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Old 23-10-2003, 09:01 AM   #198
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Originally posted by demouse
Champions' League Phase One, Gp H - 22/10/03
Milan 0 - 1 Club Brugge
Mendoza 32 (B)
San Siro

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The reigning European Champions were shocked at the San Siro by Belgians Club Brugge.

Milan were expected to field Manuel Rui Costa in the same midfield line-up with Kaka', but Coach Carlo Ancelotti opted to play the young Brazilian in the driving seat. Gennaro Gattuso is suspended and Massimo Ambrosini injured, so Christian Brocchi was drafted in to act as the midfield battler.

The Rossoneri had a good start and a desperate B Martens intervention prevented Kaka' making the most of a good Clarence Seedorf assist after just four minutes.

Pippo Inzaghi saw an early goal disallowed for an offside position, but the flag was raised incorrectly for another chance during the opening 15 minutes.

Inzaghi was lively and ran on to a wonderful Marcos Cafu through ball, but failed to keep his shot down as the goalkeeper ran out to narrow the angle.

The pressure on the Belgian goal increased as Andrea Pirlo blasted a powerful effort inches over the bar.

However, Bruges tried to take advantage of the counter-attack and Dida punched away a De Coeck shot.

It was a warning sign and on 32 minutes the Belgians took a shock lead with Mendoza. The South American sprung the offside trap out wide on the left and drilled an unstoppable drive with the outside of his left foot into the far corner.

Milan poured forward with even more vehemance in search of an equaliser, Seedorf's fierce effort skimming the woodwork, but this left even more room to counter-attack in.

Ancelotti's men came out for the second half with all guns blazing and goalkeeper Verlinden performed a magnificent save on Pirlo's free kick.

Soon after Inzaghi somehow ballooned over from less than six yards after a corner kick was floated into the box.

The disappointing Seedorf then found space, but saw his effort fingertipped over the bar, while Andriy Shevchenko fired over from close range.

Ancelotti made changes and introduced Serginho and Manuel Rui Costa to introduce some more creativity.

The Portuguese international created a good chance within seconds of taking the field, but his chip was fingertipped over.

There was controversy on 64 minutes when Inzaghi fell under pressure from a defender, but the referee awarded Bruges a free kick for an offside position.

The five-man Belgian defence held on well and Jon Dahl Tomasson was the final gamble to replace a disappointing Shevchenko.

However, the Dane fired a horrible finish over the bar from the edge of the box.

In fact, Bruges substitute Saeternes almost netted a second for the visitors when his angled drive skimmed the far post.

Belgian goalkeeper Verlinden had a great performance and punched out another dipping long-range Rui Costa effort as it turned into a siege, but it was all to no avail.


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Milan: Dida; Cafu, Nesta, Maldini, Pancaro; Brocchi, Pirlo, Seedorf (Serginho 61), Kaką (Rui Costa 61); Shevchenko (Tomasson 76), Inzaghi

Club Brugge: Verlinden; De Coeck, Clement, B Martens, Van Der Heyden, Rozehnal; Simons, Ceh (Stoica 92); Gvozdenovic, Mendoza (Saeternes 78), S Martens (Verheyen 78)

Ref: Henning (Nor)
WTF MAN! im stunned :wobble:
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