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Assured Milan breeze past BATE

Published: Wednesday 19 October 2011, 22.58CET
AC Milan 2-0 FC BATE Borisov
Powerful efforts from Zlatan Ibrahimović and Kevin-Prince Boateng moved the Italian side into a strong position in Group H.
by Richard Aikman
from Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

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Match statistics

MilanBATE

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
3
Attempts off target14
 
7
Corners6
 
4
Offsides2
 
0
Fouls committed22
 
18
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)56
 
44

Standings

Group H

PPts
1AC Milan Milan37
2FC Barcelona Barcelona37
3FC BATE Borisov BATE31
4FC Viktoria Plzeň Plzeň31
Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:37 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 19 October 2011, 22.58CET

Assured Milan breeze past BATE

AC Milan 2-0 FC BATE Borisov
Powerful efforts from Zlatan Ibrahimović and Kevin-Prince Boateng moved the Italian side into a strong position in Group H.

AC Milan kept pace with FC Barcelona at the top of UEFA Champions League Group H following a routine second victory of the campaign against FC BATE Borisov.

Though the hosts were lucky not to go behind on 32 minutes when Christian Abbiati made a wonderful save from Renan Bressan, Massimiliano Allegri's side never looked back after taking the lead through Zlatan Ibrahimović moments later. Kevin-Prince Boateng crowned a dynamic performance with a ferocious second-half strike to end BATE's challenge.

The hosts started strongly with Alberto Aquilani prominent early on. The 27-year-old sent an early warning shot over the bar after just four minutes and on 12 minutes came even closer, a first-time exchange between Boateng and Antonio Cassano creating a shooting chance which the former AS Roma and Juventus midfielder fired against the right post.

A crossfield pass – a regular ploy throughout – from left to right by Cassano almost paid off when Ibrahimović volleyed over. The visitors were struggling to cope with the Rossoneri's constant pressing and, but for long shots by Bressan and Dmitri Likhtarovich, barely extricated themselves from their own half. Aquilani tried his luck again after a sprightly run by Taye Taiwo; Aleksandr Gutor was alive to the shot.

The visiting goalkeeper was bested at the other end, however, by a brilliant save from Abbiati after Mark van Bommel's misplaced pass. Receiving the ball from his goalkeeper, the Dutchman's square ball was intercepted by Bressan, who should have scored but was second-guessed by the shaven-headed 34-year-old.

The miss proved costly as within a minute BATE fell behind. Ignazio Abate raced down the right and, though his low centre was cut out by Artyom Radkov, Ibrahimović fired in the loose ball for his second goal in as many UEFA Champions League appearances. BATE needed a more forthright approach and that duly arrived straight after the restart when Alessandro Nesta was forced to make a saving tackle on Mateja Kežman. The rebound fell kindly for Bressan, but the Brazilian fluffed his chance.

Moments later Milan were caught out again as Maksim Bordachev powered through to force another save from Abbiati. The Belarusian champions' new-found sense of adventure inevitably left them more exposed and Ibrahimović drove over before Robinho raced on to Boateng's through ball and curled a shot wide.

The second goal did soon arrive in spectacular style, Boateng bringing down a searching diagonal pass from Aquilani before crashing an unstoppable drive in off the underside of the bar. The Rossoneri move on to seven points, level with Barcelona and six ahead of BATE.

Last updated: 27/11/12 14.17CET

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Lineups

milan

Milan

bate

BATE

32
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK) (C)
30
GutorAleksandr Gutor (GK)
2
TaiwoTaye Taiwo
2
LikhtarovichDmitri Likhtarovich (C)
Substitution66
4
Van BommelMark van Bommel
5
YurevichAleksandr Yurevich
11
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
Goal33
7
KontsevoiArtem Kontsevoi
13
NestaAlessandro Nesta
Substitution84
8
A. VolodkoAleksandr Volodko
18
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
10
Renan BressanRenan Bressan
Substitution77
20
AbateIgnazio Abate
14
RadkovArtem Radkov
22
NocerinoAntonio Nocerino
Yellow Card39
18
BordachevMaksim Bordachev
Yellow Card42
25
BoneraDaniele Bonera
22
SimićMarko Simić
Yellow Card44
27
BoatengKevin-Prince Boateng
Goal70
Substitution78
25
BagaDmitri Baga
99
CassanoAntonio Cassano
Substitution62
99
KežmanMateja Kežman
Substitution71

Substitutes

1
AmeliaMarco Amelia (GK)
35
ChesnovskiPavel Chesnovski (GK)
5
MexèsPhilippe Mexès
Substitution84
11
GordeychukMikhail Gordeychuk
19
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
15
SkavyshMaksim Skavysh
Substitution71
28
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
Substitution78
17
PavlovAleksandr Pavlov
Substitution77
70
RobinhoRobinho
Substitution62
19
AleksiyanKirill Aleksiyan
76
YepesMario Yepes
23
OlekhnovichEdgar Olekhnovich
Substitution66
77
AntoniniLuca Antonini
77
RudikFilipp Rudik

Coach

Massimiliano Allegri (ITA) Viktor Goncharenko (BLR)

Referee

Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR), Frank Andås (NOR)

Fourth official

Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)

Additional assistant referees

Espen Berntsen (NOR), Brage Sandmoen (NOR)

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