Football: Milan into group stage with 3-0 rout of PSV
MILAN (AFP) - A brace from Kevin-Prince Boateng and a goal from Mario Balotelli handed AC Milan a 3-0 win over PSV Eindhoven to seal the Italians' entry to the Champions League group stages on Wednesday.
PSV had dominated proceedings when the sides drew 1-1 in the Netherlands last week and came to the San Siro hoping to qualify for the second stage of the competition for the first time since the 2008-2009 campaign.
But despite a commendable performance from Phillip Cocu's side, the visitors ultimately failed to convert several chances as Milan booked their ticket for the group stage for the 17th time.
Milan coach Massimilano Allegri, who was lucky to hang on to his job at the end of last season as the Rossoneri finished third following a disastrous first half of the campaign, said his joy was tempered by renewed criticism.