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Although AC Milan lost 1-0 in the first match of the round of sixteen of the Champions League , their fans can be satisfied with the Rossoneri .
How could they not be when their new coach Clarence Seedorf has woken up a team that is choking in the middle of Serie A , and it only with a bit of luck AC Milan could beated Atletico Madrid .
Diego Simeone’s team had a lot difficult to cope with the playful , aggressive AC Milan , which was led by Kaka and Balotelli .
Who knows what would happen if on the goal of Atletico wasnt Thibaut Courtois , who has repeatedly defended what many have already seen in the net .
The Spaniards , however , had the “main word” at the beginning of the match . Midfielders of Atletico managed to press the AC Milan midfield , but there wasnt the right ball to Costa who was lurking in the box.
Milan successfully defended on 20 meters from the goal, and the host was lurking their chance from quick counter attacks and half-counter attacks . It is precisely this what happen in the 14th minute when Kaka fired from the top of the penalty area but the crossbar stopped his shot .
The Rossoneri then pulled-up into a “higher gear” , but all their attempts has stopped the miraculous Courtois .
In the second half, Atletico managed to take control, but only for a very short time, because the players of Milan restart a major offensive. However, Courtois did not had a hard taks, given that the Rossoneri were very imprecise.
In the 83 minute, Atletico came into the lead. Perhaps the best player in the defense of Milan, Ignazio Abate, bounced the ball to other post where lurked Diego Costa, who puts it in.
Milan failed to return after this shock and travels to Madrid a one goal behind.
AC MILAN: Abbiati, De Sciglio, Rami, Bonera, Essien, Poli, Emanuelson, de Jong, Kaká, Taarabt, Balotelli.
AC MILAN SUBS: Amelia, Mexès, Abate, Constant, Zaccardo, Pazzini, Petagna
ATLETICO MADRID: Courtois, Godín, Juanfran, Insua, Miranda, Mario Suárez, Koke, Raúl García, Arda Turan, Gabi, Diego Costa.
ATLETICO MADRID SUBS: Aranzubia, Alderweireld, Cristian Rodríguez, Sosa, Diego, Adrián López, Villa.
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Seedorf wary of Atletico Madrid threat
Seven-time winners AC Milan are in the unfamiliar position of being the underdog when they host Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last 16 tie on Wednesday and Milan head coach, Clarence Seedorf, recognises the threats that the Spanish side possess.
Simeone expecting ‘open match’ against Milan
Atletico Madrid’s head coach Diego Simeone expects an open game at the San Siro on Wednesday (February 19).
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