It certainly wasn't the most exciting 45 minute of play you've likely ever seen but no one from AC Milan will be complaining. The home side did an excellent job frustrating Barcelona's attack and headed to the locker room with the match scoreless.
Barcelona started off the match a bit sloppy but as the minutes ticked away, their usual massive possession advantage started to be the norm. Despite having a lot of the ball though, Milan did an excellent job of staying defensively organized and being intelligently aggressive, frustrating Barca's attempts to break through in the final third.
As the match crept towards halftime, Barcelona began to press Milan deeper and deeper into their defensive zone as they began to get closer to unlocking the Milan defense.
In the 36th minute Milan again came extremely close to threatening Victor Valdés when Kevin-Prince Boateng sent a well placed low cross into the center of the Barca box for a charging Stephan El Shaarawy. The young striker fully extended with a lunge of his foot but just missed being able to get on the end of the pass.
Hopefully the excitement level will pick up a bit in the second half.