VALENCIA CF needed to win its Group E match against GENK to keep alive its qualifying hopes & they did things in smashing fashion. The Spaniards won the Belgium Club 7 - 0 in a devastating exhibition of Football. The notable observation was the HAT-TRICK from ROBERTO SOLDADO ( 13th, 35th & 39th min) that keeps the player firmly knocking at the Spanish National Team door. The other goals came from JONAS in the 10th min, PABLO HERNANDEZ in the 70th min & TINO COSTA in the 81st.
Valencia now has to meet Chelsea ( which lost tonight) in London to decide which of the two go through to the next phase of Champions.
FC BARCELONA travelled to Milan to attempt assure the top spot of Group H against AC MILAN. The encounter was intense & Barça had to work very hard for their 2 - 3 victory where the better quality of the Spanish team - players - become the final deciding factor in the result.
|Messi - Xavi|
Barça got ahead first in the 13th min with an own goal from VAN BROMMEL & Milan quickly equalized via IBRAHIMOVIC in the 20th min. Then in the 32nd min a controversial penalty was awarded to Barça that MESSI transformed.
Milan then played their best Football pressuring Barça to the limit, to see their reward final come with an equalizer via BOATENG in the 53rd min. However, Barça via their star players pulled their team back ahead when Messi found XAVI with a precision pass that the latter transformed.
From here Milan felt the earlier "super human" efforts & tiredness sank in without however giving Barça a few more scares. The end result was the victory for Barça, the 3 points, the Group top spot & an fantastic Football match.