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Chelsea 0 AC Milan 1: Fernando Torres returns but Urby Emanuelson hits winner

Chelsea 0 AC Milan 1: Torres makes Blues return but Emanuelson has the last word

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UPDATED:

07:41 GMT, 29 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Fernando Torres made his Chelsea return in Miami – but the 50million man could not stop the Blues from ending their US tour with a defeat.

The Spain international played 30 minutes of the clash against AC Milan in the Sun Life Stadium – home of the Miami Dolphins – his first appearance of the Blues' pre-season.

But Urby Emanuelson's second half-strike was enough to condemn the Blues to their second consecutive Stateside defeat ahead of their flight home.

Challenge: Frank Lampard is held up by match-winner Urby Emanuelson

Challenge: Frank Lampard is held up by match-winner Urby Emanuelson

Match facts

CHELSEA: Cech; Ivanovic (Hutchinson), Terry (Cahill), Luiz, Cole (Ferreira); Mikel, Lampard (Essien), Meireles (Marin); Hazard, Ramires (Malouda); Lukaku (Torres)

AC MILAN: Ameila; Antonini (Abate); Bonera; Yepes (Acerbi); Mesbah; Traore (Constant), Flamini (Montolivo), Ambrosini (Nocerino); El Shaarawy, Emanuelson; Boateng (Valoti)

ATT: 57,748.

The big Chelsea team-news came from
the bench, Fernando Torres making his first appearance on the Blues
team-sheet since helping Spain win Euro 2012.

Chelsea's final game of their US
pre-season tour got off to an uneventful start, with either side
struggling to gain the early advantage.

John Terry had the first real effort
of the encounter, firing a difficult half-volley from the edge of the
box from Branislav Ivanovic's header in the eighth minute.

Hazard showed a glimpse of his
32million worth in the 11th minute as he easily ghosted past Bakaye
Traore and Luca Antonini in the box before his fierce strike was
deflected wide for a corner.

On the run: Mario Yepes and Mathieu Flamini combine to stop Romelu Lukaku

On the run: Mario Yepes and Mathieu Flamini combine to thwart Romelu Lukaku

The searing Miami heat was not
conducive to a fast, free flowing game – and it certainly showed as both
sides seemed happy to merely go through the motions during the opening
25 minutes.

Traore sent a long range effort wide
of Petr Cech's post in the 27th minute as AC Milan upped the tempo of
their play ever so slightly before Urby Emanuelson nearly played former
Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini through.

Emanuelson missed the first real
chance of the match in the 34th minute, firing over from 12 yards after
being sent clear through by Kevin-Prince Boateng with just Cech to beat
as the first-half ended goalless.

Di Matteo made just one change at the
break, Marko Marin replacing Raul Meireles, allowing Hazard to take a
more central role in the second-half.

Hard-fought: Ramires goes shoulder-to-shoulder with Emanuelson

Hard-fought: Ramires goes shoulder-to-shoulder with Emanuelson

And the Italian manager's heart was in
his mouth just seconds after the restart as Daniele Bonera left the
Belgian holding his ankle in pain with a mistimed challenge.

Jon Mikel Obi then saw his long range
effort comfortably saved by Marco Amelia as the European champions
started the second period with much more zest.

But Milan responded, Cech being forced into a good low save from Emanuelson after the Dutchman was found by Flamini.

Romelu Lukaku and Hazard combined to
set-up Frank Lampard, whose 25 yard strike was again well held by Amelia
in the 54th minute.

Di Matteo made a treble substitution
in the 60th minute, bringing on Torres – whose introduction was greeted
with huge cheers – Paulo Ferreira and Gary Cahill.

Pain game: Branislav Ivanovic suffers in the heat

Pain game: Branislav Ivanovic suffers in the heat

Milan coach Massimilano Allegri made
four changes of his own, with Antonio Nocerino, Francesco Acerbi,
Ricardo Montolivo and Ignacio Abate all came on.

