Camp Nou - Barcelona 06/11/2013 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Group stage - Group H

Barcelona - Milan
3-1
 

Barcelona - Milan 3-1 - 06/11/2013 - Match page - UEFA Champions League 2014

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Barcelona overcome Milan to seal early progress

Published: Wednesday 6 November 2013, 22.00CET
Barcelona overcome Milan to seal early progress 
Messi: Barcelona were 'superior' ©AFP/Getty Images

Lionel Messi reaffirmed his love affair with the UEFA Champions League, scoring in each half as FC Barcelona deservedly defeated AC Milan and qualified for the last 16 with two games to spare.

His elegant strike with seven minutes left settled a testing night at the Camp Nou. Messi's first-half penalty – added to by Sergio Busquets's header – had left Gerardo Martino's side looking comfortable, only for an own goal on the cusp of half-time from Gerard Piqué to open the door to a Milan fightback.

Match in 5

  • Barcelona reach last 16 for tenth consecutive season
  • Messi scores first-half penalty after Neymar felled
  • Busquets doubles lead but Piqué nets own goal
  • Messi seals victory with fine finish seven minutes from time
  • Martino continues unbeaten start to life as Barça coach

Reaction

We played very well. Our goal is to play good football and get good results. The team is playing very well and each time it gets better.

Xavi Hernández, Barcelona midfielder

Xavi Hernández, Barcelona midfielder

We knew we were facing a great team which keeps the ball well but we played well especially when we were 2-1 down and we created chances to equalise.

Andrea Poli, Milan midfielder

Andrea Poli, Milan midfielder

 

Player rater

Messi

Top Player

Barcelona 

Lineups

barcelona

Barcelona

milan

Milan

1Víctor Valdés (GK)32Abbiati (GK)
3Piqué
Goal45
4Muntari
Yellow Card32
6Xavi Hernández (C)
Substitution88
5Mexès
8Iniesta
Substitution78
7Robinho
Substitution46
9Alexis Sánchez
Yellow Card62
16Poli
Substitution74
10Messi
Goal30
Goal83
17Zapata
11Neymar
Substitution85
18Montolivo (C)
14Mascherano20Abate
Yellow Card29
16Busquets
Goal40
22Kaká
Substitution84
21Adriano28Emanuelson
22Daniel Alves34N. de Jong
Yellow Card56

Substitutes

13Pinto (GK)35Coppola (GK)
2Montoya9Matri
Substitution84
4Fàbregas
Substitution78
14Birsa
Substitution74
7Pedro Rodríguez
Substitution85
21Constant
15Bartra25Bonera
17Song
Substitution88
45Balotelli
Substitution46
20Tello81Zaccardo

Coaches

Gerardo Martino (ARG) Massimiliano Allegri (ITA)

Referee

Milorad Mažić (SRB)

Standings

Last updated: 07/11/2013 09:47 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
 

Match statistics

Barcelona
Milan

3

Goals scored

1

59

Possession (%)

41

17

Total attempts

4

9

on target

1

8

off target

3

3

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

0

9

Corners

3

6

Offsides

1

1

Yellow cards

3

0

Red Cards

0

12

Fouls committed

12

12

Fouls suffered

12

745

Passes

526

649

completed

389

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    All the talk before the game was about Lionel Messi's lack of goals in recent games but he has led Barcelona to victory at the Camp Nou tonight. He struck from the penalty spot after half and hour, and Sergio Busquets doubled the lead, but a late first-half own goal from Gerard Piqué kept Milan in the game. However, Lionel Messi had the final say chipping over Christian Abbiati with seven minutes left to seal victory.
  • Substitution
    88
    Song (in) - Xavi Hernández (out) (Barcelona)
  • Substitution
    85
    Pedro Rodríguez (in) - Neymar (out) (Barcelona)
  • Substitution
    84
    Matri (in) - Kaká (out) (Milan)
    Kaká created Milan's only goal but he leaves the pitch and looks like he will be on the losing side against Barcelona yet again.
  • Goal
    83
    Messi (Barcelona) scores!
    Surely that is the end for AC Millan. The Argentine international has the ball on the edge of the area and plays a one-two with Cesc Fàbregas. Even though the two players are about 15 yards apart the substitute finds Lionel Messi in the area with a perfect return pass and he chips over Christian Abbiati.

See also

  • Barcelona

    Next match played UEFA Champions League: v Ajax, 26 November 2013, 2-1
  • Milan

    Next match played UEFA Champions League: v Celtic, 26 November 2013, 0-3
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