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2 vs 0
Played
September 19, 2013 12:15 AM IST
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ W. Stark‎
Attendance:‬ 54623‎
 
82′ (OG) E. Izaguirre
 
 
Top of the Match
Cristian Zapata
Cristian Zapata
Milan
Nigel De Jong
Nigel De Jong
Milan
Flop of the Match
Georgios Samaras
Georgios Samaras
Celtic
E. Izaguirre
E. Izaguirre
Celtic

AC Milan 2-0 Celtic: Late own goal and Muntari strike break Bhoys' resolve

Neil Lennon's men spurned more than their fair share of chances and were eventually punished when the hosts rallied in the final minutes of their Champions League opener

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Emilio Izaguirre's own goal and a Sulley Muntari effort gave AC Milan a 2-0 Champions League win over Celtic at San Siro on Wednesday.

Cristian Zapata's strike deflected off the Bhoys defender to put the hosts ahead after 82 minutes and, with the visitors pushing for a way back into the game, the Ghanaian doubled the Italian side's lead three minutes later to get the Rossoneri off to a winning start in Group H.

The well-documented Milan injury list meant that Massimiliano Allegri was forced into a number of changes, with Stephan El Shaarawy, Kaka, Giampaolo Pazzini, Riccardo Montolivo and Ignazio Abate among the absentees.

Slovenia international Valter Birsa made his debut for the club while Antonio Nocerino partnered Nigel de Jong in midfield for the clash.

Celtic had injuries of their own to contend with and were unable to name James Forrest or Joe Ledley in their matchday squad, although Adam Matthews shook off an ankle problem to start.

Mario Balotelli was quickly among the action, volleying an effort at Fraser Forster after three minutes, but the Celtic goalkeeper was equal to the task as he palmed the strike away.

Celtic's first chance came from a indirect free kick inside the area following a backpass but Charlie Mulgrew saw his shot deflected over the crossbar.

Alessandro Matri's header then forced another good save from Forster before Nocerino fired narrowly over just after the half-hour mark.

Balotelli again threatened a minute from the break when his low, swerving effort almost deflected into the far corner of Forster's goal.

Giorgos Samaras had the first opportunity of the second half for Celtic, with the Greek firing just past Christian Abbiati's post while Muntari headed just over for the hosts a minute after the hour mark.

After a lengthy period of Milan pressure, Anthony Stokes crashed a free kick against the crossbar for the visitors 10 minutes from time with Abbiati beaten.

However, two minutes later, Milan had their lead courtesy of a Zapata effort from outside the area that deflected off Izaguirre and in.

Muntari was then on hand three minutes later to make it two, bundling home from close-range after Balotelli's free kick had come back off the post to ensure that Milan came away with the three points.


Milan

32
Christian Abbiati
Goalkeeper
2.50
5
Philippe Mexes
Defender
3.50
17
Cristian Zapata
Defender
4.00
21
Kevin Constant
Midfielder
76′
3.00
81
2.50
4
Sulley Muntari
Midfielder
86′
3.50
-
Antonio Nocerino
Midfielder
2.50
34
Nigel De Jong
Midfielder
3.50
14
Valter Birsa
Midfielder
63′
3.00
45
2.50
32
2.50

Celtic

3.50
1
Fraser Forster
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
3.00
3
E. Izaguirre
Midfielder
82′
3.00
15
E. Ambrose
Defender
66′
3.00
-
2.50
21
3.00
2
M. Lustig
Defender
3.00
8
Scott Brown
Midfielder
85′
2.50
15
2.00
9
3.00
10

Substitutes

1
Marco Amelia
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
Luca Lotti
Defender
 - 
16
Andrea Poli
Midfielder
87′
3.00
24
 - 
28
2.50
-
 - 
7
Robinho
Striker
76′
2.50

Substitutes

 - 
24
Lukasz Zaluska
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
Tomas Rogic
Midfielder
 - 
46
D. McGeouch
Midfielder
3.00
-
Nir Biton
Striker
89′
2.50
21
3.00
20
 - 
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Group A Matchday 1
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Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
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Striker
PSG
10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
6 2