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ac milan vs barcelona 2012

AC Milan Vs. Barcelona, 2012 UEFA Champions League: Final
Score, Rossoneri Hold Blaugrana Scoreless
AC Milan will still be underdogs when they head to the Camp Nou, but they have done
enough to deny Barcelona an away goal and give themselves a chance to advance to the
UEFA Champions League semifinals. Milan couldn't create a goal themselves, but they
defended brilliantly to hold on for a 0-0 draw.

The first half was a bit more eventful than the second, with Milan having more chances
to score. Robinho had a terrible miss in the 2nd minute with a shanked volley, while
Zlatan Ibrahimovic made a mess of a clear chance in the 20th minute for Milan.
Barcelona had a couple of great opportunities, but some good goalkeeping by Christian
Abbiati kept Barcelona off the scoreboard, along with one spectacular clearance by Luca
Antonini on a 35th minute Alexis Sanchez breakaway.

The first half got off to a bad start for Milan, as Robinho picked up an injury in a challenge
with Javier Mascherano in the 51st minute. He came back onto the pitch and attempted
to run it off, but he was unable to continue. Stephan El Shaarawy came on to replace
him.

Milan had an excellent spell of possession in the 57th minute and looked like they were
going to at least challenge Victor Valdes, but no one was able to pull the trigger. Both
Andres Nocerino and Ibrahimovic had great shooting opportunities, but opted to pass
when they should have shot. Barca eventually won the ball back and sent Lionel Messi
out on the counter. Alessandro Nesta stopped him from getting into a shooting position
the only way he knew how.

In the 66th minute, Urby Emmanuelson came on for a tired-looking Kevin-Prince
Boateng. It took just one minute for him to absolutely blow a golden chance. Ibrahimovic
played him through on goal with a stunning through ball, but Emmanuelson somehow
took a touch away from the goal that instantly took away a shooting chance, even though
he was clearly one-on-one with Valdes. It was a touch almost too poor to be believed.

In the 74th minute, Milan had to take off Nesta, who was limping noticeably. With no
true central defenders on teh bench, everyone watched in horror as Djamel Mesbah -the goat of the 3-0 loss to Arsenal -- came on to the pitch. Daniele Bonera moved to the
center of defense and Luca Antonini moved to right back.

While Mesbah didn't exactly do anything to improve his reputation, Antonini's move to
right back turned out to be crucial. In the 87th minute, he made a fantastic clearance,
denying Cristian Tello what would have been a game-winning goal.

This is the first time in nine games in all competitions that Lionel Messi has failed to
score, and it is the first time in Pep Guardiola's tenure as Barcelona manager that he has
failed to get an away goal in a Champions League knockout stage tie.


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