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Liverpool vs. Milan and 6 minutes of insanity – The 2005 Champions League finalliver vs inter

There are games you will remember for the rest of your lives. When it comes to one of the most memorable nights in recent football history, one particular date stands out. May 25, 2005 at the Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadyum in Istanbul in front of 72,059 spectators. It is the Champions League final between Milan and Liverpool.

Football history has seen many come-from-behind victories. Some with more goals than on that evening. But six minutes, from the 54th to the 60th minute, at the Atatürk, have burned itself into football memory. “Six minutes of insanity,” Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti said after the game.

Liverpool win it all Champions League season 2004/05 at a glance

Ancelotti’s Rossoneri with captain Paolo Maldini, playmaker Andrea Pirlo, technical-ace Clarence Seedorf, top talent Kaká, and striker Andrii Shevchenko were the big favorites ahead of the game. Ahead of the final, they eliminated Manchester United, city rivals Inter and surprise team PSV Eindhoven.

Milan in top form: Maldini and Crespo score early

Ahead of the season, Milan signed Jaap Stam for €10.5 million from Lazio and loaned striker Hernán Crespo from Chelsea. Two top players in what had already been a fantastic team. The second Champions League title within two years was the big goal.

Stats Hernán Crespo H. Crespo Centre-Forward AC Milan AC Milan Season 04/05–
Champions League Games 10 Goals 6 Assists 0

And who would not have thought that Milan would defend the title after the first 45 minutes? Pirlo dominated the midfield and took apart the 4-4-1-1 system,Rafael Benítez had chosen for his Liverpool side.

On top of that, the Italians were a bit lucky. Already in the first minute, Maldini scored after a Pirlo freekick. Milan were now able to play counter-attacking football, and Crespo scored in the 39th and 44th minute.

Milan vs Liverpool 2005 Champions League final lineup

The Reds looked like they were going to walk away empty-handed. “As I walked towards the dressing room, I was suffering from a depressing combination of despondency and humiliation,” defender Jamie Carragher wrote in his biography (the quotes were published by the Liverpool Echo). “I looked towards the floor and saw nothing but endless dejection. My dream had turned to dust.”

Benitez’s gutsy move: “If we score an early goal…”

Liverpool had played a fantastic Champions League season, celebrated underdog victories against Juventus and José Mourinho’s Chelsea. Anfield Road was a fortress and laid the path to a historical victory. “In the Champions League, we showed our true value,” Steven Gerrard said before the game. “We will head into the game with respect but without fear. We were the underdogs for most of the season and won’t be favorites in Istanbul. But underdogs are also vicious and good watchdogs.”

Stats Steven Gerrard S. Gerrard Central Midfield Liverpool FC Liverpool FC Season 04/05–
Champions League Games 8 Goals 2 Assists 2

And now this. 0-3 at halftime. “If we score an early goal, perhaps something can happen,” coach Benítez said to his team in the dressing room. The Spaniard had a genius moment at halftime. He took off Steve Finnan and brought on Dietmar Hamann and changed his system to 3-5-2.

Most valuable Players in 2005 25 Émerson – Juventus – €28M &copyTM/imago images

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24 Pavel Nedved – Juventus – €28M &copyTM/imago images

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23 Gianluca Zambrotta – Juventus – €28M &copyTM/imago images

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22 David Beckham – Real Madrid – €28M &copyTM/imago images

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21 Rio Ferdinand – Manchester United – €29.5M &copyTM/imago images

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20 Kaká – Milan – €30M &copyTM/imago images

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19 Alberto Gilardino – Parma – €30M &copyTM/imago images

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18 Steven Gerrard – Liverpool – €30M &copyTM/imago images

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17 Didier Drogba – Chelsea – €31M &copyTM/imago images

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16 Samuel Eto’o – Barcelona – €31M &copyTM/imago images

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15 Shaun Wright-Phillips – Manchester City – €31.5M &copyTM/imago images

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14 Alessandro Nesta – Milan – €33M &copyTM/imago images

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13 Frank Lampard – Chelsea – €35M &copyTM/imago images

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12 Adriano – Inter – €35M &copyTM/imago images

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11 Francesco Totti – AS Roma – €35M &copyTM/imago images

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10 Ronaldo – Real Madrid – €35M &copyTM/imago images

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9 Patrick Vieira – Juventus – €35M &copyTM/imago images

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8 Gianluigi Buffon – Juventus – €35M &copyTM/imago images

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7 Michael Ballack – Bayern Munich – €35M &copyimago images

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6 Wayne Rooney – Manchester United – €37.5M &copyimago images

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5 Andrii Shevchenko – Milan – €38M &copyimago images

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4 Michael Essien – Chelsea – €38M &copyimago images

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3 Ruud van Nistelrooy – Manchester United – €41.5M &copyimago images

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2 Thierry Henry – Arsenal – €45M &copyimago images

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1 Ronaldinho – FC Barcelona – €50M &copyimago images

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“Pirlo was leading the game from the center of the park, I wanted Luis [García] and Stevie [Gerrard] to play around him to create numerical superiority in the middle, to stop him passing the ball,” Benítez said according to Carragher. “‘Ok, I thought, perhaps 45 minutes too late, but we managed,'” Carragher remembered. “Considering the circumstances, it was a gutsy move.”

Liverpool’s comeback: “An incredible moment”

Benítez decision worked out. Just moments after the second-half kickoff, Gerrard scored with a header to make it 1-3. Two minutes later, Vladimir Smicer beat goalkeeper Dida with a shot from long-distance. Four minutes after that, Liverpool fans could not believe what they were seeing. After a foul against Gerrard referee Manuel Enrique Mejuto González pointed at the spot. Xabi Alonso stepped up, Didasaved his shot, but the rebound crossed the line.

Stats Xabi Alonso X. Alonso Defensive Midfield Liverpool FC Liverpool FC Season 04/05–
Champions League Games 8 Goals 1 Assists 0

Liverpool were level, and the rest is history. In extra-time goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek, made a sensational stop to keep out Shevchenko and then had an unbelievable performance in the penalty shootout. Serginho missed for Milan, Dudek stopped Pirlo and Shevchenko. Liverpool had won the game. “This is an incredible moment,” Gerrard said after the game. “I will never forget this evening.” Most football fans that watched the game will feel the same.

Liverpool vs. Milan and 6 minutes of insanity – The 2005 Champions League final