Wednesday September 15, 2010 Group Stage: Group G Finished Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

AC Milan 2 - 0 AJ Auxerre

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    Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice in three minutes to give Milan a 2-0 win over Auxerre in their Champions League Group G clash in Italy. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • AC Milan
    • AJ Auxerre
    • - Thanks for joining our live coverage of Milan's victory tonight! Real Madrid have finished the other Group G match with a 2-0 win over Ajax at the Bernabeu, putting them joint top of the group alongside Milan. Next up for Milan in the Champions League for AC is a tricky away tie against Ajax on the 28th of September. Join us then!
    • 90+2' The referee blows for full time, and that's exactly the result Milan - and particularly Zlatan Ibrahimovic - were hoping for. 2-0 to the Serie A giants
    • 90+1' It's all about Ronaldinho at the moment. The Brazilian tries an audacious Zidane-esque spin, which almost pays off on the edge of the box. He's looking back towards his best, the former world number one
    • 90' Ronaldinho shows some stunning stop-start skill to beat one man on the left, before playing a perfect ball through to Robinho. The former Manchester City forward takes a touch away from the keeper, but can't work space to shoot
    • 88' Ibra fould Mignot in the Auxerre half, and the visitors have a freekick
    • 87' Auxerre can see the game slipping away from them now, and don't seem to have the energy to fight back in the dying minutes of regular time
    • 85' Pirlo tries to play Ibra in for his hattrick, but the Swede is offside
    • 84' Milan back on the ball, watching the clock tick closer to the 90
    • 83' Zambrotta hacks down Cedric Hengbart, and goes in the book
    • 81' Pedretti swings a cross in for Coulibaly, who heads across to LE TALLEC WHO HEADS IN AT THE FAR POST! 2-1! NO! He's offside! The linesman rightly disallows the goal, and Milan's 2-0 lead stands!
    • 80' Another change for Auxerre: Kamel Chafni is on for Steven Langil
    • 80' Auxerre move the ball swiftly forwards, and Oliech is send free inside the box! He's onside, but Abbiati saves his limp shot at the near post! What a chance for Auxerre to get a goal back
    • 79' Ronaldinho sends Seedorf free down the left, but the Dutchman runs into trouble trying to cut inside, and loses possession.
    • 78' It's all Milan now, enjoying possession and looking happy to shut up shop with a two-goal lead
    • 76' Seedorf passes to Zambrotta, who plays back to Nesta
    • 75' Ronaldinho has the ball back out wide left, but plays back to Seedorf
    • 74' Milan have really turned a corner now, with Ronaldinho providing some quite majestic balls in from the left. Surprisingly enough, the fans sound a bit happier now!
    • 73' Seedorf advances to the edge of the area, before cutting back and laying off Ronaldinho. Ronnie takes a touch and curls another peach of a ball to BOATENG! HE'S SCUFFED IT! What a chance for the Ghanaian, but he just couldn't get anything on the ball with the goal at his mercy!
    • 72' And Auxerre respond with a change of their own: Valeter Birsa goes off for Anthony Le Tallec
    • 71' What a difference a couple of minutes can make! Ibrahimovic, disappointing for so long tonight, bursts into life with two quality strikers goals! Milan make a final sub: Antonini makes way for Ignazio Abate
    • 70' The move breaks down though, and Milan break with Ronaldinho! He draws two defenders across, and plays a clever pass left to IBRAHIMOVIC! 2-0! The Swede hits it first time with his right foot, low and curling inside Sorin's left post!
    • 69' Auxerre look to equalise straight away, committing numbers up the other end of the pitch.
    • 68' Fantastic football from Milan, but credit to Boateng who has finally produced the final ball so often lacking from the hosts' attack
    • 67' Ronaldinho sends in another curling ball to the front stick, where Boateng has drifted across. He flicks a backwards header across the face of goal to IBRAHIMOVIC! GOAL! 1-0 MILAN!
    • 67' Milan have the ball again with Ronaldinho, wide on the left on the half way line
    • 66' Ibrahimovic shows what those magical feet are capable of, turning this way and that under real pressure in the Auxerre box. He digs out a low left foot cross, but it rebounds off a defender and Robinho falls as he tries to reach the rebound
    • 65' Auxerre claim possession back on the halfway line, but Oliech's foot is deemed too high in the challenge, and Milan have the free kick
    • 64' There's an almost constant stream of whistles now, as Milan pass the ball backwards to Abbiati
    • 62' Again they take it short, but this time to Seedorf, whose cross is a good five yards over the crossbar. Dire stuff, and the crowd lets him know it!
    • 61' Ronaldinho does well on the left, winning a corner
    • 60' The crowd are getting restless now, as Seedorf clips a right-foot curler from the left to the far post, but there's no one there.
    • 59' He takes the slightest of touches from Delvin Ndinga on the edge of the box, before throwing himself on the floor. Shameful simulation from the Dutchman, who deservedly goes in the book.
    • 58' Milan break quickly, and Seedorf has the ball wide left in an advanced position
    • 57' They slip Langil free down the left, and he beats Zambrotta for pace! He reaches the by line, but Abbiati is quickly down to smother the ball
