AC Milan vs. Barcelona: Champions League Last 16 Live Score, Highlights, Recap
AC Milan 2-0 Barcelona (first half)
UEFA Champions League Last 16 First Leg
Kevin Prince Boateng (ACM) 56', Sulley Muntari (ACM) 80'
AC Milan: Abbiati, Abate, Mexes, Zapata, Constant, Ambrosini, Montolivo, Muntari, Boateng, Pazzini (Niang), El Shaarawy (Traore).
Barcelona: Valdes, Dani Alves, Pique, Puyol (Mascherano), Jordi Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas (Alexis), Pedro, Messi, Iniesta.
That's it for the live commentary, thanks very much for joining me as always and I'll be back with more at the weekend.
Stick around the website over the next few hours for all the reaction from tonight's games—Galatasaray and Schalke finished up 1-1, so all to play for there in the second leg as well.
Thanks again and see you next time.
Full time in the UEFA Champions League
AC Milan 2 (Boateng, Muntari)
MOTM: El Shaarawy
So it is very much advantage Milan after the first leg, and Barcelona have it all to do in three weeks time in the return fixture. Fortunately for them, they have an excellent home record—you suspect AC Milan will have to put on another masterclass in defending if they are to go through to the quarterfinals.
For tonight though, it's very much a case of a good job very well done.
The home team started the brighter before Barcelona came to monopolise possession, but chances were few and far between in the first half.
After the break Kevin Prince Boateng got the game's opening goal with a smart shot on the turn after a shot was deflected his way off Zapata's arm, which left Barcelona annoyed.
Barça continued to dominate but they created very little of note, and Milan's second goal on the break was almost not a surprise, Sulley Muntari volleying in after Niang and El Shaarawy combined in the penalty area.
FULL TIME IN THE SAN SIRO
AC Milan 2 Barcelona 0
90+4'—Final 60 seconds of injury time. Milan are almost over the line. Barcelona pump the ball forward in search of a late, late goal...but Abbiati takes the ball in the air from Alves' cross. That could be it now.
90+3'—Milan less than impressed with the referee as he signals a Barça free kick for a foul on Iniesta. They take it quickly and Messi loses the ball...Traore breaks forward and is only tackled on the edge of the Barcelona box as he tries to shoot.
90+2'—Really good header from Philippe Mexes, getting up and powering a header away as Pedro was lurking on the edge of the six yard box.
90+1'—Traore manages to get involved for the first time, challenging rather aggressively in the air against Mascherano and getting himself booked.
Five minutes to be added on!
Don't think Milan fans were expecting that, but we've had a couple of head injuries, two goals and some subs. Still time for Barcelona to get an away goal then—but they're going to have to do better than they have done in the past 90 minutes.
89'—Into the last minute of normal time and AC Milan are the team growing in stature and confidence. They're cycling the ball around, back to front, just keeping possession and frustrating Barcelona.
Barcelona sub: Puyol off, Mascherano on.
86'—CHANCE! Xavi delivers a corner from the left and Puyol gets up to head the ball at the near post—but diverts his header well wide.
AC Milan sub: Stephan El Shaarawy off, Bakaye Traore on
85'—Five minutes remaining here in Italy and Barcelona really look like they know they need an away goal. Even a 2-1 defeat wouldn't be all that bad, considering their home record, as they head into the second leg.
82'—The Twitterati are gleefully pointing out that Barcelona are being beaten 2-0 by former Portsmouth players. Kevin Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari the goalscorers. Bet Pompey wish they still had that calibre of player now.
Incredible stuff! Niang pressures Puyol into losing track of the ball inside the area, he lays it back for El Shaarawy and the young striker shows great vision and execution to flick the ball left into space—and Muntari runs in to slam home a volley past Valdes into the far corner. 2-0 to AC Milan!
AC Milan 2 Barcelona 0
Sulley Muntari, 80 mins
79'—Xavi curls the free kick over the wall...but a couple of yards over the Milan crossbar too.
78'—Alexis chests the ball down and lays it off, and Abate clips his ankle as the pass is made. Free kick to Barcelona five yards from the edge of the penalty box, near the left corner.
76'—CLOSE! Iniesta swaps about six passes in quick succession with Xavi and Jordi Alba before sprinting five metres infield and shooting with his right foot—but it flies just wide of the far post with Abbiati beaten.
AC Milan sub: Giampaolo Pazzini off, M'Baye Niang on.
74'—The away side visibly stepping up their playing tempo now as they search out an equalising goal, which would of course be more important than normal as an away goal. AC Milan defending terrifically well so far, very organised and consistent.
72'—I wonder when the last time was that Barcelona played three-quarters of a match without hitting the target with more than one shot.
69'—Nice skill from Pazzini as he takes a bouncing ball in the penalty area and shoots on the turn, but Valdes saves this one more easily. Abate is now down with a head injury after a clash with Busquets. Puyol is still getting the blood cleared off his head and shirt before he re-enters the pitch.
67'—Milan's fans were not happy with Barcelona not giving the ball back after both players had treatment there. The home team have it back now anyway as Abate makes space down the right, and wins his team a corner.
65'—Pazzini and Puyol rise and contest a high ball together, which the striker just about wins before they clash heads. A moment or two of treatment each then, before play continues.
62'—Messi finally registers a shot for the night—a 30-yard free kick which he rifles about the same distance over the crossbar.
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