Milan vs Barcelona

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  • Milan 1
  • Barcelona 1
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  • Time 5:45 AM AEDT 23 October 2013
  • League UEFA Champions League
  • Round Group stage
  • Venue Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
  • Attendance 74,487

Milan

Milan MIL

Barcelona

Barcelona FCB
Goal Scorers
  • Robinho
    • 9minutes
Goal Scorers
  • L. Messi
    • 24minutes
Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 1
Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 1
23 Oct 2013 - 8:46am

Group H: AC Milan 1 Barcelona 1

Lionel Messi scored on his starting return to Barcelona's line-up as it drew 1-1 with AC Milan at the San Siro.
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PA Sport
23 Oct 2013 - 8:04 AM  UPDATED 23 Oct 2013 - 8:46 AM

Messi has been sidelined by injury - which forced him to miss Argentina's 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers last week - but was needed to claim a point after a defensive howler gifted Milan the lead.

Javier Mascherano and
Gerard Pique were at fault to allow Robinho to combine with Kaka before putting his side ahead.

Messi replied on 23 minutes after he was afforded too much space, but depsite the visitor dominating therefafter it was unable to find a winner.

Milan was gifted its 10th-minute lead after a defensive mix-up between Mascherano and Pique.

They failed to deal with a long punt forward before Mascherano's attempted clearance cannoned back off his team-mate and to the advancing Robinho.

He played a one-two with the overlapping Kaka, whose return pass left him with the time to pick his spot.

After failing to score in the league for the first time in two years during the weekend's 0-0 draw at Osasuna, the onus was on Barcelona to pick up its tempo.

It did so by controlling possession, but Milan retained its own threat through Robinho and Kaka while
Kevin Constant's forward runs from the back provided an outlet.

Constant's eagerness to get forward was punished, however, on 23 minutes as Barca won the ball back high up the pitch and Messi was left in acres of space down the right flank.

Andres Iniesta slid a pass across to the Argentina star and while Constant desperately tried to get back, Messi had already cut inside Philippe Mexes and got off his shot before the pressure arrived.

With its lead lost Milan went close through Mexes, heading a Robinho corner wide, but Sanchez wasted the best chance before the break when he prodded Iniesta's lofted pass straight at Marco Amelia.

Amelia had to be alert after the break to deny Iniesta as Barcelona made a quick start after the break.

The goalkeeper also had to get down to deny Xavi while Messi hit a volley over.

Milan had seen little of the ball in the second period when Robinho missed a glorious chance to put it 2-1 up.

Sulley Muntari burst down the left and delivered a low cross that Robinho failed to get a touch on with the goal gaping.

Barcelona was the more likely scorer though - Riccardo Montolivo thwarting it on several occassions as he became overworked in midfield - with Adriano sliced wide after running onto a Messi pass.

A winning goal never arrived though to keep Barcelona top of Group H by two points from Milan.

