UEFA Champions League: Late double leads AC Milan past Celtic

Allegri conceded it was a flawed performance but while he admitted some luck had gone Milan's way he insisted the Rossoneri played as well as they could given the absence of two key defenders as well as Brazilian playmaker Kaka and midfielder Montolivo.

updated: September 19, 2013 09:29 IST
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Milan: Emilio Izaguirre's own goal and a Sulley Muntari strike in the final 10 minutes secured a 2-0 win for unconvincing AC Milan over plucky Celtic in their Champions League Group H opener on Wednesday.

A raft of injuries to key Milan players including Kaka and captain Riccardo Montolivo forced coach Massimiliano Allegri to reshuffle his squad and gave Neil Lennon's men hopes of causing a major upset at the San Siro.

But after a promising second half from the visitors, in which striker Anthony Stokes hit the woodwork with a curling free kick, Izaguirre's unfortunate own goal from a wayward Cristian Zapata strike broke the deadlock on 82 minutes and Muntari poked home a rebound from Mario Balotelli's free kick three minutes later.

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