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Match Review: AC Milan 2-3 Barcelona.


Competition: Champions League.

Stadium: San Siro.

Time & Date: 17:45 pm (GMT) on Wednesday, November 23, 2011.

Referee: Stark (Germany).

Final Result: AC Milan 2-3 Barcelona.

Goals (Assists):  Mark Van Bommel (own goal) at 14′ (Barcelona), Ibrahimovic (Seedorf) at 19′ (AC Milan), Messi (Penalty Kick) at 31′ (Barcelona), Boateng  at 54′ (AC Milan), Xavi (Messi) at 63′.



AC Milan (4-3-1-2): Abbiati, Abate, Nesta (Bonera66′), Thiago Silva, Zambrotta, Seedorf, Van Bommel (Nocerino 72′), Aquilani, Boateng, Robinho (Pato 45), Ibrahimovic.

Barcelona (4-3-3): Valdes, Puyol, Mascherano, Busquets, Abidal, Xavi, Keita, Thiago Alcantara (J. Dos Santos 89′), Fabregas (Pedro), Messi, Villa (Sanchez).



Beat Barca or loose trying:


It was one of those magical nights of Champions League which you will keep in your mind for long time. AC Milan hosted Barcelona in San Siro in the fifth match day of Group H. Both team guaranteed qualification to next round before this match, but Milan needs to win in order to grab the first spot in this group. Any other result would keep Barcelona in first place.


AC Milan started this match in a strong way, and many thought it would result in a fast goal, just like Paot’s Camp Nou. Zlatan wasted a good chance in first 2 minutes. Few harmless attempts from both sides took place in the next 10 minutes.


After a nice long ball rested in Abidal’s feet on that left flank, who was unmarked by Abate, he passes the ball inside the box successfully, and Van Bommel deflects it inside the goal by mistake. It’s an own goal by Van Bommel at 14′.


Milan never gave up, and bounced back immediately. After 5 minutes, Aquilani sends a long ball from the right of the midfield towards the left wing area. Seedorf picks it up, and passes the ball creatively to Ibrahimovic who shoots it directly towards the goal and scores. Its 1-1 after 20 minutes.


Ten minutes later, Xavi gets the ball inside the box, and falls down while Aquilani (Who already has a yellow card earlier in that match) was the one to be blamed. The referee whistles and it’s a penalty kick. The replays showed that Xavi fell down before Aquilani’s conflict. Messi scored on the first try, by the referee repeated that shot, and gave Messi a yellow card for try to maneuver while standing on the spot, which led to Abbiati’s fell down before his shot. Anyways, Messi scored the second try, and its 1-2 for Barca at the half hour mark. In the last 15 minutes of first half, Boateng have attempted the goal more than 3 times trying to pull that score line back, but no luck.


The second half started with Pato playing in field instead of Robinho. The first 10 minutes were so bad for Milan. Players looked so shaky, and wrong passes where everywhere. Till 54′ when Boateng pulled that magical effort to score the equalizer. It was a stunning goal. The score is level now, two goals for both sides.


Less than 10 minutes later, Barcelona scored the third goal using the advantage of a fast break situation, where Messi assisted Xavi, who scored at 63′. AC Milan had less than half an hour to equalize, but all efforts were denied.


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Tactical/Technical Thoughts:


Allegri has very few tactical mistakes (actullay I’d say no tactical mistakes), yet, he was wrong by selecting Aquilani over Nocerino in the starting lineup. The later would’ve given Milan more pressing abilities in  midfield, which consisted of only one player of that type, who is Mark Van Bommel.


Also, Ambrosini was one of the best players in Fiorentina’s match few days ago; he has been in better shape at the moment than Van Bommel.


One more thing, Pato’s insertion after the first half didn’t provide solutions. Actually it created problems for Milan in linking midfield with attacking phase. Robinho (despite wasting an unbelievable chance from 2 meters open goal) has the ability to see other players, and create more playing around that Barca’s well protected box. Pato would’ve been able to kill that match if he was inserted in the last 15 minutes probably (after seeing fatigue eating a bit of Barca players).


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