The official website for European football

Inzaghi inspires Milan to glory

Published: Thursday 24 May 2007, 0.55CET
AC Milan 2-1 Liverpool FC
A Filippo Inzaghi goal in each half secured a seventh European Champion Clubs' Cup for the Italian giants.
by Michael Harrold
from OACA Spyro Louis Stadium

Match statistics

MilanLiverpool

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
4
Attempts off target1
 
6
Corners4
 
6
Offsides3
 
3
Fouls committed15
 
27
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Matches

23 May 2007

Milan
2-1
Liverpool
 
Published: Thursday 24 May 2007, 0.55CET

Inzaghi inspires Milan to glory

AC Milan 2-1 Liverpool FC
A Filippo Inzaghi goal in each half secured a seventh European Champion Clubs' Cup for the Italian giants.

A goal in each half from Filippo Inzaghi ensured AC Milan avenged their defeat by Liverpool FC in Istanbul two years ago to claim the European Champion Clubs' Cup for a seventh time here in Athens.

Faith repaid
Inzaghi had been forced to sit out the 2005 final which Liverpool won on penalties after trailing 3-0 at half-time, but he made up for that here with a double strike that fully justified coach Carlo Ancelotti's decision to select the veteran ahead of Alberto Gilardino. The gods were smiling on the 33-year-old when he deflected in Andrea Pirlo's free-kick on the stroke of half-time though there was no doubting his ability when he rounded Pepe Reina to make sure of victory with eight minutes remaining.

Solid start
Mindful of the damage Milan caused in the first half in Istanbul, Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez was taking no chances. The Spaniard opted for a five-man midfield with Jermaine Pennant and Boudewijn Zenden on the wings, while captain Steven Gerrard moved inside to provide support for lone forward Kuyt. The tactic had the desired effect as Liverpool held the ball well, showing no signs of the nerves that gripped them in the early stages two seasons ago. Pennant worked the first opening on nine minutes, dispossessing Alessandro Nesta before drawing a sprawling save from Dida. Pennant's pace provided a nuisance but Milan also threatened, Pirlo coming close to releasing Inzaghi before Pepe Reina saved well from Kaká.

Pennant threat
The Brazilian was coming into the game, bringing the Milan fans to their feet with one supreme drag-back and turn, yet neither side could put their stamp on a surprisingly open contest. Xabi Alonso and John Arne Riise both missed from distance while, for Milan, Massimo Oddo and Marek Jankulovski were dangerous pushing forward down the flanks. It was Pennant, though, who looked most likely to furnish a breakthrough. Running at the veteran Milan rearguard was bringing rewards, and on 35 minutes he stole the ball off Paolo Maldini to supply a shooting chance for Kuyt. The 38-year-old Maldini had become the oldest outfield player to appear in a European Cup final, his record-equalling eighth, and was being kept busy.

Inzaghi opener
A defensive lapse at the other end, however, cost Liverpool dearly on 45 minutes. Kaká for once was afforded too much space on the edge of the box and was brought down by Alonso. Pirlo's free-kick eluded the Liverpool wall but struck Inzaghi and deflected in. Five of the Liverpool team that started the final two years ago were picked again here, against seven survivors from Milan. Having been given the rare opportunity to make amends for the disappointment of 2005, the Rossoneri were in no mood to let another lead slip. It was Gerrard who had sparked the recovery in Istanbul, and Liverpool looked to their talisman once again to lift them. On 61 minutes Gennaro Gattuso's misplaced pass was intercepted by the Reds captain and he breezed past Nesta into the area only to shoot weakly at Dida.

Clinical second
With Massimo Ambrosini and Gattuso shielding the Milan back four, Liverpool were finding chances hard to come by and with 13 minutes to play Benítez brought on Peter Crouch for Javier Mascherano to try and open up the match. This time, though, there would be no comeback. Kaká, so often Milan's match-winner en route to the final, turned provider here, slipping the ball through to Inzaghi who scored with a typically clinical strike. Kuyt sparked hope when he nodded in Daniel Agger's flick-on from a corner in the last minute of normal time but this was Milan's night.

Last updated: 24/05/07 11.11CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2006/matches/round=2361/match=300099/postmatch/report/index.html#inzaghi+inspires+milan+glory

Lineups

milan

Milan

liverpool

Liverpool

1
DidaDida (GK)
25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
3
MaldiniPaolo Maldini (C)
3
FinnanSteve Finnan
Substitution88
8
GattusoGennaro Gattuso
Yellow Card40
5
AggerDaniel Agger
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
Goal45
Goal82
Substitution88
6
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
10
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
Substitution90+2
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard (C)
13
NestaAlessandro Nesta
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
18
JankulovskiMarek Jankulovski
Yellow Card54
Substitution80
16
PennantJermaine Pennant
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
18
KuytDirk Kuyt
Goal89
22
KakáKaká
20
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
Yellow Card58
Substitution78
23
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini
23
CarragherJamie Carragher
Yellow Card60
44
OddoMassimo Oddo
32
ZendenBoudewijn Zenden
Substitution59

Substitutes

16
KalacZeljko Kalac (GK)
1
DudekJerzy Dudek (GK)
2
CafuCafu
2
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
Substitution88
4
KaladzeKakha Kaladze
Substitution80
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä
11
GilardinoAlberto Gilardino
Substitution88
7
KewellHarry Kewell
Substitution59
19
FavalliGiuseppe Favalli
Substitution90+2
11
GonzálezMark González
27
SerginhoSerginho
15
CrouchPeter Crouch
Substitution78
32
BrocchiCristian Brocchi
17
BellamyCraig Bellamy

Coach

Carlo Ancelotti (ITA) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Herbert Fandel (GER)

Assistant referees

Carsten Kadach (GER), Volker Wezel (GER)

Fourth official

Florian Meyer (GER)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE words, the UEFA Champions League logo and trophy and the UEFA Champions League Final logos are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.