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AC Milan   2 - 3   Man Utd

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Wayne Rooney is congratulated on his brace, his 24th and 25th goals this term

By Sam Lyon

Manchester United secured a historic win at the San Siro as they drew first blood in an enthralling Champions League last-16 tie with AC Milan.

Wayne Rooney was the match-winner with a brace of second-half headers to earn United a precious first-leg advantage.

They came after Paul Scholes' fortunate equaliser but Milan played their part after Ronaldinho's deflected opener.

Clarence Seedorf's skilful 85th-minute finish gave Milan hope, while Michael Carrick was sent off in injury time.

Carrick's second yellow card - for kicking the ball away - capped a frantic finale as Milan, who had bossed the opening hour, threatened to deny United a first win in the stadium.

And that, combined with Seedorf's late goal, served to take the edge off the win, even though United showed just about enough to suggest they can keep Milan at bay in the second leg on 10 March.

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It was a strange affair for Sir Alex Ferguson's men, who in many ways can consider themselves fortunate to have come away with the win after a first hour in which they looked a shadow of a side that has gone nine games unbeaten.

Before the match, Ferguson had talked pointedly of avoiding the "circus" that surrounded David Beckham's first match against his former employers.

But whether they had been caught up in the pre-match hype or merely overwhelmed by the occasion, United barely got out of first gear in a nervy half-hour.

Poor in possession, toothless in attack and ill-organised in defence, the visitors allowed Milan the freedom of the San Siro as the hosts quickly got into their stride.

Just three minutes were on the clock when a Beckham free-kick found its way to Ronaldinho via a dire attempted clearance from Patrice Evra, and the Brazilian wasted little time in lashing home, via a Carrick deflection, for the opening goal.

In truth, though, it could have been a lot worse for Ferguson's men before half-time as they gave the ball away cheaply time and again.

Ronaldinho was at the heart of all Milan's good play, twice bringing smart saves out of Edwin van der Sar with quick feet and a neat shot at either end of the half.

Luca Antonini also went close when he dragged his shot wide of the post from 12 yards out, while first Rio Ferdinand and then Jonny Evans gifted possession away, only for Klaas Jan Huntelaar to drill both opportunities off target.

In response, United enjoyed good possession but only had a Rooney 20-yarder that zipped past the far post to even hint at the threat they might pose in attack.

And Ferguson's evident frustration on the sidelines was only briefly interrupted by Scholes's bizarre leveller, the ball ricocheting into the far corner off his standing leg after he had missed his volley from Fletcher's cross.

There was little improvement at the start of the second half, with Alexandre Pato failing to get a header on target from Giuseppe Favalli's cross 12 yards out and Pirlo stinging Van der Sar's palms with a 35-yard free-kick.

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However, with Rooney an increasingly unsettling presence for the Milan defence, there was always a chance United would spark and when they finally clicked into gear just past the hour mark, the visitors finally showed their class.

First Rooney rose above Daniele Bonera to expertly head home substitute Antonio Valencia's cross.

Then, unmarked, he executed the far simpler task of heading in Fletcher's clever pass just eight minutes later to hand his side a two-goal cushion.

With Milan looking out on their feet, and Beckham having been withdrawn in the 72nd minute after a largely ineffective display, the tie looked to be there for United to put beyond doubt.

And yet there was still a twist left in the tie as Ronaldinho found room on the left and crossed for Seedorf to flick in Milan's second.

The hosts might even have snatched a thrilling draw had Filippo Inzaghi not blazed over from Ronaldinho's pass or Thiago Silva not headed over from a corner in injury time.

But United held on to secure a vital first-leg lead, extending their unbeaten away run in Europe to a record 16 matches in the process and ensuring Beckham's first match against his boyhood club was not one he will remember with any great fondness.

