MILAN (Sporting Alert) — AC Milan beat Barcelona 2-0 in their Champions League last 16 first leg clash at San Siro on Wednesday night to hush their critics and put themselves on path to create a shocking upset in the knockout round.
Midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng fired AC Milan into the lead in the 57th minute when he pounced on a deflected shot to finished past an outstretched Victor Valdes in goal.
Sulley Muntari then sealed the first leg win a massive advantage when he blasted low past Valdes again after he was left wide-open inside the box by the Barcelona defenders.
“I’m very happy, it was an extraordinary game from a defensive point of view as we didn’t concede anything to Barcelona,” AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri said.
“We slipped up on a couple of passes but in the second half the team did well. They were patient and they found the right moment to strike.
“The players understood what I asked of them and when you play with that kind of willingness and intensity, you can win against anyone.”
AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani was also very delighted with the score.
“We did very well and I have to say that our coach was very, very good in my opinion,” he said. “This evening we played a perfect match. We did well to prevent from getting inside the box.
“We did well against them last year as well though. We can play with Barcelona and that’s what I keep saying. Barcelona have a lot of respect for us and when they say they fear us, they’re not lying. In these games, the club history counts as well.
“If I think of where we were after 8 games played this season. Football is beautiful as you never know what can happen, but not even the most optimistic fan would have imagined this.