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Sunday 19 November 2017

Inzaghi celebrates hat-trick of records

Filippo Inzaghi scored in last night match against Real. Photo: Getty Images
Filippo Inzaghi scored in last night match against Real. Photo: Getty Images

Filippo Inzaghi reached three goalscoring milestones in one match with a brace in AC Milan's 2-2 Champions League draw with Real Madrid at the San Siro last night.

The 37-year-old came off the bench to help the hosts overturn a 1-0 deficit only for Pedro Leon's injury-time equaliser to earn the Spaniards a draw. The result left Milan in second place in Group G, a point ahead of Ajax and five behind Madrid.

It was still a night to savour for Inzaghi, though, who became the record scorer in European competition with 70 goals - beating the 69 of Raul and Gerd Muller - overtook Marco van Basten in Milan's all-time scoring charts by moving onto 125 for the club and moved ahead of Andriy Shevchenko as the Rossoneri's leading scorer in Europe with 40.

"I'm very happy, it's a great evening for me," the former Juventus striker told Milan's official website.

"Setting this record at the San Siro in front of my supporters has always been one of my dreams. Now a phase of my 20-year career comes to an end, although the equaliser at the end of the match spoiled the night a little bit.

"I give credit to the supporters for (the records), their cheering gave me an incredible lift when I stood up from the bench. When I'm at the San Siro, all the joyful moments I've spent wearing the Milan shirt come to my mind.

"I knew I was ready to play, I feel in great shape, but in the end the result left me a bit disappointed, even though I scored twice from two shots.

"With this brace I overtook Shevchenko as the most prolific Milan player in European club competitions.

"I also overtook Gerd Muller and Van Basten. I want to thank everyone who has been close to me, my family, my brother, my girlfriend."

Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri praised his striker.

"Pippo is a great player, I'm happy for him," he said.

"He played half an hour of intense football. It didn't surprise me. I'm sorry for leaving him out of the line-up, but I know I can always count on him."

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