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Milan kept waiting by spirited OM

Published: Thursday 26 November 2009, 0.50CET
AC Milan 1-1 Olympique de Marseille
The Rossoneri need a win at FC Zürich in a fortnight to guarantee a
last-16 place as Marco Borriello and Lucho traded goals at San Siro.
by Richard Aikman
from San Siro

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Match statistics

MilanMarseille

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
4
Attempts off target7
 
9
Corners8
 
8
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed15
 
19
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 26 November 2009, 0.50CET

Milan kept waiting by spirited OM

AC Milan 1-1 Olympique de Marseille
The Rossoneri need a win at FC Zürich in a fortnight to guarantee a
last-16 place as Marco Borriello and Lucho traded goals at San Siro.

Group C will go down to the wire after AC Milan and Olympique de Marseille shared a hard-fought draw at San Siro. In an open match Marco Borriello's fine early strike was cancelled out by Lucho and despite late chances at either end, nothing could separate these two former European champions.

Tough task
Borriello's opener was worthy of the occasion, and though it arrived after just ten minutes it reflected the hosts' initial supremacy. Yet if the Rossoneri looked strong going forward, they were unpicked all too easily at the back as OM levelled inside six minutes with a goal that owed as much to Mamadou Niang's pace and power as it did to Lucho's cool finish. The draw left Milan – who will be without the suspended Gianluca Zambrotta after a yellow card here – needing a win at FC Zürich in a fortnight to guarantee a place in the UEFA Champions League first knockout round; OM must beat Real Madrid CF at the Santiago Bernabéu.

Vibrant start
Milan began confidently, exuding all the belief of a team unbeaten in nine games. Andrea Pirlo sprayed passes left and right, and the attacking quartet in Leonardo's exciting 4-2-1-3 formation linked up well. Three combined in the sixth minute as Ronaldinho, Clarence Seedorf and Borriello led a sweeping move that brought Zambrotta bursting into the area. Steve Mandanda got down well to save and Gabriel Heinze blocked Borriello's follow-up, but the OM pair could do nothing soon after when Borriello cut in from the right, flummoxed the defender with a clever sleight of foot and drove in low.

Sucker punch
The home advantage was fleeting. Niang turned Massimo Oddo inside out with a forceful run down the left, and though the forward's centre was cut out by Dida, Lucho emerged unmarked to drive the rebound into the roof of the net. It was a sucker punch for the previously dominant hosts, and Lucho almost dazzled them again when his long-range effort narrowly cleared the bar. As the match swung from end to end, Borriello too could have scored a second. His control in bringing down Ronaldinho's lofted pass was exquisite but so was the timing of Souleymane Diawara's tackle as the Italian international shaped to shoot.

Off the woodwork
Pato was next to threaten as the visiting defence allowed Thiago Silva's long punt to bounce over them. The Rossoneri No7 spotted Mandanda off his line, but his lob was slightly over-hit. If Pato was a menace throughout, compatriot Ronadinho was also full of life, brightening the contest with some delightful tricks: nutmegging Laurent Bonnart before setting up Zambrotta; flicking a pass for Borriello to drag wide. Yet all that good work was almost undone when Brandão somehow struck the bar from two metres. Édouard Cissé released Niang down the left and the cross was inviting, but the finish poor. Borriello fared no better when he nodded Ronaldinho's clipped centre horribly wide, although it was Diawara who came closest, glancing a late corner against the far post.

Last updated: 27/11/12 20.27CET

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Lineups

milan

Milan

marseille

Marseille

1
DidaDida (GK)
30
MandandaSteve Mandanda (GK)
7
PatoPato
3
TaiwoTaye Taiwo
10
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
6
CisséÉdouard Cissé
13
NestaAlessandro Nesta
7
CheyrouBenoît Cheyrou
Substitution85
15
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
Yellow Card59
8
Lucho GonzálezLucho González
Goal16
Substitution66
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
9
BrandãoBrandão
22
BorrielloMarco Borriello
Goal10
11
NiangMamadou Niang (C)
Substitution73
23
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini (C)
Yellow Card34
18
AbrielFabrice Abriel
33
Thiago SilvaThiago Silva
19
HeinzeGabriel Heinze
Yellow Card90+3
44
OddoMassimo Oddo
Substitution28
21
DiawaraSouleymane Diawara
80
RonaldinhoRonaldinho
24
BonnartLaurent Bonnart

Substitutes

30
StorariMarco Storari (GK)
40
Elinton AndradeElinton Andrade (GK)
4
KaladzeKakha Kaladze
5
HiltonHilton
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
10
Ben ArfaHatem Ben Arfa
Substitution73
11
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
12
KaboréCharles Kaboré
16
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
14
KonéBakari Koné
Substitution66
20
AbateIgnazio Abate
Substitution28
23
MorientesFernando Morientes
Substitution85
77
AntoniniLuca Antonini
28
ValbuenaMathieu Valbuena

Coach

Leonardo (BRA) Didier Deschamps (FRA)

Referee

Howard Webb (ENG)

Assistant referees

Michael Mullarkey (ENG), Peter Kirkup (ENG)

Fourth official

Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

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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