UEFA Champions League

April 26, 2006

Full-time

Barcelona

0 - 0

AC Milan

UEFA Champions League

18:45 +00:00, April 26, 2006

Estadio Camp Nou, Spain

2nd Leg: 1 - 0 (Agg)

  • 92'

    FULL-TIME: Barcelona earn their place to face Arsenal in the final in Paris next month. It was fairly comfortable for Barcelona; Milan looked toothless.

  • 91'

    Just a minute or so left.

  • 90'

    ...Pirlo whips the set-piece in to the middle; it is half-cleared, before Serginho blasts a left-foot shot a few yards wide from 24 yards out.

  • 89'

    Edmilson is booked for bringing down Seedorf as the Dutchman ran at the heart of the Barcelona defence. Free-kick, 40 yards out...

  • 88'

    BARCELONA SUB: Van Bommel comes on to replace Eto'o. Rijkaard makes his last change, but it's purely an exercise in time-wasting.

  • 87'

    The home side are really slowing the tempo down; taking their time over free-kicks and throws; just killing the game and ending any hopes Milan have of a comeback.

  • 86'

    In to the final five minutes, and still Barcelona are having most of the ball. And when Milan do get possession, they look utterly clueless.

  • 85'

    The Italians are masters at grabbing late and unlikely goals, but they don't remotely look like doing so here tonight; they have lacked a cutting edge up front, without a doubt.

  • 84'

    Eto'o is down after taking a heavy blow in a tackle; Milan are getting a bit frustrated.

  • 83'

    Shevchenko almost gets on the end of a hopeful pass over the top of the Barcelona defence, but Marquez makes a good interception.

  • 82'

    Milan look a little bit clueless; they desperately need a goal, but are resorting to lofting high balls up field, and Barcelona are coping easily.

  • 81'

    There is nothing Ancelotti can do now; he has used all three of his substitutes, and can only pray that someone comes up with a late goal to send the game in to extra time.

  • 80'

    Iniesta almost slides a perfect pass through to Larsson, but his ball is a little over-hit and Dida collects.

  • 79'

    The home side attempt to take the sting out of the game with a spell of keep-ball; they are knocking the ball about with confidence and intelligence, and Milan are starting to get frustrated.

  • 78'

    Barcelona are doing an excellent job of soaking up the Milan attacks, and then breaking at pace through the middle.

  • 77'

    Will Barcelona rue the missing of these chances? Stay here, readers, and find out...

  • 76'

    STRAIGHT AT DIDA! Ronaldinho again finds space as he breaks; this time he lays a pass in to the path of Deco, but his right-foot shot is straight at the goalkeeper.

  • 75'

    Had Larsson put his header anywhere else, Barcelona were virtually in the final; as it was, he directed his effort straight at the keeper, who made a good, reflex save.

  • 74'

    WHAT A CHANCE! Eto'o bends a superb cross in to the middle; Larsson makes a good run and plants a diving header goalwards, but Dida makes a good save.

  • 73'

    Milan are pressing a lot of players forward, but they are leaving space at the back - and Ronaldinho is starting to find some space...

  • 72'

    Ronaldinho is feeling his chin; he seemed to take a stray arm in the face as he challenged for a loose ball with Seedorf.

  • 71'

    We are set for a tense final twenty minutes here in Barcelona; Milan have got a very offensive side out at the moment and will push and push for this crucial away goal.

  • 70'

    That was a massive let-off for the home side; replays show that there was barely any contact between Puyol and Shevchenko, and the defender went down very easily. Barcelona should be thanking their lucky stars.

  • 69'

    GOAL! NO! Shevchenko heads past Dida from eight yards out, but the referee rules that the striker had pushed Puyol and awards a Barcelona free-kick.

  • 68'

    BARCELONA SUB: Giuly off, Larsson on. The veteran Swede receives a rapturous applause as he comes on to replace the goalscorer from the first-leg.

  • 67'

    MILAN SUB: Gattuso is replaced by Rui Costa; another attacking change from Milan, who bring on the more attack-minded Portuguese playmaker for the final twenty minutes or so.

  • 66'

    Serginho makes penetrating run down the left; he ends over a good cross which Valdes rather flaps at, but Cafu can't direct his header goalwards.

  • 65'

    As a response to that Milan change, Rijkaard has moved Ronaldinho away from the flank; he knows that the Brazilian's strengths don't involve tracking back down the touchline.

  • 64'

    MILAN SUB: Costacurta is replaced by Cafu; an attacking change from Ancelotti, who switches Stam to centre-back to allow Cafu to make his trademark attacking runs down the right flank.

  • 63'

    WELL WIDE! Marquez's pressure forces Inzaghi to blast his shot high and wide of Valdes' post as he cut in to the area from the right-hand side.

