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Allegri enjoys Milan's good fortune

Published: Thursday 12 December 2013, 0.20CET
AC Milan's Massimiliano Allegri conceded luck went his side's way as they got a draw to eliminate AFC Ajax, with downcast Frank de Boer reflecting on a "huge disappointment".

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Match statistics

MilanAjax

Goals scored0
 
0
Possession (%)36
 
64
Total attempts3
 
23
on target2
 
11
off target1
 
12
blocked1
 
6
against woodwork0
1
Corners0
5
Offsides6
 
2
Yellow cards4
 
1
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
17
Fouls suffered15
 
14
Passes368
 
709
completed228
 
578

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2014 23:28 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 12 December 2013, 0.20CET

Allegri enjoys Milan's good fortune

AC Milan's Massimiliano Allegri conceded luck went his side's way as they got a draw to eliminate AFC Ajax, with downcast Frank de Boer reflecting on a "huge disappointment".

Massimiliano Allegri, Milan coach
We have achieved our second target of the season. We took some risks in the first half and also in the closing stages of the game. Tonight we had a bit of luck, but we can say we earned our good fortune. The team played very well from a physical point of view, defending strongly and never losing their focus. Mario Balotelli played a good game, as did the rest of the side. Mario is growing fast and learning exactly what we need from him. His personality is strengthening and this is good news for Milan and Italy.

Frank de Boer, Ajax coach
My players really did everything possible to get a good result. We created chances but luck was not on our side in this match. In the first half particularly we were searching, we were a bit insecure in our passing, and in the end Milan found their strength and they could sit back in their penalty box. Then you just need a bit of luck – that the ball will fall in the right way. We have had the opportunities to decide it, but unfortunately real football did not win today.

At half-time I said we needed to have patience, but that that does not mean playing at a low tempo but at a high tempo – playing the ball very fast from left to right. Then a moment will come when someone will get in a free position and you can create some dangerous situations. I am proud of my boys, how we fought for it. It is a pity we did not qualify for the next stage, as we had the upper hand in both matches against Milan. That is something we take with us and that is a real positive. This is a huge disappointment, but certainly not a body blow.

Last updated: 13/12/13 0.09CET

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