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Milan lift European crown

Published: Thursday 29 May 2003, 0.59CET
Juventus FC 0-0 AC Milan (after extra-time, Milan win 3-2 on penalties) Rossoneri win in Manchester.

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Match statistics

JuventusMilan

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
8
Attempts off target9
 
8
Corners5
 
13
Offsides1
 
6
Fouls committed34
 
23
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 29 May 2003, 0.59CET

Milan lift European crown

Juventus FC 0-0 AC Milan (after extra-time, Milan win 3-2 on penalties) Rossoneri win in Manchester.

By Adam Szreter at Old Trafford

AC Milan won their sixth European title on penalties after a captivating UEFA Champions League final, high on technique with no little drama. Andriy Shevchenko struck the winning penalty after a catalogue of misses on both sides.

Bitter end for Juve
For Juventus FC, it was a bitter end to a sweet season which saw them win the Italian Scudetto. But on the night they were beaten by a side who were stronger until effectively being reduced to ten men in extra time.

No surprises
There had been no great surprises in either side's starting lineup, 37-year-old Alessandro Costacurta being passed fit to take part in his fifth such final for Milan, while Mauro Camoranesi took the place of the suspended Pavel Nedved for Juve.

Inzaghi hopeful
After the opening skirmishes it was Milan who took the initiative through Rui Costa. Following a spurious penalty claim by Filippo Inzaghi after a challenge from Igor Tudor, it looked as though Milan had taken a ninth-minute lead.

Shevchenko denied
Rui Costa picked up a loose ball in midfield and found Inzaghi running through the inside-left channel. He cut the ball back for the unmarked Shevchenko, who stroked the ball past Gianluigi Buffon. But Rui Costa had continued his run and was in an offside position directly in the Juve goalkeeper’s line of vision, so the effort was rightly disallowed.

Buffon heroics
At the other end David Trezeguet flashed a header wide but Juve were soon back under pressure. Ciro Ferrara intercepted magnificently after Paolo Montero was beaten by Shevchenko on the Milan right, but moments later Montero inexplicably gave possession away to the same player. The Ukrainian found Clarence Seedorf on the right, but Inzaghi’s flying header from the Dutchman's cross was expertly turned aside by Buffon.

Costacurta booked
Costacurta picked up the game’s first yellow card for a foul on Gianluca Zambrotta and after Rui Costa had fired fractionally wide, the injured Tudor made way for Alessandro Birindelli with Montero moving into central defence.

Dida block
In the dying moments of the half Alessandro Del Piero went close, Dida saving at the near post, while Alessandro Nesta made a miraculous clearance as Ciro Ferrara closed in on Del Piero’s overhead cross. But the last word before the break fell to Milan as Kakha Kaladze’s shot was gathered by a grateful Buffon.

Headed chances
At the re-start Juve coach Marcello Lippi made his second change of the night, replacing Camoranesi with Antonio Conte, like Ferrara and Del Piero a veteran of Juve’s last Champions League triumph in 1996. The substitute brought immediate improvement to his team, heading on to the bar from Del Piero’s cross. But the near-miss failed to galvanise Juve and instead Milan captain Paolo Maldini should have opened the scoring with a free header from Andrea Pirlo’s free-kick.

Final flings
By now both coaches were camped permamently in their respective technical areas at pitch-side, and Lippi’s last throw of the dice was to bring on Marcelo Zalayeta for Davids. His counterpart, Carlo Ancelotti, withdrew Costacurta and Pirlo in favour of the Brazilian pair Roque Junior and Serginho.

Instant impression
Zalayeta, like Conte earlier, made an instant impression for Juve, glancing a header past the post from Del Piero’s free-kick before Conte himself volleyed over, Del Piero again providing the service. Meanwhile Serginho got into the act by crossing for Inzaghi who put another diving header just wide.

Late chances
With time running out, Milan threw on Massimo Ambrosini in place of Rui Costa, whose influence had begun to fade as extra time beckoned. Seedorf sent in a low shot, easily gathered by Buffon but with that, the 90 minutes were up. It was the first final to remain scoreless in normal time since FC Barcelona's victory in 1991/92, coincidentally the last time it was played in England.

Milan handicapped
Extra time brought a handicap to Milan, as Roque Junior was a virtual passenger after sustaining an injury early on. Conte and Del Piero both nearly took advantage with speculative efforts, and the Juve supporters found their full voice for the first time all night. Alas for them it was not to last, and Shevchenko had the final say.

Last updated: 31/07/13 9.01CET

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Lineups

juventus

Juventus

milan

Milan

1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK)
12
DidaDida (GK)
2
FerraraCiro Ferrara
3
MaldiniPaolo Maldini (C)
3
TacchinardiAlessio Tacchinardi
Yellow Card69
4
KaladzeKakha Kaladze
4
MonteroPaolo Montero
7
ShevchenkoAndriy Shevchenko
5
TudorIgor Tudor
Substitution42
8
GattusoGennaro Gattuso
10
Del PieroAlessandro Del Piero (C)
Yellow Card111 ET
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
16
CamoranesiMauro Camoranesi
Substitution46
10
Rui CostaRui Costa
Substitution87
17
TrezeguetDavid Trezeguet
13
NestaAlessandro Nesta
19
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
19
CostacurtaAlessandro Costacurta
Yellow Card18
Substitution66
21
ThuramLilian Thuram
20
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
26
DavidsEdgar Davids
Substitution65
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
Substitution71

Substitutes

12
ChimentiAntonio Chimenti (GK)
18
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK)
7
PessottoGianluca Pessotto
11
RivaldoRivaldo
8
ConteAntonio Conte
Substitution46
23
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini
Substitution87
13
IulianoMark Iuliano
24
LaursenMartin Laursen
15
BirindelliAlessandro Birindelli
Substitution42
25
Roque JuniorRoque Junior
Substitution66
18
Di VaioMarco Di Vaio
27
SerginhoSerginho
Substitution71
25
ZalayetaMarcelo Danubio Zalayeta
Substitution65
32
BrocchiCristian Brocchi

Coach

Marcello Lippi (ITA) Carlo Ancelotti (ITA)

Referee

Markus Merk (GER)

Assistant referees

Heiner Müller (GER), Christian Schräer (GER)

Fourth official

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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