Tuesday March 12, 2013 Last 16 Finished Camp Nou

FC Barcelona 4 - 0 AC Milan

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  1. Champions League - Messi guides brilliant Barcelona past Milan

    Champions League - Messi guides brilliant Barcelona past Milan

    A supreme Barcelona inspired by Lionel Messi swept to a 4-0 victory over Milan to reach the Champions League quarter-finals. More

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    Time:90'
    • FC Barcelona
    • AC Milan
    • - What a game, what a performance - Barca into the quarter-finals. A Clasico final is still on! Who would win? Why are Barca so good? And why were Milan so poor tonight? The big questions! Tweet/follow me @symco_eurosport
    • 90+4' And that is it - brilliant Barca hammer Milan 4-0, that famous scoreline from the final in 1994 but in reverse, to reach the quarter-finals.
    • 90+3' Mexes with a strike from outside the box, wide of the near post.
    • 90+2' GOAL NUMBER FOUR FOR BARCA! 4-0! ALBA! They will be going through! He finishes under Abbiati. Messi finds Alexis, who slides a ball across for the rampaging left-back to score.
    • 90+1' Three minutes to be added on.
    • 90' Robinho is furious that he is flagged offside - the Brazil star was yards off.
    • 89' It's all a bit slapdash late on as Barca look to put the tie to bed, winning a corner as time ticks down.
    • 87' Milan with three men in the box as El Shaarawy crosses... Robinho flagged offside. He wasn't the target - bad decision.
    • 87' Messi motoring down the middle, finding Alexis who looks for a return ball - intercepted.
    • 86' Whistles all around the stadium as Milan press as a team.
    • 84' Alba almost finds a way around Zapata and to the byline, but is just thwarted.
    • 84' Barca change: Adriano on for Pedro.
    • 83' Pique with an important block tackle on the edge of the box, to use FIFA-speak.
    • 83' Bojan's corner is claimed by Valdes, and he is awarded a free-kick anyway.
    • 82' Nervy times for Barca now. Bojan gets past Pique on the far side and delivers low, where Robinho shoots first time... Alba with a fantastic block on the edge of the six-yard box.
    • 80' Milan have men in attack. El Shaarawy to Robinho, who plays into the path of the marauding Muntari... stopped in his tracks on the edge of the box.
    • 78' Alexis bends his run down the middle and Pedro releases him - up goes the offside flag, but he was level!
    • 78' Barca change: on comes Captain Catalunya, Puyol, for Mascherano.
    • 77' Alba with a sensational burst of pace to race down the left and cross - blocked by Abate.
    • 74' Milan change: former Barca star Bojan Krkic on for Flamini. Last throw of the dice for Massimiliano Allegri.
    • 74' Barca change: Alexis Sanchez on for Villa, whose goal is currently sending the Blaugrana through.
    • 74' Messi it is who takes it - straight into the wall.
    • 73' Free-kick to Barca 25 yards out. Messi? Xavi? Fairly central.
    • 72' The hosts opening up the pitch more with some fast passing. /// Masango M ‏@: "great football indeed. I am excited and my hopes are higher than ever that Barca will not disappoint. Barca all the way!!"
    • 70' Messi and Villa exchange passes and the nippy Argentine almost slaloms his way through - just forced to turn away at the last moment by a proliferation of Milan bodies.
    • 70' There's been a goal in the other match... Gala still going through on away goals as Schalke equalise. 2-2 on the night.
    • 69' Time for Barcelona to play keep-ball. Or not... Abate steals it away. He is dangerous on the right for Milan, the full-back.
    • 68' Milan again threaten, Boateng crossing low and Flamini looking for a flick from 10 yards out that Pique does brilliantly to block.
    • 67' Flamini has space to shoot but opts to find Boateng, who shoots lamely. Waste of a chance - and a reminder that Milan are well in this tie.
    • 66' Abate with an excellent ball from the right flank which finds no one in the middle.
    • 65' Pedro penalised for a foul on Abate as he sets off after the ball on the left wing.
    • 63' Messi crosses the set-piece seemingly too far, but Busquets gets to it on the far side... he crosses back into the danger area, but Abbiati is able to save.
    • 63' Muntari fouls Messi 30 yards from goal. That one looked 50% cynical, 50% clumsy. Messi laughs it off.
    • 62' Messi with a dig that flies over the bar.
    • 61' Villa hacked by Constant as he breaks away on the right near the corner flag. How is that not a booking? Some proper cynical fouling going on here.
    • 61' Milan double change: Sulley Muntari and Robinho on for Ambrosini and Niang.
