AC Milan v Barcelona: Champions League last 16 updates

Live text commentary as AC Milan stun Barcelona in the Champions League, plus Football League and JPT action.

20 February 2013 Last updated at 22:22 GMT

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  1. 2221: 

    So the return legs see Schalke host Galatasaray and Barcelona take on Milan on 12 March - which is a Tuesday night.

    Do not miss that one.

    But that's all from us for tonight, make sure you join John Stanton tomorrow for all things Europa League.

  2. 2210: 
    Galatasaray 1-1 Schalke
    Timo Hildebrand

    Schalke goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand: "We can still be real spoilsports, Schalke are a team for the big competition.

    "Even when things go to pot, we're still here."

  3. 2208: 
    AC Milan 2-0 Barcelona

    AC Milan completed 261 passes tonight, to Barcelona's 674. It's not what you've got, it's what you do with it.

  4. 2206: 

    Will Rider, Tunbridge Wells: "Re Will (2158): When people like you say that Ronaldo is better than Messi I'll show them the year 2012."

    Dom in Sevenoaks: "With Utd vs Real and Milan vs Barca, we have two of the most finely balanced ties this competition has ever thrown up. God I love the champions league."

  5. 2200: 
    AC Milan 2-0 Barcelona
    Sulley Muntari

    AC Milan goalscorer Sulley Muntari: "We listened to our coach, because he has been fantastic in the way he set us up. We were very disciplined on the pitch.

    "Last week I was telling my wife I've played in the Champions League and never scored so I was very surprised and very happy with the goal and the win for the team. Playing in the Nou Camp you can win 5-0 [beforehand] and they can do crazy stuff because it's Barcelona and they have amazing players, but we will try to do well."

  6. 2158: 

    James, Solihull: "Nights like tonight show why Ronaldo is better than Messi, turns up for the big nights and turns up for his country."

    From a happy Leeds fan: "Wonderful results at Elland Road and the San Siro. Emile Heskey would have made a bigger impact tonight than Messi."

    Will, Manchester: "When people ask me why I think Ronaldo is better than Messi I'll just show them this match"

  7. 2157: 
    Lionel Messi

    The last time Lionel Messi started a match for Barcelona and failed to score was in the 3-1 win against Celta Vigo on 3 November.

    Think about it - that's before Bonfire Night. Insane.

  8. 2154: 

    Opta Sports on Twitter: "80% - Schalke progressed in 8 of 10 knock-out rounds after achieving a draw abroad in international main rounds. Foundation."

  9. 2151: 
    AC Milan 2-0 Barcelona

    Barcelona defender Gerard Pique: "It's a really bad result. We played badly and can't make any excuses. When they scored the first we lost control. This is a difficult place to play and Milan are a club with a big history.

    "We will obviously try to win the return game. We must improve and learn from tonight. We will look to respond on one of those magical nights at the Camp Nou."

  10. 2148: 
    Leionel Messi

    Lionel Messi was as anonymous as he can be tonight. One shimmy in the first-half aside, he posed practically no threat as he failed to score for the first time since a 0-0 draw with Benfica on 5 December. And he only came on as a sub in that match.

  11. 2145: 

    @FrattonBlue: "Perhaps Messi might like a cheeky little loan spell at Pompey?"

    @jmrbarratt: "Champions League is well and truly wide open now. United for the treble anyone...?"

    @rkbhol: "After first leg of knockout matches it seems like it is going to be Bayern's year!"

    @THEscobiedog: "If you can mark Messi out of the game, Barca look pretty toothless, a bit like Arsenal without RVP."

  12. 2144: 

    Leeds are up to ninth in the Championship now after tonight's win, and they are six points off the play-off places now. Achievable? It may have lifted some of the pressure from Neil Warnock's shoulders.

  13. 2142: 

    Spanish football writer Andy West: "Now 10 consecutive games without a clean sheet for #Barca. First goal was harsh on them but second exposed Alves vulnerability...again."

  14. 2140: 

    Schalke have come out of tonight with a very good result, but Galatasaray showed that they are more than capable of producing a result on the road. Burak Yilmaz could have ended tonight with two or three goals instead of just one, and Didier Drogba remains a force.

  15. 2138: 
    FULL-TIME- Leeds 2-0 Blackpool
  16. 2138: 

    Opta Sports on Twitter: "2007 - The last time both Real Madrid and Barcelona failed to reach the CL quarter finals was in 2007 when Milan lifted the trophy. Repeat?"

  17. 2137: 
    FULL-TIME- Galatasaray 1-1 Schalke
  18. 2136: 
    FULL-TIME- AC Milan 2-0 Barcelona

    Milan have done it. Big win.

  19. 2134: 

    John, Manchester on text: "And this is supposed to be the greatest team of all time with the greatest player of all time?"

