• Date: Tue 16 February 2010
  • Venue: San Siro
  • Ref: Benquerenca, O
  • Attendance: 80,000
AC Milan

AC Milan

Ronaldinho (3)

Seedorf (85)

2 - 3
Manchester United

Manchester United

Scholes (36)

Rooney (66)

Rooney (74)

AC Milan vs Manchester United

Team Lineups

AC Milan

Nelson de Jesus Dida
Alessandro Nesta
Daniele Bonera
Thiago Silva
Luca Antonini (Giuseppe Favalli, 37)
Andrea Pirlo
Massimo Ambrosini
David Beckham (Clarence Seedorf, 72)
Alexandre Pato
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Filippo Inzaghi, 77)
Gaucho Ronaldinho

Manchester United

Edwin van der Sar
Patrice Evra
Rio Ferdinand
Da Silva Rafael (Wes Brown, 90)
Jonny Evans, J
Ji-Sung Park
Michael Carrick
Luis Carlos Nani (Luis Antonio Valencia, 64)
Paul Scholes
Darren Fletcher
Wayne Rooney

Match Report
Manchester United won a thrilling encounter 3-2 against AC Milan in the San Siro, taking the upper hand going into the second leg of the Champions League Round of 16 tie. The pre-match build-up had been dominated by David Beckham and the former United ace was handed a start on the right side of midfield for the home side. And it was the Rossoneri who made a flying start, taking the lead within three minutes as a Beckham free-kick into the area was only half-cleared and Ronaldinho's volley was deflected past Edwin van der Sar by the outstretched boot of Michael Carrick. Milan then came close to adding a second as Ronaldinho forced a save from van der Sar and Luca Antonini dragged a shot wide when well placed. Twenty minutes in Wayne Rooney drilled a 25-yard left-foot shot a yard wide of goal, as United tried to get back into the game. Eleven minutes from half-time Klaas-Jan Huntelaar went close to doubling the lead, spinning away from Rio Ferdinand before firing a shot from just outside the area narrowly wide of van der Sar's goal. However, a large stroke of fortune enabled United to draw level two minutes later when Darren Fletcher's cross found Paul Scholes. He missed the ball with his attempt at a shot from eight yards out, but the ball bounced off his standing leg and trickled just inside Dida's far post. Straight after the restart Darren Fletcher headed wide from a Nani cross, before Alexandre Pato placed a header of his own wide of target when well placed at the other end. Andrea Pirlo extended van der Sar with an audacious long-range free-kick, before the Dutchman did well to push away a curling effort from Ronaldinho at full stretch. United then brought on Antonio Valencia for Nani just after the hour mark and he had an immediate impact as his cross to the far post was headed back across goal and into the net by Rooney. Eight minutes later United hit Milan with a third goal, as Fletcher lifted the ball into the area and an unmarked Rooney had all the time in the world to head past the stranded Dida. The visitors looked most likely to add to their tally, but five minutes from time Milan pulled a goal back as Ronaldinho pushed the ball in from the left and Clarence Seedorf executed a cheeky back-heel perfectly to reduce the deficit. The home side then pressed for an equaliser, but were unable to find one, with Carrick being sent off right at the death for a second yellow card.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

Full-Time: AC MILAN 2-3 MAN UTD.

90
Red Card
 

Carrick kicks the ball away and earns a second yellow card.

90
Yellow Card
 

Ronaldinho has gone into the book.

90
Substitution
 

United waste time by bringing on Wes Brown for Rafael.

90

From the flag-kick Thiago Silva heads wide when well placed.

90

Daniele Bonera's cross is knocked down by Ronaldinho and Massimo Ambrosini's shot is deflected away for a corner.

88

A couple of minutes to go and it's been a thriller in the San Siro.

87

Thiago Silva shoots well wide from all of 40 yards, as Milan continue to enjoy late pressure.

86

That was a bolt out of the blue and now Inzaghi threatens as Milan pile forward again.

85
Goal
 

AC MILAN 2-3 MAN UTD, well what about that, Ronaldinho pushes the ball in from the left and SEEDORF executes a cheeky back-heel perfectly to reduce the deficit.

83

Rooney's free-kick from 30 yards is watched by Dida as it goes behind for a goal-kick.

82

Valencia flashes a cross across the box, but it's just too far in front of Rooney, who's now in search of a hat-trick.

80

Milan look a dejected lot now, they must fear an Old Trafford beating in the second leg.

77

Filippo Inzaghi replaces the ineffective Huntelaar.

76

That's pretty much game and tie over now, Milan are starting to show the problems of having an ageing squad.

74
Goal
 

AC MILAN 1-3 MAN UTD, an astonishingly easy goal as Fletcher lifts the ball into the area and ROONEY has all the time in the world to head past the stranded Dida.

73

Fletcher's pass finds Rooney in space and his shot is agonisingly wide of an upright, with Dida well beaten.

72
Substitution
 

Beckham trots off to be replaced by Clarence Seedorf.

