UEFA Champions League / Barcelona V AC Milan, 2nd Leg.
Barcelona have a two-goal deficit to overturn in order to go into the pot for Friday’s draw, but if ever there was a side that could complete the comeback it is surely this one. A futility run of three losses in four that started with the 2-0 defeat in Milan was put behind them with a 2-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday, and with an eye to Tuesday’s second leg manager Jordi Roura—who is still in charge as Tito Vilanova continues his recovery from cancer treatment—started Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets on the bench.
Messi came on shortly after the hour-mark, however, and scored his 40th goal in La Liga and 51st in all competitions.
On the other side of the ball Milan played poorly but still managed to grind out a 2-0 win away to Genoa on Friday. The victory extended their Serie A unbeaten streak to an impressive 10 matches, and they’ve lost just twice in all competitions the past three months.
In-form striker Giampaolo Pazzini suffered a leg injury against the Rossoblu and will miss Tuesday’s match, so M’Baye Niang will likely play from the beginning against Barcelona.