What really happened: Liverpool 3- 3 AC Milan, UCL 2005
Liverpool won it on penalties after a second half comeback from 3-0 down
An unforgettable night for the Liverpool at Istanbul, which saw them creating history. AC Milan completely outclassed Liverpool in the first half, scoring thrice. The trophy was set on a plate for Milan in the first half itself. They needed a miracle to beat this team, and it happened.
Paolo Maldini opened the scoring for AC Milan in the first minute of the game. An Andrea Pirlo freekick volleyed thumpingly by Maldini into the back of the net broke the reds spirits in the first minute of the game. Milan continued their fierce attacking with exceptional balls being played by their midfielders. The deadly trio of Kaka, Clarence Seedorf and Pirlo, and their magical through balls haunted the Merseyside team. Hernan Crespo fired two goals later in the first half. Alley Sport
A Magical second half for Liverpool
The 3-0 scoreline in the first fourty five minutes looked like the match was over. Liverpool came into the second half looking different, they were daunted of the thought of losing. They started with all out attack and a Gerrard header in the 53rd minute gave them a lifeline. Two minutes later Dida allowed an easy 25 yard shot from Smicer into the nets, reigniting hopes in the scousers. Milan were shaken with two goals in five minutes by the opposition. They took advantage of the shaky moment in Milan’s players to grab another goal four minutes later. Gerrard was pulled down by Genarro Gattuso in the box, and the reds were awarded a penalty. The stone cold Xabi Alonso converted it to level the score.
The match was taken into extra time. Milan had most of the possession in the extra time but both the teams failed to get another goal to seal the match. Shevchenko almost scored but Dudek pulled off a double save miraculously to keep Liverpool in the game.
It was time for penalties to decide the winner. Serginho and Pirlo missed Milan’s first two penalties, while Hamann and Djibril Cisse were on target for Liverpool. Jon Dahl Tomasson put Milan in contention after Riise missed for Liverpool. Kaka scored for Milan, then Smicer scored for the reds . Shevchenko’s kick was saved by Dudek which meant LFC won the match. It sparked wild celebrations in the stadium. Liverpool had done the impossible, and wrote their names in the history books in golden letters.