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November 22, 2012 3:45 AM MYT
Stade Constant Vanden Stock — Bruxelles (Brussel)
Referee:‬ D. Skomina‎
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Player Ratings: Anderlecht 1-3 AC Milan

Goal.com rates the players on show as a magnificent strike from Philippe Mexes helped ensure the Rossoneri's spot in the last 16 of the Champions League

By Tom Webber

  • Silvio Proto
    9
    8
    3.50

    Silvio Proto

    Did well to smother an effort from Bojan early on and bailed out Kouyate shortly before the break. However, there was little he could do to keep out El Shaarawy's excellently-placed finish. Could have been a rout had it not been for Proto.

  • Olivier Deschacht
    4
    8
    3.00

    Olivier Deschacht

    An impressive performance from the 31-year-old, who combined rugged defending with adventurous attacking runs. He was strong in the tackle and provided his side with some extra width on the left.

  • Bram Nuytinck
    2
    8
    2.00

    Bram Nuytinck

    The centre-back struggled coped well in the first half but fell to pieces after the break. Some shoddy defending left his side exposed time and again. A late tackle on Pato saw him dismissed and ended chances of a draw.

  • Cheikhou Kouyaté
    2
    8
    2.50

    Cheikhou Kouyaté

    Orchestrated the defence well in the first and but showed one moment of hesitancy before the break though Proto came to the rescue. He failed to cut that out in the second half and gave the ball away in the build up to the second goal.

  • Lucas Biglia
    16
    7
    3.00

    Lucas Biglia

    The Anderlecht captain was in control of the midfield with some top-drawer passing. His delivery from set pieces were consistently impressive and one almost resulted in a goal just after the half-hour mark.

  • Sacha Kljestan
    5
    10
    2.00

    Sacha Kljestan

    Knocked the ball about well in the middle of the park but was pretty quiet for much of the evening. It was a very plain performance and merely kept his side ticking over. He was unable to make a difference.

  • Dennis Praet
    6
    7
    2.50

    Dennis Praet

    The youngster showed glimpses of his potential and was unlucky to see his shot bend narrowly wide of the goal in the opening 15 minutes. He was unable to unlock the Milan defence before being substituted.

  • Guillaume Gillet
    2
    8
    2.00

    Guillaume Gillet

    Left huge areas of space on his side's right which Milan exploited early on. Bojan was unable to make the most of the best opportunity afforded by his poor defending, but El Shaarawy did not fail to shortly after the break.

  • Milan Jovanović
    10
    14
    1.50

    Milan Jovanović Flop of the Match

    Did not see an awful lot of the ball and failed to make the most of the best chance in the first half, shooting straight at Abiatti. It set the tone for his performance as he was unable to get the better of De Sciglio.

  • Mbokani
    7
    9
    2.00

    Mbokani

    The imposing striker proved to be a real handful in the first half as he held up the play well. Was only denied a tap-in by Constant's interception but he disappeared when his side needed him in the second half.

  • Massimo Bruno
    1
    9
    2.00

    Massimo Bruno

    Hugged the right wing but did not provide any craft. He seemed reluctant to put the ball into the middle and thus left with Mbokani short of service. He was replaced by Yakovenko after a ineffectual display.

Substitutions

  • Oleksandr Iakovenko
    3
    8
    3.00

    Oleksandr Iakovenko

    Replaced Bruno in the 66th minute and provided a bit more drive out on the right.

  • Fernando
    1
    9

    Fernando

    Brought on for Jovanovic in the 77th minute but was unable to impact on the game.

  • Tom de Sutter
    7
    7
    3.50

    Tom de Sutter

    Came on for Praet in the 75th minute and scored a poacher's effort just a few minutes later.

  • Christian Abbiati
    89
    6
    3.50

    Christian Abbiati

    Did well to keep out Jovanovic's 13th-minute effort but was largely untested for the rest of the game. He provided a cool head at the back and took no risks as his side ensured qualification.

  • Mattia De Sciglio
    141
    4
    4.00

    Mattia De Sciglio

    Kept Jovanovic quiet for the majority of the game and also found time to push up on the right flank regularly. He supplied a brilliant deep cross which El Shaarawy fired in just after half time.

  • Philippe Mexes
    227
    2
    4.50

    Philippe Mexes

    Was solid at the back as Milan consistently repelled Anderlecht's attempts to find a route through to the goal. Provided a moment of breathtaking quality with a superb overhead kick goal in the second half.

  • Kevin Constant
    94
    13
    3.00

    Kevin Constant

    Struggled to settle into the game with a string of poor touches and avoidable errors. He was lucky that Praet shot wide after his mistake, but he somewhat atoned with a brilliant goal-line clearance to keep out Mbokani in the first half.

  • Mario Yepes
    88
    13
    3.00

    Mario Yepes

    Put in a dominant aerial display, winning almost every header that came his way. While he struggled up against Mbokani in the first half, he was vastly improved after the break and was relatively solid.

  • Antonio Nocerino
    97
    19
    3.50

    Antonio Nocerino

    An industrious performance in the middle of the park from the former Palermo man, who ran up and down all evening. He worked hard for his team and tracked the runners through midfield well.

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng
    53
    71
    2.50

    Kevin-Prince Boateng

    Lacked interest as he failed to get into any dangerous positions without finding himself offside. He had no conviction in the final third in what was ultimately a disappointing display.

  • Riccardo Montolivo
    103
    10
    3.00

    Riccardo Montolivo

    Supplied a number of decent passes up to the forwards, but failed to offer Milan a creative spark in what was a hotly-contested midfield battle. It was not one of his best performances, but it was by no means a bad one.

  • Nigel De Jong
    118
    8
    3.50

    Nigel De Jong

    Broke apart the play well in midfield and screened the defence well with a combative performance. The Dutchman helped keep Anderlecht of the scoreboard for as long as possible.

  • Bojan Krkic
    122
    19
    3.50

    Bojan Krkic

    Made a bright start to the game with some exciting, tightly-controlled dribbling. Was unable to lift the ball over Proto in the early exchanges and soon vanished into the background in what was a poor match for him.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    282
    5
    4.50

    Stephan El Shaarawy Top of the Match

    Starved of service in the first half, the 20-year-old became increasingly frustrated. However, he provided a brilliant finish for the opening goal just after the restart and even mucked in with the defensive duties too. A late assist for Pato's strike capped an excellent display.

Substitutions

  • Cristian Zapata
    78
    11

    Cristian Zapata

    Brought on for Mexes in the 79th minute and did not make an impact on the game.

  • Urby Emanuelson
    69
    9

    Urby Emanuelson

    Replaced Constant in the 73rd minute but was unable to influence proceedings.

  • Alexandre Pato
    171
    3
    3.50

    Alexandre Pato

    Came on for Bojan in the 67th minute and put in an impressive shift. Nuytinck could not keep up with his quick feet and was shown a red card for a poor challenge. Netted a stoppage-time goal to restore the two-goal cushion.

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