    • 56' Auxerre have the ball at the back now, and are looking to hold onto it for a while
    • 55' Second substitution for Milan, with Robinho coming on for Pato
    • 54' It's taken short to Ronaldinho, who dinks the ball in to Antonini! He reaches the by line, and sends the ball across the face of goal AND IBRA JUST CAN'T REACH IT! Huge chance for the hosts, but Ibrahimovic was, as ever, just a yard away.
    • 53' Pirlo takes it upon himself to drive his team forwards, and drags a low shot just wide from 20 yards. The linesman flags for a corner...
    • 52' Slick passing from the hosts, but again it's always around the box, with no real penetration
    • 51' Not for long though, as another misplaced pass sees Pirlo slide through the back of Pedretti to get the ball. The referee blows for a foul, and he's lucky to stay out of the book after that!
    • 50' Milan in possession in the middle
    • 49' Auxerre seem to have changed their game plan here, going for long-range pot-shots early on. They earn a corner after another 30+ yard effort, but Milan hack it clear
    • 48' Ibrahimovic picks up the ball wide right, and lays off to Ronaldinho. The Brazilian takes a touch, before whipping in a slow, curling ball to the near post AND PATO! STRAIGHT AT SORIN! Pato can only get the faintest of touches on that glorious ball in, and Sorin is well positioned at the near post to catch ball!
    • 47' Not the start Pirlo would have hoped for, aimlessly squaring the ball straight to Oliech who blasts over the bar from 30 yards.
    • 46' We're back underway at the San Siro!
    • - A far from vintage performance from Milan, who played some fluent football at times, but hardly tested Olivier Sorin's goal throughout the opening 45 minutes. Pirlo's 21st minute free kick was Milan's only shot on target. Ibrahimovic, once again, was practically anonymous.
    • 45+1' Ibra moves wide left in search of some space, and duly receives the ball. His attempt to play a low cross with the left foot is simply woeful however, and the referee puts the former Barcelona target-man out of his misery by blowing the whistle for half time!
    • 45' It's cleared as far as Zambrotta, who miscontrols the ball on the right wing and concedes a goal kick
    • 44' They eventually win a corner, after another diagonal ball goes behind off a defender's head.
    • 43' Boateng does well to control a long ball and lay it off to Pato on the right, who cuts inside and switches left. Milan just don't seem to know what to do with the ball, however, and lose possession trying to switch back to the right
    • 41' Pirlo, pulling the strings in midfield, lifts a glorious ball over the top to Pato. The Brazilian's first touch is spectacular, but his second - a snazzy backheel to cut inside - looks tailor-made to draw a penalty from Jean-Pascal Mignot. The referee sides with the defender, and waves play on after Pato goes to ground
    • 40' Oliech storms down the centre, before playing Langil clean through on the right! JUST OVER THE BAR! What a chance that was for the visitors, with players lining up to slam that in if Langil had opted to cross. Another lucky break for Milan, who hardly even bothered to track back then
    • 39' It's headed well clear, and Auxerre break with numbers!
    • 38' Zambrotta and Boateng exchange passes on the right, before the former's cross is deflected behind for a corner
    • 36' Pirlo passes to Boateng in the centre, but the Ghanaian dummies the ball and leaves it for Zambrotta. The fullback shows some flashy footwork to get the ball back square to Pirlo, whose pass is woeful and Auxerre regain possession. There's flashes of brilliance from the Italian side, but nothing close to an end product so far
    • 35' The other match in Group G - between Real Madrid and Ajax - has just taken a turn, with Real opening the scoring through Gonzalo Higuain! To keep up with that match, click here!
    • 34' They switch the ball to Langil on the left, who swings in a peach of a cross to DENNIS OLIECH! The referee pulls the midfielder up for a foul as he jumps against Antonini, and Milan have a free kick
    • 33' Antonini cuts out another ball down the right wing, and Auxerre have a throw
    • 31' Things are getting any better for Ibrahimovic at the moment! The big striker is hacked to the ground by two blue shirts, and as he tries to get to his feet he receives a kick to the stomach from Auxerre captain Benoit Pedretti. Unbelievably, the referee blows for a free kick in the visitors' favour. Bizarre.
    • 30' Langil advances on the left for Auxerre, but his touch is too heavy and Zambrotta can shepherd the ball out of play for a goal kick.
    • 29' Ronaldinho receives the ball wide on the left, and angrily signals that he wants more forward movement. No one obliges, and the Brazilian wizzard has to pass backwards.
    • 28' The Brazilian rushes over to take it, but sends an awful cross right over the keeper's bar for a goal kick. What a waste
    • 27' Pirlo picks up the ball in the middle of Auxerre, and picks out an absolutely beautiful lofted reverse ball to Pato, who wins a corner.
    • 26' Ibra tries a flick of his own to release Ronaldinho on the left, but the Brazilian forward fouls his marker with a cheeky shove, and concedes the free kick.
    • 25' Auxerre have a throw on the half-way line, but Alessandro Nesta is back to cut it out
    • 24' Milan surge back towards Auxerre's goal, and Ronaldinho releases Ibrahimovic with a stunning flick. Ibra squares, but the ball is deflected back to Pirlo who passes first-time to Pato just inside the area. The young Brazilian turns and SHOOTS! Deflected over the bar! Wonderful football from Milan, but Auxerre closed down the space just in time
