I've been thinking a while about the best games I've ever watched. A few come to mind, but none quite as much as this one. The game was held on May 25th 2005 in the Ataturk Olympic Stadium. It was the Final of the biggest and best club tourney in Europe, the UEFA Champions League. The match pitted two clubs that had a very storied past in Europe. They were Liverpool and AC Milan. AC Milan got off to a very good start. In the first minute of the match, Paolo Maldini got Milan off to a quick 1-0 lead. Things didn't get any better, because Liverpool midfielder Harry Kewell had to be subbed out for Vladimir Smicer. Liverpool then gave up a goal in the 39th minute to Milan's Hernan Crespo. Then just five minutes later, Crespo gave Milan a 3-0 lead and a sure win. Going into the locker room, the main focus was on whether or not Liverpool could climb back into the match. Coming out of the locker room, it was unclear whether or not Liverpool could come back or even keep it from being a blowout. Liverpool came out with a 3 man backline, which allowed captain Steven Gerrard to have more freedom to attack. Within 10 minutes, Liverpool were back in it. Steven Gerrard headed the ball into the back of the net in the 54th and this gave the Liverpool fans something to cheer for. Then two minutes later, Vladmir Smicer hit a rocket into the back of the net to make it 3-2 Milan. Liverpool really started to fly after this goal. Then just four short minutes later, Liverpool scored by way of a Xabi Alonso follow-up from a missed penalty kick. This made it 3-3 and the rest of the second half ran out without another goal. So we headed to extra time. In the 116th minute of the match, Andriy Shevchecko had a point-blank volley saved by Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek. This sent the match into Penalty Kicks. Up first came Serginho for Milan. He missed, and Dietmar Haman scored his. Then Dudek saved Pirlo's shot, and Djibri Cisse scored. Then Milan scored and saved a Liverpool penalty. Then both sides scored in the fourth round. This put all the pressure on Andriy Shevchenko, if he scored it would go on, if he missed they would lose. He stepped up and hit the shot. Dudek went to his right, but the shot went the other way. With his hand, Dudek saved the shot and gave Liverpool the 3-3 (3-2) win.
Liverpool won the greatest game ever!