Everlasting rivals AC Milan and Inter Milan will contest an all-Italian Champions League semifinal after they go head-to-head at San Siro this week, 20 years after they final met within the remaining 4 of Europe’s most prestigious membership competitors.
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This season’s two-legged tie is the primary all-Italian Champions League semifinal encounter since that assembly in 2003, wherein Milan superior courtesy of a valuable away objective after each legs ended degree (0-0, 1-1).
The Rossoneri then confronted additional Italian opposition, beating Juventus on penalties in one of many competitors’s extra forgettable Champions League finals, which went goalless for 120 minutes earlier than the shootout.
The final time the 2 golf equipment squared off within the Champions League got here within the 2004-05 quarterfinals. As soon as once more, Milan received a stormy conflict wherein the second leg was deserted after 72 minutes as a consequence of crowd bother and Milan goalkeeper Dida being hit by a flare thrown from the stands, with UEFA awarding Carlo Ancelotti’s facet a default 3-0 win to spice up their combination victory to 5-0.
The picture of Inter’s Marco Materazzi and Milan’s Rui Costa standing collectively and observing the chaos in entrance of them stays one of the vital iconic within the competitors’s historical past.
Domestically, a derby sport is often outlined as one between two groups from the identical metropolis or neighbouring cities. Nevertheless, even when, in a European context, we increase that out to imply video games between groups from the identical nation, they’re nonetheless one thing of a uncommon commodity within the European Cup. Within the 68 years because the inaugural competitors of 1955-56 there have been a complete of 43 ties between golf equipment from the identical nation.
The primary such derby got here within the third 12 months of the European Cup’s existence as Actual Madrid and Sevilla of Spain contested a 12-goal thriller throughout two legs within the quarterfinals of the 1957-58 competitors. Actual received the primary 8-0 earlier than being held 2-2 within the second. After eliminating Vasas of Hungary within the semis, Madrid then went on to beat AC Milan 3-2 after additional time within the remaining.
Los Blancos lifted the inaugural European Cup after which proceeded to say the primary 5 titles between 1956 and 1960, which stays a file for many consecutive competitors wins. They’ve additionally performed 11 derbies towards different Spanish golf equipment throughout each the European Cup and Champions League period, greater than every other group.
Thanks partly to an odd five-season part that noticed them face one another six instances in European ties between 2004-05 and 2008-09, English pair Chelsea and Liverpool are subsequent with 10 derbies apiece.
England has produced essentially the most derby ties in European Cup historical past total with 16 up to now, carefully adopted by Spain with 14. German golf equipment (together with these from pre-unification East and West Germany) have produced seven derbies, whereas the rely for Italian golf equipment will increase to 6 with this season’s semis. In the meantime, French golf equipment have performed only one derby in European soccer’s elite competitors: the 2009-10 Champions League quarterfinal between Lyon and Bordeaux.
Since 1955-56, a complete of eight European Cup/Champions League finals have been contested between two golf equipment from the identical nation, the primary prevalence being the 1999-00 Champions League remaining between Actual Madrid and Valencia, which resulted in a 3-0 victory for Los Blancos. All coming because the flip of the century, there have been three all-Spanish Champions League finals, three all-English, one all-German and one all-Italian.
Actual Madrid haven’t solely featured in all three of the Spanish ‘derby’ finals, but additionally emerged victorious in all three as effectively: beating Valencia in 1999-2000, then Atletico Madrid each in 2013-14 and 2015-16. Certainly, Actual and Atletico are the one golf equipment from the identical metropolis to have confronted one another within the remaining.
With simply 10 derbies performed between 1955-56 and 1992-93 (when the European Cup was rebranded because the Champions League), video games between golf equipment from the identical nation have turn into way more prevalent because the flip of the century. Certainly, because the 1999-00 marketing campaign a complete of 31 derbies have taken place in simply 24 years, with solely 4 seasons (2000-01, 2011-12, 2019-20, 2021-22) passing with out not less than one to talk of. In contrast, the European Cup ran for 11 consecutive seasons between 1961-62 and 1972-73 with out producing a single derby tie, with solely six additional derbies happening till the Champions League period started in 1992-93.
