BRUSSELS/LENS, Oct 17 (SW) - AC Milan earned three points at Anderlecht despite numeric disadvantage in most of the second half, while Lille secured a victory over AEK Athens.
Anderlecht - AC Milan 0-1
Anderlecht took the initiative in the opening phase but the experienced Rossoneri soon took over and created the first real chance after 13 minutes. Kaká found Inzaghi, but the striker's shot went over the crossbar.
A better opportunity arose just before the break, when Inzaghi headed just wide of Zítka's goal.
Only two minutes after the interval, Milan suffered a serious blow as Daniele Bonera conceded a second yellow card for kicking the ball when referee Medina Cantalejo had already whistled.
But the Italians quickly recovered and Brazilian playmaker Kaká fired a powerful distance strike past Zítka in the 58th minute.
Milan tried to hand Anderlecht a second blow within a few minutes but Cafu had his effort boxed away by the goalkeeper.
The Belgians came close to levelling in the 78th minute, but an effort by Tchité was well saved by Dida.
From here on, Anderlecht continued to put pressure on Milan's defense and almost got their reward in the 87th minute when a Juhasz header hit the post.
Lille - AEK Athens 3-1
No goals were scored in the first half at the Félix-Bollaert stadium of Lens, where Lille play their Champions League home games this season.
The best chances before the break were for Lille, although the two teams seemed to be each other's equalis in midfield.
Four minutes after the hour mark, the French broke the deadlock. Keita managed to find his way past three AEK defenders and found Mathieu Robail, who could easily score from close range.
But the Greeks reacted just four minutes later, when Vladimir Ivic struck into the near corner from the edge of the penalty area.
However, Lille would take the lead again in the 82nd minute. This goal was almost entirely similar to the first, with Keita beating several defenders before sending in a low pass. This time it was Daniel Gygax to score from two meters.
And in the 91st minute, the French decided the match when Jean II Makoun beat AEK's goalkeeper from the edge of the Greek penalty area.