David Luiz glanced a near post header
from Lampard's corner over in the 68th minute, but it was Milan who took
a deserved lead a minute later.

Emanuleson burst clear of the Chelsea defence before squaring to Stephan El Shaarawy, whose shot was well saved by Cech.

But the Holland international coolly stroked home the rebound from close range to put the Serie A side a goal up.

Substitute Mattia Valoti came close to
doubling Milan's lead in the 75th minute – but his clever effort from
deep inside the box was saved by Cech.

Hazard blasted a free-kick from the edge of the box high and wide in the 86th minute as Chelsea searched in vain for a leveller.

Chelsea 0 AC Milan 1: Fernando Torres starts but Urby Emanuelson hits winner in Miami heat

Chelsea 0 AC Milan 1: Torres starts but Emanuelson has the last word in Miami

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UPDATED:

00:44 GMT, 29 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Fernando Torres made his Chelsea return in Miami – but the 50million man could not stop the Blues from ending their US tour with a defeat.

The Spain international played 30 minutes of the clash against AC Milan in the Sun Life Stadium – home of the Miami Dolphins – his first appearance of the Blues' pre-season.

But Urby Emanuelson's second half-strike was enough to condemn the Blues to their second consecutive Stateside defeat ahead of their flight home.

Challenge: Frank Lampard is held up by match-winner Urby Emanuelson

Challenge: Frank Lampard is held up by match-winner Urby Emanuelson

Match facts

CHELSEA: Cech; Ivanovic (Hutchinson), Terry (Cahill), Luiz, Cole (Ferreira); Mikel, Lampard (Essien), Meireles (Marin); Hazard, Ramires (Malouda); Lukaku (Torres)

AC MILAN: Ameila; Antonini (Abate); Bonera; Yepes (Acerbi); Mesbah; Traore (Constant), Flamini (Montolivo), Ambrosini (Nocerino); El Shaarawy, Emanuelson; Boateng (Valoti)

ATT: 57,748.

The big Chelsea team-news came from
the bench, Fernando Torres making his first appearance on the Blues
team-sheet since helping Spain win Euro 2012.

Chelsea's final game of their US
pre-season tour got off to an uneventful start, with either side
struggling to gain the early advantage.

John Terry had the first real effort
of the encounter, firing a difficult half-volley from the edge of the
box from Branislav Ivanovic's header in the eighth minute.

Hazard showed a glimpse of his
32million worth in the 11th minute as he easily ghosted past Bakaye
Traore and Luca Antonini in the box before his fierce strike was
deflected wide for a corner.

On the run: Mario Yepes and Mathieu Flamini combine to stop Romelu Lukaku

On the run: Mario Yepes and Mathieu Flamini combine to thwart Romelu Lukaku

The searing Miami heat was not
conducive to a fast, free flowing game – and it certainly showed as both
sides seemed happy to merely go through the motions during the opening
25 minutes.

Traore sent a long range effort wide
of Petr Cech's post in the 27th minute as AC Milan upped the tempo of
their play ever so slightly before Urby Emanuelson nearly played former
Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini through.

Emanuelson missed the first real
chance of the match in the 34th minute, firing over from 12 yards after
being sent clear through by Kevin-Prince Boateng with just Cech to beat
as the first-half ended goalless.

Di Matteo made just one change at the
break, Marko Marin replacing Raul Meireles, allowing Hazard to take a
more central role in the second-half.

Hard-fought: Ramires goes shoulder-to-shoulder with Emanuelson

Hard-fought: Ramires goes shoulder-to-shoulder with Emanuelson

And the Italian manager's heart was in
his mouth just seconds after the restart as Daniele Bonera left the
Belgian holding his ankle in pain with a mistimed challenge.

Jon Mikel Obi then saw his long range
effort comfortably saved by Marco Amelia as the European champions
started the second period with much more zest.

But Milan responded, Cech being forced into a good low save from Emanuelson after the Dutchman was found by Flamini.

Romelu Lukaku and Hazard combined to
set-up Frank Lampard, whose 25 yard strike was again well held by Amelia
in the 54th minute.