Match Commentary

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90 COMMENT The referee has seen enough! Full time!
90 COMMENT Messi onto the ball in the centre circle, but Milan are not going to let it slip at this late stage. No less than three Rossoneri players surround the Argentine, and muscle him off the ball forcefully.
90 COMMENT Alves takes matters into his own hands with a stinging drive from 30 or so yards out. It's too hot to handle for Amelia, but only for a second, as the keeper touches the ball in a safe position for him to smother.
90 COMMENT Three minutes of added time to go at San Siro.
89 COMMENT Messi is trying to alert the referee to the gamesmanship of the Milan wall, which has inched well inside the imaginary 10-yard circle between them and the ball. The ref instructs the Argentine to get on with it, and he duly fails to get the ball over the line of Rossoneri bodies.
87 COMMENT Dangerous free kick for Montolivo to give away! The Italian midfielder catches Fabregas just as he was about to slip by him, and Allegri is furious on the sidelines. Montolivo avoids another booking, but a threatening chance for the Catalans.
85 COMMENT All hands on deck for Milan as we enter the final five minutes of this game. They're absolutely exhausted, but have to dig deep for the home stretch with Barca continuing to apply pressure through possession.
83 COMMENT CHANCE! Busquets is caught with his hand in the cookie jar, and robbed of the ball by De Jong. Muntari laps up the scraps at the top of the box, but with the Barca defence sliding in front of him in a bid to stop the shot, he can only squeeze in a powder puff effort that Valdes smothers. After a sec
82 COMMENT Pedro has slipped in rather unnoticed for Neymar for Martino's second change.
81 YC Yellow card awarded to Fàbregas of Barcelona
81 SI Substitute in Pedro of Barcelona
81 SO Substitute out Neymar of Barcelona
81 COMMENT Fàbregas is cautioned by the referee.
81 COMMENT Neymar is replaced with Pedro.
81 COMMENT Poli in and the ineffective Birsa out for the final stretch. Fabregas also sees yellow for a little petulant kick out at Mexes, showing his frustration as a perceived infraction by the French defender.
80 SI Substitute in A. Poli of Milan
80 SO Substitute out V. Birsa of Milan
80 COMMENT A. Poli enters the game and replaces V. Birsa.
79 COMMENT Muntari cautioned by the referee after one too many fouls, the last one coming on, you guessed it, Busquets. The ball in from Messi is a good one, and Fabreas tries to angle a backwards header on target, but can't find his range.
78 YC Yellow card awarded to S. Muntari of Milan
78 COMMENT S. Muntari gets yellow.
78 COMMENT If I'm honest, the match is dying a slow death. Barca's cutthroat intensity around the box has shriveled up somewhat, as they seem happy to pass the ball into oblivion and back across the opposition half. Milan buckling down for the final stretch, but perhaps both sides have subconsciously taken a p
76 COMMENT Constant, quietly impressive throughout, sticks with Dani Alves all the way in a tussle on the right flank, and eventually wins out against the Barca right back through sheer will.
74 SI Substitute in Fàbregas of Barcelona
74 SO Substitute out A. Sánchez of Barcelona
74 COMMENT Fàbregas enters the game and replaces A. Sánchez.
74 COMMENT Alves hauls back Constant in his haste for the ball, and is pulled up immediately by the referee. He avoids a booking at the last moment, only a warning this time. Meanwhile, Martino has thrown Cesc into the fray for Sanchez.
73 COMMENT Urby Emanuelson meanwhile, has come on for Kaka. An inconspicuous end to a rather flat game for Kaka. Emanuelson immediately makes his presence felt by fouling Busquets.
72 COMMENT ADRIANOOOOO! Nearly a smashing breakthrough! A mouth watering pass from Messi over the top fools the entire defence, and is wafted perfectly into the path of the streaking full back at the near post. His first touch sets up the volley but he slices the finish badly off the side of his leg!
71 SI Substitute in U. Emanuelson of Milan
71 SO Substitute out Kaká of Milan
71 COMMENT Kaká is replaced with U. Emanuelson.
69 COMMENT That's more like it from Milan! Constant and Balotelli link up, with the substitute dropping deep and facilitating Kaka at the top of the box. The Brazilian takes aim right away, but Valdes read it all the way, and saves.
67 COMMENT Balotelli, by the way, is tied with Cristiano Ronaldo for the most attempts on target this season in the Champions League, with 10 (via Uefa).
