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Boateng double helps Milan power past PSV

Published: Wednesday 28 August 2013, 22.40CET
AC Milan 3-0 PSV Eindhoven (agg: 4-1)
Kevin-Prince Boateng scored either side of Mario Balotelli's strike to take the seven-time winners into the group stage for the 17th time.
by Paolo Menicucci
from San Siro

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Match statistics

MilanPSV

Goals scored3
 
0
Possession (%)45
 
55
Total attempts14
 
18
on target7
 
12
off target7
 
6
blocked2
 
6
against woodwork1
 
1
Corners2
 
9
Offsides1
 
1
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
17
Fouls suffered16
 
11
Passes479
 
555
completed350
 
429

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 28 August 2013, 22.40CET

Boateng double helps Milan power past PSV

AC Milan 3-0 PSV Eindhoven (agg: 4-1)
Kevin-Prince Boateng scored either side of Mario Balotelli's strike to take the seven-time winners into the group stage for the 17th time.

Two goals by Kevin-Prince Boateng and one by Mario Balotelli ensured AC Milan overcame PSV Eindhoven to reach the UEFA Champions League group stage for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons with a 4-1 aggregate win in the play-offs.

PSV had their fair share of opportunities at San Siro but Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati made a series of good saves before and after Boateng's opener until Balotelli scored a second for the Rossoneri early in the second half. Any hopes of a comeback vanished for Phillip Cocu's young side when Boateng added another 13 minutes from time following a nice team move.

With both sides fielding a 4-3-3 formation, spaces were hard to find in the early stages. PSV created the first opportunity after eight minutes when Tim Matavž forced Abbiati into a diving save with a precise header. A minute later Milan took the lead when Boateng found the bottom corner of Jeroen Zoet's net with a powerful right-foot shot from 25 metres.

Only another sprawling save by Abbiati denied PSV an equaliser on the night and on aggregate, the goalkeeper palming away a superb Adam Maher volley which seemed destined for the top corner. The home team continued to threaten themselves, Riccardo Montolivo missing the target with his right foot following a smart Boateng pass before Stephen El Shaarawy went even closer, meeting a low Mattia De Sciglio cross with a powerful shot that came back off the bar.

PSV also hit the woodwork after 41 minutes with a cross-shot by Jetro Willems from the left wing. The visitors had another glorious opportunity to equalise immediately after the break as a low centre from the left eluded everybody to reach the unmarked Georginio Wijnaldum at the far post but Abbiati somehow blocked the midfielder's close-range shot.

In the 55th minute, Milan made that escape count, Philippe Mexès heading El Shaarawy's corner across for Balotelli to volley in from close range. Abbiati's memorable night concluded with a fine save from Stijn Schaars's dangerous shot, and Boateng crowned Milan's victory with a precise low shot at the far post following a fine counterattack involving Balotelli and Andrea Poli.

Last updated: 05/09/13 11.53CET

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Lineups

milan

Milan

psv

PSV

32
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK)
21
ZoetJeroen Zoet (GK)
2
De SciglioMattia De Sciglio
3
RekikKarim Rekik
4
MuntariSulley Muntari
Substitution82
5
BrumaJeffrey Bruma
Yellow Card52
5
MexèsPhilippe Mexès
6
MaherAdam Maher
Substitution69
10
BoatengKevin-Prince Boateng
Goal9
Goal77
Substitution86
8
SchaarsStijn Schaars
Yellow Card43
17
ZapataCristián Zapata
9
MatavžTim Matavž
18
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo (C)
Yellow Card43
10
WijnaldumGeorginio Wijnaldum (C)
20
AbateIgnazio Abate
15
WillemsJetro Willems
Yellow Card90+1
34
N. de JongNigel de Jong
22
DepayMemphis Depay
Substitution74
45
BalotelliMario Balotelli
Goal55
Yellow Card62
26
BrenetJoshua Brenet
92
El ShaarawyStephan El Shaarawy
Substitution74
33
Park Ji-SungPark Ji-Sung
Substitution61

Substitutes

1
AmeliaMarco Amelia (GK)
1
TytońPrzemysław Tytoń (GK)
7
RobinhoRobinho
Substitution86
2
M. JørgensenMathias Jørgensen
16
PoliAndrea Poli
Substitution74
Yellow Card79
7
ToivonenOla Toivonen
Substitution69
23
NocerinoAntonio Nocerino
Substitution82
11
LocadiaJürgen Locadia
Substitution74
26
SilvestreMatías Silvestre
13
AriasSantiago Arias
28
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
14
JozefzoonFlorian Jozefzoon
Substitution61
78
NiangM'Baye Niang
29
HendrixJorrit Hendrix

Coach

Massimiliano Allegri (ITA) Phillip Cocu (NED)

Referee

Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

Assistant referees

Stephen Child (ENG), Simon Beck (ENG)

Fourth official

Darren Cann (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Lee Probert (ENG), Kevin Friend (ENG)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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