September 11, 2010 was the last time Barcelona lost a game that mattered by more than one goal. That’s when Nelson Haedo Valdez scored twice at the Nou Camp to lead Hercules over the then-Spanish Champions.
Barcelona did lose a Copa del Rey match at Real Betis 3-1 later that season, but having build a 5-0, first leg lead at home, the match in Seville was a formality.
That’s how rare today’s result is. Milan, a team that was 0-2-2 in their four meetings with Barcelona over the last two years, took a 2-0 lead after the teams’ first leg in Milan on Wednesday.
Goals from Kevin Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari gave the victory a very Ghanian feel while also putting the tournament favorites on the brink of elimination. Failing to generate a decent scoring chance, Barcelona leaves Milan without a road goal. If they don’t keep a clean sheet at the Nou Camp, Barcelona will need four goals to go through.
It’s been six years since Barcelona failed to get past the Round of 16, but after Barça’s lackluster performance in Italy, were looking at a potential Champions League quarterfinal without the Blaugrana or Real Madrid.
Here are the highlights, courtesy of FOX Soccer:
Later today we’ll break down Schalke 04’s performance in Istanbul against Turkish champions Galatasaray.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.