Tuesday April 3, 2012 Quarter-final Finished Camp Nou

FC Barcelona 3 - 1 AC Milan

  • Messi 11’ (pen.), 41’ (pen.)
  • Iniesta 53’
  • Nocerino 32’

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  1. Record-breaker Messi puts Barcelona through

    Record-breaker Messi puts Barcelona through

    Barcelona progressed to the last four of the Champions League with a 3-1 win over Milan at the Camp Nou, Lionel Messi scoring twice. More

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    Time:90'
    • FC Barcelona
    • AC Milan
    • - Thanks for joining me tonight - I'll be off for a few weeks, but no doubt will see you again on my return. Enjoy tomorrow's games - Chelsea v Benfica and Real Madrid's walkover against APOEL - and have a great Easter, with plenty of football action across Europe to distract you from death by chocolate. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 90+4 That is the end of Milan's run - Barca are through to the semis after a 3-1 win at Camp Nou, the same score on aggregate. Thanks for joining me!
    • 90+3 Nocerino catches Alves and is booked, Milan just having a hack at the end. He misses the next match, which will be in next season's group stage one assumes.
    • 90+2 The ref strides out 10 yards for this free kick. Messi wants a chance of a hat-trick... Lopez booked for backchat. Messi curls it over.
    • 90+1 Milan are getting frustrated, Mexes the latest to get booked for a late one. Busquets making the most of it, obviously.
    • 90' Throw to Milan deep in Barca's half, on the right. Lopez on the ball but he's crowded out and another throw to the Rossoneri.
    • 89' Ibra almost sneaks in but Valdes rushes out and the clearance is completed.
    • 88' Adriano springs the offside trap, he is clean through and this could finish it but he scuffs a terrible finish wide of the near post!
    • 87' Cuenca with an effort that Abbiati gathers with little fuss. Now Alves swings in a cross that Milan leave and MESSI FLIES IN ON ABBIATI but the keeper gets a giant palm on it and Nesta hooks clear!!
    • 86' Mexes strides upfield and is pulled back by Cuenca, who is booked.
    • 85' Now Messi on the run but he can't get the shot away. Good defending Mexes.
    • 84' Great challenge by Mascherano on Lopez! He's been my MOM.
    • 83' MILAN SUB: Ex-Barca forward Lopez comes on for Pato, the sub subbed. Must have been his back playing up again, either that or Allegri really hates him.
    • 82' Barca have another free-kick after Thiago is clipped by Ambrosini after the ball had gone.
    • 81' Messi almost sends Keita through but Nesta can clear. Barca have it back though...
    • 80' He went in a bit late on Thiago but was pulling out so probably right not to book him.
    • 79' Ambrosini with another foul but he escapes a booking.
    • 78' BARCA SUB: Keita is on for Fabregas.
    • 77' Robinho leaves Iniesta in a heap after a late flick. Iniesta lives, but the Brazilian is booked.
    • 76' Terrible first touch from Pato after Mexes's long ball played him in! Over the shoulder it came but he should have done better.
    • 75' BARCA SUB: Pique limps off for Adriano, a more orthodox left-back.
    • 74' Pique is down hurt with some kind of injury. Looks like his left knee.
    • 73' Fine cross from Ibra on the right with Aquilani diving in far post but Alves reads it and nicks the ball away from the Italian!
    • 72' Nocerino seemed to be caught by Cesc as he turned but play-on! Now Barca move forward, Thiago gives it away though with a needless backheel.
    • 71' Messi with a lunge at Ambrosini, who had lost the ball. Milan can't do anything with the free-kick, Mascherano heading it away.
    • 70' MILAN SUB: Pato on for the Prince. Attacking.
    • 69' SHOULD HAVE BEEN FOUR! Wonderful move from Barcelona, Messi taking down a long ball to dink it in for Thiago, who strokes the low finish past Abbiati but also beyond the far post.
    • 68' Alves on the charge, almost finding Messi but nicked back to Abbiati by a defender, the keeper hoofing high and long.
