It is nine years since FC Barcelona last lost to AC Milan, their next opponent in the Champions League. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since Andrei Shevchenko scored the winner for the ‘rossoneri’ on October 20, 2004 in the group stages of the competition. In seven games played since then, Barça have beaten AC Milan four times and the other three meetings were tied.
Ronaldinho, Giuly and Paris
The first of those matches against AC Milan was also in the group stage and was won by Ronaldinho, 2-1 in 2004/05. A late goal from the Brazilian sent the Camp Nou wild, and there were further celebrations in 2006, when a 0-0 draw at home was enough for Rijkaard and his men to qualify for the Paris final. FCB had won the semi final first leg in Lombardy, 1-0, thanks to a solitary goal converted by Giuly. In the French capital, Barcelona went on to lift the trophy for the second time.
Four games in a year
It would be five years before the two sides met again in an official encounter. The draw in Nyon paired the European giants in the same group in 2011/12, with the game at the Camp Nou ending 2-2 and Barcelona getting a prestigious 3-2 win at the San Siro. A few months later and they met again, this time in the quarter finals of the same edition. Another draw, 0-0, in the first leg was followed by a 3-1 win in Catalonia to send Barça into the semi finals. One season later and these familiar foes are up against each yet again. Will there be further smiles on Wednesday?