The most prestigious and lucrative football competition in Europe is the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE. Real Madrid, Manchester United, Liverpool, Barcelona, AC Milan, Ajax, FC Porto, Bo Russia Dortmund and a host of others having a taste of the soccer experience. The 2006/2007 edition of the championship with AC Milan in a battle for supremacy with Liverpool, AC Milan lost to Liverpool in 2004/2005 edition in what is referred to as a fight to finish comeback. AC Milan leading by three goals to nothing were shocked by Liverpool equalizer in the second held which take both sides to a penalty shoot out with the polish international Jerzy Dudek winning the day by saving three of AC Milan’s penalty.
“2006/2007 is year of revenge!” this is what most AC Milan players and fans were saying. The Liverpool side is replying is a repeat of 2004/2005 with both side making few changes in their side. Both manager Carlos Ancelotti and Rafael Benitez are assumed to have known the weaknesses of one another. AC Milan qualified from their group alongside Lille ahead with ten points, winning three matches drawing one and losing two. They came out on top of the group AC Milan had a humble start which make many people think they are not capable of getting to the final of the champions league, luckily winning Celtic with an extra time goal by Brazilian born Kaka, won the match 1 – 0 on aggregate for them. The went to play Bayern Munich, that sent Real Madrid (another strong team) packing.
The case was clear and everyone was saying Bayer will go pass AC Milan after a 2 – 2 first leg draw at the San-Sirs stadium home of A C Milan . A C Milan also shocked many by turning the table to win away in Bayern home stadium with goals coming from Clarence Seedorf and Fillippoinzaghi. The won 2 – 4 on aggregate. They met another strong side with that greatest defeat margin in the 2006 – 2007 champions leagues Manchester United in a highly explosive semifinal. The first leg ended 3 – 2 with goals from Kaka for A C Milan, united did well by coming back from one goal down to end the march with a win, with goals coming from Cristiano Ronald and Wayne Rooney’s brace. The second leg was great for AC allowing united no space and ensuring they did not concede goal. They defeated United with goals coming from Clarence seed off, Kaka and the substitute Gilargino to end the march 5 – 3 on aggregate.
Liverpool in their side tops their group convincingly with 13 points from 6 matches alongside PS V ahead of Bordeaux and Galatasaray. Liverpool was drawn alongside Barcelona the defensive championship. Liverpool were spectacular with their away match by 2 – 1 with goals coming from Craig Bellamy and Jean Arne Riise. They played in the second leg and did not concede too many goal, they were unlucky not to score, because most of their shots on goal hit goal post. The only goal from Eidur Audhonsen could not help Barcelona the crashed by away goal rule (2 – 2) was the aggregate. Liverpool went to the quarter to meet PSV again. They defeated PSV at home 3 – 0 and also defeated them at a field (their 45, 362 home ground). They won 1 – 0 to end the match 4 – 0 on aggregate.
It was the turn of Chelsea, co English side to pack the load from the champion’s league when they met Liverpool. Chelsea wont he first leg to Anfield conceded a goal to make it 1 – 1 on aggregate. This lead to a penalty and Chelsea were on the packing side. It is A C Milan and Liverpool final.
All roads led to Athens the venue of the champion’s league 2006/2007 final on the 23rd of May 2007 where A C Millan will play Liverpool. Betting went on all round the world as people were betting that their preferable side will win. Both side wanted to win both managers playing on techniques which will work, the time did the judgment of technique when Fillipo Inzagbi converted a free kick that took a deflection on Liverpool player into the net and Liverpool tried to create to equalize but to no avail in the other hand A C Milan are looking for a chance to double their lead, all efforts by A C Milan to double the lead were caught offside.
Benitez introduced Peter Crouch for his head and height advantage. AC Milan continued to press forward surprisingly a chance was created again by A C Milan, this time not in an off side position. Dirk Kuyt late goal could not save the Reds as the Liverpool go down by 1 goal to 2. an AC Millan day people call it. Analyst have their saying, many blamed Rafael Benitez late substitution of Mascherano of Crouch. No matter to what they say A C Milan has added another feather to their cap. Good play to both side for giving us good final both played well but a side will Liverpool were in the receiving side congratulations to the players, coaching crew, officials, board members and fans of AC Milan Worldwide.