    • 23' It's swung in from the right to ADAMA COULIBAY! OFF THE BAR! Milan's blushes are momentarily spared, as Coulibay's stunning leap is inches away from being rewarded with a goal!
    • 22' Auxerre look to break quickly and win a corner at the other end
    • 21' It's PIRLO! Well saved by Sorin, who punches the swerving, dipping effort clear of his left post. Not the best-placed freekick you'll ever see, but tricky for the keeper nonetheless
    • 20' Milan have a free kick 25 yards out, with Andrea Pirlo - wearing the captain's armband after Ambrosini's departure - and Ronaldinho standing over it...
    • 19' Milan try the long diagonal again, trying to find Pato on the right wing. The young Brazilian steals a yard on Stephane Grichting, who opts to haul the striker down and earns a yellow card
    • 18' Zambrotta gets to the by line on the right, but his cross is easily held by Sorin
    • 17' Massimiliano Allegri gesticulates wildly on the touch line to one of his players. The Milan manager clearly isn't too pleased with what he's seen so far.
    • 16' He does, with Ghana's World Cup star Kevin Prince Boateng replacing him.
    • 15' Another Auxerre move breaks down, and Ambrosini looks like he's going to have to come off!
    • 14' It's Auxerre's turn to hammer a cross miles over the target now, giving Milan a throw deep in their own half. There's a distinct lack of quality in this match at the moment...
    • 13' Milan continue to play through Zambrotta, but the fullback's final ball this time goes a long way over the bar from the right wing. If anything, his deliveries are getting worse! Ambrosini appears to have picked up a limp, but is soldiering on
    • 12' The ball comes back to the Milan right-back, and this time he hoofs the ball up the line to Pato, who wins a throw
    • 11' Zambrotta tries to sweep another long diagonal ball into the box, but it's easily cut out
    • 9' That's less brilliant from the big Swede, conceding a freekick on the half way line after effectively jumping onto his marker.
    • 8' That's just brilliant by Ibrahimovic, shifting the ball from left to right on the right wing and turning the defence inside out. He squeezes the ball back to Ambrosini, but the move collapses
    • 7' Cleared by Auxerre, but Milan have the ball once again
    • 6' First corner of the match for the hosts, and Ronaldinho tries to bring a long diagonal ball down inside the box, and is rather robustly challenged
    • 5' Auxerre try to switch the ball to the left, but Milan snatch it back. Birsa continues to harry them though, forcing a mistake from Pirlo and poking the ball free to STEEVEN LANGIL IN THE BOX! Well saved by Abbiati! First real chance of the match, and it fell to Auxerre! Ponderous football from Milan though
    • 4' Auxerre in possession, but a chipped ball down the right wing is cut out by Luca Antonini for a throw deep in Milan's half
    • 3' Sloppy from Massimo Ambrosini, Milan's captain, losing possession inside his own half. Valter Birsa picks up the ball in plenty of space, but fires a low shot from range which doesn't trouble Christian Abbiati
    • 2' Milan play backwards, before hoofing the ball forwards. Olivier Sorin collects and humps the ball back to the other end. They're sizing each other up at the moment.
    • 1' We're off! Ibra and Ronaldinho get us underway!
    • 19:40 The teams are out, and the famous Champions League anthem has begun! Ibrahimovic looks focussed. As does Pato. Ronaldinho, on the other hand, appears to be trying to lick his chin. We're moments away from kick-off!
    • 19:35 Any Fabio Capello spotters out there? Your man is in attendance at the San Siro for tonight's match! There are precisely zero Englishmen on display this evening, so I imagine we can classify this as a jolly.
    • 19:30 So, Milan make three changes from the side that lost 2-0 to Serie A newboys Cesena at the weekend, with the veterans Zambrotta and Nesta coming into defence, and Clarence Seedorf replacing Gattuso in midfield. Summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who missed a penalty on his nightmarish debut on Saturday, gets another chance to impress, with Robinho having to make do with a place on the bench once again.
    • 19:25 Here's the subs for both sides. Milan: Amelia, Gattuso, Inzaghi, Abate, Boateng, Robinho, Yepes //// Auxerre: Riou, Dudka, Chafni, Le Tallec, Quercia, Sammaritano, Berthod
    • 19:20 The referee is Pavel Cristian Balaj, from Romania.
    • 19:15 AUXERRE: Olivier Sorin; Cedric Hengbart, Adama Coulibay, Jean-Pascal Mignot, Stephane Grichting; Dennis Oliech, Benoit Pedretti, Delvin Ndinga, Valter Birsa; Steeven Langil, and Ireneusz Jelen.
    • 19:10 Here's the teams! AC MILAN: Christian Abbiati; Gianluca Zambrotta, Daniele Bonera, Alessandro Nesta, Luca Antonini; Massimo Ambrosini, Andrea Pirlo, Clarence Seedorf; Alexandre Pato, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Ronaldinho.
    • 19:05 These sides last met in European competition in the first round of the UEFA Cup 25 years ago. Milan may well be the bookies' favourites for this clash, but the omens are good for Auxerre. Milan haven't won any of their last five home games in the Champions League, while Auxerre have won three out of seven away games in the competition.
    • 19:00 Good evening and welcome to our live text commentary of AC Milan's Champions League opener against AJ Auxerre!
  • Summary

