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Final score: Milan 2-0 Celtic
Home side very fortunate to pick up all three points. Lennon looks dismayed and says something to the fourth official before walking off.
93 mins: I am not saying you should abandon me - and you really shouldn't because the Arsenal game has just finished.
92 mins: As this game is petering out it is Chelsea 1-2 Basel, Marseille 1-2 Arsenal (Marseille have just scored) and Napoli 2-1 Dortmund (10-men Dortmund have just scored).
89 mins: And yes, Rogic is on the bench. Can't do much from there, even if he is not easily intimidated.
88 mins: Lennon sends on Nir Biton but it is all over for Celtic.
88 mins: You have to feel very sorry for Celtic. And Jensen Sass focuses on Tom Rogic on the Celtic bench:
Is Tom Rogic on the bench? Likely to come on? His story is interesting: he completely evaded the Australian talent search process and was playing in division z (in Canberra) a couple of years back. He popped up somehow and is now in the national squad and Celtic squad. In addition to being strong and having world class futsal skills, the guy just cannot be intimidated.
87 mins: It all started with a superb free-kick from Balotelli which Forster did brilliantly to keep out. But then the Milan players reacted quickest and Muntari quickest of them all.
GOAL! Milan 2-0 Celtic (Muntari 86)
And Milan are two up!
85 mins: It's getting worse. Brown is booked for an off-the-ball incident as Balotelli goes down.
83 mins: That is very, very hard on Celtic. They have been brililant but are undone as Zapata's long-range shot is deflected into his own net by Izaguirre.
GOAL! Milan 1-0 Celtic (Zapata )
Milan take the lead
Stokes hits the bar
80 mins: It is a brilliant, dipping free-kick, and it hits the woodwork with Abbiati stranded. That was very close.
79 mins: And the Finn, who made a scoring debut for Celtic at the weekend, wins a free-kick in a good position.
77 mins: Celtic make a change as well. Teemu Pukki, who was labelled the "Finnish Gareth Bale" when I was transfer blogging last month, has come on.
76 mins: Matthews is the player making way and Milan make a change as well and that is an attacking one: Robinho (remember him?) on for Kévin Constant. Interesting.
75 mins: Derk Boerrigter is about to come on for Celtic while Mulgrew is booked for a pretty bad challange on De Jong of all people.
74 mins: Seamus Devlin has a good point about the photo I carefully uploaded while you all were having a good time during half-time:
Has Lustig really just tackled Balotelli in the picture above? The distance between them looks a bit too far. If he has he must have really clattered him. Or Balotelli had a few roles along the ground. Or Lustig has really long legs. That is if he hit him with his legs. If he used anything else it might explain Mario's surprised but impressed expression.
69 mins: Balotelli finally shows some good touches (with only 21 minutes remaining!!!). But then Zaccardo shots from a desperate angle and the move peters out.
68 mins: I take it all back about De Jong. Celtic counter-attack and twice the Dutchman comes to his side's rescue. That was a monstrous effort. He just would not stop.
67 mins: Milan free-kick in dangerous position.
66 mins: I should tell you that Milan have made a change as well. Urby Emanuelson (who was on loan at Fulham last season) has come on for Birsa.
65 mins: Samaras, meanwhile, has another chance after a superb run by Matthews, but the Greek's shot is deflected for a corner. The set-piece comes to nothing.
62 mins: At the other end Balotelli tries to set up Birsa. The ball is pretty bad and Balotelli is disgusted. You may think he is disgusted with himself as the ball was so poor but he is in fact angry with Birsa for making the "wrong run".
61 mins: Milan are all over the place. ALL OVER THE PLACE. It ends with Mulgrew nearly scoring with an overhead kick (well, nearly is probably an exaggeration - he hardly hit it, but still).
60 mins: Celtic have a corner.
58 mins: Celtic win a free-kick after De Jong stands on Samaras's foot. "A typical De Jong tackle," says the Sky commentator. De Jong shakes his head, unable to understand how the referee could have given a free-kick for that...
55 mins: We've just had a spell of sustained Milan pressure and that has got the crowd going. Best chance of that spell is a venomous volley from Nocerino but Virgil van Dijk gets a head to it. Ouch. That must have hurt. Good defending - but why does he insist on having Virgil on his shirt, rather than the coolest name in football: "Van Dijk"?
54 mins: Ruud Gullit is not impressed. He says: "Milan aren't doing enough off the ball. They don't attack players. They're all in the zone."
Er, I thought being in the zone was good.