    • 67' Barca revert to passing it slow and carefully. No need to do anything out of the ordinary now...
    • 66' Abate on the right, low ball for Boateng who almost sneaks it in to Robinho but Pique I think hooks out a leg to intercept.
    • 65' Late slide from Mascherano on Robinho and the Argentine defender, as he is nowadays, is booked.
    • 64' Messi on it now but Abate hoofs clear. Back with Barca and Iniesta, Cesc on it but his return pass is cleared by Nesta.
    • 63' BARCA SUB: Xavi, who was a pre-match doubt, is replaced by Thiago.
    • 62' Robinho is clean through but a great save Valdes - the ref pulls it back as the rebound is drilled in because he feels Robinho handballed. Very harsh!
    • 61' MILAN SUB: Aquilani on for Seedorf.
    • 60' Boateng and Mascherano having an argument, the latter accusing the former of an elbow.
    • 59' Set piece Milan on the left, attacked by Boateng but headed wide.
    • 58' Xavi can shoot but instead drifts it wide for Alves but his shot is blocked, Alves picking it up to cross for Messi but the flag is up.
    • 57' Milan come forward but the cross from the left is chested away by Puyol, Pique completing the clearance.
    • 56' Messi with another glue-footed run through the middle but his chip is over.
    • 55' Busquets and Nocerino collide, surprised not to see the former claim a headbutt.
    • 54' GOAL BARCELONA! No doubt about that one, Messi on a typical run through the middle, his shot is blocked by Mexes but it sneaks into the path of Iniesta who kills it with a super touch and flicks a rising finish past Abbiati. 3-1!
    • 53' Short routine sees a high ball swung in, Milan have three men on Valdes but that's because they were offside.
    • 52' Down the other end Boateng surges forward but Puyol has him in his sights and it's out for a corner.
    • 51' Lovely passing move but Alves is challenged. Almost another chance but Iniesta can't shoot and Milan clear.
    • 50' The corner is sent a touch too deep and Barca are able to clear.
    • 49' Puyol is caught in possession by Boateng, now Ibra could be in but Mascherano is brilliantly placed. Corner.
    • 48' Actually it's more central than I thought, so the shot is on - and Xavi curls it just wide!
    • 47' Boateng leaves Messi in a heap after a tangle and Barca have a free-kick arond 30 yards out, a touch to the right.
    • 46' Ibra and Robinho go down in the Barca box but, with little protest from Milan, the ref does not act. The replay shows Mascherano hooking his leg around to get the bal.
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • - Differing views on that penalty from fans: @incakolanew: "My brother (who's never wrong) said the 2nd was a kosher pen. So that's that sorted out. It'll finish 4-2" ; @AhmadAdu: "the second wasn't and i'm call BS on that ref, can't barca win without help from UEFA and its refs" FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • - Was that second penalty kosher? I don't really think so, in terms of frequency of offence and happiness of refs to leave them. What do you think? Keep it clean kids. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 45+2 Half-time and Barcelona lead thanks to two Messi penalties, the first 100% the second soft. A couple of records for Messi too - joint-highest season total in the CL/EC with 14, and the youngest man to get past 50 in Europe's premier club competition.
    • 45+1 A couple of yards short of the D, Ibra will take this free-kick. Straight into the wall though, poor.
    • 45' Milan scramble it clear from the edge of the box as Messi and Xavi combine nicely. Boateng now swings one wide for Ibra, he takes on the full-back but cleared. Ambrosini has it back and Xavi fouls, free-kick 25-3 yards out... One minute added on.
    • 44' Fine save from Abbiati as Messi drags a low shot to the bottom right! The ball is still alive though but Cesc can't get the shot away!
    • 43' Ambrosini tackles Messi, quick up to Ibra but Seedorf gives it away. Back with Barca...
    • 42' Anyway, it's a penalty to Barca, Messi to take once more... different corner, 2-1. 14 goals in the CL this season, a joint record.
