UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Barcelona 4-0 AC Milan (Barcelona progress 4-2 on aggregate)
12 March 2013
Camp Nou, Barcelona
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
90+2' Jordi Alba
Barcelona XI: Valdes; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Pedro, Messi, Villa
Milan XI: Abbiati; Abate, Zapata, Mexes, Constant; Flamini, Ambrosini, Montolivo; Niang, Boateng, El Shaarawy
Lionel Messi scored twice and Andres Iniesta had a hand in three of Barcelona’s four goals as the Catalan giants overturned a 2-0 deficit to AC Milan by winning 4-0 at the Camp Nou on Tuesday.
Messi opened the scoring after just five minutes when, with three white shirts behind him and three in front, he shimmied the ball from his right foot to his left and arrowed a drive above and beyond Milan goalkeeper Cristian Abbiati for the opener.
Milan quite nearly escaped the opening period without conceding again, but Massimiliano Allegri’s halft-time team talk was completely altered after Messi put the hosts 2-0 up in the 40th minute.
Only second before Milan forward M’Baye Niang had rang his shot off the far post, and with Massimo Ambrosini preparing to launch another Rossoneri attack Iniesta stripped his opponent of the ball and played an exquisite pass to Messi, who this time bulged the corner of the net inside the far post.
David Villa put Barcelona ahead on aggregate just 10 minutes after the restart thanks to some superb buildup play from Iniesta and Xavi, and in the second minute of second-half stoppage time Jordi Alba ran onto Alexis Sanchez’ cross-field pass and rounded out the scoring with a confident finish for a left-back.
Barcelona will now go into Friday’s draw for the next two rounds of the Champions League.