AC Milan's Champions League hopes soar

By Drum Digital
27 November 2013

AC Milan kept their Champions League hopes alive with a 3-0 thrashing of Celtic that ended a miserable five-game winless run and sent the Scottish side crashing out of Europe.

Ajax's 2-1 win over Barcelona means the Dutch champions and Milan will battle it out for second place while Celtic, who will finish bottom of Group H, head to the Nou Camp on matchday six with nothing but pride to play for.

Milan, who hadn't won away in Europe in almost a year, got off to the perfect start at Celtic's Parkhead ground on Tuesday when Kaka found himself with time and space to head home a 12th minute corner.

The Hoops were left to rue a missed opportunity for Virgil van Dijk just after the break when Cristian Zapata increased Milan's advantage with a 49th minute tap-in.

Van Dijk had a header chopped off for offside minutes later before Mario Balotelli ended Celtic's hopes when his strike made it 3-0 in the 59th minute as Milan became only the second side to defeat the Hoops at home in the group stages of the Champions League.

The win leaves Milan in second spot on eight points -- a point ahead of Ajax - and eases the pressure on coach Massimiliano Allegri, who has come in for criticism following his side's poor domestic form that saw fans protest outside the San Siro following a 1-1 draw with Genoa at the weekend.

- SAPA

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