    • 81' Pedretti swings a cross in for Coulibaly, who heads across to LE TALLEC WHO HEADS IN AT THE FAR POST! 2-1! NO! He's offside! The linesman rightly disallows the goal, and Milan's 2-0 lead stands!
    • 80' Auxerre move the ball swiftly forwards, and Oliech is send free inside the box! He's onside, but Abbiati saves his limp shot at the near post! What a chance for Auxerre to get a goal back
    • 73' Seedorf advances to the edge of the area, before cutting back and laying off Ronaldinho. Ronnie takes a touch and curls another peach of a ball to BOATENG! HE'S SCUFFED IT! What a chance for the Ghanaian, but he just couldn't get anything on the ball with the goal at his mercy!
    • 70' The move breaks down though, and Milan break with Ronaldinho! He draws two defenders across, and plays a clever pass left to IBRAHIMOVIC! 2-0! The Swede hits it first time with his right foot, low and curling inside Sorin's left post!
    • 67' Ronaldinho sends in another curling ball to the front stick, where Boateng has drifted across. He flicks a backwards header across the face of goal to IBRAHIMOVIC! GOAL! 1-0 MILAN!
    • 48' Ibrahimovic picks up the ball wide right, and lays off to Ronaldinho. The Brazilian takes a touch, before whipping in a slow, curling ball to the near post AND PATO! STRAIGHT AT SORIN! Pato can only get the faintest of touches on that glorious ball in, and Sorin is well positioned at the near post to catch ball!
    • 40' Oliech storms down the centre, before playing Langil clean through on the right! JUST OVER THE BAR! What a chance that was for the visitors, with players lining up to slam that in if Langil had opted to cross. Another lucky break for Milan, who hardly even bothered to track back then
    • 24' Milan surge back towards Auxerre's goal, and Ronaldinho releases Ibrahimovic with a stunning flick. Ibra squares, but the ball is deflected back to Pirlo who passes first-time to Pato just inside the area. The young Brazilian turns and SHOOTS! Deflected over the bar! Wonderful football from Milan, but Auxerre closed down the space just in time
    • 23' It's swung in from the right to ADAMA COULIBAY! OFF THE BAR! Milan's blushes are momentarily spared, as Coulibay's stunning leap is inches away from being rewarded with a goal!
    • 5' Auxerre try to switch the ball to the left, but Milan snatch it back. Birsa continues to harry them though, forcing a mistake from Pirlo and poking the ball free to STEEVEN LANGIL IN THE BOX! Well saved by Abbiati! First real chance of the match, and it fell to Auxerre! Ponderous football from Milan though
    • 19:15 AUXERRE: Olivier Sorin; Cedric Hengbart, Adama Coulibay, Jean-Pascal Mignot, Stephane Grichting; Dennis Oliech, Benoit Pedretti, Delvin Ndinga, Valter Birsa; Steeven Langil, and Ireneusz Jelen.
    • 19:10 Here's the teams! AC MILAN: Christian Abbiati; Gianluca Zambrotta, Daniele Bonera, Alessandro Nesta, Luca Antonini; Massimo Ambrosini, Andrea Pirlo, Clarence Seedorf; Alexandre Pato, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Ronaldinho.

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  • AC Milan

    Manager: Massimiliano Allegri

  • AJ Auxerre

    Manager: Jean Fernandez

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