  • 62'

    AMBITIOUS! Giuly attempts an ambitious volley from a tight angle, but his firmly-struck shot flies high over Dida's crossbar.

  • 61'

    Eto'o breaks through the middle; he finds Ronaldinho in support to his right, but the Brazilian's cross towards Giuly is headed clear.

  • 60'

    Just half-an-hour for Milan to rescue something from this tie; they need to step things up, but seem unable to do so at the moment.

  • 59'

    NOT FROM THERE! Ronaldinho takes on the set-piece, but his ambitious 35-yard shot is easily claimed by Dida.

  • 59'

    Seto'o collapses to the ground under the weight of Kaladze as the two contested a high ball. Free-kick, rules the referee.

  • 58'

    Stam's cross from the right is headed well wide by Inzaghi; it was a tough chance, he was 12 yards out and under pressure from his marker.

  • 57'

    Inzaghi does well to hold off his marker, turn and fire in a shot from the edge of the area; there is a tentative shout for 'handball', but the referee rules that the ball struck Marquez on the chest.

  • 56'

    No sign of any activity on the Milan bench; Ancelloti is biding his time and staying patient.

  • 55'

    Barcelona still look the more dangerous side; Milan are having to be content with hitting the home side on the break.

  • 54'

    It was such a good chance for Belletti; any sort of contact and he would surely have beaten Dida, but he completly missed the ball. He looks suitably embarrassed.

  • 53'

    AWFUL! Ronaldinho and Giuly combine brilliantly down the right; the winger slides a low cross in to the middle, but Belletti, completely unmarked, six-yards out, mis-kicks.

  • 52'

    Milan have a couple of attacking options on the bench, should they feel that the game is getting away from them a little; Gilardino and Rui Costa will be looking to get in to the action at some stage tonight.

  • 51'

    TAME! Ronaldinho again strikes the free-kick, but again rather tamely shoots straight at Dida, who collects at the second attempt.

  • 50'

    Deco is brought down on the edge of the penalty area; the Portuguese international joins Ronaldinho in discussion over the set-piece...

  • 49'

    CHANCE! Shevchenko's diving header is straight at Valdes, who makes a comfortable save on his goal-line.

  • 48'

    Van Bronkhorst rather cynically shoulder-charges Costacurta, who had made a run from the back, but the referee rules 'no foul'.

  • 47'

    Milan HAVE to score in this second half, otherwise they cannot go through to the final. Barcelona aren't the type of side to shut-up shop, so they should at least get a chance or two.

  • 46'

    POOR PASS! Iniesta runs at the Milan defence and has the chance to slide in Eto'o, but his pass is too strong and Dida collects.

  • 45'

    Milan kick off the second half. No changes at half time, from either side.

  • 45'

    HALF-TIME: Both sides will be satisfied enough; Milan, though, must come out absolutely flying after the break if they are to stand any chance of making it to Paris.

  • 45'

    RUBBISH! Difficult to work out whether Ronaldinho is shooting or crossing as he clips the ball in to the middle; Dida claims easily.

  • 44'

    Ronaldinho stands over the free-kick. It's 30 yards out, slightly right-of-centre...

  • 43'

    Eto'o is brought down by Costacurta as he tried to skip round him, 30 yards from goal. The veteran defender is booked for the challenge, but it was perhaps a necessary evil; Eto'o would have been through on goal, otherwise.

  • 42'

    Milan win a corner, but the set-piece is easily dealt with by Barcelona.

  • 41'

    Serginho hasn't been able to get forward at all during the first half; Stam has been the more adventurous of the two Milan full-backs.

  • 39'

    OOOH! Deco plays a one-two with Giuly before firing a left-foot shot just over the crossbar from 20 yards.

  • 37'

    NO CHANCE! Seedorf blasts a shot high over the crossbar from 25 yards; it never troubled Valdes.

  • 36'

    Barcelona have certainly played the better football and put together better moves, but Milan haven't been put under too much pressure so far.

  • 35'

    Milan are a very patient side and won't lose heart, even as the clock ticks down; they left it very late against Lyon in the last round, and PSV at this stage last season.

  • 34'

    SHOT! Iniesta finds Giuly in the penalty area after a positive run, but the Frenchman's shot is hit straight at Dida, who makes a comfortable save.

  • 33'

    Stam is ruled to have fouled Ronaldinho in the centre-circle.

  • 32'

    CLOSE! Stam and Kaka combine well down the right; the defender's cross in to the middle is well-flighted, but flies narrowly over the head of Inzaghi.

  • 31'

    Milan, I suppose, will be fairly pleased with the way that the first half-hour has progressed; they have created a couple of half-chances and are still well in the tie.