    Jeff, Hartlepool on text: "If only AC had Lauren or even the mighty David Nugent to come off the bench to kill this one off!"

  20. 2132: 

    Into injury time in both Champions League ties. Our mystery millionaire-bet man from 2033 is on the verge of getting seven out of eight scores bang on. Heartbreak.

  21. 2130: 
    CLOSE!- Leeds 2-0 Blackpool

    Tom Ince, son of new Blackpool boss Paul, heads over the top as the visitors keep up the pressure.

  22. 2129: 
    JPT FULL-TIME- Crewe 0-2 Coventry

    Extraordinary goings on at Gresty Road as Coventry score not once, but twice, in stoppage-time but Crewe hang on to win 3-2 on aggregate.

    So it will be Crewe v Southend in the final at Wembley in April.


    Southend 2-2 L Orient (agg 3-2)

    Crewe v Coventry (agg 3-0)

  23. 2128: 
    CLOSE!- AC Milan 2-0 Barcelona

    Carles Puyol, bleeding heavily from that head wound, sends a header wide of the post but it looks like being Milan's night. This sets up the second leg a treat...

  24. 2127:  
    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand

    "Wow......can you hear the noise at the San Siro? I buzz off atmospheres at grounds....Old Trafford, San Siro, Anfield, Munich, Upton Park.."

  25. 2125: 
    AC Milan 2-0 Barcelona

    AC Milan have made a mockery of those pre-match odds so far in what has been a textbook counter-attacking performance. This is a lesson on how to play against Barcelona.

    Into the last six minutes.

  26. 2125:  
    MOTD presenter Gary Lineker

    "Who would have thought? Portsmouth 2 Barcelona 0"

  27. 2121: 
    GOAL- AC Milan 2-0 Barcelona - Sulley Muntari (81 mins)

    A pub quiz trivia question for years to come is born as a second ex-Portsmouth man scores against Barcelona. It's a belter of a goal as well, with substitute M'Baye Niang too strong for Carles Puyol, he then finds Stephan El Shaarawy on the penalty spot and he lifts the ball into the path of Sulley Muntari, who cracks the volley back across goal and into the corner. The San Siro has lift off.

  28. 2120: 
    CLOSE!- AC Milan 1-0 Barcelona

    A decent spell from Barca now as they win a free-kick which Xavi curls on to the roof of the net. They have 10 minutes to conjure up a goal.

  29. 2118: 
    Galatasaray 1-1 Schalke

    Good attack from Schalke as Julian Draxler gets to the byeline and crosses low but Klaas-Jan Huntelaar fails to apply the basics of getting your knee over the ball and as a result sees his shot crash high into the spectators behind the goal. Wasted opportunity.

  30. 2117: 
    CLOSE!- AC Milan 1-0 Barcelona

    This is better from Barcelona. It's so congested in the midfield but Andres Iniesta does manage to buy a yard or two to cannon in a swerving effort from the edge of the box but it flies just beyond the far corner.

  31. 2115: 
    SUBSTITUTION- AC Milan 1-0 Barcelona

    Milan make a change up front as Giampaolo Pazzini is replaced by M'Baye Niang. More big hair coming on.

  32. 2114: 

    Stephen, Bromley on text: "Arsenal should be taking notes - AC know what Barca are trying to do, and have a game plan to try and stop it. If Arsenal had looked as convincing, and still lost 3-1, at least they wouldn't have looked like a Sunday league team."

  33. 2113: 
    Galatasaray 1-1 Schalke

    Galatasary are looking the more dangerous of the sides as we enter the last 20 minutes - 1-1 will be a good result for Schalke...

  34. 2112: 

    BBC Sport's Chris Osborne at Roots Hall: "The final whistle is blown at Roots Hall and Southend are Wembley-bound for the first time in their history. They win the tie 3-2 on aggregate with Southampton loanee Ben Reeves's late strike the difference.

    "There's a few hundred Shrimpers fans on the pitch celebrating. It may just be the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final, but try telling the Southend players that. They look well chuffed."

  35. 2111: 
    AC Milan 1-0 Barcelona

    Carles Puyol is still being patched up after that clash of heads. He took a hell of a whack and is now sporting a massive bandage over most of his forehead.

  36. 2111: 

    @GeorgeBowman1: "Once again Barcelona with no plan B, memories of Chelsea from last year's semi finals beginning to stir."

    @philiipkt: "It's easy to forgot that Kevin Prince-Boateng once played for Portsmouth. Quality player."

    @UMEOGU: "Let's face it, Barcelona aren't as deadly as under Guardiola. They look so ordinary."

  37. 2109: 
    JPT FULL-TIME- Southend 2-2 Leyton Orient

    Great, late drama at Roots Hall as a 90th-minute goal from Ben Reeves gives Southend a 3-2 aggregate win. Southend are into the final.

