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Kaká orchestrates Milan triumph

Published: Thursday 2 November 2006, 0.35CET
AC Milan 4-1 RSC Anderlecht Kaká scored a masterful hat-trick as the Rossoneri closed within a point of a place in the knockout stages.
by Richard Aikman
from Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Match statistics

MilanAnderlecht

Goals scored4
 
1
Attempts on target7
 
7
Attempts off target7
 
6
Corners5
 
4
Offsides2
 
2
Fouls committed21
 
14
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Group H

PPts
AC Milan Milan410
LOSC Lille LOSC45
AEK Athens FC AEK44
RSC Anderlecht Anderlecht42
Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 2 November 2006, 0.35CET

Kaká orchestrates Milan triumph

AC Milan 4-1 RSC Anderlecht Kaká scored a masterful hat-trick as the Rossoneri closed within a point of a place in the knockout stages.

AC Milan moved to within a point of the UEFA Champions League knockout stages as a masterful hat-trick by Kaká helped them to a 4-1 victory against RSC Anderlecht.

Sensational form
AEK Athens FC's win against LOSC Lille Métropole elsewhere on Matchday 4 leaves the Rossoneri just short of qualification but they are nevertheless in control of Group H after overcoming Anderlecht in Milan. A sixth-minute penalty and a fine run and shot midway through the first half preceded a fantastic long-range effort after the break by Kaká as Carlo Ancelotti's side left the visitors standing. Anderlecht did rally, and pulled one back through Roland Juhász, but it was Milan who had the last word, Alberto Gilardino completing the scoring late on.

Early breakthrough
Ancelotti had said before the match that starting well was one area his team could improve in, and they did just that when Kaká put them ahead from the penalty spot. The hosts had already threatened a few times before Gilardino, racing into the area, was felled by Juhász. As on Matchday 1 against AEK, Kaká converted the spot-kick with a firm strike past goalkeeper Daniel Zítka.

Kaká double
Aware that victory would almost guarantee qualification, Milan continued to press and would have doubled the lead in the 14th minute but for the acrobatics of Zítka, keeping out Dario Šimic's half-volley, after Paolo Maldini headed a corner into his path. Five minutes later the injured Alessandro Nesta was replaced by Cafu and the Brazilian made an immediate impact, exchanging passes with Kaká, who turned his marker before racing forward and dispatching the substitute's low cross beyond Zítka to make it 2-0.

Seedorf chance
Anderlecht coach Frank Vercauteren brought on forward Serhat Akın for Yves Vanderhaeghe but, except for a low drive from Mbark Boussoufa which was well held by Dida, the visitors were largely chasing shadows. The irrepressible Kaká creating the biggest one, and the playmaker's lay-off for Maldini almost led to a third goal nine minutes before half-time, as Clarence Seedorf nodded his captain's left-wing cross just wide from six metres.

Mauves improvement
Les Mauves began the second half with renewed vigour and had their first decent opening within two minutes of the restart when Mohamed Tchite and Serhat combined to produce an opportunity but then got in each other's way, Tchite blazing over from eight metres. Three minutes later the Congolese striker contrived to repeat the feat from a similar position but Kaká was far more clinical at the other end, scoring a sensational third goal on 56 minutes, cutting in from the left and letting fly a right-foot shot that left Zítka with no chance.

Juhász strike
It stirred the Belgian champions into action and they replied just after the hour when Juhász headed in Serhat's corner. It was almost 3-2 moments later when Marek Jankulovski directed a cross against Dida's right-hand post and further attempts from Bart Goor and Tchite brought fantastic saves out of the Brazilian goalkeeper. But there was to be no comeback and Gilardino rubbed salt into the wounds late on with up his first UEFA Champions League goal.

Last updated: 02/11/06 10.50CET

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Lineups

milan

Milan

anderlecht

Anderlecht

1
DidaDida (GK)
1
ZítkaDaniel Zítka (GK)
3
MaldiniPaolo Maldini (C)
3
DeschachtOlivier Deschacht
7
OliveiraRicardo Oliveira
Substitution73
4
VanderhaegheYves Vanderhaeghe
Substitution39
10
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
5
BigliaLucas Biglia
Yellow Card58
11
GilardinoAlberto Gilardino
Goal88
Yellow Card89
7
TchitéMohamed Tchité
13
NestaAlessandro Nesta
Substitution19
10
HassanAhmed Hassan
Yellow Card83
17
ŠimićDario Šimić
11
BoussoufaMbark Boussoufa
Substitution80
18
JankulovskiMarek Jankulovski
14
GoorBart Goor (C)
20
GourcuffYoann Gourcuff
Substitution66
23
JuhászRoland Juhász
Goal61
22
KakáKaká
Goal6
Goal22
Goal56
31
De ManMark De Man
32
BrocchiCristian Brocchi
37
Vanden BorreAnthony Vanden Borre
Substitution85

Substitutes

16
KalacZeljko Kalac (GK)
22
SchollenDavy Schollen (GK)
2
CafuCafu
Substitution19
6
Van DammeJelle Van Damme
8
GattusoGennaro Gattuso
Substitution66
Yellow Card74
8
LeivaCristian Leiva
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
9
Mbo MpenzaMbo Mpenza
Substitution80
15
BorrielloMarco Borriello
17
MbokaniDieumerci Mbokani
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
Substitution73
24
SerhatAkın Serhat
Substitution39
36
LegearJonathan Legear
Substitution85

Coach

Carlo Ancelotti (ITA) Frank Vercauteren (BEL)

Referee

Herbert Fandel (GER)

Assistant referees

Volker Wezel (GER), Mike Pickel (GER)

Fourth official

Jochen Drees (GER)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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