Champions League - Group H
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Barcelona 3-1 Milan

Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi (left) scores during the Champions League Barcelona v AC Milan

Lionel Messi scored twice for Barcelona as they booked their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with a comfortable win over AC Milan.

Messi scored his first goal in four games with a penalty after Neymar had been fouled by Ignazio Abate.

Sergio Busquets headed in a second from Xavi's free-kick before the lead was reduced when Kaka's cross was turned in by the unfortunate Gerard Pique.

Messi clipped in his second after a swift one-two with Cesc Fabregas.

The result extends the Catalan side's lead at the top of Group H to five points over the Italian club, who have five points with two games to play.

Milan now travel to Celtic knowing that victory could also see them progress into the next round.

Barcelona had 63% possession and 19 shots on target - more than four times Milan's total.

Neymar came close early on when he collected Messi's through-ball only to see his strike blocked by Urby Emanuelson.

Milan keeper Christian Abbiati then denied Neymar and Alexis Sanchez before Barca finally made the breakthrough from the spot.

Xavi chipped a ball over the Milan defence for Neymar, who was tugged back in the area by Milan defender Abate.

Messi smashed in the resulting penalty for his first goal since scoring in the reverse fixture against Milan two weeks ago.

Barca then doubled their lead when midfielder Busquets stooped to head past Abbiati from Xavi's teasing delivery from a free-kick.

Just before half-time, Milan were given a lifeline when Pique turned Kaka's low delivery into his own net.

Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri, whose side are only 11th in the Serie A table, brought on striker Mario Balotelli for the ineffective Robinho after the break but it made little difference as Barca dominated.

Abbiati produced a great save to prevent Andres Iniesta from scoring before the keeper pushed away Sanchez's point-blank effort.

But he could do little to stop Messi from scoring the third, when the Argentine linked up with Fabregas before skipping through the defence and lifting his shot high into the net.

Line-ups

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Valdés
  • 22Alves da Silva
  • 21Correia
  • 16Busquets
  • 3Piqué
  • 14Mascherano
  • 6HernándezSubstituted forSongat 88'minutes
  • 8IniestaSubstituted forFábregasat 78'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9SánchezBooked at 62mins
  • 11NeymarSubstituted forPedroat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Montoya
  • 4Fábregas
  • 7Pedro
  • 13Pinto Colorado
  • 15Bartra
  • 17Song
  • 20Tello

AC Milan

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 32Abbiati
  • 20AbateBooked at 29mins
  • 28Emanuelson
  • 34de JongBooked at 56mins
  • 17Zapata
  • 5Mexes
  • 16PoliSubstituted forBirsaat 74'minutes
  • 18Montolivo
  • 7de SouzaSubstituted forBalotelliat 45'minutes
  • 22Dos Santos LeiteSubstituted forMatriat 84'minutes
  • 4MuntariBooked at 32mins

Substitutes

  • 9Matri
  • 14Birsa
  • 21Constant
  • 25Bonera
  • 35Coppola
  • 45Balotelli
  • 81Zaccardo
Referee:
Milorad Mazic

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamAC Milan
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home19
Away4
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barcelona 3, Milan 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barcelona 3, Milan 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Francesc Fábregas.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Alexandre Song replaces Xavi.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Xavi (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Pedro.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Pedro replaces Neymar.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Milan. Conceded by Dani Alves.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Milan. Alessandro Matri replaces Kaká.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Barcelona 3, Milan 1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Francesc Fábregas.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Francesc Fábregas replaces Andrés Iniesta.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Urby Emanuelson.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Barcelona. Andrés Iniesta tries a through ball, but Lionel Messi is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Christian Abbiati.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Milan. Valter Birsa replaces Andrea Poli.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Adriano.

  17. Post update

    Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Riccardo Montolivo (Milan).

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dani Alves with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adriano (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Andrés Iniesta following a corner.