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Milan And Madrid On Course For Qualification

The two most successful clubs in European football, Real Madrid and AC Milan only managed to draw 1-1 when they met on Tuesday night in the San Siro. This means that both of these teams are on course to qualify for the knock out stage . However, Marseille are hot on their heels after thrasheing FC Zurich 6-1 at home.

Milan and Real are joint leaders of group c with 7 points although the Italians are tops because of their better head to head record while Marseille is just one point behind them in third place. Last night’s draw extended the rossoneri’s unbeaten streak to eight matches and it should be a morale booster ahead of Milan’s upcoming Serie A fixture against Lazio.

The Spaniards were the first to open the scoring with former play maker Kaka giving the merengues a litttle touch of his brilliance to set up team-mate Benzema for the all important goal. However, in the 35th minute, Ronaldinho made good on  his promise of scoring when he blasted the ball past Iker Casillas from the penalty spot.

On the bench for Milan was Filipo ‘super pipo’ Inzaghi. Leonardo kept faith with Mario Borriello and opted to start him ahead of the veteran Italian. Inzaghi, who is just a goal shy of equaling Gerd Mueller all time record of 69 goals in European competition was instead brought on as a sub for Borriello in the 79th minute.

Another veteran in European football Raul Gonzales who also has an impressive goal tally of 67 goals in European competition was brought on in the 75th minute for Gonzalo Higuain and he could have won the game for the Spaniards had it not been for Dida’s reflex save in the dying minutes.

Kaka’s return to the place he called home for six years was indeed emotional. This was the first time he was coming back to the club since moving to Madrid and he could not hide his joy at seeing his old team-mates this after embracing them outside the changing rooms.