Málaga CF continued their dream debut season in the UEFA Champions League as they held off an AC Milan fightback to secure the draw which puts them in the round of 16 with two games to spare.
An individual piece of brilliance by Isco allowed Eliseu to give the visitors the lead five minutes before the interval. Pato restored parity in the second half with a close-range header and, although the Rossoneri pushed for a winner, they could not end Málaga's unbeaten start. While the Spanish side progress, Milan stay second in Group C with five points, one clear of RSC Anderlecht.
The group is wide open at the moment and I think we will all be in contention for qualification until the last game. It was not easy for us, but I think we did better than two weeks ago.
Riccardo Montolivo, Milan midfielder
We were playing in the second division recently and now we are here, playing in the Champions League. Now we have to finish top of the group and we will keep fighting to achieve our goal.
Eliseu, Málaga striker
|32||Abbiati (GK) (C)||13||Willy (GK)|
|34||N. de Jong|
|1||Amelia (GK)||1||Kameni (GK)|
|Massimiliano Allegri (ITA)||Manuel Pellegrini (CHI)|
|Howard Webb (ENG)|