The pressure was immense. 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. With the scores level, the game went into extra time. The match is often referred to as the "Miracle of Istanbul". By the time the bus reached St. George's Hall, over 300,000 people had congregated to cheer the squad. That was 20 years ago, which lead to arguably one of the darkest chapters in their history, leading to around 40 fans getting killed in a scuffle following their loss. Liverpool outclassed their opponents in style. That’s what happens in finals of huge championships like these. Brilliant. Few shots off the crossbar, some poor execution of well crafted corners and some unlucky freekicks later, it was decide that penalty shootouts would decide the winner. Their hopes were further shattered when Harry Kewell picked up a groin injury and left the field in just the 13th minute. Liverpool hadn’t been to any European league since they last played Juventus. AC Milan » Appearances Champions League 2004/2005 . There was a lot at stake for both the teams. Liverpool left back Djimi Traore conceded a free kick for fouling Milan playmaker Kaka on Milan's right flank. 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 Å micer and Xabi Alonso. Country: England ## England International ; Worldwide; Europe; South America ... AC Milan » Appearances Champions League 2004/2005. A six minute waiver and soon everyone witnessed what could be rightly termed as a miracle- 3-3. Half of the Liverpool fans were almost shattered. 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. They were simply- beaten, in the most dramatic way possible. It began on 10 August 2004 with a two-leg qualifier against Austrian side Graz AK- Liverpool narrowly prevailing 2-1. Still, for many, Milan were the favourites. Despite their team's dire situation, the sizeable Liverpool support could be heard vociferously singing You'll Never Walk Alone during the half time break. At the start of the second half, Liverpool brought on midfielder Dietmar Hamann for right back Steve Finnan, altering their 4-4-1-1 formation to a 3-1-4-1-1. The game started in the best possible manner as captain Paolo Maldini volleyed a Andrea Pirlo free kick inside the very first minute. Now two teams’ hopes rested on the shoulders of two individuals, whose glovework would ultimately decide the winner. Liverpool came back like roaring lions. The stadium was jam packed. The Ataturk Olympic stadium in Istanbul, Turkey was jam packed with an approximate audience of over 70,000. Dudek made a dramatic save, moving to his right and blocking a low left shot from Shevchenko, winning them the Championship. Xabi Alonso's effort was saved by Milan 'keeper Dida, but Alonso scored the rebound. Replays showed Shevchenko had indeed drifted into a marginally offside position. Liverpool finished second in their group behind 2004 runners up Monaco and subsequently beat Bayer Leverkusen, Juventus and Chelsea to progress to the final. Liverpool however were left to feel aggrieved soon after when Luis Garcia dribbled into the Milan box but was stopped by a sliding challenge from Alessandro Nesta, with the ball appearing to strike the Italian centre-back's arms. Liverpool and Milan were allocated 20,000 tickets each for the match, however it is clear that many more Liverpool fans acquired tickets, and they vastly outnumbered their Italian counterparts. Tomasson and Kaka scored, getting the Milan crowd back to shout and celebrate. The site is owned and updated solely by    Darryl Goodchild. The first leg at Stamford Bridge finished 0-0 and Liverpool narrowly edged the return tie at Anfield 1-0. He continued the show, assisting Chevko again for the third goal. The score was 3-2 to Liverpool when Andriy Shevchenko's penalty was saved by Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek. To the surprise of many, Liverpool began the match with Harry Kewell in the starting line up, who had spent much of the 2004-05 season injured. Liverpool were drawn in a group with Olympiakos, Deportivo La Coruna and the previous season's beaten finalists, Monaco. However, they soon made it 2-0. Liverpool opted to continue to field the 4-4-1-1 formation that manager Rafael Benitez favoured with Milan Baros given the lone striker role. Flocks of football fanatics arrived from Italy and England to witness what was going to be a final to remember. Shevchenko needed to score his penalty to keep Milan in the competition, but Dudek saved his shot which went straight down the middle, handing Liverpool victory and with it, their fifth European Cup. 