Milan holds Barcelona to 0-0 draw in Champs League

DANIELLA MATAR Associated Press Published:

MILAN (AP) -- AC Milan held Barcelona to an entertaining 0-0 draw on Wednesday in the opening leg of the quarterfinals, the first time in 30 matches and more than two years that the Spanish team had been held scoreless in the Champions League.

The last time Barcelona failed to score in the Champions League was in the 0-0 draw with Rubin Kazan in November 2009.

Milan will see next Tuesday how much it will regret Robinho's woeful miss early on, while Barcelona should have had a first-half penalty when Alexis Sanchez was brought down by goalkeeper Christian Abbiati.

Lionel Messi, who has scored 55 times this season, had a goal rightly ruled out for offside.

This is only the second time a match between these two European heavyweights has ended 0-0 in 14 meetings.