Stadio Giuseppe Meazza - Milan 11/12/2013 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Group stage - Group H

Milan - Ajax
0-0
 

Milan - Ajax 0-0 - 11/12/2013 - Match page - UEFA Champions League 2014

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    Milan are through to the last 16. They were up against it in the second half having lost Riccardo Montolivo to a red card before the break but an inspired defensive performance, including a hard-working shift from Mario Balotelli, has guided them out of the group stage.
  • 90+6
    Klaassen (Ajax) misses the target.
    What a chance in the final seconds. The balls is lofted high into the box and falls for the young striker who tries an ambitious overhead kick which beats Christian Abbiati but bounces just wide of the post.
  • Yellow Card
    90+5
    Muntari (Milan) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 90+4
    Van Der Hoorn (Ajax) misses the target.
  • 90+4
    Balotelli (Milan) fouls.
    The striker gives away a free-kick and Ajax can pump the ball up for one more attack.
  • 90+3
    Mexès (Milan) makes a save.
  • 90+3
    Van Rhijn (Ajax) has an effort on goal.
  • 90+3
    Balotelli (Milan) is penalised for a foul on Blind (Ajax).
  • 90+2
    Abbiati (Milan) makes a save.
  • 90+2
    Blind (Ajax) has an effort on goal.
    Another long-range effort from the midfielder makes its way through the Milan bodies in the area but is easily saved by Christian Abbiati.
  • 90+1
    Balotelli (Milan) is penalised for a foul on Denswil (Ajax).
  • 89
    Blind (Ajax) is penalised for a foul on Poli (Milan).
    AC Milan are doing well to keep the ball in the corner now and win another free-kick to bring the game into injury time.
  • Yellow Card
    89
    De Sciglio (Milan) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 88
    Hoesen (Ajax) is penalised for a foul on Zapata (Milan).
  • 87
    Blind (Ajax) is penalised for a foul on Balotelli (Milan).
    The striker wins yet another free-kick as time runs out for the visitors.
  • 86
    N. de Jong (Milan) makes a save.
  • 86
    Blind (Ajax) has an effort on goal.
    Ajax are struggling for ideas in the closing stages and the midfielder tries a long-range effort which is easily blocked away.
  • 85
    Denswil (Ajax) misses the target.
    The ball is allowed to bounce in the Milan box, much to Massimiliano Allegri's displeasure, but when it eventually falls to the defender he scuffs his shot wide.
  • 85
    Klaassen (Ajax) has an effort on goal.
  • 85
    Constant (Milan) makes a save.
  • Yellow Card
    83
    N. de Jong (Milan) is shown a yellow card.
  • 83
    Bonera (Milan) is penalised for a foul on Van Der Hoorn (Ajax).
  • Substitution
    81
    Mexès (in) - Kaká (out) (Milan)
    Another defensive substitute by Massimiliano Allegri as he takes off the Brazilian man in favour of French defender Philippe Mexès.
  • Substitution
    80
    Van Der Hoorn (in) - Serero (out) (Ajax)
  • 79
    Constant (Milan) misses the target.
    There is the first one. Mario Balotelli chests the ball down for the midfielder outside the area but his first time shot goes high and wide.
  • 79
    Muntari (Milan) takes the free-kick.
  • 79
    Denswil (Ajax) is penalised for a foul on Balotelli (Milan).
  • 77
    Schöne (Ajax) misses the target.
    Another ball into the Milan box is cleared but when it falls to Lasse Schöne he sends a wild shot on the half volley over the bar.
  • 75
    Denswil (Ajax) is penalised for a foul on Balotelli (Milan).
  • 74
    Fischer (Ajax) misses the target.
    The 19-year-old is at it again. Davy Klaassen pulls the ball back for his countryman but he cannot find the target with his first-time effort from just inside the area.
  • 74
    Fischer (Ajax) has an effort on goal.
    The ball falls kindly for the young winger on the edge of the box and he skips past a defender before unleashing a shot that is blocked well by Daniele Bonera.
  • 74
    Bonera (Milan) makes a save.
  • 73
    Schöne (Ajax) takes the free-kick.
  • 72
    Constant (Milan) is penalised for a foul on Klaassen (Ajax).
  • Substitution
    72
    Sigthórsson (in) - Bojan Krkić (out) (Ajax)
    Frank De Boer makes another change upfront as he looks to give his team the edge. They still have over 15 minutes to find a goal.
  • Yellow Card
    71
    Balotelli (Milan) is shown a yellow card.
  • 71
    Balotelli (Milan) is penalised for a foul on Blind (Ajax).
    The striker is still heavily involved in the action but brings down Daley Blind and receives a yellow card.
