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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 May, 2005, 09:13 GMT 10:13 UK
Media reaction to Liverpool win
A review of the media coverage following Liverpool's epic Champions League victory over AC Milan.

Britain

LIVERPOOL ECHO

'We did it'
The greatest comeback in football history.

THE GUARDIAN

'Champions of Europe'
The glory of Liverpool is reborn. They are not merely champions of Europe once more but the indefatigable creators of a victory that will be talked about so long as football exists.

THE INDEPENDENT

'History men'
In the great, tumultuous history of Liverpool Football Club this will take some explaining.

THE SUN

'The IncREDibles'
Woken up this morning wondering whether you dreamed it all? Surely that cannot be right. Liverpool 3-0 down at half-time, coming back to 3-3 and then winning on penalties...

DAILY EXPRESS

'Dream Come True'
The newspaper recalls Steven Gerrard's comments made in Wednesday's edition - "Imagine that, me with the trophy in the air. It is an image in my mind I want to make it reality."

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

'Gerrard leads glorious fightback'
It was Gerrard's guts and lust for glory, his refusal to countenance defeat even when its dark hand fell across Liverpool...

THE TIMES

'The Miracle of Istanbul'
Trounced by half-time, triumphant by the end, Liverpool celebrated their fifth European Cup all the more joyously because of the astonishing manner of victory.

'Kewell the odd man out on a night of pride and passion'
Never renowned for leaving a drop of blood, sweat, tears on the field, Kewell had clearly no intent on changing this successfully high-earning formula.

DAILY MAIL

'They've potted the big one... now let them defend it'
Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish on the likelihood of the Reds missing out on the chance to defend their title: "How can European football's rulers possibly ignore the cry for Liverpool to be allowed to defend their trophy next season?"

Italy

LA GAZZETTA DELLO SPORT Milan's pink sports daily newspaper

'The Champions League goes to Liverpool'
Liverpool are champions of Europe. For the fifth time. In the most extraordinary way... This cup was thrown away by Milan when one was already thinking about the statistics of the 4-0 victories over Steaua and Barcelona (in previous finals)... Honour to Liverpool.

The paper quoted AC Milan owner and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi: "Football is like politics: you think you have won, but that is not the case. Pity, this is a real pity. But I know full well what football is like."

CORRIERE DELLA SERA Milan, Italy' top-selling broadsheet

'The great unfinished double' (Milan were second in both the Italian league and the Champions League.)

This is the Milan of the great unfinished tasks: they lost the championship only a few games from the end; they lost the Champions League final after being ahead by three goals at the end of the first half. Never seen a Champions League thrown away like that.

'Dudek like Grobbelaar'
Like Grobbelaar, even more so than Grobbelaar. In the final at the Olimpico [in Rome] on 30 May 1984, Roma melted away from the penalty spot hypnotised by the dances of the goalkeeper... Yesterday, inside the Ataturk stadium, Milan collapsed in front of Jerzy Dudek's breakdance.

LA REPUBBLICA Rome

'Milan suicide, Liverpool triumph'

Also: 'The folly after the show'
One usually has to work hard for victories. Milan, instead, worked hard for a bitter defeat.

Gerrard raised the cup, they did not steal it. It seemed they lost it, they won it. Honour to them.

Source: BBC Monitoring


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