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Group stage - Group H

Milan - Celtic
2-0
 

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Milan leave it late to sink Celtic

Published: Wednesday 18 September 2013, 23.07CET
AC Milan 2-0 Celtic FC
Two goals in the final eight minutes broke the Bhoys' resistance and secured an opening Group H win for Massimiliano Allegri's men.
by Paolo Menicucci
from San Siro

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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

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   
 
 
  
Published: Wednesday 18 September 2013, 23.07CET

Milan leave it late to sink Celtic

AC Milan 2-0 Celtic FC
Two goals in the final eight minutes broke the Bhoys' resistance and secured an opening Group H win for Massimiliano Allegri's men.

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.

Mario Balotelli had the first effort of the game after five minutes for Massimiliano Allegri's team, controlling a precise lofted pass from Valter Birsa but then failing to angle his powerful volley past Fraser Forster. With Alessandro Matri playing in the centre of Milan's attack, Balotelli had the freedom to move deeper, creating problems for the Celtic defence with his clever positioning.

Making his first start since joining Milan from Juventus, Matri forced Forster into another difficult save after 21 minutes when he connected powerfully with a Cristian Zaccardo cross from the right, while Antonio Nocerino also went close as he sent a dipping shot just over the bar.

Celtic slowly dragged themselves into contention as the half progressed and threatened on the right flank where Mikael Lustig and Adam Matthews linked up fluidly. Just before the interval, however, Forster was again called into action to palm wide Balotelli's strike which deflected dangerously off Efe Ambrose.

The Scottish champions were more audacious after the restart and had the Rossoneri worried when Giorgos Samaras flashed a right-footed effort from 20 metres centimetres wide of Christian Abbiati's left post. Milan, however, had a glorious opportunity of their own on 63 minutes when Muntari headed over from close range from a perfect Kévin Constant cross to the back post.

Only a timely tackle by Nigel de Jong prevented Scott Brown from testing Abbiati while Anthony Stokes hit the bar with a wonderful free-kick with ten minutes left. Celtic appeared to be the side ending the stronger but two minutes later Izaguirre deflected a low shot by Zapata beyond Forster, before the keeper kept out Balotelli's free-kick only to see Muntari leap to meet the rebound and force it over the line.

Last updated: 14/04/14 16.35CET

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