Salernitana 1-2 AC Milan, Serie A 2009/10: match history

were far to Salernitana for the first time in almost 24 years old. When the Rossoneri last traveled to Stadio Arechi in Serie A, it was 1998/99. In 2021/22 we are only at the start of a new cycle, but in the late 90s it was the start of a season that would end in triumphsurprising and unforgettable triumph considering the previous two difficult seasons.

It was September 20, 1998, the second day of Serie A. Alberto Zaccheroni was in charge of AC Milan after joining the club from Udinese to give a new impetus to the Rossoneri. The trip to Salerno was Zac’s third game in charge of the Rossoneri after a Coppa Italia loss to Torino and a 3-0 Serie A opener win over Bologna. The Rossoneri lined up in a 3-4-3 training with Guglielminpietro, Bierhoff and Weah in the attacking trident. Nearly 35,000 people gathered at Stadio Arechi and the atmosphere was electric.

It was an even first half and Salerno by Delio Rossi – spurred on by a young Marco Di Vaio – looked incredibly dangerous. It was Di Vaio in 19th who got closest in the early stages as his effort passed a battered Lehmann and crashed into the post. The match opened up and AC Milan responded with their own chance, although Granata Balli goalkeeper held firm to deny Weah. Chianese had the Rossoneri’s heart in his mouth as he shot just over the front bar at Guly the effort hit the post at the other end.

In the middle of the second half, AC Milan seized the opener: Albertini launched the free kick and Olivier Bierhoff returned home, giving Balli no chance. The Rossoneri tried to hit the hosts on the counter and twice approached add a second, first by Weah and then Bierhoff, both of whom were turned down by Balli. The game ended and AC Milan doubled their lead – almost by accident. Weah’s volley effort from range deflected from Leonardo and at the bottom of the net, 2-0 v AC Milan. Salernitana pulled one back in the 88th minute thanks to a superb Breda free-kick, but it wasn’t enough for the hosts to salvage anything from the game and the Rossoneri came home victorious.

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