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Inzaghi inspires tame Milan

Published: Wednesday 14 August 2002, 23.58CET
Milan AC 1-0 FC Slovan Liberec Filippo Inzaghi scored as Milan recorded a narrow success.

Match statistics

MilanLiberec

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 14 August 2002, 23.58CET

Inzaghi inspires tame Milan

Milan AC 1-0 FC Slovan Liberec Filippo Inzaghi scored as Milan recorded a narrow success.

Milan AC 1-0 FC Slovan Liberec
Filippo Inzaghi scored the only goal as Milan AC earned a hard-fought 1-0 home victory against Czech side FC Slovan Liberec in their UEFA Champions League third qualifying round first-leg encounter at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium.

Brimming with confidence
The five-times European champions, who chose not to give a debut to Brazilian FIFA World Cup-winner Rivaldo, were forced to work hard for their win by a Liberec side still brimming with confidence after clinching the 2001/02 Czech 1. liga title.

Chances for Nezmar
Liberec had two great chances in the first half and were unlucky not to take the lead after eleven minutes when striker Jan Nezmar lashed his effort against the post from 16 metres after excellent work down the right by Miroslav Slepicka. Nezmar again went close ten minutes later, but fired over the crossbar when well placed after Milan defender Cosmin Contra mis-hit an attempted clearance.

Seedorf the key
Milan looked a different team after the interval, as coach Carlo Ancelotti replaced the disappointing Serginho with Clarence Seedorf. The Dutch midfield player effectively turned the game in the Rosonneri's favour, as his deep cross from the left evaded the Slovan defenders and Inzaghi was left unmarked at the far post to touch the ball in from close range.

Shevchenko goes close
The goal hit the visitors hard and it was Milan who looked the more likely to extend their advantage in the closing stages. Ukrainian international Andriy Shevchenko came closest of all, drilling a shot against the Slovan crossbar with goalkeeper Zbynek Hauzr well beaten. Despite the defeat, Slovan will take heart from their impressive first-half display as they bid to plot Milan's downfall in the return leg on 28 August.

'Found our measure'
Ancelotti was pleased with the result but was full of praise for Milan's valiant opponents. "This is a good result for us," he said. "Slovan Liberec are a very difficult team to play and they played very defensively during the first half. However, in the second half we found our measure and it was very important for us not to concede a goal."

'We can overcome'
Slovan coach Ladislav Škorpil was left to rue his side's missed chances, but believes Slovan fans have reason to be hopeful ahead of the second leg. "We played against a great team tonight and we created a series of good chances, but we were unable to take advantage of them," he said. "I am quite satisfied with the result and it is a scoreline we can overcome in the return match."

Last updated: 15/08/02 0.21CET

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Lineups

milan

Milan

liberec

Liberec

18
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati
Substitution46
30
HauzrZbyněk Hauzr
22
ContraCosmin Contra
22
PilnyBohuslav Pilny
Yellow Card39
25
Roque JuniorRoque Junior
Substitution25
12
JohanaPetr Johana
3
MaldiniPaolo Maldini (C)
11
HoleňákMiroslav Holeňák
4
KaladzeKakha Kaladze
17
JanůTomáš Janů (C)
8
GattusoGennaro Gattuso
Yellow Card45+3
2
CapekPavel Capek
Substitution69
23
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini
25
LangerDavid Langer
10
Rui CostaRui Costa
10
HodúrIvan Hodúr
27
SerginhoSerginho
Yellow Card59
Substitution60
8
SlepičkaMiroslav Slepička
Substitution90
7
ShevchenkoAndriy Shevchenko
6
ZbončákMartin Zbončák
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
Goal68
7
NezmarJan Nezmar
Substitution83

Substitutes

12
DidaDida
Substitution46
18
MachácekLukáš Machácek
14
ŠimićDario Šimić
3
GyanBaffour Gyan
24
LaursenMartin Laursen
Substitution25
5
ZápotočnýTomáš Zápotočný
32
BrocchiCristian Brocchi
19
KocíAleš Kocí
20
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
Substitution60
4
AnčicJuraj Ančic
Substitution90
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
20
BlahaL'ubomír Blaha
Substitution83
15
TomassonJon Dahl Tomasson
23
PapoušekPetr Papoušek
Substitution69

Coach

Carlo Ancelotti (ITA) Ladislav Škorpil (CZE)

Referee

Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Assistant referees

Markus Mayr (AUT), Walter Staudinger (AUT)

Fourth official

Thomas Einwaller (AUT)

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