30 Mar 2012

Barca held to a draw

12:37 pm on 30 March 2012

Holders Barcelona have been held to a nil-all draw at AC Milan in their Champions League quarter-final first leg despite dominating possession for long spells.

Lionel Messi, who has scored a Spanish record of 55 goals in all competitions for Barcelona this season, had hit the target in each of his last nine outings for club and country but ran into a dead end at San Siro.

Meanwhile Bayern Munich are well placed to move into the semi-finals after they won 2-0 at Olympique Marseille.

The second legs takes place next Thursday, with Chelsea hosting Portugals' Benfica on Wednesday with a precious away goal, while APOEL Nicosia visit Real Madrid after a 3-0 pasting at home in Cyprus.