After a well-contested tie between Italian side AC Milan and Spanish club Atletico Madrid, it was the Spaniards that walked away victorious with a crucial 83rd Diego Costa strike to hand Los Rojiblancos the advantage in this Uefa Champions League Last 16 encounter.
Milan will look at themselves with question marks as they look back on the match and wonder how they failed to score a goal. The first half saw the Serie A side trumping the visiting team in terms of goal-scoring opportunities after an array of excellent chances. Despite the heroic performances of Atletico keeper Thibaut Courtois, Milan themselves to blame for not making the most out of their blessings as Andrea Poli and Kaka saw great efforts go to waste. They should have done better to score and give their fans something to celebrate on the night.
Courtois re-directed Kaka’s shot onto the crossbar in the 15th minute and produced another fantastic stop a few minutes later to get a fingertip on Poli’s point blank header and push the ball to the post. Kaka’s lofted his curled effort just over the cross bar after a clever back heel from Mario Balotelli. The home side were not getting their way.
Atletico returned with a little more determination and got themselves more and more into the tie in the second half. However, both sides were struggling to create clear cut chances. Milan keeper Christian Abbiati was not overly busy but unfortunately for him he was beaten in the 83rd minute by Costa. The win means Atletico will have a critical advantage, by means of an away goal when they face Clarence Seedorf’s men at the Vicente Calderon in just over a fortnight’s time.
Despite the loss, Clarence Seedorf can walk away with a smile on his face knowing that his men have
what it takes to take it to their opponents and overcome the deficit in the second-leg and keep his side
in the running for the trophy he knows so well
minute away goal courtesy of Diego
minute off of the head of Atleti striker Diego Costa.