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Milan get Real at home

sports Updated: Nov 04, 2009 23:29 IST

AC Milan and Real Madrid took a small step towards qualification for the Champions League knock-out rounds after a 1-1 draw at the San Siro on Tuesday.

Ronaldinho's conversion of a dubiously-awarded penalty cancelled out Karim Benzema's opener for the visitors as the stalemate left both teams a point clear of Marseille, who thrashed FC Zurich 6-1, at the top of Group C.

It was all Real at the start of the first half as the visitors dominated, leaving coach Manuel Pellegrini believing they should have won.

“I don't talk about the referee's decisions, we played well in the first half and showed the right attitude,” he said, declining to talk about the penalty.

Milan’s Brazilian coach Leonardo said a draw was probably the right result.

“If we look only at the first half, Real played very well, they had many chances but in the second I was a bit disappointed because we deserved to win,” he said.

Real deservedly went in front in the 29th minute as former Milan star Kaka beat Seedorf on the edge of the area and fired in a fierce daisy-cutter that was too hot for Dida to handle,

allowing Benzema to fire the rebound into the far corner for his first goal in seven matches.

But 10 minutes from the break Ronaldinho equalised from the spot after Pepe was harshly penalised for handball when he slid in rashly to block Zambrotta's cross, the ball hitting his arm from barely a yard away.