Barcelona v AC Milan: Champions League last-16 preview

Barcelona v AC Milan: Preview of the Champions League last-16 second leg at, where the Serie A side have a 2-0 lead

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Lionel Messi and his side take on AC Milan on Tuesday night Photo: FC Barcelona

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Barcelona welcome AC Milan to the Camp Nou on Tuesday hoping that their home form will see them through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Barcelona have not lost a European tie at the Camp Nou for more than three years and beat Milan in last season’s quarter-finals and in the 2005-06 semi-finals.

This time, however, the Italian side travel to Spain defending a 2-0 lead after first-leg goals from Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari at San Siro.

Teams have recovered from losing the first leg to go through in 28 Champions League ties, although in only four did the victorious side overturn a deficit of more than one goal. No side has ever salvaged a two-goal first-leg defeat without the benefit of an away goal.

Milan themselves hold the unenviable record for the biggest first-leg victory overturned in the Champions League era, losing 4-0 at Deportivo La Coruña in the 2003-04 quarter-finals having won 4-1 at home

These two famous names have now met 16 times, Barcelona recording six wins to Milan’s five and scoring 22 goals to the Italian side’s 21. Barcelona’s record at home against the Rossoneri reads W3 D3 L1.

In last season’s quarter-final, Milan and Barcelona drew 0-0 at San Siro before the Spanish side prevailed 3-1 in the return, Lionel Messi scoring two first-half penalties either side of Antonio Nocerino’s 32nd-minute equaliser. Andres Iniesta cemented victory for Pep Guardiola’s side with a third goal after 53 minutes.

Milan earned a hard-fought 2-0 win at Genoa on Friday, with Giampaolo Pazzini scoring the stunning opener despite struggling with a leg injury that forced him off immediately after.

Barcelona had conceded at least once in each of their last 13 games in all competitions, their worst ever sequence, before Saturday’s 2-0 win against Deportivo La Coruña.

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