  • 70
    Bojan Krkić (Ajax) misses the target.
    An ambitious effort from the Spaniard. The ball is cleared out to the wing and he tries a difficult half-volley from long range but it does not find the target.
  • 68
    Hoesen (Ajax) misses the target.
    The resulting corner is curled in by Lasse Schöne but the substitute's header flies harmlessly over the bar.
  • 68
    Schöne (Ajax) takes the corner.
  • 67
    Klaassen (Ajax) has an effort on goal.
    A good Ajax move on the edge of the Milan box ends with a ball out to the right hand side of the area to the young striker. He tries a shot from a tight angle but Christian Abbiati does well to beat the ball behind for a corner.
  • 67
    Abbiati (Milan) makes a save.
  • 66
    Hoesen (Ajax) is flagged for offside.
  • 66
    Schöne (Ajax) takes the free-kick.
  • 65
    Balotelli (Milan) is penalised for a foul on Blind (Ajax).
    This time it is the striker's turn to concede a free-kick as he acts as defender for another Ajax attack.
  • 64
    Constant (Milan) is penalised for a foul on Schöne (Ajax).
  • Yellow Card
    63
    Blind (Ajax) is shown a yellow card.
  • 63
    Blind (Ajax) is penalised for a foul on Balotelli (Milan).
  • 62
    Blind (Ajax) is penalised for a foul on Balotelli (Milan).
    Mario Balotelli, who is doing his defensive duties very well tonight, shows good strength to break up an Ajax attack and win a free-kick.
  • 60
    Bojan Krkić (Ajax) fouls.
  • 58
    Abbiati (Milan) makes a save.
  • 58
    Klaassen (Ajax) has an effort on goal.
    The ball is headed out to the edge of the box where the striker is waiting but his first time volley is straight at Christian Abbiati.
  • 57
    Fischer (Ajax) has an effort on goal.
    The 19-year-old tries his luck again after another one-two on the edge of the box. This time his shot from the edge of the area is well blocked by Daniele Bonera.
  • 57
    Bonera (Milan) makes a save.
  • 55
    Hoesen (Ajax) is penalised for a foul on De Sciglio (Milan).
  • 53
    Schöne (Ajax) takes the corner.
    Two successive corners are cleared easily by Milan but they are now camped in their own half has Ajax dominate possession.
  • 53
    Schöne (Ajax) takes the corner.
  • 51
    Fischer (Ajax) misses the target.
    Decent chance for the visitors as Bojan Krkić and Viktor Fischer play a neat one-two in the box but the latter blasts his half volley over the bar.
  • 51
    Balotelli (Milan) is penalised for a foul on Denswil (Ajax).
  • 50
    Schöne (Ajax) is penalised for a foul on Muntari (Milan).
  • Substitution
    46
    Hoesen (in) - C. Poulsen (out) (Ajax)
    Frank De Boer takes off defensive midfielder Christian Poulsen at half time as he seeks out the all important first goal.
  • Start Time
    The second half begins.
    Here we go. One half of football stands between both AC Milan and Ajax, and the knockout stage. The Italian club just need to hold on for a draw while their opponents must take home all three points.
  • End Time
    The referee blows for half-time.
    The two sides go into the break locked at 0-0 but there has been no shortage of drama. Christian Poulsen hit the post for Ajax, and Christian Abbiati denied Davy Klaassen with a fine stop, but the real story of the first half is that AC Milan are down to ten men after Riccardo Montolivo's red card.
  • 45+2
    Schöne (Ajax) delivers the free-kick wide.
    The midfielder curls a shot over the wall but cannot trouble Christian Abbiati and the shot flies over the crossbar.
  • 45
    Muntari (Milan) is penalised for a foul on Klaassen (Ajax).
    Great chance for the away side just before the break. The striker is brought down in a central position about five metres from the penalty area.
  • 44
    N. de Jong (Milan) is penalised for a foul on Klaassen (Ajax).
  • 43
    Constant (Milan) is flagged for offside.
    The left back is trying his best to get forward for the hosts but is caught just offside for the second time in the game.
  • 40
    Muntari (Milan) is flagged for offside.
  • 39
    C. Poulsen (Ajax) fouls.
  • 38
    Balotelli (Milan) is flagged for offside.
    Milan are now very much using Mario Balotelli as a target man as they concentrate on defending. On this occasion the long ball up to the striker finds him in an offside position.
  • 37
    Muntari (Milan) takes the free-kick.
  • 36
    C. Poulsen (Ajax) is penalised for a foul on Balotelli (Milan).
