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Mendoza dismantles Milan

Published: Wednesday 22 October 2003, 23.19CET
AC Milan 0-1 Club Brugge KV Andrés Mendoza's goal helps Brugge defeat the holders.

Match statistics

MilanClub Brugge

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target6
 
3
Attempts off target16
 
2
Corners12
 
2
Offsides5
 
5
Fouls committed10
 
22
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 22 October 2003, 23.19CET

Mendoza dismantles Milan

AC Milan 0-1 Club Brugge KV Andrés Mendoza's goal helps Brugge defeat the holders.

By Graham Hunter at the Giuseppe Meazza

Club Brugge KV recorded one of the finest results in their history by defeating UEFA Champions League holders AC Milan 1-0 at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium.

Outstanding goal
The remarkable victory came courtesy of an outstanding goal from their 25-year-old striker Andrés Mendoza in the first half and a magnificently ordered display of defending thereafter.

Gattuso was missed
It was to Brugge's advantage that for much of the first period, Milan were content to play with a stretched formation rather than pressing their opponents. The Milan midfield were missing the suspended Gennaro Gattuso to play alongside Andrea Pirlo.

Few openings
The upshot was that Milan did not enjoy a lot of possession around the Brugge penalty area. Clear openings were sparse and the visiting Belgian side had the chance to find passes to midfield runners in open space and create chances of their own.

Inzaghi offside
Despite that, Filippo Inzaghi did put the ball in the net just after the quarter-hour mark but was flagged for offside at the moment of Clarence Seedorf's pass by the assistant referee.

Dida called upon
Then Brugge took advantage of Milan's uncertainty. In the 19th minute, Ivan Gvozdenovic surged forward and passed to his left across the Italians' penalty area. Sandy Martens stepped over the ball and Olivier De Cock struck a fizzing shot which Dida deflected over the bar.

Improbable shot
Moments later Martens provided a knockdown to Brugge striker Mendoza, but the Peruvian scuffed his effort. However, just after the half hour, it was Mendoza's excellent left-footed finish, hit with vicious power, which left the European champions trailing. Gvozdenovic again did the initial damage with a clever forward pass. Mendoza escaped Cafu, sized up an improbable shot and smashed it past Dida.

Deserved lead
The lead was merited thanks to the simplicity and discipline of Trond Sollied's side, but the champions rallied before half-time. Pirlo's 34th-minute free-kick brought a brave diving header from Paolo Maldini which went only slightly high and then Seedorf used his right instep to bend a shot centimetres around Dany Verlinden's left-hand post from 23 metres.

Cafu goes close
Most frustrating of all for Milan was Cafu's powerfully struck cross-cum-shot which bisected the goalmouth and the outstretched boots of both Inzaghi and Andriy Shevchenko.

Verlinden on form
As the home side pushed forward after the break, the second period became a nightmare of squandered opportunities, misfortune and intelligent Belgian defending. De Cock's foul on Maldini just outside the box allowed Pirlo to bring a fine save from Verlinden, who also excelled himself ten minutes later from Seedorf.

Inzaghi misses
Then Inzaghi, Milan's saviour in their last home group game against AFC Ajax, failed to convert from five metres out before nodding a corner inches wide from a free header just after the hour.

Brugge discipline
Milan were dominating the corner count as they exerted more and more pressure. But the visitors did not lose their discipline and patiently tried to push forward on the break. They kept key men like Gvozdenovic, Mendoza and Martens high up the pitch to prevent Milan moving everyone up to pressure Verlinden's goal.

Saeternes threatens
Brugge put the seal on their victory thanks to two excellent saves from Verlinden in the last two minutes, and a daring break from their own half which saw substitute Bengt Sæternes shoot just past the post from the middle of the area.

Milan drop to third
But the visitors held on for their first victory in Italy since the 1975/76 season. The three points also help Brugge leapfrog Milan into second place in the Group H table behind Ajax.

Last updated: 23/10/03 10.19CET

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Lineups

milan

Milan

club brugge

Club Brugge

12
DidaDida (GK)
1
VerlindenDany Verlinden (GK) (C)
2
CafuCafu
2
De CockOlivier De Cock
Yellow Card47
3
MaldiniPaolo Maldini (C)
3
SimonsTimmy Simons
7
ShevchenkoAndriy Shevchenko
Substitution76
4
RozehnalDavid Rozehnal
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
5
Van der HeydenPeter Van der Heyden
13
NestaAlessandro Nesta
6
ClementPhilippe Clement
20
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
Substitution62
10
ČehNastja Čeh
Substitution90+2
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
11
MartensSandy Martens
Substitution79
22
KakáKaká
Substitution62
17
GvozdenovićIvan Gvozdenović
26
PancaroGiuseppe Pancaro
18
MendozaAndrés Mendoza
Goal33
Substitution79
32
BrocchiCristian Brocchi
26
MaertensBirger Maertens

Substitutes

77
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK)
13
ButinaTomislav Butina (GK)
5
RedondoFernando Redondo
7
VerheyenGert Verheyen
Substitution79
10
Rui CostaRui Costa
Substitution62
9
SæternesBengt Sæternes
Substitution79
11
RivaldoRivaldo
16
SerebrennikovSerhiy Serebrennikov
15
TomassonJon Dahl Tomasson
Substitution76
19
LangeRune Lange
24
LaursenMartin Laursen
20
StoicaAlin Stoica
Substitution90+2
27
SerginhoSerginho
Substitution62
25
CornelisHans Cornelis

Coach

Carlo Ancelotti (ITA) Trond Sollied (NOR)

Referee

Tom Henning Øvrebø (NOR)

Assistant referees

Ole Hermann Borgan (NOR), Roe Vidar Lien (NOR)

Fourth official

Brage Sandmoen (NOR)

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