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The Brazilian defender could not hide his delight at scoring a hugely important leveler for the Italians, which he feels is the best goal of his career

AC Milan defender Thiago Silva feels he has scored the greatest headed goal of his career after his injury-time equaliser ensured his side drew 2-2 with Group H opponents Barcelona in their Champions League encounter on Tuesday.

The Brazil international put in a strong defensive performance alongside partner Alessandro Nesta to keep his team in the game, and he received his just rewards right at the death, jumping highest in the box to nod in from Clarence Seedorf's corner, a goal which he has claimed is one of his best.

"Tonight I scored my best headed goal of my career," Silva told Sky Sports. "It's always difficult to play in the Champions League, but our work has just begun. It is competition too important for a player to ignore.

"I was a little nervous when jumping for the header. We have worked hard at Milanello [Milan's training base] on our shooting, and we scored an important goal. Now we must focus on what will be a tough game on Sunday. It is important to remain calm and although we didn't play well, we found an important goal in the end."

AC Milan return to Serie A matters at the weekend, when they face Napoli at Stadio San Paolo on September 18.