posted on May, 25 2005 @ 04:02 PM
Liverpool won an astonishing Champions League final after the greatest comeback in the history of European club football. Liverpool were 3-0 down
against AC Milan at half-time but fought back to make it 3-3 and force extra-time - and won the trophy on penalties. In one of the most thrilling
European showpieces of its 50-year tenure, Paolo Maldini gave the Italians a volleyed lead in the first minute.
And Rafael Benitez's troops were reeling when Hernan Crespo grabbed two clinical goals on 39 and 44 minutes to give Carlo Ancelotti's dominant troops
a 3-0 half-time lead. Benitez had sent on Vladimir Smicer for the injured Harry Kewell on 23 minutes and put Dietmar Hamann on for Steve Finnan at the
The Reds came out a different side and Steven Gerrard gave them some hope on 54 when he headed home Jon Arne Riise's cross. Smicer then fired a
25-yard angled drive into Dida's bottom corner on 56 and three minutes later the Reds won a penalty, which Xabi Alonso saw saved but reacted quickly
to slam home the rebound for 3-3 and force extra-time.
Jerzy Dudek pulled off a stunning double save to deny Andriy Shevchenko in the extra period and the Reds held on for a penalty shoot-out. Dudek was
then Liverpool's hero as he saw Serginho sky his effort over the crossbar and saved spot-kicks from Andrea Pirlo and Shevchenko to ensure successful
attempts by Hamann, Smicer and Djibril Cisse captured a fifth European Cup for Benitez's incredible troops.