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Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
AC Milan 2-3 Man Utd FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Ronaldinho 3
  • Seedorf 85
  • Scholes 36
  • Rooney 66
  • Rooney 74

AC Milan

  • 01 Dida
  • 13 Nesta
  • 25 Bonera
  • 33 Thiago Silva
  • 21 Pirlo
  • 23 Ambrosini
  • 32 Beckham (Seedorf 72)
  • 77 Antonini (Favalli 38)
  • 80 Ronaldinho yellow card
  • 07 Alexandre Pato
  • 11 Huntelaar (Inzaghi 77)

Substitutes

  • 12 Abbiati,
  • 19 Favalli,
  • 08 Gattuso,
  • 10 Seedorf,
  • 16 Flamini,
  • 20 Abate,
  • 09 Inzaghi

Man Utd

Substitutes

Ref: BenquerencaAtt: 80,000
AC MILAN
MAN UTD

Possession

  • AC Milan 52%
  • Man Utd 48%

Attempts on target

  • AC Milan 8
  • Man Utd 4

Attempts off target

  • AC Milan 9
  • Man Utd 9

Corners

  • AC Milan 6
  • Man Utd 4

Fouls

  • AC Milan 14
  • Man Utd 17
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:01 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+3:06 The free kick is swung in right-footed by Andrea Pirlo, clearance made by Darren Fletcher.
  • 90:00+3:06 Sent off Michael Carrick shown a red card for second bookable offence.
  • 90:00+3:04 Unfair challenge on da Silva Alexandre Pato by Patrice Evra results in a free kick.
  • 90:00+2:30 Booking Gaucho Ronaldinho is shown a yellow card.
  • 90:00+1:39 Substitution Rafael Da Silva goes off and Wes Brown comes on.
  • 89:59 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Andrea Pirlo, Emiliano Thiago Silva has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.
  • 89:42 Effort on goal by Massimo Ambrosini from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
  • 89:37 The ball is sent over by Daniele Bonera.
  • 89:17 Foul by Rio Ferdinand on Filippo Inzaghi, free kick awarded. Andrea Pirlo takes the free kick.
  • 87:07 Emiliano Thiago Silva has an effort at goal from a long way out that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 85:44 Filippo Inzaghi takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
  • 84:32 Gaucho Ronaldinho provided the assist for the goal.
  • 84:32 GOAL - Clarence SeedorfAC Milan 2 - 3 Man Utd Clarence Seedorf scores a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. AC Milan 2-3 Man Utd.
  • 84:16 The ball is swung over by Giuseppe Favalli, Jonathan Evans makes a clearance.
  • 82:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gaucho Ronaldinho on Paul Scholes. Shot comes in from Wayne Rooney from the free kick.
  • 81:40 A cross is delivered by Antonio Valencia.
  • 79:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gaucho Ronaldinho on Rafael Da Silva. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.
  • 79:01 The ball is swung over by Daniele Bonera.
  • 76:23 Substitution Filippo Inzaghi joins the action as a substitute, replacing Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
  • 76:12 Effort on goal by Wayne Rooney from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 75:54 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Fletcher by Massimo Ambrosini. Paul Scholes takes the direct free kick.
  • 74:44 The ball is crossed by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
  • 73:50 The assist for the goal came from Darren Fletcher.
  • 73:50 GOAL - Wayne RooneyAC Milan 1 - 3 Man Utd Wayne Rooney scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. AC Milan 1-3 Man Utd.
  • 73:45 The ball is swung over by Darren Fletcher,
  • 73:29 Foul by Emiliano Thiago Silva on Ji-Sung Park, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Paul Scholes.
  • 72:29 Long range effort from Wayne Rooney misses to the left of the target.
  • 71:12 Indirect free kick taken by Emiliano Thiago Silva.
  • 71:12 Substitution (AC Milan) makes a substitution, with Clarence Seedorf coming on for David Beckham.
  • 71:12 The assistant referee signals for offside against Ji-Sung Park.
  • 70:47 Centre by da Silva Alexandre Pato, Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.
  • 70:12 Antonio Valencia sends in a cross, save by Nelson Dida.
  • 68:32 Corner taken by Antonio Valencia, clearance made by Massimo Ambrosini.
  • 68:26 Wayne Rooney sends in a cross, Alessandro Nesta gets a block in.
