history30 September 2021


We're taking you back to 2004/05 and a game decided at the death by Pirlo

Little more than four months on (it was 23 May), AC Milan are going back to Bergamo's Gewiss Stadium, where they secured Champions League football. On matchday 7 of this season, AC Milan take on Atalanta in a fixture that has become one of the biggest ties in Serie A. Pioli's Rossoneri take on Gasperini's Nerazzurri. This is a clash that, amidst the highs and lows for the respective teams, never disappoints, and the game this Sunday promises plenty of excitement too. Before that, however, let's take a look back at AC Milan's 2-1 win in Bergamo in the 2004/05 season.

It was 5 March 2005, Serie A matchday 27, and kick-off was scheduled for 18:00. AC Milan were level with Juventus on 57 points at the top of the table and had received a confidence boost from the Derby win against Inter thanks to Kaká's goal. Atalanta, on the other hand, were bottom of the league. It was a classic top v bottom tie, with 39 points separating the two sides. Nevertheless, it was anything but simple for the Rossoneri.

Delio Rossi's side were a tough outfit and were very proficient at shutting down the spaces and conceding very few chances to Ancelotti's AC Milan. The pace of Makinwa up front was a real threat to the centre-back pairing of Nesta and Costacurta. The Rossoneri eventually managed to break the deadlock from a set-piece in the 71st minute: Pirlo found Ambrosini, who rose highest and headed home, leaving Calderoni no chance. AC Milan were a goal to the good and Ambro had scored his first Serie A goal of the season. The Nerazzurri would not take it lying down, though, and grabbed a near-instant equaliser. Bernardini took a free-kick from out wide, Makinwa popped up in the box and headed home: 1-1.

It was the 73rd minute and, in spite of AC Milan's near-constant attacking threat, the game seemed destined to end in a draw. Calderoni denied Tomasson in the 93rd minute, but the Rossoneri did get their winner a minute later. In the fourth minute of stoppage time, Calderoni produced a great save to deny Pippo, but Andrea Pirlo was there to turn home the rebound. It finished 2-1.

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