51 mins: Giorgos Samaras picks up the ball just inside the Milan area and is allowed to wander towards the home goal undisturbed. He then looks up and sends a rasping drive just wide of Abbiati's left-hand post. That was just inches wide.
49 mins: Marko Ristic is not surprised that Milan are struggling. He writes (and it is long I am having to use my fancy quote marks):
It's not quite surprising to see Milan lacking any bite. The upper management has consistently downgraded their budget over the past couple of seasons and have only brought in relatively mediocore internationals. I say mediocore because of the players Milan used to have. Constant came from Chievo Verona, Zaccardo is an old Italian international, Muntari was washed up at Inter before making the switch, and Birsa while good is hardly a Milan caliber attacker. They also let Boateng go to Schalke who was possibly their best attacker in the CL last season.
Kaka is out injured, Robinho's head is off the pitch and Players such as Poli won't quite cut it in the CL. While this is Celtic we're talking about it must be note that any team will struggle against Lennon's squad who truly play as a squad. In terms of player caliber this is a much worse Milan than that of the last 4-5 seasons.
46 mins: And it is just as if the first half has just carried on. Celtic having a lot of the ball and Milan defending. Ambrose sets of on an uncharacteristic forward burst and tees up Lustig on the right. Lustig sends in a tempting cross but Zapata can clear.
Second half underway
And we are off again!
Half-time entertainment (thought of this as Scott Brown and Philippe Mezes had their little spat): Gennaro Gattuso v Joe Jordan.
And the ref blows the whistle for the first 45 minutes. Celtic have played very, very well and deserve to be level, if not in front.
46 mins: And Milan create a chance. Well, Balotelli does all on his own. His fierce shot, from outside the area, takes a deflection and nearly creeps in at Forster's far post. But the goalkeeper pushes the ball wide.
45 mins: One minute to be added on at the end of the first half.
44 mins: Milan fans are getting very restless. And understandably so. I wonder what Milan will do to Allegri if they lose. They could sack him. But we are a long way away from that still.
41 mins: Graeme McNeil has been in touch to explain what Brown and Mexes may have been talking about:
Since Scott Brown is from Hill of Beath in West Fife it is very unlikely that Mexes will understand what is being shouted in his face, even if he speaks perfect English. I doubt he is missing too much. It taks a lang spoon to sup wi’ a Fifer, as we say in Edinburgh.
40 mins: Milan are playing so low that when they get to the halfway line it is only Matri up there. At the other end, Stokes makes a fool of Zapata and cuts inside in the area but Mexes manages to block the strike. Lennon tries to kick something on the sidelines - and misses too.
39 mins: Milan are COUNTER-ATTACKING. AT HOME. AGAINST CELTIC.
38 mins: Dan McBeth meanwhile, seems to have an interesting night (more interesting than mine at least):
Alone in my Russian hotel bar, watching in Russian as the cleaner cleans. THE ATMOSPHERE! Russian channel is showing all the games at once, 2 minutes per game.. its all a blur, 1 game, 150 players...
37 mins: It is a very good corner by Commons actually but Milan still clear. Celtic are bossing this game. They look like the home side. What's going on with Milan?
36 mins: Celtic win another corner. Come on, now. Just one good delivery. Is that too much to ask for?
35 mins: Phil Martin emails with (possibly) a clarification of that indirect free-kick. I think he's got a point:
I don't think it was a back pass. I think abbiati held the ball, rolled it out and then picked it up again.. I've only seen it once though
33 mins: Celtic are again spending a lot of time in Milan's half. The ball comes out to Matthews but, despite being under no pressure at all, he finds the nearest Milan player. Lennon goes ballistic on the sidelines. And he's got very right to be upset.
31 mins: Eoin Fitzpatrick emails in, making fun of a (very rare I must say, yes?) spelling mistake in my live blog.
anthony stoeks! he's not south african!!!
Very good Eoin. Keyboard's broken, that's why. No really.
30 mins: I am always intrigued to know what clashing players are saying to each other. This time it is Scott Brown and Philippe Mexès squaring up, shouting things at each other. What do you think they said to each other. Somehow, neither of them is booked.
Todd Landaburu wants me job (or that of Paul Doyle or Tom Bryant):
Is anybody else taking the time to bounce between all three MBMs? I sadly have to admit I am. And lets face it, the likely scenario is that you’re all taking turns popping down to the local, leaving one person at a time for the coverage. How long are the shifts, and where do I apply?
Answer: Shifts are very, very long, with eight hours of preparation going into every MBM (what do you mean Paul Doyle wrote The Fiver earlier, well maybe he was up really early this morning...)
