Winless: Scottish clubs in the San Siro

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ON the 14 occasions that Scottish clubs have travelled to the San Siro they haven’t won once.

1957 European Cup 1st round AC Milan 2 Rangers 0

Filippo Inzaghi puts Celtic to the sword in 2007. Picture: PA

Filippo Inzaghi puts Celtic to the sword in 2007. Picture: PA

Rangers were the first Scottish club to visit the San Siro for a competitive European game but were well beaten in the first-leg at Ibrox, never mind the San Siro. Down 4-1 after the Glasgow game, Rangers fell 2-0 to Milan in a sign of what was to come.

1961 Inter-City Fairs Cup 2nd rnd Internazionale 4 Hearts 0

Hearts were beaten by an Internazionale team including England international Gerry Hitchens. He scored two and laid on another in front of just 20,000 fans, with Inter having earned a 1-0 lead from the first-leg at Tynecastle. The Italians lost to Valencia in the last eight.

1963 European Cup semi-final AC Milan 5 Dundee 1

Dundee came unstuck in a partisan San Siro and though Alan Cousin became the first Scot to score at the ground, four more second-half goals saw Milan well-placed to qualify for the final, which they did despite losing 1-0 in the return leg in Scotland. Milan beat Benfica in the final at Wembley.

1965 European Cup qf

Internazionale 3 Rangers 1

Rangers were left with a tricky deficit to overcome after this first-leg tie. But they did manage to score a goal from Jim Forrest that gave them hope at Ibrox. Like Dundee, they won the second-leg by a single goal, scored, again, by Forrest. Inter went on to win the tournament, with Benfica again vanquished.

1968 European Cup qf

AC Milan 0 Celtic 0

Celtic secured the first result by a Scottish side in the San Siro with a fine defensive performance. However, an uncharacteristic Billy McNeill slip let Pierino Prati in for the tie’s winner at Parkhead. Milan went on to lift the trophy for the second time in their history.

1970 European Cup final Feyenoord 2 Celtic 1

No Italian opponents on this occasion but the San Siro still cast its spell on the Scots, who went 1-0 up through Tommy Gemmell’s 30th minute free-kick. Feyenoord captain Rinus Israel quickly scored the equaliser while a winner from Ove Kindvall four minutes before the end of extra-time saw Celtic crash, with Jock Stein’s side starting firm favourites. Gemmell remains the last Scot to score for a Scottish club side at the San Siro.

1972 European Cup semi-final Internazionale 0 Celtic 0

Another commendable 0-0 draw in the San Siro hothouse but more heartache for Celtic when, with the second-leg back in Scotland again finishing goalless, they lost the subsequent penalty shoot-out and fell just short of a remarkable third European Cup final in five years.

1972 Uefa Cup third round

AC Milan 3 Dundee 0

Again Dundee found it tough going in the San Siro, going down by three goals. They came close to retrieving matters in the second-leg at Dens with a rousing 2-0 win.

1984 Uefa Cup second round Internazionale 3 Rangers 0

Scottish clubs were spared the forbidding cauldron that is the San Siro for another 12 years before Rangers were pitched against Internazionale. It didn’t begin well with a 3-0 defeat in Italy. Again the Scots failed to score though Ian Redford hit the bar. Rangers’ hopes were almost salvaged with a stirring 3-1 win at Ibrox.

2004 Champions League group

AC Milan 3 Celtic 1

A goal! And a result – nearly. But Celtic were crushed by two late strikes from Milan after Stan Varga scored an equaliser with 15 minutes remaining. Filippo Inzaghi put the Italians back in front with a minute to go and Andrea Pirlo’s deflected free kick sealed the win in injury time. Celtic ended up finishing bottom of the group.

2005 Champions League group

Internazionale 1 Rangers 0

For once, the San Siro could not be described as intimidating. The stadium was deserted after Internazionale were handed a four-game ban for fans’ misbehaviour against rivals AC Milan the previous season. However, Rangers still fell to defeat following David Pizarro’s deflected free-kick winner. A 1-1 draw at home v Inter helped Rangers qualify for the last 16, where they lost to Villareal.

2007 Champions League last 16

AC Milan 1 Celtic 0

Celtic’s first taste of knockout Champions League action ended in extra-time after holding Milan to a 0-0 draw over the 90 minutes, as happened in the first leg. Unfortunately, Kaka’s intervention after a fine solo run did for them in the end. AC Milan won the final v Liverpool.

2007 Champions League group

AC Milan 1 Celtic 0

At last, a Scottish defeat in the San Siro that wasn’t completely ruinous to their hopes. Celtic lost to another strike by Inzaghi. But Benfica’s victory at Shakhtar Donetsk meant Celtic qualified for the knock-out stage in any case, hence the rare sight of Scots celebrating in the San Siro.

2013 Champions League group

AC Milan 2 Celtic 0

Normal service was resumed as Celtic came unstuck late on against Milan. Anthony Stokes hit the crossbar with a free-kick but Neil Lennon’s side conceded two goal in the last eight minutes. Celtic finished bottom of a difficult group that also contained Barcelona and Ajax.


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