A.C. Milan’s Champions League Games
In its time as one of the most successful football clubs in Europe, A.C. Milan has had its fair share of Champions League games. From the early years when they won their first title in 1963 to the modern era where they have been a frequent fixture in the competition, they have been a major force in the world of football. Here we take a look back at some of A.C. Milans biggest and most memorable Champions League games.
63/64 European Cup Final Vs. Benfica
This was the first Champions League game for A.C. Milan, and it would set the tone for their domination of the tournament for years to come. They faced off against Portuguese giants, Benfica, at the Praterstadion in Vienna, Austria. The game ended in a 2-1 victory for Milan, their first European Cup victory and the first of five Champions League titles.
03/04 Champions League Final Vs. Juventus
This was the last of Milan’s five Champions League titles. After an impressive run to the final, which included wins against Deportivo La Coruna and Manchester United, they faced off against Juventus in the final. The match was a thrilling one with Milan prevailing 3-2 on penalties after a 0-0 draw.
Aside from the finals, there have been plenty of noteworthy Champions League games involving A.C. Milan. Here are some of the most memorable:
- 1988/89 Semi-Final Vs. Real Madrid: This was an epic tie which saw Milan come back from 3-1 down in the first leg to eventually progress 5-3 on aggregate.
- 1993/94 Semi-Final Vs. Barcelona: After drawing the first leg 1-1, Milan went on to win the return 2-0 thanks to goals from Dejan Savicevic and Daniele Massaro.
- 2002/03 2nd Round vs. Real Madrid: This was a sensational tie with Milan prevailing 4-2 on aggregate after a 3-1 win in the second leg. Kaka scored two goals and pre-announced his arrival as a world-class player.
A.C. Milan have had a long and successful history in the Champions League and have provided some of the most memorable and exciting games in the competition’s history. From the early days when they won their first title to the modern era, they have been a major force both in Europe and in world football. With such a rich tradition, they will undoubtedly be a major factor in the Champions League for years to come.