Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
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
Forza Milan!
May 3rd, 2007 9:15AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  england, italy, uefa champions league

MOST COMMENTED

AC Milan AC Milan put on a display of attacking soccer reminiscent of the great Milan teams of the late 1980s and early 1990s and crushed Manchester United, 3-0, on Wednesday night to advance to the UEFA Champions League final.

All but forgotten as a European contender after last season's Calciopoli scandal left it reeling, Milan was far the better team over the two legs of its 5-3 aggregate victory over United, which had been the toast of Europe for its 7-1 demolition of Italian club Roma in the quarterfinals.

Milan moved into the final against Liverpool on May 23 in Athens, which will be a rematch of the 2005 final in which Milan blew a 3-0 halftime lead and lost to Liverpool on penalty kicks.

United had no match for Brazilian Kaka and veteran Dutchman Clarence Seedorf, who both scored in the first half. A second-half goal by substitute Alberto Gilardino completed the rout.

While United has been battling all spring on three fronts, Milan has been able to concentrate on the Champions League and it looked the fresher team. The Rossoneri pressed United from the early going and forced the English club into costly defensive mistakes that produced two Milan goals.

"The first half was the best performance since when I took charge of Milan, both from a defensive and an offensive point of view," said Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti. "We knew we were capable of playing a great match and that's what happened. The way we started, though, was most important. It helped us come through a match that was very delicate and difficult."

The second game resembled the first leg at Old Trafford eight days earlier when Milan came out blazing and scored twice in the first half. But this time, United got back in the game.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson acknowledged Milan's "fantastic performance" but lamented his players' lack of composure early in the game.

"I expected more from my team," he said. "We'd done so well to get this far, but tonight we never came out of the blocks. In matches like this you have to come through periods when you're under pressure, keep possession until the crowd calm down a bit. I think if we had coped better at the start of the game, and come through the first 25 minutes without cutting our throats it would have been OK. You can't afford to give away goals, and we gave away two soft ones tonight."

"AC Milan were better prepared physically than us. Over the last few weeks, they've been resting players at the right moments, while we've had a tough week in England," he said. "We've been using the same players for weeks without respite. We also had to come the extra mile to beat Everton on Saturday. That's what made the difference".

GAME SUMMARY:
May 2 in Milan
AC Milan (Italy) 3 Man. United (England) 0. Goals: Kaka 11, Clarence Seedorf 30, Alberto Gilardino 78.
AC Milan -- Dida, Oddo, Nesta, Kaladze, Jankulovski, Gattuso (Cafu, 84), Pirlo, Ambrosini, Seedorf, Kaka (Favalli, 86), Inzaghi (Gilardino 66).
Man. United -- van der Sar, O'Shea (Saha 77), Brown, Vidic, Heinze, Fletcher, Carrick, Scholes, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rooney, Giggs.
Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium).
Att.: 67,500.
(AC Milan win 5-3 on aggregate.)



No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Laura Bassett    
"I couldn't breathe, my heart was out of my chest, and I wanted the ground to ...
MLS: This weekend ...    
The Seattle Sounders ended their three-game losing streak when they beat MLS Supporters' Shield leader D.C. ...
Three takeaways from USA-Guatemala    
The USA tuned up for the Gold Cup with a 4-0 win over Guatemala Friday night ...
Scouting Report: USA and Japan go for a third time    
The first rematch of a final in Women's World Cup history is set for Sunday when ...
USA-Guatemala International Friendly Player Ratings    
Four years ago, the USA completed its Gold Cup preparations by beating Guatemala, 6-0, in San ...
What They're Saying: Abby Wambach    
"It's nerve-wracking. It's brutal. And I'm not saying this because I'm sitting on the bench and ...
Women's World Cup watch parties set for Sunday    
U.S. Soccer will host a viewing party for Sunday's Women's World Cup final between the USA ...
Olivia the parrot picks Japan over USA    
Olivia, a 10-year-old African gray parrot, is predicting Japan over the USA in the Women's World ...
ICYMI | MLS: Report: New DP procedures formulated    
Allocation money could become even more valuable under new policies adopted by MLS. One of the ...
Reader's Note: Watch for Special July 4th Edition    
Soccer America will publish Soccer America Daily on Saturday as it previews Sunday's Women's World Cup ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives