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Joaquín keeps Málaga perfect at Milan's expense

Published: Wednesday 24 October 2012, 22.50CET
Málaga CF 1-0 AC Milan
Joaquín missed a first-half penalty but then scored the winner as Málaga secured their third straight Group C victory without conceding a goal.
by Graham Hunter
from La Rosaleda

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Match statistics

MálagaMilan

Goals scored1
 
0
on target2
 
6
off target7
 
7
Corners9
 
4
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed17
 
14
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)54
 
46

Standings

Last updated: 26/12/2012 17:00 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 24 October 2012, 22.50CET

Joaquín keeps Málaga perfect at Milan's expense

Málaga CF 1-0 AC Milan
Joaquín missed a first-half penalty but then scored the winner as Málaga secured their third straight Group C victory without conceding a goal.

Málaga CF continued their remarkable start to life in the UEFA Champions League with a 1-0 victory against seven-time European champions AC Milan.

Joaquín's penalty miss looked like it could be costly but, as on Saturday against Real Valladolid CF, the Spanish international bounced back from his spot-kick setback with a second-half winner. Manuel Pellegrini's team have now won all three of their Group C games without conceding a goal and are five points clear at the summit.

However, it was not all plain sailing. Perhaps it was the enormity of a night many considered the most historic in the Andalusian club's history, perhaps it was the slick pitch and heavy rain which poured down from just after kick-off, but Málaga began nervously. The style of play lauded by Joaquín in the build-up became forced and lacking in precision.

Milan not only pushed three men forward in the initial stages yet offered a further threat with full-back Mattia De Sciglio overlapping down the right. It was a ploy to look for an early goal and, combined with energetic pressing, made life difficult for the hosts.

It all meant that 30 minutes passed before there was a proper opportunity, Stephan El Shaarawy spurning the chance after deceiving Jesús Gámez. Then, finally, Málaga sparked into life. Twice Joaquín roamed down the right and cut back for Isco to shoot. The first attempt, in the 34th minute, was too high, but the second, not long afterwards, skidded towards the bottom corner of Marco Amelia's net. The goalkeeper needed to be at full stretch to tip it wide.

On the stroke of half-time Málaga's pressure should have resulted in the lead. A clever Francisco Portillo back-heel had Gámez surging into the box, only for Kévin Constant to barge him over. Entrusted with spot-kick duty despite his weekend miss against Valladolid, Joaquín was this time denied by the bar.

Málaga kept their tails up throughout the second period. Isco sent Javier Saviola into the area and only a tremendously timed, if risky, intervention from Daniele Bonera denied him a goal. When the opener did arrive in the 64th minute, it was worth the wait. Joaquín sprinted forward, released to Manuel Iturra, received the ball back and finished via Amelia's right-hand post.

Eliseu's effort might have added to the scoreline had it been marginally lower, though the key late action came at the other end. Willy saved superbly from El Shaarawy's fierce shot with five minutes left and Philippe Mexès blazed wide from close range.

Last updated: 27/11/12 9.12CET

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Lineups

málaga

Málaga

milan

Milan

13
WillyWilly (GK)
1
AmeliaMarco Amelia (GK)
2
GámezJesús Gámez
2
De SciglioMattia De Sciglio
3
WeligtonWeligton (C)
5
MexèsPhilippe Mexès
Yellow Card43
5
DemichelisMartín Demichelis
11
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
6
CamachoIgnacio Camacho
13
AcerbiFrancesco Acerbi
Substitution79
7
JoaquínJoaquín
Penalty45
Goal64
Substitution85
18
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
Yellow Card12
9
SaviolaJavier Saviola
Substitution70
21
ConstantKévin Constant
Yellow Card43
Substitution69
16
IturraManuel Iturra
Yellow Card67
23
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini (C)
18
EliseuEliseu
25
BoneraDaniele Bonera
Yellow Card69
22
IscoIsco
28
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
27
PortilloFrancisco Portillo
Substitution90+3
92
El ShaarawyStephan El Shaarawy

Substitutes

1
KameniCarlos Kameni (GK)
59
GabrielGabriel (GK)
11
SebaSeba
8
NocerinoAntonio Nocerino
17
DudaDuda
Substitution85
9
PatoPato
Substitution69
23
OnyewuOguchi Onyewu
Substitution90+3
22
Bojan KrkićBojan Krkić
Substitution79
24
Santa CruzRoque Santa Cruz
Substitution70
16
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
28
RecioRecio
76
YepesMario Yepes
45
FabriceFabrice
77
AntoniniLuca Antonini

Coach

Manuel Pellegrini (CHI) Massimiliano Allegri (ITA)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Assistant referees

Tiago Trigo (POR), Bertino Miranda (POR)

Fourth official

Venâncio Tomé (POR)

Additional assistant referees

Duarte Gomes (POR), João Capela (POR)

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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