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‘Nightmare come true’

‘Nightmare come true’
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It is safe to say that Liverpool fans enjoyed scenes of euphoric celebrations following the Reds’ Champions League triumph in 2005.

Trailing 3-0 to AC Milan at half time in Istanbul, Rafa Benitez’s side, did the impossible and brought the game back to 3-3 with goals from Steven Gerrard, Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso.

Extra time beckoned, and Milan thought they had their hands on the trophy when Andriy Shevchenko had two efforts within six yards – but was denied by Reds stopper Jerzy Dudek.

The final went to penalties, with Didi Hamann, Djibril Cisse and Smicer netting from the spot, with John Arne Riise the only Reds player to miss their penalty.

Dudek denied Shevchenko again in the shootout to see the trophy return to Merseyside for the first time since 1984.

But while Milan supporters were obviously keen to see their side beat Liverpool, there were fans of other clubs who were desperate to see the Benitez’s men lose in Istanbul.

The Reds beat Chelsea in the semi-final, with Luis Garcia netting the only goal of the tie at Anfield see Liverpool book their place in Istanbul.

And during the Champions League final, there was a Chelsea fan forum where supporters of the Stamford Bridge outfit were commenting on the clash and urging Milan to beat Liverpool.

When Hernan Crespo netted Milan’s third goal on the stroke of half time, one Chelsea fan was very happy with what he saw.

“Poetic justice,” they wrote. “Pool were never good enough for the big stage. That’s what happens when you get into the realms of fantasy. They were lucky to go through against us.”

While another fan said: “I loved that! ‘Chelsea’s revenge’.”

But just 15 minutes into the second half, Liverpool pulled it back to 3-3 and the mood among Chelsea fans changed completely.

“If Liverpool win, I’m going to avoid every newspaper and tv for the next 3 months,” one fan wrote.

And then, after the penalty shootout which saw Liverpool claim victory, the mood had changed once again.

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