  • 67:22 Corner taken right-footed by Gaucho Ronaldinho, free kick awarded for a foul by Alessandro Nesta on Edwin Van der Sar. Edwin Van der Sar takes the direct free kick.
  • 66:44 Patrice Evra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on da Silva Alexandre Pato. Free kick crossed right-footed by David Beckham from right wing, Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.
  • 65:44 Antonio Valencia provided the assist for the goal.
  • 65:44 GOAL - Wayne RooneyAC Milan 1 - 2 Man Utd Wayne Rooney finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. AC Milan 1-2 Man Utd.
  • 65:35 Antonio Valencia sends in a cross,
  • 64:51 Darren Fletcher fouled by David Beckham, the ref awards a free kick. Patrice Evra takes the direct free kick.
  • 63:19 Substitution Antonio Valencia on for Luis Nani.
  • 63:03 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save made by Nelson Dida.
  • 62:38 David Beckham restarts play with the free kick.
  • 62:38 Booking Caution for Michael Carrick.
  • 62:15 Michael Carrick gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gaucho Ronaldinho.
  • 61:53 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar produces a cross, Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
  • 60:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Massimo Ambrosini by Wayne Rooney. Massimo Ambrosini takes the free kick.
  • 60:30 Centre by Gaucho Ronaldinho, Rafael Da Silva gets a block in.
  • 60:21 A cross is delivered by David Beckham, clearance by Jonathan Evans.
  • 60:02 Corner taken by David Beckham, Jonathan Evans manages to make a clearance.
  • 59:48 Gaucho Ronaldinho takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 59:16 Shot from just outside the box by Wayne Rooney misses to the left of the target.
  • 58:32 Ji-Sung Park crosses the ball.
  • 58:19 A cross is delivered by Paul Scholes, clearance made by Emiliano Thiago Silva.
  • 57:53 Short corner worked by Luis Nani.
  • 57:41 Wayne Rooney has a shot on goal from long range that goes wide left.
  • 56:15 Unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Giuseppe Favalli results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Scholes.
  • 54:57 Patrice Evra crosses the ball, save made by Nelson Dida.
  • 52:24 Unfair challenge on Daniele Bonera by Wayne Rooney results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David Beckham.
  • 52:14 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gaucho Ronaldinho from the left by-line, Ji-Sung Park makes a clearance.
  • 51:23 Foul by Jonathan Evans on Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, free kick awarded. Shot on goal comes in from Andrea Pirlo from the free kick, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 50:07 Da Silva Alexandre Pato fouled by Patrice Evra, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is delivered by David Beckham, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Emiliano Thiago Silva misses to the left of the goal.
  • 48:46 Luis Nani produces a cross, blocked by Massimo Ambrosini.
  • 48:02 A cross is delivered by Giuseppe Favalli, da Silva Alexandre Pato produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • 46:05 The ball is sent over by Luis Nani, Headed effort from close range by Darren Fletcher goes wide left of the goal.
  • 45:42 Patrice Evra delivers the ball, Emiliano Thiago Silva makes a clearance.
  • 45:16 Massimo Ambrosini concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Scholes. Paul Scholes takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:33 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 45:00+0:48 The ball is swung over by Emiliano Thiago Silva.
  • 45:00+0:36 Gaucho Ronaldinho produces a cross, blocked by Rafael Da Silva.
  • 44:06 The ball is delivered by Luis Nani, Emiliano Thiago Silva makes a clearance.
  • 43:49 Unfair challenge on Michael Carrick by Massimo Ambrosini results in a free kick. Michael Carrick takes the free kick.
  • 43:14 Booking The referee shows Wayne Rooney a yellow card.
  • 41:56 Unfair challenge on Massimo Ambrosini by Ji-Sung Park results in a free kick. David Beckham produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 41:47 A cross is delivered by Daniele Bonera, Patrice Evra makes a clearance.
