Prominent Fixture: Paris Saint-Germain vs. AC Milan
Paris Saint-Germain is determined to regain their momentum in Group F of the UEFA Champions League as they face AC Milan, who is still in search of their first victory and goal in this season’s competition.
Their journey began with a strong 2-0 victory at home against Borussia Dortmund, but Paris faced a setback on Matchday 2 when they were convincingly defeated 4-1 by Newcastle. On the other hand, Milan has played two consecutive 0-0 draws, first at home against an English club and then in Germany.
In past encounters between these two teams:
Paris has never emerged victorious.
Milan has secured two wins.
There have been two draws.
Paris has scored a total of two goals, while Milan has found the back of the net five times.
Their upcoming clash holds significance as it marks the first meeting between these sides since the 2000/01 Champions League second group stage. In that season, they shared a 1-1 draw in both Paris and Milan. The goals at San Siro on February 14, 2001, were scored in a thrilling five-minute period in the first half. Leonardo gave Milan a 26th-minute lead, only for Nicolas Anelka to level the score in the 30th minute.
Six days later, Paris took the lead at the Parc des Princes when Laurent Robert opened the scoring in the 75th minute. However, José Mari salvaged a point for Milan with a 90th-minute equalizer.
Despite their past encounters, neither club managed to progress from Group B in that season. Milan finished third with seven points, just three behind Deportivo La Coruña and Galatasaray, but two points ahead of fourth-placed Paris.
It’s worth noting that Milan had previously defeated Paris in the 1994/95 Champions League semi-finals. In the first leg at the Parc des Princes, Zvonimir Boban scored a crucial 90th-minute winner, and two goals by Dejan Savićević (21st and 68th minute) at San Siro secured a 3-0 aggregate victory for Milan.