Tuesday November 23, 2010 Group Stage: Group G Finished Stade Abbé Deschamps

AJ Auxerre 0 - 2 AC Milan

  • Ibrahimovic 64’
  • Ronaldinho 90’

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  1. Milan win to make last 16

    Milan win to make last 16

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic proved the thorn in Auxerre’s side once again after the Swede helped Milan to a 2-0 Group G victory over Auxerre. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • AJ Auxerre
    • AC Milan
    • FT There goes the final whistle and Milan run out 2-0 winners to progress to the last 16. Auxerre are out.
    • 90+2' MILAN SUB: Gattuso is replaced by Rodney Strasser.
    • 90+1' GOAL! Ronaldinho makes the game safe and sends Milan through to the knockout stages! The Brazilian cut inside from the right and, with the Auxerre defenders backing off, sent a left-footed curling effort past Sorin. Game over.
    • 89' There will be three minutes of added time.
    • 88' Nesta rises well to head a long Auxerre ball clear.
    • 87' Flamini slides in with a well-timed challenge to avert any danger as Milan continue to soak up the pressure.
    • 86' 4-0 over in Amsterdam now, with Ronaldo picking up his second.
    • 85' MILAN SUB: The goalscorer Ibrahimovic makes way for Ronaldinho.
    • 83' AUXERRE SUB: Contout makes way for Alain Traore.
    • 82' Contout fashions half a chance, controlling Birsa low cross before turning but firing over. That was a tough opportunity.
    • 81' It's all Auxerre, with Milan happy to hit their hosts on the counter, but there's no way through to solid banks of four. The Italians are doing what they do best.
    • 80' Real Madrid are now 3-0 up against Ajax, with Cristiano Ronaldo bagging the third.
    • 78' Boateng looked, for a moment, like he'd broken free but had to check his run and his eventual cross to Ibrahimovic was too wide.
    • 77' Abbiati is happy to take his time over every goal-kick now in order to run down the clock.
    • 76' MILAN SUB: Seedorf is replaced by Kevin-Prince Boateng.
    • 75' Oliech slips in Quercia, who tries a shot with the outside of his boot but it's blocked.
    • 74' Birsa beats two men on a darting run but there's no way past Gattuso.
    • 72' Milan half-clear but only to Grichting, but he slips while lining up his shot and fires well wide.
    • 71' Abbiati flaps at a cross from the left to hand Auxerre a corner.
    • 70' Credit to the hosts, they've not given up and are enjoying a solid spell of possession, but they need to craft some magic in the final third.
    • 68' What have Auxerre got to show now? With Ajax losing, the hosts need to pull something out of the bag otherwise they're out of the competition.
    • 67' And his sixth goal in eight games.
    • 66' That's Ibrahimovic's 11th goal of the season. A great return.
    • 64' GOAL! Ibrahimovic puts Milan ahead! The Swede got the break underway with a superb flick, Seedorf's attempted through-ball was then blocked but only into the path of Ibrahimovic who lashed home from the edge of the box.
    • 63' This time Oliech goes for goal from distance but that's very poor. High, wide and the less said about that the better.
    • 62' Birsa darts forward on the left but is forced backward. Ndlnga tries a speculative effort from 25 yards but its comfortably over Abbiati's bar.
    • 61' In the other game in Group G, Real Madrid are comfortably winning 2-0 at Ajax. See how that's unfolding here.
    • 60' Grichting does well to stay on his feet and stand up to Ibrahimovic before sheparding the ball out for an Auxerre goal-kick.
    • 59' AUXERRE SUB: Hengbart is replaced by Julien Quercia.
    • 58' Abate finds Robinho in the box but the Brazilian gets the ball tangled in his feet and sees his eventual shot blocked!
    • 57' Zambrotta slides in with a late challenge to concede a free-kick just before the halfway line.
    • 56' Flamini tries to battle his way to the byline but runs the ball out for an Auxerre goal-kick.
    • 54' They take on FC Twente at home tomorow night.
    • 53' Elsewhere in the Champions League, holders Internazionale Milan are looking to avoid becoming the first defending champions to fail to get through to a group stage since the competition began.
    • 52' That's yet another poor set-piece, however. Again failing to beat the defender on the near post.
    • 52' Still, that's not to be sniffed at, with the home side winning a corner as a result.
    • 51' Oliech breaks with lightning pace on the counter-attack but all he gets for his work is a throw on the edge of the Milan box.
    • 51' No, they opt to go short before feeding the ball to Abata, who fires wide from 25 yards.
    • 50' The visitors win another corner, can they make it count this time? Can they even deliver it into the six-yard box?
    • 49' That's wasted. Dudka hooks clear at the near post. Milan throw-in.
    • 48' Milan earn their second corner of the night.
    • 47' Oliech bursts down the right before winning his side a throw-in.
    • 46' Milan kick-off to get the second half off and running.
    • HT There goes the half-time whistle and it remains goalless.
    • 45' Ambrosini is first into the referee's book after taking down Contout on the turn. In truth, the Milan captain should have gone in the 12th minute!
    • 44' Abate charges down the right on the counter-attack and gets to the byline before firing in a low cross which Sorin does well to gather with Ibrahimovic lurking.
    • 43' Hengbart delivers a cross from the right but it's headed clear.
    • 42' The referee has done well to keep his cards in his pockets so far. That's not to say he's made the right decision though.
    • 41' That's a waste from the visitors. Auxerre clear at the first attempt.
    • 40' Coullbaly goes through the back of Flamini to gift Milan a free-kick.
    • 39' Coullbaly's loose touch on the edge of his own box lets Milan's Gattuso steal in but somehow the midfielder fires over from 16 yards! Best chance of the match so far.
    • 38' Replays show Auxerre were well within their rights to appeal for a penalty... Abate jumped leading with his arm and the ball appeared to hit it!
    • 37' Surprisingly, the possession stands at 60 per cent to Milan but that doesn't reflect the current flow of the game.
    • 36' The hosts have a speculative penalty appeal, for handball, waved away.
    • 35' Birsa gets to the byline and delivers a lovely cross but there's no Auxerre player in the box to attack it!
    • 34' Can Auxerre make their current dominance count?
    • 33' Birsa drives down the left and unleashes a vicious shot which nearly catches Abbiati out but fortunately for the Milan keeper its flashes across the face of his goal.