The dramatic rise in prevalence is because of a change within the format of the competitors, and in addition a byproduct of UEFA bequeathing extra computerized qualifying slots and cash to golf equipment from Europe’s high leagues. UEFA first allowed a number of nationwide representatives (two golf equipment per nation) to participate within the Champions League in 1998, although this was raised to permit a most of 4 golf equipment from one nation from 1999-2000 onward.
Home rivals are typically saved aside within the group stage and spherical of 16 — though Chelsea and Liverpool had been each pitted in the identical group in 2005-06 after Liverpool had been afforded particular dispensation as defending champions regardless of failing to qualify by way of their home league place. Due to this, the chances of these groups finally assembly within the knockout part is clearly elevated.
Memorable Champions League derbies
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Bayern Munich, 1997-98 quarterfinal (0-0, 1-0)
🔙 in 1⃣9⃣9⃣8⃣
😎💪 Stéphane #Chapuisat 🆚 Bayern ⚽️🎯🙌#HappyBirthday | #UCL | @BVB | @BlackYellow pic.twitter.com/6a29MsD2Ef
— UEFA.com DE (@UEFAcom_de) June 28, 2021
Notable for being the primary derby tie between two golf equipment from the identical nation of the Champions League period, the primary leg did not produce a objective as Bayern and reigning European champions Dortmund hammered out a 0-0 draw on the Olympiastadion in Munich.
The second leg additionally went the space because the German foes performed out one other nervy 109 minutes earlier than Stephane Chapuisat let fly with a strike that proved sufficient to settle the gruelling two-legged Klassiker in Dortmund’s favour.
Valencia 5-3 Barcelona, 1999-2000 semifinal (4-1, 1-2)
#TalDíaComoHoy en el año 2000, el ‘Piojo’ López culminó con este gol el 4-1 del Valencia ante el Barcelona en la ida de semifinales #UCL.#OTD | @valenciacf pic.twitter.com/k9z9XeT6Iy
— Liga de Campeones (@LigadeCampeones) Might 2, 2020
The primary Champions League derby of the brand new millennium noticed Valencia trigger a significant upset over two legs to knock Barcelona out on the semifinal stage. An impressed 4-1 victory on the Mestalla (together with a superb 92nd-minute objective from Claudio Lopez) helped ship Hector Cuper’s facet to the ultimate on the Stade de France. They got here unstuck towards fellow Spaniards Actual Madrid there, and suffered extra heartbreak a 12 months later after they misplaced one other remaining, this time to Bayern Munich at San Siro.
Manchester United 1-1 (6-5 pens) Chelsea, 2007-08 remaining
😮 11 years since this basic #UCLfinal!
🙌 Van der Sar #UCL | #OTD https://t.co/muD8s0Fb0V pic.twitter.com/xpttF2CY3d
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) Might 21, 2019
Premier League heavyweights Manchester United and Chelsea got here face-to-face on a wet night time in Moscow, a becoming venue for Chelsea as they reached their first-ever Champions League remaining below the possession of Roman Abramovich. Nearly all of the all-English tie was a decent affair, till Didier Drogba was despatched off in the previous couple of minutes of additional time for slapping Nemanja Vidic, however the conclusion will reside on endlessly as a fateful slip on the sodden turf noticed Chelsea captain John Terry flunk a significant spot kick within the shootout, leaving him distraught and weeping within the rain.
Liverpool 5-7 Chelsea, 2008-09 quarterfinal (1-3, 4-4)
Chelsea 4-4 Liverpool, #OTD in 2009 🤯#UCL pic.twitter.com/PKzv5uVdxq
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 14, 2022
Liverpool and Chelsea noticed an terrible lot of one another on a number of fronts within the mid-2000s — 24 instances in simply 5 seasons between 2004-05 and 2008-09, in truth. Whereas a lot of these conferences throughout 5 totally different competitions resulted in stodgy, low-scoring affairs, the Premier League rivals additionally laid on a couple of goalfests for good measure. The 2008-09 quarterfinal was top-of-the-line, with the second leg specifically seeing the benefit change arms on quite a few events.