    Great skill from the Italian as he flicks the ball over the head of Christian Poulsen before being brought down by the Ajax man.
  • 34
    Muntari (Milan) takes the free-kick.
  • 33
    Denswil (Ajax) is penalised for a foul on Balotelli (Milan).
    Good chance for the hosts to mount some pressure with Sulley Muntari standing over a free-kick out on the left wing.
  • 32
    De Sciglio (Milan) is flagged for offside.
    Milan enjoying a rare spell of possession but a long ball up to the defender, who is offside, ends the attack.
  • 31
    C. Poulsen (Ajax) is penalised for a foul on Poli (Milan).
  • 30
    Fischer (Ajax) is penalised for a foul on N. de Jong (Milan).
  • 26
    Fischer (Ajax) is flagged for offside.
    The 19-year-old draws another brilliant save from Christian Abbiati but it would not have counted after the play is stopped for offside.
  • Substitution
    24
    Poli (in) - El Shaarawy (out) (Milan)
    Stephan El Shaarawy's return to the UEFA Champions League is a brief one. He is taken off as Massimiliano Allegri looks to change things after the red card.
  • Red Card
    22
    Montolivo (Milan) is dismissed.
    How will this change the game? The Milan captain receives a straight red card for a challenge on Christian Poulsen. Milan down to ten men.
  • 22
    Montolivo (Milan) is penalised for a foul on C. Poulsen (Ajax).
  • 19
    Abbiati (Milan) makes a save.
  • 19
    Bojan Krkić (Ajax) has an effort on goal.
    The corner is cleared by Milan but only as far as the striker who sends a curling effort back towards goal and Christian Abbiati makes a comfortable save.
  • 19
    Schöne (Ajax) takes the corner.
  • 19
    Abbiati (Milan) makes a save.
    Davy Klaassen gets ahead of his man at the front post to meet a low cross with a brilliant diving header. The ball looks destined for the bottom corner but the Milan keeper tips it round the post with an equally impressive diving, one-handed save.
  • 19
    Klaassen (Ajax) has an effort on goal.
  • 18
    Constant (Milan) is penalised for a foul on Schöne (Ajax).
  • 16
    Constant (Milan) is flagged for offside.
  • 14
    De Sciglio (Milan) is penalised for a foul on Fischer (Ajax).
  • 13
    Moisander (Ajax) makes a save.
  • 13
    El Shaarawy (Milan) has an effort on goal.
    The forward has been quiet so far tonight but finds some space for a shot which is blocked by Niklas Moisander in the Ajax box.
  • 11
    Bojan Krkić (Ajax) misses the target.
    The 23-year-old works some space outside the box, and tries his luck from distance, but his effort does not trouble Christian Abbiati who watches it drift over the bar.
  • 8
    C. Poulsen (Ajax) misses the target.
    The free-kick is floated into the box and the midfielder meets the ball with his head yet again but this time his effort sails well wide.
  • 8
    Schöne (Ajax) takes the free-kick.
  • 8
    Zapata (Milan) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Bojan Krkić (Ajax).
  • 5
    Kaká (Milan) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
    The hosts counter quickly after Christian Poulsen's effort but the striker is called back for offside. Great start to the game.
  • 5
    C. Poulsen (Ajax) misses the target.
    From the resulting corner Lasse Schöne whips in a delivery to the front post where the midfielder has lost his man. He flicks the ball towards the far side of the goal but, with Christian Abbiati beaten, the effort bounces back off the post. So close for Ajax.
  • 5
    Schöne (Ajax) delivers the corner.
  • 5
    Fischer (Ajax) has an effort on goal.
  • 5
    Zapata (Milan) makes a save.
    The ball is pulled back to Viktor Fischer who is unmarked in the penalty area and sends a side-foot strike at goal but the defender flings himself in front of the shot.
  • 4
    Cillessen (Ajax) makes a save.
  • 4
    Balotelli (Milan) delivers the free-kick on target.
    Another free-kick for the hosts, slightly closer this time, and the striker fancies his chances. He fires in a low shot from long-range that Jasper Cillessen saves well.
  • 3
    C. Poulsen (Ajax) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Montolivo (Milan).
  • 3
    Montolivo (Milan) takes the free-kick.
  • 2
    Denswil (Ajax) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Balotelli (Milan).
  • 1
    N. de Jong (Milan) fouls.
  • Start Time
    The match is under way.
    Ajax get us started in what promises to be a dramatic contest. Both teams will be through to the last 16 with a win in Italy tonight. The loser will be out of the competition.

