Barcelona continue their attempt in defending their Champions League trophy after successfully beating Ac Milan 3-1 at Nou Camp as Lionel Messi scored a brace in the match, while Andres Iniesta sealing the victory over the Italian side.
It wasn’t an easy game as at one point Milan did managed to make the scoreline 1-1 before the Catalan eventually edged out with a pretty lucky goals indeed, despite they did create several chances.
Eying to redeem their failure in the first leg, Barcelona were attacking vigorously right from the start, giving a pretty hard time for Milan early on but it was a defensive error that lead to Barca’s opener. A rare defensive mistake from Philippe Mexes, added with some scrappy defending in the box resulting in a penalty kick for the home team that Messi scored to put his team on the front row after only 11 minutes.
The goal apparently woke Milan up though as they began to press harder and try to attack much more which eventually resulted in a lovely equalizing goal scored by Antonio Nocerino. The Italian international received a brilliant through pass from Zlatan Ibrahimovic before coolly slotting the ball home for the midfielder’s first Champions League goal ever.
Milan’s equalizer made things harder for Barca as the visitor were starting to get really confident and threatening especially with their counter attack, lead by Ibrahimovic, Kevin Prince Boateng and Robinho. Fortunately for the home team, fortunes swings their way as a rather harsh second penalty were given to the Catalan side when the referee judged Alessandro Nesta pulling Sergio Busquets shirts, despite the similar was done by the Spaniard along with Carles Puyol on Nesta.
Messi once again nestled the ball into Abbiati’s net, which temporarily stunned the Milan players, who probably felt crush with such a disappointing decision going against their way. The Rossoneri tried to start the second half in a much more offensive attitude and it almost worked when they troubled Barcelona after the re-start, with Ibrahimovic having his penalty appeal waved away.
Barca eventually sealing the tie when a lucky deflection puts Iniesta ahead of Abate, who was guilty of stopping his track without waiting for the final whistle. Milan’s spirit were simply trashed by the third goal and simply lost their feet, although they kept on plugging until the final whistle, despite having to lose Alexandre Pato for a potential injury on his thigh muscle.