Champions League — 13 March 2013

Lionel Messi was again the hero as Barcelona defeated AC Milan 4-0Barcelona and Galatasaray are through to the quarter-finals, after beating AC Milan and Schalke respectively in the last 16.

Barcelona headed into the second leg of their clash with AC Milan 2-0 down from the first leg, but progressed 4-2 on aggregate after beating the Italians 4-0 at the Nou Camp.

It didn’t take the Spanish giants long to get back into the tie though, five minutes in fact. Lionel Messi picked the ball up on the edge of the penalty area and drove an effort into the top corner of Christian Abbiati’s goal.

It was the Argentinian who doubled his teams lead on the night and equalled the scores on aggregate on 40 minutes. A typical Barcelona move resulted in Messi picking up the ball of the edge of the penalty box yet again and firing another effort past Abbiati.

Another flowing move saw Barcelona extend their lead on the night in the 55th minute. Andres Iniesta’s through-ball was completely missed by Kevin Constant and David Villa curled home a superb effort from just inside the area.

With AC Milan pushing for an equaliser Barcelona confirmed victory in injury-time, full-back Jordi Alba breaking forward and calmly finishing past Abbiati.

In the other Champions League game of the night Galatasaray won 3-2 at Schalke’s Veltins Arena to progress to the next round 4-3 on aggregate. The Germans took the lead through Roman Neustadter. The Turkish side turned the game on its head through goals from Hamit Altintop and Burak Yilmaz.

On-loan Lyon winger Michel Bastos levelled the scores just past the hour mark, as the home side looked to retrieve the tie. However, the in-form Ruhr side couldn’t find a winner and deep into injury-time Galatasaray won the game as well as the tie through a goal by Umut Bulut.

Can Barcelona now go all the way in the Champions League?


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