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Milan qualify for next stage after late show

Published: Friday 28 November 2008, 0.30CET
Portsmouth FC 2-2 AC Milan
Ronaldinho fired home a late free-kick and Filippo Inzaghi scored deep in injury time for a draw which proved enough for Milan to reach the last 32.
Milan qualify for next stage after late show
Filippo Inzaghi celebrates his last-gasp equaliser ©Getty Images

Match statistics

PortsmouthMilan

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target4
 
5
Attempts off target7
 
4
Corners4
 
8
Offsides3
 
3
Fouls committed9
 
12
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 28 November 2008, 0.30CET

Milan qualify for next stage after late show

Portsmouth FC 2-2 AC Milan
Ronaldinho fired home a late free-kick and Filippo Inzaghi scored deep in injury time for a draw which proved enough for Milan to reach the last 32.

Filippo Inzaghi scored deep in injury time to complete a stunning late AC Milan comeback at Portsmouth FC and secure a draw which proved enough to qualify the Rossoneri for the last 32 from Group E.

Kanu strikes
Second-half goals from Younes Kaboul and former FC Internazionale Milano striker Nwankwo Kanu seemed to have earned a famous win for European debutants Portsmouth but Ronaldinho's superb free-kick with six minutes left turned the tide and Inzaghi pounced at the death. VfL Wolfsburg's last-gasp Group E win at SC Braga later made sure of Milan's place in the knockout stages, while Portsmouth now need a good result at the Bundesliga club in a week's time.

James relieved
Excitement had been building for some time ahead of Milan's visit in only Portsmouth's second European home game. Even in the absence of captain Sol Campbell and England striker Jermain Defoe, Portsmouth began in lively fashion but were nearly behind early on when Inzaghi's shot fooled David James but hit the inside of the post and rolled back into the grateful goalkeeper's arms. The visitors were denied again just before the half-hour when Kaká's pass sent Inzaghi clear to lob James only for the ball to just clear the bar.

Opening goal
Within 90 seconds of the restart Shevchenko had whipped two shots just off target and not long afterwards Nadir Belhadj's cross only just eluded Peter Crouch but fell to Glen Little to smash into the side-netting. However, two minutes past the hour Portsmouth took the lead; Kanu played the ball back for Johnson to loop in from the right and neither Gianluca Zambrotta nor Philippe Senderos could prevent Kaboul heading past Dida.

Milan comeback
Fratton Park was buzzing and eleven minutes later the volume went up a further notch. Again a Johnson cross from the right was the key, his low centre hooked in from close range by Kanu. Milan sent on Pato and Ronaldinho in an attempt to turn the tide and the latter's 84th-minute free-kick gave James no chance. Still it seemed Portsmouth were heading for victory but in the second of three added minutes Zambrotta's long pass fell perfectly for Inzaghi to score his UEFA club competition record 65th goal, an echo of Ronaldinho's last-gasp winner against Braga on Matchday 2.

Last updated: 28/11/08 10.46CET

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Lineups

portsmouth

Portsmouth

milan

Milan

1
JamesDavid James (GK)
1
DidaDida (GK)
5
G. JohnsonGlen Johnson
15
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
3
KaboulYounès Kaboul
Goal62
19
FavalliGiuseppe Favalli
15
DistinSylvain Distin (C)
24
SenderosPhilippe Senderos
39
BelhadjNadir Belhadj
77
AntoniniLuca Antonini
Yellow Card61
25
LittleGlen Little
Substitution66
8
GattusoGennaro Gattuso (C)
Substitution65
8
DiopPapa Bouba Diop
5
EmersonEmerson
22
HughesRichard Hughes
Yellow Card8
84
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
30
TraoréArmand Traoré
22
KakáKaká
Substitution74
9
CrouchPeter Crouch
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
Goal90+2
27
KanuNwankwo Kanu
Goal73
Substitution81
76
ShevchenkoAndriy Shevchenko
Substitution74

Substitutes

21
AshdownJamie Ashdown (GK)
16
KalacZeljko Kalac (GK)
7
HreidarssonHermann Hreidarsson
4
KaladzeKakha Kaladze
16
PamarotNoë Pamarot
7
PatoPato
Substitution74
18
MvuembaArnold Mvuemba
Substitution66
10
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
Substitution65
28
DavisSean Davis
Substitution81
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
35
WilsonMarc Wilson
25
BoneraDaniele Bonera
80
RonaldinhoRonaldinho
Substitution74
Goal84

Coach

Tony Adams (ENG) Carlo Ancelotti (ITA)

Referee

Serge Gumienny (BEL)

Assistant referees

Mark Simons (BEL), Michaël Keyen (BEL)

Fourth official

Stéphane Breda (BEL)

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