UEFA Champions League

November 3, 2009


AC Milan

1 - 1

Real Madrid

Group C

19:45 +00:00, November 3, 2009

Giuseppe Meazza

Referee: Dr. Felix Brych

  • 92'

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  • 92'

    The corner's wasted and the referee blows for full-time. It's 1-1 and the game just lacked the dramtic ending you might have hoped for.

  • 92'

    Milan win a corner as Arbeloa heads a Ronaldinho cross behind.

  • 91'

    We're into injury time and Milan are on the attack.

  • 89'

    Raul brings a superb shot from Dida! Great reaction save from the Brazilian.

  • 88'

    Marcelo fires in a shot from the edge of the area. Dida makes a meal of it but does enough.

  • 87'

    Madrid have a free-kick and a chance to put the ball in the box, but the ref gives a generous foul in Milan's favour as it comes over the top.

  • 85'

    Will there be another chance that good in that final minutes? It looks to be heading for a draw now...

  • 83'

    Inzaghi misses a glorious chance, spooning over the bar as the ball bounces up at the far post when had a free shot on goal!

  • 83'

    Thiago Silva nearly causes problems by falling over as Madrid send a ball over the top, but Van Nistelrooy's offside.

  • 82'

    Van Nistelrooy comes on for Benzema.

  • 80'

    Zambrotta attempts a ridiculous shot from distance, which doesn't come off, for obvious reasons.

  • 79'

    Inzaghi comes on for Borriello, who's struggled to make any impact at all.

  • 78'

    Marcelo fires wide after a decent move from Madrid.

  • 77'

    We're still not seeing many moves come off, but both sides still seem fairly committed to chasing the three points.

  • 75'

    Pirlo makes a great intervention to deny Alonso on the edge of the area. Milan break and Arbeloa picks up a yellow for knocking down Pato.

  • 74'

    Raul comes on for Higuain, who's been anonymous tonight.

  • 73'

    Marcelo fires a shot straight at Dida when he had better options. Poor stuff, really.

  • 72'

    Ronaldinho chips it in from the left but Borriello just fails to make solid contact with as he swings his boot!

  • 71'

    It's still end-to-end, but nothing much is happening when the sides get to the end.

  • 70'

    Kaka attempts a shot from range, but it's off target and Dida lets it go.

  • 69'

    Albiol falls over in the area and wants a penalty, but doesn't get one.

  • 68'

    Dida fumbles Kaka's corner and it's another Madrid corner.

  • 68'

    Pirlo helps out in defence to clear the ball from Kaka's feet, but it's a corner.

  • 66'

    Madrid deal with the corner.

  • 66'

    A decent effort is headed over for a corner.

  • 65'

    Pato's taking a bit of a kicking and wins a free-kick out on the flank. Could be good territory for Pirlo to curl one into the centre.

  • 63'

    Ronaldinho, after a nervy start, has been in superb form. A splendid exhange with Seedorf comes to nothing, sadly, but Ron is definitely up for this.

  • 62'

    Kaka looks to be on a one-man mission to spark something and he's getting involved in a few rough challenges with his old team-mates.

  • 61'

    The corner comes to nothing.

  • 60'

    Benzema curls over the bar after a sustained build-up from the visitors. The ref says it took a deflection so it's a corner.

  • 59'

    Pirlo swings a free-kick in and Ambrosini makes a complete mess of a free header! It comes off his shoulder...

  • 58'

    Yellow card for Marcelo after a filthy challenge on Zambrotta.

  • 57'

    Kaka approaches the Milan box but goes down after a solid challenge from Ambrosini. Meanwhile, it looks like Raul may be brought on.

  • 55'

    Pato actually does handball this time and gets a yellow card as he kicks the ball away. A carbon copy of the disallowed goal bar the fact he did handball and he missed this time.

  • 54'

    Kaka plays in Ramos and the Spain full-back shows some silky skills before putting in a horrible cross.

  • 53'

    Another strange decision from the ref as he gives a foul Milan's way as Seedorf loses the ball.

  • 52'

    Oddo puts in a woeful ball. Woeful. Still, Milan are attacking...

  • 51'

    Pato nearly finds a way through, but he's blocked off by two defenders. Still Milan on top.

  • 50'

    Milan are looking far better now and you could even argue that they're currently the better side.

  • 49'

    Ronadinho puts a ball into the back post for Borriello, but the striker is too central and can't reach it.

  • 48'

    Zambrotta pulls the ball back into the box but Ramos clears easily.

  • 47'

    Ramos swings a cross in and Dida punches away, as he's wont to do.

  • 46'

    Milan get the match back underway.

  • 47'

    It's half time! A nervy start eventually made way for some excellent end-to-end entertainment at the San Siro. Join us in the second half as the drama unfolds.

  • 46'

    Borriello and Pepe have another tussle, this time with Borriello lying on the floor off the ball. The ref sees nothing and nothing comes of it.

