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San Siro (Giuseppe Meazza) (ATT 75,000) 20th February 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: Craig Thomson

AC Milan AC Milan vs Barcelona Barcelona

AC Milan 2

K Boateng (57)
S Muntari (81)

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Barcelona face uphill task to stay in Champions League after losing 2-0 at AC Milan

By Graeme Bailey - Tweet me: @graemebailey.   Last Updated: 21/02/13 12:10am

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Kevin Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari: On target for Milan

Kevin Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari: On target for Milan

AC Milan pulled off a huge shock at the San Siro as they claimed a 2-0 win over Spanish giants Barcelona in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last 16 clash.

Amazingly both goalscorers were previously team-mates at English League One club Portsmouth as Kevin Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari were on target.

Boateng fired home just before the hour before Muntari volleyed home a second with nine minutes left as Massimiliano Allegri's men took a huge win.

Milan looked willing to sit back and soak up Barca's attacks from the off, but it was their own counter attacking that showed the most threat throughout.

After 16 minutes Stephan El Shaarawy was sent clear into the box, but a heavy second touch gave Carles Puyol the chance to come across and put the ball behind.

From the resulting corner Boateng clipped the ball towards the back post and it only just landed wide of Victor Valdes' far post.

Xavi then tested Christian Abbiati with a sweetly struck shot from distance, whilst Pedro's somewhat weaker effort was also dealt with comfortably by the veteran keeper.

Lionel Messi began to enjoy spells of possession but, as Milan got numbers behind the ball, he was struggling to find space and, when he did, his team-mates could not do so.

El Shaarawy came close just before the break again, before the opener arrived 10 minutes into the second half, although there was an element of fortune about it.

Riccardo Montolivo's free-kick from 30-yards was blocked on the edge of the box, the ball span up and hit Cristian Zapata on the hand and it dropped into the path of Boateng, who fired into the corner. Barca protested but Scottish referee Craig Thomson waved away their complaints.

Barcelona looked for a reaction but nothing materialised. Alexis Sanchez was sent on for the ineffective Cesc Fabregas, but the Chilean added little spice to Barca's attacking play.

The unbelievably quiet Andres Iniesta flashed a volley wide whilst Xavi fired a free-kick over the bar and it was Milan who were to send shockwaves through European football as they made it 2-0 with just nine minutes remaining.

Substitute M'Baye Niang took the ball down and fed the excellent El Shaarawy, who in turn looked up and lobbed the ball over the Barca defence for Muntari to volley home from 10 yards and send the San Siro into raptures.

Milan comfortably saw the match out and will be in confident mood going to Catalunya in three weeks' time for the second leg.

MilanTeam StatisticsBarcelona
2Goals0
01st Half Goals0
3Shots on Target1
2Shots off Target4
3Blocked Shots2
3Corners4
16Fouls10
4Offsides2
2Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards0
74.5Passing Success90.2
22Tackles15
77.3Tackles Success93.3
27.4Possession72.6
39Territorial Advantage61
294Total Passes805
11Total Crosses14
124Lost Balls143
47Recoveries47
25.81st Half Poss.74.2
27.92nd Half Poss.72.1

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