Crvena Zvezda 1-2 AC Milan
BELGRADE, Aug 22 (Reuters) - AC Milan marched confidently into the Champions league group stage with a 3-1 aggregate win over Red Star Belgrade in the third qualifying round on Tuesday.
Goals from Italy World Cup winner Filippo Inzaghi and Dutchman Clarence Seedorf gave the six-times European champions a 2-1 second leg win.
Inzaghi fired Milan ahead with a close-range header in the 29th minute and Seedorf doubled the lead in the 78th when he rifled home a crisp low shot from 13 metres.
Striker Dusan Djokic salvaged some pride for the Serbian champions two minutes later when he volleyed home Nikola Zigic's deflected cross.
Milan took control from the kick off and Kaka almost caught Red Star keeper Ivan Randjelovic off guard with a stinging low shot from 15 metres in the second minute.
Randjelovic was forced into action again in the 26th minute when he kept out Andrea Pirlo's swirling free kick but could only watch helplessly three minutes later when Inzaghi effectively killed off the tie.
The passionate 55,000 home crowd constantly got behind their team and also showed glaring contempt for UEFA's decision to let Milan enter Europe's premier club competition.
The die-hard section of Red Star fans in the north tier formed the word UEFA in gigantic proportions with their bodies and at the same time held a banner that said 'Mafiosi'.
An Italian sports tribunal punished Milan during the close season for involvement in a Serie A match-fixing scandal but UEFA reluctantly allowed them to play in Europe after declaring it had no legal grounds to expel them.
Ancelotti praised the Serbians for a spirited performance and his own team for dealing with a hostile reception.
'Red Star were tough opponents in a very heated atmosphere. They did their best and it's very important for this (Milan) team with good potential to get international experience,' he said.
Milan finished second in last season's Serie A but were demoted to third after the punitive measures and also start the new Serie A championship with minus eight points.
Ancelotti acknowledged that winning the Champions League, in which Milan reached the semi-finals last season, may be a more realistic objective than the Serie A title.
'I am especially pleased with how my players performed. I hope we can continue to play like this throughout the Champions League, which is our primary objective,' he said.
'The team is strong and this will also give us the possibility to overcome the difficulties we will surely have in Serie A because of the eight-point deduction.'
The huge gulf in quality between the two sides was apparent from the kickoff and only poor finishing from Milan combined with several good saves by Randjelovic spared the Serbians a heavier defeat