    • 42' Shirt pulling it appears - but Puyol had a piece of Nesta too. That is very harsh in that such matters occur at every corner. Seedorf is booked for backchat. Well then.
    • 41' As the corner comes in Barca appeal for another penalty... Play is stopped and the ref shows a yellow card to Nesta! What on earth was that for!
    • 40' Here come Barca again, the quiet so far Iniesta finds Messi, inside to Xavi, whose shot takes a big touch off Abate and flies over for a corner.
    • 39' Ibra robs Pique in his own area, great strength, but Mascherano is back smartly to clear.
    • 38' Messi finds Fabregas on the edge of the D but his low shot is too close to Abbiati, who holds on.
    • 37' Alves gives it away but Boateng flies into Busquets, who risks the temptation to put on a show for the ref.
    • 36' Some scrappiness in the Barca half but they get it clear. Now Xavi with a fine effort equalled by a smart Abbiati stop!
    • 35' Nocerino in space on the right but his low cut-back is behind Ibra! Suddenly Milan on the up!
    • 34 Barca quickly on the offensive but Alves's cross is terrible.
    • 34' Well then. Guardiola looks on with interest. He and Ibra don't get on, and while Nocerino's finish was nice, the Swede created that goal and looks a touch pleased with himself.
    • 33' GOAL MILAN! Nocerino with a sweet low finish from the right, across Valdes and in after a brilliant pass by Ibra, who split the defence in two with a diagonal through-ball! Robinho started that move with a nice run in from the left. 1-1! Milan going through on away goals like this!
    • 32' Antonini gives it away to Cesc, who slips a through-ball in but cleared by Milan this time.
    • 31' A possible Milan counter breaks down again and Barca can build from the back, slowly slowly.
    • 30' Cuenca with a good challenge but he then gives it away. The home fans groan.
    • 29' Alves fancies this one, long run-up.... it hits the wall, Pique getting the touch, and well wide for a goal kick.
    • 28' Free-kick to Barca around 35 yards out after Ambrosini again hauls back Cesc. Whistles from the home fans, who want a card, but none is forthcoming.
    • 27' Abbiati is okay, just a bruise. No action on Alves, correct as he was trying to finish a move he started.
    • 26' Alves on a mazy run to get inside past Antonini, and he could be in here but Abbiati flies out to save at his feet! The pair collide and the keeper has a knock. Should be fine though.
    • 25' Messi manages to squeeze out a shot through a sea of Milan defenders but it's straight at Abbiati.
    • 24' Busquets tries to play Messi in on the edge of the box but Mexes is alert this time.
    • 23' The ref warns Boateng after he reacts to perceived gamesmanship from Barca, who have a free-kick.
    • 22' Pique with a fine interception on the edge of the box, and his swift low ball launches a counter. Now Cuenca on the left, inside to Cesc WHO IS IN BUT NESTA HOOKS IT AWAY!
    • 21' Ambrosini hails back Cesc, who goes to ground somewhat theatrically. He just tickled you soft lad, now get up.
    • 20' An ooh after some nice skill from Messi but the pace of the counter stalls and Barca, again, go for a passing, slow build-up.
    • 19' Milan on the move now but the promising spell of possession flounders when Seedorf wastes a cross from the right.
    • 18' Corner to Barca on the right. Xavi puts it over, Abbiati flaps terribly and Puyol arrives at the far post but the stretching Catalan fails to connect!
    • 17' The flag is up on Ibra after a decent move from Milan from the left, Robinho and Seedorf combining.
    • 16' Nesta intercepts Cuenca's cross but Barca get it back and can come again...
    • 15' Ibra gives it away but Cesc can't get beind the defence and Barca, in time-honoured fashion, go slow...
    • 13' Cesc looks for Messi once more but this time Nestais able to nick it away, Antonini winning a throw on the Milan left.
    • 12' Lionel Messi is now the youngest player to score 50 goals in the Champions League. Thanks to UEFA for that stat.
