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Messi earns Barcelona a draw at AC Milan

Messi strikes to earn Barcelona a 1-1 draw at AC Milan in Champions League

AC Milan's Robinho scores the opening goal next to Barcelona's Sergio Busquets, left, during a Champions League, Group H, soccer match between AC Mila...
Barcelona's Lionel Messi, second left, scores during a Champions League, Group H, soccer match between AC Milan and Barcelona at the San Siro stadium ...

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AC Milan's Robinho scores the opening goal next to Barcelona's Sergio Busquets, left, during a Champions League, Group H, soccer match between AC Mila...

Italy Soccer Champions League

Barcelona's Lionel Messi, second left, scores during a Champions League, Group H, soccer match between AC Milan and Barcelona at the San Siro stadium ...

MILAN (AP) -- Leo Messi scored a first-half equalizer to earn Barcelona a 1-1 draw against AC Milan in Group H of the Champions League on Tuesday.

Robinho gave Milan a deserved lead after only nine minutes, steering the ball home from close range after he and fellow Brazilian Kaka pounced on some poor defending by Barcelona. Messi leveled in the 23rd from a similar range after being left in space by Milan's rearguard. Barcelona completely dominated the second half, but created little in the way of scoring chances against a packed Milan defense.

Barcelona, which had previously beaten Ajax and Celtic, remains two points clear of Milan at the top of the group.