With three away objectives below their belt, Chelsea had been put in as heavy favourites for the second leg at Stamford Bridge. Nevertheless, Liverpool scored twice within the first half-hour to go in 2-0 up at half-time. The actual enjoyable started virtually instantly after the restart as a calamitous fumble from Pepe Reina noticed Drogba squeeze residence a tame tap-in from the byline. Alex then scored a thunderous free kick to equalise on the night time earlier than Frank Lampard put Chelsea 3-2 up within the second leg and 6-3 forward on combination.
With roughly 10 minutes left to play, Liverpool staged an adrenaline-fuelled revival by scoring twice in fast succession although Lucas Leiva and Dirk Kuyt within the 81st and 83rd minutes respectively to go away the Reds needing only one additional objective to undergo at their hosts’ expense. Alas, it was Chelsea who had the final chortle as Lampard scored his second of the sport with an outstanding first-time end that went in off the submit to extinguish Liverpool’s resurgence as soon as and for all.
Actual Madrid 4-1 (aet) Atletico Madrid, 2013-14 remaining
🗣️ “I advised myself, ‘It may well’t finish like this.'”
2⃣ Sergio Ramos added to his essential objectives towards Bayern within the semi-finals, forcing additional time with a last-gasp equaliser in Lisbon towards rivals Atlético. ‘La Décima’ would turn into actuality 🏆@SergioRamos | @realmadriden | #UCL pic.twitter.com/sGC7BMlNgT
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) March 24, 2021
Guarding a one-goal lead from the thirty sixth minute onward in Lisbon, coach Diego Simeone’s characteristically dogged Atletico facet appeared to have one proverbial hand on the trophy in second-half harm time. Nevertheless, deep into the 93rd minute, Actual pressured a nook which resulted in a last-gasp header from Sergio Ramos sending the ultimate into additional time. With Atletico effectively and actually deflated, Los Blancos ran roughshod within the ensuing half-hour and finally received 4-1 to emphatically finish their 12-year await La Decima — the membership’s tenth European title.
Tottenham Hotspur (a) 4-4 Manchester Metropolis, 2018-19 quarterfinal (1-0, 3-4)
📅 Manchester Metropolis 4-3 Tottenham, #OTD in 2019:
⏰⚽️1⃣1⃣ Bernardo Silva
⏰⚽️7⃣3⃣ Llorente #UCL pic.twitter.com/YbetYcjqk7
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 17, 2021
Whereas a 1-0 win within the residence leg had successfully put Tottenham within the driving seat, issues didn’t precisely go to plan on the Etihad. A frenzied begin noticed 4 objectives scored inside the primary 11 minutes with a fifth from Raheem Sterling after 21 minutes placing Metropolis 3-2 up on the night time.
Sergio Aguero then added one other within the second half as Metropolis appeared to be pulling away, just for Spurs’ back-up striker Fernando Llorente to bundle the ball throughout the road together with his pelvis (in line with the agonisingly lengthy VAR evaluate) to place his facet forward on away objectives.
With the drama unrelenting, there was extra mayhem to come back in stoppage time as Sterling steered residence to finish his hat trick and ship Metropolis via with the ultimate kick of the sport — just for VAR to intervene and strike the objective from the file over essentially the most marginal of offsides noticed within the buildup.
Spurs’ luck continued within the semifinal when Lucas Moura accomplished his hat trick late within the semifinal second leg towards Ajax to ship them via to the ultimate. However fortune abandoned them in Madrid as Liverpool had been awarded a penalty within the first minute, which Mohamed Salah transformed because the Reds went on to win the Champions League remaining ‘derby’ 2-0.