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San Siro (Giuseppe Meazza) (ATT 85,700) 24th October 2007 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: L Medina Cantalejo

AC Milan AC Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk Shak Donetsk

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Milan duo double up Shakhtar

Reigning champions get back on track with comfortable home win

Last Updated: 25/10/07 12:13am

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Gilardino: Early double

Gilardino: Early double

Milan defeated early Group D leaders Shakhtar Donetsk 4-1 thanks to two goals apiece from Alberto Gilardino and Clarence Seedorf.

The reigning champions of Europe bounced back from a shock loss to Empoli at the weekend with a much-needed victory on home soil.

Under-fire coach Carlo Ancelotti will have been delighted to see his side pick up three points, even though the final score flattered them.

Cristiano Lucarelli's second-half strike, which made the score 2-1, was all the visitors had to show for a spirited display that further suggests they can qualify for the knock-out stages this year.

Comfortable cushion

Gilardino had given the home side a comfortable cushion with a pair of headers inside the opening 14 minutes - doubling his UEFA Champions League haul in the process.

The striker diverted in Andrea Pirlo's corner from the right to open the scoring before powerfully nodding home a cross from Seedorf soon after.

The two-goal advantage should have led to an easy evening for the Italians, yet Shakhtar dominated possession for long periods and showed the frailties in the Milan defence that may explain why they have won just once in their last seven outings.

Zelijko Kalac, standing in place of the suspended Dida, was forced to make several saves before he was eventually beaten six minutes after the break.

Stunning

Massimo Oddo's poor clearance nearly went unpunished as the Australian goalkeeper managed to block Brandao's drive, only for former Livorno man Lucarelli to smash in the rebound.

However, Milan quickly recovered from conceding and sealed the win courtesy of two stunning Seedorf volleys in the space of seven minutes.

After Kaka had hit the post with an audacious effort from a tight angle, the Dutchman scored with his left foot from the resulting corner, getting the benefit of a deflection off the woodwork that had only just denied his team-mate.

The midfielder's second was even better; a dipping effort with his right this time after Andriy Pyatov's weak punch had gone straight to him on the edge of the area.

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MilanTeam StatisticsShakhtar Donetsk
4Goals1
21st Half Goals0
9Shots on Target10
4Shots off Target10
4Blocked Shots1
7Corners8
10Fouls12
4Offsides1
2Yellow Cards3
0Red Cards0
77.9Passing Success85.9
17Tackles13
58.8Tackles Success76.9
46.5Possession53.5
45.6Territorial Advantage54.4

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