2003 UEFA Champions League Final

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2003 UEFA Champions League Final
Champions League Final 2003.jpg
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)[1]
Referee Markus Merk (Germany)
Attendance 63,300
Weather Clear
18 °C (64 °F)[2]

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,[3] while Juventus won 1–0 at Stadio delle Alpi on 14 April 2002 under Marcello Lippi.[4] They also met in the Coppa Italia games, where Juventus won 3–2 on aggregate in the semi-finals.[5][6]

Route to the final[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2002–03 UEFA Champions League.


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.

Juventus Round Milan
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Italy Juventus 6 4 1 1 12 3 +9 13
England Newcastle United 6 3 0 3 6 8 −2 9
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 6 2 1 3 6 9 −3 7
Netherlands Feyenoord 6 1 2 3 4 8 −4 5
Group stage
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Italy Milan 6 4 0 2 12 7 +5 12
Spain Deportivo La Coruña 6 4 0 2 11 12 −1 12
France Lens 6 2 2 2 11 11 0 8
Germany Bayern Munich 6 0 2 4 9 13 −4 2
Opponent Result Legs Knockout stage Opponent Result Legs
Spain Barcelona 3–2 1–1 home; 1–2 away (a.e.t.) Quarter-finals Netherlands Ajax 3–2 0–0 away; 3–2 home
Spain Real Madrid 4–3 1–2 away; 3–1 home Semi-finals Italy Internazionale 1–1 (a) 0–0 home; 1–1 away



After a brisk start, Milan had an Andriy Shevchenko goal ruled out after Rui Costa was deemed to have blocked Gianluigi Buffon's line of view from an offside position, although television replays showed that the Portuguese had moved out of Buffon's line of sight before the shot. Antonio Conte nearly scored for Juventus after coming on as a substitute in the second half, his header clattering against the post with Dida beaten. Andrea Pirlo also hit the bar for Milan. In the second half, both teams began to sit back and created few chances.

Both Juventus and Milan had injuries to defenders, Juventus' Igor Tudor leaving early in the first half after pulling a muscle in his right thigh. In extra time, Roque Júnior limped out due to fatigue and injury; as they had made all three of their allowed substitutions, they had to play the rest of the game with 10 men.

The penalty shoot-out has caused controversy among some fans as replays showed that Dida was in front of the goal line when saving penalties from David Trezeguet, Marcelo Zalayeta and Paolo Montero. Buffon was also off his line when saving penalties from Clarence Seedorf and Kakha Kaladze. 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 the European Cup.


GK 1 Italy Gianluigi Buffon
RB 21 France Lilian Thuram
CB 2 Italy Ciro Ferrara
CB 5 Croatia Igor Tudor Substituted off 42'
LB 4 Uruguay Paolo Montero
RM 16 Italy Mauro Camoranesi Substituted off 46'
CM 3 Italy Alessio Tacchinardi Booked 69'
CM 26 Netherlands Edgar Davids Substituted off 65'
LM 19 Italy Gianluca Zambrotta
CF 17 France David Trezeguet
CF 10 Italy Alessandro Del Piero (c) Booked 111'
GK 12 Italy Antonio Chimenti
DF 7 Italy Gianluca Pessotto
DF 13 Italy Mark Iuliano
MF 8 Italy Antonio Conte Substituted in 46'
MF 15 Italy Alessandro Birindelli Substituted in 42'
FW 24 Italy Marco Di Vaio
FW 25 Uruguay Marcelo Zalayeta Substituted in 65'
Italy Marcello Lippi
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GK 12 Brazil Dida
RB 19 Italy Alessandro Costacurta Booked 18' Substituted off 66'
CB 13 Italy Alessandro Nesta
CB 3 Italy Paolo Maldini (c)
LB 4 Georgia (country) Kakha Kaladze
RM 8 Italy Gennaro Gattuso
CM 21 Italy Andrea Pirlo Substituted off 71'
LM 20 Netherlands Clarence Seedorf
AM 10 Portugal Rui Costa Substituted off 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 in 66'
MF 17 Italy Cristian Brocchi
MF 23 Italy Massimo Ambrosini Substituted in 87'
MF 27 Brazil Serginho Substituted in 71'
FW 11 Brazil Rivaldo
Italy Carlo Ancelotti

Man of the Match:
Italy Paolo Maldini (Milan)[1]

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


First half[7]
Statistic Juventus Milan
Goals scored 0 0
Total shots 4 5
Shots on target 1 3
Ball possession 46% 54%
Corner kicks 2 7
Fouls committed 12 13
Offsides 0 4
Yellow cards 0 1
Red cards 0 0
Second half and extra time[8]
Statistic Juventus Milan
Goals scored 0 0
Total shots 7 9
Shots on target 1 3
Ball possession 51% 49%
Corner kicks 3 6
Fouls committed 22 10
Offsides 1 2
Yellow cards 2 0
Red cards 0 0
Statistic Juventus Milan
Goals scored 0 0
Total shots 11 14
Shots on target 2 6
Ball possession 49% 51%
Corner kicks 5 13
Fouls committed 34 23
Offsides 1 6
Yellow cards 2 1
Red cards 0 0

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "2. Finals" (PDF). UEFA Champions League Statistics Handbook 2014/15. Union of European Football Associations. 2015. p. 10. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  2. ^ http://www.wunderground.com/history/airport/EGCC/2003/5/28/DailyHistory.html?req_city=NA&req_state=NA&req_statename=NA
  3. ^ "Serie A 2001/02: Milan – Juventus 1–1 12/09/2001". Myjuve.it. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Serie A 2001/02: Juventus – Milan 1–0 04/14/2002". Myjuve.it. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Italian Cup 2001/02: Milan – Juventus 1–2 01/23/2002". Myjuve.it. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Italian Cup 2001/02: Juventus – Milan 1–1 02/06/2002". Myjuve.it. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Half Time Summary" (PDF). UEFA. UEFA. 28 May 2003. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Full Time Summary" (PDF). UEFA. UEFA. 28 May 2003. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 

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