Stadio Giuseppe Meazza - Milan 18/09/2013 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Group stage - Group H

Milan - Celtic
2-0
 

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Milan leave it late to sink Celtic

Published: Wednesday 18 September 2013, 23.00CET
Milan leave it late to sink Celtic
Sulley Muntari celebrates scoring Milan's second ©AFP/Getty Images

Two late goals allowed AC Milan to overcome an unfortunate Celtic FC side in their UEFA Champions League Group H curtain-raiser, with an Emilio Izaguirre own goal and Sulley Muntari's strike settling an absorbing contest.

The hosts enjoyed a promising opening to matchday one but found Neil Lennon's men in resolute mood, before the visitors came close to taking the points themselves after the break. However, as time ticked down a shot by Cristián Zapata was deflected into his own net by Izaguirre and Muntari forced in a second to give the Rossoneri a winning start.

Match in 5

  • Seven-times winners Milan open with home victory
  • Izguirre own goal, close-range Muntari effort seal late win
  • Milan maintain unbeaten home record against Scottish opposition
  • Celtic's Stokes hits crossbar at 0-0
  • Celtic host Barcelona next, Milan travel to Ajax

Reaction

It was a lucky win but sometimes you need some luck. I do not think we started off very well. We let Celtic dictate in the first half.

Nigel de Jong, Milan midfielder

Nigel de Jong, Milan midfielder

We played really well. We created a lot of chances. I think over all we were probably the better team.

Scott Brown, Celtic midfielder

Scott Brown, Celtic midfielder

 

Player rater

Mexès

Top Player

Milan 

Lineups

milan

Milan

celtic

Celtic

32Abbiati (GK) (C)1Forster (GK)
4Muntari
Goal86
2Matthews
Substitution75
5Mexès3Izaguirre
Goal82
9Matri
Substitution87
4Ambrose
Yellow Card66
14Birsa
Substitution63
5van Dijk
17Zapata8Brown (C)
Yellow Card85
21Constant
Substitution76
9Samaras
23Nocerino10Stokes
34N. de Jong15Commons
Substitution77
45Balotelli21Mulgrew
Yellow Card75
Substitution89
81Zaccardo23Lustig

Substitutes

1Amelia (GK)24Załuska (GK)
7Robinho
Substitution76
6Biton
Substitution89
16Poli
Substitution87
11Boerrigter
Substitution75
24Christante17Baldé
28Emanuelson
Substitution63
18Rogic
31Benedicic20Pukki
Substitution77
36Iotti46McGeouch

Coaches

Massimiliano Allegri (ITA) Neil Lennon (NIR)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Standings

Last updated: 19/09/2013 10:34 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
 

Match statistics

Milan
Celtic

2

Goals scored

0

53

Possession (%)

47

20

Total attempts

11

13

on target

5

7

off target

6

6

blocked

4

0

against woodwork

1

6

Corners

9

1

Offsides

0

0

Yellow cards

3

0

Red Cards

0

10

Fouls committed

17

17

Fouls suffered

8

569

Passes

454

428

completed

312

photos

Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The referee blows for half-time.
    Celtic will be delighted with how they have come back into the game after enduring some early pressure which saw Fraser Forster make several key saves. They are now edging the possession with 52% and Milan will be looking to start quickly again after the break.
  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    Celtic will be bitterly disappointed after a strong display in Italy following a difficult opening to the game. Both of Milan's goals have a touch of fortune about them but Massimiliano Allegri will be delighted with how his team continued to probe for an opening. Celtic have the considerable task of Barcelona in their next Group H fixture whilst Milan will travel to Amsterdam to face AFC Ajax.
  • Substitution
    89
    Biton (in) - Mulgrew (out) (Celtic)
    The Israeli will come on for the last few minutes to make his debut for Celtic following his recent signing.
  • Substitution
    87
    Poli (in) - Matri (out) (Milan)
  • Goal
    86
    Muntari (Milan) scores!
    Fraser Forster makes a superb save to divert Mario Balotelli's free kick onto the post but the rebound falls for Sulley Muntari who guarantees the three points for Milan.

See also

  • Milan

    Next match played UEFA Champions League: v Ajax, 01 October 2013, 1-1
  • Celtic

    Next match played UEFA Champions League: v Barcelona, 01 October 2013, 0-1
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