Thursday, May 26, 2005

A night for the ages

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I still can't believe what I witnessed last night. In the Champions League Final, the European equivalent to the Super Bowl, only with the difference that this time really the entire world is watching, we might have seen the most exciting final ever! After being up 3-0 at halftime against Liverpool FC, Italian side AC Milan looked like sure winners and Liverpool was dead. Then came the most incredible six minutes of football of all time. First captain Steven Gerrard put a header in the back of the net in the 54th minute. Two minutes later, Vladimir Smicer torched the net with a shot from 20 yards. Milan was stunned. Four minutes later, the 60th minute, Gattuso fouled Gerrard on a break away, the ref immediately pointed to the penalty spot. Xabi Alonso's kick was saved by Goalie Dida, but he snatched the rebound and hammered it under the crossbar. Tied ballgame! This was an more epic choke than the of the Yankees against the Redsox last fall. After the tie both teams failed to score again, with Andriy Shevchenko having a DEAD ON chance two minutes before overtime expired. Adding insult to injury, he was the one who missed the crucial penalty in the shootout afterwards.

This night still will be talked about in 40 years.


At 1:37 AM, Anonymous Andy said...

So sorry, but I gotta hand the most exciting Champions League Final honors to Man United v. Bayern Munich. Liverpool was great, but Man U scored their goals in extra time! ;-)


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