65 COMMENT Balotelli meanwhile immediately takes his place as the spearhead of Milan's front three. He'll need to put in a shift off the ball though, as his side are struggling badly for possession here.
64 SI Substitute in M. Balotelli of Milan
64 SO Substitute out Robinho of Milan
64 COMMENT Robinho is done for the day. M. Balotelli is his replacement.
64 COMMENT Balotelli in, and Robinho is sacrificed. It was either going to be hm or Birsa. The Brazilian has been abject and invisible since briefly promising a breakout game after his early goal. Frustrating Robinho? Milan fans are nodding their heads grimly in agreement.
63 COMMENT Milan toss away the ball and see another foray forward end almost as quickly as it began. The Rossoneri have no plan in attack, and Robinho and Birsa have gone M.I.A. since the opener. Maybe this will cheer up the Rossoneri faithful - Balotelli is primed and ready to go on the sidelines.
61 COMMENT Just over an hour gone, and we're still no closer to another breakthrough. Barca are still running the show, monopolizing possession, but Milan have shown a modicum of improvement since their by-standing end to the first half. There's definitely a mistake in either backline, so really, the real ques
59 COMMENT Muntari can be a little unhinged when he's ready, and he nearly deals some serious damage to Busquets, who goes flying after being caught by his trailing leg. Even with the thespian reputation of the Catalan midfielder, that still probably hurt like hell.
57 COMMENT That was a close shave for Barca. Montolivo pounces on Adriano's dally, and instantly squares to Kaka on the top of the box. Had the Brazilian lifted his head, he would have seen Muntari in acres of space on the left hand side, but as it was, he tried some sort of shimmy that doesn't fool Pique, and
55 COMMENT And just like that, Barca nearly make Milan pay. Lightning quick are Messi and Xavi at the top of the box, too quick for Milan, and the latter slips in Iniesta through on goal. The pint-sized maestro never gets a hold of the shot though, and flops in a daisy cutter that Amelia is able to parry!
53 COMMENT What the hell Robinho?!?!?! Muntari was fantastically resourceful on the left, digging out a curling cross that takes Dani Alves out of the equation, and connects perfectly with Robinho's run into the six yard box. But the Brazilian, from point blank range, is all elbows and heels, mis-controlling a
51 COMMENT Iniesta sizes up his options at the top of the box, and out of the corner of his eye, sees Sanchez streaking through on the left. He nearly threads the needle, but Constant read him all the way and made an fantastic and vital interception!
49 COMMENT Xavi with a sublime touch to instantly free himself of two Rossoneri shadows. Excellent football. It's the little things that make it all worthwhile.
47 COMMENT No changes to report at half time, more surprising from Allegri's reckoning than anything. Balotelli cut a lonesome figure in the tunnel during the break though, looking rather restless and eager to get involved. Not a huge punt to wager that we'll see Balo at some point, especially if Birsa continu
46 COMMENT Here we go again! Milan restart.
45 COMMENT The referee signals for the break after only a few seconds of injury time.
45 COMMENT NEYMAAAAR!!! A fantastic chance to break the deadlock right at the end of the half! Zapata initially does well to leap above Messi and nod away a flighted ball, but it breaks perfectly for the Brazilian on the left side. He attacks it first-time with a volley, but angles it just the wrong side of th
44 COMMENT Montolivo sees his name in lights for just a second, and with that rush of blood to the head, takes aim from 35 yards out. Ambitious effort, but no need to dwell to long on that, off target considerably.
42 COMMENT On the flip side though, Barca really need to make all this possession count. This is far from an irregular directive for the Catalans, who face this type of stifling play every single week. Milan don't look all the way secure, but lesser sides than the Rossoneri have stolen points off the Blaugrana
41 YC Yellow card awarded to R. Montolivo of Milan
41 COMMENT R. Montolivo is cautioned by the referee.
40 COMMENT Allegri's demeanor has changed. No longer excited on the sidelines, he looks instead like he's been given some terminal news. It's becoming an increasingly tenuous exercise for his side. Everybody from Milan has planted their flag back in their own half to congest and constrain the opposition.