  38. 2107: 
    GOAL- Leeds 2-0 Blackpool - Steve Morison (63 mins)

    Game over? Steve Morison's first goal for Leeds doubles their advantage as he lifts the ball over Matt Gilks with a clever finish.

  39. 2106: 
    AC Milan 1-0 Barcelona

    Crack! Carles Puyol and Giampaolo Pazzini meet cranium on cranium as they go for a header. That looks very painful indeed.

  40. 2105: 

    Nick Welch, Cheshire on text: "That could be a good goal for Sir Alex & United - Barca were the only team to stop them getting 3 Champions League Titles in 4 years."

    Chris on text: "Not a good week to be a Holdsworth. His twin David was fired from Lincoln just the other day."

  41. 2103: 
    SUBSTITUTION- AC Milan 1-0 Barcelona

    Cesc Fabregas is hauled off for Barca on the hour mark as they send on forward Alexis Sanchez. Can Jordi Roura's boys find a way back? That goal has nixed the million-pound bet anyway. (Re: 2033) A dark day in his household...

  42. 2101: 
    GOAL- Leeds 1-0 Blackpool - David Norris (57 mins)

    Former Ipswich midfielder David Norris hits a fine strike on the half-volley to put Leeds ahead. Paul Ince's Blackpool debut is not going to plan.

  43. 2101: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Leeds 0-0 Blackpool

    Luke Varney goes close for Leeds, smashing a shot against the near post.

  44. 2100: 
    YELLOW CARD- AC Milan 1-0 Barcelona

    Gerard Pique sees yellow in the aftermath of that goal for his protests, he looks bemused. It was a clear handball but the deflection was right next to him so it was hardly deliberate. That argument could rage on.

  45. 2057: 
    GOAL- AC Milan 1-0 Barcelona - Kevin-Prince Boateng (57 mins)

    Oooh, a bit of controversy here! AC Milan roll a free-kick to Riccardo Montolivo, he hammers in a shot which deflects off a Barca head and hits Milan's Cristian Zapata square on the hands. Kevin-Prince Boateng doesn't wait for a whistle though and sweeps home left-footed from 15 yards. Barca protest but the goal stands.

  46. 2055: 
    YELLOW CARD- AC Milan 0-0 Barcelona

    Combustible midfielder Sergio Busquets is into the book for Barca as he clatters into a challenge. Barcelona only have Pedro one booking away from a suspension though.

  47. 2054: 

    @Amanuel45: "Am I the only one who thinks Messi was silenced in the first half? But whether Milan can hold on is another story."

    @Sho_Rahman: "Milan doing well so far. No clear chances for Barca. Milan would definitely take 0-0."

    @callumdowning23: "Forget the Brit Awards it's all about the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Finals tonight!!"

  48. 2052: 
    Galatasaray 1-1 Schalke

    More of the same in Istanbul as Galatasaray and Schalke trade attacks. If the next 130 minutes of this tie continue at this pace it will be a belter.

  49. 2050: 
    AC Milan 0-0 Barcelona

    Barcelona start the second half with an extended spell of possession, they are working away from right to left but Milan are giving up no ground whatsoever.

  50. 2048: 
    JPT LATEST- Southend 1-2 Leyton Orient

    BBC Sport's Chris Osborne at Roots Hall: "Once again penalties are on the cards at Roots Hall, as Leyton Orient make a period of pressure count with David Mooney's header and go into a 2-1 lead on the night. That's 2-2 on aggregate with 20 minutes left - we go straight to spot kicks if it remains the same."

    Southend v L Orient

  51. 2046: 
    KICK-OFF- AC Milan 0-0 Barcelona

    We are back under way at the San Siro.

  52. 2045: 

    League Two strugglers Aldershot have sacked Dean Holdsworth.

    A club statement said: "The board would like to place on record their thanks and appreciation for Dean's efforts during his time at the football club and acknowledge the difficult circumstances under which Dean has managed to steer us out of the relegation places."

  53. 2041:  
    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand
    El Shaarawy

    "Some of the haircuts on show tonight in this Milan vs Barca game must be in aid of a bet!! #horrors!"

  54. 2040: 

    Warlord and part-time linesman William Conquer has been kept busy by the end-to-end game in Istanbul, but thankfully our all-Scottish group of officials have not had to make any major calls in either Champions League game.

  55. 2037: 

    BBC Sport's Chris Osborne at Roots Hall: "Roots Hall has finally woken up. Barry Corr, who came on in the first half, lashes in from a knock-down. It's a goal that puts Southend 2-1 up over Leyton Orient on aggregate and could send them to their first ever Wembley appearance."

