Milan frustrate Barcelona
AC Milan frustrated Barcelona in their attempt to grab a valuable away goal in the Champions League yesterday, holding the defending champions to a 0-0 draw; while Bayern Munich won 2-0 at Marseille to stay on course for the semi-finals.
Barcelona had 62 per cent of possession, but failed to score in a Champions League match for the first time in 21/2 years. When Barcelona did create chances at San Siro, it was thwarted by Milan's experienced defence, goalkeeper Christian Abbiati and some lenient refereeing from Jonas Eriksson.
"There's a first time for everything," Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola said. "Milan is happy with the result and that's a real compliment for us. Not scoring away from home does penalise us a bit, as I think we will have to score twice to go through."
Barcelona will host the second leg of the total-goals series next Tuesday, when Bayern are home against Marseille. The following day, Chelsea take a 1-0 lead into their match with visiting Benfica and Real Madrid are home with a 3-0 lead against APOEL Nicosia.
"I'm happy," Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri. "The lads put on a good performance. They interpreted the game as they should have done, attacked strongly and defended well when they had to. It's a good result to go to Barcelona with. It will be a difficult game, but two out of three results will favour us."