2003 UEFA Champions League Final
Match programme cover
|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)|
18 °C (64 °F)
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: Juventus and Milan. The match made history as it was 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 the all-Spanish 2000 UEFA Champions League Final three years earlier. Milan won the match via a penalty shoot-out after the game had finished 0–0 after extra time. It gave Milan their sixth success in the European Cup.
Juventus went into the Champions League final as champions of Italy for the 27th time. Milan came fourth in the league, finishing with sixteen fewer points than Juventus, and had to qualify for the third qualifying round. ln the Serie A games between the two sides in the 2001–02 season, Milan drew 1–1 at San Siro under Carlo Ancelotti on 9 December 2001, while Juventus won 1–0 at Stadio delle Alpi on 14 April 2002 under Marcello Lippi. They also met in the Coppa Italia games, where Juventus won 3–2 on aggregate in the semi-finals.
Route to the final
Milan won Group G of the first group round, a group that also included Bayern Munich, Lens and Deportivo La Coruña, advancing to the second group round where they won Group C. They defeated Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Lokomotiv Moscow. They lost only two matches (Dortmund 0–1, and Real Madrid 1–3), and advanced to the quarter-finals where they met Ajax. The first leg was a draw (0–0) so the decisive match was the one at the San Siro which Milan won (3–2). In the semi-finals, they met local rivals Internazionale. Both matches finished equal (0–0; 1–1), but Milan advanced on away goals.
Juventus won Group E of the first group round, in which the other teams were Newcastle United, Dynamo Kyiv and Feyenoord. They finished second in Group D of the second group round, after Manchester United, due to their losses against the English side (1–2; 0–3) and against Basel (1–2), but they qualified to the quarter-finals where they eliminated Barcelona in extra-time (1–1; 2–1). In the semi-final, Juventus met Real Madrid; they lost the first match (1–2), but they won the second (3–1), key midfielder Pavel Nedved picked up a second yellow card which meant he couldn't play in the final.
Main article: 2002–03 UEFA Champions League group stage: Group E
Main article: 2002–03 UEFA Champions League group stage: Group G
|Barcelona||3–2||1–1 home; 1–2 away (a.e.t.)||Quarter-finals||Ajax||3–2||0–0 away; 3–2 home|
|Real Madrid||4–3||1–2 away; 3–1 home||Semi-finals||Internazionale||1–1 (a)||0–0 home; 1–1 away|
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. Replays later showed that Rui Costa moved out of Buffon's line of sight before the shot. 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 Juventus 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 three 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 penalties from Seedorf and Kaladze. 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.
28 May 2003
|Shots on target||1||3|
|Shots on target||1||3|
|Shots on target||2||6|
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