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1 vs 1
Played
November 6, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 30891‎
 
Eliseu 40′
Top of the Match
Bojan Krkic
Bojan Krkic
AC Milan
Alexandre Pato
Alexandre Pato
AC Milan
Flop of the Match
Javier Saviola
Javier Saviola
Malaga
Stephan El Shaarawy
Stephan El Shaarawy
AC Milan

AC Milan 1-1 Malaga: Pato rescues point but visitors confirm spot in next round

The Brazilian put the first goal past the Andalusians in the competition this season, though the Boquerones will be content to have advanced with two games to spare

By Tom Webber

Festejo Malaga
Saviola y compañía festejan el gol del Málaga / Getty
Malaga retained their unbeaten record in the Champions League as a 1-1 draw with AC Milan at San Siro was enough to confirm their progression to the Round of 16.

A win would have ensured progression from Group C for Manuel Pellegrini's men and that was certainly on the cards when Eliseu fired them ahead five minutes before half-time.

The second half brought a change in ethos from the visitors as they looked to defend their one-goal advantage. However, they were eventually beaten when Alexandre Pato headed in an equaliser in the 73rd minute but there was to be no winning goal for either side as the points were shared.

With both teams keen to push forward, it made for an extremely open start to the game in which possession was given away far too cheaply in midfield, stopping either side from getting into any sort of rhythm.

After Eliseu failed to beat Christian Abbiati with an absurdly ambitious chip, Milan began to take hold of the game and push their opponents back.

With 19 minutes on the clock, they tested the away keeper for the first time as Bojan showed fantastic feet to wriggle between a number of Malaga shirts out on the right. Having then cut in side to create the space, he lashed an effort on goal that, despite taking a deflection, was parried aside by the stretching Willy Caballero.

The keeper then produced another inspired save as he tipped Urby Emanuelson's precise 20-yard free-kick wide. The Dutchman's effort looked destined for the top corner but Caballero had other ideas, diving to his right and getting the slightest of touches to prevent a certain goal.

The Andalusians were largely restricted to playing on the counter-attack but they still looked dangerous when Joaquin, Eliseu and Isco linked up intricately.

It was one such combination that saw Malaga strike first, five minutes before half-time. Isco shifted the ball away from Nigel de Jong before threading a diagonal ball to put Eliseu in behind. The Portuguese struck the ball first time and found the bottom corner with Abbiati rooted.

Massimiliano Allegri's side came out for the second half with much more urgency and forged a decent opportunity soon after the restart. Bojan fed Emanuelson at the edge of the box but his shot was tame and rolled comfortably into the hands of Caballero.

The visitors then began to display why they have been so difficult to score against as they put two solid lines behind the ball and squeezed the space available to the Diavolo.

But as they began to sit deeper and deeper, the pressure became too much and they conceded for the first time in the tournament. Kevin Constant exposed Joaquin's defensive frailties as he charged to the line and swung in a deep cross which Pato nodded in at the back post.

Kevin-Prince Boateng came closest to netting a decisive goal moments later but he, like many of his team-mates, was thwarted by Caballero.

The draw puts Malaga in the hat for the next round, while second-placed Milan travel to Brussels in a fortnight to face Anderlecht in a must-win fixture.


AC Milan

32
Christian Abbiati
Goalkeeper
3.00
5
Philippe Mexes
Defender
3.50
20
Ignazio Abate
Defender
6′
 - 
21
Kevin Constant
Midfielder
73′
3.00
25
Daniele Bonera
Defender
3.00
18
Riccardo Montolivo
Midfielder
53′
3.00
28
Urby Emanuelson
Midfielder
43′ 80′
2.50
34
Nigel De Jong
Midfielder
34′
2.50
9
3.50
-
Bojan Krkic
Striker
3.50
92
2.50

Malaga

3.50
13
3.00
2
3.00
3
Weligton
Defender
64′
3.00
26
3.50
18
Eliseu
Midfielder
40′
2.50
21
3.00
6
Camacho
Midfielder
2.50
17
Joaquín
Midfielder
81′
3.00
-
Manuel Iturra
Midfielder
59′ 75′
3.50
23
Isco
Midfielder
40′
2.00
30

Substitutes

1
Marco Amelia
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
3.00
33
Mario Yepes
Defender
 - 
9
3.00
21
 - 
7
Robinho
Striker
80′
 - 
11
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
1
Carlos Kameni
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
3.00
8
 - 
17
Duda
Midfielder
3.00
9
 - 
27
Portillo
Midfielder

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