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Anderlecht hold out-of-sorts Milan

Published: Tuesday 18 September 2012, 22.47CET
AC Milan 0-0 RSC Anderlecht
Goalkeeper Silvio Proto put in a command performance for the Belgian title holders as Massimiliano Allegri's side failed to sparkle in Group C.
by Paolo Menicucci
from Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

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Match statistics

MilanAnderlecht

Goals scored0
 
0
on target11
 
6
off target8
 
6
Corners4
 
3
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed11
 
13
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)51
 
49

Standings

Last updated: 16/10/2012 16:33 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 18 September 2012, 22.47CET

Anderlecht hold out-of-sorts Milan

AC Milan 0-0 RSC Anderlecht
Goalkeeper Silvio Proto put in a command performance for the Belgian title holders as Massimiliano Allegri's side failed to sparkle in Group C.

A strong team performance combined with the goalkeeping heroics of Silvio Proto ensured RSC Anderlecht earned a goalless draw at San Siro in their opening UEFA Champions League Group C game, with AC Milan yet to score in three home games this season.

The visitors had the better of the first half, but while the Rossoneri improved after the interval, Proto denied Mathieu Flamini and substitute Stephan El Shaarawy, inspiring the Belgian champions to a deserved point.

After losing their first two home matches in Serie A, Milan looked to be short of confidence in the early stages, allowing Anderlecht's Lucas Biglia to direct the game from midfield. Sacha Kljestan had the first attempt on goal, forcing Christian Abbiati into a diving save with a low shot from just outside the penalty box.

Proto then had to make a difficult stop with his legs from a close-range Flamini effort after the ball somehow dropped at the feet of the midfielder in the area. Anderlecht responded quickly and Guillaume Gillet made two dazzling dribbles down the right touchline before unleashing a powerful attempt, which was well kept out by Abbiati at his near post.

Next, Urby Emanuelson's long ball found Kevin-Prince Boateng inside the Anderlecht box. The attacking midfielder controlled with his chest and shot with his right foot but Proto was once again up to the job.

Without a real playmaker in midfield, Milan relied on long deliveries to keep their attackers supplied, and Antonio Nocerino was able to drop a ball behind the Anderlecht back line for Emanuelson. The Dutch international stretched but only just managed to get a touch to the ball with his right foot, failing to trouble the onrushing Proto.

Six minutes after the break, Anderlecht had a great opportunity to take the lead only for Biglia to fire over from a good position after the always dangerous Dieudonné Mbokani found him in space on the right.

Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri replaced Boateng with El Shaarawy on the hour, a decision which almost paid dividends soon afterwards, yet Proto did superbly to deny the young forward's point-blank header. Emanuelson and El Shaarawy both blazed over from good positions as Milan belatedly warmed to their task, though they never did quite enough to unsettle Anderlecht.

Last updated: 27/11/12 4.51CET

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Lineups

milan

Milan

anderlecht

Anderlecht

32
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK) (C)
1
ProtoSilvio Proto (GK)
2
De SciglioMattia De Sciglio
3
DeschachtOlivier Deschacht
5
MexèsPhilippe Mexès
Yellow Card90+2
5
BigliaLucas Biglia (C)
8
NocerinoAntonio Nocerino
10
KanuKanu
Substitution89
10
BoatengKevin-Prince Boateng
Substitution60
14
NuytinckBram Nuytinck
11
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
16
KouyatéCheikhou Kouyaté
Substitution79
16
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
Yellow Card84
19
KljestanSacha Kljestan
Yellow Card79
25
BoneraDaniele Bonera
Substitution74
25
MbokaniDieumerci Mbokani
28
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
Substitution79
27
WasilewskiMarcin Wasilewski
Yellow Card57
34
N. De JongNigel de Jong
30
GilletGuillaume Gillet
77
AntoniniLuca Antonini
45
BrunoMassimo Bruno
Substitution79

Substitutes

1
AmeliaMarco Amelia (GK)
13
KaminskiThomas Kaminski (GK)
20
AbateIgnazio Abate
17
YakovenkoOlexandr Yakovenko
Substitution89
21
ConstantKévin Constant
Substitution79
20
SafariBehrang Safari
22
Bojan KrkićBojan Krkić
21
De SutterTom De Sutter
23
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini
23
JuhászRoland Juhász
Substitution79
76
YepesMario Yepes
Substitution74
26
PraetDennis Praet
Substitution79
92
El ShaarawyStephan El Shaarawy
Substitution60
70
VargasRonald Vargas

Coach

Massimiliano Allegri (ITA) John van den Brom (NED)

Referee

William Collum (SCO)

Assistant referees

William Conquer (SCO), Alan Mulvanny (SCO)

Fourth official

Martin Cryans (SCO)

Additional assistant referees

Bobby Madden (SCO), John Beaton (SCO)

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