Champions League — 12 March 2013

Barcelona star Lionel Messi will be hoping to progress into the quarter-finals of the Champions LeagueTuesday night’s Champions League knockout stage ties see Barcelona host AC Milan and Schalke also hosting Galatasaray.

Milan are leading 2-0 from the first leg at the Nou Camp. The result was a shock, but Spanish giants Barcelona have the players to complete the comeback.

Barcelona recovered from consecutive defeats to Real Madrid by beating Deportivo 2-0, thanks to goals from Alexis Sanchez and Lionel Messi. Midfield metronome Xavi has recovered from a thigh injury and is expected to take his place in the Barca team.

AC Milan meanwhile claimed a 2-0 victory over Genoa on Friday night. The victory put the Rossoneri just two points behind second place Napoli in the Serie A table. The teams form in the second half of the season has been superb.

Milan were dealt a blow ahead of the clash in Catalonia with the news that striker Giampaolo Pazzini will miss the game. Youngsters Stephan El Shaarawy and M’Baye Niang are expected to lead the Rossoneri front line.

The visitors are the favourites to go through to the quarter-finals, after their surprise first leg victory. However, Barcelona can never be written off.

Schalke host Turkish side Galatasaray at the Veltins Arena. The first leg in Istanbul finished 1-1, which should give the Bundesliga side the upper hand. Schalke’s recent form has been good, as they have won the last three games in the Bundesliga.

They will however be missing star striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, after the Dutch international damaged his knee ligaments in Schalke’s recent 2-1 victory over Dusseldorf.

Galatasaray have been inconsistent in recent weeks and won just one game in their last four in all competitions. The Turkish side could be up against it playing such an in-form opponent, but have the experience of the likes of Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder in their squad.

Can Barcelona overturn their first leg deficit?


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