AC Milan 2 – Real Madrid 2


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AC Milan midfielder IGNAZIO ABATE (20) has his feet tangled courtesy the challenge of Real Madrid’s Portugal World Cup star CRISTIANO RONALDO, who has scored 11 goals in nine La Liga games but just one in four Champions League contests this term, at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, commonly referred to as the San Siro, just south of the Italian Alps in the capital city of Lombardy. (Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters)
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UEFA Champions League
Group Stage
11/3/2010

2 – AC Milan (ITA) —————– Inzaghi 68′, 78′
2 – Real Madrid (SPA) ———— Higuain 45′, Leon 90+4′

A goal from a substitute deep into injury time ruined an attempted second half comeback and rallied visiting Spanish giant REAL MADRID to a 2-2 draw with Italian titan AC MILAN in Group G of the UEFA Champions League.

The point gained against AC Milan assures that Real Madrid will advance to the knockout round of sixteen of the competition.

With their first-year Portuguese manager JOSE MOURINHO making a return trip to the same Stadio San Siro where he enjoyed so much success in the Italian Alps with Inter Milan last season, Real Madrid had far more of the possession and opportunities of the first half but were made to wait until just before the halftime whistle for Argentina World Cup striker GONZALO HIGUAIN to grab his second goal in the UEFA Champions League this season.

Another Argentina World Cup performer now deployed regularly on the left wing by Mourinho, 25.0 million Euro acquisition ANGEL DI MARIA, had been the provider for Higuain, who now counts seven goals in all competitions for Real Madrid this 2010-11 campaign.

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Sweden international striker ZLATKO IBRAHIMOVIC of AC Milan, on loan for the season to the Serie A club from Los Blancos’ La Liga arch-rival FC Barcelona, fires a shot from the edge of the six-yard box as Real Madrid’s Spain World Cup champion goalkeeper IKER CASILLAS (1) comes out to cut down the angle at the San Siro. (Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images)
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AC Milan, however, were not about to give up so easily on home ground and sent on three-time Italy World Cup striker FILIPPO INZAGHI at the hour mark to see about erasing the deficit; within twenty mintues, the 37-year-old veteran scored twice to send the home side ahead.

Inzaghi’s first strike arrived in the 68th minute after Real Madrid’s Spain World Cup champion goalkeeper IKER CASILLAS could only parry the cross of AC Milan’s Sweden international striker ZLATKO IBRAHIMOVIC into the air; the aging veteran, in his tenth season with the Rossoneri, added a second ten minutes later after running onto a thru ball from AC Milan’s Italy World Cup midfielder GENNARO GATTUSO.

Perhaps anticipating a lob, the on-rushing Casillas foolishly jumped up in the air, which allowed the savy Inzaghi to simply roll the ball along the ground into the unguarded net for his 70th career goal in European competition.

After falling behind Mourinho, looking the possibility of defeat in the face with sincerity for the first time since taking over at Real Madrid, sent on a pair of substitutes who would, with time having all but expired, do the Portuguese manager proud.

In no less than the fourth minute of injury time, France international striker KARIM BENZEMA played a clever ball in the box for former Spain U-21 international midfielder PEDRO LEON to latch onto and lash, embarrassingly enough, between the wickets of AC Milan’s 33-year-old Italy international goalkeeper CHRISTIAN ABBIATI, who missed the first match in Madrid due to injury.

What a time and place, then, for Leon, the off-season arrival from CF Getafe, to produce his first competitive goal in the colors of Real Madrid.

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Brazil international midfielder RONALDINHO (80) of AC Milan, one of three former FC Barcelona players in the starting XI for the Rossoneri against Los Merengues, sticks out his hand as Real Madrid’s Spain World Cup champion defender SERGIO RAMOS goes down in a heap at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. (Alberto Pallaschiar/AP)
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AC MILAN : Abbiati ; Zambrotta, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Boateng ; Ronaldino (Inzaghi 60′), Gattuso (Seedorf 85′), Pirlo, Abate ; Ibrahimovic, Pato (Ambrosini 73′)

REAL MADRID : Casillas ; Marcelo, Carvalho, Pepe (Leon 80′), Sergio Ramos ; Khedira, Xabi Alonso, Oezil (Albiol 90′) ; Di Maria, Higuain (Benzema 73′), Ronaldo

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Argentina World Cup striker GONZALO HIGUAIN (20) of Real Madrid scores the first goal of the game against AC Milan’s Italy international goalkeeper CHRISTIAN ABBIATI (32) with a low shot to the right of the former Atletico Madrid netminder at the San Siro. (Antonio Calanni/AP)
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With Real Madrid’s Brazilian defender MARCELO and Spain World Cup champion goalkeeper IKER CASILLAS watching, 37-year-old veteran Italy international striker FILIPPO INZAGHI of AC Milan nods in the equalizing goal in the 68th minute at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. (Antonio Calanni/AP)
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Real Madrid’s World Cup pair of Portugal defender RICARDO CARVALHO and Spain goalkeeper IKER CASILLAS (1) collide with AC Milan’s aging Italy international striker FILIPPO INZAGHI as the ball rolls into thenet for the 37-year-old’s second goal of the match at the San Siro. (Antonio Calanni/AP)
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Real Madrid’s 23-year-old midfielder PEDRO LEON, an off-season purchase costing 10.0 million Euros from CF Getafe, unleashes a shot for the game-tying goal against AC Milan in the fourth minute of injury time at the San Siro. (Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters)
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Real Madrid’s Portuguese manager JOSE MOURINHO shares a moment with France international striker KARIM BENZEMA (9) and former Spain U-21 international midfielder PEDRO LEON (21), the architects of the equalizing goal in injury time against AC Milan, at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza just south of the Italian Alps in the capital city of Lombardy. (Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images)
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