- Liverpool vs AC Milan – Champions League
Liverpool produced a wonderful comeback against AC Milan at the grandest stage of all – the Uefa Champions League Final in 2005. AC Milan were the favourites to win the title, as Liverpool were the surprise finalists for many people.
Milan started the match with a bang as Paolo Maldini scored the fastest goal in a Champions League final, in just 52 seconds into the match. Milan struck two more goals through Hernan Crespo before half time to take a comfortable 3-0 lead at the break. Many signed Liverpool off after their dismal first half performance, but the Liverpool fans still believed in their team. And their belief did not go in vain.
Liverpool responded after the break, as captain Steven Gerrard got one back with a superb header in the 54th minute. After just two minutes, substitute Vladimir Smicer struck a long range shot into the bottom left corner to make it 3-2. Xabi Alonso made it 3-3 with a penalty rebound at the hour mark. Liverpool came back from 3-0 down to draw level on 3-3 inside 15 minutes of the second half.
The match went into extra time and then into penalties. Liverpool came out as eventual 3-2 winners in the shoot-out and won their fifth Champions League title, and their first in 21 years. The hero of the night for Liverpool was their goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek, who made some brilliant saves throughout the match, and also saved two important penalties in the shoot-out which ultimately proved crucial for Liverpool’s successful comeback.