Pique vows Barca will battle in return

A hotly-disputed goal by Kevin-Prince Boateng set AC Milan on their way to a shock 2-0 win over Champions League favourites Barcelona in their last-16 first-leg tie.

Loading Comments
Share
Print
Lionel Messi is consoled by Milan's Philippe Mexes
Lionel Messi is consoled by Milan's Philippe Mexes

Barcelona, who eliminated Milan last season, surrounded Scots referee Craig Thomson claiming Cristian Zapata had handled the ball before it fell for Boateng who smacked it into the net in the 57th minute.

Barca protested furiously and were unsettled as the match degenerated into a niggly affair, with the visitors infuriating the crowd at one point by keeping possession after a drop ball.

Andres Iniesta was close to equalising with a shot which swerved wide and Barca, who had dominated possession in their familiar style, lost their grip on the game and were sunk by a second goal from Boateng's fellow Ghanaian Sulley Muntari.

"It's very bad [for the return leg]," Barcelona defender Gerard Pique said. "The first half wasn't bad and we controlled the game but when they scored the first goal we lost that control and they were able to take their second chance.

"We have to improve and learn and try to turn things around at the Camp Nou.

"There is no excuse from the pitch or the referee. We'll look forward to the return leg now and try to win," he added.

Even Barcelona top scorer Lionel Messi, who has netted in the last 14 La Liga matches, struggled to make his mark with a muted performance against Milan.

The return leg is on March 12.

Meanwhile, Schalke grabbed a valuable away draw at Galatasaray.

The Turkish side took an early lead through striker Burak Yilmaz.

But shortly before half-time, Schalke levelled when Jermaine Jones scored after a brilliant counter-attack.

Sport

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

116349

Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email news@eveningtimes.co.uk
Games news:

Putting the world to rights

Gail's Gab

Water shortages and the UK's grotesque wage gap

Times Out

Entertainment

Lifestyle

TV Advert
Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.

A weekly round up of social highlights

A weekly round up of social highlights

Cat's Eyes on Glasgow

Charlie Flynn packs a punch with his words and I am spinning around to Kylie

Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus

Columnist Michelle McManus is Sussed in the City, and loves to chat about anything and everything.