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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 September, 2004, 20:37 GMT 21:37 UK
AC Milan 3-1 Celtic
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP F
Andriy Shevchenko (left) scored early for Milan
Two goals by AC Milan in the final two minutes left Celtic without a point in Champions League Group F.

Andriy Shevchenko pounced on a Kaka through-ball to drive home from just inside the box after eight minutes.

Celtic improved after the break and got their reward when Stan Varga headed in Stilian Petrov's corner.

But substitute Filippo Inzaghi forced home a Shevchenko cross and an Andrea Pirlo free-kick deflected into the net to win it for the Italians.

Giuseppe Pancaro, Jon Dahl Tomasson and Andrea Pirlo had come into the Milan line-up instead of Kaka Kaladze, Massimo Ambrosini and Hernan Crespo.

Chris Sutton and Didier Agathe won their fitness battle to start for Celtic, with Juninho and Momo Sylla dropping to the bench.

Joos Valgaeren, filling in at left back for the injured Jackie McNamara, lost control on the edge of his own box in the opening seconds and Marshall had to tip round the post at full stretch.

The breakthrough was not delayed for long, Kaka sending Shevchenko clear in the box and the Ukraine striker hammered the ball through the arms of the advancing Marshall.

Celtic crept into the game and Shevchenko cleared a Petrov free-kick clear with Varga ready to pounce and the Slovak defender headed the resulting corner a couple of feet over the bar.

Henri Camara lashed the ball well over from just inside the box after a clever knock-down by John Hartson.

A low drive from Shevchenko was destined for the Celtic net until Bobo Balde scrambled the ball clear.

Marshall also blocked a powerful effort from Kaka after Balde had lost possession to Shevchenko.

But Celtic looked more attack-minded after the break and Dida did well to hold a low drive from Camara.

The Scottish champions lost Alan Thompson to a hamstring injury after 58 minutes and he was replaced in midfield byJuninho.

Another low Camara drive was smothered by the goalkeeper before Celtic eventually got the equaliser.

Varga rose above Shevchenko to head home a Petrov corner from 12 yards.

It looked like Celtic would collect their first-ever away point in the Champions League after seven matches.

But Shevchenko broke clear and his low cross into the six-yard box was forced home by Inzaghi and Pirlo's free-kick deceived Marshall after striking the head of Neil Lennon.


AC Milan: Dida, Cafu, Nesta, Maldini, Pancaro, Gattuso (Rui Costa 86), Pirlo, Seedorf (Ambrosini 77), Kaka, Shevchenko, Tomasson (Inzaghi 77).
Subs Not Used: Fiori, Kaladze, Costacurta, Crespo.

Goals: Shevchenko 8, Inzaghi 89, Pirlo 90.

Celtic: Marshall, Agathe, Varga, Balde, Valgaeren, Petrov, Lennon, Sutton, Thompson (Juninho Paulista 59), Hartson (Sylla 86), Camara. Subs Not Used: Douglas, Lambert, Laursen, Wallace, McGeady.

Booked: Sutton.

Goals: Varga 74.

Att: 50,000.

Ref: Gilles Veissiere (France).


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