    Southend v L Orient (agg 1-0)

  56. 2034: 
    HALF-TIME- Galatasaray 1-1 Schalke
  57. 2034: 
    HALF-TIME- Leeds 0-0 Blackpool

    They might both be struggling in mid-table, but Leeds and Blackpool have produced good quality entertainment at a chilly Elland Road. Leeds have come close through Luke Varney and Ross McCormack. Don't expect this to remain 0-0.

  58. 2033: 

    Bobby, Sevenoaks on text: "Saw a betting slip for a bloke to win a million off a free bet. He's got six score lines correct, all he needs now is a 2-0 Barca win and a 1-1 draw in Turkey. Squeaky bum time."

    I saw that one on Twitter earlier Bobby. That Jermaine Jones goal has done the business...

  59. 2031: 
    GOAL- Galatasaray 1-1 Schalke - Jermaine Jones (45 mins)

    A clinical counter-attack as Schalke draw level! Gala midfielder Felipe Melo undercooks a pass in the centre-circle and Schalke are away, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar finding Jefferson Farfan bursting up the right and he has the presence of mind to square for former Blackburn man Jermaine Jones to side-foot into the roof of the net. Really classy finish.

  60. 2031: 
    HALF-TIME- AC Milan 0-0 Barcelona

    Alistair Magowan's half-time snapshot: "Milan rolling back the years with this display as they keep spaces to a minimum between their midfield and defence. Riccardo Montolivo and Massimo Ambrosini have been excellent, with Stephan El Shaarawy looking occasionally dangerous. Barca might have to have a re-think if they want to score in this one."

  61. 2027: 
    AC Milan 0-0 Barcelona

    The game has settled into a pattern of plenty of Barcelona possession but they are struggling to find a chink in the Milan armour. The home side are then content to hit on the counter-attack. Lionel Messi has been kept reasonably quiet so far, with Milan keeper Christian Abbiati not having a save to make yet.

  62. 2025: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Galatasaray 1-0 Schalke

    It's a very engaging tie, and Galatasaray have a formidable front two at their disposal. Didier Drogba plays in goalscorer Burak Yilmaz on the left of the area but Timo Hildebrand throws himself at his feet to turn the ball away for a corner.

  63. 2023:  

    Former Swansea manager Brian Flynn on BBC Radio 5 live: "Swansea have had a fantastic two or three seasons, built on solid foundations. Looking back it was a 'Roy of the Rovers' story. We had to beat Hull [to stay in the Football League] and we won 4-2 with James Thomas, a local lad, scoring a hat-trick. I signed Leon [Britton], he was a major signing, along with Roberto Martinez. I had to build the team in two months and we achieved it and they've gone on from that. I suppose I was the springboard to the success!"

    You can listen to a special live fans' forum in Bradford on BBC Radio 5 live, presented by Mark Pougatch.

  64. 2021: 

    In the northern final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, it's 0-0 at half-time between Crewe and Coventry. Looking good for the Alex.

    Leon Clarke's had the best chance of the game but headed wide from close range for Coventry - who have to produce something very, very special if they are to make it to Wembley.

    Crewe v Coventry (agg 3-0)

  65. 2019: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Leeds 0-0 Blackpool

    End-to-end stuff at Elland Road as Ludovic Sylvestre almost scores the first goal of the Paul Ince era, the Blackpool man crashing in a 20-yard shot which Paddy Kenny is equal to.

    Live text and statistics from Leeds v Blackpool.

  66. 2018: 

    @JohnnyMagrinho: "Do people really think Milan are easy to beat? Lost once in last 13 games in Serie A. Besides who comes to the San Siro & wins?

    @jammyjamjam13: "It's amazing that Puyol is still so formidable at 34. Unlike Rio he has the pace to match his positional awareness."

    @Haroon_55: "AC Milan are fighting for this game, I can see them going through after two legs!"

    Get involved tonight via the hashtag #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only)

  67. 2018: 
    AC Milan 0-0 Barcelona
    Mario Balotelli

    Stephan El Shaarawy is trying to get in behind Dani Alves all the time down AC Milan's left. Milan are working their socks off but they are maybe lacking a bit of spark in attack - where's Mario Balotelli when you need him?

  68. 2016: 
    CLOSE!- Leeds 0-0 Blackpool

    Ross McCormack has been busy in attack for Leeds and he goes close again, collecting a flick from Steve Morison and firing in a shot which is well cleared by Craig Cathcart.

    Live text and statistics from Leeds v Blackpool.

  69. 2015: 

    Ian, Guildford on text: "Looking at the AC Milan lineup it's so sad. I never think they'll play a game as good as the 2005 final against Liverpool."

    Andrew, Norwich on text: "My wife reckons Barcelona's kit is like the old Rocket ice lolly!"

  70. 2013: 
    CLOSE!- Galatasaray 1-0 Schalke

    There are chances galore in Istanbul as Schalke waste another glorious opportunity, with Jefferson Farfan turning on a sixpence but then lazily clipping a shot over the top from eight yards out. He wasn't offside, but maybe he thought he was. There was no real conviction behind that strike.

