Milan shocked by PSV
By Lewis Rutledge. Last Updated: 01/11/05 8:10pm
PSV Eindhoven shocked Milan in their UEFA Champions League Group E game, winning 1-0.
An early Jefferson Farfan goal proved to be the difference between the sides, as Guus Hiddink's men sealed a crucial win in a tight group.
On a miserable night for Milan, Jaap Stam was also sent off six minutes from time against his former club.
After earning a goalless draw at the San Siro by defending resolutely for 90 minutes, PSV had vowed to play in a more positive manner this time around, and were true to their word as they pressed hard from the kick off.
In only the second minute, Philip Cocu ghosted into the box to meet Timmy Simons' cross, and should have done better with his free header, only guiding the ball straight at Nelson Dida.
In a frenetic opening, Christian Vieri wasted a golden opportunity at the other end, firing the ball into the arms of PSV keeper Heurelho Gomes.
It was the hosts who were rewarded for their early endeavour when Farfan scored after 12 minutes.
The Peruvian striker seized on an unexpected chance after Milan's experienced backline failed to clear a long, bouncing ball forward. Farfan anticipated the mistake and ran on behind the defence, and, from a tight angle on the right, lashed in a fierce low shot that beat Dida for pace and cannoned in off the near post.
Milan almost hit back when Andrea Pirlo curled a free kick just over, but PSV's intensity had their opponents rocking and they continued to carve out the better chances.
Dida had to be at his athletic best to keep out a close range header from Alex, who powerfully headed Farfan's cross towards goal, only to be denied by a combination of keeper and crossbar.
The Italian side's undoubted quality could not be restricted forever though, and they gradually began to dominate possession as half time approached.
PSV's defence was well organised, and the visitors were largely reduced to long range efforts, although Clarence Seedorf's thunderbolt from 25 yards almost pulled Milan level, flying just wide.
The Rossoneri also looked dangerous from set pieces, and twice had Gomes, the hero of the tie a fortnight ago, flapping at crosses and failing to look secure.
PSV survived to the break with their lead intact, and tried to reassert themselves at the start of the second period, with the impressive Farfan at the hub of all their creativity.
Milan continued to enjoy the greater share of possession, but PSV counter-attacked with pace, and DaMarcus Beasley nearly scored a wonderful solo goal, forcing a fine save from Dida after cutting in from the left wing and striking an accurate shot towards the bottom right corner from distance.
Milan's desperation increased, but, with Kaka failing to fire, they looked short of ideas and could not find any way of breaking down the impenetrable defence before them.
They nearly scored a fortunate equaliser, Seedorf's hopeful long shot taking a deflection and looping just over the bar, but they needed a fresh injection of energy to get them back into the game.
It arrived in the form of Andrei Shevchenko, demoted to the bench but brought on late in the game in search of a crucial leveller, and he nearly had an immediate impact.
With his first touch of the game, Shevchenko unleashed a fantastic free kick from 30 yards, but Gomes saved brilliantly when it seemed destined for the top corner.
In the closing stages, PSV grew ever more nervous and sat further and further back, inviting Milan on to them, but on a rare foray forward the Dutch side were boosted when Jaap Stam fouled Beasley and was shown his second yellow card of the night, ensuring it was a sour return to his old club.
Milan threw men forward late on and had a penalty appeal waved away, but PSV held on for a vital win.
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|PSV Eindhoven||Team Statistics||Milan|
|1||1st Half Goals||0|
|5||Shots on Target||3|
|5||Shots off Target||11|
UEFA Champions League
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Inter2 - 1FC Porto
Tue 1st Nov - Group F
Olympiakos1 - 4Lyon
Rosenborg0 - 2R Madrid
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Schalke2 - 0Fenerbahce
PSV1 - 0AC Milan
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Real Betis1 - 0Chelsea
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|1||Paris St Germain||6||13|
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