Barcelona vs Milan Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: March 12, 2013; Time: 7:45 PM UTC;
Venue: Camp Nou — Barcelona.
Blaugranas will do their best to overturn first-leg two goals deficit. The Catalan grand will try to make an historic comeback at Camp Nou after 2-0 loss to the Rossoneri. Milan will try to hold down attacks of Spaniards to progress to the next stage.
Barcelona had a shock first leg defeat in Milan. They have to end their poor form in big games to continue their movement in the Champions League. Big favourites Barcelona showed nothing at the San Siro. Milan played like Celtic and Real Madrid in that game and kept compact zones not allowing a lot of space to Barcelona’s star players. Barcelona only managed to make two shots on target throughout the 90 minutes. Milan have won thanks to goals from Kevin Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari. Barcelona must score 2 goals minimum without reply, while Milan probably will use the same tactics and will hope to score, which would mean Barcelona will need to produce 4 goals.
Barcelona are at the top of La Liga with 71 points from 27 games. Their present form has been poor with 2 wins and 3 defeats from last five games in all competitions. Last five home matches the Blaugrana have finished with 4 wins and 1 loss. Barcelona have won 2-0 Deportivo at the weekend. But they are on a 19-match undefeated run at Camp Nou in the Champions League. Last time they had lost at the Camp Nou with the score 2-1 to Rubin Kazan in October 09. The Catalans have won 11 of 24 games in European competition in which they have lost the first away match. Lionel Messi needs just one goal to overtake Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of 56 goals.
Milan are 3rd in Serie A with 51 points from 28 games. Their present form has seen 4 wins and 1 draw from last five games. Last five matches away from home the Rossoneri have finished with 3 draws and 1 win. Milan are undefeated in Serie A in 2013. Rossoneri have won away at Genoa with the score 0-2.
Barcelona playmaker Xavi could start on Tuesday after recovering from a thigh injury. First choice goalkeeper Victor Valdes returns from a domestic suspension. Interim coach Jordi Roura gave rest to some of his key players in the 2-0 win over Deportivo.
Milan forward Giampaolo Pazzini has suffered injury in Friday’s victory. M’Baye Niang, Bojan Krkic and Robinho could replace him. Philippe Mexes and Kevin-Prince Boateng should be ready to play after their problem. Mario Balotelli is cup-tied for Man City.
Barcelona line-up: Valdés, Dani Alves, Piqué, Puyol, Jordi Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Fàbregas, Pedro, L. Messi, Iniesta.
Last three matches:
FC Barcelona 2 – Deportivo 0;
Real Madrid CF 2 – FC Barcelona 1;
FC Barcelona 1 – Real Madrid CF 3.
Milan line-up: C. Abbiati, I. Abate, C. Zapata, P. Mexès, K. Constant, R. Montolivo, M. Ambrosini, S. Muntari, K. Boateng, M. Niang, S. El Shaarawy.
Last three matches:
Genoa 0 – AC Milan 2;
AC Milan 3 – Lazio 0;
FC Internazionale 1 – AC Milan 1.