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Encouraging statistic emerges ahead of Milan’s Champions League opener vs. Liverpool

An encouraging statistic has emerged as AC Milan prepare to return to the Champions League for the first time after a seven-year absence.

MilanLive writes how the Rossoneri have never been defeated in the first game of a Champions League group stage campaign in new millennium, with a record of 10 wins and 3 draws in the 13 games that they have played.

A rousing 4-1 win over Besiktas kicked things off in 2000 (after a 0-0 draw at Chelsea the season prior), while Milan emerged 2-1 victors at RC Lens in 2003 with a brace from Inzaghi, and the tournament ended with the win over Juventus at Old Trafford.

Kakà’s dazzling display against Fenerbahce in the 3-1 at San Siro in the 2005-06 edition sticks in the memory, as does Gourcuff’s debut against AEK Athens in the 2006-07 season.

Below are all the results that Milan have had in the first round of the Champions League from 1999-00 onwards…

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1999-00: Chelsea vs. Milan 0-0
2000-01: Milan vs. Besiktas 4-1
2002-03: Milan vs. Lens 2-1
2003-04: Milan vs. Ajax 1-0
2004-05: Shakthar Donetsk vs. Milan 0- 1
2005-06: Milan vs. Fenerbahce 3-1
2006-07: Milan vs. AEK Athens 3-0
2007-08: Milan vs. Benfica 2-1
2009-10: Olympique Marseille vs. Milan 1-2
2010-11: Milan vs. Auxerre 2-1
2011-12: Barcelona vs. Milan 2-2
2012-13: Milan vs. Anderlecht 0-0
2013-14: Milan vs. Celtic 2-0


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