The AC Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi was in dreamland after registering his 50th goal in UEFA club competition in the victory against FC Bayern München.
"It is a huge honour for me to catch a great player like Di Stéfano, but the qualification and our great performance are what matter most," said Inzaghi. "I was hoping to start scoring goals again in the UEFA Champions League, and a fantastic display by the whole team helped me to do it."
'Went like a dream'
Only a few months ago, the 32-year-old former Italian international's career was in doubt due to serious ankle and knee injuries. "It is a great time for me and I have been dreaming of a game like this for months, especially when I was injured. I wasn't sure I would ever be the same player again," Inzaghi added. This was only his third UEFA Champions League appearance of the season.
'Exhausted, not angry'
Inzaghi also explained what had looked like an angry reaction when Carlo Ancelotti replaced him with Alberto Gilardino midway through the second half. "I was exhausted when I went off the field, not angry," said the ex-Juventus man. "It was wonderful to hear the fans cheer me as I was substituted."
Meanwhile, Inzaghi's strike partner Andriy Shevchenko scored his 55th goal in UEFA club competition (and his 42nd in the UEFA Champions League), keeping him third in the table, to make amends for a penalty miss minutes earlier. "Any player can miss a penalty – the important thing was to react the right way and fortunately, I did just that.
"This is a very important moment in my career," the 29-year-old Ukrainian international continued. "I scored against a great team like Bayern, we played a very good game, and I was wearing the captain's armband. It was a very special night."