Thursday, May 03, 2007

Athens: AC Milan vs Liverpool

Milan have beaten Manchester United 3-0 in the yesterday's Champions League Semifinal 2nd leg. This result gave Milan a 5-3 aggregate and went on to the final to face Liverpool on 23rd of May in Athens. The final itself is a rematch between these two clubs after 2005 when Liverpool beat Milan on penalties. Milan started the match really well, with Kaka and Seedorf both have shots saved by Van Der Sar. It only took Milan ten minutes to score. Oddo sent a lob ball to Seedorf which then headed back into the area. Kaka came from behind and shot low into the left corner. The goal would have been enough to take Milan to the final, but this was not the case as they continued to press the visitors. Soon after the first goal, Seedorf scored another. This time it was because Manchester's defense were to casual in securing the area. Brown lost possession of the ball in the edge of the area and then Pirlo sent a cross. The ball fell to Seedorf who evaded the challenge of three defenders and sent a volley again to the bottom left corner. The first half ended 2-0 for Milan.
In the second half the visiting team played the ball more efficiently. Ronaldo and Rooney whom in the first half were very quiet, started to give the Milan defenders a hard time. Rooney had a penalty claim turned down by the referee. Although in the replay it was clear that Massimo Oddo pushed him from behind. Things didn't change, Sir Alex then brought on Louis Saha for John O'Shea. It was soon proved to be a mistake because Milan scored another goal. This time it was Gilardino who answered his critics. Jankulovski won the ball in the middle and saw Gila ran into the blind
side of Manchester's defender who reacted too late. He was left all alone against Van Der Sar. Gila finished beautifully, 3-0 to Milan. At this time there was no stopping back for Milan. They went on to control the game and left Manchester United regretting their mistakes.

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