On this day: Milan achieve European greatness

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On May 18th 1994, Milan became European Champions for the fifth time in what was described by many as the best performance by a team ever in the Champions League final.

Mauro Tassotti led out the Rossoneri in front of 70,000 people at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, but nobody could imagine what was about to unfold before them.

It hadn’t been a storming surge to the final for Milan, who scraped past Swiss side FC Aarau 1-0 on aggregate in the first qualifying round, before hammering Copenhagen 6-0 on route to a 7-0 aggregate win over the Danes.

In a group with Porto, Werder Bremen and Anderlecht, many expected the Italians to finish top comfortably. That is what happened, however it was hardly convincing.

While Capello’s side didn’t lose a game, they drew four, including two 0-0 stalemates with Anderlecht, a 0-0 against Porto and a 1-1 tie away in Bremen. Consequently, the business was done on home soil, with Milan winning 3-0 and 2-1 against FC Porto and Werder Bremen respectively.

With only four points between the top and bottom of the group, Milan and Porto went through as the top two sides with 8 points and 7 points, both with +4 goal differences.

Barcelona meanwhile in group A won four of their six games, with hammerings of Spartak Moscow (5-0) and Galatasaray (3-0) at the Camp Nou, and both the other wins coming against Monaco.

AS Monaco were the opponents in the semi-final for the Rossoneri, starring Jürgen Klinsmann and Youri Djorkaeff.

The French were no match for Milan back at the San Siro, however, as almost 80,000 people saw a 3-0 win in favour of the home side.

Marcel Desailly gave the red-blacks the lead after 14 minutes, before Alessandro Costacurta was sent off five minutes before the break. Nevertheless, goals from Demetrio Albertini and Daniele Massaro ensured that Athens awaited for Italy’s best.

The Catalans defeated Porto 3-0 at Camp Nou, with a brace from Hristo Stoichkov prior to the half way point, and a sealing goal from Dutchman Ronald Koeman, meaning the two teams were set for the final in three weeks time.

English referee Philip Don led the teams on to the field, and the whole stadium waited in anticipation for what was going to be an amazing final.

Despite early pressure from Barcelona, Milan stood firm, before taking their own chance in the 22nd minute. Dean Savićević sprinted into the box before looping a cross over for Daniele Massaro, who gratefully slotted home the first. Massaro then produced a sublime finish just before the break, beating Barca ‘keeper Andoni Zubizarreta at his far left post.

Two minutes after the break, Savićević produced a remarkable piece of skill to lob Zubizarreta from  the right edge of the box having charged down a clearance. Desailly added the fourth with a cool finish through on goal, and the stadium was stunned. Half was in jubilant celebration, not believing their eyes, the other was steeped in misery.

The whistle blew, Capello and his staff sprinted onto the field; Milan were Campioni d’Europa for the fifth time. The Rossoneri had their finest hour in Athens, and it is one that nobody can ever forget.

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pelle80
pelle80
5 years ago

I started supporting milan on this day ,it was a big win. Now lets move on and stop living in the past . Sign sign sign meaninful players plsssss

dante
5 years ago

post is useless without a youtube video really

Vinnie
Vinnie
5 years ago
Reply to  dante

Your comment is overly critical. I challenge you to find a YouTube video that presents the road to the fin, not just the highlights from the final. And the latter is easy enough to google for yourself, while at the same time including it would have made the article better. But useless? I found it a nice read. What were you looking for?

Here you go buddy, now try to have a nice day, will ya?
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0pD4EFGQDhA

Some people just lose their manners and perspective when on the Internet.

Milan
5 years ago

Pls sell all the old ages player and get fresh blood and come back to winning again.

dejan10
dejan10
5 years ago

What gets me is that we should have won the CL in 1993 and 1995 too. In 93 we were robbed by cheating Marseille and in 95 my man Savićević was “injured” according to Capello. I’m sure if he’d played we’d have stuffed the dutch.

IL Diavalo27
IL Diavalo27
5 years ago

On this day: Milan achieved Seria A Bottomhalf.