Lionel Messi found space in the box and beat Marco Amelia in the 22nd minute to even the score 1-1.
Lionel Messi found space in the box and beat Marco Amelia in the 22nd minute to even the score 1-1.
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MILAN (AP) -- Lionel Messi scored a first-half equalizer to earn Barcelona a 1-1 draw against AC Milan in Group H of the Champions League on Tuesday.

Robinho gave Milan a deserved lead after only nine minutes, steering the ball home from close range after he and fellow Brazilian Kaka pounced on some poor defending by Barcelona. Messi leveled in the 23rd from a similar range after being left in space by Milan's rearguard. Barcelona completely dominated the second half, but created little in the way of scoring chances against a packed Milan defense.

Barcelona, which had previously beaten Ajax and Celtic, remains two points clear of Milan at the top of the group.

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