PSV Eindhoven and AC Milan renew rivalries in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off with the Dutch side looking to finally get the better of the Rossoneri.
• PSV lost out to Milan in the 2004/05 semi-finals, despite two goals from their current coach Phillip Cocu, but will enter this tie buoyed by a 5-0 aggregate success against Belgium's SV Zulte Waregem in the third qualifying round.
• Milan prevailed on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw in that 2004/05 semi-final. Carlo Ancelotti's side won the first leg 2-0 through goals by Andriy Shevchenko (42) and Jon Dahl Tomasson (90). Park Ji-Sung (9) – now back at PSV on loan – and Cocu (65) levelled the aggregate score in the second leg but Massimo Ambrosini's added-time goal took Milan through, despite Cocu then adding a third for Guus Hiddink's PSV.
• The lineups for that second leg on 4 May 2005 were:
PSV: Gomes, Lee, Alex, Bouma (De Pinho 70), Van Bommel, Park, Cocu, Vogel, Lucius, Vennegoor of Hesselink, Farfán.
Milan: Dida, Cafú, Nesta, Stam, Maldini (Kaladze 46), Gattuso, Seedorf (Tomasson 69), Pirlo, Ambrosini, Shevchenko, Kaká.
• Cocu also played both matches when the clubs met again in the next season's group stage, PSV drawing 0-0 away and then winning 1-0 at home – Jefferson Farfán (84) scored while Milan's former PSV defender Jaap Stam was sent off. The Rossoneri still finished top of the group with PSV second.
• Their only other meetings took place in the 1992/93 group stage when Milan won 2-1 in Eindhoven, Frank Rijkaard (19) and Marco Simone (62) scoring before Romário (66) pulled a goal back. Simone's early double (5, 18) ensured a second Milan victory back at San Siro as they won the group to reach the final while PSV finished bottom.
• This is the only tie of the play-off round that pits together two former European champions – PSV lifted the trophy in 1988 while Milan are seven-time winners.
• Dutch Eredivisie runners-up last term, PSV are looking to secure their first group stage participation since 2008/09. They have competed 13 times previously in the group stage, including 12 consecutive appearances between 1997 and 2008.
• Third in Serie A in 2012/13, Milan have competed in the group stage in ten of the previous 11 seasons and 16 times overall.
• Competing in last term's UEFA Europa League group stage, PSV finished third in their section, their only two wins coming against Italy's SSC Napoli – 3-0 at home through goals from Jeremain Lens, Dries Mertens and Marcelo, and 3-1 away as Tim Matavž hit a hat-trick. PSV's overall home record against Italian sides is W7 D1 L3.
• Milan's last visit to the Netherlands brought a 1-1 draw at AFC Ajax in the 2010/11 group stage. Their overall record away to Dutch teams is W4 D2 L5.
• Milan reached last season's round of 16 before a 4-2 aggregate loss to FC Barcelona. They posted two wins and two defeats on their travels, scoring in neither of those losses.
• Milan beat Ajax 4-1 in the 1969 European Champion Clubs' Cup final but fell 1-0 to the same opponents in the 1995 showpiece.
• Besides facing Milan with PSV as a player, Cocu was also in the Barcelona side that faced the Rossoneri in the 2000/01 first group stage and ended up eliminated, losing 2-0 at home and drawing 3-3 at San Siro. Cocu featured too in the Netherlands team eliminated by Italy on penalties after a goalless draw in the UEFA EURO 2000 semi-finals.
• Giampaolo Pazzini and Andrea Poli were in the UC Sampdoria side eliminated from the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League group stage after a 2-1 home loss to PSV. Pazzini scored the opening goal, but two Ola Toivonen strikes gave PSV victory.
• Park scored as Manchester United FC beat Milan 4-0 at Old Trafford in the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League round of 16, completing a 7-2 aggregate success. With United he also won ties against FC Internazionale Milano and AS Roma, as well as helping South Korea knock Italy out of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. More recently, he was on the United bench when Mario Balotelli scored twice for Manchester City FC in a 6-1 derby win at Old Trafford in October 2011.
• Jeroen Zoet, Adam Maher, Georginio Wijnaldum and substitute Memphis Depay played in the Netherlands' 1-0 loss to Italy in June's UEFA European Under-21 Championship semi-finals. Riccardo Saponara was an unused Azzurrini substitute.
• Urby Emanuelson played alongside Florian Jozefzoon at Ajax in 2010/11 and was on loan at Fulham FC along with Stanislav Manolev for the second half of last season. Manolev scored for Bulgaria in a 2-2 home draw against Italy in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier last September.
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