Group stage (Group G) - 15/09/2010 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time) - Stadio Giuseppe Meazza - Milan
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Ibrahimović helps Milan past Auxerre

Published: Wednesday 15 September 2010, 22.30CET
AC Milan 2-0 AJ Auxerre
Zlatan Ibrahimović struck twice in four minutes midway through the second period to give the Rossoneri a victory on Matchday 1.
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Ibrahimović helps Milan past Auxerre 
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Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
6
Corners8
 
3
Possession (%)57
 
43
Fouls committed13
 
11
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
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Published: Wednesday 15 September 2010, 22.30CET

Ibrahimović helps Milan past Auxerre

AC Milan 2-0 AJ Auxerre
Zlatan Ibrahimović struck twice in four minutes midway through the second period to give the Rossoneri a victory on Matchday 1.

Two second-half goals by Zlatan Ibrahimović ensured AC Milan got their UEFA Champions League campaign off to a strong start with victory against AJ Auxerre.

After a subdued first half during which the visitors struck the woodwork, the hosts' summer signing opened his Rossoneri account with two strikes in the space of four minutes, both of which were set up by the dazzling Ronaldinho.

Milan had struggled to find their feet in the early exchanges, marked by misplaced passes which twice could have resulted in Massimiliano Allegri's side falling behind inside five minutes. Fortunately for the Serie A team, Christian Abbiati smothered strikes from Valter Brsa and Steeven Langil, who had been presented with possession in the penalty area after a mix-up between Andrea Pirlo and Alessandro Nesta.

As Auxerre took the initiative, Abbiati could only watch Adama Coulibaly's header from a Benoît Pedretti corner cannon off the bar midway through the half. Milan had so far only mustered a Pirlo free-kick, punched clear by Olivier Sorin, but the introduction of Kevin-Prince Boateng for the injured Massimo Ambrosini sparked the locals into life.

The Ghanaian international almost scored his first goal for the Italian club following a flowing move down the left, instigated by Ronaldinho's clever back-heel into the path of Luca Antonini. The defender picked out Boateng, whose drive was blocked by Stéphane Grichting; the rebound fell to Pato, via Pirlo, but the Brazilian too was thwarted by the impressive Dennis Oliech.

Although Milan won a flurry of corners, Auxerre looked the more dangerous side on the counterattack, never more so than when they stole the ball from a Milan corner on 39 minutes. Oliech broke the length of the pitch and Langil fired over from a tight angle with two players in blue shirts unmarked in the home area.

Whatever was said to Il Diavolo at half-time, Milan showed more hunger after the recess. Pato narrowly failed to connect with an inviting Ronaldinho cross and Pirlo sent an angled shot wide following fine approach work by Ibrahimović, who, like the Brazilian, was beginning to get into the game.

Indeed, it was no surprise that when they came, both goals stemmed from the artistry of Ronaldinho. Boateng flicked on his curling cross for the Swedish international to poke in the first from close range on 66 minutes. The second came after the Milan winger cut a swathe through Les Ajaïstes' rearguard to enable Ibrahimović to make his European debut as a Rossonero a memorable one.

Last updated: 05/10/10 14.46CET

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  • Massimiliano Allegri

    Read more"We bided our time, waited for the right moment and won the match. Now the challenge is to maintain it as on our day we can beat anybody"

  • Jean Fernandez

    Read more"We expended a lot of energy but we should draw confidence from our performance for the first hour here. Then we just crumbled"

Lineups

milan

Milan

auxerre

Auxerre

32
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK)
1
SorinOlivier Sorin (GK)
7
PatoPato
Substitution55'
2
HengbartCédric Hengbart
10
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
Yellow Card57'
4
GrichtingStéphane Grichting
Yellow Card20'
11
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
Goal66'
Goal69'
6
CoulibalyAdama Coulibaly
13
NestaAlessandro Nesta
9
BirsaValter Birsa
Substitution73'
19
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
Yellow Card83'
12
MignotJean-Pascal Mignot
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
14
OliechDennis Oliech
23
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini (C)
Substitution15'
17
PedrettiBenoît Pedretti (C)
25
BoneraDaniele Bonera
21
LangilSteeven Langil
Substitution80'
77
AntoniniLuca Antonini
Substitution71'
22
JeleńIreneusz Jeleń
80
RonaldinhoRonaldinho
29
NdingaDelvin Ndinga

Substitutes

1
AmeliaMarco Amelia (GK)
16
RiouRémy Riou (GK)
8
GattusoGennaro Gattuso
5
DudkaDariusz Dudka
9
InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
7
ChafniKamel Chafni
Substitution80'
20
AbateIgnazio Abate
Substitution71'
8
Le TallecAnthony Le Tallec
Substitution73'
27
BoatengKevin-Prince Boateng
Substitution15'
11
QuerciaJulien Quercia
70
RobinhoRobinho
Substitution55'
15
SammaritanoFrédéric Sammaritano
76
YepesMario Yepes
23
BerthodJérémy Berthod

Coach

Massimiliano Allegri (ITA) Jean Fernandez (FRA)

Referee

Cristian Balaj (ROU)

Assistant referees

Zoltán Székely (ROU), Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)

Fourth official

Augustus Constantin (ROU)

Additional assistant referees

Marius Avram (ROU), Ovidiu Alin Hategan (ROU)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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