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FC Barcelona News: 24 November 2011: Abidal close to renewal, win dedicated to Tito

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Milan - FC Barcelona, 11-23-2011 | FC Barcelona

A historic meeting between two giants of European football promised thrills, but perhaps no one expected so many. FC Barcelona overcame AC Milan 3-2 in a really attacking, and thrilling, match that was resolved thanks to goals from Van Bommel (o.g.), Messi (pen) and Xavi.

With the victory at the San Siro, Guardiola won his 27th match in the top European competition, one more than the Dutchman achieved. Guardiola has only lost five Champions League matches as Barça manager

The FC Barcelona players knew that beating Milan was very important because it would mathematically secure the top spot in their Champions League group. The team dedicated the victory to Barça’s assistant coach, Tito Vilanova, who underwent surgery on Tuesday.

Lionel Messi from sublime to ridiculous with surgical pass to Xavi and penalty fiasco as Barca edge past Milan - Telegraph

Xavi produced a goal of surgical precision following a pass of exquisite quality from Lionel Messi to give Barcelona a 3-2 win over AC Milan on Wednesday in an enthralling Champions League match which also featured Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring against his former club.

Eric Abidal: There is a 90 per cent chance I will stay at Barcelona -

"There is a 90 per cent chance I will stay with Barcelona," he told Canal Plus after his side's 3-2 victory against AC Milan in the Champions League. "I had a meeting with the board today [Wednesday].

Valencia's Soldado sets sights on Chelsea next –

"Right now I'm on a great run," added Soldado, who scored his hat-trick against the Belgian champions in just 26 minutes. "The goals are going in and that's important for me. The UEFA Champions League suited my style last season and I really want to continue scoring goals which give the team important victories. I just hope we come through the test in London with flying colours."

The Argentina international is acknowledged by many as the best player on the planet, but the forward has modestly thanked the likes of Xavi and Andres Iniesta for their help

Roberto Soldado struck three times for Valencia against Genk to increase the Spaniard's chances of reaching the last 16

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