Barcelona 4 AC Milan 0: Scoring early helped a lot, says Gerard Pique

Barcelona 4 Milan 0: Gerard Pique says the Catalan side's early goal was key to securing their passage into the last eight

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Gerard Pique admitted Lionel Messi’s early strike was crucial after Barcelona booked their place in the Champions League quarter-final draw with an emphatic second-leg win against AC Milan.

The Catalan side immediately set about overturning the 2-0 deficit from the first leg at the San Siro when Messi unlocked the Milan rearguard with a sublime curling effort inside five minutes.

Milan striker M’Baye Niang had his side’s best chance to score a vital away goal in the 38th minute but was denied by the woodwork, and Messi punished the striker for being wasteful as the Argentine netted his second before half-time.

With the last-16 tie level, David Villa scored the crucial third, latching onto Xavi’s threaded pass, before Jordi Alba added a fourth in stoppage time as Milan pressed for an away goal at Camp Nou.

“We believed from the first minute. We played a great game. To score early it helped a lot and the atmosphere was amazing,” Pique told ITV Sport.

“They knew we needed them and it was a great connection with the players and the fans. We were better from the start and we got what we needed.”

Barcelona will discover their quarter-final opponents in Friday’s Champions League draw as the Catalan side bid to lift the European Cup at Wembley for the third time in their history.

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