    • 11' GOAL BARCELONA! Messi strikes a low penalty inside the left-hand post, Abbiati guessed right but couldn't get a hand on it, too much pace. 1-0!
    • 10' Mascherano gives the ball away but Puyol gets to the loose ball ahead of Boateng and Milan have a throw on the right. Now Mexes in a pickle and Messi is in, he sears away and surely this is a goal but he cuts it back, poor ball, the chance is gone but Cesc gets hold of it and it's a penalty! The chance had gone but Milan faled to clear it and Antonini slid in late on Messi after Cesc knocked it back in! Comedy of errors!
    • 9' Nice cross by Alves but just in front of the arriving Fabregas. Barca keep the ball but, after Messi feeds Cesc, the Spain midfielder slides in a bit late on Abate.
    • 8' You put money on Messi to score in those situations, even if the angle doesn't favour him. Barcelona come again as Cuenca beats Abate but Mexes clears his cross.
    • 7' Messi rides a over-cooked challenge from Ambrosini, now Alves on it, he swings over a ball that Cesc flicks in the air, Messi takes it on the chest AND HE'S ONE ON ONE BUT PUTS WIDE! From a tight angle on the right, he just had the keeper to beat but dragged it across him and beyond the far post!
    • 6' Cuenca pops up on the left, opting to keep it simple as Barca retain possession.
    • 5' Barca counter and this time Messi leaves Nesta for dead, he's into the box but his finish, while powerful, is straight at Abbiati!
    • 5' Seedorf with a fine raking pass, Nocerino latches on to it on the right side of the area and his drilled ball is hacked away by Puyol!
    • 4' Ibra on the run centre-left, he takes on Pique and beats him but a super slide tackle from the centre-half puts Ibra off sufficiently for him to kick air and put it behind for a goal kick.
    • 3' Alves finds Iniesta on the edge of the box, a one-two with Messi but Iniesta mis-hits the shot well wide. Should have done better from just inside the area.
    • 2' Alves catches Seedorf, who gets the free-kick and bounces up to his feet.
    • 2' Barca's first real attack is snuffed out by Nesta, who was superb in the first leg.
    • 1' This is Puyol's 550th appearance for Barca.
    • 1' The pleasantries over, and the first half is underway!
    • 19:42 Pre-match handshakes as Ibra greets his ex-colleagues.
    • 19:41 The teams are led out by the match officials, who are Dutch today.
    • 19:40 I'm going to stick my neck out and say Barca will turn on the style tonight - they always seem to ramp it up a notch for the big games, and with all their attacking stars fit (David Villa aside), I can see Messi and co running rampant. Arsene Wenger also thinks so, and he knows a thing or two abou these sides. WATCH HIS VIDEO BLOG HERE!
    • 19:35 @OsamaTamimi82: "Logically speaking Barca should win and progress but as a Milan fan I would loooove to see them progressing tonight. 1-1"; @RussVernonSport: "2-1 to Barça is my prediction mate" ; @MyFamousProject: "I think it will be 2-2 and milan will go through hope barca will go out and i think milan will be very good today" MAKE YOUR PREDICTIONS ON TWITTER!
    • 19:30 MATCH ODDS: Barcelona 1/7, Milan 11/1, Draw 4/1
    • 19:25 @D3B0_Ad3bo1a "Milan vs Barca winner will be whoever scores first in my opinion, but who?"; @mk123mk1: "1-1 or 2-2 hope Barca goes out so that it can be an esay Final for Madrid to win :)" Your predictions on Twitter please!
    • 19:20 The team drawing the first leg at home 0-0 have a 33% chance of progression in the Champions League/European Cup knockout stage (34 progressed and 64 were eliminated); However, AC Milan have always managed to progress to the next round following a 0-0 at the San Siro in the first leg in the Champions League/European Cup knockout stage (three different occasions) - all facts thanks to Opta.
    • 19:15 Milan’s ex-Barca striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored five goals and delivered three assists in his seven Champions League appearances this season; Zlatan has been caught offside more often than any other player in the competition this season (19).
