Barca draw key to Milan qualification - Amelia

The shot-stopper has lauded the hosts' 1-1 result at San Siro, while Riccardo Montolivo regrets the Rossoneri could not record another Blaugrana win
AC Milan goalkeeper Marco Amelia has lauded the 1-1 draw with Barcelona which keeps the Italians two points behind the Group H leaders.

Former Real Madrid winger Robinho opened the scoring in the first half before Lionel Messi equalised for the San Siro visitors 15 minutes later.

And the replacement to the injured Christian Abbiati was pleased with the Rossoneri's performance.

"We did well tonight, we were compact and allowed little room to the Catalans," Amelia, 31, told Sky Sport Italia after the match.

"We will take this point to move forward in the Champions League for Milan, it will be important to qualify from the group stage.

"We had a couple of chances to score, but we are happy with the draw. We played well in this game against a very strong team."

Milan midfielder Riccardo Montolivo regretted Massimiliano Allegri's men could not defeat Barca and had to settle for a draw, instead of replicating their home win against the Liga giants last season in the Champions League.

"We think that the game from last year was played the same as tonight: they had great possession, we played on the break," the Italy international said.

"It's a positive result, but I'm sorry because we could have won. If we play as a team we can win against anybody.

"Our attitude was right. Kaka today had a great match, he had a hand on the counter-attack but clearly did not have the legs for 90 minutes."

Milan now sit on five points in Group H - two points behind Barca, two points ahead of Celtic and four points clear of Ajax.