Friday February 22 2013
When the year ends in a 3…

Milan or Juventus will reach the Champions League Final this season if a curious statistical trend isn’t broken.

One of the two Italian giants have always reached the finale of the European Cup or Champions League when the year has ended in a three.

Milan lifted the trophy in 1963 thanks to a 2-1 win over Benfica.

Juventus were beaten finalists in 1973 and 1983 when Ajax and then Hamburg defeated them 1-0.

It was the same negative scoreline for the Diavolo a decade later when Marseille were crowned Europe's best.

While Milan and Juventus faced off against each other in the 2003 Old Trafford tie when the Rossoneri won on penalties.

Juventus and Milan will go into the second legs of their current last 16 encounters with an advantage. Juve are 3-0 up against Celtic, while the San Siro giants beat Barcelona 2-0 on Wednesday.

1963 Milan 2-1 Benfica

1973 Ajax 1-0 Juventus

1983 Hamburg 1-0 Juventus

1993 Marseille 1-0 Milan

2003 Milan 0-0 Juventus (Milan won on penalties)

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