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October 22, 2013 7:45 PM BST
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ F. Brych‎
Attendance:‬ 74487‎
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Lionel Messi 24′

AC Milan - Barcelona Preview: Familiar foes do battle at San Siro

Mario Balotelli heads a long Rossoneri injury list as Massimiliano Allegri's men prepare to host an almost full-strength Barca under the watch of a controversial referee

Lionel Messi and Riccardo Montolivo

AC Milan and Barcelona will meet for the third year in a row in the Champions League when they go head-to-head at San Siro on Tuesday.

The sides faced each other in the round of 16 last season, with Barcelona overturning a 2-0 first-leg deficit by winning 4-0 at Camp Nou.

That win for Milan in the opening fixture was their first over the Liga giants since October 2004 - a run of seven fixtures.

Both clubs enjoy a storied past in the Champions League, meeting in the 1994 final when Johan Cruyff's 'Dream Team' were comprehensively dismantled by Fabio Capello's outfit 4-0.

Mario Balotelli is expected to miss Tuesday's clash due to a thigh injury, while Marco Amelia will make his first appearance since April in goal, with Christian Abbiati (calf) injured and Gabriel, who played in Saturday's 1-0 win over Udinese, unregistered.

Daniele Bonera, Mattia De Sciglio, Giampaolo Pazzini (all knee) and Stephan El Shaarawy (foot) are also set to miss the clash as Milan's injury woes persist.

Manager Massimiliano Allegri bemoaned the number of players unavailable to him, but is regardless targeting a vital win against Gerardo Martino's side.

He said: "We're still waiting to get players back namely Pazzini, Bonera, De Sciglio and Balotelli.

"It'll be tough against Barcelona but we have the right requirements to do well.

"There are three points available on Tuesday and they'll be important to get out of the group."

Barcelona failed to win for the first time under Argentine coach Martino on Saturday as they drew 0-0 with Osasuna, the first time in 64 Liga fixtures they have drawn a blank.

Martino has an almost full squad to choose from, with only Jordi Alba and Ibrahim Afellay (both thigh) unavailable due to injury.

Carles Puyol is likely to continue at centre-back, having made his first appearance since last season's 4-0 win over Milan at Osasuna on Saturday.

One man particularly keen to have a good game will be German referee Felix Brych, who will enter the contest having made headlines for all the wrong reasons in the Bundesliga on Friday as he awarded Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling a goal, despite the ball clearly passing through a hole in the side-netting on its way in.

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