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Milan hold Barça in Group H summit meeting

Published: Tuesday 22 October 2013, 22.56CET
AC Milan 1-1 FC Barcelona
Robinho and Lionel Messi exchanged first-half goals as the top two teams in Group H shared the spoils at San Siro.
by Paolo Menicucci
from Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

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Match statistics

MilanBarcelona

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)36
 
64
Total attempts6
 
15
on target3
 
9
off target3
 
6
blocked0
4
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners2
 
5
Offsides3
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
9
Fouls suffered9
 
16
Passes406
 
853
completed291
 
734

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2014 19:30 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 22 October 2013, 22.56CET

Milan hold Barça in Group H summit meeting

AC Milan 1-1 FC Barcelona
Robinho and Lionel Messi exchanged first-half goals as the top two teams in Group H shared the spoils at San Siro.

Lionel Messi scored his fourth goal in two UEFA Champions League games this season as FC Barcelona came from behind to draw 1-1 at AC Milan and stay top of Group H.

Milan took Barcelona by surprise during a brilliant start and went ahead through Robinho after a nice combination with Kaká. The visitors responded quickly with Messi's equaliser and began to control proceedings, creating a good number of chances. Milan, though, defended well and had their own share of opportunities as they remained unbeaten and second behind the Catalan side in the section.

With Mario Balotelli only on the bench due to a thigh injury, home coach Massimiliano Allegri opted to deploy Robinho as a false No9, with Kaká and Valter Birsa in support. The tactic worked well from kick-off. Sulley Muntari had already seen a goal disallowed for offside when Robinho gave Milan a ninth-minute lead with a precise low shot after an exquisite one-two with Kaká.

Milan's advantage, however, lasted all of 14 minutes as the Rossoneri lost possession in midfield, allowing Andrés Iniesta to burst forward and find Messi on the right. The Argentina forward cut inside and beat Marco Amelia with a low shot at the near post despite pressure from two Milan defenders.

The hosts went close to regaining the initiative soon after but Philippe Mexès headed just wide from Robinho's corner. Neymar then sent a powerful strike wide at the other end while Alexis Sánchez's volley – from a splendid long ball by Iniesta – lacked the necessary bite to trouble Amelia. Barcelona seemed to have found the answer to Milan's tactic and threatened again moments before the interval when Neymar hit a wonderful volley centimetres wide.

Barcelona continued to attack after the break yet it was Robinho who wasted a great chance for 2-1 when he failed to make contact with a low ball from the left by Muntari, with only Víctor Valdés to beat. For Gerardo Martino's Blaugrana, Xavi Hernández released Iniesta with a trademark defence-splitting pass but Amelia dived well to his right to save the midfielder's effort.

While Allegri replaced a tired Robinho with Balotelli, it was Barça who came on strong – Adriano firing wide from close range after a fine pass by Messi. The Spanish champions pushed for victory until the final whistle but Milan held firm defensively to secure a good point ahead of the teams' rematch at the Camp Nou on 6 November.

Last updated: 03/12/13 20.16CET

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Lineups

milan

Milan

barcelona

Barcelona

1
AmeliaMarco Amelia (GK)
1
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
4
MuntariSulley Muntari
Yellow Card78
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
5
MexèsPhilippe Mexès
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández (C)
7
RobinhoRobinho
Goal9
Substitution64
8
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
14
BirsaValter Birsa
Substitution80
9
Alexis SánchezAlexis Sánchez
Yellow Card33
Substitution74
17
ZapataCristián Zapata
10
MessiLionel Messi
Goal23
18
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo (C)
Yellow Card41
11
NeymarNeymar
Substitution81
20
AbateIgnazio Abate
14
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
21
ConstantKévin Constant
16
BusquetsSergio Busquets
22
KakáKaká
Substitution71
21
AdrianoAdriano
34
N. de JongNigel de Jong
22
Daniel AlvesDaniel Alves

Substitutes

35
CoppolaFerdinando Coppola (GK)
13
PintoJosé Manuel Pinto (GK)
9
MatriAlessandro Matri
2
MontoyaMartín Montoya
16
PoliAndrea Poli
Substitution80
4
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
Substitution74
Yellow Card81
23
NocerinoAntonio Nocerino
7
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
Substitution81
26
SilvestreMatías Silvestre
15
BartraMarc Bartra
28
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
Substitution71
17
SongAlex Song
45
BalotelliMario Balotelli
Substitution64
20
TelloCristian Tello

Coach

Massimiliano Allegri (ITA) Gerardo Martino (ARG)

Referee

Felix Brych (GER)

Assistant referees

Mark Borsch (GER), Stefan Lupp (GER)

Fourth official

Tobias Christ (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Tobias Welz (GER), Guido Winkmann (GER)

Legend:

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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