A late Diego Costa header earned Club Atlético de Madrid a 1-0 win at AC Milan but the Spanish side also had goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and a portion of luck to thank for their first-leg lead in this round of 16 tie.
With Clarence Seedorf making his coaching debut in a competition he won four times as a player, the Rossoneri were twice denied by the woodwork in a fluent first half, with Courtois getting a crucial touch both times. Openings were harder to come by in the second period but Atlético never really looked like scoring until Diego Costa swooped seven minutes from time, his fifth goal in four UEFA Champions League games this season.
Everybody saw what my players did tonight and I am proud. It will be tough in the return leg – we really respect Atlético but we can do it.
Clarence Seedorf, Milan coach
We know it will still be difficult in the second leg. We have taken a solid step but there is so much still to play for at the Vicente Calderón.
Diego Simeone, Atlético coach
|32||Abbiati (GK)||13||Courtois (GK)|
|22||Kaká (C)||10||Arda Turan|
|34||N. de Jong||22||Insua|
|1||Amelia (GK)||1||Aranzubia (GK)|
|Clarence Seedorf (NED)||Diego Simeone (ARG)|
|Pedro Proença (POR)|