AC Milan 2 vs FC Barcelona 0
FORMER Portsmouth pair Kevin Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari struck second-half goals as Milan stunned the Champions League favourites into submission at the San Siro.
The home side took their chances with aplomb to edge the last 16, first leg tie and produced a masterclass in containing Barcelona, who failed to score for only the second time this season.
The Spanish giants dominated possession in the first half, but were left frustrated by Milan’s determination in defence.
Irrepressible Barca forward Lionel Messi found few opportunities to impose himself on the game, as the Rossoneri – seven time winners of the competition – spent the majority of the opening period camped deep inside their own half.
Milan made the breakthrough on 56 minutes when Riccardo Montolivo’s 25-yard strike cannoned off team-mate Cristian Zapata and the ball sat up for midfielder Boateng to hook in a half-volley from 18 yards.
Spanish World Cup winners Andres Iniesta and Xavi had glimpses at goal for the visitors.
But the hosts struck again when Muntari blasted into the bottom corner.