Football: Milan Coach Hails Supersub Ronaldinho
Posted November 28, 2008on:
PORTSMOUTH, England, Fri.:
AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti hailed Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho who came off the bench to help kickstart his side’s UEFA Cup recovery against Portsmouth yesterday.
With the Italian aristocrats 2-0 down at Fratton Park, Ronaldinho struck a magical 84th-minute freekick to reduce the deficit before Filippo Inzaghi grabbed an injury-time leveller to claim a 2-2 draw in this Group E clash.
It was a record 65th European goal for Inzaghi who pounced on a loose ball with less than 30 seconds to go to hand his side a place in the knockout round.
“We had almost lost hope but the reaction was really good and to come back from 2-0 down like that was great,” said Ancelotti.
“Ronaldinho definitely made a difference because he reopened the game with an excellent free-kick. The game really changed pace with that.” Portsmouth, playing in their first European season after winning the FA Cup, had taken a dramatic and richly-deserved two-goal lead through Younes Kaboul and Kanu.
The draw leaves the English Premier League side needing two wins from their final two group games – away at Wolfsburg and home to Heerenveen – if they are to have any realistic chance of qualification for the next round.
Their manager Tony Adams said his players were at a low ebb but insisted the team had recorded their finest performance since he took over from Harry Redknapp last month.
Adams said: “They are just a little deflated and disappointed because they feel they should have and could have won the game.”
“I’m not feeling that disappointed because of the performance but the guys are a bit flat as they wanted some reward for their hard work.
“I’m really proud of the guys and the way we played. That was the best performance I have had since I’ve been manager.
“Our qualification maybe depends on other results now. Wolfsburg will be a tough game and if we can pick up points there and beat Heerenveen who knows?” – AFP
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