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AC Milan will play in the quarter-finals of the Champions League – for the new history of the club this is an incredible event: the team has not reached this high since the 2011/12 season. They see symbolism in Milan: this year marks 20 years since winning the 2002/03 Champions League.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team started the tournament from the 3rd qualifying round – they could finish immediately: they passed Slovan only according to the away goal rule (1:0 at home, 1:2 away). This rule is still useful to us.
Milan went through the first group stage in the same way: 3 wins with a score of 2:1 and 2 losses (both times 1:2). The team was able to leave the first place thanks to the defeat of Deportivo (4: 0) – just ahead of the Spaniards in additional indicators. Filippo Inzaghi put three in this match (he scored 12 in total during the tournament and became the top scorer).
Next – the second group stage with Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Lokomotiv . Milan continued the tactics of minimal victories: won four times 1-0, lost twice. That was enough for first place.
“We believed in the strength of our defense,” Carlo Ancelotti later said. It is foolish not to believe in a team in which even 37-year-old Alessandro Costacurta plays at the top level.
Love for the minimum score several times nearly killed the team in the playoffs. In the quarter-finals, Ajax equalized at San Siro (the first match ended 0-0) and went further according to the away goal rule, Bogdan Lobonts turned on god mode and dragged almost everything. Except for Inzaghi’s crazy candle, which was closed by Jon-Dal Tomasson. In the semi-finals with Inter, one goal was enough on a conditional trip to go through the guest goals – Shevchenko scored.
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