Thursday, August 11, 2005

ATH: Liverpool Euro Champs!

Euro Champions: Liverpool edges Milan
Club takes trophy for 1st time since ’84 on historic comeback
The Associated Press, Updated: 7:56 p.m. ET May 25, 2005


ISTANBUL, Turkey - Mounting one of the greatest comebacks in soccer history, Liverpool won Europe’s club championship for the first time since 1984.

Liverpool became the first team to overcome a three-goal deficit in the Champions Cup final, beating AC Milan 3-2 on penalty kicks following a 3-3 tie Wednesday night.

“I don’t think anyone has seen a game like that. I cannot believe we’ve just won,” Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher said. “People will talking about that game in 20 or 30 years.”

Liverpool, which finished fifth this season in England’s Premier League, won the title for the fifth time, scoring three goals during a seven-minute sequence early in the second half. En route to the Champions League title, Liverpool eliminated newly crowned Italian and Premier League champions Juventus and Chelsea.

Liverpool’s title was its first in the tournament since its fans rioted at the 1985 final in Brussels, Belgium, causing the death of 39 spectators and leading to a lengthy ban from European competition for English clubs. Under current rules, Liverpool won’t be able to defend its title because only the top four teams in the Premier League qualified for next year’s competition.

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