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Memorable European Confrontations, Part 15-1995 AC Milan vs. Paris St Germain

Memorable European Confrontations, Part 15-1995 AC Milan vs. Paris St Germain


AC Milan and Paris St Germain were paired in the Semifinals of the 1994/95 Champions League.
The Defending Champions AC Milan, managed by Fabio Capello, boasted such Italian stars like Franco Baresi, Paolo Maldini, Roberto Donadoni, as well as foreign stars such as Yugoslavia’s Dejan Savicevic, Croatian Zvonimir Boban and Frenchman Marcel Desailly.
They had qualified with great difficulty from their opening Group that was won by Ajax Amsterdam. They had regained their form as the season had progressed and had eliminated Benfica in the Quarterfinals.
They were lagging behind in the League to Juventus due to their poor start and their only hope of silverware was the Champions League.

Paris St Germain were also off the pace in their respective League to a young and rampant Nantes side.
The Manager was former midfielder Luis Fernandez, who had done well managing Cannes and was relishing the challenge of a bigger club with ambitions.
The team was spearheaded by Liberian striker George Weah and contained other stars such as Brazilian trio of Ricardo, Valdo and Rai.
The French contingent included Internationals such as Alain Roche, Paul Le Guen, Vincent Guerin and David Ginola.
They had been impressive in the competition up to that point. They had won every match in their opening group that contained Bayern Munich, Spartak Moscow and Dinamo Kiev.
In the Quarterfinals, they had defeated the mighty Barcelona of Johann Cruyff.

The first leg, on April 5th, was played in Paris’ Parc des Princes Stadium.
PSG were missing Brazilian midfielder Valdo and Patrick Colleter in defense.
Francis Llacer deputized Colleter in defense.

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 76, May 1995
(Rai in between Baresi and Costacurta, April 5, 1995, Champions League, PSG 0-AC Milan 1)

AC Milan were in full force and were a more compact unit and held PSG at bay.
They were more confident and the Milan defense were rarely threatened by Weah and Ginola.

Photo From: L'Annee du Football 1995
(Alain Roche, Bernard Lama and Dejan Savicevic, April 5, 1995, Champions League, PSG 0-AC Milan 1)

After 15 minutes, Luis Fernandez changed tactics, Llacer was moved to the right to cover Simone and Cobos was moved to the left to cover Savicevic.
PSG started to play better after this re-organization and started threatening the Milan goal.
PSG started to threaten more in the second half with Ginola in more inspired form.
Costacurta was booked in the 75th minute and was thus suspended for the second leg.
In injury time , Massaro passed to Savicevic  on the left side who in turn supplied Boban to score the winner on a a breakaway goal after absorbing all of PSG’s pressure.

Photo From: L'Annee du Football 1995
(AC Milan players celebrating the last minute winner, April 5, 1995, Champions League, PSG 0-AC Milan 1)


April 5, 1995
Paris Saint-Germain Football Club (France) 0- Associazione Calcio Milan -Milano (Italy) 1
Champions League- Semifinals, First Leg
Venue: Paris-Parc des Princes
Attendance: 44,965
Referee: Serge Muhmenthaler (Swizterland)
Goalscorers: (Paris St Germain): None
 (AC Milan): Zvonimir Boban 90+2
Lineups:
Paris St Germain:
1-Bernard Lama, 2-Francis Llacer, 4-Ricardo Raimundo Gomes (Brazil), 5-Alain Roche, 3-Jose Cobos, 8-Vincent Guerin, 7-Daniel Bravo, 6-Paul Le Guen, 10-Rai (Brazil), 11-David Ginola, 9-George Weah (Liberia)

Coach: Luis Fernandez
Booked: Ricardo 87th

Team Captain: Alain Roche
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Nike
Shirt Sponsor: Liptonic
Uniform Colors: Blue and Red in the Middle shirts, Blue Shorts, Red Socks

Other Subs:
12-Oumar Dieng
13-Bernard Allou
14-Jean-Phillipe Sechet
15-Pascal Nouma
16-Luc Borelli

AC Milan:
1-Sebastiano Rossi, 2-Christian Panucci, 5-Alessandro Costacurta, 6-Franco Baresi, 3-Paolo Maldini, 7-Stefano Eranio, 4-Demetrio Albertini, 8-Marcel Desailly (France), 9-Zvonimir Boban (Croatia), 10-Dejan Savicevic (Yugoslavia), 11-Marco Simone (16-Daniele Massaro 85th)

Coach: Fabio Capello
Booked: Alessandro Costacurta 75th, Demetrio Albertini 84th

Other Subs:
12-Mario Ielpo
13-Fillipo Galli
14-Gianluca Sordo
15-Roberto Donadoni

Team Captain: France Baresi
Official Kit Supplier/Designer:  Lotto
Shirt Sponsor:  Opel
Uniform Colors: White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks



1995 (April 5) Paris St Germain (France) 0-AC... by sp1873

The second leg, on April 19th ,  was played at Milano’s San Siro Stadium.
For AC Milan, Mauro Tassoti came in the side to deputize for the suspended Costacurta, otherwise the squad and the tactics were unchanged.
PSG were missing Rai but Colleter was back in the defense, as well as Valdo in midfield.
Milan held the advantage with the away goal and were expected to win.

