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Seedorf strike steals points

Published: Tuesday 14 September 2004, 21.45CET
FC Shakhtar Donetsk 0-1 AC Milan Clarence Seedorf scores a late winner to defeat ten-man Shakhtar.

Match statistics

Shakhtar DonetskMilan

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target5
 
10
Attempts off target4
 
3
Corners7
 
8
Offsides4
 
5
Fouls committed11
 
25
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 14 September 2004, 21.45CET

Seedorf strike steals points

FC Shakhtar Donetsk 0-1 AC Milan Clarence Seedorf scores a late winner to defeat ten-man Shakhtar.

Clarence Seedorf struck late on to ensure maximum points for AC Milan at the start of their bid to wrest back control of the UEFA Champions League, but Group F rivals FC Shakhtar Donetsk made life tough for the Italian title-holders in Ukraine.

First-time shot
The Dutch midfield player struck a low drive on the edge of the box to finally break the deadlock with just six minutes of the game remaining after the otherwise quiet Andriy Shevchenko - back in his homeland - forced Cosmin Barcauan to tackle inside the box. With the ball running loose, the onrushing Seedorf hit a first-time shot to Jan Laštuvka's left.

Srna sending off
That goal ended Shakhtar's dogged resistance, after the side had played the last 37 minutes with ten men following Darijo Srna's sending off for two yellow cards, the latter for deliberate handball. The loss of the Croatian winger deprived the home side of one of their liveliest players and their main conduit of attack, the 22-year-old posing a continuous threat to the Milan defence, particularly in the opening period, when the home team outshone the 2002/03 European champions.

Vukic chance
Indeed, for all the pre-match talk of Shevchenko's return to the Ukraine, Shakhtar striker Zvonimir Vukic threatened to take the limelight as early as the third minute when the Serbo-Montenegrin player scrambled his way into the box and forced a decent save from Dida. The Brazilian was called into action on numerous occasions and had plenty of opportunity to make amends for his sending off against AS Livorno Calcio on Saturday.

Tomasson chances
But as the half wore on, Milan began to impose themselves on the game and for all Shakhtar's possession the best chances fell to the visitors, and in particular Jon Dahl Tomasson. The Danish international was twice found in space on the edge of the five-metre box but on both occasions his head was directed straight at Laštuvka.  

Marica penalised
The second half began in much the same vein, with Lucescu's side looking to use the flanks. Srna's red card forced a change in approach, but not result as the home side continued to press and on 82 minutes, it was Shakhtar who found the net with Vorobey's long-range strike. But the referee had already awarded a free-kick after adjudging Ciprian Marica to have fouled in the build up.

Third goal
Two minutes later, Seedorf scored his third goal of the season - he also struck two against Livorno - to once again rescue his stuttering side and, although Kaká could not control the ball when well-positioned in injury time, Milan will be grateful to come away with all three points. They welcome Celtic FC on 29 September, when Shakhtar must visit FC Barcelona, 3-1 victors in Glasgow tonight.

Last updated: 15/09/04 15.44CET

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Lineups

shakhtar donetsk

Shakhtar Donetsk

milan

Milan

16
LaštůvkaJan Laštůvka (GK)
1
DidaDida (GK)
2
BarcauanCosmin Barcauan
2
CafuCafu
Yellow Card58
4
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk (C)
3
MaldiniPaolo Maldini (C)
6
DuljajIgor Duljaj
Substitution86
7
ShevchenkoAndriy Shevchenko
9
MatuzalémMatuzalém
8
GattusoGennaro Gattuso
Substitution71
10
VukićZvonimir Vukić
13
NestaAlessandro Nesta
11
VorobeyAndriy Vorobey
Substitution77
15
TomassonJon Dahl Tomasson
Yellow Card38
Substitution63
18
M. LewandowskiMariusz Lewandowski
20
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
Goal84
26
RaţRăzvan Raţ
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
Substitution76
29
MaricaCiprian Marica
22
KakáKaká
33
SrnaDarijo Srna
Yellow Card18
Red Card53
31
StamJaap Stam

Substitutes

12
ShutkovDmytro Shutkov (GK)
46
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK)
3
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman
4
KaladzeKakha Kaladze
7
João BatistaJoão Batista
Substitution77
10
Rui CostaRui Costa
Substitution76
8
BakharevAleksei Bakharev
11
CrespoHernán Crespo
Substitution63
17
AghahowaJulius Aghahowa
Substitution86
23
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini
21
LalatovicNenad Lalatovic
24
DhorasooVikash Dhorasoo
Substitution71
Yellow Card77
25
BrandãoBrandão
26
PancaroGiuseppe Pancaro

Coach

Mircea Lucescu (ROU) Carlo Ancelotti (ITA)

Referee

Herbert Fandel (GER)

Assistant referees

Harald Sather (GER), Uwe Kynast (GER)

Fourth official

Felix Brych (GER)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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