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AC Milan snatch 2-2 draw at holders Barcelona

09-14-2011 11:31 BJT

Pedro, Villa score after lightning Pato strike

BARCELONA - Thiago Silva powered home a header in the second minute of stoppage time to steal a 2-2 draw for AC Milan at holders Barcelona in the heavyweight pair's Champions League Group H opener on Tuesday.

AC Milan's Thiago Silva (R) dances with teammate Alexandre Pato as they celebrate his goal
against Barcelona in the final minute to equalise during their Group H Champions League
soccer match at the Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona Sept 13, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

Barca had recovered from conceding the fifth quickest ever goal in Europe's elite club competition, scored by Alexandre Pato after 24 seconds, through strikes from Pedro and David Villa.

Once ahead they quickly settled into a rhythm, enjoying almost 70 percent of possession, but failed to kill off the seven-times champions and surrendered the lead for a second consecutive game following Saturday's 2-2 La Liga draw at Real Sociedad.

Barcelona's Andres Iniesta (C) grimaces after being tackled by AC Milan's Alessandro Nesta
(L) during their Group H Champions League soccer match at the Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona
Sept 13, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

Their disappointment was compounded by the news that midfielder Andres Iniesta will be out for around four weeks after tearing a leg muscle shortly before halftime.

"It wasn't easy trying to penetrate the opponent's penalty area crowded with eight defenders," Barca coach Pep Guardiola told a news conference.

"We tried but at the end they levelled from a corner. What Milan did has a lot of merit. They made it as far as our goal two and a half times and they came away with a point."

AC Milan's Thiago Silva (R) dances with teammate Alexandre Pato as they celebrate his goal
against Barcelona in the final minute to equalise during their Group H Champions League
soccer match at the Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona Sept 13, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

Pedro, Villa score after lightning Pato strike

BARCELONA - Thiago Silva powered home a header in the second minute of stoppage time to steal a 2-2 draw for AC Milan at holders Barcelona in the heavyweight pair's Champions League Group H opener on Tuesday.

Barca had recovered from conceding the fifth quickest ever goal in Europe's elite club competition, scored by Alexandre Pato after 24 seconds, through strikes from Pedro and David Villa.

Once ahead they quickly settled into a rhythm, enjoying almost 70 percent of possession, but failed to kill off the seven-times champions and surrendered the lead for a second consecutive game following Saturday's 2-2 La Liga draw at Real Sociedad.

Barcelona's Andres Iniesta (C) grimaces after being tackled by AC Milan's Alessandro Nesta
(L) during their Group H Champions League soccer match at the Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona
Sept 13, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

Their disappointment was compounded by the news that midfielder Andres Iniesta will be out for around four weeks after tearing a leg muscle shortly before halftime.

"It wasn't easy trying to penetrate the opponent's penalty area crowded with eight defenders," Barca coach Pep Guardiola told a news conference.

"We tried but at the end they levelled from a corner. What Milan did has a lot of merit. They made it as far as our goal two and a half times and they came away with a point."

AC Milan's Thiago Silva celebrates scoring a goal against Barcelona in the final
minute to equalise during their Group H Champions League soccer match at the Nou
Camp stadium in Barcelona Sept 13, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

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Milan were missing former Barca striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, injured in training on Monday, among others, and coach Massimiliano Allegri opted to use Pato and Antonio Cassano in a two-pronged attack.

Pato threatened to score a second several times during the first half hour before fading out of the game, while Italy forward Cassano looked short on fitness and was replaced by Urby Emanuelson after an hour.

"Barca are still the best team in the world but sometimes even they can draw," Allegri said.

"That's why football is so great because sometimes you lose without deserving to and other times you win without deserving to."

Barca captain Puyol drew cheers when he came off the bench in the second half but their night was further soured by the injury to Iniesta.

The Spain international was forced off just before halftime and replaced by Cesc Fabregas and Barca said preliminary tests had shown he would be out for around four weeks.

"We try to look after the players as much as possible but these things can happen," Guardiola said.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: China Daily

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