Finals are all too often tedious affairs. Restricted by nerves and scared to make mistakes, contestants in a final frequently opt for a risk-free strategy. The result is a rather uneventful, anti-climactic end to a competition.
But there are some exceptions to this rule. Games where the tension that comes naturally to a final is spurred to new heights by sequences of incredible drama.
Chief among these exceptions is the 2005 Champions League final.
Pitting a strong AC Milan side – starring a young Kaká behind Crespo and Shevchenko – against a combative Liverpool side built around Steven Gerrard, it was a classic Italy vs England battle. Class versus fighting spirit. Which would come out on top?
Dida – Cafu, Nesta, Stam, Maldini – Pirlo, Gatusso, Seedorf, Kaká – Crespo, Shevchenko
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti
Dudek – Finnan, Carragher, Hyypia, Traoré – Alonso, Luis Garcia, Gerrard, Riise – Kewell, Baros
Coach: Rafael Benitez
Part 1 – https://mega.co.nz/#!kQQFnDjA!HX38VGlhW7Rsfb9nbqUb7BzIj-whmYAWCFGy3Ct-4YA
Part 2 – https://mega.co.nz/#!RZBhhAwJ!YMDWsxu3K-pk1wzMrkCFjnlx3LNE8zqFQVcjFaLXLgI
Part 3 – https://mega.co.nz/#!dIQClLzQ!IyNNLBkdXanRKqqnT-eznUCx4mRrmi4b1qIwWgd_Wf4