Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shevchenko Is an Instant Hit as Milan Take Control

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shevchenko Is an Instant Hit as Milan Take Control

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ANDRIY SHEVCHENKO marked his return from injury by scoring AC Milan's second goal in a 2-0 victory over arch-rivals Inter in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal.

The European Footballer of the Year, who had been out of the side since mid-February with a fractured cheekbone, headed in Andrea Pirlo's free-kick 16 minutes from time.

The Ukrainian's goal was almost a carbon copy of Jaap Stam's opener in first-half injury time.

The former Manchester United defender glanced in a Pirlo freekick to register his first goal for the Italian champions since joining them from Lazio almost a year ago.

But Inter coach Roberto Mancini believes his side can overturn the result next Tuesday. "We are not resigned to our fate," he said.

"There are still 90 minutes left to play and we were the better team until we were caught cold before the break. We were sleeping for both those goals."

Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti was particularly pleased with Shevchenko. …

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