    • 32' But all that work goes to waste when Oliech fouls his marker on the byline. Milan free-kick.
    • 31' A prolonged spell of possession sees Auxerre push Milan further and further back.
    • 30' There goes the half-hour mark.
    • 29' Zambrotta is penalised for a foul on Oliech on Auxerre's right flank.
    • 28' There's no doubt it's been lively so far but neither side has been able to fashion a chance in the box.
    • 27' Milan's biggest away win saw them hammer FC Kobenhavn 6-0 in 1993. US Lexmbourg also suffered the same scoreline in 1992.
    • 26' Auxerre's biggest home win in Europe was a 7-1 thrashing of Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the UEFA Cup in 1992. I don't think we'll be seeing a similar scoreline tonight.
    • 25' To keep on top of all tonight's Champions League scores and scorers, click here.
    • 24' Milan corner. That's a woeful effort by Seedorf, who fails to clear the first man.
    • 23' Zilina have taken the lead against Chelsea. Follow that one here.
    • 22' Seedorf latches onto a Ibrahimovic knock down and blazes a fierce drive just over the bar from 20 yards!
    • 21' Pedretti whips in an Auxerre free-kick from the left but Abbiati is fouled as he comes to punch it away.
    • 20' Auxerre have won the Intertoto Cup on two occassions, in 1997 and 2006.
    • 19' There's a brief stoppage after Sammaritano takes a knock to the head. He'll be ok to continue.
    • 18' Contout nips down the left channel but is forced wide and fires his cross-cum-shot over the bar.
    • 17' They have also won the Champions League seven times: 1963, 1969, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003 and 2007.
    • 16' Milan, on the other hand, have won Serie A 17 times, most recently in 2004.
    • 15' Auxerre have one French title to their name, coming in 1995.
    • 14' Auxerre have another free-kick, this time in the left channel, but Birsa's left-footed curling effort is easily dealt with by the Milan keeper.
    • 13' Dudka hammers the resulting free-kick and it takes a wicked deflection on the way through, forcing Abbiati into a fine save.
    • 12' Ambrosini dives in with an outrageous two-footed lunge on Sammaritano but doesn't even get booked. That was a straight red, surely?
    • 11' Milan attack but Gattuso is dispossessed.
    • 10' Contout tries a neat glancing header but Abbiati was wise to it. Looks like it was going wide anyway.
    • 9' Thiago Silva concedes the first corner of the night. Can Auxerre make it count? No, Abbiati does well to catch at the back post.
    • 8' Ibrahimovic rises to nod down a long ball but Robinho's volley from 25 yards flys over the bar.
    • 7' A frantic start has seen neither side dominate possession.
    • 6' Auxerre keeper Sorin makes his first contribution of the night, coming out of goal to catch a long ball unchallenged.
    • 5' A swift break on the right sees Sammaritano cut inside and take a tumble but the referee is having none of it and waves play on.
    • 4' Oliech brings down Zambrotta to hand Milan a free-kick deep in the visitors' half.
    • 3' Flamini is climbing all over his man and gives away a free-kick midway inside his own half as a result. Abbiati comes rushing out of his goal to punch clear.
    • 2' Auxerre are in their traditional white and blue home strip, with Milan in their famous red and black stripes.
    • 1' And we're off! Auxerre get the match underway.
    • 20:42 The teams are in the tunnel...here we go!
    • 20:40 Massimiliano Allegri takes charge of Milan. The Italian began his managerial career at Aglianese Calcio 1923 before spells at SPAL 1907, US Grosseto FC, US Sassuolo Calcio and Cagliari Calcio before settling at the Rossoneri in the summer.
    • 20:35 Jean Fernandez is Auxerre's boss. The Frenchman succeeded Arsene Wenger as head of the Cannes academy in 1984, where Zinédine Zidane would later hone his skills. He was appointed head coach in 1985, and has since managed OGC Nice, Olympique de Marseille (twice), Al-Nassr FC (three times), LOSC Lille Metropole, Al-Shabab Riyadh, Al-Wahda FC, Etoile Sportive du Sahel, FC Sochaux-Montbeliard and FC Metz before joining Auxuerre in 2006.
    • 20:30 Milan have three players who are one booking away from missing the next match - Gattuso, Zambrotta and substitute Boateng. Grichting will walk the same tightrope for Auxerre.
    • 20:25 Auxerre are unbeaten in their last eight matches in all competitions, winning six. They won just two of their first 14 fixtures this term.
    • 20:20 Milan last visited France for a 2-1 win at Olympique de Marseille during last season's UEFA Champions League, Filippo Inzaghi scoring both their goals. Their overall record in France is W3 D3 L4.
    • 20:15 Auxerre have recorded two wins out of three at home in this season's UEFA Champions League, sandwiching a defeat by Real Madrid with victories against FC Zenit St. Petersburg – 2-0 in the play-offs – and Ajax.
    • 20:10 Only two points separate second-placed Milan from their hosts, who are bottom of Group G, meaning Auxerre would overtake the Rossoneri if they avenge their 2-0 defeat at San Siro in September. Yet equally Milan, held by Real Madrid last time out, would finish the week with a ticket to the last 16 – and confirm Auxerre's elimination – should they win and Ajax lose to Madrid in the section's other fixture. Got all that?
    • 20:05 THE TEAMS ARE IN:
    • - Auxerre: Sorin, Hengbart, Coulibaly, Grichting, Dudka, Oliech, Pedretti, Ndinga, Birsa, Sammaritano, Contout /// Subs: Riou, Chafni, Quercia, Sidibe, Langil, Bourgeois, Traore
    • - AC Milan: Abbiati, Abate, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Zambrotta, Gattuso, Ambrosini, Flamini, Robinho, Seedorf, Ibrahimovic /// Subs: Amelia, Strasser, Jankulovski, Bonera, Boateng, Yepes, Ronaldinho
    • - Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
    • 20:00 For the complete rundown of all the Champions League fixtures and results, head this way.
    • 19:55 Milan won the corresponding fixture, and the only previous fixture between the two sides, at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza 2-0 courtesy of two Ibrahimovic goals. Match report: Ibra brace downs Auxerre
    • 19:50 Milan are currently second in the group on five behind behind runaway leaders Real Madrid. Auxerre are stranded at the foot of the table on three points, one behind Ajax.
    • 19:45 Welcome along to tonight's LIVE text commentary of the Champions League Group G clash between Auxerre and Milan at the Stade Abbe Deschamps.
  • Summary

