Milan 2-1 Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich stand on the brink of elimination from the Champions League following last night’s 2-1 loss to Milan, their third defeat in four Group G matches. Ottmar Hitzfeld’s side must now winboth their remaining fixtures away to Deportivo La Coruna and at home to Lens, but even that may not be good enough for the German side to progress.
Milan’s victory at the San Siro came courtesy of prolific striker Filippo Inzaghi’s eighth goal of the first group stage, after Michael Tarnat had earlier cancelled out Serginho’s opener for the Italian side.
Despite the latest setback, Hitzfeld refused to concede that Bayern’s campaign was finished.
‘I hope and think that we will win our last two games and we just have to hope that the other results go our way,’ Hitzfeld said.
‘It was obviously important that Deportivo lost today and we now have to beat them away, which we can do,’ he said.
‘And it is of course also important that Milan do their best in their remaining games and especially against Deportivo in their last game. It was a good game today and both teams wanted to win. Milan scored early but we reacted well and deserved our equaliser.”
Meanwhile, Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti acknowledged that this was far from a vintage performance from his side.
‘It certainly wasn’t one of the best games Milan have played this season, especially in the first half when we allowed Bayern too muchspace down the sides,’ he said.
‘But we were very determined even if we didn’t play all that well.’
Lens 3-1 Deportivo La Coruna
Deportivo La Coruna could have joined Milan in the next phase with a win at Lens, but despite taking the lead in France through Roy Makaay, Javier Irureta’s side came a cropper, going down 3-1 at the Felix-Bollaert stadium. Goals from Adama Coulibaly, Daniel Moreira and Olivier Thomert revived Lens’s flagging campaign.
Depor remain on six points, two clear of Lens and five ahead of Bayern with two matches remaining.
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Club Brugge 3-1 Galatasaray
A shock result in the group’s other game, saw unfancied Belgian side Club Brugge claim second place in the group following their 3-1 win over Galatasaray.
Second-half goals from Gert Verheyen and Bengt Saeternes secured a 3-1 success the Turkish side, who looked on course for a point after Fabio Pinto cancelled out Sandy Martens’ opener.
Brugge leapfrog Galatasaray into second place in the group and with only two games remaining, must be favourites to qualify for the next stage.