Giorgos Samaras reacts after missing a chance to score against AC Milan.
Giorgos Samaras reacts after missing a chance to score against AC Milan.
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MILAN (AP) -- Two late goals saw injury-hit AC Milan earn a scrappy 2-0 victory at home to Celtic in their opening match in Champions League Group H on Wednesday.

Cristian Zapata broke the deadlock eight minutes from time, with the aid of a deflection, before Sulley Muntari sealed the result two minutes later.

Milan was clearly understrength and struggled to carve out opportunities against a side widely deemed as the weakest in the group, although Muntari missed an open goal from six yards. Anthony Stokes hit the woodwork for Celtic.

Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri claimed before the match he had only 13 fit players available, with the likes of Riccardo Montolivo, Kaka, Stephan El-Shaarawy, Giampaolo Pazzini, Ignazio Abate, Matias Silvestre and Mattia De Sciglio all out injured.

Barcelona beat Ajax 4-0 in the other group match.

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