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Rossoneri rescued by Kaká class

Published: Wednesday 18 October 2006, 0.50CET
RSC Anderlecht 0-1 AC Milan A thunderous second-half strike from Kaká earned Milan three precious points despite being down to ten men.
by Matthew Spiro
from Constant Vanden Stock Stadium

Match statistics

AnderlechtMilan

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target3
 
6
Attempts off target8
 
9
Corners5
 
6
Offsides3
 
2
Fouls committed15
 
10
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
1

Standings

Group H

PPts
AC Milan Milan37
LOSC Lille LOSC35
RSC Anderlecht Anderlecht32
AEK Athens FC AEK31
Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 18 October 2006, 0.50CET

Rossoneri rescued by Kaká class

RSC Anderlecht 0-1 AC Milan A thunderous second-half strike from Kaká earned Milan three precious points despite being down to ten men.

A magnificent strike from Kaká ensured that AC Milan returned to winning ways against RSC Anderlecht in Group H despite playing with ten men for almost the entire second half.

Pivotal dismissal
Milan enjoyed the better of the first period and might have put the game beyond doubt, but when Daniele Bonera picked up his second yellow card two minutes after the restart, Anderlecht looked primed to claim a major scalp and their first home victory in the competition in nearly three years. It was not to be, however, as the Italian giants kept their nerve and secured the points thanks to Kaká's stunning intervention just before the hour.

Attacking purpose
The home side had begun the match brighter and Mohamed Tchite and Mbark Boussoufa almost fashioned the opener in the fifth minute. Lucas Biglia's pass found space behind the Milan defence for Boussoufa to advance and pass to Tchite in the middle but in his eagerness the Congolese forward was caught offside. Alessandro Nesta had to be at his sharpest moments later, heading behind as Nicolas Frutos threatened to convert Bart Goor's free-kick.

Oliveira twist
Seeking their first win in five games in all competitions, Milan made an uncertain start but on nine minutes Filippo Inzaghi nodded Marek Jankulovski's cross into the grateful arms of Daniel Zítka. Rossoneri coach Carlo Ancelotti had opted for Ricardo Oliveira as Inzaghi's strike partner, perhaps mindful of the winning goal he scored for Real Betis Balompié on this ground last season, and the Brazilian was quickly in the action, forcing Zítka to save low after jinking in from the right.

Rossoneri rise
Milan began to dominate, with Inzaghi, Kaká and Gennaro Gattuso taking turns to attack on the right. One raid culminated in Kaká crossing for Inzaghi whose near-post effort flew just wide. Soon the threat was coming from both flanks as an Oliveira effort just before the half-hour resulted in another sharp stop from Zítka. Inzaghi had two golden chances to break the deadlock at the end of the first half but failed to connect with a diving header, then directed Kakha Kaladze's centre tamely wide.

Bonera walks
The visitors were ruing those misses when Bonera received his second caution just two minutes after the restart for kicking the ball away. Oliveira was sacrificed, with Ancelotti sending on Cafu, but the initiative was firmly with Anderlecht who started to press with more urgency as spaces opened up for both teams. Milan also showed some menace. Clarence Seedorf fired over on 51 minutes then almost set up Kaká with a cross from the left.

Kaká strike
Soon after, another counterattack ended with Seedorf squaring for Kaká whose glorious right-footed shot was deflected slightly away from Zítka and into the top corner on 58 minutes. The strike took the wind out of Anderlecht's sails although they rallied towards the close with Dida saving well when Tchite raced clear and drilled a low attempt goalwards. The Brazilian was helpless when Roland Juhász was denied by the woodwork, but Milan held on to consolidate their position at the top of the section.

Last updated: 18/10/06 13.49CET

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Lineups

anderlecht

Anderlecht

milan

Milan

1
ZítkaDaniel Zítka (GK)
1
DidaDida (GK)
3
DeschachtOlivier Deschacht
4
KaladzeKakha Kaladze
Yellow Card25
4
VanderhaegheYves Vanderhaeghe
Substitution70
7
OliveiraRicardo Oliveira
Substitution50
5
BigliaLucas Biglia
8
GattusoGennaro Gattuso (C)
7
TchitéMohamed Tchité
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
Substitution72
11
BoussoufaMbark Boussoufa
Substitution84
10
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
Substitution81
14
GoorBart Goor (C)
13
NestaAlessandro Nesta
23
JuhászRoland Juhász
18
JankulovskiMarek Jankulovski
29
FrutosNicolás Frutos
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
31
De ManMark De Man
22
KakáKaká
Goal58
37
Vanden BorreAnthony Vanden Borre
Yellow Card7
Substitution84
25
BoneraDaniele Bonera
Yellow Card32
Red Card47

Substitutes

22
SchollenDavy Schollen (GK)
16
KalacZeljko Kalac (GK)
6
Van DammeJelle Van Damme
2
CafuCafu
Substitution50
8
LeivaCristian Leiva
3
MaldiniPaolo Maldini
9
Mbo MpenzaMbo Mpenza
5
CostacurtaAlessandro Costacurta
10
HassanAhmed Hassan
Substitution70
11
GilardinoAlberto Gilardino
Substitution72
24
SerhatAkın Serhat
Substitution84
17
ŠimićDario Šimić
36
LegearJonathan Legear
Substitution84
32
BrocchiCristian Brocchi
Substitution81

Coach

Frank Vercauteren (BEL) Carlo Ancelotti (ITA)

Referee

Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Victoriano Giraldez Carrasco (ESP), Luis Alberto Gutierrez Perez (ESP)

Fourth official

Alfonso Peréz Burrull (ESP)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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