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Barcelona produce stunning comeback

Barcelona produced a piece of Champions League history as they overturned a two goal first leg deficit to power past Milan with a dazzling 4-0 victory to book their place in the quarter finals for the sixth successive season with a 4-2 aggregate victory.

Many wondered after their first leg defeat whether Barcelona had left themselves with too much to do, and given their recent form domestically hasn’t been convincing if turning the tie around would be beyond them but a scintillating performance, inspired by Lionel Messi, saw them breeze past the Italians.

The atmosphere inside the Camp Nou prior to kick off was electric and the players responded inside five minutes as the magical Messi scored his 52nd goal of the season.

As you would expect it came at the end of a beautiful passing move that began with Sergio Busquets and included some neat intricate passing between Messi and Xavi before the Argentine stroked a sublime finish into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area despite having five players around him.

The visitors struggled to have any sort of possession but always looked a threat on the counter attack and in the 38th minute M’Baye Niang had Milan’s best chance as he took advantage of a Javier Mascherano mistake to race towards goal. He clipped his shot beyond Victor Valdes but could only watch as the ball struck the foot of the post and bounced clear.

Within 68 seconds Barcelona had doubled their lead through their mercurial number 10. Massimo Ambrosini criminally gave the ball away to Andres Iniesta inside his own half and before he could do anything the ball was in the back of his team’s goal. Iniesta quickly fed Messi on the edge, he took one touch to control the ball and thumped it into the back of the net despite a desperate lunge from Philippe Mexes.

Despite a good start to the second half from Milan, Barcelona added their third goal in the 55th minute as they took the lead for the first time in the tie. Xavi played pinpoint pass into David Villa inside the penalty area, the ball just evading a desperate lunge by Kevin Constant, and the forward calmly side footed a curling shot into the far corner giving Abbiati no chance.

With five minutes to go Milan had their best chance of the second half as substitute Bojan produced a low cross at the end of a mazy run down the left handside; the ball headed towards fellow substitute Robinho but before the Brazilian could get to the ball Jordi Alba made a sensational challenge to clear the ball.

And in injury time Alba secured victory at the other end as he added a fourth goal for the home side. In truth it was gifted to them by Robinho, the Brazilian took a free kick quickly but gave the ball away to Messi and after that it was all over. The Argentine released substitute Alexis Sanchez who played an early cross to Alba, the full back controlled the ball easily and calmly fired past Abbiati to send the home fans delirious.

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