For one of Europe's two major powers, the UEFA Champions League ends today. For the other, a place in the semifinals awaits.
Barcelona and AC Milan meet at Camp Nou in a high-stakes UCL quaterfinal second-leg match. The two played to a 0-0 draw at the San Siro last week, with Milan coming up with the formula for shutting down Lionel Messi & Co. for the first time in 30 UCL matches. It will take another major defensive effort to do the same in Barcelona, where the defending champions are tough to beat but must be wary of conceding any away goals to former Barca hitman Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his teammates.
In the day's other match, Bayern Munich carries a commanding 2-0 edge into the home leg of their quarterfinal bout with Marseille and will look to put away the French side and avoid any surprise drama to advance to the semifinals.
Here is the viewing schedule for the day's matches:
2:45 p.m. – Fox Soccer Channel – Barcelona vs. AC Milan
2:45 p.m. – Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer2Go – Bayern Munich vs. Marseille
If you will be watching any of Tuesday's UCL action, please feel free to share any thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below. Enjoy the games.
Good catch, if Puyol is facing Nesta and not the ball than its a foul. I’m in the minority and would like to see every hold in the box called.
+1 well said
more food for thought…every free kick the USMNT takes into the area this stuff occurs and I’ve NEVER seen it called, not even one time
According to the Barca fans you should win the game if you outposess the other team. That’s some other game, not soccer. Playing bunker and counter is not against the rules. But the UEFA refs sure act like it is. Refs warn about shirt-tugging on free kicks in every game and then never do anything short of an American FB style tackle. And suddenly they start calling it for Barca?
Chelsea would sure have liked those calls when Barca were playing rugby with them in 2009.
Except milan didnt really go out and attack afterwards
Tough to argue that you deserve to win when you are outshot 21-3, outpossessed 62-38, and playing a chippy game with lots of clutching and grabbing and 7 yellows. Eventually you are going to get caught. It would have been criminal if Milan won with this style of play.
A pentalty kick for Barca puts them ahead. Milan then has to go from playing defense to attacking which changes the dynamics of the game. I think the refs agree with you that Barca deserve to win that why they help them. Not sure why the game needs to be played if everyone agrees Barca is better.
Where were all you whiners in the first leg when Barcelona were not given two clear penalties.
Ah that’s right, not here complaining. Milan was warned after the first leg to stop the blatant shirt pulling. And they didn’t.
But yeah the team that was outshot like 25 to 5 and only had 40 possession and 7 yellows for professional fouls deserved to win.
Man United sets an EPL record for most goals consecutively scored by penalty (4)d and not a peep.
Milan cheats two matches in a row (Arsenal then Barcelona) by waterlogging the pitch and nobody says a thing.
Barca deserves to win the match, regardless of how you view the 2nd PK. Milan had their chances and didn’t convert.
I would definitely agree with this.
Not to mention the Chelsea-Barca atrocities. Pretty clear its one set of rules for Barca and another set for everybody else.
Why does Barca always get favorable calls in the Champions League. Last year, Van Persie got a red card for throwing the ball and Pepe got a red card for and injury Alves faked.
the 2nd pk simply is not justified due to the pick being ran by barca.
It’s the inconsistency that’s frustrating. You don’t ignore shirt pulling by all teams all year, then decide to call it in a champions league knockout game.
That’d be as bad as calling a petty lane violation when a 16 seed has a chance to knock off a one.
Me and wonder years will fight anyone who defends that van persie call.
But no hitting the face, I’ve got work tomorrow.
Was it a foul on Puyol to obstruct the marker which in turn displayed the shirt pulling for all to see? It was an old fashioned basketball pick from last nights game….
It is certainly against the rules to tug shirts (though it goes on all the time on corners) but it is also against the rules to set a pick play the way Puyol did….
Barcelona gets babied…
Only in the sense that it’s the type of call that doesn’t get made too often, thus creating some inconsistency and confusion for defenders. That being said, it was certainly a foul – one that I’d like to see called more often. The shirt pulling and holding by defenders who’ve been beaten does not make for entertaining matches to watch
Van Persie is the pretty clear answer for me.
Weak call on that second PK. The ref is gifting Barca this match.
What was worse the second PK or the Red Card to Van Persie last year?
according to UEFA Barcelona is soft. (mostly Pedro)
correction ‘first row sports eu’
You rarely see penalties given for shirt pulling. They are probably reacting to Mesbah’s constant shirt pulling from last leg.
many at e u sports
Glad to see penalty for shirt pull and hold, more refs need to enforce this
the hell… are you serious?
Is there another stream site other than vipbox? Having problems getting its homepage to load and I want to change feeds.
Wait what’s that Barcelona are given another PK. I really hope Milan scores so we can see a third PK
Spector has a thigh injury.
And with that goal Milan now leads with the away goal.
Change of pace: Birmingham is playing in the Championship today too.
Is Spector injured, because he is not in the line-up?
and just like that we can move on to tomorrow
Whoa… whoa… careful out there on that limb.
And Olic puts Bayern up; OM need 3 now.
Uh oh! According to uefa.com, the pitch is soft.
Messi scores a PK in the 10th.
I predict that we’ll see Barcelona and Bayern Munich to advance today. Real Madrid and Chelsea tomorrow. The semi-final round will be awesome to watch.
Where do I find streams? fa.org no longer around.