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1 vs 0
Played
October 24, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Estadio La Rosaleda — Málaga
Referee:‬ Pedro Proença‎
Attendance:‬ 27683‎
 
64′ Joaquín
 
Top of the Match
Manuel Iturra
Manuel Iturra
Malaga
Joaquín
Joaquín
Malaga
Flop of the Match
Kevin Constant
Kevin Constant
AC Milan
Massimiliano Allegri
Massimiliano Allegri
AC Milan

Malaga 1-0 AC Milan: Three wins from three for Spanish side as Allegri moves closer to exit

Joaquin was the hero for the Andalusians, atoning for an earlier penalty miss with the only goal of the game in the second half, as Milan's season goes from bad to worse

By Keeghann Sinanan

Joaquin
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Malaga's perfect start to their maiden Champions League campaign continued with a 1-0 victory over AC Milan at La Rosaleda on Wednesday.

The Andalusian outfit have three wins out of three, and remain the only side in this season's competition yet to concede a goal after a comfortable victory over the beleaguered Italians, who see more pressure heaped on coach Massimiliano Allegri after another disappointing result.

The scoreline could have been greater had Joaquin not missed a first-half penalty, but the Spanish winger made amends just past the hour mark as he scored the only goal of the game with a cool finish.

Malaga now have nine points from their opening three games in Group C, and hold a five-point lead over Milan, who themselves are now looking over their shoulders at Zenit St Petersburg, only a point behind.

Nacho Monreal failed a late fitness test, meaning that Eliseu slotted in at left back for Malaga, with Manuel Iturra also handed a start in midfield.

With Nigel de Jong sidelined through injury, Massimo Ambrosini was handed his first Champions League appearance of the season, while Alexandre Pato continued his return from a long injury layoff with a place on the bench.

Malaga, facing an Italian side for the first time in their history, carried the momentum of the first half as the play of Joaquin and Manuel Iturra in particular kept Milan perpetually on the back foot.

Riccardo Montolivo manifested the visitors’ frustration with a reckless challenge on Camacho, an infraction from which he was perhaps lucky to escape with only a yellow card.

Milan would slowly grow into the game though, and they managed to fashion the first real chance of the match on the half hour mark, as Urby Emanualson broke free down the right and teed up Stephan El Shaarawy inside the area, who fired over from a great position.

Malaga would hit back soon after, as a slick combination between Joaquin and Isco resulted in the latter bending a shot inches over the bar from the edge of the box.

With two minutes to go until half-time, the home side were presented with a golden opportunity to take the lead, after Kevin Constant tugged down Jesus Gamez just inside the area to concede a penalty.

Joaquin took responsibility from 12 yards out, but over-hit the spot-kick, which clipped the crossbar on its way out of play.

The match remained finely poised as the second half unfolded, but Malaga continued to shade matters, and Saviola nearly had a one-on-one after latching onto Isco’s brilliant cutback, but a superb tackle by Daniele Bonera halted him at the last.

With 64 minutes gone, however, Malaga would finally find a way through. Iturra was the architect, clipping a perfectly-weighted pass over Francesco Acerbi, from which Joaquin needed no second invitation to latch onto and slot into the corner.

Eliseu nearly added a second moments after the restart when he lashed towards goal from 20 yards out, but the fingertips of Amelia denied him a great score.

Milan launched a late and desperate charge during the final minutes. El Shaarawy saw a close-range shot pushed away by Caballero, and Mexes fired wide after attacking in a good position from the resulting corner.

But there was nothing more to come from the Italians, as Malaga held on for a deserved victory, and come within touching distance of the knockout stages, while Allegri faces fresh speculation over his future.



Malaga

13
Willy Caballero
Goalkeeper
4.00
2
Jesús Gámez
Defender
4.00
3
Weligton
Defender
4.00
26
4.00
18
Eliseu
Midfielder
3.00
6
Camacho
Midfielder
4.00
17
Joaquín
Midfielder
45′ 64′ 85′
4.00
-
Manuel Iturra
Midfielder
64′ 67′
4.50
23
Isco
Midfielder
4.00
30
3.00
27
Portillo
Midfielder
93′
3.50

AC Milan

3.50
1
Marco Amelia
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
3.00
5
2.00
15
2.00
21
Kevin Constant
Midfielder
43′ 69′
3.00
25
3.00
18
2.50
21
2.50
28
2.00
11
2.50
92

Substitutes

1
Carlos Kameni
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
 - 
17
Duda
Midfielder
85′
3.00
45
Recio
Midfielder
 - 
9
3.00
-
F. Olinga
Striker
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
59
Gabriel
Goalkeeper
 - 
33
Mario Yepes
Defender
 - 
3
 - 
-
 - 
20
2.00
9
 - 
-

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

 
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  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
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