FC Barcelona produced a rousing comeback to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit against AC Milan and reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the sixth season in succession.
No side had ever recovered from a two-goal first-leg loss without the benefit of an away goal yet Barcelona made light of such unfavourable statistics, Lionel Messi's sublime first-half double wiping out Milan's lead and taking the Argentinian clear in second place in the all-time UEFA Champions League scoring charts behind Raúl González. Of more immediate relevance to the Azulgrana was David Villa's goal early in the second period although, for all their dominance, the home team were not safe until Jordi Alba raced through to add a clinching fourth in stoppage time.
It was an incredible game. These players have shown once again that they are very special. They showed real dedication and I am very proud of them.
Jordi Roura, Barcelona assistant coach
We are a young team, we need to grow and you do that through experiences like this in the Champions League. We are sad because we had high hopes after the first leg. Football is like that.
Massimiliano Allegri, Milan coach
|1||Víctor Valdés (GK)||32||Abbiati (GK)|
|6||Xavi Hernández (C)||16||Flamini|
|13||Pinto (GK)||1||Amelia (GK)|
|Jordi Roura (ESP)||Massimiliano Allegri (ITA)|
|Viktor Kassai (HUN)|