Filippo Inzaghi scored two goals Wednesday to help
AC Milan win the European Cup title for the seventh time after a 2-1 victory
over Liverpool in the Champions League final.
Andrea Pirlo's 45th-minute free kick went through the wall and hit Inzaghi in
the side before bouncing past Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina.
Milan won the free kick when Kaka was taken down by Xabi Alonso just outside the
Inzaghi then added the insurance goal in the 82nd, taking a pass from Kaka in
the center and rolling the ball past the outstretched Reina.
The goals bring Inzaghi's total to 38 in 66 Champions League games and 58 in all
European matches, moving him past Benfica great Eusebio and into a tie for third
place with Real Madrid striker Raul Gonzalez on the all-time UEFA list.
Inzaghi was replaced by Alberto Gilardino in the 88th.
Dirk Kuyt got one back for Liverpool, heading in the consolation goal in the
Steven Gerrard had a chance to equalize for Liverpool in the 63rd, but after
beating defender Alessandro Nesta his shot was saved by Milan goalkeeper Dida.
In the 72nd, the Liverpool captain had another chance after picking up a loose
ball, but his shot from well outside the area went wide to the right.
The win made up for Milan's devastating loss to Liverpool in the final two years
ago, when the Italian team had a 3-0 lead at halftime but eventually lost on
AC Milan captain Paolo Maldini set another personal milestone in Wednesday's
match, appearing in his eighth European Cup final to match the record of
Francisco Gento — Real Madrid's legendary winger of the 1950s and 60s.
Ten days ago, the 38-year-old Maldini played in his 601st Serie A match — a
stretch that includes seven Italian league titles.
The win was Maldini's fifth in Europe's top club competition, putting him one
behind Gento and level with Real Madrid's Alfredo Di Stefano and Jose Maria
Before Inzaghi's first goal, Liverpool threatened more while Milan directed most
of its play up the flanks, limiting the impact of Kaka.
Milan took the initiative with Marek Jankulovski carrying the ball up the right
wing twice in the first seven minutes. The Czech Republic defender's first cross
was intercepted by Jamie Carragher and Clarence Seedorf couldn't do much with
Maldini couldn't connect on a header by the near post off a corner kick by Pirlo
in the sixth.
Liverpool had the first shot on goal in the 10th, with Jermaine Pennant's effort
saved by Dida.
In the 17th, Kaka controlled the ball well and sent in a shot from outside the
area, but Reina made the save.
Liverpool was awarded a dangerous free kick on the left flank when Alessandro
Nesta fouled Steven Gerrard in the 18th, but the Reds couldn't do any damage.
In the 23rd, Gerrard shot high from the edge of the area on a counterattack.
Kaka drew a roar from the crowd when he twirled around John Arne Riise in the
25th but the competition's leading scorer lost the ball before he got near the
In the 27th, the ball was deflected outside Milan's area to Alonso, who sent a
low shot wide. Riise's long shot sailed high in the 32nd.
Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso received a yellow card for taking down Alonso
in the 41st.