Legend:

  • Goals
    Goals
  • Own goal
    Own goal
  • Converted penalty
    Converted penalty
  • Missed penalty
    Missed penalty
  • Red cards
    Red cards
  • Yellow cards
    Yellow cards
  • Second yellow card
    Second yellow card
  • Substitution
    Substitution
 
 

Player rater

Balotelli

Top Player

Milan 

Match statistics

Milan
Ajax

0

Goals scored

0

36

Possession (%)

64

3

Total attempts

23

2

on target

11

1

off target

12

1

blocked

6

0

against woodwork

1

0

Corners

5

6

Offsides

2

4

Yellow cards

1

1

Red Cards

0

16

Fouls committed

17

15

Fouls suffered

14

368

Passes

709

228

completed

578

Lineups

milan

Milan

ajax

Ajax

32Abbiati (GK)22Cillessen (GK)
2De Sciglio
Yellow Card89
2Van Rhijn
4Muntari
Yellow Card90+5
4Moisander (C)
17Zapata5C. Poulsen
Substitution46
18Montolivo (C)
Red Card22
7Fischer
21Constant11Krkić
Substitution72
22Kaká
Substitution81
17Blind
Yellow Card63
25Bonera18Klaassen
34N. de Jong
Yellow Card83
20Schöne
45Balotelli
Yellow Card71
24Denswil
92El Shaarawy
Substitution24
25Serero
Substitution80

Substitutes

35Coppola (GK)1Vermeer (GK)
5Mexès
Substitution81
6Van Der Hoorn
Substitution80
9Matri9Sigthórsson
Substitution72
16Poli
Substitution24
16L. Andersen
23Nocerino23Hoesen
Substitution46
28Emanuelson27Ligeon
81Zaccardo34De Sa

Coaches

Massimiliano Allegri (ITA) Frank De Boer (NED)

Referee

Howard Webb (ENG)

Standings

Last updated: 12/12/2013 08:37 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
 
  
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