By Ameenu Shardow
AC Milan midfieldefer Sulley Muntari has descrobed his goal against Barcelona in the Champions League match on Wednesday as the ‘most important’ of his career.
The Ghana international put the icing on a disciplined performance by the Rossoneri against the marauding Spanish side at the San Siro.
Milan had laboured throughout the first half to keep the Catalans at bay but emerged more puposeful in the second half.
A 51st minute strike by fellow Ghanaian Kevin-Prince Boateng shot the hosts ahead before a sold-out crowd at the Estadio Guiseppe Meazza.
The Italian giants grew in confidence and were very resolute in their defending while building impressive attacks of their own.
Muntari poppoed up 30 minutes later to seal an incredible 2-0 win – finishing off with a neat volley off the lob of Stephan El Shaaraway to send the home fans agog.
The 28-year-old however in hailing ‘the most important goal’ of his career admits the tie is still alive with the second leg to be played at the Nou Camp in a fortnight.
“We played as a team, we listened to our Coach, he did a fantastic job in how he sent us on the pitch,” Muntari said.
“We were very disciplined and managed to close every angle down so they couldn’t penetrate us. If you play without concentration against them, they harm you and they make you suffer.
“It was the most important goal of my career. It is a good lead, but the Camp Nou is not easy.
“You can have a 5-0 lead but it is not safe as Barcelona have amazing players.
“We have two goals to our advantage and we will do our best to do well.”
The sterling team performance now puts Milan on an unexpected strong-footing towards kicking out the acclaimed best team in the world at the Round of 16 stage.