  71. 2011:  

    Former Bradford City manager Paul Jewell on BBC Radio 5 live: "It's fantastic. Not only is it great for the team and the supporters, but it's brilliant for the city. It gives everyone a smile on their faces. They fully deserve to be where they are, they've beaten Premier League teams. It's a one-off game. Anything can happen. It's going to be difficult but everyone knows that. As a supporter of Bradford City, I don't think they can lose."

    You can listen to a special live fans forum in Bradford on BBC Radio 5 live, presented by Mark Pougatch.

  72. 2010: 
    YELLOW CARD- AC Milan 0-0 Barcelona

    Milan captain Massimo Ambrosini treads on the ball in midfield and Barca break at real pace. Lionel Messi is closing in on the back four when defender Philippe Mexes decides to just chop him down. He is booked.

    Lionel Messi
  73. 2009: 
    CLOSE!- Leeds 0-0 Blackpool

    Blackpool winger Matty Phillips thumps in a long-range strike but it's well held by Paddy Kenny.

    Live text and statistics from Leeds v Blackpool.

  74. 2008: 

    Opta Sports on Twitter: "7 - Burak Yilmaz is the first Turkish player to score seven goals in a season in Champions League history. Corsair."

  75. 2005: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Galatasaray 1-0 Schalke

    It's a cracking game in Istanbul. Didier Drogba gets in over the top, his low shot is parried away by Timo Hildebrand and Hamit Altintop should double Galatasaray's lead but smashes his shot against the face of the crossbar. A glaring miss!

  76. 2004: 

    BBC Sport's Chris Osborne at Roots Hall: "It's not exactly been a classic on the Essex coast. Leyton Orient got the goal that pulled the tie level early on through Shaun Batt. And since then it's been pedestrian stuff. Southend boss Paul Sturrock brought on Barry Corr to add some physicality to his forward line, 10 minutes before half-time. If it stays this way we go straight to penalties - no away goals and no extra time."

  77. 2002: 
    CLOSE!- Galatasaray 1-0 Schalke

    Schalke almost level as captain Benedikt Howedes heads on a corner which should be steered in at the far post by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar but the usually deadly Dutchman somehow fails to connect. Good riposte to going behind though.

  78. 2001: 
    CLOSE!- AC Milan 0-0 Barcelona

    Good break for Milan as they work a chance to get Stephan El Shaarawy in behind the Barcelona defence, only for the striker to take a heavy touch and allow Carles Puyol to clear. From the corner though Kevin-Prince Boateng hooks a shot/cross just past the post.

  79. 2001: 

    @jayonline: "I thought long and hard about something to dislike about this Barcelona team and I came up with one - its away kit."

    @NicBillot19: "Really gutted that Super Mario can't play tonight - I miss seeing him in the EPL every week!"

    @ItzKieran1998: "Do people actually think Milan will beat Barcelona? Going for a 3-1 Barcelona win."

  80. 1959: 
    GOAL- Galatasaray 1-0 Schalke - Burak Yilmaz (12 mins)

    This man is on fire! Burak Yilmaz gets his seventh goal in seven games in the Champions League, and in style too, collecting Selcuk Inan's pass before flicking the ball stylishly over a defender and leathering a shot into the roof of the net. Have some of that!

    Burak Yilmaz
  81. 1957: 
    CLOSE!- Leeds 0-0 Blackpool

    Leeds have made a bright start and they should be ahead as new signing Steve Morison puts over a cross which Ross McCormack puts wide of the target.

    Live text and statistics from Leeds v Blackpool.

  82. 1956:  

    Bradford manager Phil Parkinson on BBC Radio 5 live: "There's a real connection between the supporters and the football club,. A successful team can really galvanise a city and we're starting to do that. We've got to prepare the team to play Swansea. We've got to be prepared to be patient at times, but also we don't want to fill our lads with too much information."

    You can listen to a special live fans forum in Bradford on BBC Radio 5 live, presented by Mark Pougatch. Bradford play Swansea in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.

  83. 1955: 
    SHOWBOAT- AC Milan 0-0 Barcelona

    The first, and probably not the last, bit of brilliance from Lionel Messi as he jinks in between two Milan midfielders with ease and gets a shot away which is well blocked. Fantastic feet.

  84. 1954: 
    AC Milan 0-0 Barcelona

    Lionel Messi is forced to drop deeper and deeper to find the ball as Milan stay well-drilled. Barca do put together one of their passing moves though and find Jordi Alba in a pocket of space on the left, his cross is low and hard but it's well defended.

  85. 1952: 

    James from Surrey on text: "Drogba, if you read this when you get home, please come back to Chelsea. We're just not the same club without you."