  • 30'

    Rijkaard is quite animated in the Barcelona dugout; the tension of the occasion seems to have breached even his cool exterior.

  • 29'

    BLOCK! Eto'o has a shot blocked inside the penalty area. He perhaps might have been better served playing a pass wider to Giuly, who was in some space.

  • 28'

    Stam makes a positive run down the right wing; his low cross finds Inzaghi in the penalty area, but Shevchenko slips as he tries to get on the end of his team-mate's pull-back.

  • 27'

    Puyol and Marquez are having to make some crucial blocks and interceptions as Shevchenko, Kaka and Inzaghi finally begin to combine up front.

  • 26'

    Seedorf brings down Deco with a clumsy challenge; no booking, rules the referee.

  • 25'

    ...He fizzes the ball across the face of the six-yard box; it is flicked on by Marquez, but no-one can turn the ball in at the far post.

  • 25'

    Deco is brought down by Pirlo on the right-corner of the Milan penalty area; free-kick, and a chance for Ronaldinho to work his magic...

  • 24'

    After a quiet start, Milan are starting to look a little more dangerous going forward.

  • 23'

    SIDE NETTING! Shevchenko springs the off-side trap as he is found by a lofted pass from Pirlo; he blasts his shot on goal from a tight angle, but can only find the side netting.

  • 22'

    GOOD BREAK! Milan break at pace down the left channel, though Kaka's final ball in to the middle is cut out by Marquez.

  • 21'

    OOH! Ronaldinho beats two players as he cuts in from the left wing; he stabs a shot at goal from 25 yards, but can only watch the ball whistle a foot or so over the crossbar.

  • 20'

    SHOCKING CONTROL! Inzaghi is found with a good pass through the middle, but his control lets him down as he tried to bring the ball down on his chest. He should have done a lot better there.

  • 19'

    It has been a good start to the game for the neutral spectator; there seems to be a lot of space for players to work with.

  • 18'

    GOOD BALL! Seedorf plays a nice pass for Inzaghi to run on to, but Marquez hunts him down and puts in a vital tackle on the edge of his penalty area.

  • 17'

    That chance was caused by Kaladze being rather slack in possession as he tried to run the ball out of defence.

  • 16'

    VITAL CLEARANCE! Eto'o breaks through the middle of the Milan defence; he faces up to Dida, who gets a crucial touch as the striker tried to lift the ball over him, and Costacurta hooks the ball clear from under his own crossbar.

  • 15'

    Milan haven't really got going yet; they are very narrow at the top end of the pitch, and Barcelona have been able to cope quite easily so far.

  • 14'

    Eto'o's lay-off for Giuly is intercepted by Costacurta; under pressure from the Barcelona forward, he puts the ball out for a throw.

  • 13'

    Despite the first leg scoreline, both sides are playing their normal game; Milan aren't willing to over-commit, despite the fact that they need to score, while Barcelona are playing with the freedom we have become used to.

  • 12'

    Ronaldinho curls the corner in to the middle, but Eto'o is penalised for a pull on Costacurta; free-kick to the visitors.

  • 11'

    Belletti's cross from the right is over the head of Eto'o, but Stam is a little uncertain at the back post and puts the ball out for a corner.

  • 10'

    Belletti is getting forward as often as he can down the right wing for Barcelona, and that is forcing Serginho back.

  • 9'

    Barcelona have the advantage of not having played at the weekend; their match with Sevilla was called off because of a waterlogged pitch.

  • 8'

    Guily's shot from the edge of the area is blocked, but Barcelona look very dangerous in these opening minutes; their front three are finding a lot of space.

  • 7'

    Inzaghi is caught off-side as he got on the end of Stam's intelligent pass between full-back and centre-back.

  • 6'

    Milan, of course, have a very experienced defence; Costacurta turned 40 last week, but is being asked to play a key role against one of the most irrestistable offences in world football.

  • 5'

    What a tremendous start we've had here in Barcelona; there is a lovely tempo to the game and both sides seem keen to attack.

  • 4'

    Dida is receiving some treatment after making that crucial save from Eto'o; he took the full force of the shot in his midrift.

  • 3'

    SAVE! Eto'o gets on the end of a slick move by Barelona; he breaks in to the area, but Dida is quick out of his goal to smoother Eto'o's firm shot.

  • 2'

    Serginho's cross from the left is headed clear by Puyol; another good attack from the Italian side.

  • 1'

    SO CLOSE! Kaka breaks down the right-hand side; he lashes a low shot goalwards, but it flies a foot or so wide of Valdes' far post. Great start.

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    Barcelona kick off. It is a mild, dry evening in Catalonia, and the pitch looks to be in perfect condition.

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