24 mins: Celtic are doing really well here, ladies and gentlemen. Did you hear that, really well. This time it is Emilio Izaguirre racing down the left and lifts a cross in towards the middle, but that old stalwart Philippe Mexès is on hand to clear.
23 mins: Milan's best player so far (since you ask in all your emails)? Valter Birsa. He has started really well. Who is he? A Slovenian who joined from Genoa in the summer. One of my favourite Milan players, Antonio Nocerino, however, has been very quiet.
21 mins: Another good save by Forster. Matri ghosts in between two Celtic defenders and directs a header goalwards but Forster deflects the effort wide for a corner.
19 mins: I am still baffled by that decision. A cross came off a Milan defender and Abbiati just picked it up. Milan would have - rightly - been furious if Celtic had scored.
17 min: No goal. Commons prods the ball to Mulgrew but Kévin Constant is quick off the line and blocks the shot.
16 min: The referee seems to be saying Abbiati picked up a backpass. But he didn't
15 mins: This is bizarre. Celtic have an indirect free-kick in the Milan penalty area!
14 min: This is a good spell by Celtic. Matthews is on the ball again and this time the cross is better but Mulgrew doesn't quite reach it.
12 mins: A good run by Adam Matthews down the left. He pushes past Sulley Muntari but the cross is poor and Milan can clear.
8 min: And, as with Commons's free-kick, it is a disaster. Goes over the line before it has reached any players and it is a goal kick to Milan. Charlie Mulgrew was the player - and he has already clattered into Balotelli and been spoken to by the ref. It could be a long night...
9 min: Anthony Stokes (making his CL debut) combine with Commons and Celtic win a corner.
7 min: And is this the most inaccurate label on a YouTube video ever? Balotelli attacks astronauts... Well, it has to be watched, doesn't it?
5 min: And the first big chance of the match goes to ... Milan. And it is a stupendous save from Balotelli's rasping volley from just outside the penalty area. Fraser Forster palms the ball away and the follow-up is sliced wide.
4 min: It will be interesting to see how Alessandro Matri and Super-Mario Balotelli play together. I think I am right to think that they have played together in some youth team a long, long time ago. Does anyone know?
2 min: Oh dear. That was terrible. It didn't even find row Z, that Kris Commons effort. If you're into cricket it was as bad as the opening wide by Steve Harmison in the 2006-07 Ashes tour.
1 min: And we have kicked off. And before you know it Celtic have a free-kick in a good position.
Simon McMahon sets the tone for this evening's emails:
Evening Marcus. Just seen another one of those betting adverts we seem to get every commercial break. It said Celtic to win 7-1. Bit optimistic. 1-0 is the best they can hope for I think.
And don't be shy to email in. Predictions please. Mine? Sadly a straightforward 2-0 Milan win. Prove me wrong Celtic!
The teams are coming out, Milan being led out by the bald goalkeeper Christian Abbiati and Celtic by the shaven-headed Scott Brown. Is that significant? Probably not.
So there we are. That should be pretty straight forward for Celtic then. But I wonder whether Massimiliano Allegri (longest coaching name in CL this season?) may have something up his sleeve.
Neil Lennon has been talking to Sky about his plans for tonight: "Milan are playing with a diamond and when you are playing with a diamond you are always vulnerable to counter-attacks and we have got a lot of speed in our team."
Anyway, back to tonight. Milan are without Kakà, Montolivo, El Shaarawy, Abate, Bonera, De Sciglio, Pazzini and Silvestre (and, no, not that Silvestre, this is the Argentinian version and, probably, slightly better than the French one...)
Instead, we get Nigel De Jong. Thanks Milan... Who can forget what he did to Xabi Alonso in the 2010 World Cup final. The first grunt of the German commentator in this clip sums it up pretty well.
It is a real shame we won't be seeing Kaká tonight, still a great player in my opinion. So why don't we watch a video of him instead...
Good evening and welcome to this minute-by-minute between Milan and Celtic at the San Siro. What a start to this season's group stage for Neil Lennon's side! It is a daunting task but the fact that Milan are in the middle of an injury crisis may give the Scottish side some hope.
But let's start with the teams.
Celtic (4-4-2): Forster; Van Dijk, Lustig, Ambrose, Izzaguire; Brown, Matthews, Mulgrew, Commons; Samaras, Stokes.
And here is the Milan line-up (4-3-1-2): Abbiati, Zaccardo, Zapata, Mexes, Constant, Nocerino, De Jong, Muntari, Birsa, Matri, Balotelli