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Van Buyten brace earns Bayern draw

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MILAN, Italy -- Two goals by defender Daniel van Buyten, the second in stoppage-time, gave Bayern Munich a 2-2 draw against AC Milan in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Tuesday.

Van Buyten's last-gasp equalizer closed a dramatic sequence of three goals in the final 12 minutes as Bayern cancelled out a first-half goal by Andrea Pirlo with the Belgian's first then fell behind again when Kaka scored from the penalty spot.

Milan pressed Bayern back from the kickoff and Marek Jankulovski flashed a ball across the area that Alberto Gilardino and Clarence Seedorf narrowly failed to make contact with.

The odds seemed stacked against Bayern, who lost 4-1 the last time they played Milan at the San Siro in first knockout round of last season's Champions League.

The suspensions of first-choice keeper Oliver Kahn and midfielder Mark van Bommel had weakened the German team, but Lukas Podolski summed up a determined opening by the visitors when he muscled past his marker on the left to deliver a cross that Roy Makaay nodded wide.

It was Milan, though, who created the first chance, Massimo Ambrosini getting his head to a corner to force a reflex save from Michael Rensing after 15 minutes.

Bayern struggled to get close enough to score. Home keeper Dida pushed a long-range effort by midfielder Andreas Ottl round his post, but for long periods of the first half the Brazilian was able to watch the match from the safety of his own area.

Turned the screw

As halftime approached, Milan turned the screw. Rensing produced another superb save in the 36th minute, this time from a Gilardino header, and the home fans were furious when referee Yuri Baskakov refused to award a penalty when Kaka went down under a challenge by Bayern defender Lucio.

Their pressure finally paid off in the 40th minute, when Oddo knocked in another cross, and Pirlo caught Rensing off his line with a looping header.

Gilardino thought he had extended Milan's lead early in the second half, when he broke forward and lobbed Rensing. Instead, he was shown a yellow card for playing on after being flagged offside, a booking that means he will miss the return leg next Wednesday.

Bayern coach sent on Claudio Pizarro in place of Podolski in an attempt to pull level and the midfielder was instrumental in Bayern's 78th-minute equalizer, nodding down Hasan Salihamidzic's cross at the far post for Van Buyten to hook in from close range.

Kaka's penalty, harshly awarded for what looked like a well timed tackle for the ball by Lucio, seemed to have extended Milan's remarkable home form in the Champions League. Milan had won 15 of their previous 18 home fixtures in the competition.

But Van Buyten's last-gasp goal, fired in from a goalmouth scramble, gave Bayern a second away goal and a slight advantage going into the second leg.

The winners of the tie will meet either AS Roma or Manchester United in the semi-finals.

Sagnol blow

Bayern's French defender Willy Sagnol could be out for the rest of the season after injuring his knee against AC Milan on Tuesday.

"He's got a serious meniscus injury," Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said.

"In the next few days he will undergo an operation and in all probability he won't be able to play for us again this season," Hitzfeld told reporters.

Sagnol was replaced after 68 minutes by Christian Lell when the score was still 1-0 to Milan.

Pirlo is congratulated by coach Carlo Ancelotti after giving Milan the lead.



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