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. Soon afterwards, Liverpool scored again as Šmicer beat Dida with a long-range shot into the bottom left-hand corner to leave Liverpool a goal behind. Liverpool FC Wiki is a FANDOM Lifestyle Community. Leader of the opposition, Michael Howard added "three-nil down at half-time I thought oh dear, all the dreams are going to dissolve, but what a second half, they were unbelievable. Liverpool entered the 2005-06 Champions League in the first qualifying round. Luckily, Xabi Alonso, whose penalty was saved, scored from the rebound to equalise for Liverpool. Liverpool's 2004-05 Champions League campaign had been a very eventful one. They had already lost a lot of respect following that incident and wanted to support their team in the safest manner possible. Football matches are bound to be an emotional affair however small they may be. Andrea Pirlo whipped the ball into the Liverpool box where Milan's veteran captain Paolo Maldini scored a volley. No one could believe what had just happened. Incredible. They had played the whole tournament as underdogs. Liverpool and Milan probably played the the most tiring, emotional and praiseworthy football match of their lifetimes. The next half showcased what was arguably one of the best turnarounds in football history. Liverpool immediately put together another move in the Milan half and a flick from Garcia found Baros in the box. The whole country is very proud of you. Dietmar Hamann scored Liverpool's first penalty, revealing later that he did so despite a broken toe. Carlo Ancelotti couldn’t believe what had happened. Sadness and happiness can both be visible, one section of the crowd seems full of joy, hugging each other and shouting with tears of joy dripping, while another section is full of sadness, finding ways to control tears rolling down their eyes like a downpour of rain. The scores remained the same during extra time, and a penalty shootout was required to decide the champions. Milan had narrowly lost out on their League title, whilst Liverpool had finished a disappointing fifth in the debut season of manager Rafael Benitez. It is a fantastic news for the whole city and the whole country." Audiences show it more than the players themselves. Liverpool created chances, but would fail every single time. Liverpool finished fifth in the 2004-05 Premier League season, and therefore had not qualified for the 2005-06 Champions League via their league position. Football is a sport of emotions. Rafael Benitez believed in his side. The Liverpool team returned to Liverpool on Thursday 26 May and were greeted by over 750,000 fans as they boarded an open-top bus from John Lennon airport. Jon Dahl Tomasson scored to reduce the deficit to 2-1, and Dida subsequently saved Liverpool's third spot kick, taken by John Arne Riise. Kaka levelled the score with his penalty, but Smicer restored Liverpool's advantage. The assistant referee flagged for offside against Baros, however the referee failed to spot the raised flag. Just four minutes later, Liverpool completed their unlikely comeback. Milan were regarded as favourites before the match and took the lead within the first minute through captain Paolo Maldini. Dudek saved Milan's second penalty, taken by Andrea Pirlo, and Liverpool took a 2-0 lead when Djibril Cisse scored his penalty. As such, the match is often referred to by Liverpool fans as the Miracle of Istanbul. Liverpool won the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final, hosted at the Ataturk Stadium, Istanbul, by beating AC Milan 3-2 on penalties after the match finished 3-3 after extra time.The match was remarkable for the fact that AC Milan had taken a 3-0 lead in the first half, only for Liverpool to mount an impressive comeback and level the score in the space of 6 second half minutes. The appeals were waved away and Milan launched a swift counter attacking move, which saw a neat exchange of play between Kaka, Andriy Shevchenko and Hernan Crespo resulting in the latter finishing low at close range to put Milan 2-0 up. The bus toured the city of Liverpool, enabling the players to parade the Champions League trophy. The only thing in every Liverpool fan’s mind during the half time was to stop the embarrassment. Liverpool made it 2-0, courtesy goals from Hamman and Cisse, only to be levelled after four more shots. Wasn't it absolutely amazing? The whole football world witnessed what was a dramatic turnaround. Liverpool had an early scare as Kaka bore down on goal, only for Hyypia to bring the playmaker down just outside the box. In the penalty shootout, Jerzy Dudek attempted to distract the Milan players by utilising the 'spaghetti legs' technique used famously by former Liverpool 'keeper Bruce Grobbelaar. ", League Cup: 1978 • 1981 • 1982 • 1983 • 1984 • 1987 • 1995 • 2001 • 2003 • 2005 • 2012 • 2016, European Cup: 1977 • 1978 • 1981 • 1984 • 1985 • 2005 • 2007 • 2018 • 2019, Intercontinental/Club World Cup: 1981 • 1984 • 2005 • 2019, UEFA Super Cup: 1977 • 1978 • 1984 • 2001 • 2005 • 2019. Going into the last game of the group stage- at home to Olympiakos, Liverpool required a win by at least two goals to progress to the knockout stage. Liverpool fell a goal behind but came back to win 3-1, sealing their progress with an outstanding strike from captain Steven Gerrard. Three minutes later, they were awarded a penalty. They scored their third goal five minutes later and two minutes before half time, as Kaka split the Liverpool defence with a superb pass that put Crespo through on goal, who expertly chipped Liverpool 'keeper Jerzy Dudek.

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