The match at San Siro in numbers

The match at San Siro in numbers

FC Barcelona only hit one shot on target and failed to score away from home for the first time this season

Several statistics explain Barça’s 2-0 defeat at San Siro and provide some lessons for the return leg. Here is our analysis of the key stats:

- FC Barcelona only shot once on target. They had seven shots in total, although none of these were particularly clear-cut.

- AC Milan shot eight times, three times on target, and two of those attempts went in. Basically, they took their chances.

- Neither were the stats for balls lost and won too inspiring. Barça won 51 and lost 82, while AC Milan won 69 and lost 81.

- Barça were typically impressive as far as passing was concerned, making 860, of which 764 were good. The Italians attempted less than half that number, 328, and completed 240.

- San Siro was the first away game this season in which Barça didn’t score once. Not since losing 1-0 at Chelsea in last year’s Champions League semi finals had that happened.

- Barça have not lost by two goals since the first leg of the Spanish Supercup in 2010/11. That defeat by an under-strength team was turned around, 4-0, at the Camp Nou. Milan was also the city where Barça last lost a European tie by two goals, against Inter in 2009/10 (3-1). The 1-0 win in the return leg would not prove to be enough to make amends.

- Barça have not lost 2-0 in Europe since December 7, 2004 in Donetsk, although that was a meaningless group stage match after FCB had already qualified.

- AC Milan have been knocked out of Europe three times in the past despite winning the first leg at home. That happened in 1969/70 against Feyenoord (1-0 and 2-0), in 1995/96 against Girondins Bordeaux (2-0 and 3-0) and in 2003/04 against Deportivo (4-1 and 4-0).

- Never in their history have Barça qualified after losing the first leg of a European match 2-0, but they have come back from 3-0 down three times.

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