous...
    • 89' Milan enjoy a period of possession with Seedorf and Ambrosini at the forefront, and Barcelona need to keep their concentration.
    • 88' Guardiola is the more animated of the two managers now as he waves frantically at his side to press further up the field once more.
    • 87' Alves storms down the right at pace, before dinking over a precise delivery to trouble the back-tracking Nesta, who does well to clear.
    • 86' Busquets is penalised for raising a high boot into the face of Nocerino, and he appeals wildly but to no avail.
    • 85' Fabregas exchanges passes with Xavi and Afellay as Barcelona press forward once more, but this time Abbiati can gather a loose ball.
    • 84' The goalscorer David Villa is withdrawn as Ibrahim Afellay comes on for Barcelona, and he departs to a standing ovation - he looks to have won this game for the hosts!
    • 83' Abate and Nesta combine at the back for Milan, but Nocerino is ruled offside as he storms down the right.
    • 82' Messi appeals with Fabregas for handball as Seedorf brings the ball forward, but Puyol challenges to end the attack.
    • 81' It's incessant pressure and possession from Barcelona as Milan are unable to break and press up the field.
    • 80' Xavi brings the ball forward at pace for Barcelona, and Villa is at the forefront of this move before it finally peters out.
    • 79' It continues to be David Villa's scorching free kick which separates the two sides at the Camp Nou, and the onus is on Milan in the final minutes to go for broke...
    • 78' Van Bommel's return is ended as he is replaced by Alberto Aquilani, and his exit is met with a chorus of boos from around the Camp Nou!
    • 77' Messi drives a speculative low shot from range which forces Abbiati into a smart save, and he even manages to prevent a corner.
    • 76' Ambrosini battles incredibly hard to win the ball back for Milan with Barcelona's momentum finally broken slightly.
    • 75' Messi wins a free kick, jinking past Thiago Silva and winning the set piece, but Barcelona waste this latest opportunity as Zambrotta again clears upfield.
    • 73' Fabregas and Xavi combine effectively in midfield once more, before Messi has his snap shot blocked by Zambrotta.
    • 72' Valdes bides his time at the back as Barcelona build once more, but the hosts are swiftly back into the Milan half.
    • 71' Seedorf wins a corner with a powerful run down the right, which he himself takes, but Valdes commands his area effectively to claim.
    • 70' Dani Alves is booked for a very rash lunge on Ambrosini, and that is very reckless from the Barca defender.
    • 69' Seedorf puts Puyol under immense pressure chasing a long ball from Thiago Silva, but Valdes charges out to clear and help his defender.
    • 67' Pedro is tripped by Ambrosini in cynical fashion on the edge of the Milan box, and this presents another dangerous free kick...
    • 66' Carles Puyol comes on to replace Seydou Keita as Pep Guardiola makes his second change.
    • 65' Allegri is very animated as he barks orders at his side once more, and Milan need to find some inspiration.
    • 63' Seedorf works very hard alongside Ambrosini as Milan look to stifle the time Barcelona have on the ball, but it's to no avail.
    • 62' Messi and Xavi continue to dictate affairs from midfield, and Milan are again forced onto the back foot deep inside their half.
    • 61' Abidal releases Messi once more, who charges upfield before seeing Zambrotta intercept and clear upfield.
    • 60' Urby Emanuelson replaces Cassano as Allegri makes his second change of the match, and the forward is not remotely upset about it.
    • 59' Nesta continues to thwart Barcelona from extending their lead as he makes another crucial interception to clear upfield.
    • 57' Messi skips past two Milan midfielders before Nesta is booked taking matters into his own hands once more - he is booked for a cynical tug on the shirt!
    • 55' Nesta concedes a corner with a very fine defensive header with Messi putting him under pressure, and the veteran defender is having a blinder!
    • 54' Nesta makes another last-ditch challenge as Messi races forward at pace and is denied by the Italian defender at the crucial moment - what a tackle!
    • 53' Villa skips inside from the left at pace, but unselfishly squares the ball to Fabregas who loses the ball. He should have gone for glory!
    • 52' Milan keep possession deep inside their own half, but are very much under the cosh now.
    • 51' Villa is almost immediately booked following the goal for flying in late on Nocerino, who is in a lot of pain.
