Barcelona vs AC Milan: Champions League Quarterfinal Live Score, Analysis, Recap
This time, it's on for real.
AC Milan held Barcelona to a scoreless draw last week at the San Siro in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal. The same two teams meet Tuesday in the second leg, and this time, someone's going home.
Barcelona will be favored as the home team, but Milan showed last week that they can defend Lionel Messi and the rest of Barca's high-profile stars.
Kickoff is set for 2:45 p.m. ET, with Fox Soccer carrying the game on American TV.
I'll have live updates from 2:30 p.m. ET, so grab your favorite beverage and get ready for what should be a great game.
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Barcelona: Victor Valdes, Javier Mascherano, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol, Dani Alves, Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fabregas, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Isaac Cuenca, Lionel Messi
AC Milan: Christian Abbiati, Philippe Mexes, Alessandro Nesta, Luca Antonini, Ignazio Abate, Massimo Ambrosini, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Clarence Seedorf, Antonio Nocerino, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robinho
Barcelona: Seydou Keita, Jose Manuel Pinto, Adriano, Alexis Sanchez, Pedro, Cristian Tello, Thiago
AC Milan: Daniele Bonera, Marco Amelia, Alberto Aquilani, Urby Emanuelson, Maxi Lopez, Mario Yepes, Pato
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Barcelona: Lionel Messi (pen 11', pen 41'); Andres Iniesta (53')
AC Milan: Antonio Nocerino (32')
Full time: 3-1
The final whistle blows. Milan crash out of Europe and Barca march on.
Milan will feel like they were treated harshly by the referee, but the right team won, and the margin didn't flatter them.
Barca were the better team over two legs. Milan had chances in the first leg but created little in the second leg apart from their lone goal.
Is the El Clasico final inevitable?
90th minute: 3-1
Messi shoots over the bar.
90th minute: 3-1
Free kick to Barca just outside the box. Messi stands over it
89th minute: 3-1
Valdes spills a low cross with Robinho at his feet. No harm done, though.
87th minute: Oh dear
Adriano finds himself free on the left side with plenty of time.
He shoots well wide of the near post.
87th minute: 3-1
Messi and Abbiate compete for a cross. No one wins.
The ball sits lifeless on the pitch for a few seconds that feel like an eternity.
86th minute: 3-1
Messi bursts into the box and wreaks some havoc. Milan clear.
Cuenca then earns a yellow card for pulling back Mexes.
That's th emost action this game has seen in 20 minutes.
84th minute: 3-1
Barca pass the ball around some more.
This match ended as a spectacle with the Iniesta goal. I'm disappointed in Milan for not pushing harder after that.
82nd minute: 3-1
Yes, the match is still going. No, nothing is happening.
78th minute: SUB
Cesc leaves the pitch. Seydou Keita comes on.
76th minute: 3-1
Pato works himself behind the Barca defense, but his first touch lets him down. Valdes collects.
75th minute: SUB
Adriano replaces Pique, who looks to have a hamstring issue.
74th minute: 3-1
Pique sits down on the pitch and waits for a sub.
I hope he's not hurt, because that looked really funny.
70th minute: SUB
Pato comes on for Boateng.
69th minute: Ooooh, pretty
Cesc lofts a pass for Messi, who lays off for Thiago.
Thiago's shot is just wide of the far post.
Beautiful, flowing move.
68th minute: 3-1
Dani Alves wins the ball in the midfield and drives at the Milan defense.
At the edge of the box, he lays off for Messi. Milan hack it clear.
66th minute: CARD
Mascherano goes into the book for a foul on Robinho.
That looked like the ol' Jurgen Klinsmann 1990 World Cup final dive right there by Robinho.
63rd minute: SUB
Xavi makes way for Thiago.
62nd minute: 3-1
Pique gives away the ball to Robinho, who I think is then whistled for a handball.
60th minute: SUB
Clarence Seedorf makes way for Alberto Aquilani.
60th minute: Argy bargy
Boateng gets into it with Mascherano. Puyol separates the two.
Corner to Milan. Boateng heads wide at the near post, then argues some more with Mascherano.
59th minute: 3-1
That last goal has taken some of the life out of this game.
57th minute: 3-1
Messi races across the face of goal and tries to chip across his body. It's over the bar.
More on the goal
Messi runs at the defense and shoots, but it's deflected to Iniesta, who's onside.
Iniesta stays calm and scores past Abbiati.
3-1 Barca, and the semis beckon.
Quickly down on the other end, Iniesta scores for Barca!
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