Wednesday April 4 2012
Barca didn’t expect penalty, says Abbiati

Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati was stunned with the second penalty awarded to Barcelona. “I don’t think they expected it!”

Barca booked their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 3-1 win at the Camp Nou on Tuesday.

Nevertheless, the decision to penalise Alessandro Nesta while the game was still at 1-1 has angered the Italian champions.

“I honestly wasn’t expecting the penalty and neither were the Barcelona players,” he told Milan Channel.

“We battled, we made them suffer and even scared them because we were in a qualification position after we equalised.”

Although now only left for the Scudetto to fight for this season, the custodian was content with his side’s showing on the continent.

“We’ll go out with our heads held up high,” noted the ‘keeper. “However, there is a little bitterness because we did believe after the 0-0 first leg draw.

“It’s a shame, but now we have the Scudetto to play for where we have eight Finals. We have a small lead and we have to hold on to it.

“From Wednesday, we are now only thinking of the championship.”

The Diavolo have a two-point advantage over Juventus in Serie A.