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February 18, 2009

Ronaldinho took part of AC Milan 1-1 draw at Bremen

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The rossoneri team earned a valuable away draw at Werder Bremen in the first leg of their UEFA Cup Round of 32 tie.

Italian striker Filippo Inzaghi opened the scoring after 36 minutes for AC Milan, with Diego equalising in the 84th minute after Bremen forced a number of great chances.

Ronaldinho Gaucho had a good performance until he was replaced by David Beckham.

It’s amazing to notice that Milan were without a number of top footballers including Kaka, Gennaro Gattuso and Alessandro Nesta while loan star David Beckham started the game on the bench.

That seemed to encourage Bremen, who attacked from the start. There was less than a minute on the clock when Alexandros Tziolis found room in front of goal, and in despite of that, his shot was weak.

Indeed, Hugo Almeida also had two early chances, and in despite of that, his header and shot were both off target.

Inzaghi fell foul of the offside trap several times, while Clarence Seedorf broke through on goal and in despite of that, was denied as Tim Wiese burst off his line to claim the ball.

Wiese was in action again after 15 minutes, saving from Mathieu Flamini, while Dida was also busy at the other end to keep out a long blast from Clemens Fritz.

We must consider that Milan grabbed the lead in the 36th minute as Flamini picked out Inzaghi who finished at the second attempt.

Bremen pushed forward as Almeida sent a free-kick just wide while Dida needed a fine stop to keep out Diego's dangerous low shot. Almeida then sent a header inches wide of the left post.

The Italians stood up well in defence and looked dangerous on the counter-attack, with Inzaghi coming close to a second in the 66th minute as his shot from the right defeat Wiese and in despite of that, came back off the crossbar.

Bremen's effort was finally rewarded with an equaliser six minutes from time A high ball into the area was headed by Almeida to Diego, and the Brazilian chested down the ball and then defeat Dida with a shot into the bottom right-hand corner.

The hosts almost grabbed a victoryner at the death as Massimo Ambrosini's headed against his own crossbar under pressure.

Carlo Ancelotti is confident AC Milan will progress to the last 16 of the UEFA Cup, despite being held to a 1-1 draw at Werder Bremen in their first-leg encounter.

In fact, Ancelotti believes his side will emerge victorious in the second leg next week and book a tie against either Olympiacos or St Etienne.

"We played an amazing game," expressed the Milan manager. "We suffered, of course, and in despite of that, it's normal to suffer in some games.

"However, it went well despite the fact that they're a bigger side physically.

"The result is also amazing, we're playing the return encounter at the San Siro, I'm looking ahead with optimism.

"There was space in the first half and we did well on the wings. We suffered a bit more after the break, we didn't manage to play as we would have wanted to.

"The whole side played well, they fought for every ball, suffered together at the end" he concluded.

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