    Rowlands on text: "I wonder if Milan can use this dodgy pitch to their advantage tonight and stop Barcelona playing their formidable passing game!"

  86. 1949: 
    AC Milan 0-0 Barcelona

    AC Milan have made a strong start, keeping the ball well and looking dangerous down their right-hand side. Kevin-Prince Boateng is sporting a hair and beard combo that he would definitely not have braved in Portsmouth.

    Fellow ex-Pompey man Sulley Muntari then fires in a volley from a mile out which is well over the top. So far so good for Milan though.

  87. 1948: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Galatasaray 0-0 Schalke

    Good start from the German side as Jermaine Jones - once of Blackburn - fires in a drive from the edge of the area, but Fernando Muslera makes a flying save to turn the ball away.

  88. 1946: 

    We have kicked off at Elland Road and Galatasaray as well.

  89. 1945: 
    KICK-OFF- AC Milan 0-0 Barcelona

    Barcelona are in their disgusting away kit tonight, they look like a tequila sunrise in this affair. Disappointing.

    Anyway, we are go go go...

  90. 1942: 

    The players are out on the pitch in our Champions League ties. Dani Alves has a good ruffle of a mascot's hair, he could not be more relaxed.

  91. 1936: 

    @Rav_2223: "You just know Messi is going to tear apart the Italians tonight!"

    @Transferdealios: "You have to applaud the fact that there will be 10 Barcelona home-grown players on the pitch tonight."

    @H20_Bear: "After the disappointment of last night, I'm looking forward to sitting back and enjoy watching two football giants go at it."

    Get involved on tonight's matches text 81111 (UK only) or tweet #bbcfootball

  92. 1933: 
    AC Milan v Barcelona (1945 GMT)

    Apparently the pitch is not up to much at the San Siro this evening. That will not help Barca's passing game at all. I'm guessing that they will be able to cope though.

    We are 15 minutes from kick-off. What's a good scoreline for Milan in the first leg?

  93. 1931: 

    From Eddie, Hull on text: "So tonight sees Paul and Tom Ince vs Neil and Stephen Warnock, wonder if the Leeds duo are related..."

  94. 1929: 
    Mario Balotelli

    AC Milan made a big move on transfer deadline day of course to land Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.

    The Italian has been in strong form since his move, netting four times in his first three games, but he cannot play tonight.

    He is cup-tied having played for City in the cup already.

  95. 1924: 

    BBC Sport's Chris Osborne at Roots Hall: "We're level on aggregate at Southend. Shaun Batt pokes in Dean Cox's cross to put Leyton Orient 1-0 up on Southend on the night, and 1-1 overall."

  96. 1924: 

    Opta Sports on Twitter: "39 - The squad of Schalke has scored 37 Champions League goals - less than Galatasaray's Didier Drogba all alone: 39. Goalgetter."

  97. 1923: 
    LINE-UPS- Leeds v Blackpool (1945 GMT)

    Leeds: Kenny, Byram, Lees, Peltier, Warnock, Green, Tonge, Norris, McCormack, Morison, Varney. Subs: Ashdown, Pearce, White, Brown, Diouf, Habibou, Hall.

    Blackpool: Gilks, Baptiste, Broadfoot, Cathcart, Crainey, Ferguson, Sylvestre, Osbourne, Phillips, Taylor-Fletcher, Ince. Subs: Halstead, Wabara, Eardley, Basham, Martinez, Derbyshire, Delfouneso.

    Referee: Carl Boyeson (E Yorkshire)

  98. 1920: 
    AC Milan v Barcelona (1945 GMT)

    There was plenty of pre-match jousting at the media conferences yesterday, with Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri talking up his side's chances.

    "We are facing the best team in the world but I do not accept that everyone has been making us out to be the sacrificial lamb," he said.

    "We know that at the moment they are the best team in the world, and whoever they play against they have an average of 65% possession."

    Barca assistant Jordi Roura, meanwhile, said: "I don't think we are favourites. When the top teams meet in the knock-out phase there are no favourites."

  99. 1916: 

    Our first match of the night is under way, with Southend and Leyton Orient under way in their Johnstone's Paint Trophy southern area final second leg. Which is easy for you to say...

  100. 1914: 
    1066 & ALL THAT

    In a bizarre turn of events, all the officials at both of our Champions League games are from Scotland.

    One of the linesmen at Galatsaray v Schalke is called William Conquer. That is genuinely true.

    What a name...

  101. 1911: 
    Leeds v Blackpool (1945 GMT)

    Blackpool manager Paul Ince: "I'm looking forward to it. We've got a fantastic bunch of lads. I've done the first team-talk - I did it at the hotel. It's freezing, but I've got my coat."

    That is first class preparation...

  102. 1910:  

    BBC Radio 5 live are hosting a special live fans forum from Bradford tonight ahead of their amazing trip to the Capital One Cup final this weekend.