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 76, May 1995
(Dejan Savicevic getting past Ricardo to score AC Milan’s first goal, April 19, 1995, Champions League, AC Milan 2-PSG 0)

They dominated and PSG simply did not have the confidence to win.
Tassoti was injured after 15 minutes and replaced by Fillipo Galli, and Galli slotted in effortlessly with Maldini going on the left side.

Photo From: L'Annee du Football 1995
(Dejan Savicevic scoring AC Milan’s first goal, April 19, 1995, Champions League, AC Milan 2-PSG 0)

In the 21st minute, Albertini sent Savicevic through and after dribbling past Ricardo and he sent in low shot and opened the scoring.
PSG was lost at this point and knew they had no chance to overcome the deficit.
AC Milan kept pressing and in the 68th minute, Desailly won the ball in midfield and sent Savicevic through who scored with only the goalkeeper to beat.
In an interview months later, George Weah disclosed that as soon as PSG were paired with AC Milan, the fear and nervousness had taken over the team (players and management included).

Photo From: L'Annee du Football 1995
(Marco Simone between Paul Le Guen and Daniel Bravo, April 19, 1995, Champions League, AC Milan 2-PSG 0)

AC Milan qualified for its third straight Final (the fifth in sevens seasons) but were defeated by Ajax Amsterdam who had already defeated them twice in the Group stages.
PSG’s George Weah joined AC Milan for the following season and helped them win the Serie A title.

April 19, 1995
Associazione Calcio Milan -Milano (Italy) 2- Paris Saint-Germain Football Club (France) 0-
Champions League- Semifinals, Second Leg
Venue: Milano- Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, San Siro
Attendance: 79,855
Referee: Leslie Mottram (Scotland)
Goalscorers: (AC Milan): Dejan Savicevic 21, 68
  (Paris St Germain): None

Lineups:
AC Milan:
1-Sebastiano Rossi, 2-Mauro Tassoti (13-Fillipo Galli 16th), 6-Franco Baresi, 5-Paolo Maldini, 3-Christian Panucci, 7-Stefano Eranio, 4-Demetrio Albertini, 8-Marcel Desailly (France), 9-Zvonimir Boban (Croatia), 10-Dejan Savicevic (Yugoslavia), 11-Marco Simone (15-Roberto Donadoni 79th)

Coach: Fabio Capello
Booked: Mauro Tassoti 2nd

Team Captain: France Baresi
Official Kit Supplier/Designer:  Lotto
Shirt Sponsor:  Opel
Uniform Colors: White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks


Paris St Germain:
1-Bernard Lama, 2-Jose Cobos (14-Jean-Phillipe Sechet 76th), 4-Ricardo Raimundo Gomes (Brazil), 5-Alain Roche, 3-Patrick Colleter, 8-Vincent Guerin, 7-Daniel Bravo, 10-Valdo (Brazil) (15-Pascal Nouma 68th), 6-Paul Le Guen, 11-David Ginola, 9-George Weah (Liberia)

Coach: Luis Fernandez
Booked: Ricardo 9th, Patrick Colleter 56th, Alain Roche 88th

Team Captain: Alain Roche
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Nike
Shirt Sponsor: Liptonic

Uniform Colors: Blue and Red in the Middle shirts, Blue Shorts, Red Socks 

Photo From: World Soccer, August 1995
(Paris St Germain squad, Top, left to right: Paul Le Guen, Ricardo, Jose Cobos, Bernard Lama, Alain Roche, Bottom, left to right: George Weah, Vincent Guerin, Daniel Bravo, Patrick Colleter, David Ginola, Valdo, April 19, 1995, Champions League, AC Milan 2-PSG 0)


Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 76, May 1995
(Paris St Germain squad, Top, left to right: Vincent Guerin, George Weah, Paul Le Guen, Ricardo, Valdo, Daniel Bravo, Patrick Colleter, David Ginola, Jose Cobos, Bernard Lama, Alain Roche , April 19, 1995, Champions League, AC Milan 2-PSG 0)



1995 (April 19) AC Milan (Italy) 2- Paris St... by sp1873
1995 (April 19) AC Milan (Italy) 2- Paris St... by sp1873

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