Oct 22, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​San Siro
AC Milan
1-1
Barcelona
Robinho (8')
Montolivo (41'), Muntari (78')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Messi (24')
Sanchez (33'), Fabregas (81')

Javier Mascherano takes blame for AC Milan goal

Mascherano takes blame for Milan goal
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Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano takes the blame for AC Milan's opener in Tuesday's 1-1 draw in the Champions League.

Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano has taken the blame for AC Milan's opener in Tuesday's Champions League clash at the San Siro.

Gerard Pique has taken the brunt of the criticism for the mix-up between the two Barca players, but Mascherano has insisted that it was his mistake that led to Robinho's strike.

"The goal is for my mistake, I believe it is my fault," the Argentine, who has been converted from a midfielder into a centre-back in recent seasons, told reporters at a press conference.

"It is another error, and I've already committed a couple and it hurts. I wanted to clear the ball but it bounced too high. In a match like this one you can't commit these kind of errors.

"I never give excuses and unfortunately the team had to suffer. The result is what it is and it hurts. If we had won, the team wouldn't have suffered."

Barcelona skipper Carlos Puyol, who has recently returned from a long-term injury, could come into the centre of the defence for Saturday's El Clasico against Real Madrid at Camp Nou.

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