    • 60' Milan looking to pass the ball about in defence - and end up sending it into the stands, 'Ave It! style.
    • 59' Villa looking for space inside the box again but is thwarted.
    • 57' If Milan do score, Barca will need to score one more.
    • 55' GOAL FOR BARCA! VILLA! 3-0! Iniesta lays off to Xavi, who pings a wonderful pass to the right and Villa - and the Spain striker picks out the far corner with a left-footed finish. Constant slid to intercept the Xavi pass and was taken out of the game entirely. Milan have to score now... 3-2 on aggregate.
    • 55' Messi arriving into the box, and Iniesta unlucky not to find him. Could have been dangerous, that.
    • 54' Messi skips down the right and Philippe Mexès becomes the latest player to miss a potential quarter-final first leg with a cynical foul.
    • 54' Alves with a calm header back to Valdes as Boateng looks to attack a cross.
    • 53' Boateng looks for a spectacular volley from the set-piece, well over. Unlucky.
    • 52' Boateng to the feet of Niang on the right flank. He looks to attack Jordi Alba on the outside, and wins a corner for Milan.
    • 51' Messi down the channel for Villa to hold up. He looks to play it back to the Argentina star blindly, and gives the ball away. He has been poor.
    • 50' Messi clattered by Ambrosini. Naughty boy - how is that not a booking?
    • 49' Abate with a long ball down the right for Niang to chase, but he fails to win a corner.
    • 49' Milan pressing higher up the pitch at the start of this half.
    • 48' Villa is awaiting a ball but Messi will go himself... he looks for the far corner with a couple of players bearing down on him, but his strike lacks power and Abbiati saves.
    • 47' Messi came back from an offside position as Iniesta found him for the second goal... piece of good fortune for Barca, difficult for the officials to pick up.
    • 46' The second half begins. ‏
    • 45+1' And that is half-time - 2-0 to Barca, 2-2 on aggregate. What will the second half bring? Tweet/follow me @symco_eurosport
    • 45+1' Flamini will miss his next Champions League match after chopping down Pedro in full flow to earn a booking.
    • 45' One minute to be added on.
    • 44' There have been two goals in the other match - Gala equalised then took the lead! Schalke v Galatasaray LIVE
    • 43' Would Giampaolo Pazzini have put away that chance? Niang had only 15 minutes of Champions League footy under his belt prior to this match... he was dreadfully unlucky though. Mascherano mistimed a long ball to put him in.
    • 42' Pedro is booked for a foul on Abate. He will miss his next European match.
    • 41' There is some noise inside the stadium now. Even a Milan goal would leave the game wide open. All to play for - fascinating stuff. Have your say on the game! Tweet/follow me @symco_eurosport
    • 39' SECOND GOAL FOR MESSI AND BARCA! 2-0 - all square in the tie! Ambrosini caught in possession by Iniesta and he finds Messi, who cuts in and dispatches ruthlessly inside the near post!
    • 38' Niang is through on goal... he has time to pick his spot... he beats Valdes - BUT THE BALL COMES BACK OFF THE POST! So close from Milan!
    • 37' There is space here for Messi. He scurries into the final third having sent Alves free on the right. Pedro is all alone at the far post, but the ball cannot find him.
    • 36' Midfield star Riccardo Montolvio has barely had a sniff for the visitors so far.
    • 35' Alves with an ill-advised strike from the right which is well wide, but earns applause nonetheless. The fans want chances.
    • 34' Milan captain Ambrosini leading the attack through midfield, finding El Shaarawy on the left. The Italy forward cuts in and shoots low, held by Valdes.
    • 32' Less chances in the last few minutes, and Barca look to start again with some cautious football. Milan just cannot keep the ball when they have it.
    • 31' Busquets easily dispossesses Niang near halfway as Milan look to break.
    • 30' Messi scampers down the right on the counter and is felled on halfway. Foul.
    • 30' Niang floats a cross over from the right and El Shaarawy looks for a spectacular... his overhead kick is completely miscued.
    • 29' Boateng almost puts El Shaarawy in behind on the left, but the ball runs out for a goal-kick.
    • 28' Alves penalised for a foul on Kévin Constant. And Flamini changes shirt, to the chagrin of the home fans.
    • 27' Messi only made one touch inside the opposition box in the first leg and didn’t get a single shot on target. He really was a shadow of himself. Not so tonight...
    • 25' Mathieu Flamini comes off to have a bandage put on his head.
    • 25' Barca have many men in the box as Alves enters it on the right. He crosses sharply for Pedro, who can only head wide of the far post. He didn't have time to react.
    • 23' A couple of minutes of respite for Milan after Boateng is booked for a foul on Iniesta.
