BARCELONAS'S BRILLIANT VICTORY
On March 12 a Champions League match was held between Barcelona and AC Milan. It was a second round game between these teams. In the first game Milan won 2-0. This time the Italian club started
the game with 3 strikers and it was evident that they would try to attack from the beginning. Barcelona's only change in starting eleven was David Villa, who played instead of Cesc Fabregas.
Barcelona started the match very actively and Milan was forced to work on defence. Catalan club continued to attack and it became obvious that the goal was only the matter of time. On a 5th minute world's best player Lionel Messi has scored first goal in the game. Messi scored from 20 meters with beautiful strike that left Milan's goalkeeper Christian Abbiati with no chance. After the first goal Barcelona increased the pressure on Milan. Italian club found it very difficult to attack, because of good defending from Barcelona. However, they had a great opportunity to level the score on 38th minute. Striker Mbaye Niang hit the post after defensive error of Xavier Mascherano. This missed opportunity proved costly for the Italian club. On 39th minute Lionel Messi scored his second goal in the game. Argentinian striker received the ball from Andres Iniesta and hit powerful shot.Once again Abbiati failed to rescue his team. First time ended with Barcelona winning 2-0.
The second half of the game started the same way as the first one. Barcelona was attacking and Milan was defending. Milan tried to attack but Barcelona was too good for them. On 55th minute Spanish striker David Villa has scored the third goal in the game. Villa scored after a pass from Xavi Ernandes. After this Milan simply had to score and they tried their best to do so. It has to be said that in the end of the game Milan looked more dangerous and created some goal scoring opportunities. However the Italian club failed to score and Barcelona punished it in the last minute of the match. Jordi Alba scored fourth goal of the game after a quick counter attack. Barcelona won 4-0 and now they are in the quartetfinals of champions league.
After the game lot of comments were made by footballers and coaches. Coach of Barcelona Jordi Roura said:" I'm very pleased with the way players played today. They showed today that they are special and capable of doing everything on the football pitch. Messi is an extraordinary player,which he proved today".
One of the leaders of Barcelona Andres Iniesta insisted that:" The team played briliantly. We had an obligation to try and fight back and that what we did.It was one of the best games we have played".
Coach of Milan Masimilianno Alegri was dissapointed after the game,but suggested that it's not a shame to loss to a clubs like Barcelona. He said:" Barcelona is a best team in the world and it's always very difficult to play with them. milan played worser then in first match and barcelona deserved the victory".
Barcelona's next game will be against Rayo Valecanno in Spanish La Liga on Sunday 17 of March.