MILAN, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- AC Milan scored two late goals to beat luckless Celtic 2-0 in their Champions League Group H opener at the San Siro on Wednesday.
The Milan side struggled against Neil Lennon's team who dominated over a long spell but were unfortunate to concede two late goals.
The hosts got a huge slice of luck when defender Cristian Zapata's drive in the 82nd minute appeared to be heading wide before it deflected off Parkhead left-back Emilio Izaguirre and ended up behind Fraser Forster.
The Hoops goalkeeper was beaten again four minutes later despite making a great save from Mario Balotelli's free-kick, as midfielder Sulley Muntari knocked in the rebound.
AC Milan head coach Massimiliano Allegri conceded that his side were fortunate to score two goals.
"It was important to win and we struggled at the start of the second half, as we couldn't get it clear. We were fortunate with the goal," he said.
"It was a good victory for a group of players who were whittled down to the bone, but played with substance. What counted was getting the points," he said.
Lennon rued his side's bad luck and suggested that the better team failed to win.
"I think the scoreline flatters Milan tonight. I don't think there's two goals between the teams tonight. We dominated Milan for 20 minutes in the second half and the last 10 minutes of the first half," he added.