FC Zurich beats AC Milan Wednesday

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Zurich earns a surprising victory over AC Milan in football’s International Champions League on Wednesday.

Milan -- FC Zurich earned a surprising victory as Finland's Hannu Tihinen scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over AC Milan in the Champions League at the San Siro on Wednesday.

This will increase pressure on Milan coach Leonardo.

In four home matches this season Milan scored only one goal and won only once.

"Of course right now things are not simple, a win would lift our confidence and we need to start getting the results to do that," Leonardo said.

"We're struggling to do what we want to do, we have the desire but we're not managing to do it.

"I believe in this team and I believe we have the resources to get out of this situation."

Zurich coach Bernard Challandes admitted his team was at times threatened but said they deserved their result.

"It's clear that we're very, very happy to have beaten Milan away from home, it's an historic victory for us," he said.

"We're a small team and we've won away to Milan. In the last few years we talked about commitment and we got a lot of that tonight.

"Lately results haven't been what they should be, so I'm proud but we were also a little bit lucky.

"We needed that because in the second half Milan put us under a lot of pressure, we had a bit of luck but that shouldn't deflect from the team's credit because they deserved it."

On 10 minutes the visitors led with a goal from a former West Ham player.

Milan Gajic swing over a corner and Tihinen arrived at the near post to hit the ball past Marco Storari in the Milan goal.

Leonardo tried to encourage his side, bringing on former world player of the year Ronaldinho for Seedorf at the break.

Milan kept pushing and on 88 minutes captain Massimo Ambrosini shaved the outside of the post with a low strike from 20 yards.

With almost the last kick of the match Gianluca Zambrotta crashed a shot against the Zurich upright.

AFP / Barnaby Chesterman / Expatica

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