17 January 2019
On 17 January, Tassotti was sent off and AC Milan were down to ten men. But then…
That Sunday, the side pulled off an incredible achievement but it was a bittersweet day. The great Mauro Tassotti was sent off after 18 minutes after a somewhat harsh decision by the referee Cornieti of Forlì. However, the team ran rampant all the same. Meanwhile in Genoa, it seemed as though Vialli had scored for Sampdoria against Napoli but that wasn’t to be. It was a disappointing illusion and the disappointment would be compounded when Maradona scored in the 88th minute. A historic Sunday but one that finished with Napoli three points ahead in the table, on 25 compared to the Rossoneri’s tally of 22 points.
A GREAT RUN
"Never have we seen such a feat!" exclaimed the Gazzetta dello Sport a day after. The feat came 31 years ago to the day on 17 January 1988. After coming to terms with a 0-2 defeat against Roma that was awarded off the pitch, Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan got back on track. Despite consecutive wins against the likes of Inter, Napoli and Juventus, there was a perception that Milan could come undone against Como. After 18 minutes, Tassotti was given his marching orders with the score at 0-0 after raising his hands on Enrico Todesco. Despite that setback, the team proved capable of stepping up a gear.
BORGHI AND ANCELOTTI'S AFTERNOON
First, Donadoni opened the scoring in the 30th minute. After the break, Virdis, Gullit, Ancelotti and Gullit again got on the scoresheet. It was the first 5-0 result in history in which all of the goals had been scored by a team playing a man down. It was a result that allowed the President Berlusconi to get over a couple of disappointments. First was the fact that the Argentine talent and Milan loanee Claudio Borghi had been kept on the bench until the 46th minute by the opposition Coach Burgnich. Second was the goal scored by Maradona. Ancelotti’s goal to make it 4-0 put the Rossoneri in high spirits. With the win already secure, Carletto gave everything to get his head on the ball and beat the goalkeeper Paradisi.
MILAN 5-0 COMO
MILAN: G. Galli, Tassotti, P. Maldini, An. Colombo (20'st Mussi), F. Galli, Baresi, Donadoni, Ancelotti, Virdis (70’ Massaro), Gullit, Evani. Coach: Sacchi.
COMO: Paradisi, Maccoppi, Annoni, Centi, Albiero, Moz (46’ Borghi), Mattei, Invernizzi, Todesco, Notaristefano, Corneliusson. Coach: Burgnich.
Goals: 30' Donadoni (M), 49’ Virdis (M), 61’ Gullit (M), 73’ Ancelotti (M), 88’ Gullit (M).
Red card: 18' Tassotti (M)
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