Ac Milan’s courageous effort left disappointed in the hands of Barcelona as the Rossoneri were beaten 3-1 at Nou Camp with two penalty goals from Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta, which only got one reply from Antonio Nocerino.
It was a very difficult match but defensive errors a little bit controversial moment simply hampered the Italian champion’s hard work, as they could’ve done much better especially in the defensive department.
Eying to play another solid game, Milan’s attempt were caught rather early as in just 10 minutes, Barcelona earned a penalty after a rather messy defending from the Rossoneri, leading into Messi getting softly tackled by Luca Antonini. Looking from a first replay it was a probably a correct decision, all in all, the Argentinian scored the goal despite Cristian Abbiati almost got his fingers on the sot.
The goal lifted Milan’s spirit though, as they increase the pressure on Barca even more and eventually getting the goal they needed when a lovely combination play puts Antonio Nocerino through from Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s pass. The Italian international coolly slotted the ball home putting the Italian on the front foot as they would be the one advancing from the tie, because of the away goal rules since the first leg at San Siro ended in a 0-0 draw.
Milan’s getting more confident after the goal and continue to give problem each time they counter attacked the Catalan, but a rather controversial decision occurred when the home team earned another penalty kick. This time it was a rather harsh as Alessandro Nesta was being judged of man handling his man despite the fact that he was also being handled and the ball wasn’t even in play, since the corner hasn’t been taken yet.
Messi converted again his second penalty, which pretty much stunned Milan’s confidence although they were attacking again in the start of second half and also had a penalty shout waved away by the referee. Another defensive mistake allowed Iniesta sealing the tie with Barca’s third but another controversy occurred when Robinho’s chance got pulled back because of non existent hand ball, which was obvious from the replay.
Milan’s defeat got even more bitter after their Brazilian striker, Alexandre Pato, who came in as substituted was forced to be replaced by Maxi Lopez, for another probably injury issues. In the end, the Rossoneri gave their all but mentally might be a little bit hurt knowing they went out of the competition in a rather disappointing way.
Barcelona v Ac Milan 3-1
Goals: Messi 11, 42, Iniesta 54(Barcelona); Nocerino 22 (Milan)
Barcelona: Victor Valdes; Daniel Alves, Piqué (Adriano 75), Mascherano, Puyol; Xavi Hernandez (Thiago Alcantara 63), Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Fabregas (Keita 78), Isaac Cuenca
Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Nesta, Mexes, Antonini; Nocerino, Ambrosini, Seedorf (Aquilani 60); Boateng (Pato 70) (Maxi Lopez 83); Robinho, Ibrahimovic