  • 45'

    Milan are starting to get on top now. Meanwhile, there's a bit of a tussle with Borriello and Pepe but they escape with a talking to.

  • 43'

    Diarra makes a couple of good challenges on Zambrotta and Ronaldinho as Milan step up.

  • 42'

    Milan attempt to break away and do something on the counter, but it breaks down as Seedorf is unable to reach a loose pass.

  • 41'

    Kaka tries a speculative effort from 25 yards but makes a mess of it.

  • 40'

    The free-kick is lobbed in but it's headed well over.

  • 39'

    A hectic, end-to-end spell following the equaliser has calmed down slightly, but Madrid have a free-kick from distance.

  • 38'

    The referee's starting to have a stinker, but at least his decisions balanced out there.

  • 36'

    Pato scores! But it's ruled out for a foul or a handball that didn't happen. Great solo effort from the Brazilian but it's chalked off.

  • 35'

    GOAL FOR MILAN! Ronaldinho fires it home in style!

  • 33'

    Penalty for Milan! Zambrotta crosses in and Pepe slides with him and the ball catches his arm. It's a massive call from the ref and you'd have to say he got it wrong.

  • 32'

    Borriello is struggling to make any impact right now. He loses a tussle with Sergio Ramos and the ball goes out for a goal kick.

  • 31'

    Madrid are still the attacking force here.

  • 29'

    GOAL FOR MADRID! Kaka drops a shoulder on the edge of the area and fires a shot that takes a deflection from Thiago Silva. Dida spills it and Benzema turns it in well from the far post.

  • 27'

    Xabi Alonso tries a clever free-kick, looking to curl it low round the back rather than high in the middle, but it doesn't come off.

  • 26'

    Milan are showing signs they may be settling down a little now, although they clearly have plenty of work still to do.

  • 24'

    Pato comes very close to getting a goal against the run of play! Seedorf broke free and played it out wide but, after Pato beat his defender, Casillas was on hand to deny him.

  • 22'

    Madrid are still making all the attacks. You'd have to say they're probably going to score sooner rather than later on current evidence.

  • 21'

    Ambrosini has Milan's first shot of the evening, but can only find row Z.

  • 20'

    Benzema makes some space and fires just wide of the post! So close to the opener.

  • 19'

    Sergio Ramos wins a corner cleverly but Seedorf clears away as Alonso swings it in.

  • 18'

    Ronaldinho's pass causes havoc in the Madrid area. There's still a clear weak point there that could cost them.

  • 17'

    Dida punches away Alonso's free-kick.

  • 16'

    Milan are really struggling to take any control here and Oddo is forced into a rash challenge near the corner flag.

  • 15'

    Ronaldinho chips a ball in for lone striker Borriello but it goes straight through for Casillas.

  • 14'

    Higuain hits one from the edge of the area but it's well over. Madrid are in complete control, though.

  • 13'

    Sergio Ramos fires just wide! Kaka's cross is chested down by Benzema and the Spain defender's shot just evades the post.

  • 12'

    Dida plays the ball long for Pato and, when he tries to find Ronaldinho in the centre of the area, he's on the floor and asking for a penalty. He doesn't get one.

  • 11'

    Kaka steals the ball from Nesta and cuts it back, but the pass is blocked.

  • 10'

    Lassana Diarra fires in a shot from outside the area. Dida has few problems, but Madrid are starting to gain the upper hand here.

  • 9'

    Milan are now slowing things down, keeping possession in the midfield.

  • 8'

    Higuain gets a shot away as Madrid break down the left, but he doesn't strike it cleanly and Dida gathers.

  • 7'

    The corner is wasted. Goal kick for Milan.

  • 6'

    Benzema sees a shot deflected down into the ground, leaving Dida to tip over for a corner.

  • 5'

    Madrid go on the attack but are caught well offside.

  • 4'

    Pato shows some nice touches from an Ambrosini pass and the ball comes to Ronaldinho on the left, but his pass is slack.

  • 3'

    Ronaldinho puts the ball in from the left but it sails over everyone for a goal kick. A nervy start for both sides.

  • 2'

    Madrid appear to be trying to slow the game down right from the off and calm down the crowd.

  • 1'

    Real Madrid get the game underway!


    The teams are now out on the pitch in a packed San Siro and the atmosphere is electric.


    Plenty of questions to be answered tonight. How will the Milan fans react to Kaka on his first trip back? Can Real Madrid keep the wolves from Pellegrini's door? Will Pato step up again?


    Real Madrid: Casillas, S Ramos, Albiol, Pepe, Arbeloa, Diarra, Xabi Alonso, Kaka, Marcelo, Benzema, Higuain.


    Milan: Dida, Oddo, Thiago Silva, Nesta, Zambrotta, Pirlo, Ambrosini, Pato, Seedorf, Ronaldinho, Borriello.


    We have the teams in and Real Madrid appear to be taking the more attacking approach.


    Join us at 1945 GMT to see Real Madrid travel to face AC Milan. It's Kaka's first return to the San Siro.