Just came to know that Barca have beaten Milan 1-0 in their first leg SemiFinal clash of the Uefa Champions League !
AC Milan's record of never having lost a UEFA Champions League semi-final is in grave danger after Ludovic Giuly's fine finish enabled FC Barcelona to leave the San Siro with a 1-0 victory and a sizeable advantage from an entertaining first leg.
Recalled following an injury to Henrik Larsson, the French winger took advantage of some Ronaldinho sorcery to score the only goal in the 57th minute. The Brazilian also hit a post along with Alberto Gilardino, who passed up another tremendous opportunity to register his first European goal for the hosts soon after the restart. Milan will have to be more clinical at Camp Nou next Wednesday if they are to advance to a third final in four years.
Having been Milan's most hyperactive player in the warm-up, Gennaro Gattuso went from rousing the 76,883 crowd to orchestrating a confident start from his team with seamless ease. It took barely 30 seconds for the Rossoneri to win their first corner and three minutes to work a half-chance, Jaap Stam flicking a header against the legs of a Barcelona defender. A flurry of fouls and misplaced passes then threatened to stifle the match before Milan switched their point of attack to the left-hand side and twice went close to striking the first blow of the tie.
In another story in the Soccer world, Manchester United have kept their hopes for the English Premier League crown Alive after beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1. Two fine goals from Wayne Roony sealed the win and keeps the title chase on!
Wayne Rooney scored twice as Manchester United showed their defiance to Chelsea with a stylish attacking performance at White Hart Lane to prolong the race for the Barclays Premiership title.
Ruud van Nistelrooy also hit the post and United were good value for the win in a much-improved display from the goalless disappointment against Sunderland on Good Friday.
Jermaine Jenas pulled one back in the second-half for a Tottenham Hotspur side which had been dealt a bitter blow when England central defender Ledley King was ruled out with a fractured left foot he sustained at Everton on Saturday.
It means Tottenham stay four points ahead of Arsenal in the race for the fourth-placed Champions League spot with a mouth-watering north London derby against the Gunners coming up next Saturday.