    • 22' Barcelona have not lost a European tie at the Camp Nou for more than three years and beat Milan in last season's quarter-finals and in the 2005/06 semi-finals.
    • 21' Xavi looks for a disguised pass down the side for Pedro, but the ball is cut out.
    • 20' Free-kick to Barca as Ambrosini clumsily fouls Messi. There's been a goal in the other European game... Schalke v Galatasaray LIVE
    • 19' Iniesta with another defence-splitting pass that wins a corner - Barca almost in behind again.
    • 18' Barca attacking and attacking. They don't use loads of energy doing it, either, as they let the ball do the work.
    • 17' Xavi pulls the trigger from 25 yards and Abbiati palms wide. Great save!
    • 16' Crazy moment from Abbiati! He is sold a little short and the ball runs under him but Barca striker Villa cannot get a shot away with the goal gaping.
    • 16' Massimo Ambrosini and Cristián Zapata under the corner, but unable to get an effort on goal.
    • 15' Rare attack from the Serie A side, Niang running on to a throw and winning a corner.
    • 14' This a hell of a game. To recap - if Barca score again, the tie will be all-square and head to extra time and penalties. If Milan score, Barca need to score four.
    • 13' Iniesta with an absolute screamer of a half-volley - AMAZING SAVE BY ABBIATI! He dives full-length to tip it on to the post and Messi heads the rebound into the side-netting!
    • 12' Iniesta looking to shoot before slipping a through ball to Pedro which is just intercepted by a Milan defender.
    • 11' Pedro goes down in the box - surely a penalty? Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai waves it away! Ignazio Abate was clumsy in knocking into the winger after a diagonal ball from Xaxi.
    • 10' Alves again looking for a man in the box - Milan deal with the cross. Messi then looks to skin two away defenders in the corner - the crowd ask for a free-kick, for handball I think, but nothing is given. Barca retain possession.
    • 9' Stephan El Shaarawy sneaks in behind and can shoot from inside the home box... he doesn't catch it right and Victor Valdes saves. Worrying moment for the Blaugrana.
    • 8' Gerard Pique looks to play in Alves but it is just short. Mascherano then piles into Milan's 18-year-old French striker M'Baye Niang as the Rossoneri counter. Free-kick.
    • 6' Alves sends in a cross that is headed away. Milan in danger of going further behind if they don't wake up.
    • 5' WHAT A GOAL FROM LEO MESSI! 1-0! He whips the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box with his second touch, fed by Xavi. GAME ON!
    • 5' Sergio Busquets fouled by former Portsmouth attacker Kevin-Prince Boateng in midfield.
    • 4' Lionel Messi almost found then when Barca win the ball back, Andres Iniesta just fails to find a way through the Milan backline.
    • 3' Poor ball out from Massimo Ambrosini and Barca have an attackling throw-in. The nerves getting to Milan.
    • 2' Barcelona are passing a football. A lot.
    • 1' Superb early ball long from Javier Mascherano, preferred to Puyol, to find attacking right-back Dani Alves. That's why he's in the team.
    • 1' Off we go - Barca kicking from left to right. And Milan lose the ball out of play almost immediately.
    • 19:45 So captain Carles Puyol misses out on this fantastic occasion. Can Barca do it? Tweet/follow me @symco_eurosport
    • 19:42 Out come the teams to a wall of noise: the words in the mosaic in the stands read "We are a team". Another dazzling show from the home fans, who roar their support.
    • 19:35 Massimiliano Allegri: "It would not be a disaster to go out at this stage because no one expected us to arrive here with a two-goal advantage. Everyone thought it would be an easy ride for Barca. We should forget about the 2-0 in the first leg. They will put us under a lot of pressure, but we will need to be as serene as possible. They are so good at generating chances that when you play against them you have to be very good in defence and much better in attack."
    • 19:35 Jordi Roura: “The team played very well defensively against Deportivo. We shall have to see how the match progresses. If we get to a point where we have to execute a tactical revolution then we shall do so. We have spent days mulling over the starting XI. All the players have a chance of playing. Xavi trained with us yesterday and will do so again today. We will have to wait until the last moment to see how he is."
    • 19:30 Barcelona (5,447) have completed 3,251 more passes than AC Milan (2,196) in the Champions League this season. VIDEO: Barcelona prepares for massive Milan game
    • 19:25 Milan’s last away win the Champions League knockout stages was against Bayern Munich in April 2007 (2-0). Milan’s last seven goals in the Champions League have all been in the second-half.
    • 19:20 Milan have conceded at least three goals in four of their last six away games in the Champions League knockout stages. They have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last eight away games in the Champions League.
