Sunday, February 14, 2010

REDS vs ROSSONERI - THE STORY SO FAR



United 2-1 Milan, 08.05.58, European Cup semi-final 1st leg
A patched-up XI - including four survivors of February’s Munich air crash - gave a spirited display, winning with goals from Dennis Viollet and Ernie Taylor (pen).


Milan 4-0 United, 14.05.58, European Cup semi-final 2nd leg
An arduous trek – the Reds arrived just 25 minutes before kick-off – and a hostile reception teed up a torrid test. Harry Gregg admitted, “Milan were a class above us.”


Milan 2-0 United, 23.04.69, European Cup semi-final 1st leg
The Reds’ cause was hit by Nobby Stiles limping off and John Fitzpatrick’s sending off. “Some of the decisions were absolutely disgraceful,” complained Paddy Crerand.


United 1-0 Milan, 15.05.69, European Cup semi-final 2nd leg
Bobby Charlton broke through in the 70th minute but despite besieging the Milan goal, the Reds couldn’t equalise on aggregate - although a clear Denis Law goal was disallowed.


United 0-1 Milan, 23.02.05, Champions League 2nd round 1st leg
The Italians gained their first win on English soil when Hernan Crespo punished an error by Reds keeper Roy Carroll in the 78th minute. Sir Alex said: “The opportunities we had in the first half were rushed.”


Milan 1-0 United, 08.03.05, Champions League 2nd round 2nd leg
The Rossoneri gave the perfect lesson in how to defend a slender advantage. Crespo scored the only goal again, cleverly looping a header over Tim Howard to seal the tie and book a final place opposite Liverpool.


United 3-2 Milan, 24.04.07, Champions League semi-final 1st leg
Ronaldo drew first blood, only for Kaka to strike twice. Rooney converted a sumptuous Paul Scholes pass to equalise on the hour – and then lashed his second goal past Dida to win the home leg in injury time.


Milan 3-0 United, 02.05.07, Champions League semi-final 2nd leg
Carlo Ancelotti’s side proved too strong as Kaka, Clarence Seedorf and Pippo Inzaghi completed a comprehensive win. Milan went on to be worthy champions of Europe, beating Liverpool in the final.

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