Barcelona capitalised on a refereeing error to progressed to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions league, beating AC Milan 3-1(3-1 aggregate),at the Nou Camp on Tuesday. The taker of both the penalties was Lionel Messi, who converted both times.
Messi’s first goal, was a record 50th Champions League goal, and his 13th Champions League goal of this season. It all happened in the 11th minute, when Messi dribbled past Phillippe Mexes, and cut the ball back, when Luca Antonini slid for the loose ball,fouling the Argentine striker. Messi was quick to get back on his feet to take the spot kick, and placed the ball beyond a diving Christian Abbiati .
Ac Milan though, equalised in the 32nd minute through a Zlatan Ibrahimovic pass onto Nocerino, who calmly slotted the goal without much ado. It all seemed evenly poised at that moment, but a harsh refereeing decision put paid to Milan’s hopes of winning the game.
In the 36th minute, Barcelona were awarded a corner, which was taken by Xavi, and as the ball curled in, Sergios Busquets was brought down by Nesta. The referee was quick to point at the spot again, much to the dismay of the Milan players, who voiced their protests to the referee, which resulted in Nesta and Seedorf being shown the yellow card. Milan received 7 cautions all together.
Barcelona then played their usual “possession” football, and put the game to bed, with just 8 minutes into the second half, when Iniesta caught the rebound off a Messi shot and put it beyond Abbiati for Barcelona’s third goal.
Barcelona will now face either Chelsea or Benfica on the 18th of April 2012.