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Milan slip up at slick Madrid

Published: Tuesday 19 October 2010, 22.30CET
Real Madrid CF 2-0 AC Milan
Two goals in as many first-half minutes sent José Mourinho's side five points clear of the rest in Group G though the margin could have been greater.
by Paul Bryan
from Santiago Bernabéu

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Match statistics

Real MadridMilan

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
1
Attempts off target10
 
3
Corners8
 
6
Offsides1
 
4
Fouls committed12
 
16
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Tuesday 19 October 2010, 22.30CET

Milan slip up at slick Madrid

Real Madrid CF 2-0 AC Milan
Two goals in as many first-half minutes sent José Mourinho's side five points clear of the rest in Group G though the margin could have been greater.

Real Madrid CF went five points clear at the top of Group G after two goals in as many first-half minutes from Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Özil earned victory against AC Milan.

José Mourinho may be a long way off realising his ambition of becoming the first coach in UEFA Champions League history to win the competition with three different clubs, yet he will be delighted with his team's progress. An early goal always helps and here they had two, Ronaldo breaking the deadlock on 13 minutes before teeing up a second for Özil almost straight from the restart. Milan could not muster a response.

The hosts went into the game having lost their previous three home meetings against Italian opposition – including a 3-2 defeat by Milan at the same stage last term – but fears of that run being extended were soon allayed. Winning a free-kick on the edge of the Milan area, Xabi Alonso stepped aside to allow Ronaldo to fire through a poorly-formed wall and past goalkeeper Marco Amelia.

It was a frustrating start for Amelia, making his Milan debut in place of the injured Christian Abbiati. It soon got worse, the 28-year-old left stranded when Özil's shot took a big deflection off Daniele Bonera and dropped into the empty net after a strong run from Ronaldo.

Massimiliano Allegri's side came back into the contest and went close to pulling a goal back shortly before the half-hour when a combination of Iker Casillas and the crossbar kept out Andrea Pirlo's clever free-kick. Clarence Seedorf also scooped over when well positioned yet despite the scares, Mourinho's side were dominant.

The industrious Ángel Di María deflected a Ronaldo pass over and had he opted to pass rather than go it alone on one blistering counterattack it would surely have been 3-0. At least Ronaldo gave Amelia chance to show his skills, drawing a flying save from a goalkeeper relieved to hear the half-time whistle soon after.

The break brought only temporary respite for the Rossoneri; the onslaught resumed after the restart. Gonzalo Higuaín ended a slick move with a header that was saved low down by Amelia and Sami Khedira and Ronaldo both spurned presentable chances to secure Madrid's third win of the group stage.

Los Merengues would not be denied, however, despite a late rally from the visitors, Zlatan Ibrahimović diverting Filippo Inzaghi's cross just wide.

Last updated: 08/12/13 5.08CET

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Lineups

real madrid

Real Madrid

milan

Milan

1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
1
AmeliaMarco Amelia (GK)
2
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
7
PatoPato
Substitution78
3
PepePepe
8
GattusoGennaro Gattuso (C)
Substitution59
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Goal13
10
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
12
MarceloMarcelo
11
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
13
NestaAlessandro Nesta
17
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
19
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
20
HiguaínGonzalo Higuaín
Substitution89
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
22
Di MaríaÁngel Di María
Yellow Card81
Substitution87
25
BoneraDaniele Bonera
Yellow Card73
23
ÖzilMesut Özil
Goal14
Substitution83
77
AntoniniLuca Antonini
Yellow Card80
24
KhediraSami Khedira
80
RonaldinhoRonaldinho
Substitution72

Substitutes

25
DudekJerzy Dudek (GK)
30
RomaFlavio Roma (GK)
6
M. DiarraMahamadou Diarra
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
Substitution78
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Substitution89
15
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos
10
L. DiarraLassana Diarra
Substitution83
16
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
11
GraneroEsteban Granero
Substitution87
20
AbateIgnazio Abate
18
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
27
BoatengKevin-Prince Boateng
Substitution59
Yellow Card76
21
Pedro LeónPedro León
70
RobinhoRobinho
Substitution72

Coach

José Mourinho (POR) Massimiliano Allegri (ITA)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Assistant referees

Tiago Trigo (POR), Ricardo Santos (POR)

Fourth official

Hugo Miguel (POR)

Additional assistant referees

João Ferreira (POR), João Capela (POR)

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