Last time Filippo Inzaghi scored two goals in a European game, AC Milan defeated Liverpool FC 2-1 in the UEFA Champions League final to lift the trophy in Athens five months ago. His double strike in the 3-0 win against FC Shakthar Donetsk on Tuesday may not be as important but the game will always be special for the Rossoneri striker as it saw him equal Gerd Müller's record of 62 UEFA club competition goals.
Inzaghi came on as a 63rd-minute substitute and three minutes later broke the deadlock after an astute pass from Andrea Pirlo. The striker then made the second goal for Kaká and sealed the win in added time to equal Müller's record. "The two UEFA Champions League trophies I won with Milan are the real records for me," the 34-year-old said. "The nights in Manchester and Athens will always have a special place in my heart. Still, I like to break records and prove people wrong who say I'm too old."
Inside the penalty box he is as selfish as a predatory striker should be but he was quick to share the plaudits for his record with his team-mates. "I have been lucky enough to play in this team for many years," he added. "Without my team-mates I would have never scored so many. As soon as I came on, [Andrea] Pirlo told me to go deep to put their defence in trouble and soon afterwards he gave me a great ball. Kaká also provided a perfect assist to let me score the third."
Inzaghi had not scored since 18 September with Alberto Gilardino's return to form forcing him on to the bench in recent weeks. "He worked hard even though I didn't give him the chance to play," coach Carlo Ancelotti said. "He was great both on the pitch and while preparing for this game." Gilardino is in good form and Ronaldo will resume playing soon, but should Milan reach the final in Moscow, Ancelotti will certainly think twice before starting without Inzaghi in attack.
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