    • 50' GOAL!!!!!! VILLA PUTS BARCELONA IN FRONT! Villa and Xavi stand over the free kick, with the forward eventually stepping up to take it, and he thunders a quite stunning shot into the corner of the net!
    • 49' Barca take a corner short through Fabregas before Busquets makes a meal of a slight contact from Cassano, hitting the ground theatrically to earn a free kick.
    • 48' Fabregas powers forward from deep to challenge with Thiago Silva tracking his run to ensure Milan regain the ball.
    • 47' Seedorf beats Busquets to a loose ball in the Barca half, but he runs out of support as he is charged down by a cluster of players.
    • 46' The second half is underway at the Camp Nou, and immediately Barcelona settle back into their stride on the front foot.
    • 45+3' The half-time whistle goes at the Camp Nou as Xavi slams a fierce shot wide of the far post, and it's 1-1 with Pato's first-minute opener cancelled out by Pedro from close range! This match is very finely poised, and the second half should be enthralling. What did you make of that first half? Get in touch...
    • 45+2' Pedro storms through the Milan half before squaring the ball to Messi, but this time Zambrotta intervenes.
    • 45+1' Cassano hauls down Messi as Barca win yet another free kick, but the shot goes high and wide as the ball eventually breaks for Villa.
    • 45' Barcelona continue to stroke the ball around with consummate ease, and now Milan are sitting deeper and deeper to soak up the pressure.
    • 44' Messi is ruled offside in a very marginal decision as he receives an intelligent through ball from Alves and rounds Abbiati.
    • 43' Alves jinks inside two challenges to make his way into the Milan half, but again it is the veteran Nesta who makes an impeccable tackle.
    • 42' Abate brings the ball down on the right for Milan and punts a long ball up to Pato, but he is horribly outnumbered in the Barca half.
    • 41' Milan stroke the ball around at the back with Barcelona pressing very high up the field as always, attempting to stifle the visitors.
    • 40' Fabregas is given an incredible ovation as he comes on, while sympathy is extended to Iniesta, who was really struggling there.
    • 39' Cesc Fabregas comes on to replace Iniesta, and that is an early enforced change for Guardiola.
    • 38' Iniesta is really struggling with an injury, and he is hobbling about very gingerly and may need to leave the field...
    • 37' Barcelona are straight back on the front foot as Abate again struggles, and the hosts take full advantage of his troubles.
    • 36' GOAL!!!!! PEDRO LEVELS FOR BARCA! Messi somehow retrieves the ball as Abate dallies poorly on the edge of the box, and the Argentine squares the ball precisely for Pedro to tap home!
    • 35' Nesta makes a quite brilliant tackle to deny Iniesta, who flies through three challenges to power into the Milan box at pace!
    • 34' Massimo Ambrosini comes on to replace Kevin-Prince Boateng, who departs after an ineffectual showing.
    • 33' Alves bundles over Nesta as the pair look to chase down a loose ball inside the Milan box, and the Italian wisely wins a free kick and gives his side some breathing space.
    • 32' Iniesta immediately releases Messi with a sharp through ball after Milan lose possession, but the Argentine's shot is saved again by the excellent Abbiati!
    • 31' It's wave after wave of Barcelona attacks right now as the hosts pile forward in their droves in search of this elusive equaliser...
    • 30' Abbiati makes a very sharp save at his near post as Messi forces his way through the Milan defence and drills a low shot towards the corner of the net!
    • 29' Messi wins another free kick 25 yards out as he skips past Boateng, who carves him down in crude fashion. This could be very dangerous...
    • 28' Villa attempts an acrobatic effort which flashes over the bar as the cross comes in from Alves outwide on the right, and that was not a bad attempt!
    • 27' Allegri is again out on the touchline barking orders at his side as they sit back and defend stoically. He knows his side have grabbed a wonderful opportunity thus far.
    • 26' Pato continues to cause all sorts of problems for Barca as he floats in the hosts' half, causing havoc with his sharp runs.
    • 25' Xavi threads a precise ball through to Messi who dinks a delivery up for Villa, but Nesta does well to head back to his keeper under pressure.
    • 24' Pedro floats outwide on the left to occupy and trouble Abate, but a pass from Iniesta does not find the forward.
    • 23' Alves is unable to receive a pass from Busquets as he mis-times his run down the right, and Milan have a reprieve.
    • 22' Messi misses the target with another effort from range, and Boateng is being shouted at for not tracking the Argentine's run from midfield.