    • 90+1' GOAL! Ronaldinho makes the game safe and sends Milan through to the knockout stages! The Brazilian cut inside from the right and, with the Auxerre defenders backing off, sent a left-footed curling effort past Sorin. Game over.
    • 82' Contout fashions half a chance, controlling Birsa low cross before turning but firing over. That was a tough opportunity.
    • 64' GOAL! Ibrahimovic puts Milan ahead! The Swede got the break underway with a superb flick, Seedorf's attempted through-ball was then blocked but only into the path of Ibrahimovic who lashed home from the edge of the box.
    • 58' Abate finds Robinho in the box but the Brazilian gets the ball tangled in his feet and sees his eventual shot blocked!
    • 44' Abate charges down the right on the counter-attack and gets to the byline before firing in a low cross which Sorin does well to gather with Ibrahimovic lurking.
    • 39' Coullbaly's loose touch on the edge of his own box lets Milan's Gattuso steal in but somehow the midfielder fires over from 16 yards! Best chance of the match so far.
    • 35' Birsa gets to the byline and delivers a lovely cross but there's no Auxerre player in the box to attack it!
    • 22' Seedorf latches onto a Ibrahimovic knock down and blazes a fierce drive just over the bar from 20 yards!
    • 13' Dudka hammers the resulting free-kick and it takes a wicked deflection on the way through, forcing Abbiati into a fine save.
    • 12' Ambrosini dives in with an outrageous two-footed lunge on Sammaritano but doesn't even get booked. That was a straight red, surely?
    • 8' Ibrahimovic rises to nod down a long ball but Robinho's volley from 25 yards flys over the bar.
    • - Auxerre: Sorin, Hengbart, Coulibaly, Grichting, Dudka, Oliech, Pedretti, Ndinga, Birsa, Sammaritano, Contout /// Subs: Riou, Chafni, Quercia, Sidibe, Langil, Bourgeois, Traore
    • - AC Milan: Abbiati, Abate, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Zambrotta, Gattuso, Ambrosini, Flamini, Robinho, Seedorf, Ibrahimovic /// Subs: Amelia, Strasser, Jankulovski, Bonera, Boateng, Yepes, Ronaldinho

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  • AJ Auxerre

    Manager: Jean Fernandez

  • AC Milan

    Manager: Massimiliano Allegri

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