Venue: San Siro Stadium,
Competition: ECL, Group H: Match 6.
Score: AC Milan 1
AC Milan: Dida; Chamot, Roque Junior, Maldini; Helveg; Albertini, Gattuso, Serginho, Leonardo (Boban); Bierhoff, Shevchenko. Unused Subs: Jose Maria, Ambrosini, Guly, Sala, Coco, Abbiatti.
Referee: Kim Milton Nielsen (
On a high, the battle-weary troops headed for the San Siro and the showdown with AC Milan. There was an
unconfirmed rumour that
Leeds United marched into the second phase of
the ECL with a resolute, focused and wholly determined performance against
Italian aces AC Milan at the San Siro Stadium. United
skipper Lucas Radebe made a timely return and had to
be partnered by Danny Mills in central defence after
Jonathan Woodgate failed a late fitness test on his
damaged thigh muscle. With both Lucas Radebe and
Danny Mills short on match practice they needed to be at their best in the face
if quality strikers such as Oliver Bierhoff and Andriy Shevchenko. The odds were
Twenty-five minutes had gone and hardly a direct threat to either goal had occurred, but in the next minute United’s world threatened to cave in and also for Gary Kelly as Serginho tried to shoot past him and the referee immediately pointed to the spot. Andriy Shevchenko’s penalty smashed against Paul Robinson’s right hand post and United could breathe again. On the half hour Danny Mills was adjudged to have pushed over Oliver Bierhoff but again Paul Robinson dealt admirably with Demetrio Albertini’s well struck twenty-five yard free-kick. Alan Smith won a free-kick on the edge of the area but Dida was able to keep out a well taken Ian Harte free-kick. The hugely dangerous Serginho brought a flying save out of Paul Robinson when the ball was heading for the top corner but United hit back as Mark Viduka won a corner on the stroke of half-time. Lee Bowyer’s corner from the right was spectacularly headed home at the near post by Dominic Matteo. It was a priceless goal and made United’s chances of progressing much stronger.
Within a minute of the re-start Andriy Shevchenko, who was having a nightmare evening, ballooned his shot from a promising position and then when he set up Serginho, the Brazilian followed suit. Oliver Bierhoff nodded down for Gennaro Gattuso to volley but Paul Robinson again saved the day with a fine save. Robinson again showed his alertness when he saved a point-blank header from Oliver Birhoff but was also thankful to see a deflection from Lucas Radebe of a Serginho cross go wide. Then after sixty-five minutes it was Robinson again to the rescue as substitute Zvonimir Boban’s perfect cross was headed bullet-like by Andriy Shevchenko only for the keeper to pull off another blinding save.
It was inevitable that
Alan Smith congratulates Dominic Matteo
Dominic Matteo shows his delight after scoring as Alan Smith and Ian Harte rush to congratulate him
Mark Viduka and Olivier Dacourt congratulate Dominic Matteo
Mark Viduka shows his delicate skills to beat Roque Junior
Dominic Matteo gets past Thomas Helveg Alan Smith gets the better of Roque Junior
Andriy Shevchenko misses from the spot
LeedsUnited v AC Milan:
Back Row: Alan Smith, Dominic Matteo, Mark Viduka, Ian Harte, Danny Mills, Paul Robinson.
Front Row: Lee Bowyer, Olivier Dacourt, Lucas Radebe, Gary Kelly, Eirik Bakke.
Lucas Radebe, Paul Robinson, Ian Harte, Gary Kelly, Danny Mills, Lee Bowyer, Dominic Matteo,
Mark Viduka, Olivier Dacourt, Eirik Bakke, Alan Smith.
Dominic Matteo scored the all important goal from a Lee Bowyer corner Paul Robinson made a brilliant flying save
Danny Mills partnered Lucas Radebe in central defence after Jonathan Woodgate had to withdraw due to injury
Alan Smith took hard knocks Mark Viduka went close with headers Olivier Dacourt was booked Gary Kelly found Serghino a handful
while Zvonimir Boban came on as a substitute Luigi Sala was again an unused substitute Along with goalkeeper Christian Abbiati,
Jose Mari and Massimo Ambrosini