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Derby Champions

A man standing in fron of the San Siro Stadium holds up a Milan Club Melbourne scarf
Milan Club Melbourne member at the San Siro

This was written by our Membership Manager, Pat, and first published in our monthly club newsletter. Register for the newsletter at:

Inter lead the head to head in the scudetto derbies, 70-58-62, but Milan are undefeated when the Derby della Madonnina has been played in the Champions League.

The first face off in Europe came in 2003. An amazing year for Italian football with 3 sides making the semi finals of the Champions League.

Milan nominally hosted the first leg.

Milan fielded a lineup with Dida in goals, Maldini and Nesta in central defence, Costacurta and Kaladze at fullback, a midfield of Gattuso, Brocchi, and Seedorf, and an attack of Rui Costa, Shevchenko and Inzaghi.

Inter played with Toldo, Coco, Cannavaro, Materazzi, Cordoba, Belözoğlu, Di Biagio, Conceição, Zanetti, Recoba, and Crespo.

There was plenty of chances at both ends early as each team looked to damage the other. The game settled down after the first 15 minutes into a mixture of fouls and Inzaghi offsides.

Milan tried to push after the break, but the game quickly settled back down.

It ended 0-0. Recoba missed too many chances and a swag of Milan players missed shots from the edge of the box. Shevchenko couldn't squeeze the ball past Toldo from 2 metres out from a Kaladze low cross.

The teams came back to the San Siro 6 days later to play the second leg, this time Milan was the away team.

Brocchi made way for Pirlo, which was the only lineup change for Milan. Inter also had one change. Cristiano Zanetti started and Coco was dropped.

The first half looked like a repeat of the first game until a sublime Seedorf through ball allowed Shevchenko to score just before the half time whistle.

Inter made a double substitution to start the second half and chase the tie after 3 halves of being willing to try and grind out a result. That included Obafemi Martins who eventually made Maldini look a bit silly before scoring an equaliser.

Inter were still behind on away goals and through everything at trying to get a winner. Milan didn't look comfortable closing out the game, but managed to get through.

The next day Milanisti watched on as a Pavel Nedved masterclass helped Juve overturn a 2-1 loss to Real Madrid in the first leg and go through 4-3 on aggregate.

Nedved stupidly picked up a needless yellow card towards the end of the game which ruled him out of the final.

Milan went on to lift the Champions League on penalties as Shevchenko banged home the winning penalty.


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