On a warm summer night in 2005, the red half of Merseyside were celebrating Liverpool’s first European Cup Final for many years, hopes were sky high. They had brushed aside tough opposition to make it this far.
It didn’t take Milan long to crush the red’s hopes, Paulo Maldini scored in the first minute and Liverpool looked shell shocked. Milan dominated the first half and in the 39th minute Herman Crespo made it 2-0. Liverpool had left gaping holes in their defense and a minute before half time, Crespo made it 3-0. It seemed on Merseyside that all was lost.
In the second half Liverpool came out looking like a completely different team and between the 56th and 59th minutes of the game, Gerrard, Smicer and Alonso all scored for the reds, bringing the game level. The Liverpool fans in the crowd, so quiet at half time, were by now in full voice, contemplating a victory that had seemed impossible only minutes before.
Liverpool continued to press but at full time the game was all square. During extra time Milan began to dominate and were it not for an incredible double save from Polish goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek, the Italian side would have won the game.
As it was, extra time finished with no more goals and so it was decided on penalties. Milan missed their first two while Liverpool were on target. Milan got one back while Liverpool missed one. Both teams scored the next so it was up to Shevchenko to even it up for Milan – Once again Dudek saved which sparked the wild celebrations on and off the pitch. It was the greatest Liverpool comeback of all time and the trophy belonged to Liverpool.
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