AC Milan’s 2020/21 season officially begins in Dublin’s fair city on Thursday night as they face Shamrock Rovers in Europa League qualification action.
Shamrock Rovers (3-4-3): Mannus; O’Brien, Lopes, Grace; Finn, McEneff, O’Neill, Lafferty; Byrne, Greene, Burke.
Unavailable: Bolger, Kavanagh.
AC Milan (4-2-3-1): Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjaer, Gabbia, Hernandez; Kessie, Bennacer; Saelemaekers, Calhanoglu, Castillejo; Ibrahimovic.
Unavailable: Romagnoli, Leao.
– This is the first ever meeting between these sides in European competition.
– Milan previously travelled to Ireland in the UEFA Cup in 1974/75 and drew 0-0 with Athlone Town in their first leg clash before winning the return leg 3-0.
– In the 2010/11, Rovers faced Juventus in the Europa League third qualification round, losing 2-0 in Tallaght to an Amauri double before Alessandro Del Piero’s lone goal decided the return leg in Modena.
– Since the Rossoneri’s last competitive fixture, the Dubliners have played eight times without tasting defeat.