Barcelona’s Misery Against Milan

21 Feb

Dang. That’s all I can say about Barça’s Champions league embarrassment tonight.

The leader of La Liga, the reputed best club in the world, could not score against a determined Milan. According to my ESPN iPhone app, Barcelona maintained an overall 73% ball possession, while Italy’s Milan only retained the ball 27% of the time. Then how could Milan score not one, but two, goals against Barça giants? And how is it possible that Barcelona couldn’t net a single goal? Well, if there is something Milan has, it is a darn good defense.

Barcelona seemed to dominate the first half. The first half was more of a continuous Barça attacking, Milan defending. Kevin “Prince” Boateng, who by the way played formidably tonight, opened the scoring until the 56th minute, and his buddy Sulley Mintari contributed a goal of his own in the 81st minute.

Philippe Mexes opened the yellow card series in the 25th minute when he challenged His Majesty, Master, aka La Pulga Messi. Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets earned his yellow card in the 54th minute. His bro Gerard Piqué earned his own card in the 57th minute for having a big protesting mouth. Bakaye Traoré saw his yellow in the 91st minute for being a bully and challenging Javier Mascherano three minutes into the latter’s substitution of Carles Puyol (who looked pretty funny with that big white patch on his forehead).

Underdogs Milan proved themselves tonight. Now the Blaugrana hopes they can advance to the quarterfinals with an aggregate victory. In the meantime, Milan can add another victory to its set of four against Barcelona.

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