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Barcelona, April 27:
FC Barcelona drew 0-0 with AC Milan on Wednesday to advance to the Champions League final 1-0 on aggregate. Barcelona will play Arsenal at the Stade de France in Paris on May 17.
Milan goalkeeper Dida made two one-on-one saves to deny Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o in the first half, and another block on a header from reserve forward Henrik Larsson after halftime.
Milan’s Andriy Shevchenko had a goal disallowed in the 69th minute for a foul on Barcelona captain Carles Puyol. Barcelona has made five finals for one European Cup win — 1-0 against Sampdoria in 1992 — while Arsenal has never played in a Champions League title match before.
The match had a bright start with Milan midfielder Kaka shooting just wide in the first minute after being released by defender Jaap Stam. Barcelona, playing in its 100th Champions League game, almost scored two minutes later — but Dida dived to block a shot from Eto’o.
Six-time champion Milan’s best chance came when Shevchenko hit the side-netting in the 23rd. Barcelona defender Juliano Belletti had an angled drive go just past the far post six minutes later.
Barcelona defender Belletti missed an open chance in the 53rd when he couldn’t get a touch on a pass across goal from Giuly.
Two minutes later Ronaldinho chipped a pass over the Milan defence but Giuly could only volley the ball into the side-netting.
Frank Rijkaard’s team is close to repeating its 1992 achievement — the Spanish and European double — for only the second time in the club’s 106-year history. Barcelona is almost virtually certain of retaining its Spanish league title.
LONDON: Striker Djibril Cisse scored twice as Liverpool beat West Ham 2-1 to keep the pressure on second-place Manchester United in the English Premier League. Liverpool attacking midfielder Luis Garcia and West Ham defender Hayden Mullins are likely to miss the FA Cup final on May 13 after both were shown straight red cards in the 81st minute.
Garcia had only been on the field for two minutes as a substitute when he clashed with Mullins, who pushed the Spaniard over. Referee Howard Webb sent them off and both can expect three-game bans.
Liverpool stays third with 76 points, three behind Man United. West Ham retains 10th spot with 49 points. Cisse opened the scoring in the 19th before Nigel Reo-Coker equalised for the Hammers in the 46th. But Liverpool regained the lead in the 54th when Cisse collected a through ball by striker Robbie Fowler to net past goalkeeper Jimmy Walker.