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Barça's nightmare finish after Milan's dream start

Published: Tuesday 13 September 2011, 23.00CET
FC Barcelona 2-2 AC Milan
Thiago Silva's late header earned the Rossoneri a share of the Group H spoils after the holders had recovered from the fastest ever goal on matchday one.
by Graham Hunter
from Camp Nou

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Match statistics

BarcelonaMilan

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target7
 
3
Attempts off target10
 
2
Corners11
 
2
Offsides5
 
2
Fouls committed10
 
11
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)69
 
31

Standings

Group H

PPts
1AC Milan Milan11
2FC Barcelona Barcelona11
3FC BATE Borisov BATE11
4FC Viktoria Plzeň Plzeň11
Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:30 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 13 September 2011, 23.00CET

Barça's nightmare finish after Milan's dream start

FC Barcelona 2-2 AC Milan
Thiago Silva's late header earned the Rossoneri a share of the Group H spoils after the holders had recovered from the fastest ever goal on matchday one.

AC Milan secured a gutsy 2-2 draw against European champions FC Barcelona thanks to goals in the first and final seconds of an absorbing match in Catalonia.

Pato gave the visitors a dream start when he notched the quickest matchday one goal in UEFA Champions League history, only for Pedro Rodríguez and David Villa, showpiece scorers last term, to reply either side of half-time. After a Lionel Messi masterclass it looked as if Josep Guardiola's side would top Group H, only for Thiago Silva's added-time header to restrict them to a point.

Milan's opener, after 25 seconds, was a mixture of audacity, vision and power. Pato swivelled in midfield and spotted that centre-backs Javier Mascherano and Sergio Busquets were holding a high line. His explosive burst between them left the pair in his wake. Pato then dealt with Víctor Valdés, celebrated for his one-on-one saves, by calmly slotting under the advancing keeper. A marvellous way to inaugurate the new season.

It was immediately clear that Massimilliano Allegri had ordered Pato to unleash his pace with Barcelona club captain Carles Puyol starting on the bench. The striker continued to cause trouble until Guardiola placed Éric Abidal on man-marking duties. With ten minutes gone, the hosts had reasserted themselves.

Messi began his personal vendetta against the shock scoreline by forcing Christian Abbiati's first save. For the next 24 minutes it was, simply, the Messi show. His follow-up was a free-kick cracked off Abbiati's left-hand post and just before the half-hour the keeper needed a strong hand to block the Argentinian's low shot. Then again; the breakthrough was imminent.

Barcelona's mercurial No10 was, inevitably, at the heart of it, leaving Mark van Bommel, Alessandro Nesta and Ignazio Abate standing with a searing burst of pace before squaring for Pedro to tap in the equaliser. Both sides made enforced changes before the break – Massimo Ambrosini for Kevin-Prince Boateng and Cesc Fàbregas for Andrés Iniesta.

Within five minutes of the restart Barcelona underlined their champion credentials. From 30 metres Villa hammered a free-kick into Abbiati's top right corner to make it 2-1. The goal brought further Barça possession, but no reward as Milan drew on every shred of experience to stay in the match – harassing, pressing and sniffing openings. Two minutes into added time Clarence Seedorf's corner created one and Thiago emphatically pounced.

Last updated: 22/10/13 9.22CET

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Quotes

  • Josep Guardiola

    Read more"It's never easy to attack when the opposition's central midfielders turn into defenders. If Milan have to defend from their own penalty spot they will"

  • Massimiliano Allegri

    Read more"We could have played better after Barcelona took the lead but I'm happy because the team didn't collapse, always remaining in the game until the late equaliser"

Lineups

barcelona

Barcelona

milan

Milan

1
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
32
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK)
2
Daniel AlvesDaniel Alves
Yellow Card70
4
Van BommelMark van Bommel
Yellow Card18
Substitution78
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández (C)
7
PatoPato
Goal1
7
VillaDavid Villa
Goal50
Yellow Card52
Substitution84
10
SeedorfClarence Seedorf (C)
8
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Substitution39
13
NestaAlessandro Nesta
Yellow Card57
10
MessiLionel Messi
19
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
14
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
20
AbateIgnazio Abate
15
KeitaSeydou Keita
Substitution67
22
NocerinoAntonio Nocerino
16
BusquetsSergio Busquets
27
BoatengKevin-Prince Boateng
Substitution33
17
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
Goal36
33
Thiago SilvaThiago Silva
Goal90+2
22
AbidalÉric Abidal
99
CassanoAntonio Cassano
Substitution62

Substitutes

13
PintoJosé Manuel Pinto (GK)
1
AmeliaMarco Amelia (GK)
4
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
Substitution39
18
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
Substitution78
5
PuyolCarles Puyol
Substitution67
Yellow Card90+2
23
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini
Substitution33
11
Thiago AlcántaraThiago Alcántara
25
BoneraDaniele Bonera
19
MaxwellMaxwell
28
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
Substitution62
20
AfellayIbrahim Afellay
Substitution84
76
YepesMario Yepes
21
AdrianoAdriano
77
AntoniniLuca Antonini

Coach

Josep Guardiola (ESP) Massimiliano Allegri (ITA)

Referee

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

Assistant referees

Michael Mullarkey (ENG), Peter Kirkup (ENG)

Fourth official

Michael Jones (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Mark Clattenburg (ENG), Andre Marriner (ENG)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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