  • 40:51 Gaucho Ronaldinho takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 39:51 Shot by Michael Carrick went wide of the left-hand post.
  • 39:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Beckham by Paul Scholes. Direct free kick taken by David Beckham.
  • 38:41 Giuseppe Favalli challenges Ji-Sung Park unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
  • 37:01 Substitution Luca Antonini goes off and Giuseppe Favalli comes on.
  • 35:55 Assist on the goal came from Darren Fletcher.
  • 35:55 GOAL - Paul ScholesAC Milan 1 - 1 Man Utd Paul Scholes finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. AC Milan 1-1 Man Utd.
  • 35:50 The ball is delivered by Darren Fletcher,
  • 34:57 Centre by Ji-Sung Park.
  • 34:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Beckham on Paul Scholes. Paul Scholes takes the direct free kick.
  • 33:24 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
  • 33:06 Foul by Daniele Bonera on Wayne Rooney, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
  • 32:26 Corner taken right-footed by David Beckham, da Silva Alexandre Pato takes a shot. Blocked by Rio Ferdinand.
  • 32:07 Inswinging corner taken by Gaucho Ronaldinho, clearance made by Rio Ferdinand.
  • 31:53 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar takes a shot. Patrice Evra gets a block in.
  • 31:14 Rio Ferdinand challenges Massimo Ambrosini unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andrea Pirlo.
  • 30:13 Unfair challenge on Massimo Ambrosini by Luis Nani results in a free kick. Emiliano Thiago Silva takes the direct free kick.
  • 29:12 Jonathan Evans challenges Klaas-Jan Huntelaar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Beckham.
  • 28:45 Luis Nani produces a cross.
  • 27:35 Unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Luca Antonini results in a free kick. Paul Scholes takes the direct free kick.
  • 25:39 The ball is swung over by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
  • 22:19 Luis Nani delivers the ball.
  • 21:43 Luis Nani challenges Luca Antonini unfairly and gives away a free kick. Emiliano Thiago Silva restarts play with the free kick.
  • 18:55 Gaucho Ronaldinho fouled by Rio Ferdinand, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by David Beckham, save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 18:28 Wayne Rooney produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
  • 17:14 The ball is swung over by Darren Fletcher.
  • 16:16 The ball is swung over by Massimo Ambrosini, Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.
  • 15:02 The ball is crossed by David Beckham, Patrice Evra makes a clearance.
  • 14:06 Luis Nani delivers the ball.
  • 13:14 Luis Nani crosses the ball, save by Nelson Dida.
  • 11:40 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Luis Nani, save by Nelson Dida.
  • 11:31 A cross is delivered by Luis Nani, clearance by Emiliano Thiago Silva.
  • 10:05 Luca Antonini produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 8:31 Outswinging corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line, Massimo Ambrosini manages to make a clearance.
  • 8:23 The ball is sent over by Patrice Evra, Luca Antonini makes a clearance.
  • 7:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luca Antonini on Luis Nani. Rio Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.
  • 7:25 Shot from long distance by Paul Scholes misses to the right of the goal.
  • 6:39 Gaucho Ronaldinho takes a shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 5:56 Ji-Sung Park concedes a free kick for a foul on Luca Antonini. Nelson Dida restarts play with the free kick.
  • 4:15 Centre by Massimo Ambrosini, Michael Carrick makes a clearance.
  • 2:18 GOAL - Gaucho RonaldinhoAC Milan 1 - 0 Man Utd Gaucho Ronaldinho finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. AC Milan 1-0 Man Utd.
  • 1:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on da Silva Alexandre Pato by Patrice Evra. The free kick is delivered right-footed by David Beckham from right wing, clearance made by Patrice Evra.
  • 1:32 The referee gives a free kick against Wayne Rooney for handball. Free kick taken by Alessandro Nesta.
  • 0:00 The match begins.

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