    • 21' Abate is now being targeted by Barca it seems, as wave upon wave of attacks flow from the hosts' left. Allegri appears pretty concerned.
    • 20' Alves wins a free kick at the expense of Abate, but this time the delivery is poor from Xavi as the ball runs clear.
    • 19' It's all Barcelona right now as the hosts dominate possession, and Milan are forced back very deep inside their own half.
    • 18' Messi fires a quite stunning delivery from the resulting set piece, and Abbiati does well to parry the ball wide - what an effort!
    • 17' Xavi and Iniesta exchange passes in mesmeric fashion before van Bommel trips Messi and the Argentine wins a free kick. Van Bommel is booked.
    • 16' Allegri bawls out his defenders for not tracking a sharp run from Abidal, and that came from very deep with Messi screaming for the ball.
    • 15' Alves crudely trips Seedorf, who hits the ground and stands over the free kick. He rolls the ball to Boateng, but Barca block the effort.
    • 14' Abate streaks down the right before finding Nocerino, but the cross is poor and the ball runs clear for Barcelona to counter.
    • 13' Messi draws a sprawling save from Abbiati with a low drive from 25 yards having skipped past Boateng, and that's a fine run and shot, and a fine save.
    • 12' Villa hits the side-netting! The Spaniard should really do better as Zambrotta misses his kick at the back post from Xavi's corner, and he has a free volley at goal from a tight angle.
    • 11' Abbiati rolls the ball out to Van Bommel as Milan look to break from deep, but the Dutchman squanders possession to Busquets.
    • 10' Xavi whips over a corner kick with the ball breaking loose to Iniesta, but the midfielder misses the target with his low strike.
    • 9' Barca continue to use Alves as their primary outlet on the right wing, and again he charges down the flank and gets over a testing cross.
    • 8' Alves storms down the right in a bid to create some space and width for his side, but Abate heads his cross clear.
    • 7' Messi drops deep now as Barca are forced to chase the ball and keep possession in their own half.
    • 6' Iniesta sees a lot of the ball in midfield as he drops very deep to link up the play alongside Xavi with Milan pressing high up the field.
    • 5' Villa attempts an acute through ball and strikes the rebound narrowly wide of the far post as Abbiati scrambles across his line.
    • 4' Pato almost gets clear again! Another through ball comes from Seedorf, and Pato almost gets beyond Abidal yet again as he gets his legs caught up on this occasion.
    • 3' Van Bommel challenges with Busquets and comes out on top, but he cannot quite hold possession as he looks to power forward.
    • 2' Barcelona stroke the ball around on halfway, and the European champions have a lot of work to do early on after that stunning start from Milan.
    • 1' GOAL!!!!! PATO PUTS MILAN IN FRONT! Milan assume a shock early lead as Pato races clear of a static Barca back four, and cooly slides the ball beyond Valdes - the Italian champions are in front in a matter of seconds! What a start!
    • 1' The first half is underway, and Milan kick us off in their all-white strip in front of a packed crowd...
    • 19:45 Right, we're all set for kick off, and Seedorf and Xavi lead out their respective sides with a tremendous atmosphere brewing at the Camp Nou. Let's get cracking...
    • 19:40 This was the statement regarding Ibrahimovic's injury: "AC Milan announce that during today's training Zlatan Ibrahimovic felt pain in the adductor (groin) region," Milan said. "A clinical evaluation revealed a muscle injury that will prevent him joining the trip to Barcelona," the Italian champions added. Adriano Galliani said: "We’re calm and tranquil, Alexandre Pato and Antonio Cassano, two champions, will now play instead. I’m not crying about this situation."
    • 19:35 Jord thinks Barcelona will win 4-0 with a Messi brace, while Messineymar believes Milan will prevail 3-2. Dilaver predicts a 3-0 to win to Barca, while WB thinks the Italian side will be destroyed! What do others think? Let me know!
    • 19:30 Barca, kings of Europe four times compared to the seven triumphs of their opening opponents, will start as favourites to become the first club to retain the trophy since Milan achieved the feat in 1990.
