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Mexès magic helps Milan edge through to last 16

Published: Wednesday 21 November 2012, 22.47CET
RSC Anderlecht 1-3 AC Milan
Philippe Mexès scored an outrageous overhead kick as Milan clinched second spot in Group C, but the hosts gave them a few scares along the way.
by Chris Burke
from Constant Vanden Stock Stadium

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AnderlechtMilan

Goals scored1
 
3
on target2
 
4
off target6
 
0
Corners6
 
2
Offsides2
 
6
Fouls committed14
 
14
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards1
 
0
Possession (%)60
 
40

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Last updated: 19/06/2013 21:19 CET

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Published: Wednesday 21 November 2012, 22.47CET

Mexès magic helps Milan edge through to last 16

RSC Anderlecht 1-3 AC Milan
Philippe Mexès scored an outrageous overhead kick as Milan clinched second spot in Group C, but the hosts gave them a few scares along the way.

AC Milan finally have something to cheer about this term after sealing their advance to the UEFA Champions League knockout stage with a 3-1 win away against Group C rivals RSC Anderlecht.

Málaga CF's 2-2 draw at FC Zenit St Petersburg meant victory would take Milan through to the last 16, and, not for the first time this season, they looked to Stephan El Shaarawy to light the way. The 20-year-old buried the visitors' first chance shortly after the interval and Philippe Mexès doubled their lead with an outrageous overhead kick after Bram Nuytinck had seen red for the hosts. Tom De Sutter reduced the arrears, but Pato responded for the Diavolo with a last-gasp third.

A surging early run from Bojan Krkić suggested Milan were hungry to progress with a game to spare, and they dictated the tempo until the home side exploded into life in the 13th minute. Skewering the Rossoneri defence with a snap through ball, Dieudonné Mbokani sent Milan Jovanović clear with time and space on the left, only for the No11 to aim his shot too close to Christian Abbiati. Moments later, 18-year-old schemer Dennis Praet dragged an effort narrowly wide.

The Brussels team were active participants in an engrossing tussle, finding their poise and making more of their passes stick. They went close again when a Lucas Biglia free-kick was flicked on in the area. Arriving at the far post, Mbokani stretched out a leg to apply the final touch, only for the ball to be whipped away by Milan left-back Kévin Constant.

In contrast, the Rossoneri were struggling to test the Anderlecht rearguard, but they caught the Belgian champions cold just two minutes after the restart when El Shaarawy brought down Mattia De Sciglio's looping cross from the right and calmly side-footed high to goalkeeper Silvio Proto's left.

The situation deteriorated further for Les Mauves when last man Nuytinck was dismissed for a foul on substitute Pato, and, from Riccardo Montolivo's subsequent free-kick, Mexès found the net with one for the highlights reel. Controlling with his chest, and, with his back to goal 20 metres out on the right, the French international conjured a magnificent overhead kick that sailed into the far corner.

John van den Brom's troops roused themselves late on as De Sutter finished from close range, but their hopes of staying in the qualification hunt faded when Olivier Deschacht blasted over after racing down the left. They were snuffed out definitively by Pato's simple finish in added time, though victory at Málaga in a fortnight could yet earn the consolation of UEFA Europa League football.

Last updated: 22/10/13 9.22CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2013/matches/round=2000347/match=2009557/postmatch/report/index.html#mexes+magic+lifts+milan

Quotes

  • Massimiliano Allegri

    "Philippe Mexès scored a great goal. I was expecting to see the ball sail wide and was surprised when I saw it in the back of the net"

Lineups

anderlecht

Anderlecht

milan

Milan

1
ProtoSilvio Proto (GK)
32
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK) (C)
Yellow Card84
3
DeschachtOlivier Deschacht
2
De SciglioMattia De Sciglio
5
BigliaLucas Biglia (C)
Yellow Card49
5
MexèsPhilippe Mexès
Goal71
Yellow Card79
Substitution79
11
JovanovićMilan Jovanović
Substitution77
8
NocerinoAntonio Nocerino
Yellow Card41
14
NuytinckBram Nuytinck
Red Card70
10
BoatengKevin-Prince Boateng
16
KouyatéCheikhou Kouyaté
18
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
19
KljestanSacha Kljestan
21
ConstantKévin Constant
Substitution73
25
MbokaniDieumerci Mbokani
22
Bojan KrkićBojan Krkić
Substitution67
26
PraetDennis Praet
Substitution75
34
N. de JongNigel de Jong
30
GilletGuillaume Gillet
Yellow Card66
76
YepesMario Yepes
45
BrunoMassimo Bruno
Substitution66
92
El ShaarawyStephan El Shaarawy
Goal47

Substitutes

13
KaminskiThomas Kaminski (GK)
1
AmeliaMarco Amelia (GK)
10
KanuKanu
7
RobinhoRobinho
17
YakovenkoOlexandr Yakovenko
Substitution66
9
PatoPato
Substitution67
Goal90+1
20
SafariBehrang Safari
11
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
21
De SutterTom De Sutter
Substitution75
Goal78
16
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
27
WasilewskiMarcin Wasilewski
17
ZapataCristián Zapata
Substitution79
55
Fernando CanesinFernando Canesin
Substitution77
28
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
Substitution73

Coach

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

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Matej Žunič (SVN), Bojan Ul (SVN)

Fourth official

Primož Arhar (SVN)

Additional assistant referees

Roberto Ponis (SVN), Dragoslav Perič (SVN)

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