Thursday, May 26, 2005

I am left speechless!!!!!!!

3 goals down in the first half. A comeback by scoring 3 goals in the space of 6 glorious minutes of the second half. A disallowed goal...A double save by the goalie deep deep into extra time. Win it in the penalty shootout. Oh my God!!!! What a game!!!! A better script could never be written. Nobody, absolutely nobody could have thought that Liverpool would stage such a comeback after the first half. I am sure even they did not think such a comeback against a Milan defence that included the likes of Jaap Stam, Nesta, Cafu and Paolo Maldini was possible. In the end, Liverpool FC were crowned Champions of Europe.

I am writing this minutes after the match has finished and I am not one bit sleepy. Its just too much to take in. Maldini scored in the first minute of the game and Crespo added two more to rub salt into Liverpool's wounds. To compound Liverpool's misery, Harry Kewell had to go of with a groin strain midway thro' the first half and Steve Finnan had to be substituted at half time as well. Liverpool were just asleep at the back. Carragher looked very ordinary and so did the two wingers.

After the first half, I thought I'll go sleep since this game was all but over. But, I decided to stick around for the first 15 mins and see if there was any spark left in the game. And man, was I lucky to have made that decision!!! 'Cuz there was some quality football left to be played still. Stevie G started the comeback with a powerful headed goal.

45'----> Scoreline AC Milan 3 - 0 Liverpool

54' ---> GOAL by Steven Gerrard (AC Milan 3 - 1 Liverpool)

56' ---> GOAL by Vladmir Smicer (AC Milan 3 - 2 Liverpool)

60' ---> GOaL by Xabi Alonso (AC Milan 3 - 3 Liverpool)

The comeback was complete!!!! Gerrard was inspirational in the second period and he scored a goal and then won the penalty thro' which Alonso equalised. His penalty was saved by Dida but he scored of the rebound. Call it luck, fate, destiny, whatever, Liverpool just could not do any wrong it seemed. Milan never even realised what had hit them. The Liverpool supporters cheered their team on and the game ended 3-3 after normal time

The match went into extra time and there were some tired legs out there. But who can blame them. AC Milan looked the fresher of the two and had some good chances to win it in extra time. It took Jerzy Dudek's double save to keep Shevchenko's point blank range effort from crossing the goal line and you just knew it then!!! Liverpool were just destined to win this trophy.

Penalties and Milan's Serginho took an awful one which sailed into the crowd and Pirlo's was saved by Dudek. Liverpool found themselves 2 up in the shootout with both Cisse and Smicer converting. Riise missed because of s superb Dida save but it came down to Shevchenko, arguably the world's best striker to miss his penalty and they had done it!!! Liverpool had risen from the dead to win this match.

It was a fantastic night at Istanbul!!!!

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