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Player Ratings: AC Milan 1-1 Real Madrid

AC Milan

Dida: 5 -
Spilled again to the detriment of his team and persisted with his frustrating knack of parrying into his own area. Fumbled on crosses but pulled out an outstanding late save from Raul.

Oddo: 5.5 - Relatively efficient in his duties again this evening, although he will be happy not to face Marcelo every week.

Nesta: 7 - Invited the Madrid attack all the way to the depths of the Rossoneri back-line and stood resolute alongside Silva. Another effortlessly world class showing. A study in consistency.

Thiago Silva: 7 - A composed showing from the young Brazilian. Competed well alongside Nesta, he limited Benzema and Higuain, one aberration aside, to very little.

Zambrotta: 7.5 - Raided the left-flank with great effectiveness after a poor opening from the hosts. Earned the penalty and curbed the attacking enthusiasm shown by Ramos.

Ambrosini: 8 - Once Milan gained their foothold, it was the responsibility of the captain to shut out the Merengues. He did, with aplomb, and shadowed Kaka into the periphery of the game.

Pirlo: 5.5 - Set-piece delivery was typically accurate and he made himself available for the majority of passes through the midfield. Quiet by his standards though. 

Seedorf: 7.5 - The man has class oozing from every pore. His passing and tackling were second to none and he showed remarkable energy in his offensive and defensive duties. A cameo with Ronaldinho in the second half was a joy to behold.

Ronaldinho: 8 - Not quite his brilliant best, but not far off. The vision on his through balls was brought further into focus, he dispatched a wonderful penalty and he even made a tackle or two.

Pato: 9 - Milan's most potent attacking weapon, wreaking damage throughout the 90 minutes. Had a seemingly legitimate goal chalked off and his guile earned at least two Merengues bookings. Efficient with his delivery of crosses too.

Borriello: 4.5 - Showed some good movement in the second half, laid off well for his midfield but could not make a goal threat of himself.

Subs

Inzaghi: 6 - Had a late chance to steal the show.

Real Madrid


Casillas: 7 - Milan failed to break through to Casillas on many occasions but he was ready when called upon.

Ramos: 8 - A fine attacking display was halted by the adventure of Zambrotta. Nonetheless, Ronaldinho had to roam elsewhere for space as the full-back offered little change.

Pepe: 6.5 - Displayed some questionable decision-making as the game came to its conclusion but was strong, sturdy and energetic across the game.

Albiol: 5 - Inelegant and awkward at times. Could not dominate on set-pieces and was beaten all too easily on the ground by the likes of Pato and Ronaldinho.

Arbeloa: 3 - Took over from Marcelo after the Brazilian's roasting at the hands of Pato a fortnight ago. Same result though. The former Liverpool man was bothered from start to finish as he punched in an uncomfortable shift, only getting to grips with 'the Duck' by mugging him.

Lass: 8 - Enjoyed a wonderful tussle with Seedorf; giving and taking tackles with relish and honesty. Real Madrid's fulcrum barely wastes a pass.

Alonso: 6 - Not his most influential of nights after a bright start but was accurate in his distribution.

Kaka: 6.5 - His contribution on the first goal cannot be understated but the former Milan man cut a frustrated figure as Ambrosini bullied him off his old patch.

Marcelo: 8 - Revelled in his attacking role, freed from his defensive responsibilities. Gave Oddo an uncomfortable evening and linked up well with his colleagues.

Benzema: 6 - Will be delighted to have opened his continental account for los Blancos with a neat finish but lacked ingenuity from there on in.

Higuain: 4 - Despite his status as a match-winner for Madrid, the Argentinean was only ever on the fringes of proceedings.

Subs

Raul: 6 - Great late chance spurned.

Van Nistelrooy n/a

Peter Staunton, Goal.com