Kaka still haunted by Liverpool's 2005 Champions League triumph

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You know a match is memorable when you're still talking about it almost 11 years later.

Liverpool’s Champions League victory over AC Milan in 2005 was just that.

If you can’t remember it, we’ll just quickly remind you what happened.


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Liverpool found themselves 3-0 down at half-time to an incredible Milan side.

Somehow, they managed to score three goals in six second-half minutes to bring them level and force the match into extra-time.

They held on before eventually triumphing on penalties to earn their fifth European Cup trophy.

As a Liverpool player, it must have been an incredible feeling. To win a trophy that seemed completely out of your reach just an hour ago.

But spare a thought for the losers.

How do you deal with throwing away a Champions League trophy after being 3-0 up?

Still haunts him

Well, Kaka has admitted that it still affects him to this day.

"Honestly, years later I still can't understand how we managed to lose that game,” he told Radio Cope, per the Mirror.

“We had the best defenders in the world in that team.

"Our back four was Cafu, Jaap Stam, Alessandro Nesta and Paolo Maldini but we still let in three goals in six minutes. Something amazing happened that can't be explained.

"All you can really say is that in football these things can happen. Especially in the Champions League, we have seen truly incredible things happen,” he added.

Sensational line-up

As well as having an incredible defence, Milan’s midfield and attack wasn’t bad either.

Kaka lined up alongside Andrea Piro, Gennaro Gattuso and Clarence Seedorf in a star-studded midfield while Hernan Crespo and Andriy Shevchenko were ahead of them.

Meanwhile, the Reds had Djimi Traore, Harry Kewell and Milan Baros in their starting XI.

During the first 45 minutes, Kaka showed the class that earned him the Ballon d’Or in 2007.

He played a large part in the second goal, running at the Liverpool defence before feeding Shevchenko who squared to Crespo to score.

But his role in the third was magnificent.

He turned Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard superbly before an outrageous through-ball split the defence for Crespo to dink over the onrushing Jerzy Dudek. Sublime.

But he couldn’t do anything but watch as Steven Gerrard, Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso hauled the Merseysiders right back into the final.

Kaka scored in the shootout but misses from Serginho, Pirlo and Shevchenko completed Liverpool’s miraculous comeback.


Luckily for Kaka, and many of his teammates, they had the opportunity to exorcise their demons two years later when the same sides met in the final of the same competition.

Two goals from Filippo Inzaghi and a brilliant performance from Kaka saw the Italians triumph 2-1 and get revenge on Benitez’s side.

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