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Group stage - Group C

Anderlecht - Milan
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Mexès magic helps Milan edge through to last 16

Published: Wednesday 21 November 2012, 22.00CET
Mexès magic helps Milan edge through to last 16 
Anderlecht-Milan reaction ©Getty Images

AC Milan finally have something to cheer about this term after sealing their advance to the UEFA Champions League knockout stage with a 3-1 win away against Group C rivals RSC Anderlecht.

Málaga CF's 2-2 draw at FC Zenit St Petersburg meant victory would take Milan through to the last 16, and, not for the first time this season, they looked to Stephan El Shaarawy to light the way. The 20-year-old buried the visitors' first chance shortly after the interval and Philippe Mexès doubled their lead with an outrageous overhead kick after Bram Nuytinck had seen red for the hosts. Tom De Sutter reduced the arrears, but Pato responded for the Diavolo with a last-gasp third.

Match in 5

  • Milan seal second spot in Group C to progress
  • El Shaarawy opens scoring minutes after half-time
  • Mexès' stunning overhead kick doubles lead
  • De Sutter pulls one back but Pato scores third late on
  • UEFA Europa League spot between Anderlecht and Zenit

Reaction

Qualification is a good reward for the players who fully deserve it. We reached our first objective with a match to spare, the players did very well.

Massimiliano Allegri, Milan coach

Massimiliano Allegri, Milan coach

We deserved more than a defeat. We showed that we deserve our Champions League place. We still have something to fight for, a place in the Europa League.

John van den Brom, Anderlecht coach

John van den Brom, Anderlecht coach

 

Player rater

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Top Player

Milan 

Standings

Group C

PPts
1Málaga CF Málaga511
2AC Milan Milan58
3FC Zenit St Petersburg Zenit54
4RSC Anderlecht Anderlecht54
Last updated: 22/11/2012 09:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

 
 

Match statistics

Anderlecht
Milan

1

Goals scored

3

60

Possession (%)

40

8

Total attempts

4

2

Attempts on target

4

6

Attempts off target

0

0

Attempts blocked

0

0

Attempts against woodwork

0

6

Corners

2

2

Offsides

6

2

Yellow cards

3

1

Red Cards

0

14

Fouls committed

14

14

Fouls suffered

14

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    Philippe Mexès scored one of the goals of the season as Milan ensured they would appear in the next round. Stephan El Shaarawy was in fine form as he opened the scoring and set up Pato late on after Tom De Sutter had pulled one back.
  • Goal
    90+1
    Pato (Milan) scores!
    Milan ensure they will be in the next round as Stephan El Shaarawy turns creator to roll the ball past Silvio Proto along the floor inside the box to the Brazlian who slots into an empty net.
  • Yellow Card
    84
    Abbiati (Milan) is booked.
  • Substitution
    79
    Zapata (in) - Mexès (out) (Milan)
  • Yellow Card
    79
    Mexès (Milan) is booked.

See also

  • Anderlecht

    Next match played UEFA Champions League: v Málaga, 04 December 2012, 2-2
  • Milan

    Next match played UEFA Champions League: v Zenit, 04 December 2012, 0-1
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