Two goals by Filippo Inzaghi helped AC Milan to a 2-1 win over Olympique Marseille in their Group C opener. The home side controlled long spells of the game, but ultimately fell to the veteran Italian poacher.
REUTERS - Two goals from Filippo Inzaghi gave AC Milan a 2-1 win at Olympique Marseille in their Champions League group C opener on Tuesday.
Experienced goal-poacher Inzaghi, carelessly left unmarked at the far post, put the visitors ahead on 28 minutes when he tapped in from close range after a perfect cross by playmaker Clarence Seedorf.
Marseille recovered to level four minutes into the second half, Argentina defender Gabriel Heinze heading home from a Benoit Cheyrou free kick.
Inzaghi, however, was on target again on 74 minutes, converting another fine Seedorf pass with perfect timing to present The visitors with victory on a rainy night in the Mediterranean port city.
Marseille, who beat AC Milan 1-0 in Munich in the inaugural Champions League final in 1993, suffered at first against opponents better organised but then woke up and the second half was lively and largely in their favour.
The home side had hardly created a chance until midfielder Cheyrou fired from the edge of the box just before halftime, requiring a perfect save from Milan keeper Marco Storari.
Marseille came close again early in the second half with an angled shot from just outside the area by Argentina midfielder Lucho Gonzalez and levelled just after that.
Looking more and more confident, Marseille went on to create a few more chances but the Milan defence held tight and then Inzaghi lived up to his reputation as one Europe's most-feared marksmen.
Date created : 2009-09-15