    It is on air from 1930 GMT, I'll bring you a few tasty updates but you can listen to the whole thing online.

  103. 1907: 
    AC Milan v Barcelona (1945 GMT)

    Assistant Jordi Roura is in charge of team talks, substitutions and in-game tactical changes for Barcelona - quite a tall order for a man with precious little prior management experience at any level.

    Roura knows his onions though. He was on the staff under Pep Guardiola and has won six of the eight games he has taken charge of.

    Whoever is in charge at the moment, the Barca wagon rolls on.

  104. 1905: 
    AC Milan v Barcelona (1945 GMT)

    Barcelona will be without manager Tito Vilanova tonight, as the boss is in Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York City for a course of treatment to help him recover from the throat cancer operation he underwent shortly before Christmas.

    He has been in Manhattan for a month and is not expected to return to Spain until at least the middle of March.

    So who's in charge?

  105. 1902: 

    Kanayo Umeogo: "It's easy to beat Barcelona. Just stop Messi, Iniesta, Xavi, Fabregas and Pedro."

    Benjamin Downey: "Paul Ince managing Tom tonight. Who is the most famous father coaching son duo? It's like primary school football!"

  106. 1859: 
    AC Milan v Barcelona (1945 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports: "AC Milan make five changes to the team that beat Parma last Friday. The big news is that Stephan El Shaarawy is fit and replaces the cup-tied Mario Balotelli. Giampaolo Pazzini comes in for M'Baye Niang up front, too. Philippe Mexes and Ignazio Abate return to the defence, while skipper Massimo Ambrosini bolsters the midfield.

    "Barca bring back the small matters of Andres Iniesta and Xavi, with Carles Puyol and Jordi Alba back in defence."

  107. 1859: 

    Lionel Messi has not scored in three Champions League games this season though - practically a drought.

    He failed to find the net in either game against Benfica, while Celtic shut him out at the Nou Camp.

    He has still managed to amass five in this season's tournament though, and is fourth in the all-time list (including qualifiers) on 56 in the competition.

    Top of the charts remains Raul, with the former Real Madrid forward out in front on 71 goals. Give Messi at least another season...

  108. 1857: 
    Galatasaray v Schalke (1945 GMT)

    Didier Drogba makes his European debut for Galatasaray - starting alongside Burak Yilmaz in attack. The Turkish side's other big January signing, Wesley Sneijder, starts on the left with former Liverpool player Albert Riera taking up the left-back slot.

    Schalke have been hit by injuries to Kyriakos Papadopoulos and forwards Ibrahim Afellay and Ciprian Marica, however, Dutch forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is named in the starting XI.

  109. 1855: 
    LINE-UPS- Galatasaray v Schalke (1945 GMT)

    Galatasaray: Muslera, Sarioglu, Kaya, Nounkeu, Riera, Altintop, Felipe Melo, Inan, Sneijder, Burak Yilmaz, Drogba. Subs: Iscan, Bulut, Balta, Eboue, Kurtulus, Colak, Amrabat.

    Schalke 04: Hildebrand, Hoger, Howedes, Matip, Kolasinac, Draxler, Jones, Neustadter, Michel Bastos, Farfan, Huntelaar. Subs: Fahrmann, Obasi Ogbuke, Pukki, Metzelder, Fuchs, Barnetta, Meyer.

    Referee: William Collum (Scotland)

  110. 1854: 
    Lionel Messi

    If AC Milan are to get through to the last eight, they will have to find a way of stopping Lionel Messi.

    Barcelona's magician of a number 10 scored twice as they knocked Milan out last season and continues to score at a mindblowing rate.

    He has netted 44 goals in 32 appearances this season, and has bagged in his last 14 league games, exceeding 300 goals for Barca at the weekend with a brace at Granada. Terrifying hit rate.

  111. 1852: 
    Leeds v Blackpool (1945 GMT)

    Leeds have endured a disappointing season up to now. Manager Neil Warnock said, following the FA Cup defeat by Manchester City, that he did not expect to stay in charge of the club if he did not lead them to promotion this season. The Yorkshire side are currently nine points shy of the play-off places.

    Blackpool are two points behind their opponents and have a new manager in charge - Paul Ince. The Seasiders have collected just two victories from the last 10 league matches - Ince will be hoping for a winning start on his debut.

  112. 1851: 

    Didier Drogba won the big cup for Chelsea last year, stroking in the match-winning penalty which saw off Bayern Munich on their own turf. Tonight he makes his Champions League debut for Galatasaray. Can he hurt German opposition again?

  113. 1849: 

    Mark G: "Barca turn the world's greatest teams into underdogs. There isn't a single AC Milan player I'd put in that Barcelona XI."

    Jon Carter: "Ince has a lot to prove as a manager, but with son Tom Ince we still have a chance to save our season."