    • 19:25 While keeping an eye on Lionel Messi, Milan will also be hoping to capitalise on the defensive insecurity that resulted in Barca dropping two La Liga points in a 2-2 draw at Real Sociedad at the weekend. "It's not easy to get back to what we do well, but we can't let it happen again," defender Sergio Busquets told Barca's website. Read full story
    • 19:20 The onus is on Mark van Bommel to stifle the Barcelona passing game, according to the man himself. The Dutchman spoke of his intention to cramp the space afforded to Barca in his pre-match press conference. Can he come even close to doing so against his former club?
    • 19:15 Milan may be without Ibrahimovic, but Barcelona must cope without their captain again as Carles Puyol remains confined to the bench despite returning to fitness.
    • 19:10 Remember, you can share your thoughts on the match as it progresses either by posting in the comments box below or contacting me via Twitter @danquarrell Get in touch!
    • 19:05 Sadly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is absent from this evening's clash after sustaining a groin injury in training. The Swede has made no secret of the fact that he does not get on with Barca boss Pep Guardiola after his ill-fated spell at the Nou Camp two seasons ago, but the two will not face each other this week due to the striker's injury. Read full story
    • 19:00 Ahead of this match, underfire Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has declared Real Madrid and Barcelona as the two superpowers of European football, but predicts an economic crisis ahead This is what Wenger said about Barca
    • 18:55 THE TEAMS ARE IN! BARCELONA: Valdes, Alves, Abidal, Mascherano, Keita, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, Messi, Villa, Pedro. Subs: Pinto, Puyol, Maxwell, Fabregas, Alcantara, Afellay, Adriano /// MILAN: Abbiati, Nesta, Zambrotta, Abate, Thiago Silva, Van Bommel, Seedorf, Nocerino, Boateng, Pato, Cassano. Subs: Amelia, Bonera, Yepes, Antonini, Aquilani, Ambrosini, Emanuelson
    • 18:50 In the other match in the group, Viktoria Plzen host BATE Borisov at the Stadion mesta Plzne, so this match is understandably described as one of the two games to decide which of Barcelona or Milan will top the standings. You can keep an eye on the other match here
    • 18:45 It's the clash everyone has been eagerly awaiting in Group H since the Champions League draw was made as Barcelona host Milan at the Camp Nou. It kicks off at 19:45 UK time, so settle in...
  • Summary

    • 90+2' GOAL!!!!! THIAGO SILVA EQUALISES! The corner comes over from Seedorf, and Thiago Silva rises above Busquets to power a firm header beyond Valdes!
    • 54' Nesta makes another last-ditch challenge as Messi races forward at pace and is denied by the Italian defender at the crucial moment - what a tackle!
    • 50' GOAL!!!!!! VILLA PUTS BARCELONA IN FRONT! Villa and Xavi stand over the free kick, with the forward eventually stepping up to take it, and he thunders a quite stunning shot into the corner of the net!
    • 36' GOAL!!!!! PEDRO LEVELS FOR BARCA! Messi somehow retrieves the ball as Abate dallies poorly on the edge of the box, and the Argentine squares the ball precisely for Pedro to tap home!
    • 30' Abbiati makes a very sharp save at his near post as Messi forces his way through the Milan defence and drills a low shot towards the corner of the net!
    • 18' Messi fires a quite stunning delivery from the resulting set piece, and Abbiati does well to parry the ball wide - what an effort!
    • 12' Villa hits the side-netting! The Spaniard should really do better as Zambrotta misses his kick at the back post from Xavi's corner, and he has a free volley at goal from a tight angle.
    • 4' Pato almost gets clear again! Another through ball comes from Seedorf, and Pato almost gets beyond Abidal yet again as he gets his legs caught up on this occasion.
    • 1' GOAL!!!!! PATO PUTS MILAN IN FRONT! Milan assume a shock early lead as Pato races clear of a static Barca back four, and cooly slides the ball beyond Valdes - the Italian champions are in front in a matter of seconds! What a start!
    • 18:55 THE TEAMS ARE IN! BARCELONA: Valdes, Alves, Abidal, Mascherano, Keita, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, Messi, Villa, Pedro. Subs: Pinto, Puyol, Maxwell, Fabregas, Alcantara, Afellay, Adriano /// MILAN: Abbiati, Nesta, Zambrotta, Abate, Thiago Silva, Van Bommel, Seedorf, Nocerino, Boateng, Pato, Cassano. Subs: Amelia, Bonera, Yepes, Antonini, Aquilani, Ambrosini, Emanuelson

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