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Inzaghi breaks brave Slovan hearts

Published: Wednesday 28 August 2002, 23.05CET
FC Slovan Liberec 2-1 Milan AC (Agg: 2-2, Milan win on away goals) Slovan pipped.

Match statistics

LiberecMilan

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 28 August 2002, 23.05CET

Inzaghi breaks brave Slovan hearts

FC Slovan Liberec 2-1 Milan AC (Agg: 2-2, Milan win on away goals) Slovan pipped.

FC Slovan Liberec 2-1 Milan AC (2-2 on aggregate, Milan win on away goals)
Milan AC squeezed into the first group stage of the UEFA Champions League on away goals, despite falling to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of plucky FC Slovan Liberec tonight. 
  
Rivaldo on the bench
Leading 1-0 from the first leg at the San Siro, Milan opted to leave Brazilian FIFA World Cup winner Rivaldo on the substitutes' bench. However, Filippo Inzaghi, Milan's hero a fortnight ago, struck once more to give his side what proved to be an invaluable away goal.

Inzaghi strike
Czech defender Bohuslav Pilny cleared Jon Dahl Tomasson's goalbound effort in the 17th minute, but the hosts were less fortunate two minutes later when Rui Costa's fine pass found an unmarked Inzaghi, and the Italian international forward scored with ease.

Slepicka on target
Slovan withstood Milan's pressure for the remainder of the half and equalised shortly after the interval, when the 20-year-old Miroslav Slepicka made the most of a slip by Paolo Maldini to give the home fans renewed hope. Milan then brought on Rivaldo for his competitive debut but they fell behind on the night as David Langer headed in with three minutes remaining.

'Really suffered'
Just when the visitors seemed rattled, Langer was sent off for his second yellow card and Milan were able to hang on until the final whistle. The Serie A club's coach, Carlo Ancelotti, admitted that his side must improve their level of performance and also explained Rivaldo's late arrival. "We really suffered in the closing minutes," he said. "I hope we will play better in the group stages. Rivaldo lacks practice and that is the reason he did not start."

'Nothing to regret'
His opposite number, Ladislav Škorpil, was delighted with Slovan's display. "We don't have anything to regret," he said. "We don't have to be ashamed of our performance today. We have too little time to score a third goal."

Last updated: 29/08/02 3.40CET

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Lineups

liberec

Liberec

milan

Milan

1
KinskýAntonín Kinský
12
DidaDida
6
ZbončákMartin Zbončák
Substitution65
3
MaldiniPaolo Maldini
7
NezmarJan Nezmar
Substitution45
4
KaladzeKakha Kaladze
8
SlepičkaMiroslav Slepička
Goal47
8
GattusoGennaro Gattuso
10
HodúrIvan Hodúr
Substitution77
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
Goal20
Yellow Card89
11
HoleňákMiroslav Holeňák
10
Rui CostaRui Costa
Substitution70
14
JohanaPetr Johana
14
ŠimićDario Šimić
17
JanůTomáš Janů
15
TomassonJon Dahl Tomasson
Substitution60
22
PilnyBohuslav Pilny
Yellow Card72
20
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
Yellow Card8
23
PapoušekPetr Papoušek
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
Substitution82
25
LangerDavid Langer
Goal87
Red Card90+2
24
LaursenMartin Laursen

Substitutes

30
HauzrZbyněk Hauzr
1
FioriValerio Fiori
2
CapekPavel Capek
2
HelvegThomas Helveg
3
GyanBaffour Gyan
Substitution45
11
RivaldoRivaldo
Substitution70
4
AnčicJuraj Ančic
Substitution65
22
ContraCosmin Contra
5
ZápotočnýTomáš Zápotočný
23
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini
19
KocíAleš Kocí
27
SerginhoSerginho
Substitution60
20
BlahaL'ubomír Blaha
Substitution77
28
Dalla BonaSamuele Dalla Bona
Substitution82

Coach

Ladislav Škorpil (CZE) Carlo Ancelotti (ITA)

Referee

Arturo Dauden Ibañez (ESP)

Assistant referees

Carlos Martin Nieto (ESP), Clemente Ayete Plou (ESP)

Fourth official

Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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