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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 May, 2005, 22:08 GMT 23:08 UK
AC Milan/Liverpool player ratings
Marks out of 10 for the Champions League final in Istanbul.

Liverpool

Jerzy Dudek (STAR MAN) - 9: Unsure at times but emerged the hero of the night with vital saves, including a wonder stop to deny Shevchenko in dying stages and two saves in the shoot-out.


Steve Finnan - 6: Offered some attacking threat but often ran down blind alleys. Injury forced him off at interval.


Djimi Traore - 6: All at sea in the first half. More like the new Traore after including a vital last-ditch clearance.


Jamie Carragher - 7: Unusually off form as Milan dominated but battled cramp to put in some vital interceptions.


Sami Hyypia - 6: Ran ragged by the pace of Shevchenko and Crespo at times but got better as the game progressed.


Steven Gerrard - 8: After an anonymous first half his goal gave them hope. Sterling defensive work and drove his side on.


John-Arne Riise - 6: Spent the first half in Cafu's pocket but contribution improved as the Brazilian ran out of steam


Xabi Alonso - 7: Another to turn up at half-time. Some lovely touches and held nerve to equalise from the spot.


Luis Garcia - 6: Missed Liverpool's only first-half chance and was wasteful with the ball. But looked a danger as the game opened up for the Reds.


Harry Kewell - 5: Surprisingly handed a starting role but hobbled off after 23 minutes. Booed by section of fans.


Milan Baros - 5: Had to battle on his own against Stam and Nesta and got little change out of either. Could have played last game for the club.


Substitutes

Vladimir Smicer (Replaced Kewell, 23 minutes) - 7: Marked his final appearance with the crucial second goal.


Dietmar Hamann (Replaced Finnan, 45 minutes) - 7: His arrival proved the catalyst to the astonishing fightback.


Djibril Cisse (Replaced Baros, 85 minutes) - 5: Given time to complete the fairytale comeback from injury. Too eager to impress, he rarely looked like getting the winner.


Manager

Rafael Benitez - 8: It started abysmally for him but his half-time team-talk and substitution proved inspirational.


AC Milan

Dida - 5: Shaky. Did not inspire confidence as Liverpool stormed back and should have saved Vladimir Smicer's long-range strike.


Cafu - 6: Up and down the touchline like an energetic teenager during the first half, fewer opportunities to do so as the match wore on.


Jaap Stam - 7: Seemed powerless as the Reds scored three in seven minutes but generally a solid presence in the middle of the Milan defence.


Alessandro Nesta - 7: Crafty, wily and adept at easing people off the ball. He and Stam formed a solid, dependable pairing.


Paolo Maldini - 8: Simply the best. Scored, tore up and down his wing and kept his team-mates cool when Liverpool fought back.


Gennaro Gattuso - 6: Tough, tenacious and terrible to play against, but conceded a clumsy penalty and was lucky to stay on the field.


Andrea Pirlo - 7: Broke up a lot of play and set a lot of Milan moves in motion during an impressive first 45 minutes but went missing after the break.


Clarence Seedorf - 6: Part of a dominant midfield in the first half, but could do nothing to stem the changing tide and was subbed before the end.


Kaka - 8: Assured in possession. Set his strikers away with a series of precise, devastating passes as Milan raced into a 3-0 lead at half time.


Hernan Crespo - 8: Scored twice and showed why he is rated so highly in Italy. Worked hard, held the ball up well and tore the Reds' defence to shreds.


Andriy Shevchenko - 7: Denied from point-blank range in extra-time and struck a fierce free-kick. His movement caused real problems throughout the game.


Substitutes

Jon Dahl Tomasson (Replaced Crespo, 85 minutes) - 5: Missed a good chance to win the match and struggled to impose himself on the game.


Serginho (Replaced Seedorf, 85 minutes) - 6: Tricky down the left-hand side and forced Steven Gerrard into a defensive role to keep him quiet.


Rui Costa (Replaced Gattuso, 112 minutes) - 6: Almost scored with a corner but had little chance to impress.


Manager

Carlo Ancelotti - 5: Predicted an early goal and it duly arrived but could not change the course of the game.


Referee

Manuel Gonzalez - 6: A steady game from the Spanish official.





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