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UEFA Champions League

  • September 13, 2011
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 89861

Live Commentary

  • This is Alex Labidou, signing off. Have any questions or comments about my live commentary, follow me at @sportslab on twitter.
  • And there is the game. While Barca dominated the match, Milan found a way to steal a result in the final seconds. This is a huge morale booster for the Italian champions especially since it is away from San Siro.
  • 90' + 2'
    Yellow Card Carles Puyol
  • 90' + 2'
    Assist C. Seedorf
  • 90' + 2'
    Goal Thiago Silva
  • 90' + 2'
    GOAL!!!!! MILAN HAS LEVELED!!!! Silva climbs high and heads in Seedorf's corner to equalize the game.
  • 90'
    The game has been increasingly physical since Puyol has come on.
  • 87'
    Affelay takes a shot but its blocked by Nesta. He had Messi on his right and should have passed.
  • 84'
    SubstitutionDavid Villa Ibrahim Afellay
  • 84'
    Milan have a rare attack at their opponents goal, but Emanuelson fails to get past his direct competitor, Carles Puyol, who waits to dispossess him.
  • 83'
    Affellay comes on for the match winner Villa.
  • 80'
    Allegri is spurring his team on more than ever, bellowing instructions out, even while Massimo Ambrosini is on the floor in some pain, but he is fine and the game continues. Barcelona have certainly sent out a warning shot tonight, even if the scoreline doesn't reflect their dominance!
  • 78'
    Messi, to Fabregas, to Alves! A silky passing move sees the Brazilian with a free shot at goal on the right, but his low attempt was saved by Abbiati without any issues.
  • 77'
    SubstitutionMark van Bommel Alberto Aquilani
  • 75'
    To give Milan some credit, the club is playing without its top two scorers Robinho and Zlatan. This game might be very different if both were in there.
  • 74'
    Nesta again puts in a vital block to deny Messi with an explosive shot at goal. The ex-Italy defender had a nightmare display against Lazio at the weekend, but tonight looks to be in the losing team, through no fault of his own.
  • 70'
    Yellow Card Daniel Alves
  • 68'
    And without further adieu, Puyol replaces Keita, as Mascherano looks to be given the nod to replace the recently-departed Malian in defensive midfield. Xavi also has a curling effort from a free-kick but it goes high and wide.
  • 67'
    SubstitutionSeydou Keita Carles Puyol
  • 67'
    Hard foul by Ambrosini as he collides with Pedro. Barca has another dangerous close range free kick.
  • 62'
    SubstitutionAntonio Cassano Urby Emanuelson
  • 62'
    Milan appears content to wait for a mistake. It isn't going to push and risk giving away a goal.
  • 58'
    Some more details for those who love stats, Barca has had 15 shots with six on target as opposed to Milan's four with one shot on target.
  • 57'
    Yellow Card Alessandro Nesta
  • 55'
    Barca has completely dominated the game since the opening goal. Can you believe the club has had 80 percent of possession during the match. That is unreal against one of Europe's elite clubs.
  • 52'
    Yellow Card David Villa
  • 50'
    Assist Busquets
  • 50'
    Goal David Villa
  • 50'
    VILLA SCORES!!!!! GOAL!!!!!! He hit a beautiful precise curling free kick that goes right past Abbatti.
  • 48'
    Cassano drags down Busquets. Barca has a dangerous free kick opportunity.
  • 45'
    Second half begins!!! Milan has the ball.
  • First half ends with both sides level but clearly Barca has had the advantage since Messi assisted on Pedro's goal. Have any questions, hit me up @sportslab on twitter.
  • 45' + 2'
    Barca has come alive in the last 10 minutes and Milan can't wait for the referee to call time.
  • 43'
    An offsides call ruins what would have been the assist of the year. Alves passed through the legs of Zambrotta to find Messi who was just offside by a fraction.
  • 39'
    SubstitutionIniesta Cesc Fàbregas
  • 37'
    A mysterious injury has forced Iniesta to come out of the game and Cesc Fabregas comes in for the 25-year-old.
  • 36'
    Assist Lionel Messi
  • 36'
    Goal Pedro
  • 36'
    GOAL!!!! BARCA breaks through!!!!!! Messi dribbles into the box and Abbatti hessitates to come out drawn towards the Argentine. Messi finds Pedro on the other side of the box and the young winger scores a poachers effort, tapping the ball in.
  • 34'
    SubstitutionKevin-Prince Boateng Massimo Ambrosini
  • 32'
    MESSI!!!! He has been brilliant but Abbatti has had his number throughout the game.
  • 27'
    Villa tries to break the duck for his side with an impressive overhead kick effort from just outside the area, but it goes just over!
  • 25'
    VITAL DEFENDING FROM MILAN! Xavi advances to the edge of the box and scoops up a delightful ball up for Messi to chest and smash at goal, but Nesta stands tall and nods it away!
  • 24'
    Twenty four minutes in and Barca has put Milan on its backfoot but hasn't been able to break past Abbati, Nesta and Silva.
  • 22'
    What a beautiful free kick by Messi that just sails wide right. He manages to kick over the wall and the ball just curls past Abbati.
  • 19'
    Yellow Card Mark van Bommel
  • 16'
    Guardiola has put Keita in the back to help out with Pato, the speedy Brazilian would have almost scored again if he had a better first touch on the ball.
  • 14'
    Seedorf still has it!!! He does a beautiful shimmy move that forces Alves to slide tackle, drawing a free kick for Seedorf.
  • 12'
    Villa almost equalized as he had a clear cut opportunity to score but could only find the side netting.
  • 10'
    Pato's goal was reportedly 25 seconds into the game and might have been the quickest goal scored in Champions League history.
  • 9'
    Barcelona has responded by being more aggressive than usual in the opening stages of the game. Milan's defenders are being tested.
  • 4'
    Four minutes and I believe Barca is still shocked about conceding that opener so quickly.
  • 1'
    Goal Alexandre Pato
  • 1'
    Assist Antonio Nocerino
  • 1'
    The Brazilian jetted the minute he had the ball and none of Barca's defenders could keep up.
  • 1'
    GOAL!!!!! PATO scores within seconds!!!!!!! That was within 20 seconds of kickoff.
  • Kick off!!!! Barca has the ball.
  • Can A.C. Milan deliver without Ibrahimovic? We are about to kick off!!
  • The teams are on the field, Champions League anthem is underway
  • It's Italian champs Milan at European and Spanish champs Barcelona in the Group Phase of the Champions League, coming up shortly