38 COMMENT Just like that, Sanchez nearly breaks the monotony of metronomic possession, running inside Zapata and flicking Xavi's long pass on target, but Amelia positions himself absolutely perfectly to make sure that the effort was nothing more than a spoof.
36 COMMENT The San Siro faithful getting very restless in their seats as Barca continue to lurk around the Milan penalty area, like a shark circling his prey in the ocean deep. There's nothing going in attack for the home side, they're on the wrong end of a pitch-wide game of keep-away.
34 COMMENT Sanchez becomes our first booking of the game. A valiant effort from him to track back and keep pace with Kaka, but he only succeeds in upending the Brazilian on the run.
33 YC Yellow card awarded to A. Sánchez of Barcelona
33 COMMENT A. Sánchez is cautioned by the referee.
32 COMMENT What seemed like a ball into oblivion from Dani Alves is suddenly chased down by the electric Messi. Poor Abate nearly wet himself at the Argentine's sudden appearance, and it takes a reflex block from Zapata to stop his bouncing volley from an acute angle.
30 COMMENT Mexes throws away a fantastic chance to get Milan back on top. From a Robinho corner, the French centre back gallops into a free header, but plants it the wrong side of the post. He can't be wasting chances like that!
28 COMMENT The game now unfolding at a more understandable pace for regular watchers of the Catalan side. Milan sitting deep as the Catalans plot and pick at little gaps in their ranks, trying to find that killer route through to Amelia. Which, by the way, is all a complete disaster for the Rossoneri, who have
26 COMMENT I was waxing lyrical about the Rossoneri earlier, but they deserve just as much stick for allowing that goal to happen. Sloppy, reactionary defending all around, and they committed the unforgivable sin of leaving Messi all alone on the right wing.
24 AS Assist by Iniesta (Barcelona)
24 G GOAL (Barcelona): Scored by L. Messi
24 COMMENT Iniesta provided the assist.
24 COMMENT Some real lax, one-dimensional defending from the Rossoneri, who cough up the rock in the middle, giving Iniesta the invitation to slide a pass through to Messi, flanking on the right. Leo has two men to beat in the box, but despite a few stumbles and bumbles, he manages to arrow a crisp finish into
23 COMMENT MESSI TIES IT UP!
21 COMMENT For those unaware, Felix Brcyh called Leverkusen's game against Hoffenheim on Friday, and awarded a goal for a Stefan Kiessling header that had only hit the side netting. B04 won that game 2-1, and Brych has been in the blender ever since.
20 COMMENT Messi shows some cheek, trying to squeeze the set-piece in at the near post, but it hits the side netting instead. Felix Brych awards a goalkick, you can be sure he won't ever make a mistake on that call again after events in the Bundesliga this weekend.
18 COMMENT It looked like a positive overlapping run from Neymar onto Adriano's feed, but the Brazil sensation is isolated, completely isolated on the left. He works the ball to the opposite side, where Kaka gets slapped for a handball on Dani Alves' cross attempt.
16 COMMENT Milan just taking a lean back on the recliner for the moment, allowing Barcelona to do their tiki-taka bit in their half. It's painfully clear that the Rossoneri are going to blitz them on the break when they can. Hey, it worked for the opener, it can work again!
14 COMMENT Allegri looks like the happiest man alive after watching an excellent opening quarter of an hour from his team. It seems a yearly tradition in Italy for him to be under the noose at the start of the season, but this will do his job prospects a world of good. Still plenty of time left though.
12 COMMENT It's all so casual and indifferent from the Catalans, who look like they strolled into the San Siro by accident. They finally manage to hold the ball in the opposition half for more than a beat, but are totally overwhelmed by the tenacity of Milan at the back.
10 COMMENT Barca really need to be doused with a bucket of ice, or maybe a few slaps to the face. They're letting Milan trample all over them, and can have absolutely no complaints about falling behind.
9 AS Assist by Kaká (Milan)
9 G GOAL (Milan): Scored by Robinho
9 COMMENT Kaká gave the assist.
9 COMMENT You can't say it's not been on the cards, but what the hell were Pique and Mascherano doing! On a harmless ball, the Argentine kicks the ball off his defensive partner. Comedy ensues as Robinho steals the ball, spreads to Kaka, continues his run into the box and strokes his compatriot's return pass