Di Matteo made a treble substitution
in the 60th minute, bringing on Torres – whose introduction was greeted
with huge cheers – Paulo Ferreira and Gary Cahill.

Pain game: Branislav Ivanovic suffers in the heat

Pain game: Branislav Ivanovic suffers in the heat

Milan coach Massimilano Allegri made
four changes of his own, with Antonio Nocerino, Francesco Acerbi,
Ricardo Montolivo and Ignacio Abate all came on.

David Luiz glanced a near post header
from Lampard's corner over in the 68th minute, but it was Milan who took
a deserved lead a minute later.

Emanuleson burst clear of the Chelsea defence before squaring to Stephan El Shaarawy, whose shot was well saved by Cech.

But the Holland international coolly stroked home the rebound from close range to put the Serie A side a goal up.

Substitute Mattia Valoti came close to
doubling Milan's lead in the 75th minute – but his clever effort from
deep inside the box was saved by Cech.

Hazard blasted a free-kick from the edge of the box high and wide in the 86th minute as Chelsea searched in vain for a leveller.

AC Milan 0 Barcelona 0

AC Milan 0 Barcelona 0: Defending champions frustrated in goalless first leg

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UPDATED:

21:03 GMT, 28 March 2012

AC Milan survived a prolonged Barcelona onslaught to hold their illustrious visitors goalless, but will be left wondering how they fluffed some golden chances to take a first-leg lead in the Champions League quarter-final.

A series of sublime Barca attacks produced no end product, while Milan had, but wasted, by far the better openings in the match.

The hosts managed to shut out Lionel Messi in red-hot form, though, to give themselves hope for the second leg at the Nou Camp.

Happy camper: Zlatan Ibrahimovic was happy with AC Milan's draw with Barcelona

Happy camper: Zlatan Ibrahimovic was happy with AC Milan's draw with Barcelona

MATCH FACTS:

AC Milan: Abbiati, Bonera, Nesta (Mesbah 74),Mexes, Antonini, Nocerino, Ambrosini, Seedorf, Boateng (Emanuelson 67), Robinho (El Shaarawi 52), Ibrahimovic.

Subs Not Used: Amelia, Aquilani, Maxi Lopez, Yepes.

Booked: Seedorf, Nesta, Ambrosini.

Barcelona: Valdes, Dani Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Puyol, Iniesta (Tello 65), Busquets, Xavi, Keita, Messi,Sanchez (Pedro 76).

Subs Not Used: Pinto, Fabregas, Thiago, Muniesa, Montoya.

Booked: Keita.

Att: 70,628

Ref: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden).

Milan squandered their first opening in only the third minute. Space opened up for Kevin Prince-Boateng on the edge of the area, but he hesitated for a split-second and Gerard Pique charged down the shot.

The ball was then headed back in to give Robinho an even better chance unmarked on the edge of the six-yard box, but he skied the ball horribly over the crossbar when it looked a certain goal.

Lionel Messi, one goal shy of 50 in the competition, gained some unwanted attention from a laser pen as he lined up a free-kick on the edge of the area, but could only blame the turf as he slipped while taking it, with Seydou Keita was offside as he tried to head in the unintended cross.

Messi then saw Christian Abbiati spill one of his shots, but the ball somehow evaded the advancing Daniel Alves as Milan survived.

Barca, though, should have had a penalty moments later when Alexis Sanchez fell over Abbiati after beautiful play from Xavi and Sergio Busquets, but the Chilean perhaps went over too easily and was told to get up.

Barca were passing the ball about at speed and forcing passes through seemingly impossible gaps, but they continued to stutter when it mattered, with Messi offside as he tapped in an Alves cross, while Abbiati denied Xavi.

Amid it all, a first-time ball from Clarence Seedorf put Zlatan Ibrahimovic clean through, but goalkeeper Victor Valdez raced out to make a fine save at point-blank range.

