Football: AC Milan hold enterprising PSV 1-1 in pulsating playoff
(REUTERS) - AC Milan clung on for a 1-1 draw away to an enterprising young PSV Eindhoven side in a pulsating Champions League playoff first leg on Tuesday with a lucrative group stage spot at stake.
The hosts, whose team had an average age of just over 22, gave the seven-times European champions a torrid time especially in the first half and were left to rue several missed chances.
Stephan El Shaarawy gave Milan a 15th minute lead against the run of play but Tim Matavz replied for PSV on the hour.
Milan, playing their first competitive match this season and one of the most important, were quickly in trouble as PSV's Adam Maher nearly diverted a Matavz shot into the net and goalkeeper Christian Abbiati turned away Georginio Wijnaldum's low shot.