9 COMMENT NO MATTER, BECAUSE MILAN SCORE ON THE NEXT PLAY!
8 COMMENT Robinho fakes a shot in order to squeeze a reverse pass into Muntari, who likewise does just enough to inch a shot under Valdes! But it's chalked off, as the Ghanaian was a shoelace offside. Agony and disbelief in the stands.
7 COMMENT Kaka makes an absolute meal out of a little forearm shiver by Adriano around the halfway line, and the referee buys it hook, line and sinker. Free kick to the Rossoneri.
5 COMMENT The fans are getting behind Milan, who look up for the bout tonight! They've made a strong start to the game, depriving Barcelona of the ball and trying to pick the lock through the centre!
3 COMMENT Birsa takes charge of the delivery, but he's on a different wavelength to the rest of the Rossoneri, and sends it over the head of anyone relevant.
2 COMMENT Barca have their early possession streak broken in two by Muntari, and Robinho quickly releases Kaka on the left! The Brazilian, to a steaming roar, squares up to Dani Alves, who blocks the cross with his chin! Corner.
1 COMMENT Strap in folks! Barca get the ball rolling!
0 COMMENT Here come the teams! After lining up for the anthems, they pass a "Say no to racism" pennant down the line of players. The pre-match formalities have just about been wrapped up, and we're ready for the jump...
0 COMMENT Fantastic scenes on the San Siro's south stand, as some incredible collaboration between the Rossoneri fans sees a massive message read: "Keep Calm and Always Fight!"
0 COMMENT The tension and anticipation is simmering nicely inside San Siro. Pretty much a packed house here, as the supporters await the emergence of the teams from the tunnel.
0 COMMENT Barca currently rule the roost in Group H with two wins from their opening two games. Milan sit second with four points, and you get the feeling that this will be the Rossoneri's best chance to stake their claim for top spot in the standings. But with their injury woes, and Barca at near full streng
0 COMMENT Lionel Messi has been ruled fit enough to start, after his 22-minute cameo against Osasuna on Saturday that still failed to lift the Catalans above a 0-0 stalemate. Two games in three days is too much for fit-again skipper Carles Puyol though, who has been rested from the squad entirely following hi
0 COMMENT Marco Amelia makes his first appearance since April between the posts, while the onus up front falls on the enigmatic Robinho, ably supported by Kaka and new San Siro hero Valter Birsa, who scored the lone goal of the game against Udinese over the weekend. The Rossoneri in paticular will hope that K
0 COMMENT The Rossoneri have been patched up with duct tape and super glue, with a number of their familiar faces M.I.A. from the starting XI. Stephan El Shaarawy, Giampaolo Pazzini and Christian Abbiati all sit out tonight's game, while Mario Balotelli is only fit enough to sneak onto the end of the bench.
0 COMMENT BARCELONA: Valdes, Pique, Mascherano, Adriano, Daniel Alves, Xavi Hernandez, Iniesta, Busquets, Alexis Sanchez, Messi, Neymar. SUBS: Pinto, Montoya, Bartra, Fabregas, Song, Pedro Rodriguez, Tello.
0 COMMENT MILAN: Amelia, Mexes, Zapata, Abate, Constant, Muntari, Birsa, Montolivo, De Jong, Robinho, Kaka. SUBS: Coppola, Silvestre, Poli, Nocerino, Emanuelson, Matri, Balotelli.
0 COMMENT Right, onto our first port of call, the full teams for tonight's clash.
0 COMMENT Greetings all, and welcome to San Siro, for the droolworthy heavyweight clash between Milan and Barcelona. I'm Keeghann Sinanan, your designated scribe for tonight's spectacle.
0 COMMENT That's my cue folks, it's been a pleasure. Bye for now.
0 COMMENT A match that never really got off the ground, but in the end, both sides won't be too disappointed with a point apiece. Robinho's early goal was cancelled out by Messi, but after some huffs and puffs, neither team managed to blow the house down one more time. Barca stay top of the group, with Milan
0 COMMENT After much buildup, this game has evolved in a manner that few would have wanted, but many would have expected. The elation of Robinho's early opener was cut out relatively quickly by Messi's leveler, and since then, Barca have been in control, probing and prying at a camped and cautious Milan side.

Match Statistics

MilanMIL

35
45
2
23
17
11
1
9
3
1
3
2
13
2
Possession (%) 35
Attacks 45
Corners 2
Dangerous Attacks 23
Fouls 17
Free Kicks 11
Goals 1
Goal Kicks 9
Offsides 3
Shots Blocked 1
Shots on Target 3
Shots Wide 2
Throw Ins 13
Yellow Cards 2

BarcelonaFCB

65
81
5
58
9
20
1
4
1
3
9
7
20
2