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.
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
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
|1||Víctor Valdés (GK)||32||Abbiati (GK)|
|6||Xavi Hernández (C)|
|22||Daniel Alves||34||N. de Jong|
|13||Pinto (GK)||35||Coppola (GK)|
|Gerardo Martino (ARG)||Massimiliano Allegri (ITA)|
|Milorad Mažić (SRB)|
|D||Man. City||CSKA Moskva|
|A||Real Sociedad||Man. United|