The arrival of Sacchi in 1987 to Milan was a watershed moment in the history of the great club. Within the next three years, Milan not only captured the European Cup twice but also climbed to the top of the Italian League. The year 1988-1989 proved to be perfect year for Milan to embark on their glorious run in the European Cup. Vitosha Sofia provided little resistance in first round, as compared to Red Star Belgrade. After both the legs ended on a 1-1 stalemate, the match was decided on penalties. Milan progressed with a 4-2 aggregate. The semi-finals presented the Milan team with Real Madrid, a team whose pedigree on the European front was known worldwide.

After a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu, Los Blancos visited the citadel now known as San Siro. Ancelottiai??i??s superb goal from distance was the beginning of a horrible night for Madrid. The jubilant celebrations that followed Carloai??i??s goal were attended by not only all the players, but also almost the entire bench. Rijkaard and Gullit scored also before half-time, and after the game resumed, blows from Van Basten and Donadoni rained on whatever remained of the legendary Spaniards. Milan had finally arrived, and that too in some style.

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