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UEFA Champions League Final 2004/2005

AC Milan 3-3 Liverpool (Liverpool win on penaties)

The 2005 UEFA Champions League Final was the final match of the 2004-05 UEFA Champions League, Europe's primary club football competition. The show-piece event was contested between Liverpool of England and Milan of Italy at the Atatürk Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday 25 May 2005. Liverpool, who had won the competition four times, were appearing in their sixth final, and their first since the Heysel Stadium Disaster in 1985. Milan, who had won the competition six times, were appearing in their second final in three years and tenth overall.

Each club needed to progress through the group stage and knockout rounds to reach the final, playing 12 matches in total. Liverpool finished second in their group behind 2004 runners up Monaco and subsequently beat Bayer Leverkusen, Juventus and Chelsea to progress to the final. Milan won their group ahead of Barcelona and faced Manchester United, Internazionale and PSV Eindhoven before reaching the final.

Milan were regarded as favourites before the match and took the lead within the first minute through captain Paolo Maldini. Hernán Crespo added two more goals before half-time to make it 3-0. During the second half, in a stunning comeback, Liverpool scored three goals in six minutes to level the scores at 3-3, the goals coming courtesy of Steven Gerrard, Vladimír Šmicer and Xabi Alonso. The scores remained the same during extra time, and a penalty shootout was required to decide the champions.

The score was 3-2 to Liverpool when Andriy Shevchenko's penalty was saved by Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek. Thus Liverpool had won their fifth European Cup, 20 years after being banned from European competition following the Heysel Stadium Disaster. The match is often referred to as the "Miracle of Istanbul".

Team Line-Up's
AC Milan Liverpool
Dida Jerzy Dudek
Cafu  Steve Finnan
Paolo Maldini  Djimi Traore
Alessandro Nesta John Arne Riise
Jaap Stam Sami Hyypia
Clarence Seedorf   Jamie Carragher
Gennaro Gattuso  Luis Garcia
Andrea Pirlo  Steven Gerrard
Kaka  Xabi Alonso
Andriy Shevchenko  Harry Kewell
Hernan Crespo      Milan Baros
Substitutes Substitutes
Abbiati Scott Carson
Costacurta Josemi
Serginho  Igor Biscan
Kaladze Antonio Nunez
Dhorasoo   Vladmir Smicer
Rui Costa   Dietmar Hamann
Jon Dahl Tomasson   Djibril Cisse
Smicer for Kewell 23'
Hamann for Finnan 46'
Cisse for Baros 85'
Tomasson for Crespo 85'
Serginho for Seedorf 86'
Coasta for Gattuso 112'
Paolo Maldini 1' Steven Gerrard 54'
Hernan Crespo 39' Valdmir Smicer 56'
Hernan Crespo 44' Xabi Alonso 59'
Yellow Cards
Jamie Carragher
Milan Baros
Red Cards
Carlos Ancelotti Rafa Benitez
Referee - Manuel Gonzalez
Assistant Referee -
Fourth Official -
Attendance - 65,000

Match Stats
Possession AC Milan 55%
Liverpool 45%
Total Shots AC Milan 21
Liverpool 13
Shots on Target AC Milan 10
Liverpool 7
Corners AC Milan 10
Liverpool 4
Fouls AC Milan 16
Liverpool 23
Yellow Cards AC Milan 0
Liverpool 2
Red Cards AC Milan 0
Liverpool 0

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