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Group stage - Group H

Ajax - Milan
1-1
 

Ajax - Milan 1-1 - 01/10/2013 - Match page - UEFA Champions League 2014

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Clinical Balotelli earns Milan dramatic Ajax draw

Published: Tuesday 1 October 2013, 22.00CET
Clinical Balotelli earns Milan dramatic Ajax draw
Mario Balotelli converts his penalty at the Amsterdam ArenA ©Getty Images

Mario Balotelli converted a last-gasp penalty to cancel out Stefano Denswil's strike moments earlier and earn AC Milan a share of the Group H spoils away to AFC Ajax.

Defender Denswil looked to have secured a fine UEFA Champions League triumph when he rose magnificently to power substitute Lasse Schöne's corner beyond the previously unbeatable Christian Abbiati. Yet Balotelli, who had earlier hit the bar, had other ideas. Brought down by substitute Mike van der Hoorn, the Italy striker calmly stroked in the spot kick with customary aplomb.

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Reaction

We did quite well, but it's a bit disappointing that we started the second half so poorly. Milan's main threat was from their roaming strikers. Their movement on the field is excellent.

Frank de Boer, Ajax coach

Frank de Boer, Ajax coach

We defended well in the first 45 minutes. In the second half we started to play better and we should have won the game. Unfortunately we made a bad mistake on a corner and now we must be satisfied with a draw.

Massimiliano Allegri, Milan coach

Massimiliano Allegri, Milan coach

 

Player rater

Abbiati

Top Player

Milan 

Lineups

ajax

Ajax

milan

Milan

22Cillessen (GK)32Abbiati (GK)
2Van Rhijn4Muntari
4Moisander
Substitution78
5Mexès
5C. Poulsen7Robinho
Substitution80
7Fischer16Poli
Substitution84
8Duarte
Substitution59
17Zapata
9Sigthórsson18Montolivo (C)
10S. de Jong (C)20Abate
17Blind21Constant
Yellow Card42
24Denswil
Goal90
34N. de Jong
34De Sa
Substitution65
45Balotelli
Yellow Card60
Goal90+4

Substitutes

1Vermeer (GK)1Amelia (GK)
6Van Der Hoorn
Substitution78
Yellow Card90+2
9Matri
Substitution80
15Boilesen14Birsa
16Andersen
Substitution65
23Nocerino
18Klaassen24Cristante
20Schöne
Substitution59
28Emanuelson
Substitution84
23Hoesen81Zaccardo

Coaches

Frank De Boer (NED) Massimiliano Allegri (ITA)

Referee

Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

Standings

Last updated: 02/10/2013 01:09 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
 

Match statistics

Ajax
Milan

1

Goals scored

1

59

Possession (%)

41

9

Total attempts

7

7

on target

7

2

off target

0

1

blocked

3

0

against woodwork

0

5

Corners

4

0

Offsides

4

1

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

16

Fouls committed

9

8

Fouls suffered

14

645

Passes

489

517

completed

370

photos

Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
  • Goal
    90+4
    Balotelli (Milan) scores from the penalty spot.
  • Yellow Card
    90+2
    Van Der Hoorn (Ajax) is cautioned by the referee.
  • Goal
    90
    Denswil (Ajax) scores!
  • Substitution
    84
    Emanuelson (in) - Poli (out) (Milan)

See also

  • Ajax

    Next match played UEFA Champions League: v Celtic, 22 October 2013, 2-1
  • Milan

    Next match played UEFA Champions League: v Barcelona, 22 October 2013, 1-1
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