- Title: UNITED KINGDOM: REACTIONS TO AC MILAN VICTORY OVER MANCHESTER UNITED
- Date: 23rd February 2005
- Summary: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (FEBRUARY 23, 2005) 1. AC MILAN COACH CARLO ANCELOTTI AT NEWS CONFERENCE 2. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) AC MILAN COACH ANCELOTTI SAYING THEY PLAYED WELL AND IN THIS TYPE OF GAME THERE ARE ONLY THREE OR FOUR CHANCES AND BOTH TEAMS HAD THEM 3. REPORTERS 4. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) ANCELOTTI SAYING THEY ARE VERY PLEASED BUT THIS IS JUST THE "FIRST HALF" AND THE NEXT GAME WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT 5. REPORTERS 6. NEWS CONFERENCE 7. MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER SIR ALEX FERGUSON AT NEWS CONFERENCE 8. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FERGUSON SAYING THEIR FIRST HALF OPPORTUNITIES WERE A BIT RUSHED AND THEY LACKED COMPOSURE 9. REPORTERS 10. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FERGUSON SAYING SEEDORF SHOULD HAVE BEEN CLOSED DOWN AND FORCED FROM THE MIDFIELD TO THE SIDE BUT HE WAS NOT AND HE GOT "A FREE SHOT" 11. NEWS CONFERENCE Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK
- Country: United Kingdom
- Reuters ID: LVA77UDOMLKA9X2GAQT7KEUR0E54
- Story Text: AC Milan and Manchester United managers react to
Italians' 1-0 win.
AC Milan striker Hernan Crespo pounced with a late
goal to earn his side a 1-0 win at Manchester United in an
absorbing Champions League first knockout round first-leg
match on Wednesday (February 23).
The game looked to be heading for a goalless draw with
12 minutes remaining when United goalkeeper Roy Carroll
failed to deal with a routine shot by Clarence Seedorf.
Crespo capitalised, striking from close range to give
the Italian champions a clear advantage going into the
second leg in two weeks.
"I felt we played well," Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti
told a news conference. "We are pleased with the victory
but we know we have only done half the job and the second
half will be very difficult as well."
Milan's first European victory against an English club
in England was also United's first home defeat in 21
Champions League matches, going back to October 2001
against Deportivo Coruna.
"I think we deserved more," United manager Sir Alex
Ferguson said. "It was a game of real high quality and we
just lacked a bit of composure when we made chances in the
first half. The game is still on for us, though."
Ferguson said Seedorf should have been "closed down",
but he was not and he got a "free shot".
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