    • 19:15 Xavi has completed 327 passes in his three appearances against AC Milan this season. Barcelona have completed more than twice as many passes as AC Milan in this season’s Champions League (6608 to 3217).
    • 19:10 Lionel Messi has scored 30 goals in his last 26 appearances in the Champions League for Barcelona, and 49 overall in this competition. However, Messi has scored just one goal in his seven meetings against Italian opponents in the Champions League: from the penalty spot against AC Milan in the group stage this season.
    • 19:10 AC Milan are winless in their last six European encounters against Barcelona; The Rossoneri have won just four of their last 16 Champions League games.
    • 19:05 Massimiliano Allegri: "Tuesday will be a very difficult battle, we will go for it. We don't need extra stimulus for this one. We need to perform at our very best. This is Barcelona’s best spell of the season, and we have to play a technically good game while looking for quick counter attacks. It will be important to know when to attack and defend, and we have to divide the match into two or three periods with different strategies."
    • 19:05 Pep Guardiola: "It is the most important match of the year and at the same time the most beautiful one. Athletic Bilbao (who Bara beat 2-0 at the weekend) don't defend, they come at you. It's completely different from Milan, it's like night and day."
    • 19:00 Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Holland)
    • 18:55 Any chat about this match and those line-ups, feel free to check in on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport. No real surprises for me, although it's a big night for young Isaac Cuenca, preferred to Alexis Sanchez for such a big game. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 18:50 Milan, meanwhile have Alessandro Nesta back in defence after he was rested with this game in mind. If you remember the first leg, he shackled Lionel Messi with some success. Clarence Seedorf was also given a day off and he starts as Milan look for experience. Alex Pato, meanwhile, returned to the squad after a back injury was cured in the US, and he is on the bench. Thiago Silva, Mark van Bommel and Gennaro Gattuso are out.
    • 18:50 So all of Barcelona's fitness doubts - well, both as there were only two - start: Xavi, as we said, passes a fitness test after a knock in the Liga win over Athletic Bilbao, while Cesc Fabregas has fully recovered from a nagging back problem. Eric Abidal is out as he awaits a liver transplant. The Frenchman is still training but has been advised to take it easy while they find a suitable donor.
    • 18:45 TEAMS - Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Puyol, Mascherano, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, Cuenca, Cesc, Messi /// Milan: Abbiati, Abate, Nesta, Mexes, Antonini, Ambrosini, Nocerino, Seedorf, Boateng, Robinho, Ibrahimovic - Subs to follow...
    • - We are hearing that Barcelona playmaker Xavi - who needed a late fitness test - is starting. He is starting. More to follow...
    • - Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the big match between Barcelona and Milan at the Camp Nou, a winner-takes-all Champions League quarter-final second leg, neatly poised after a 0-0 draw at the San Siro. Kicking off at 7.45pm, as always.
  • Summary

    • 88' Adriano springs the offside trap, he is clean through and this could finish it but he scuffs a terrible finish wide of the near post!
    • 87' Cuenca with an effort that Abbiati gathers with little fuss. Now Alves swings in a cross that Milan leave and MESSI FLIES IN ON ABBIATI but the keeper gets a giant palm on it and Nesta hooks clear!!
    • 76' Terrible first touch from Pato after Mexes's long ball played him in! Over the shoulder it came but he should have done better.
    • 69' SHOULD HAVE BEEN FOUR! Wonderful move from Barcelona, Messi taking down a long ball to dink it in for Thiago, who strokes the low finish past Abbiati but also beyond the far post.
    • 62' Robinho is clean through but a great save Valdes - the ref pulls it back as the rebound is drilled in because he feels Robinho handballed. Very harsh!
    • 56' Messi with another glue-footed run through the middle but his chip is over.
    • 54' GOAL BARCELONA! No doubt about that one, Messi on a typical run through the middle, his shot is blocked by Mexes but it sneaks into the path of Iniesta who kills it with a super touch and flicks a rising finish past Abbiati. 3-1!
