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Barcelona vs. AC Milan, 2013 UEFA Champions League: Blaugrana thrash Rossoneri to progress

For the first time ever, a team has come back from a 2-0 road loss to progress in the Champions League. Barcelona did it in style, defeating AC Milan 4-0 on the night, with Lionel Messi netting a brace.

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AC Milan ruined Tiziano Crudeli's day

Italian TV commentator Tiziano Crudeli is famous for his insane reactions to the exploits of AC Milan. Yesterday as his beloved rossoneri crashed out of the Champions League, he suffered. Today we can bask in his pain.

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Barca's win equates to putting lipstick on a pig

Barcelona fans might not want to hear it but the Blaugrana's win today was as much about what AC Milan didn't do as it was about what Barca did.

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Milan crumble as Messi fires Barca through

Unlike the first leg of this tie at San Siro, AC Milan's midfield was not organized and looked like they had no clue how to play against Barcelona. With less opposition in front of them, the Blaugrana scored four times to advance in the UEFA Champions League.

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15 minutes left to play at the Camp Nou

Update - Match report: Barcelona 4-0 AC Milan, final score

Milan are starting to look a bit more dangerous after a couple substitutions have gotten some fresh legs in on their attack. Barcelona's defense is still shaky and with Milan only needing one goal to take back the advantage, every foray into the Barca defensive third is an adventure.

It certainly looked like Milan would find a goal in the 68th minute after cross by Ignazio Abate pinballed around the Barcelona area before the referee finally spotted a foul against Milan, ending the attack. Both Robinho and Kevin-Prince Boateng had chances on the ball but neither could find the target. It was an extremely nervy moment to say the least.

Barcelona have definitely backed off just a bit despite the fact another goal would be decisive for them. They're still attacking but they also know they just need to be smart and not take quite as many risk with the aggregate lead now in their favor. With only 15 minutes left to play at the Camp Nou, there's little doubt their defense is going to be tested a least a couple more times by Milan.

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El Guaje makes it 3-0 for Barcelona

Update - Match report: Barcelona 4-0 AC Milan, final score

A defensive mistake by AC Milan allowed David Villa to put Barcelona up 3-0 and take the lead on aggregate.

Barcelona were out of the blocks quickly in the second half as you might expect. In the 47th minute, Lionel Messi was back making a slalom-like run into the Milan are before cutting outside and putting a low shot on target. Christian Abbiati easily made the save but it was yet another reminder for Milan about how precarious their situation is.

In the 55th minute the inevitable happened as Barcelona scored yet again. Milan did it to themselves in a way with a terrible clearance attempt by Christian Zapata that was intercepted by Xavi. After taking a moment to look over his options Xavi sent a pass back into the Milan box that Kevin Constant decided to try and jump out on. He missed and left David Villa one-on-one with Christian Abbiati. Villa buried his shot into the corner of the net and Barca are now up 3-0 on the day and 3-2 on aggregate.

Things are not looking good at all for MIlan.

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Messi has fired Barcelona to a 2-0 lead

Lionel Messi has pulled Barcelona even on aggregate at halftime thanks to a pair of lovely first half goals.

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Lionel Messi scores his second goal of the game

Update - Match report: Barcelona 4-0 AC Milan, final score

Well, so much for AC Milan's advantage. Lionel Messi's second goal right before halftime has Barcelona up 2-0 and even on aggregate.

Andres Iniesta was the engine this time, intercepting the ball in the midfield and countering quickly towards the Milan area. Iniesta's pass to the right found Messi who made a quick move around a defender and buried a low shot past Christian Abbiati to make it 2-0.

To be fair the goal was coming but it's still a brutal morale blow for Milan who were only five minutes from getting to halftime still holding the aggregate lead. Instead, they are looking like a punch-drunk fighter just waiting for the final blow or their corner to throw in the towel.

It really looks like they'll need a massive second half effort to prevent Barcelona from finishing the comeback.

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The pressure mounts but Milan is holding on

Update - Match report: Barcelona 4-0 AC Milan, final score

Still plenty of pressure from Barcelona but Milan have appeared to settle down just a bit as we approach halftime.

In the 17th minute Ignazio Abate nearly created a nightmare for himself with a horrific back pass that was nearly picked up by David Villa. Instead Christian Abbiati was able to do just enough to keep the ball away from him.

Pedro was at the center of another penalty shout in the 21st minute after he danced his way into the Milan area before being tackled off the ball. Again the Camp Nou crowd when bonkers but the referee was not swayed. Were another official in charge of this match, Milan's thin advantage could have already completely evaporated.

Kevin-Prince Boateng picked up the first yellow card of the match for a clumsy challenge on Andres Iniesta, but the score remains 1-0 after 30 minutes.

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It's all Barcelona after a quarter hour

Update - Match report: Barcelona 4-0 AC Milan, final score

Where has this Barcelona team been the last couple weeks? The passing looks better, the aggression is there...the defense is still scary though. Messi's early goal and a ton of close calls have Milan on their heels after 15 minutes.

Milan were able to get a counter attack chance in the 9th minute but the chance was wasted by Stephan El Shaarawy. The entire build-up looked eerily similar to Milan's chances in the first match and likely caused Barca supporter's hearts to skip a beat.

Barcelona were denied a penalty in the 11th minute as Ignazio Abate got away with a bit of clumsy challenge against Pedro Rodriguez. The pressure continued two minutes later when Andres Iniesta launched a wicked volley that was someone paried away by Christian Abbiati. Messi was all over the rebound but his header went into the side netting.

How long can AC Milan stand-up to this attacking assault?

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Messi gives Barcelona an early goal

Update - Match report: Barcelona 4-0 AC Milan, final score

It's a dream start for Barcelona as Lionel Messi has the home side on the scoreboard within the first five minutes. AC Milan are really under pressure now.

After spending a few minutes passing the ball around and probing the Milan defense, Barcelona's lethal passing setup the opening goal they so desperately needed. Xavi found Messi in between four defenders at the top of the Milan penalty area and the Argentine striker laser beamed a shot over Christian Abbiati who never even moved.

It will be interesting to see if Milan adjust their style of play after the early goal. They started the game sitting much deeper that the first leg and were jumping into the passing lanes more, going for interceptions. Perhaps that was a result of the 2-goal advantage, but if it keeps up, they're likely to be sliced apart by Barcelona.

It's very early but Barca are looking like themselves again.

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Barcelona vs. AC Milan: Lineups

M'Baye Niang replaces Giampaolo Pazzini for AC Milan, while Javier Mascherano replaces Carles Puyol for FC Barcelona. Cesc Fabregas has been benched.

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Puyol reportedly scratched from Barca lineup

Barcelona captain and defender Carles Puyol will reportedly miss tonight's match against AC Milan

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Roura and Vilanova have a tactical choice to make

According to Barca Blaugrana, Tito Vilanova and Jordi Roura will have to decide whether to stick with their traditional 4-3-3 or go with a more aggressive 3-4-3 formation today against Milan.

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Xavi cleared to play after passing fitness test

Xavi passed a fitness test this morning and will be available for selection as Barcelona must overcome a 2-0 deficit if they hope to advance to the quarterfinals.

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Barcelona in CrIsIS?

Barcelona play Milan tonight from an unusually difficult position. Is it a crisis? Sort of.

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Barcelona have it all to do against Milan

Could this be the end of an era for the Catalans?

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