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Messi was, as usual, the most creative and dangerous player on the pitch.
In the seventh minute, Messi fluffed a free kick after slipping on the pitch, but he still almost set up a goal. The ball fell to Seydou Keita, who somehow headed the ball wide from close range—only to be ruled offside anyway.
Messi then put ball in the net in the 18th minute after tapping in Dani Alves' cross/shot. But Messi was ruled offside in what was a correct decision.
Later in the half, Messi set up Xavi for a shot with a nifty one-two inside the box. Then, in the 35th minute, his shot nicked off Alexis Sanchez and blooped harmlessly through the air to Milan keeper Christian Abbiati.
In the second half, Messi curled a left-footed free kick high and wide of the near post from 27 meters. Later, he created a great chance after a mistake by Djamel Mesbah, but Luca Antonini denied Cristian Tello with a last-gasp block.
Messi verdict: The Argentine superstar went scoreless for the first time nine games, but he was all over the place.