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Inzaghi's birthday treat lifts Milan

Published: Wednesday 9 August 2006, 23.42CET
AC Milan 1-0 FK Crvena Zvezda Filippo Inzaghi celebrated his birthday with the winning goal as Milan edged past the Belgrade club in their first leg.
by Ivano Oddi
from Milan

Match statistics

MilanCrvena zvezda

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 9 August 2006, 23.42CET

Inzaghi's birthday treat lifts Milan

AC Milan 1-0 FK Crvena Zvezda Filippo Inzaghi celebrated his birthday with the winning goal as Milan edged past the Belgrade club in their first leg.

Filippo Inzaghi celebrated his 33rd birthday with the winner as AC Milan edged past FK Crvena Zvezda by the narrowest of margins. The striker took his tally to 24 goals in 40 European appearances for Milan as the Italian side gained the upper hand in their UEFA Champions League third qualifying round tie.

Possession play
Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti wanted his team to play possession football but they took the game to the Serbian champions, with fine chances for Clarence Seedorf, Alberto Gilardino, Kaká and Inzaghi being squandered. It came as no surprise when Inzaghi found himself unmarked on the edge of the box following good work by Kaká and slipped the ball past helpless keeper Ivan Randjelović on 21 minutes. The veteran had opportunities to add to his tally as he caused havoc in the visitors' defence after the break.

Good stop
A mistake by Alessandro Costacurta had given Blagoy Georgiev a clear opening with less than two minutes played, but Milan keeper Dida got down well to save. A tame header from Nikola Žigić into the arms of Dida was the only other real threat from Crvena Zvezda, with the Rossoneri limiting Dejan Milovanović to a long-range shot following clever play on the edge of the box. At the other end, Randjelović kept the Belgrade club in contention with two fantastic stops within two minutes of the restart, the first from a Gilardino header and then from Seedorf's drive from distance. Milan eventually sat back and played the keep-ball that Ancelotti desired. Crvena Zvezda will have to show more enterprise in the second leg on 22 August.

Last updated: 10/08/06 11.50CET

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Lineups

milan

Milan

crvena zvezda

Crvena zvezda

1
DidaDida (GK)
1
RandjelovićIvan Randjelović (GK)
2
CafuCafu
Substitution78
4
PantićAleksandar Pantić
5
CostacurtaAlessandro Costacurta (C)
6
BiševacMilan Biševac
8
GattusoGennaro Gattuso
8
JankovićBoško Janković
Substitution90
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
Goal22
11
PerovićMarko Perović
Yellow Card14
Substitution66
10
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
16
KovačevićNenad Kovačević (C)
11
GilardinoAlberto Gilardino
Substitution72
17
GeorgievBlagoy Georgiev
17
ŠimićDario Šimić
21
GueyeIbrahima Gueye
Yellow Card38
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
Substitution81
25
ŽigićNikola Žigić
22
KakáKaká
30
BastaDušan Basta
27
SerginhoSerginho
32
D. MilovanovićDejan Milovanović
Substitution81

Substitutes

16
KalacZeljko Kalac (GK)
31
RadivojevićSaša Radivojević (GK)
20
GourcuffYoann Gourcuff
Substitution81
9
DjokićDušan Djokić
Substitution81
23
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini
Substitution72
10
KrivokapićRadovan Krivokapić
Substitution90
32
BrocchiCristian Brocchi
Substitution78
13
TutorićDjordje Tutorić
Substitution66
18
JankulovskiMarek Jankulovski
15
JoksimovićNebojša Joksimović
19
FavalliGiuseppe Favalli
18
ElyEly
37
AmorosoMarcio Amoroso
20
PurovićMilan Purović

Coach

Carlo Ancelotti (ITA) Dušan Bajević (SRB)

Referee

Jan W. Wegereef (NED)

Assistant referees

Hans Ten Hoove (NED), Roger Geutjes (NED)

Fourth official

Tom van Sichem (NED)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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