Milan, Feb. 21: AC Milan took a surprising two-goal lead of their Champions League Round of 16 first leg tie in opposition to Barcelona on the San Siro.
As Lionel Messi and Co dominated possession all through the sport, Milan’s Kevin Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari scored to arrange an unimaginable second leg conflict on the Camp Nou.
The primary half remained quiet as Milan waited in their very own half to disclaim Barca an early aim. World Participant of the 12 months Messi did not have an excessive amount of room to squirm and misplaced possession extra typically.
Simply earlier than the hour mark, Montolivo’s shot went out of Cristian Zapata’s arm earlier than Boateng shot to the suitable facet to present Milan the lead.
Barcelona continued to attempt to create possibilities with their dominating fashion of play, but it surely was Milan who took a shock two-goal lead. Substitute striker M’Baye Niang and striker El Shaarawy mixed down the suitable to arrange Muntari, who slammed a volley into the far nook.
Galatasaray 1-1 Schalke
Schalke come again with a slight benefit over their Turkish opponents within the second leg after Jermaine Jones’ late first-half strike canceled out Burak Yilmaz’s opener.
Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder have returned to the Champions League following their latest Gala strikes from Shanghai Shenhua and Inter Milan respectively.
Yilmaz’s first aim was a second of magic because the striker collected the ball on the fringe of the field earlier than slotting the ball previous defender Benedikt Howedes and firing within the twelfth minute.
however their lead lasted till the top of the primary half as Farfan ran by way of the web after the house facet misplaced possession in midfield and handed the ball over to Jones for him to simply crush the aim.
Article first revealed: Thursday, February 21, 2013, 12:49 p.m. [IST]