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Milan through despite BATE draw

Published: Tuesday 1 November 2011, 20.01CET
FC BATE Borisov 1-1 AC Milan
Renan Bressan's penalty helped the hosts come from behind to earn a Group H draw, though the point was enough for Milan to qualify for the last 16.

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Match statistics

BATEMilan

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target7
 
9
Attempts off target5
 
9
Corners4
 
5
Offsides4
 
6
Fouls committed13
 
11
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)41
 
59

Standings

Group H

PPts
1FC Barcelona Barcelona410
2AC Milan Milan48
3FC BATE Borisov BATE42
4FC Viktoria Plzeň Plzeň41
Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:37 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 1 November 2011, 20.01CET

Milan through despite BATE draw

FC BATE Borisov 1-1 AC Milan
Renan Bressan's penalty helped the hosts come from behind to earn a Group H draw, though the point was enough for Milan to qualify for the last 16.

FC BATE Borisov came from behind to earn a Group H draw against AC Milan, though the point was enough to take the Italian title holders through following FC Barcelona's win at FC Viktoria Plzeň.

Milan had looked in charge after taking the lead through Zlatan Ibrahimović midway through the first half, and they might have been 2-0 up when Robinho hit the woodwork. However, the hosts clawed their way back through Renan Bressan's second-half penalty and held on for their second point of the campaign.

Milan, on the back of 13 goals from their last four matches, began brightly, Alberto Aquilani establishing an early influence by switching play with crossfield passes. The Italy midfielder almost scored from a move he began on 16 minutes, when his initial header was blocked by Maksim Bordachev and his follow-up flew wide. Robinho, in for the hospital-bound Antonio Cassano, dovetailed well with Ibrahimović early on, teeing him up with a sumptuous sixth-minute back-heel for the striker to test Aleksandr Gutor from the left edge of the area.

The alert goalkeeper was also equal to the Swedish international's fierce free-kick from the same spot on 19 minutes, but he could do nothing to stop him scoring at the third time of asking. Ibrahimović started the move by dispossessing Marko Simić and, realising he was offside, cleverly allowed Robinho's return pass to run past him. The Brazilian took up the chase and picked out the striker to plunder his third goal in as many European matches.

That roused the hosts, who had already found space down the flanks, particularly on the right, where Artyom Kontsevoi threatened with a succession of crosses. It was from this route that BATE almost equalised, Maksim Skavysh forcing Christian Abbiati into tipping his header over. The Rossoneri should have been further ahead five minutes before half-time when Robinho played a one-two with Kevin-Prince Boateng and rounded Gutor, but his shot hit the post.

Milan were made to pay for their profligacy when a more animated BATE pulled level ten minutes after the restart. Dmitri Baga had already forced another save from Abbiati, when the lively Kontsevoi burst into the area and tumbled under Ignazio Abate's challenge. Bressan's spot kick was true.

The match opened up late on as Massimiliano Allegri's side sought a winner. Boateng forced another save from Gutor 13 minutes from time before Simić cleared his subsequent effort off the line, but the seven-time European champions were fortunate to survived a late scare when Skavysh fired straight at Abbiati late on.

Last updated: 27/11/12 10.44CET

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Quotes

  • Viktor Goncharenko

    Read more"I have to say we are happy with the result. It often got a bit hairy near our goal – look at the Robinho chance, when he hit the post"

  • Massimiliano Allegri

    Read more"If you don't kill off games when you can, then anything can happen. A free-kick, a corner and you can always concede"

Lineups

bate

BATE

milan

Milan

30
GutorAleksandr Gutor (GK)
32
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK)
2
LikhtarovichDmitri Likhtarovich (C)
Substitution63
2
TaiwoTaye Taiwo
5
YurevichAleksandr Yurevich
11
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
Goal22
7
KontsevoiArtem Kontsevoi
Substitution84
13
NestaAlessandro Nesta
Substitution67
8
A. VolodkoAleksandr Volodko
18
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
Substitution69
10
Renan BressanRenan Bressan
Goal55
20
AbateIgnazio Abate
14
RadkovArtem Radkov
22
NocerinoAntonio Nocerino
15
SkavyshMaksim Skavysh
23
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini (C)
Yellow Card83
18
BordachevMaksim Bordachev
27
BoatengKevin-Prince Boateng
22
SimićMarko Simić
33
Thiago SilvaThiago Silva
25
BagaDmitri Baga
Substitution76
70
RobinhoRobinho
Substitution83

Substitutes

35
ChesnovskiPavel Chesnovski (GK)
1
AmeliaMarco Amelia (GK)
11
GordeychukMikhail Gordeychuk
Substitution84
10
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
Substitution69
17
PavlovAleksandr Pavlov
Substitution76
25
BoneraDaniele Bonera
Substitution67
23
OlekhnovichEdgar Olekhnovich
Substitution63
Yellow Card71
28
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
29
M. VolodkoMaksim Volodko
52
De SciglioMattia De Sciglio
77
RudikFilipp Rudik
56
GanzSimone Ganz
Substitution83
99
KežmanMateja Kežman
76
YepesMario Yepes

Coach

Viktor Goncharenko (BLR) Massimiliano Allegri (ITA)

Referee

Peter Rasmussen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Henrik Sønderby (DEN), Anders Nørrestrand (DEN)

Fourth official

Lars Christoffersen (DEN)

Additional assistant referees

Jakob Kehlet (DEN), Kenn Hansen (DEN)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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