Guardiola hails worthy-winners Barca

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Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola was delighted to see his team reach the Champions League semi-finals for the fifth successive season after a 3-1 home victory over AC Milan.

Two Lionel Messi penalties and Andres Iniesta's cute finish ultimately rendered Antonio Nocerino's away goal midway through the first half just a consolation. The first leg in Italy had finished goalless.

Guardiola said after Barcelona's Nou Camp triumph: "We have eliminated one of the big sides in Europe. It has been a very difficult victory. They have had three efforts on goal and we have had 21 and this is against a strong Italian team. If people were expecting a 6-0 or a 7-1, it doesn't work like this. Everything we have done is to win the game."

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