AC Milan were unable to hold onto the lead that Stephan El Shaarawy gave them against PSV but they head back to Milan with a valuable away goal in a finely balanced tie.
PSV almost took the lead in the first minute, but Adam Maher touched Matavž’s shot a fraction wide of Abbiati’s left-hand post. The whirlwind start continued as the Milan keeper saved from Georginio Wijnaldum before Cristián Zapata deflected Jetro Willems’ goal-bound piledriver behind.
However, it was the Serie A giants who opened the scoring with their first attack. Ignazio Abate evaded Memphis Depay’s challenge and crossed for the unmarked El Shaarawy to nod in. A minute later Jeroen Zoet tipped Mario Balotelli’s shot onto the bar.
Yet still it was Abbiati who was the busier goalkeeper, the 36-year-old making two good blocks from Maher as Phillip Cocu’s side attacked relentlessly. The lively PSV midfielder then hit the bar from just inside the box after outmuscling Zapata.
The Serie A team came out stronger after the break and only a superb interception by Willems at the back post prevented El Shaarawy from doubling his own, and his side’s, tally. The hosts responded by giving the Rossoneri a taste of their own medicine and scoring against the run of play. Abbiati could not hold Jeffrey Bruma’s swerving shot and Matavž gleefully headed in the rebound.
Milan almost forced a winner at the death, but Zoet made a fine save from substitute Andrea Poli to keep the game, and the final outcome, in the balance.