Frustrated: Lionel Messi (left) was unable to replicate his recent red-hot form

Frustrated: Lionel Messi (left) was unable to replicate his recent red-hot form

Denied: Ibrahimovic missed the best chance of the game as Milan came close to stunning the holders

Denied: Ibrahimovic missed the best chance of the game as Milan came close to stunning the holders

Sanchez then looked to have broken clear, but Luca Antonini did not give it up and made a brilliant recovering tackle to prevent the shot.

The second half failed to capture the imagination in quite the same way.

Andres Iniesta cut in from the left to send an early shot wide, but it was hardly a sign of things to come as the game became scrappy thanks to a series of fouls and some unnecessary falls.
Milan lost Robinho to an injury amid the tumbles, but at least cut down the number of direct threats on their goal.

Tumble and fall: The second half was a scrappy affair as neither side could make the breakthrough

Tumble and fall: The second half was a scrappy affair as neither side could make the breakthrough

They should have been attacking themselves in the 67th minute when Urby Emanuelson came on to be handed the chance of an instant impact, only to scuff his first touch when a long ball put him clean through.

Barca began to threaten again going into the final 15 minutes. Substitute Cristian Tello fired high into the side-netting from a tight angle and then Messi saw a shot charged down and deflected wide.
From the resulting corner, Carles Puyol's diving header across goal went narrowly wide.

Shot: Alexis Sanchez tries his luck as Barcelona struggle to break down the Milan defence

Shot: Alexis Sanchez tries his luck as Barcelona struggle to break down the Milan defence

Their best chance of the half came right at the end when Messi stayed on his feet as Milan defenders fell about him, firing in a powerful shot which Abbiati could only parry across goal.

It rolled teasingly towards Tello as he raced in, but cover arrived in the nick of time for Milan.

AC Milan 4 Arsenal 0: Kevin Prince Boateng, Robinho and Zlatan Imbrahimovic score

AC Milan 4 Arsenal 0: Prince, Robinho and Zlatan tear sorry Gunners apart in San Siro

Arsenal's Champions League dreams were shattered by a humiliating 4-0 defeat to AC Milan in the first leg of their last 16 clash at the San Siro.

Kevin-Prince Boateng fired the Italians ahead on 15 minutes with a sublime strike, before two goals by former Manchester City frontman Robinho and a penalty from the impressive Zlatan Ibrahimovic put the tie beyond the Gunners.

Arsenal never really settled and were punished for some careless possession – and not even the introduction of former captain Thierry Henry in the final game of his loan spell from New York Red Bulls could spark a fairytale comeback.

Gunners stunner: Kevin Prince Boateng volleys AC Milan in front early in the first half

Gunners stunner: Kevin-Prince Boateng volleys AC Milan in front early in the first half

MATCH FACTS

AC Milan:
Abbiati, Abate, Mexes, Thiago Silva, Antonini, Seedorf (Emanuelson 12),
Van Bommel, Nocerino, Boateng (Ambrosini 70), Ibrahimovic, Robinho
(Pato 84).

Subs not used: Amelia, Nesta, Bonera, El Shaarawi.

Goals: Boateng 15, Robinho 38, 49, Ibrahimovic (pen) 79.

Booked: Mexes, Ambrosini, Antonini.

Arsenal:
Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny (Djourou 44), Vermaelen, Gibbs
(Oxlade-Chamberlain 66), Song, Rosicky, Walcott (Henry 46), Ramsey,
Arteta, van Persie.

Subs not used: Fabianski, Arshavin, Benayoun, Coquelin.

Booked: Djourou, Song.

Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

Attendance: 68,257

The heaviest European away defeat for Arsenal will be a bitter pill to swallow, but Arsene Wenger must lift his squad again for what is now a crucial FA Cup fifth-round tie at Sunderland on Saturday ahead of the Premier League derby with Tottenham – when the Gunners will look to keep alive hopes of qualifying again for the Champions League with a top-four finish.

Milan had not won any of their previous seven matches against English clubs, knocked out of the Champions League at this stage by Tottenham last season.

