The Road To Istanbul
Feature by LFC Online
Updated Thursday, 23rd June 2005
This Special Edition 2 Disc Set commemorates Liverpool's historic 2005 Champions' League triumph. Buy Now!
A. C.Milan vs Liverpool, two bastions of European football. Before the match Liverpool, again, were the underdogs. This however was a tag that they had lived with and triumphed from before, so Rafael Benitez's men held no fear of their Italian counterparts. At half time though these dreams seemed to be shattered as Liverpool were simply outclassed in 45 minutes of exceptional football from Milan. Starring down the barrel at 3-0 down humiliation beckoned, 4-0,5-0,6-0?! The way the first half went these were more than witty rouses from non Liverpool supporters.
What was to happen now though, couldn't have been written to be any more dramatic. Liverpool clawed back the 3-0 deficit and took Milan in to extra time. With penalties looming Jerzy Dudek pulled off possibly the greatest double save of all time to keep his side in it, taking the game in to its denouement. Dudek again would be the hero as his penalty saves handed Liverpool the European Cup for the fifth time; meaning that this time it was their's for keeps.
Re-live the whole game, extra time, the penalties and the after match celebrations on this fantastic commerative DVD.
Disc 2 - The Road To Istanbul:
Starting right from the beginning and Liverpool's 2-0 defeat over GAK in the qualifiers, we bring you highlights and the goals from every game along the road to Istanbul. At 1-0 down at half time to Olympiacos in the final group game Liverpool looked dead and buried. They needed to score 3 second half goals to progress to the knockout stages; a feat - which considering Liverpool had only managed a total of 3 goals in their previous group games - seemed more than unlikely. However, lead by the ever inspirational Steven Gerrard, Liverpool did exactly that and progressed to the knockout stages where Europe's elite were waiting for them.
In the following months what was to happen was a journey of courage, determination and self belief. Over coming and tactically out thinking the likes of Juventus and Chelsea Liverpool would find themselves - against all expectations - back where they belonged: in the Champions League Final.