Crvena zvezda are, once again, a part of the Rossoneri's present. After having their name and stadium linked to our history, the Belgrade side await AC Milan in the first leg of the Round of 32 in the Europa League. It's a fascinating and weighty match, which will be very important in order to overcome the false step in La Spezia and ahead of the Derby in the league. Let's take a look at 8 facts as we wait for kick-off, which is at 18:55 CET at the Stadion Rajko Mitić:
1- The last meeting between the two sides was in August 2006 in Champions League qualifying; the Rossoneri won 2-1 with Filippo Inzaghi and Clarence Seedorf on the scoresheet in Belgrade.
2- Crvena Zvezda have never beaten AC Milan in a European game (including qualifying): two draws and two defeats in four games. The Crveno-beli haven't beaten an Italian side in their last six attempts (2D, 4L), the last win against a side from the peninsular was in December 2005 against Roma in UEFA Cup.
3- AC Milan have won their last two Europa League games; excluding qualifiers, the Rossoneri have not won three consecutive games in European competitions since November 2008 (four in that case).
4- AC Milan have scored in ten consecutive away games in European competitions - including qualifying; this is the best run in the Rossoneri's history.
5- AC Milan have progressed past the Round of 32 in the UEFA Cup/Europa League in eight of their last ten seasons, the only exceptions were defeats to Espanyol in 1987/99 and Werder Bremen in 2008/09.
6- Crvena Zvezda have made it past the Round of 32 in the UEFA Cup/Europa League just once in the last four seasons, in which they have taken part in this stage of the competition, beating Žalgiris Vilnius in 1989/90.
7- 19 goals have been scored in Crvena Zvezda's 14 Europa League games (twelve for, seven against), while only two of these have ended goalless - including the two most recent matches.
8- Mario Mandžukić scored the first of his three multiple-goal hauls in European competitions in the UEFA Cup in October 2007 against Ajax as a Dinamo Zagreb player (the others were against Olympiacos in November 2014 with Atlético Madrid and in April 2018 against Real Madrid with Juventus, both in the Champions League).
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