    • 48' Actually it's more central than I thought, so the shot is on - and Xavi curls it just wide!
    • 44' Fine save from Abbiati as Messi drags a low shot to the bottom right! The ball is still alive though but Cesc can't get the shot away!
    • 42' Anyway, it's a penalty to Barca, Messi to take once more... different corner, 2-1. 14 goals in the CL this season, a joint record.
    • 36' Some scrappiness in the Barca half but they get it clear. Now Xavi with a fine effort equalled by a smart Abbiati stop!
    • 33' GOAL MILAN! Nocerino with a sweet low finish from the right, across Valdes and in after a brilliant pass by Ibra, who split the defence in two with a diagonal through-ball! Robinho started that move with a nice run in from the left. 1-1! Milan going through on away goals like this!
    • 26' Alves on a mazy run to get inside past Antonini, and he could be in here but Abbiati flies out to save at his feet! The pair collide and the keeper has a knock. Should be fine though.
    • 22' Pique with a fine interception on the edge of the box, and his swift low ball launches a counter. Now Cuenca on the left, inside to Cesc WHO IS IN BUT NESTA HOOKS IT AWAY!
    • 18' Corner to Barca on the right. Xavi puts it over, Abbiati flaps terribly and Puyol arrives at the far post but the stretching Catalan fails to connect!
    • 11' GOAL BARCELONA! Messi strikes a low penalty inside the left-hand post, Abbiati guessed right but couldn't get a hand on it, too much pace. 1-0!
    • 10' Mascherano gives the ball away but Puyol gets to the loose ball ahead of Boateng and Milan have a throw on the right. Now Mexes in a pickle and Messi is in, he sears away and surely this is a goal but he cuts it back, poor ball, the chance is gone but Cesc gets hold of it and it's a penalty! The chance had gone but Milan faled to clear it and Antonini slid in late on Messi after Cesc knocked it back in! Comedy of errors!
    • 7' Messi rides a over-cooked challenge from Ambrosini, now Alves on it, he swings over a ball that Cesc flicks in the air, Messi takes it on the chest AND HE'S ONE ON ONE BUT PUTS WIDE! From a tight angle on the right, he just had the keeper to beat but dragged it across him and beyond the far post!
    • 5' Barca counter and this time Messi leaves Nesta for dead, he's into the box but his finish, while powerful, is straight at Abbiati!
    • 5' Seedorf with a fine raking pass, Nocerino latches on to it on the right side of the area and his drilled ball is hacked away by Puyol!
    • 18:45 TEAMS - Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Puyol, Mascherano, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, Cuenca, Cesc, Messi /// Milan: Abbiati, Abate, Nesta, Mexes, Antonini, Ambrosini, Nocerino, Seedorf, Boateng, Robinho, Ibrahimovic - Subs to follow...

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      Goalkeeper
      6.3 6
      Defenders
      6.4 7
      Substitution Out75′ 6.2 6
      Yellow Card 6 8
      6.6 6
      Midfielders
      5.9 6
      Substitution Out63′ 6.7 7
      Goal 7.1 7
      Substitution Out78′ 6.6 7
      Strikers
      Goals ×2 7.4 7
      Yellow Card 6.1 6
      Subs
      Substitution In78′ 6 6
      Substitution In75′ 5.8 6
      Substitution In63′ 5.8 5
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      Goalkeeper
      6.1 7
      Defenders
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      Yellow Card 5.4 5
      Yellow Card 4.6 5
      Yellow Card 4.9 5
      Midfielders
      5.3 6
      Goal Yellow Card 6.3 7
      Yellow Card Substitution Out61′ 5.6 6
      Substitution Out69′ 5.6 6
      Strikers
      Yellow Card 5.3 6
      5.6 6
      Subs
      Substitution In61′ 5.2 6
      Substitution In83′ Yellow Card 5.2 6
      Substitution In69′ Substitution Out83′ 4.4 5

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