Milan reach European milestone without banned Dida

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LONDON, Oct 24 (Reuters) Holders AC Milan will play their 200th match in Europe's top club competition today without goalkeeper Dida.

The Brazilian had his two-match ban for feigning injury against Celtic reduced to one game by UEFA on Monday and misses Wednesday's Champions League Group D home match against Shakhtar Donetsk.

Milan beat the Ukrainian team 4-0 at the San Siro nearly three years ago and are looking for a victory that would end Shakhtar's excellent start to the campaign.

The visitors are top of the table after winning their first two matches without conceding a goal.

In the other game in the group Celtic return to Lisbon, where they won the 1967 European Cup, to face bottom team Benfica.

Liverpool are another club returning to a city with great memories. The Merseysiders play Group A rivals Besiktas in Istanbul, where they won the 2005 Champions League final against Milan on penalties.

The other Group A fixture features leaders Olympique Marseille, who have won their opening two matches, at home to second-placed Porto.

Chelsea aim to consolidate their lead in Group B when they host Schalke 04 while Rosenborg Trondheim face Valencia in the other match.

Real Madrid attempt to go clear on top of Group C as they entertain Olympiakos Piraeus while Werder Bremen search for their first win of the campaign against Lazio.

REUTERS YA RAI0847

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