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    Thursday, February 21, 2013

    AC MILAN YAIPIGA BARCA 2-0


    AC Milan took a surprise first-leg lead in their Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona.
    While Barca top the Primera Division by 12 points, Milan lie third in Serie A - but Kevin-Prince Boateng's controversial opening goal set the Italians on their way at the San Siro.
    And Sulley Muntari's superb second put Massimiliano Allegri's side firmly in the driving seat ahead of March 12's return leg at the Nou Camp.
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    Here we go: Kevin-Prince Boateng, (left) celebrates after opening the scoring
    Here we go: Kevin-Prince Boateng, (left) celebrates after opening the scoring
    Double trouble: Sulley Muntari celebrates after firing home the second goal
    Double trouble: Sulley Muntari celebrates after firing home the second goal

    Match facts

    AC Milan: Abbiati, Abate, Mexes, Zapata, Constant, Ambrosini, Montolivo, Muntari, Boateng, Pazzini (Niang 75), El Shaarawy (Traore 88).
    Subs Not Used: Amelia, De Sciglio, Bojan, Cristante, Yepes.
    Booked: Mexes, Traore.
    Goals: Boateng 57, Muntari 81.
    Barcelona: Valdes, Dani Alves, Pique, Puyol (Mascherano 88), Jordi Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas (Sanchez 62), Pedro, Messi, Iniesta.
    Subs Not Used: Pinto, Thiago, Montoya, Song, Tello.
    Booked: Busquets, Pique.
    Att: 75,000.
    Ref: Craig Thomson (Scotland).
    Muntari flashed an early shot over the bar from long range for Milan.
    Philippe Mexes made a vital cleaance at the other end to prevent Jordi Alba's cross reaching Pedro Rodriguez and though the same defender then handled Dani Alves' delivery, Pedro had already been flagged offside.
    Stephane El Shaarawy's poor touch saw a good chance slip away but resulted in a corner, taken by the prolific young striker, from which Boateng shot just wide.
    Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati held Xavi's well-struck 30-yard drive and El Shaarawy tracked superbly to the left-back position to break up another Barca attack.
    Mexes collected the first yellow card for tripping Lionel Messi and as Barca pressed, Riccardo Montolivo prevented Pedro's backheel reaching Cesc Fabregas.
    Boateng's cross eluded a sliding El Shaarawy before a goalless half petered out somewhat.
    Appeal: Barcelona wanted a free-kick for handball in the build up but Boateng did not care
    Appeal: Barcelona wanted a free-kick for handball in the build up but Boateng did not care
    Takeaway: Muntari's goal means Milan have a 2-0 lead to bring to the Nou Camp
    Takeaway: Muntari's goal means Milan have a 2-0 lead to bring to the Nou Camp
    Kevin-Prince Boateng
    Sulley Muntari
    Pompey days: Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari while in the blue shirts of Portsmouth

    From the south coast to Serie A

    Muntari played 29 times for Portsmouth, scoring four goals in the 2007-08 season. He also won the FA Cup while at the club. Muntari then signed for Inter Milan, before moving to rivals AC via a loan spell at Sunderland.
    Boateng played 22 times, bagging three goals in 2009-10 before moving to AC Milan.
    Sergio Busquets was booked early in the second period after fouling Giampaolo Pazzini, moments before the controversial opening goal.
    Montolivo's shot took two deflections, the second off the raised arm of Cristian Zapata, before Boateng fired low past Victor Valdes. Gerard Pique was booked for protesting to Scottish referee Craig Thomson.
    Messi blazed an uncharacteristically wayward free-kick high into the stand before Andres Iniesta almost charged down Abbiati's clearance in the six-yard box.
    Off the pace: Lionel Messi struggled to make any impact
    Off the pace: Lionel Messi struggled to make any impact
    Patched up: Carles Puyol was erratic as Barcelona struggled
    Patched up: Carles Puyol was erratic as Barcelona struggled
    Head to head: Cesc Fabregas, is fouled by Boateng
    Head to head: Cesc Fabregas, is fouled by Boateng
    Ecstasy: Boateng celebrates after firing past Victor Valdes and in to the corner
    Ecstasy: Boateng celebrates after firing past Victor Valdes and in to the corner
    Rolling around: Messi (left) and Daniel Alves (right) lie on the pitch
    Rolling around: Messi (left) and Daniel Alves (right) lie on the pitch
    Valdes saved Pazzini's acrobatic volley but at the other end, Iniesta fizzed a drive a foot or so wide and Xavi curled a free-kick just over.
    But it was Milan who found a second goal with nine minutes remaining as substitute M'Baye Niang and El Shaarawy combined to set up Muntari, who gave their beautiful approach play the classy finish it deserved.
    Carles Puyol, sporting a huge sticking plaster on his forehead after a clash with Pazzini, headed Xavi's corner wide as Barca sought an important away goal.
    But it was in vain, with Milan in fact having the best chance during five minutes of stoppage time as late substitute Bakaye Traore wasted a three-on-two break.
    Rough and tumble: The best player in the world could not help his side as they stumbled to a 2-0 defeat
    Rough and tumble: The best player in the world could not help his side as they stumbled to a 2-0 defeat
    That'll do: AC Milan's coach Massimiliano Allegri looks on as his team put on a show
    That'll do: AC Milan's coach Massimiliano Allegri looks on as his team put on a show
    Fun night: Mario Balotelli smiles, next to his girlfriend, model Fanny Robert Neguesha
    Fun night: Mario Balotelli smiles, next to his girlfriend, model Fanny Robert Neguesha
    Balotelli with his model girlfriend

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