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2003 UEFA Champions League Final
Champions League Final 2003.jpg
Event 2002–03 UEFA Champions League
Milan won 3–2 on penalties
Date 28 May 2003
Venue Old Trafford, Manchester
Man of the Match Paolo Maldini (Milan)
Referee Markus Merk (Germany)
Attendance 63,215

The 2003 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match that took place at Old Trafford in Manchester, England on 28 May 2003 to decide the winner of the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League. The match was contested by two Italian teams in the shape of Juventus and Milan. The match made history as the first time two clubs from Italy had faced each other in the final. It was also the second intra-national final of the competition, following Real Madrid v Valencia three years earlier (and only one since - Manchester United vs Chelsea in 2008). Milan won the match via a penalty shootout after the game had finished 0-0 after extra time. It gave Milan their sixth success in the European Cup.


Route to the final


AC Milan

Milan Won group G of the first group round, group which also included Bayern, Lens and Deportivo, advancing to the second group round where they won group C. They defeated Real Madrid, Dortmund and Lokomotiv Moscova. They lost only two matches (Dortmund 0-1, and Real Madrid 1-3) but they advanced to the Quarter-finals where they met Ajax Amsterdam . The first leg was a draw (0-0) so the decisive match was the one on San Siro which Milan won (3-2). In the Semi-finals they met local rivals Inter Milan. Both matches finished equal (0-0;1-1) and Milan advanced on away goals.


Juventus won group E in the first group round, where the other teams where Newcastle United, Dynamo Kyiv and Feyenoord. They finished second in the fourth group of the second group round, after Manchester United, due to their losses against Manchester (1-2;0-3) and against FC Basel (1-2), but they qualified to the Quarter-finals where they eliminated FC Barcelona in extra-time (1-1;2-1). In the Semi-finals Juventus met Real Madrid. They lost the first match (1-2), but they won the second (3-1).


Match summary

After a brisk start, Milan had an Andriy Shevchenko goal ruled out after appeals that Rui Costa had blocked Buffon's line of view from an offside position. However replays later showed that Rui Costa moved out of Buffon's line of sight before the shot, but the decision stayed. Conte nearly scored for Juve after coming on as a sub in the second half, his header clattering against the post with Dida beaten. Pirlo also hit the bar for Milan. Later, in the second half, both teams began to sit back and not create many chances.

Both Juve and Milan had injuries to defenders, Tudor leaving early in the 1st half after pulling a muscle in his right thigh. In extra time, Roque Júnior limped out due to fatigue and injury, leaving Milan down to 10 men (Milan had made all 3 allowed substitutions).

The penalty-shoot out has caused controversy among some fans as replays showed that Dida was off his goal line when saving penalties from Trezeguet, Zalayeta & Montero. Buffon was also off his goal line when saving a penalty from Seedorf. Andriy Shevchenko put away the final penalty to win the European Cup for Milan for the sixth time. Shevchenko himself became the first Ukrainian footballer to win a European Cup winner's medal.

Match details

19:45 WEST
Juventus Italy 0 – 0 (a.e.t.) Italy Milan Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 63,215
Referee: Markus Merk (Germany)
Trezeguet Missed
Birindelli Scored
Zalayeta Missed
Montero Missed
Del Piero Scored
2 – 3 Scored Serginho
Missed Seedorf
Missed Kaladze
Scored Nesta
Scored Shevchenko
GK 1 Italy Gianluigi Buffon
RB 21 France Lilian Thuram
CB 2 Italy Ciro Ferrara
CB 5 Croatia Igor Tudor Substituted off in the 42nd minute 42'
LB 4 Uruguay Paolo Montero
RM 16 Italy Mauro Camoranesi Substituted off in the 46th minute 46'
CM 3 Italy Alessio Tacchinardi Booked in the 69th minute 69'
CM 26 Netherlands Edgar Davids Substituted off in the 65th minute 65'
LM 19 Italy Gianluca Zambrotta
CF 17 France David Trezeguet
CF 10 Italy Alessandro Del Piero (c) Booked in the 111th minute 111'
GK 12 Italy Antonio Chimenti
DF 7 Italy Gianluca Pessotto
DF 13 Italy Mark Iuliano
MF 8 Italy Antonio Conte Substituted on in the 46th minute 46'
MF 15 Italy Alessandro Birindelli Substituted on in the 42nd minute 42'
FW 24 Italy Marco Di Vaio
FW 25 Uruguay Marcelo Zalayeta Substituted on in the 65th minute 65'
Italy Marcello Lippi
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GK 12 Brazil Dida
RB 19 Italy Alessandro Costacurta Booked in the 18th minute 18' Substituted off in the 66th minute 66'
CB 13 Italy Alessandro Nesta
CB 3 Italy Paolo Maldini (c)
LB 4 Georgia (country) Kakhaber Kaladze
CM 8 Italy Gennaro Gattuso
CM 21 Italy Andrea Pirlo Substituted off in the 71st minute 71'
CM 20 Netherlands Clarence Seedorf
AM 10 Portugal Rui Costa Substituted off in the 87th minute 87'
CF 7 Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko
CF 9 Italy Filippo Inzaghi
GK 18 Italy Christian Abbiati
DF 24 Denmark Martin Laursen
DF 25 Brazil Roque Júnior Substituted on in the 66th minute 66'
MF 17 Italy Cristian Brocchi
MF 23 Italy Massimo Ambrosini Substituted on in the 87th minute 87'
MF 27 Brazil Serginho Substituted on in the 71st minute 71'
FW 11 Brazil Rivaldo
Italy Carlo Ancelotti

Man of the Match:
Italy Paolo Maldini (Milan)

Assistant referees:
Germany Christian Schräer
Germany Heiner Müller
Fourth official:
Germany Wolfgang Stark

See also

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