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A Lionel Messi goal in his first start since injury kept Barcelona two points clear at the top of Group H after their 1-1 draw at Milan in round three of the games.

The Argentinian struck in the 23rd minute with a fine finish to a breakaway move to cancel out Robinho’s stylish ninth-minute opener which came during a frantic opening period of pressure from the home side. Barça moved up to seven points, with unbeaten Milan in second spot on five.

Milan were soon putting pressure on Barca’s backline and a defensive error led to Robinho’s goal. The Brazilian beat a couple of defenders to a high ball and after exchanging passes with Kaká, slid a simple finish past Victor Valdés.

The home side rarely looked troubled in the first half, but they found themselves back to square one 14 minutes later after giving the ball away to Andrés Iniesta. The Spain midfielder found Messi on the right, who after cutting inside drilled the ball low to level the scores. “The lads played an excellent match, we gave little away but still created a few good chances. Pity about the [Barça] goal, we were punished for a mistake,” said the Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Barça dominated the second half against a tired-looking Milan, but despite a couple of good chances they could not make the most of their possession. “We lost two points …because we created more goal chances and for this reason we deserved a victory,” said Barcelona’s coach Gerardo Martino. “It’s not easy to play with so many players spread across your opponents’ midfield.”

Napoli won 2-1 at Marseille to move level on six points with Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal and leave the French club on the verge of elimination. The Spanish winger José Callejón opened the scoring in the 42nd minute with a low shot into the bottom corner and the substitute Duvan Zapata curled a shot into the top corner in the 67th. Marseille’s Andre Ayew grabbed a consolation goal four minutes from time. “The coach [Rafael Benítez] told us they had lost a few games lately,” Napoli’s Dries Mertens said. “Therefore we had to put pressure on them, and that’s what we did.”

In Group G, Atlético Madrid won 3-0 at Austria Vienna. Raúl García scored once and Diego Costa twice for the Spanish Cup winners They head the group on nine points and are almost on the brink of qualification, with the second-placed Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 winners at Porto thanks to Aleksandr Kerzhakov’s late goal. The home side had the Mexico midfielder Hector Herrera sent off after he was shown a second yellow card only six minutes into his tournament debut.

Source: Independent

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