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  • Ronaldinho (3), Seedorf (85)
  • Scholes (36), Rooney (66), Rooney (74)
  • Date:2010-02-16
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:San Siro
  • Attendance:80000
  • Referee:Benquerenca, O

Live Commentary

90mins

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

90mins

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

90mins

Ronaldinho has gone into the book.

90mins

United waste time by bringing on Wes Brown for Rafael.

90mins

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

90mins

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

88mins

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

87mins

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

86mins

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

85mins

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.

83mins

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

82mins

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.

80mins

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

77mins

Filippo Inzaghi replaces the ineffective Huntelaar.

76mins

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

74mins

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.

73mins

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

72mins

Beckham trots off to be replaced by Clarence Seedorf.

72mins

Milan are starting to look a bit jaded now.

70mins

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

69mins

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

67mins

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

66mins

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.

64mins

United bring on Luis Antonio Valencia for Nani.

63mins

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

63mins

Carrick is booked for bringing down Ronaldinho.

60mins

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

60mins

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

58mins

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

57mins

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

54mins

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

52mins

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.

50mins

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

48mins

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

47mins

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

46mins

Milan start the second period.

45mins

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

45mins

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

44mins

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

42mins

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

40mins

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

39mins

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.

38mins

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

37mins

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

36mins

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.

35mins

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

34mins

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.

33mins

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

32mins

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

29mins

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

28mins

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

25mins

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

23mins

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

21mins

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

20mins

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

19mins

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

18mins

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

17mins

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

16mins

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

14mins

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

12mins

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

11mins

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

10mins

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

9mins

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

7mins

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.

6mins

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

4mins

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

3mins

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.

2mins

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

1mins

United get the game underway amid a cauldron of noise.

0mins

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

0mins

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

0mins

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


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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.

AC Milan

Manchester United

Corners

64

Fouls

1520

Goal attempts

1312

Shots off target

78

Offsides

02

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