Milan, Feb 21: AC Milan took a surprising two-goal lead of their last-16 Champions League first leg tie in opposition to Barcelona on the San Siro.
Whereas Lionel Messi and Co dominated possession all through the sport, Milan’s Kevin Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari scored to arrange a tremendous return leg conflict on the Nou Camp.
First-half remained quiet as Milan waited in their very own half to disclaim Barca an early aim. Messi, the World Participant of the 12 months, was not given an excessive amount of area to wriggle and misplaced possession extra typically.
Simply earlier than the hour mark, Montolivo’s shot got here off Cristian Zapata’s arm earlier than Boateng fired in direction of the best hand facet to present Milan the lead.
Barcelona continued to try to create possibilities with their dominating type of play but it surely was Milan who took a shock two-goal lead. Substitute striker M’Baye Niang and ahead El Shaarawy mixed on the best to arrange Muntari, who slammed in a volley to the far nook.
Galatasaray 1-1 Schalke
Schalke return with a slight benefit over the their Turkish opponents within the second leg after Jermaine Jones late strike within the first half cancelled out Burak Yilmaz’s opener.
Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder reutrned to the Champions League following their current strikes to Gala from Shanghai Shenhua and Inter Milan respectively.
Yilmaz’s opening aim was a second of magic because the ahead collected the ball on the sting of the world earlier than flicking the ball previous defender Benedikt Howedes and firing dwelling within the 12th minute.
however their lead lasted till the tip of the primary half as Farfan crusied by way of on aim after the house facet misplaced possession in midfield and laid the ball to Jones to smashed on aim with ease.