Milan, Feb 21: AC Milan took a shocking two-goal lead of their last-16 Champions League first leg tie towards 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 an incredible return leg conflict on the Nou Camp.
First-half remained quiet as Milan waited in their very own half to disclaim Barca an early purpose. Messi, the World Participant of the Yr, was not given an excessive amount of house to wriggle and misplaced possession extra usually.
Simply earlier than the hour mark, Montolivo’s shot got here off Cristian Zapata’s arm earlier than Boateng fired in direction of the suitable hand facet to provide Milan the lead.
Barcelona continued to attempt to create possibilities with their dominating model of play however it was Milan who took a shock two-goal lead. Substitute striker M’Baye Niang and ahead El Shaarawy mixed on the suitable 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 latest strikes to Gala from Shanghai Shenhua and Inter Milan respectively.
Yilmaz’s opening purpose was a second of magic because the ahead collected the ball on the sting of the realm earlier than flicking the ball previous defender Benedikt Howedes and firing residence within the 12th minute.
however their lead lasted till the top of the primary half as Farfan crusied by way of on purpose after the house facet misplaced possession in midfield and laid the ball to Jones to smashed on purpose with ease.