Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Crisis-hit Milan battles emerging giant Shakhtar
by Paul Kennedy, October 24th, 2007 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[MARQUEE MATCHUP] Its Serie A season a mess, AC Milan turns it attention to the UEFA Champions League, where it has gotten off to a rocky start in its title defense.

Milan, which split its first two games, faces a must-win situation at home on Wednesday against Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk, the surprise Group D leader with wins in its opening games.

Winless at San Siro in four Serie A games, Milan will be without suspended goalkeeper Dida, who was hit with a one-match ban (reduced on appeal) for feigning injury against Celtic and will be replaced by Australian Zeljko Kalac against Shakhtar.

Talk of a Milan crisis escalated after Sunday's 1-0 home loss to tiny Empoli.

"The problems are there and they are going to be resolved," said Milan vice president Adriano Galliani. "Talk of a crisis if you want. But it is not chaos at Milan."

For Milan, left back Marek Jankulovski is out after injuring his knee in the Empoli game, and Brazilian star Kaka is uncertain after returning from World Cup qualifying with a knee injury of his own.

Italian Cristiano Lucarelli, who was the No. 2 scorer in Serie A last season with 20 goals for Livorno, is just one of many foreign stars imported by Shakhtar, financed by Ukrainian billionaire Rinat Akhmetov.

Shakhtar paid a record $27 million for Mexican star Nery Castillo from Greek club Olympiakos, bu Castillo is expected to be on the bench for the Milan game.

Shakhtar's Romanian coach, Mircea Lucescu, will likely start a lineup that includes four Brazilians, three Ukrainians, one Croatian, one Pole and one Romania, in addition to the Italian Lucarelli.

PROBABLE LINEUPS:
AC Milan --
Kalac, Oddo, Nesta, Maldini, Favalli, Gattuso Seedorf, Pirlo, Ambrosini, Kaka, Inzaghi.
Shakhtar Donetsk -- Pyatov, Kucher, Chygrynskiy, Rat, Ilsinho, Srna, Fernandinho, Jadson, Lewandowski, Brandao, Lucarelli.
Referee: Luis Medina Cantalejo (Spain).





No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Woodwork can't hold down USA     
[CONCACAF WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP] About the only thing that stood in the way of the U.S. women's ...
Fire goes out with late win over Houston    
[MLS: Friday] Frenchman Florent Sinama-Pongolle made sure Chicago did not finish the MLS season with another ...
James' skills highlight Real Madrid pre-clasico practice    
[VIDEO PICK: Skills] The Real Madrid-Barcelona clasico delivers entertainment even before kickoff. Here's a 40-second peek ...
What They're Saying: Luis Suarez    
"Everyone has different ways of defending themselves. In my case, the pressure and tension came out ...
Ft. Lauderdale is ready for challenge against red-hot Eddies    
[NASL: Week 16] Minnesota United FC and the 2013 champion New York Cosmos played to a ...
Finlay signs new deal with Columbus    
[MLS TRANSACTIONS] For helping drive Columbus into the playoffs after a two-year absence, midfielder Ethan Finlay ...
Referee suspended after felony arrest on fraud charges    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Referee Jose Carlos Rivero, who has worked 17 MLS matches in 2014, has been ...
Wambach nominated for Women's Player of the Year    
[AWARDS] Abby Wambach, who leads the U.S. women with 10 goals but is no longer a ...
Soccer America Men's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Thursday] Seyi Adekoya teamed up with fellow freshman Chase Gasper to break a 1-1 tie ...
What They're Saying: Sunil Gulati    
"None of this is personal. Some things could have been phrased differently because the actual opinions ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives