Football: Late double leads Milan past Celtic
MILAN (AFP) - Emilio Izaguirre's own goal and a Sulley Muntari strike in the final 10 minutes secured a 2-0 win for unconvincing AC Milan over plucky Celtic in their Champions League Group H opener on Wednesday.
A raft of injuries to key Milan players including Kaka and captain Riccardo Montolivo forced coach Massimiliano Allegri to reshuffle his squad and gave Neil Lennon's men hopes of causing a major upset at the San Siro.
But after a promising second half from the visitors, in which striker Anthony Stokes hit the woodwork with a curling free kick, Izaguirre's unfortunate own goal from a wayward Cristian Zapata strike broke the deadlock on 82 minutes and Muntari poked home a rebound from Mario Balotelli's free kick three minutes later.
It was an agonising finale to a second half in which Celtic dictated play for long spells, and Lennon could not hide his disappointment.