30 November 2017

#TBT: 5 EUROPEAN CLASHES AGAINST ITALIAN SIDES

27 years ago, on 29 November, we hoisted up our second Super Cup. This will be the first of 5 European Clashes taking on Italian teams

1990: AC MILAN v SAMPDORIA
Arrigo Sacchi's AC Milan were about to play their fifth international final, after beating Steaua Bucharest in Barcelona, Barça in the European Super Cup, Nacional Medellin in the Intercontinental Cup and Benfica in the second consecutive European Champion Clubs' Cup won. The European Super Cup was at stake and the Rossoneri were ready to face Sampdoria, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup winners. In Genoa, it was 1-1 with goals by Mikhailichenko and Evani. In the return match, without Van Basten - banned -, AC Milan decide to play in Bologna as San Siro's turf was in poor condition. Rijkaard and Gullit's goals, in a difficult time for the Red and Blacks in the league too, give Milan their second European Super Cup in their history.

AC MILAN 2-0 SAMPDORIA

AC MILAN: Pazzagli, Tassotti, P. Maldini, Carbone, Costacurta (79' F. Galli), Baresi, Ancelotti, Rijkaard, Agostini, Gullit (75' Donadoni), Evani. Coach: Sacchi.
SAMPDORIA: Pagliuca, Lanna, Bonetti, Pari, Vierchowod, Pellegrini, Mikhaijlichenko (68' Dossena), Katanec (84' Branca), Vialli, Mancini, Lombardo. Coach: Boskov.
Referee: Petrovic.
Goals: 44' Gullit (M), 76' Rijkaard (M).

1994: AC MILAN v PARMA
AC Milan played in the European Super Cup four years later, after Olympique Marseille were banned from participation in European football. The Rossoneri had to face Parma and were confident they could add this trophy to their collection after the 1-0 win in the first leg away courtesy of Jean Pierre Papin. But in the return match, the unbelievable happened as Sensini and Crippa gave the Cup to Parma. After this defeat, Fabio Capello decided to start Dejan Savicevic as a regular and AC Milan went on to win the double: Scudetto title and Champions League.

AC MILAN 0-2 PARMA (aet)

AC MILAN: S. Rossi, Panucci, P. Maldini, Albertini (64' Lentini), Costacurta, Baresi, Laudrup (76' Carbone), Desailly, Papin, Donadoni, Massaro. Coach: Capello.
PARMA: Ballotta, Benarrivo, Di Chiara, Minotti, Matrecano, Sensini, Brolin, Pin, Crippa, Zola (119' Zoratto), Asprilla. Coach: Scala.
Referee: Rothlisberger.
Goals: 68' Sensini (P), 95' Crippa (P).

2003: INTER v AC MILAN
A derby in the Champions League semifinals was a first-timer, although with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid having played each other in two finals this record vanished. But among the fans, the memory of this derby from May 2003 is still vivid. After the 0-0 in the first leg which saw us playing 'at home', the two Milanese sides were ready for the return match 'away' to Inter. Shevchenko scores the goal for 0-1 which counts double and qualifies the Rossoneri to the final, helped by Abbiati's dramatic save on Kallon and despite Obafemi Martins' late goal. We were going to play the Champions League final at the Old Trafford, the Theatre of Dreams in Manchester.

INTER 1-1 AC MILAN 

INTER: Toldo, Cordoba, Materazzi, Cannavaro, J. Zanetti, Sergio Conceicao, C. Zanetti, Di Biagio (46' Dalmat), Emre, Recoba (46' Martins), Crespo (71' Kallon). Coach: Cuper.
AC MILAN: Abbiati, Costacurta, Nesta, P. Maldini, Kaladze, Gattuso, Pirlo (89' Brocchi), Seedorf, Rui Costa (64' Ambrosini), Shevchenko, Inzaghi (80' Serginho). Coach: Ancelotti.
Referee: Veissiere.
Goals: 45' Shevchenko (M), 84' Martins (I).

2003: JUVENTUS v AC MILAN
It's the only time in the Champions League history two Italian teams have made it to the final. It's the game that changed AC Milan's history, with the 'Cup with the big ears' back in the Rossoneri's trophy room nine years after the win in Athens. Juventus had only just won another Scudetto title, although Nedved's yellow card in the final minutes of the semis against Real Madrid in Turin meant the Bianconeri would have to make do with the Czech's absence in the Manchester final. It's one of the most intense and hardest-fought matches in European cups' history, and in the end, Ancelotti and his boys could celebrate on the Old Trafford ground with the Red and Blacks fans overwhelmed with joy in front of the maxi-screen installed at San Siro.

AC MILAN 0-0 JUVENTUS (3-2p)

AC MILAN: Dida, Costacurta (65' Roque Junior), Nesta, P. Maldini, Kaladze, Gattuso, Pirlo (66' Serginho), Seedorf, Rui Costa (84' Ambrosini), Shevchenko, Inzaghi. Coach: Ancelotti.
JUVENTUS: Buffon, Thuram, Tudor (42' Birindelli), Ferrara, Montero, Zambrotta, Davids (65' Zalayeta), Tacchinardi, Camoranesi (46' Conte), Del Piero, Trezeguet. Coach: Lippi.
Referee: Merk.

2005: AC MILAN v INTER
After two finals won against Sampdoria and Juventus, a defeat against Parma and a semifinal to knock Inter out of the Cup, it was time to face the Nerazzurri once more. April 2005: not only are AC Milan in the Champions League quarterfinals to take on Inter in another European derby, but they are fighting with Juve to prevail in Serie A. Inter want to take their revenge after the defeat in the domestic derby, but it's AC Milan who take home the victory through two headed goals by Stam and Shevchenko, with the Ukrainian back from injury. The return match, Inter v AC Milan, saw Sheva giving the Rossoneri the lead and Dida denying Inter before the crowd trouble with the Curva Nord throwing fireworks onto the pitch gave no choice to referee Markus Merk but to abandon the game. AC Milan were through to the semifinals where they would take on PSV Eindhoven.

AC MILAN 2-0 INTER 

MILAN: Dida, Cafu (90+2'Costacurta), Nesta (70' Kaladze), P. Maldini, Stam, Gattuso, Pirlo, Seedorf, Kaká, Crespo (83' Ambrosini), Shevchenko. Coach: Ancelotti.
INTER: Toldo, J. Zanetti, Cordoba, Mihajlovic, Favalli, Veron (70' Karagounis), C. Zanetti (81' Van der Meyde), Cambiasso, Stankovic, Martins, Cruz (55' Vieri). Coach: Mancini.
Referee: Sars.
Gol: 45' Stam (M), 73' Shevchenko (M).

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