AC Milan and Marseille draw 1-1 Champions League

BY foxsports • November 26, 2009

AC Milan was held to a 1-1 draw by Marseille in the Champions League on Wednesday to leave both qualifying spots open in Group C.

Milan's Marco Borriello rounded Gabriel Heinze and shot past goalkeeper Steve Mandanda to give his team a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute.

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Marseille leveled six minutes later when Lucho Gonzalez pounced on a loose ball in the box and fired home after goalkeeper Dida had failed to clear a cross.

Madrid tops the group with 10 points after a 1-0 victory over FC Zurich, Milan has eight points, one more than Marseille. Zurich has three points and is out of contention, but all three other teams could still qualify for the knockout stage.

"The result was certainly not good," Marseille coach Didier Deschamps said. "Of course a draw with Milan is good, but we needed a win as the loss at home to them was a real slap in the face. Unfortunately we couldn't manage to get the win and we have to wait and see what happens in the final match.

"The dream is still alive. It is dependent on us but beating Real Madrid which won't be easy. Logic says that Milan will win in Zurich which means we have a smaller chance of progressing."

In the final round of matches on Dec. 8, Milan travels to Zurich and Marseille hosts Madrid.

"I think on another day we would have won the match," Milan coach Leonardo said, "but now we have to win the last game for us to gain the qualification place that we missed out on tonight.

Milan had an excellent chance to take the lead in the sixth minute. Andrea Pirlo chipped the ball to Gianluca Zambrotta in the box, but Mandanda blocked the shot and recovered in time to push Pirlo's follow-up away for a corner.

The hosts did not have to wait long before scoring, however. Borriello pinched the ball from Taye Taiwo, dribbled past Heinze in the box and slotted the ball between Mandanda's legs for his first goal in Europe this season.

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