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Kaka keeps Milan on course

Published: Tuesday 4 November 2003, 23.03CET
Club Brugge KV 0-1 AC Milan The holders are reduced to ten men but Brazilian Kaka volleys a late winner.

Match statistics

Club BruggeMilan

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target5
 
7
Attempts off target5
 
5
Corners3
 
9
Offsides6
 
5
Fouls committed21
 
14
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
1

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 4 November 2003, 23.03CET

Kaka keeps Milan on course

Club Brugge KV 0-1 AC Milan The holders are reduced to ten men but Brazilian Kaka volleys a late winner.

By Mark Bennett at the Jan Breydelstadion

Kaka's 86th-minute volley took AC Milan to the top of UEFA Champions League Group H - but for much of the game it seemed the holders were set to end the day at the opposite end of the tight pool.

Superb winner
Club Brugge KV suggested for long periods that they could repeat their shock at the San Siro, especially after Alessandro Nesta's first-half sending-off. But they could not take advantage of their extra man, leaving Kaka to strike a superb winner.

Tomasson selected
As expected, Brugge coach Trond Sollied fielded a defensive 3-5-2 lineup in front of goalkeeper Dany Verlinden, who passed a late fitness test this morning. Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti chose a slightly more attacking 4-4-2 system with Jon Dahl Tomasson replacing the injured Filippo Inzaghi alongside Andriy Shevchenko, and Kaka playing directly behind the two strikers.

Brugge counterattack
Only a few seconds into the match the roles became clear. Milan tried to put pressure on Brugge, whereas the Belgian side searched for chances on the break and came close when Gert Verheyen shot wide with only 30 seconds gone. In the following 20 minutes Milan looked the better side, but never troubled the tight Brugge defence.

Gattuso effort
At this stage of the game neither goalkeeper had been involved - but that changed after 22 minutes when Verlinden was called upon for the first time. Gennaro Gattuso slipped three challenges and tested the veteran custodian from just outside the area, but the former Belgian international collected the ball comfortably.

Defensive departures
After 34 minutes Milan were forced to make an early replacement when captain Paolo Maldini limped off the field and was replaced by Alessandro Costacurta. Only three minutes later Milan's defence was depleted further when German referee Herbert Fandel dismissed Nesta for a second bookable offence after the central defender brought Andrés Mendoza down in midfield. Ancelotti made his second change soon afterwards to compensate for Nesta's loss and replaced Tomasson with Dario Šimic.

Mendoza hits the bar
Early in the second half the run of play changed. With Milan down to ten men Brugge were more willing to get players forward. That nearly paid of in the 54th minute when Mendoza's header rebounded off the bar following a cross from Ivan Gvozdenovic. Soon after, the Peruvian striker made a good run into the penalty area but Dida hung on to his shot.

Stoica sent on
Sollied then sent Alin Stoica on in place of Nastja Ceh, obviously hoping that the Romanian would come up with the necessary ideas to break down Milan's defence. Only two minutes later Brugge came close once again when Mendoza's attempt was cleared at the last second for a corner. At this stage, Brugge were in complete control.

Perfect finish
However, they could not take advantage, even when striker Bengt Sæternes was brought on 14 minutes from time. Dida was forced to make a great diving save to deny Stoica four minutes later, but then the Italian side struck with their first real chance of the second half when Kaka applied a perfect finish to a cross from Cafu. From possibly ending the day bottom of the group - albeit only a point behind leaders AFC Ajax - Milan now sit top. Brugge, meanwhile, are down in fourth.

Last updated: 05/11/03 11.05CET

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Lineups

club brugge

Club Brugge

milan

Milan

1
VerlindenDany Verlinden (GK) (C)
12
DidaDida (GK)
2
De CockOlivier De Cock
2
CafuCafu
3
SimonsTimmy Simons
3
MaldiniPaolo Maldini (C)
Substitution35
4
RozehnalDavid Rozehnal
Yellow Card31
7
ShevchenkoAndriy Shevchenko
5
Van der HeydenPeter Van der Heyden
8
GattusoGennaro Gattuso
6
ClementPhilippe Clement
Substitution77
13
NestaAlessandro Nesta
Yellow Card29
Red Card37
7
VerheyenGert Verheyen
15
TomassonJon Dahl Tomasson
Substitution42
10
ČehNastja Čeh
Substitution62
20
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
17
GvozdenovićIvan Gvozdenović
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
18
MendozaAndrés Mendoza
22
KakáKaká
Goal86
Substitution87
26
MaertensBirger Maertens
26
PancaroGiuseppe Pancaro
Yellow Card42

Substitutes

13
ButinaTomislav Butina (GK)
77
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK)
8
EnglebertGaëtan Englebert
10
Rui CostaRui Costa
9
SæternesBengt Sæternes
Substitution77
11
RivaldoRivaldo
11
MartensSandy Martens
14
ŠimićDario Šimić
Substitution42
16
SerebrennikovSerhiy Serebrennikov
19
CostacurtaAlessandro Costacurta
Substitution35
19
LangeRune Lange
23
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini
Substitution87
20
StoicaAlin Stoica
Substitution62
32
BrocchiCristian Brocchi

Coach

Trond Sollied (NOR) Carlo Ancelotti (ITA)

Referee

Herbert Fandel (GER)

Assistant referees

Carsten Kadach (GER), Harald Sather (GER)

Fourth official

Jürgen Jansen (GER)

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