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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