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The 2003 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match that took place at Old Traffordmarker in Manchestermarker, Englandmarker on 28 May 2003 to decide the winner of the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League. The match was contested by two Italianmarker 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. 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 Manvhester (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, leavingMilan 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 Ukrainianmarker footballer to win a European Cup winner's medal.

Match details

GK 1 Gianluigi Buffon
RB 21 Lilian Thuram
CB 2 Ciro Ferrara
CB 5 Igor Tudor
LB 4 Paolo Montero
RM 16 Mauro Camoranesi
CM 3 Alessio Tacchinardi
CM 26 Edgar Davids
LM 19 Gianluca Zambrotta
CF 17 David Trezeguet
CF 10 Alessandro Del Piero (c)
GK 12 Antonio Chimenti
DF 7 Gianluca Pessotto
DF 13 Mark Iuliano
MF 8 Antonio Conte
MF 15 Alessandro Birindelli
FW 24 Marco Di Vaio
FW 25 Marcelo Zalayeta
Marcello Lippi
GK 12 Dida
RB 19 Alessandro Costacurta
CB 13 Alessandro Nesta
CB 3 Paolo Maldini (c)
LB 4 Kakhaber Kaladze
CM 8 Gennaro Gattuso
CM 21 Andrea Pirlo
CM 20 Clarence Seedorf
AM 10 Rui Costa
CF 7 Andriy Shevchenko
CF 9 Filippo Inzaghi
GK 18 Christian Abbiati
DF 24 Martin Laursen
DF 25 Roque Júnior
MF 17 Cristian Brocchi
MF 23 Massimo Ambrosini
MF 27 Serginho
FW 11 Rivaldo
Carlo Ancelotti
Man of the Match:

Paolo Maldini (Milan)

Assistant referees:

Christian Schräer

Heiner Müller

Fourth official:

Wolfgang Stark

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