AC Milan vs. Barcelona: Champions League Live Score, Highlights, Recap
UEFA Champions League live coverage
AC Milan 1-1 Barcelona (FT)
Scorers: Robinho, 8' (1-0), Leo Messi, 23' (1-1)
AC Milan: Amelia; Abate, Zapata, Mexes, Constant; Montolivo, De Jong, Muntari; Birsa (Poli), Kaka (Emanuelson), Robinho (Balotelli).
Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Adriano, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Alexis Sanchez (Cesc), Messi, Neymar (Pedro).
That's the game and both teams settle for a point in the end after a bit of a let-down of a second half. Robinho scored the opening goal after Kaka's square pass played him in, but Iniesta released Messi to stroke home the equaliser not long after.
Muntari, Robinho, Adriano and Neymar all had chances to score the winning goal, but a 1-1 draw was arguably a fair result considering Barcelona's domination of possession and Milan's exemplary defensive work.
That's it for the live commentary tonight, we'll be back tomorrow with plenty more from the midweek Champions League games; thanks for joining me as always and see you next time!
AC Milan 1 Barcelona 1
90+1'—Barcelona picking up the pace in the final minutes and they've won a corner, taken short and quick. Alves drills in a shot from 25 yards which Amelia spills, but nobody is running in to take advantage.
Three minutes added on
89'—Last minute. A goalkeeper-testing shot at either end might be a nice way to round off this match, hey teams?
88'—Messi is left frustrated, though, as the wall blocks his shot after the forward protests that they aren't the full 10 yards back.
87'—Cesc drives forward and is taken down, centrally and about six yards outside the box. Chance to shoot, almost certainly Messi.
85'—Barcelona still recycling and probing with the ball, but not really achieving a great deal of penetration with it. Amelia has been a bystander for the last 20 minutes.
82'—Muntari really makes a mess of a chance to run through clear on goal, mis-controlling the ball then also hand-balling it before scuffing his shot entirely, giving Valdes an easy save.
81'—Cesc becomes the latest name in the book. Not an awful lot of creativity or inspiration in this half of football, it has to be said.
Milan sub: Andrea Poli on for Birsa
Sulley Muntari has also been shown a yellow card.
Barcelona sub: Pedro on for Neymar
78'—Messi delivers a free kick into the box toward Cesc, but his back-header is straight at Amelia.
Barcelona sub: Alexis Sanchez off, Cesc Fabregas on
72'—Closing in on the final quarter of an hour now, and the score is still locked at 1-1.
AC Milan sub: Kaka off, replaced by Urby Emanuelson
69'—Adriano should score! A lofted pass by Messi finds left-back Adriano rampaging forward into the box, and he has the chance to shoot first time from just six yards out—but slices his volley wide of the near post!
68'—Constant opts to try his luck from 30 yards. It's flying well wide, but Balotelli almost gets a toe to the ball to divert it the other way.
66'—Think Barcelona need a bit of Pedro here. Need some better, more intelligent movement in the final third. Milan closing out the spaces very well.
AC Milan sub: Mario Balotelli on for Robinho
63'—Past the hour mark now, we'll have to start asking the question: in this group, is a point at home a good result for Milan? Are they likely to sit with what they've got rather than press for the three points at home?
Seriously Tata get Alexis off !! All he is doing is showing off his thighs !!!!— Kevin Gimenez (@KevNGxx) October 22, 2013
58'—Busquets is chopped in half by Muntari as he tries to rob the ball on the halfway line, and the Ghanaian is sternly spoken to by the referee. No card, though.
54'—Another great chance! This time it's Iniesta who gets into the box, on the run and on the stretch, and he can't quite get enough on his shot to beat Amelia from eight yards.
51'—WHAT A CHANCE! Robinho is on his own, in the penalty area with just Valdes to beat...and somehow lets the ball run through his legs and away from danger to the far side! What an opportunity to score his second.
50'—Iniesta and Alexis attempt to combine outside the Milan penalty area, but Zapata is alive to the danger and Milan survive. Messi then beats Constant easily down the right side, only to see his cut-back stopped before it can reach Iniesta in the area.
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