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Diego limits Milan damage in Bremen

Published: Wednesday 18 February 2009, 23.20CET
Werder Bremen 1-1 AC Milan
Diego struck late to deny Carlo Ancelotti's side a first-leg lead after Filippo Inzaghi's 36th-minute opener looked to have won it for the Serie A outfit.
Diego limits Milan damage in Bremen
Diego's 84th-minute strike earned Bremen a draw against Milan ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BremenMilan

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target9
 
6
Attempts off target11
 
1
Corners5
 
3
Offsides6
 
7
Fouls committed20
 
15
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 18 February 2009, 23.20CET

Diego limits Milan damage in Bremen

Werder Bremen 1-1 AC Milan
Diego struck late to deny Carlo Ancelotti's side a first-leg lead after Filippo Inzaghi's 36th-minute opener looked to have won it for the Serie A outfit.

Diego denied AC Milan victory in the away leg of their UEFA Cup Round of 32 tie against Werder Bremen, but they could feel satisfied at having earned a 1-1 draw after Filippo Inzaghi handed them a 36th-minute lead.

Weakened side
Milan were without a number of top players including Kaká, Gennaro Gattuso and Alessandro Nesta while on-loan David Beckham started the game on the bench. Inzaghi nonetheless opened the scoring for the Italian visitors, with Diego finally equalising in the 84th minute after Bremen had created several great chances.

Early skirmishes
Alexandros Tziolis and Hugo Almeida both had early sights of goal for the Bundesliga club, while Clarence Seedorf raced through for Milan but was denied as Bremen keeper Tim Wiese sprang off his line to claim the ball. Wiese was in action again after 15 minutes, saving from Mathieu Flamini, while Dida was also busy at the other end to keep out a blast from Clemens Fritz.

Milan opener
Milan grabbed the initiative nine minutes before half-time as Flamini picked out Inzaghi who finished at the second attempt. Bremen pushed forward and Almeida sent a free-kick just wide while Dida made a fine stop to keep out Diego's dangerous low shot. Almeida also directed a header centimetres wide of the left post.

Diego leveller
Carlo Ancelotti's men stood up well in defence and looked dangerous on the counterattack, with Inzaghi threatening a second in the 66th minute when his strike from the right beat Wiese but came back off the crossbar. Bremen's efforts were rewarded, though, with an equaliser six minutes from time as a high ball into the box was nodded on by Almeida for Diego to chest down before beating Dida with a shot into the bottom right-hand corner. Thomas Schaaf's side almost snatched a winner at the death when Massimo Ambrosini's headed against his own crossbar under pressure.

Last updated: 19/02/09 12.11CET

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Lineups

bremen

Bremen

milan

Milan

1
WieseTim Wiese (GK)
1
DidaDida (GK)
2
BoenischSebastian Boenisch
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
Goal36
4
NaldoNaldo
Yellow Card81
10
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
Substitution86
6
BaumannFrank Baumann (C)
Substitution62
15
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
8
FritzClemens Fritz
Substitution74
19
FavalliGiuseppe Favalli
Yellow Card90+4
10
DiegoDiego
Goal84
Yellow Card86
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
11
ÖzilMesut Özil
23
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini (C)
Yellow Card59
16
TziolisAlexandros Tziolis
24
SenderosPhilippe Senderos
23
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
25
BoneraDaniele Bonera
24
PizarroClaudio Pizarro
80
RonaldinhoRonaldinho
Substitution89
29
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
84
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
Yellow Card90+2

Substitutes

33
VanderChristian Vander (GK)
12
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK)
3
PasanenPetri Pasanen
3
MaldiniPaolo Maldini
9
RosenbergMarkus Rosenberg
4
KaladzeKakha Kaladze
15
PrödlSebastian Prödl
18
JankulovskiMarek Jankulovski
Substitution86
20
JensenDaniel Jensen
Substitution62
Yellow Card87
32
BeckhamDavid Beckham
Substitution89
25
NiemeyerPeter Niemeyer
36
DarmianMatteo Darmian
34
HarnikMartin Harnik
Substitution74
77
AntoniniLuca Antonini

Coach

Thomas Schaaf (GER) Carlo Ancelotti (ITA)

Referee

Mike Dean (ENG)

Assistant referees

David Richardson (ENG), Jeremy Simpson (ENG)

Fourth official

Stephen Tanner (ENG)

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