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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 May, 2005, 21:31 GMT 22:31 UK
Ecstasy for fans as Reds triumph
Liverpool fans were in ecstasry after the win
Thousands of Liverpool fans in Istanbul and across the world were sent into ecstasy by their side's remarkable Champions League victory.

There were rapturous scenes inside the Ataturk Stadium as AC Milan were beaten 3-2 on penalties after a 3-3 draw.

The presentation of the cup was followed by a deafening rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone", followed by "We Are The Champions".

In Liverpool, hundreds of fans chanted, jumped into the air and sprayed beer.

In the city centre, cars drove by with horns blaring and red scarves and flags streaming from their windows.

Fans in the stadium were sent into raptures when they saw their side win the penalty shoot out to lift the cup.

Nishil Kariam, 32, a surveyor from Leicester, said; "It's absolutely breathtaking, it's amazing, the best atmosphere in the world.

"Rafael Benitez changed it all around at half time, and he deserved the credit for it.

"This is incredible. I've spent around 2,000 on this trip, but this only happens once in a lifetime."

Simon Smith, 29, from Felixstowe, Suffolk, said: "My nerves are shattered. We were totally gone at half time, we were dead and buried, but fair play to Rafa, he changed it round."

Callers to BBC Radio Five Live's 606 programme were full of praise for the achievement of Liverpool.

Brian, a Liverpool fan who has lived in Milan for 12 years, admitted: "Tomorrow morning I'm going to get some grief at work."

Liverpool fan Jerry from Oxfordshire called on European football's governing body, Uefa, to allow the Reds to defend their trophy.

The Reds have not qualified for the next season's competition after finishing fifth in the Premiership.

Even supporters from rival clubs told Radio Five Live that they had been won over by the drama of the occasion.

Joe, a Manchester United supporter from Manchester admitted he had joined in a chorus of "You'll Never Walk Alone" after the match.

But James, a London-based AC Milan fan for 23 years admitted his disappointment - although he added: "It was fantastic to watch."

Interview: Liverpool supporter Ritchie Pedder


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