07 March 2018

TIME MACHINE: 6 GAMES FROM THE PAST VS ARSENAL

From Highbury to the Emirates, our time machine starts reliving the matches against the Gunners

1- AT HIGHBURY WEARING THE BLACK ARMBAND
The first leg of the European Super Cup final played on February 1st, 1995, the Rossoneri take the field wearing the black armband due to the death of the Genoa fan Vincenzo Spagnolo. Milan were on the up after an injury-ravaged autumn. But in London, a 0-0 draw is enough.

ARSENAL 0-0 AC MILAN 

ARSENAL: Seaman, Dixon, Winterburn, Schwarz, Bould, Adams, Jensen (85' Hillier), Wright, Hartson, Selley, Campbell (74' Merson). Coach: Graham.
AC MILAN: S. Rossi, Tassotti, P. Maldini, Albertini, Costacurta, Baresi, Donadoni, Desailly, Simone, Savicevic (89' Di Canio), Massaro. Coach: Capello.
Referee: Van der Ende.

 

2- A WIN WEARING THE THIRD KIT
It was AC Milan's third kit for that season and the Rossoneri wear it in the final act of the competition. Arsenal play better at the San Siro and after Boban scores the goal for 1-0, the Gunners thought they had equalised but the goal is disallowed. Massaro doubles the lead in the second half and for the 38,000 Rossoneri at the stadium, it was time to celebrate, on that European night on 8 February 1995.

AC MILAN 2-0 ARSENAL 

AC MILAN: S. Rossi, Tassotti, Panucci, Albertini, Costacurta, Baresi, Donadoni, Desailly, Boban, Savicevic (88' Eranio), Massaro (80' Di Canio). Coach: Capello.
ARSENAL: Seaman, Dixon (67' Keown), Winterburn, Schwarz, Bould, Adams, Campbell (78' Parlour), Wright, Hartson, Merson, Selley. Coach: Graham.
Referee: Krug.
Goals: 41' Boban (M), 65' Massaro (M).

 

3- THE MALDINI-ADEBAYOR DUEL
Dida had injured his back while he was on the bench three days before in a Parma 0-0 AC Milan. Kalac had an injured finger, Valerio Fiori was ready to play. But in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 played in London on 20 February 2008, it was Kalac to play between the sticks. Maldini for AC Milan and Adebayor for the Gunners - with a crossbar hit at the dying stages of the game - had the clearest chances to break the deadlock but in the end, it was 0-0. All was to be decided in the return match.

ARSENAL 0-0 AC MILAN 

ARSENAL: Lehmann, Sagna, Touré (7' Senderos), Gallas, Clichy, Ebouè (89' Walcott), Fabregas, Flamini, Hleb, Eduardo (74' Bendtner), Adebayor. Coach: Wenger.
AC MILAN: Kalac, Oddo, Nesta (50' Jankulovski), Kaladze, P. Maldini, Gattuso, Pirlo, Ambrosini, Seedorf (86' Emerson), Kaká, Pato (77' Gilardino). Coach: Ancelotti. 
Referee: Larsen (Dan).

 

4- PATO'S DEBUT
Alexandre Pato makes his Champions League debut for AC Milan. The Rossoneri try hard, but as it happened against Deportivo La Coruna in 2001, they fail to qualify for the next round. Arsenal find two late goals through Fabregas and Adebayor and make it to the quarterfinals where their European journey comes to an end in the tie against Liverpool.

AC MILAN 0-2 ARSENAL 

AC MILAN: Kalac, Oddo, Nesta, Kaladze, P. Maldini, Gattuso, Pirlo, Ambrosini, Kaká, Inzaghi (69' Gilardino), Pato. Coach: Ancelotti.
ARSENAL: Almunia, Sagna, Senderos, Gallas, Clichy, Ebouè (71' Walcott), Flamini, Fabregas, Diaby, Hleb (90' Gilberto), Adebayor. Coach: Wenger.
Referee: Konrad Plautz (Aut).
Goals: 84' Fabregas (A), 90+2' Adebayor (A).

 

5- FOUR-MIDABLE AC MILAN
Coming off the win in Udine and ready to face Cesena e Juventus after playing the Gunners on 15 February 2012. It all led everyone to think it was going to be a hard-fought game but the Rossoneri thrashed the Londoners through Boateng's early goal, a brace from Robinho and Ibrahimovic's penalty to make it 4-0.

AC MILAN 4-0 ARSENAL 

AC MILAN: Abbiati, Abate, Mexes, Thiago Silva, Antonini, Nocerino, Van Bommel, Seedorf (57' Emanuelson), Boateng (70' Ambrosini), Ibrahimovic, Robinho (84' Pato). Coach: Allegri.
ARSENAL: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny (44' Djourou), Vermaelen, Gibbs (66' Oxlade-Chamberlain), Song, Arteta, Walcott (46' Henry), Ramsey, Rosicky, Van Persie. Coach: Wenger.
Referee: Kassai.
Goals: 15' Boateng (M), 38' Robinho (M), 49' Robinho (M), 79' Ibrahimovic (pen.) (M).

 

6- ABBIATI ONCE AGAIN DOWN IN HISTORY
After making the headlines with his decisive saves to deny Bucchi in Perugia in 1999, against Kallon at San Siro in 2003 and against Diamanti in Brescia in 2011, Christian Abbiati is the saviour of the night in Europe too. Arsenal were leading by 3 goals to nil and were one goal away from completing a memorable comeback and take the match into extra time, but "Abbia"'s magnificent save to deny Van Persie gave us the quarterfinals.

ARSENAL 3-0 AC MILAN 

ARSENAL: Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs, Song, Rosicky, Walcott (84' Park), Oxlade-Chamberlain (75' Chamakh), Gervinho, Van Persie. Coach: Wenger.
AC MILAN: Abbiati, Abate, Mexes, Thiago Silva, Mesbah (90' Bonera), Nocerino, Van Bommel, Emanuelson, Robinho, El Shaarawy (70' Aquilani), Ibrahimovic. Coach: Allegri.
Referee: Skomina
Gol: 7' Koscielny (A), 26' Rosicky (A), 43' Van Persie (pen.) (A).

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