    Mike Seaton: "If Crewe fans have booked their Wembley tickets I hope they're refundable as City are coming to get them tonight!"

  114. 1846: 
    Galatasaray v Schalke (1945 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury reports: "Will Galatasaray be the side to upset the odds in the closing stages of the Champions League? The Turkish giants, who lead their league, scored a coup when they signed Wesley Sneijder, from Inter Milan, and Didier Drogba, who had left Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, in January. Both were linked with moves to 'bigger' clubs, but plumped for Galatasaray. They face Schalke 04, who are struggling in the Bundesliga - in fact, they have won just one league match in 11. But Jens Keller's side seem to be doing a bit of a 'Chelsea' this season - poor domestically, but flying in Europe."

  115. 1844: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Galatasaray v Schalke (1945 GMT)

    January signings Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder both start for Galatasaray, with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar leading the line for Schalke.

  116. 1843: 
    AC Milan v Barcelona (1945 GMT)

    Alistair Magowan reports: "One more goal and AC Milan will have notched 400 goals in the European Cup. They may have lost the last two knock-out encounters between these two teams, including last season's quarter-finals, but the Rossoneri coach Massimiliano Allegri will want to put pressure on his opposite number, stand-in Barca boss Jordi Roura, before the second leg. Much will depend on Milan's top scorer Stephan El Shaarawy."

  117. 1841: 

    Can anyone stop Barcelona then? What do Blackpool fans make of the appointment of Paul Ince? Any Crewe fans out there already booked their train tickets to Wembley?

    Fire away. You can text us on 81111 (UK Only), or tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball.

  118. 1839: 
    LINE-UPS- AC Milan v Barcelona (1945 GMT)

    AC Milan: Abbiati, Abate, Mexes, Zapata, Constant, Ambrosini, Montolivo, Muntari, Boateng, Pazzini, El Shaarawy. Subs: Amelia, De Sciglio, Traore, Niang, Bojan, Cristante, Yepes.

    Barcelona: Valdes, Dani Alves, Pique, Puyol, Jordi Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas, Pedro, Messi, Iniesta. Subs: Pinto, Sanchez, Thiago, Mascherano, Montoya, Song, Tello.

    Referee: Craig Thomson (Scotland)

  119. 1838: 

    But the action is not just on the continental stage tonight. Oh no.

    In the Championship, we have Paul Ince's managerial debut for Blackpool as they travel to Leeds, while we also will see two clubs head to Wembley for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final.

    Crewe take a 3-0 first-leg lead into their match with Coventry, while Southend take on Leyton Orient in the southern final.

  120. 1837: 

    Bayern Munich and Porto took a step towards the last eight of the Champions League last night with first-leg wins over Arsenal and Malaga respectively, but who will take the initiative in tonight's ties?

    As well as AC Milan v Barcelona, we also have Galatasaray v Schalke to savour.

  121. 1835: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- AC Milan v Barcelona (1945 GMT)

    Former Portmsouth midfielders Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng both start for AC Milan. Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas are all in for Barcelona.

  122. 1831: 

    AC Milan - giants of Europe and seven-time champions of Europe - are priced at up to 8/1 to beat Barcelona tonight. At home.

    Barcelona are massive favourites. But they were favourites to win the Champions League last season as well, and Chelsea put pay to that idea. Can Milan do the same?

  123. 1830: 
    Marcel Desailly

    Daniele Massaro. Dejan Savicevic. Marcel Desailly. Oliver Bierhoff. Rivaldo.

    Andrei Shevchenko. Samuel Eto'o. Ronaldinho. Pedro. David Villa. Pato.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Xavi. Andres Iniesta. Lionel Messi.

    The list of scorers in games between AC Milan and Barcelona reads like a who's who of modern footballing greats. Tonight the two clubs face off again for the 11th time this century.

    Who will be the latest hero to chalk an entry on the honours board?

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As it stood on 20 Feb 2013 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Cardiff 32 20 67
2 Hull City 33 12 62
3 Watford 33 24 59
4 Crystal Palace 33 19 58
5 Leicester 31 25 53
6 Middlesbrough 33 1 51
7 Brighton 32 11 49
8 Nott'm Forest 33 1 45
9 Leeds 32 -5 45
10 Derby 33 3 44
11 Blackburn 32 2 44
12 Burnley 32 1 44
13 Charlton 33 -2 43
14 Millwall 32 -6 41
15 Blackpool 33 1 40
16 Bolton 32 -1 39
17 Birmingham 33 -11 39
18 Ipswich 33 -20 38
19 Sheffield Wed 32 -9 37
20 Barnsley 32 -10 37
21 Huddersfield 32 -23 37
22 Wolves 33 -9 35
23 Peterborough 31 -8 33
24 Bristol City 33 -16 31