By ESPNSTAR.com staff
After struggling to a 2-2 draw with Napoli in their Serie A fixture over the weekend, AC Milan went into their Champions League Group C clash against Anderlecht hoping to return to winning ways.
A largely indifferent first half seemed to indicate that Massimiliano Allegri's men would not get their wish, but Stephen El Shaarawy managed to alter the complexion of the game by getting on the score-sheet two minutes into the second period. Mexes doubled the Rossoneri's advantage with an audacious strike from a free kick that his team earned after Bram Nuytinck's sending off, before Tom De Sutter scored a consolation for the Belgians.
Although central defender Mexes was delighted with his goal and the club's qualification to the knockout stages, he urged his team-mates not to get carried away with the win.
"I hope [this results helps us]. Everyone's satisfied, but we haven't done anything yet. We still have a long road ahead of us, and that's the attitude we need to be able to achieve anything," Mexes said to uefa.com
"We've lost some great players and it's tough, but we're going to try to perform as well as we can."
Milan manager Allegri has come under fire for team's disappointing domestic form, but Mario Yepes revealed that the Rossoneri's improved second-half showing in this game was a result of the Italian's half-time speech.
"At half-time, the coach told us to take our time with the final pass, because we did get some chances in the first half and didn't really take them," he shared.
"In the second half, we made fewer errors and we scored the goals."
AC Milan's next fixture sees them welcome league-leading Juventus to the San Siro this weekend.