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Seedorf strikes sink Shakhtar

Published: Thursday 25 October 2007, 0.40CET
AC Milan 4-1 FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Two goals apiece from Alberto Gilardino and Clarence Seedorf steered the Rossoneri to victory at San Siro.
by Matthew Spiro

Match statistics

MilanShakhtar Donetsk

Goals scored4
 
1
Attempts on target10
 
11
Attempts off target5
 
8
Corners7
 
9
Offsides4
 
2
Fouls committed10
 
13
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Published: Thursday 25 October 2007, 0.40CET

Seedorf strikes sink Shakhtar

AC Milan 4-1 FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Two goals apiece from Alberto Gilardino and Clarence Seedorf steered the Rossoneri to victory at San Siro.

Two goals apiece from Alberto Gilardino and Clarence Seedorf steered AC Milan back on course in UEFA Champions League Group D as they defeated an attack-minded FC Shakhtar Donetsk 4-1 in a thrilling game at San Siro.

Magnificent strikes
The Rossoneri appeared to be cruising when Gilardino scored twice in the first 14 minutes but the holders squandered a host of chances to kill the contest. In a remarkably open encounter, Shakhtar threatened a stirring comeback as Cristiano Lucarelli struck early in the second period. Seedorf had other ideas, though, capping a superb individual display with two magnificent goals to ensure Milan moved top of the section, above Shakhtar courtesy of a favourable head-to-head record.

Accomplished start
Buoyed by victories in their opening two matches, Shakhtar made an accomplished start and almost silenced the home fans immediately, Răzvan Raţ fizzing a shot narrowly wide of Zeljko Kalac's post. But the Ukrainian club's neat passing was undermined by a porous defence, and Milan seized a stranglehold. Gilardino showed impressive strength to head Andrea Pirlo's corner beyond goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov on six minutes, and the Italian international repeated the trick eight minutes later. This time, when Seedorf supplied a perfect cross from the left, the forward stooped to nod into the top corner.

Kaká denied
Lucarelli might have levelled matters between Gilardino's strikes, the former AS Livorno Calcio favourite heading Darijo Srna's centre back across goal only for Kalac to intervene. The best chances were at the other end, though, and Pyatov twice denied Kaká with his feet after the Brazilian had been sent clear.

Kalac saves
Alarmed by the ease at which Milan were breaking through, Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu sent Tomáš Hübschman on for Olexandr Kucher and slowly his team recovered composure. Indeed, they finished the opening period with a flourish as Mariusz Lewandowski and then Brandão stung Kalac's hands with ferocious efforts, although it was the home side who came closest on 41 minutes as Seedorf teed up Massimo Oddo, only for the full-back to shoot wide.

Lucarelli lifeline
Milan's profligacy returned after the break when Kaká burst through purposefully before failing to tee up Gennaro Gattuso, and Shakhtar punished them by pulling a goal back on 51 minutes. The ever-willing Brandão pounced on Oddo's loose pass and when Kalac saved his low shot, Lucarelli was on hand to volley home. The goal sparked a spell of Shakhtar pressure yet after Kalac had made two fine stops from Fernandinho and Ilsinho, Milan surged back.

Seedorf class
Amazingly Kaká was foiled in another one-on-one with Pyatov, then rattled the inside of the post after a powerful run. It mattered little, though, as the outstanding Seedorf took the game beyond Shakhtar with two magnificent goals. The first, on 62 minutes, was a pinpoint left-footed volley after Pirlo's corner had reached him on the edge of the box; next he showed his class by volleying in right-footed from 25 metres following a weak Pyatov punch. Milan subsequently took their foot off the gas and though Lucarelli was close to scoring a second late on, the hosts resisted to seal a deserved success.

Last updated: 25/10/07 10.31CET

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Lineups

milan

Milan

shakhtar donetsk

Shakhtar Donetsk

16
KalacZeljko Kalac (GK)
30
PyatovAndriy Pyatov (GK)
4
KaladzeKakha Kaladze
5
KucherOlexandr Kucher
Substitution17
8
GattusoGennaro Gattuso
Yellow Card20
7
FernandinhoFernandinho
Yellow Card74
10
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
Goal62
Goal69
8
JádsonJádson
Substitution63
11
GilardinoAlberto Gilardino
Goal6
Goal14
Substitution75
11
IlsinhoIlsinho
13
NestaAlessandro Nesta
18
M. LewandowskiMariusz Lewandowski
19
FavalliGiuseppe Favalli
Substitution61
25
BrandãoBrandão
Yellow Card20
Substitution75
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
26
RaţRăzvan Raţ
22
KakáKaká
27
ChygrynskiyDmytro Chygrynskiy (C)
23
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini (C)
Yellow Card44
Substitution83
33
SrnaDarijo Srna
44
OddoMassimo Oddo
99
LucarelliCristiano Lucarelli
Goal51
Yellow Card69

Substitutes

29
FioriValerio Fiori (GK)
35
VirtYuriy Virt (GK)
2
CafuCafu
3
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman
Substitution17
5
EmersonEmerson
Substitution83
4
DuljajIgor Duljaj
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
9
CastilloNery Castillo
Substitution63
25
BoneraDaniele Bonera
Substitution61
21
GladkiyOlexandr Gladkiy
Substitution75
27
SerginhoSerginho
Substitution75
22
WillianWillian
32
BrocchiCristian Brocchi
55
YezerskiyVolodymyr Yezerskiy

Coach

Carlo Ancelotti (ITA) Mircea Lucescu (ROU)

Referee

Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Victoriano Giraldez Carrasco (ESP), Antonio Artero Gallardo (ESP)

Fourth official

Rafael Ramirez Dominguez (ESP)

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