The 2012-2013 Champions League featured Milan in a tight group stage with Malaga, Zenit and Anderlecht. It was late November and match day five with all teams still with a shot at the top two spots. Milan traveled to Belgium with the following starting line up:
Abbiati, De Sciglio, Mexes, Yepes, Constant, Nocerino, De Jong, Montolivo, Boateng, Krkic, El Shaarawy
With Pato, Robinho and Pazzini all on the bench
Certainly not vintage Milan at all and the first half passed scoreless but early in the second the game changed. El Shaarawy scored early and the match seemed headed for an 1-0 away win but a Montolivo central freekick led to Milan’s second goal. The freekick was taken on by Mexes. The Frenchman lifted the ball with his chest and proceeded to shoot hard with an acrobatic bicycle kick from distance. The ball looped down into the far side beating Silvio Proto in goal for a 2-0 lead. Pato scored an added time goal after Tom De Sutter had made it 2-1. The 3-1 win allowed Milan to finish second and move to a first knock out stage encounter against Barcelona.