AC Milan Vs Barcelona – live!
Thu, 29 Mar 2012 7:10a.m.
By Greg Robertson
Welcome to Stadio San Siro for the tie of the round where we have the first leg quarter final Champions League 2012 match up between Associazione Calcio Milan (AC Milan) at home to FC Barcelona. Messi is on fire for Los Cules and it will take a mighty defensive effort from the Rossoneri to stop him getting into worldwide highlight packages.
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LIVE COMMENTARY… AC Milan 0 V FC Barcelona 0
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AC Milan: Abbiati, Bonera, Nesta, Mexes, Antonini, Nocerino, Ambrosini, Seedorf, Boateng, Robinho, Ibrahimovic. Subs: Amelia, Mesbah, Aquilani, Maxi Lopez, Emanuelson, Yepes, El Shaarawi.
Barcelona: Valdes, Dani Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Puyol, Iniesta, Busquets, Xavi, Keita, Messi, Sanchez. Subs: Pinto, Fabregas, Thiago, Pedro, Muniesa, Montoya, Tello.
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
Barcelona trained at the San Siro on Tuesday (27th March) ahead of Wednesday's first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final with AC Milan.
The two sides met in the group stages earlier in the competition, the Spaniards won 3-2 at the San Siro, while the return match at the Nou Camp ended in a 2-2 draw.
AC Milan have never lost a home leg in the Champions League quarter-finals, but Barcelona won't be intimidated by that record having won at the San Siro on their last two occasions against AC Milan, this year and also 1-0 in 2006, in the semi-finals.
Barcelona are looking to qualify for their fifth successive Champions League semi-final.
Lionel Messi trained on Tuesday with the four-time European champions, as he looks to add to his impressive goal tally for the club in the competition this season.
The 24 year old Argentine has scored twelve goals so far, including five against Bayer Leverkusen in the second leg of Barca's round of 16 tie against the German side, a match which Pep Guardiola's team won 7-1.
Messi was the first person to score five goals in a Champions League match and he has already surpassed Cesar Rodriguez as Barcelona's leading goalscorer of all time.
It’s a great opportunity for the Stadio San Siro crowd to see Messi live, streaming forward with ball at feet as though tied to his shoelaces.
The question will be if the home side has enough defences to withstand the maestro’s charms.
It is the first time since the 2006/07 season that AC Milan have reached the last eight of the Champions League, a season in which they lifted the trophy after beating Liverpool 2-1 in the final.
AC Milan got past English Premier League side Arsenal in the round of 16, beating them 4-0 at the San Siro, before succumbing to a 3-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium.
The Rossoneri will have to be at their defensive best to try and negate the threat of Lionel Messi, who has scored twelve goals in the competition, including five against Bayer Leverkusen in the second leg of Barca's round of 16 clash.
The second leg between Barcelona and AC Milan takes place on April 3rd, with the winners facing either Benfica or Chelsea in the semi-finals.
Some interesting match facts are: The last time that Barcelona lost a Champions League knockout tie came against Italian opposition. They lost 3-1 at the San Siro against Inter Milan in the 2009-10 semi final first leg, before winning 1-0 at home in the second leg.
Since losing that tie, Barcelona have scored 60 goals in 21 games in the Champions League and have lost just once (v Arsenal in Feb 2011).AC Milan have won only four of their last 15 Champions League games.
Barcelona are unbeaten in their last five meetings with AC Milan, winning three and drawing two of these games.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored in five of his last six appearances in the Champions League, as well as providing three assists in this period.
Barcelona have taken more penalties than any other team in the Champions League this season (three).There have been five penalties awarded in the eight AC Milan games in the Champions League this season (three conceded, two won).Barcelona have averaged 74.3% possession in their games so far this season – the next best team have averaged 62.6%.
Lionel Messi has scored 30 goals in his last 25 appearances in the Champions League for Barcelona.
AC Milan have won possession with 85% of their tackles in the Champions League this season; a higher proportion than any other team.
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31/03/2012 1:09:39 a.m.
The pitch is not good enough for a match like that. Poor AC Milan. I see Barca in the semis. Gunners for life!!!
30/03/2012 3:28:28 a.m.
tunde bel biv wrote:
the goaless draw wd make the 2nd leg more fantastic cos barca wd show the class its made of. barca wd win the match. yesss
29/03/2012 8:35:11 p.m.
Farhad osmani wrote:
I hope too AC milan win the match.
29/03/2012 8:23:42 p.m.
good fotball just no golas.
29/03/2012 5:19:28 p.m.
the ref didn't see that shirt pulling hahaha...too funny.
29/03/2012 4:22:17 p.m.
barca should of won ,crap refgoo barca
29/03/2012 1:55:16 p.m.
crap refreee barca should of won
29/03/2012 10:18:51 a.m.
Lol waste chance for Robinho and AC Milan...and two penalties disallowed for Barca...lol.Barca should of won! xD
29/03/2012 8:56:12 a.m.
i hope ac milanwin tha match
29/03/2012 8:35:41 a.m.
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