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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 May 2007, 09:16 GMT 10:16 UK
AC Milan 2-1 Liverpool



Liverpool fans

The tension mounts inside the ground as the teams are announced - Rafael Benitez gives Jermaine Pennant a start

Liverpool fans

The Olympic Stadium is awash with red, despite Liverpool only receiving a fraction of the official ticket allocation

Steven Gerrard leads Liverpool out in Athens

Steven Gerrard finally leads his side out past the trophy as Liverpool continue their quest for a sixth European title

Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt and Paolo Maldini of AC Milan

Dirk Kuyt and Paolo Maldini tangle early on as Liverpool find holes in the Milan defence in the opening stages

Liverpool's Jermaine Pennant shoots

Pennant shoots across the face of the goal and forces a save from Milan keeper Dida as Liverpool exploit space on the right

Kaka of Milan is tackled by Javier Mascherano

Liverpool manage to tie down Pippo Inzaghi and Kaka as Milan struggle to create any telling chances at the other end

Andrea Pirlo's free-kick takes a deflection off Pippo Inzaghi

But Milan are awarded a free-kick on the stroke of half-time, after Xabi Alonso fouls Kaka on the edge of the box

Milan score the opening goal in Athens

Andrea Pirlo's free-kick deflects off Inzaghi and into the net, giving Milan the lead against the run of play in Athens

Pippo Inzaghi celebrates opening goal

A lucky deflection or not, Inzaghi claims the goal and Milan celebrate snatching the initiative

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard

The disappointment shows on Gerrard's face as Liverpool trail going into the break despite enjoying the best of the first half

Rafael Benitez brings on Harry Kewell for Bolo Zenden

Benitez brings on Harry Kewell for Bolo Zenden as Liverpool struggle to get back on terms in the second half

Steven Gerrard's shot is saved by Dida

Gerrard works Dida in the Milan goal but Liverpool fail to convert chances and the clock keeps ticking down

Pippo Inzaghi scores the second goal

Inzaghi doesn't make the same mistake and collects Kaka's neat pass to slide home past Pepe Reina

Pippo Inzaghi celebrates his second goal

Inzaghi's second goal looks to have settled matters and finally laid to rest Milan's memories from Istanbul in 2005

Dirk Kuyt scores for Liverpool

Dirk Kuyt gives desperate Liverpool fans hope when he heads home from a flicked-on corner in the final minutes

Disappointed Liverpool players

But the final whistle dispels any hopes of a dramatic last-minute fightback from Liverpool

The pitch at the final whistle

Kaka show his relief at holding off Liverpool as the celebrations start for the Milan fans in Athens

Paolo Maldini lifts the Champions League trophy

Veteran captain Paolo Maldini holds the Champions League trophy aloft and the party continues for AC Milan



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