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AC Milan Holds Barcelona to 0-0 Draw in Champions League Showdown

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The good: AC Milan held powerful Barcelona to a scoreless draw on Wednesday in the opening leg of the home and home Champions League quarterfinal matchup.

The bad: They now have to go and find a way to win in Spain.

AC Milan got their result on Wednesday as they typical Italian soccer. A good, disciplined defensive game. Barcelona was rarely able to pull them apart. AC Milan got plenty of bodies behind the ball and held strong in the middle of the pitch. Barcelona never really figured out they needed to get around the edge and continued to try to force the ball down the middle of the AC Milan defense.

"We had a lot of chances tonight but unfortunately weren't able to take advantage of them," Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes said. "We tried to play our short passing game while having possession for long periods. The tie is very much open."

It was the first time in almost three years that Barcelona had been held without a goal in a Champions League game. It will be an even bigger story if Milan can keep them off the scoreboard in Spain.

"I'm happy," Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri. "The lads put on a good performance. They interpreted the game as they should have done, attacked strongly and defended well when they had to. It's a good result to go to Barcelona with. It will be a difficult game but two out of three results will favor us."

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