However, the Serie A leaders never looked in danger of a repeat, well organised from kick-off as Arsenal struggled to get any sort of foothold, regardless of a poor San Siro pitch which had recently seen the turf relaid down the flanks.

Veteran Dutchman Clarence Seedorf – a European Cup winner with three different clubs – drilled a low effort into the side-netting, before going off with what appeared to be a hamstring injury – compatriot Urby Emanuelson replacing him.

Boateng fired the Italians ahead on the quarter-hour mark. The former Portsmouth and Tottenham midfielder collected a chip to the edge of the Arsenal penalty area on his chest, before turning to fire the ball over Wojciech Szczesny and in off the underside of the crossbar.

No chance: Arsenal keeper Szczesny was left helpless by Boateng's brilliant opening strike

No chance: Arsenal keeper Szczesny was left helpless by Boateng's brilliant opening strike

Van Persie's cut-back was blocked as the Gunners captain got clear down the left, before Laurent Koscielny's flicked header from a floated 25th minute free-kick was straight at Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati.

Arsenal, however, were soon again giving possession away far too easily, inviting the hosts on. However, despite having plenty of the ball in the final third, AC Milan failed to carve out any real openings.

Unmarked: Robinho (left) heads past Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (centre) for the second goal

Unmarked: Robinho (left) heads past Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (centre) for the second goal

Three and easy: Robinho (centre) blasts the third goal from the edge of the penalty area

Three and easy: Robinho (centre) blasts the third goal from the edge of the penalty area

Thomas Vermaelen lost out to Robinho, who darted clear but then then failed to cross for Ibrahimovic – who was clear in the middle – as Koscielny made a saving block.

It was 2-0 in the 38th minute when Ibrahimovic charged down the left channel and squared for Robinho to nod in from six yards.

Humiliation complete: Zlatan Ibrahimovic places the ball into the corner of the net from the penalty spot

Humiliation complete: Zlatan Ibrahimovic places the ball into the corner of the net from the penalty spot

Roar: Ibrahimovic celebrates his third goal against Arsenal in the Champions League in recent years

Roar: Ibrahimovic celebrates his third goal against Arsenal in the Champions League in recent years

Two minutes before the break, Koscielny hobbled off and was replaced by Johan Djourou – and another change followed at the start of the second half as Theo Walcott was replaced by Henry.

However, before the World Cup winner had a chance to make an impact, Milan extended their lead. Vermaelen slipped, which gave Robinho the space to shoot at the edge of the box, and the Brazilian – whose 32.5million transfer to City in 2008 shattered the British record fee – slammed home what looked to be a tie-clinching third goal in the 49th minute.

Au revoir: Thierry Henry (centre) was humbled on his farewell appearance for Arsenal

Au revoir: Thierry Henry (centre) was humbled on his farewell appearance for Arsenal

Deadly duo: The scorers of Milan's first three goals celebrate Robinho's second strike of the night

Deadly duo: The scorers of Milan's first three goals celebrate Robinho's second strike of the night

It was now a case of damage limitation for Arsenal – and it could have been worse but for a complete miskick by Luca Antonini when he was set free following another swift counter.

The value of an away goal, however, meant the tie would still be alive were the English side to fashion a meaningful opportunity of their own. Abbiati produced a brilliant one-handed save to turn around van Persie's volley after a flick-on by Henry on 65 minutes. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced Kieran Gibbs as Alex Song dropped into the back four.

Misery: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reacts during the heavy defeat in the San Siro

Misery: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reacts during the heavy defeat in the San Siro

However, any hopes of comeback were ended in the 78th minute when Djourou bundled over Ibrahimovic to concede a somewhat soft penalty, which the big Swede slotted into the bottom right corner, leaving Arsenal a mountain to climb in the return leg at Emirates Stadium on March 6.

Hang your heads: Arsenal are all but eliminated from the Champions League after their shambolic show

Hang your heads: Arsenal are all but eliminated from the Champions League after their shambolic show