Stadio Giuseppe Meazza - Milan 20/02/2013 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Round of 16, First leg

Milan - Barcelona
2-0

Milan - Barcelona 2-0 - 20/02/2013 - Match page - UEFA Champions League 2013

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Milan earn two-goal advantage against Barcelona

Published: Wednesday 20 February 2013, 22.00CET
Milan earn two-goal advantage against Barcelona 
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A splendid defensive display allied with second-half goals from Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari earned AC Milan a 2-0 win against FC Barcelona in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie.

Having faced the Azulgrana four times in the competition last season, Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri's inside knowledge paid off as his team prevented the visitors scoring for just the second time in any competition this term. Their resilience was rewarded with Boateng's 57th-minute opener, Muntari icing the cake late on to confirm a fourth defeat of the campaign for the Spanish Liga leaders.

Match in 5

  • Milan earn first home win in tournament this season
  • Boateng and Muntari score after half-time
  • Hosts bring up 400th and 401st goals in competition
  • Successive UEFA Champions League games without a goal for Barça
  • Second leg takes place on 12 March

Reaction

We played a great game defensively. Barça made our life difficult in the first half, we stayed focused and now we can enjoy this beautiful night.

Massimiliano Allegri, Milan coach

Massimiliano Allegri, Milan coach

They found a couple of opportunities and scored from them, which now makes things tricky for us. It will be a different story in the second leg.

Jordi Roura, Barcelona assistant coach

Jordi Roura, Barcelona assistant coach

 

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Match statistics

Milan
Barcelona

2

Goals scored

0

34

Possession (%)

66

8

Total attempts

6

6

Attempts on target

2

2

Attempts off target

4

3

Attempts blocked

1

0

Attempts against woodwork

0

3

Corners

4

4

Offsides

2

2

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

15

Fouls committed

12

12

Fouls suffered

15

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    An outstanding Milan performance is rewarded with an excellent win. Clinical finishes from Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari after the break give the hosts a two-goal lead to take to Barcelona, who for all their possession never really threatened Christian Abbiati thanks to a great defensive showing.
  • Yellow Card
    90+1
    Traoré (Milan) is cautioned by the referee.
  • Substitution
    88
    Mascherano (in) - Puyol (out) (Barcelona)
  • Substitution
    88
    Traoré (in) - El Shaarawy (out) (Milan)
  • Goal
    81
    Muntari (Milan) scores!
    The lead is doubled with a great goal. M'Baye Niang breaks into the area on the right, pops the ball back to Stephan El Shaarawy in the centre, who loops a pass left to an onrushing Muntari to slam a volley into the bottom corner.

See also

  • Milan

    Next match played UEFA Champions League: v Barcelona, 12 March 2013, 4-0
  • Barcelona

    Next match played UEFA Champions League: v Milan, 12 March 2013, 4-0
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