Tuesday, 4 December 2007

CL Matchday 6: Group D Review

Filippo Inzaghi's record 63rd goal in European club competition ensured AC Milan reached the last 16 of Europe's elite competition as Group D winners, while Celtic went through as runners-up despite the defeat.

GROUP D: Milan 1-0 Celtic / Shakhtar Donetsk 1-2 Benfica
Inzaghi's 70th-minute strike took him a goal clear of Gerd Muller and capped a controlled display by the European champions, who progressed from pole position for the sixth successive season.

Celtic, who could have no complaints after being comprehensively outplayed, joined the seven-time tournament winners in the first knockout round thanks to Benfica's victory at Shakhtar Donetsk in the other game.

Oscar Cardozo's early double gave the Portuguese side victory in Ukraine and took them into the UEFA Cup at the expense of their opponents. Cristiano Lucarelli halved the deficit from the penalty spot before half-time, but they were unable to conjure an equaliser.

Group D's final matchday was brought forward because of the Rossoneri's participation in the FIFA World Club Cup in Japan next week.

[Tuesday 4 Dec] - [Tuesday 11 Dec] - [Wednesday 12 Dec]

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