    • 19:15 AC Milan’s last victory against Barcelona at the Camp Nou in the Champions League was in September 2000 (2-0). Since then, they’ve had two draws and two defeats.
    • 19:12 So what do you think will happen? Barca to score early and lay siege to Christian Abbiati's goal? Lionel Messi to produce the performance of his life? (I reckon there'll be a first-half Milan goal to kill the tie off, leaving Barca needing four goals... they'll score two in the second half) Tweet/follow me @symco_eurosport
    • 19:10 Barcelona have failed to score in their last two Champions League games for the first time since April 2008. Barca have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last six knockout games in the Champions League at Camp Nou (four wins, two draws). VIDEO: Barcelona have mountain to climb against Milan
    • 19:05 The last time Barcelona exited the Champions League at the last 16 stage was in 2006/07. It was against Liverpool.
    • 19:00 Ninety-thousand placard-waving fans will seek to intimidate AC Milan when the teams come out. The Catalan club's fans are famous for their 'mosaics' - here is a selection of the best pictures of the Blaugrana faithful in action. GALLERY: 90,000 Barca fans prepare SPECTACULAR welcome for Milan
    • 19:52 Milan are without forward Mario Balotelli, who is cup-tied after featuring for Manchester City, while Giampaolo Pazzini was injured at the weekend and misses out. That means Stefan El-Shaarawy is partnered by youngster M'Baye Niang, with former Barca forward Bojan on the bench.
    • 19:48 Barcelona start with midfield playmaker Xavi after he returned to training this week. Javier Mascherano plays in the centre of defence alongside Gerard Pique while David Villa starts on one flank with Pedro on the other. Andres Iniesta is in midfield. Coach Tito Vilanova remains absent as he is undergoing cancer treatment in the US.
    • 18:44 Barca: Valdés, Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, Villa, Messi. Subs: Alexis, Song, Puyol, Pinto, Fabregas, Tello, Adriano. /// Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Zapata, Mexes, Constant; Flamini, Ambrosini, Montolivo; Niang, Boateng, El Shaarawy. Subs: Bojan, Nocerino, Sciglio, Amelia, Robinho, Muntari, Bonera.
    • 18:40 Welcome to live coverage of Barcelona versus Milan in the second leg of the Champions League last 16.
  • Summary

    • 90+2' GOAL NUMBER FOUR FOR BARCA! 4-0! ALBA! They will be going through! He finishes under Abbiati. Messi finds Alexis, who slides a ball across for the rampaging left-back to score.
    • 82' Nervy times for Barca now. Bojan gets past Pique on the far side and delivers low, where Robinho shoots first time... Alba with a fantastic block on the edge of the six-yard box.
    • 68' Milan again threaten, Boateng crossing low and Flamini looking for a flick from 10 yards out that Pique does brilliantly to block.
    • 55' GOAL FOR BARCA! VILLA! 3-0! Iniesta lays off to Xavi, who pings a wonderful pass to the right and Villa - and the Spain striker picks out the far corner with a left-footed finish. Constant slid to intercept the Xavi pass and was taken out of the game entirely. Milan have to score now... 3-2 on aggregate.
    • 39' SECOND GOAL FOR MESSI AND BARCA! 2-0 - all square in the tie! Ambrosini caught in possession by Iniesta and he finds Messi, who cuts in and dispatches ruthlessly inside the near post!
    • 38' Niang is through on goal... he has time to pick his spot... he beats Valdes - BUT THE BALL COMES BACK OFF THE POST! So close from Milan!
    • 17' Xavi pulls the trigger from 25 yards and Abbiati palms wide. Great save!
    • 16' Crazy moment from Abbiati! He is sold a little short and the ball runs under him but Barca striker Villa cannot get a shot away with the goal gaping.
    • 13' Iniesta with an absolute screamer of a half-volley - AMAZING SAVE BY ABBIATI! He dives full-length to tip it on to the post and Messi heads the rebound into the side-netting!
    • 11' Pedro goes down in the box - surely a penalty? Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai waves it away! Ignazio Abate was clumsy in knocking into the winger after a diagonal ball from Xaxi.
    • 5' WHAT A GOAL FROM LEO MESSI! 1-0! He whips the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box with his second touch, fed by Xavi. GAME ON!
    • 18:44 Barca: Valdés, Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, Villa, Messi. Subs: Alexis, Song, Puyol, Pinto, Fabregas, Tello, Adriano. /// Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Zapata, Mexes, Constant; Flamini, Ambrosini, Montolivo; Niang, Boateng, El Shaarawy. Subs: Bojan, Nocerino, Sciglio, Amelia, Robinho, Muntari, Bonera.
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