72

Milan are starting to look a bit jaded now.

70

Valencia's cross is deflected up off Favalli and Dida makes a comfortable catch.

69

United now have the upper hand and Rooney looks like a different player after his goal.

67

A superb goal from Rooney and United have turned things around somehow.

66
Goal
 

AC MILAN 1-2 MAN UTD, Valencia makes his mark with a fine cross to the far post which is headed back across goal and into the net by ROONEY.

64
Substitution
 

United bring on Luis Antonio Valencia for Nani.

63

A quick United break ends with Rooney hitting a shot straight at Dida from 15 yards out.

63
Yellow Card
 

Carrick is booked for bringing down Ronaldinho.

60

Pato feeds Ronaldinho on the left and his curling effort is pushed away at full stretch by van der Sar.

60

Rooney finds space on the edge of the area, but his volley is sliced hopelessly wide.

58

Rooney's long-range effort is deflected away for a corner.

57

Milan enjoy some possession, but are unable to find a way through the visitors' defence.

54

The second half has started brightly, with both sides eager to push forward.

52

Andrea Pirlo tries his luck from a free-kick from more than 30 yards out and van der Sar has to tip it away for a corner.

50

It'll be a major surprise if this ends without further goals.

48

A chance for Milan, as Favalli crosses from the left and Pato flashes a header off-target from 12 yards.

47

Nani floats over a cross from the right and Fletcher heads wide at the far post.

46

Milan start the second period.

Half time
 

Half-Time: AC MILAN 1-1 MAN UTD.

45

Into stoppage time, a couple of minutes to be added.

44
Yellow Card
 

Rooney has picked up a yellow card for some back-chat.

42

Van der Sar is stretched to try and keep out a Ronaldinho drive which bounced just in front of him.

40

Carrick drills a low shot wide from all of 35 yards out.

39

Not long to go to half-time and United will be delighted to be back on level terms and have an away goal in the bag.

38

That was a real piece of fortune for United, who had been impotent for much of the game so far.

37
Substitution
 

Milan have been forced to replace the injured Antonini with Giuseppe Favalli.

36
Goal
 

AC MILAN 1-1 MAN UTD, a stroke of luck for United as Fletcher's cross finds SCHOLES and he misses the ball, which bounces off his standing leg and trickles just inside Dida's far post.

35

Nani crumples in the area looking for a penalty, he gets nothing but a ticking-off.

34

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar goes close to adding a second, spinning away from Ferdinand before firing a shot from just outside the area narrowly wide of van der Sar's goal.

33

Milan threaten from a couple of corners, but the visitors stand firm.

32

Play has become bitty with the game now a stop-start affair due to a series of free-kicks.

29

Ronaldinho feeds Pato, but Jonny Evans arrives in the nick of time to make the tackle.

28

The game has slowed a little in the last few minutes, maybe United have weathered the storm.

25

The game was held up for an injury to Pato, but he has recovered now.

23

Midway through the first half and Milan have had much the better of things.

21

Paul Scholes plays the ball in to Rooney, but for once the England man misses his kick and Milan have a goal-kick.

20

A Beckham free-kick from the left is punched away by van der Sar, who timed his leap perfectly.

19

Wayne Rooney drills a 25-yard left-foot shot a yard wide of goal.

18

Ferdinand shuts out Ronaldinho at the other end, with the Brazilian looking in vain for a penalty.

17

Darren Fletcher tries to find a way through, but is crowded out and Alessandro Nesta makes the clearance.

16

United still haven't carved out any sort of opening.

14

Nani drifts a ball in from the right but it's straight into the arms of the waiting Dida in the home goal.

12

Nani and Ji-Sung Park combine well and United force another corner.

11

Milan carve United open again down the left, with Thiago Silva finding Antonini, who drags his shot just wide of the near post.

10

Milan play the ball out as Nani is slow to recover from a challenge with Ronaldinho, but he's okay to carry on now.

9

Evra makes ground down the left and forces Luca Antonini to concede a corner.

7

It's almost two as a superb attack sees Pato feed Ronaldinho on the left and his low shot forces van der Sar into a smart, low save.

6

It's all Milan at the moment, that early goal has upset United's rhythm for the time being.

4

What a start for the Italians and Beckham was involved of course.

3
Goal
 

AC MILAN 1-0 MAN UTD, a Beckham free-kick into the area is only half-cleared and RONALDINHO's volley is deflected past Edwin van der Sar by Michael Carrick.

2

Milan enjoy the early possession and Patrice Evra brings down Alexandre Pato in the United half.

1
Kickoff
 

United get the game underway amid a cauldron of noise.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

The England midfielder starts for the Rossoneri against his former club, while United recall Rio Ferdinand, who is currently serving a domestic suspension.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

AC Milan play host to Manchester United, with the pre-game talk having been dominated by one man, David Beckham.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

The Champions League knockout stages get underway and what a place to start in the San Siro.